What’s On

 DECEMBER

The next meeting will be our CHRISTMAS PARTY on Monday 4th December at 7pm in the Hindmarsh Hall.  This is a members’ only night, and, if you did not add your name to the guest list at the last meeting, please contact a committee member to do so.  Please bring a gift-wrapped ‘Secret Santa’ present to the value of £5.  Also, bring your own drinks, glass, plate and cutlery.  AND, wear something sparkly for the fun and games, and ‘Mis-spent Yuke’ will provide music entertainment for about an hour.

INFORMAL CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING on Thursday 14th December from 10am, by kind permission of our hard-working Secretary – Pam Muggleton – at Rosedale Lodge, Alnmouth.

NOVEMBER

Thursday 16th November – informal coffee morning at Scotts  Deli,  Alnmouth 10am

Meeting: MONDAY 6th November 7pm, Hindmarsh Hall

With ‘Fools Gold’ – acoustic musicians Steve and Carol Robson

Competition – an interesting Rock

   OCTOBER

Informal Coffee Morning:  Thursday 19th October, 10.30am  at Old School Gallery, Alnmouth

 

Next Meeting: MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER 7pm, Hindmarsh Hall

Talk Entitled: “The Other Side of Elvis by Stephanie Yearnshire

Competition – an interesting Elvis fact or myth

Please Note – POOLED SUPPER

SEPTEMBER

Coffee morning, 21 September, 11 am, the Bistro

 

SEPTEMBER – next monthly meeting

Monday 4th September 7pm at Hindmarsh Hall

‘Caring for Coquet’

RSPB warden, Paul Morrison, will talk to us about the work on Coquet Island.

Coquet Island is an RSPB reserve about one mile off Amble, Northumberland. It is home to a large colony of nesting seabirds and is specially protected under European Law for birds such as the roseate tern, one of our rarest nesting seabirds. Coquet now holds 90 per cent of the UK’s roseate tern population.

Several thousand nesting Sandwich, Arctic and common terns accompany the roseates in May, June and July, and thousands of puffins occupy the main part of the island.

Like many places in Northumberland, the reserve is rich in human history and has been occupied since the 7th Century, initially as a monastic cell, later a lighthouse station and now by the RSPB wardens, who live on the island through the spring and summer. Birds are everywhere on Coquet and the plateau and gardens are home to several hundred nesting eider ducks.

For this reason, the island is designated as a sanctuary and the public are not allowed to land.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/c/coquetisland/about.aspx#qXlJKUS5zzLArI78.99

Competition: A picture of a bird.  Sale Table Theme:  Paperback Novels

AUGUST

Thursday 17th August 12.30 for 1pm
Lunch at Foxton Hall Golf Club
(Contact Joan Davidson)

JULY

Thursday 20th July 10am – Informal Coffee Morning at Scott’s of Alnmouth

(Please note early start)

8 July – ‘Silks and Satins’ A history of silk and its role in fashion today with Anya Simpson and Trisha

Competition: a silk item

JUNE

5th June – ‘Poisons in your Garden’ at Hindmarsh Hall, 7pm

with Rob Wilson from The Alnwick Garden

Competition:  a jam jar Flower arrangement. Please note, pooled supper

MAY

8 May

Recycled Hats  Margaret Woodliff Wright

Competition – a favourite hat

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10 May – Visit to Grainger Market, Newcastle

Please make sure all money is paid by the May meeting

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18 May

Coffee at Bistro 23 – meet at 11 a.m.

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APRIL

3 April – Annual Meeting

Pie Supper

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9 April – Alnmouth Food Fest

We are taking a stall and need members to provide food items for sale

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MARCH

6 March – our Next Meeting

“Press Gangs in the North East  Alan & Pauline Giles and Peter Cryer

Competition – Spring Photo

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16 March – Birthday Dinner, celebrating 99 years of our WI!

Tickets, £15, available from Yvonne or at the March meeting.

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23 March

Coffee at the Old School Gallery – 10:30

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FEBRUARY

6 February  – our Next Meeting

“Follow your Dream”  Clair Dowgill

Competition – Dreamcatcher

                

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16 February

Coffee at Scotts Alnmouth 10:30 (the deli/bottom shop)

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22 February – Winter Warmer Lunch

This is now almost fully booked.  If you wish to help and haven’t yet put your name down, please contact Joan Davidson asap.

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JANUARY 2017

9 January – Members’ Night

Choose from 6 activities in 2 sessions.  Pooled supper

N.B. Subs due – £39

19 January

Coffee at Bistro 23 – meet at 11 a.m.

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DECEMBER

5 December – Party Night

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NOVEMBER

17 November

Coffee at the Old school Art Gallery – meet at 10:30

29 November – Edinburgh visit

Train leaves 11:08 and we are in coach C.

For those who wish – meet at The Booking Office, Wetherspoons on Waverley Bridge at 5 pm for a meal before catching the train home at 19:35, coach F.

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OCTOBER

3rd October – our Next Meeting

A Historic Murder Case.  Stephanie Yearnshire will explain the case of Mary Ann Cotton.

