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.
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
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
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.
Competition: A picture of a bird. Sale Table Theme: Paperback Novels
Thursday 17th August 12.30 for 1pm
Lunch at Foxton Hall Golf Club
(Contact Joan Davidson)
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
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
Recycled Hats Margaret Woodliff Wright
Competition – a favourite hat
10 May – Visit to Grainger Market, Newcastle
Please make sure all money is paid by the May meeting
Coffee at Bistro 23 – meet at 11 a.m.
3 April – Annual Meeting
9 April – Alnmouth Food Fest
We are taking a stall and need members to provide food items for sale
6 March – our Next Meeting
“Press Gangs in the North East Alan & Pauline Giles and Peter Cryer
Competition – Spring Photo
16 March – Birthday Dinner, celebrating 99 years of our WI!
Tickets, £15, available from Yvonne or at the March meeting.
Coffee at the Old School Gallery – 10:30
6 February – our Next Meeting
“Follow your Dream” Clair Dowgill
Competition – Dreamcatcher
Coffee at Scotts Alnmouth 10:30 (the deli/bottom shop)
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.
9 January – Members’ Night
Choose from 6 activities in 2 sessions. Pooled supper
N.B. Subs due – £39
Coffee at Bistro 23 – meet at 11 a.m.
5 December – Party Night
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.
3rd October – our Next Meeting
A Historic Murder Case. Stephanie Yearnshire will explain the case of Mary Ann Cotton.
Coffee at Alnmouth Village Tearooms – meet at 10:30
Wednesday 26 October
Hotspur Group Event – Spanish Tapas Evening
7.00pm in Hindmarsh Hall
5th September – our Next Meeting
Northumbria Blood Bikes – an organisation which uses volunteer motorcyclists to transport blood and urgent medical supplies.
Coffee at Alnmouth Country Store – meet at 10:30
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.
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
Monday 6 June 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth
Cider Products and Production
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.
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.
Sunday 12 June
Queen’s Birthday party in the park – volunteers needed – see our front page.
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
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
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.
Alnmouth WI Fashion show
by Seasons of Alnwick
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)
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.
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.
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
A butcher’s talk on cuts of meat and cooking methods
Situated in the heart of rural Northumberland, Turnbull’s of Alnwick are a sixth generation Family Butchers, established in 1880.
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 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.