20th October

Coffee at Alnmouth Village Tearooms – meet at 10:30

Wednesday 26 October

Hotspur Group Event – Spanish Tapas Evening

7.00pm in Hindmarsh Hall

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SEPTEMBER

5th September – our Next Meeting

Northumbria Blood Bikes – an organisation which uses volunteer motorcyclists to transport blood and urgent medical supplies.

15th September

Coffee at Alnmouth Country Store – meet at 10:30

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AUGUST

Thursday 11 August

Our annual outing to Beamish museum – £22 to include coach and entry to the museum.  Picnic lunch may be a good idea as outlets could be busy.

Coach leaves from the village church at 9:30.

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JULY

4th July – our Next Meeting

Sean Murray – Garden Design & Question Time.

Thursday 7 July

Spirit bus to Rothbury – meet in Sainsbury’s car park at 10:455th

Thursday 14 July

Coffee at the Tea Cosy/Bistro – meet at 11:00

West Side Story

Members who have booked tickets to meet at the church – bus leaves at 12:30

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Monday 6 June 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth

Cider Products and Production

Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison of Waulkmill Cider, near Langholm, started his business in Sept of 2010 after he researched the plight of Scottish apple varieties. Over the years most of Scotland’s apples have been dismissed as not commercially viable and therefore most orchards have been grubbed up.

Apples and pears are sourced from all over Dumfries & Galloway and used to make Muckle Toon Rosie Cider and Perry, and varieties flavoured with blackcurrants or rose hips are also available. Another product is Cyser, an old recipe in which honey, heather and apple cider are blended together. Apple syrups are available in a variety of flavours, including rum, amaretto, brandy and whisky. The skins and pulp left over after apple pressing are sold to local pig farmers.  In his craft-brewed ciders and perries he makes a point of using only fruit, with no added glucose.

Scottish Cider and Perry made using very old Traditional methods.  Cider vinegar is produced by the “Orlene’s” method of production and can take up to 9 months and is then matured in 90 yr Old Oak Rum Barrels.

Walkmill cider

The cider is called MUCKLE TOON ROSIE, this is because Langholm( Chris’s home town) is called the muckle toon.

Competition – a recipe using cider.

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Sunday 12 June

Queen’s Birthday party in the park – volunteers needed – see our front page.

poster

Thursday 16 June – postponed to July 7

Spirit bus to Rothbury (you can use your bus pass).  Further details at June meeting.

Thursday 23 June

Coffee at the Sun – meet at 10:30

 

 

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Thank you Sandra – what an interesting talk from a highly entertaining speaker.  Remember – don’t wear black near bees unless you want to get stung; it may date back to when black bears went after their honey.  Just one of  a host of interesting facts.

Monday 9 May 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth

Fantastic Facts about Bees and Beekeeping

Sandra Carrott

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The Alnwick and District Beekeepers Association (ADBKA) is one of three Beekeeping Associations in Northumberland and Tyneside and one of the oldest Beekeeping Associations in the Country.

They are dedicated to the welfare of the Honey Bee, and strive to teach (and learn) more about the craft every year. Membership of about 120 ranges from complete novices to people who have been keeping bees for 50 years or more.

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                       Alnmouth WI Fashion show

                                   by Seasons of Alnwick

1-Seasons shop

                                             £10

                        Wednesday, 20 April   7pm for 7:30pm

                     Seasons of Alnwick, Narrowgate, Alnwick

Come and see the new Spring & Summer collections, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.  Raffle.

Proceeds go to Alnmouth Women’s Institute.

Buy your ticket from Seasons (01665 604840) or Yvonne (01665 510075)

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Our Next Meeting

4 April 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth

Don’t forget, we’re having a pie and pea supper after the business session.

This will be our Annual Meeting at which we shall elect a new committee, so now is your chance to have a say.

As Janis said, being on committee is not too onerous and usually just commits you to one extra meeting per month on the Monday before the full meeting – and it does give you the chance to have some say in how our Institute runs.

Committee cartoon

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Birhday dinner invitation

Our annual Birthday Dinner

Each year since our formation in 1918 we have celebrated our birthday, usually in the form of a meal.  This year is no exception and as we celebrate our 98th birthday we hope as many members as possible will be able to join us.  Tickets available from Yvonne at our next meeting.

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Our thanks to Daniel for a very enjoyable demonstration – lots of ideas to try out.  We’re all envious of Judith who won the spatchcock chicken!

7 March 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth

Daniel Turnbull

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A butcher’s talk on cuts of meat and cooking methods

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Situated in the heart of rural Northumberland, Turnbull’s of Alnwick are a sixth generation Family Butchers, established in 1880.

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Thanks  John for a most informative talk – we’ll watch Clarissa and Jack in Silent Witness through new eyes now!

1 February 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth

Forensic Science and its use in gaining convictions

John Yearnshire

John Yearnshire

John is a retired crime-scene investigator with Northumbria Police who has taught forensic photography at the Police National Forensic Training Centre as well as spending several years in the Middle East where he was a consultant in forensic science to the Justice Department training Arab police officers.

Born in Lesbury, he has written books on Alnmouth and Lesbury.  His family has a long history in the area and he is a member of the Alnmouth Local History Group.