WI Meeting 2nd March, 2020

Millefiori, Aurora Borealis, Caning and Big Money

Milleflori beadsWelcome to the Bead World!

WI Business

Janis welcomed everyone, including visitors Jane, Thelma, Julie, Sarah and Betty and advised that the Minutes had been emailed and with no comments, were filed.

The Chairman of the Alnmouth Parish Council, Shaun Whyte, explained that the Parish Council’s proposed Neighbourhood Plan is intended to ensure that planning approval for any new dwelling in the village will be subject to a permanent residency condition.

The Neighbourhood Plan documents will be in the Church and Hindmarsh Hall between March 5th and 20th April,  and two ‘Drop-In’ sessions will be held on the 14th and 28th March between 10 am and noon in the Hindmarsh Hall when Parish Councillors will be available to answer any questions. A recent Parish Council surveys indicated that number of holiday lets in the village now stands between 45-50%.


Janis gave a brief summary of the itinerary for the York trip and mentioned the planned day trip to Howick Hall for lunch or tea to include a visit to St Michael’s Church to see the Kneelers project with access to the Gardens,

Birthday Wishes 

Birthday cards were given to Frances Bromham, Di Spark, Rosie Balmbra, Anne Moyle, Margaret Reece, Kathy Platt, Mary Hollins. Pat Ellis was picked from the cards to receive the birthday flowers.


  • A Dementia Care fundraiser in the Hindmarsh Hall on March 7th (10.30 -12.30pm). Kathryn introduced Sarah Oakwood who said a few words about her work as an Admirals Nurse, supporting patients and families experiencing Dementia.
  • For the Birthday dinner on March 16th (7 pm start) attendees were asked to select their main course choice to assist the catering planning.  REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN WINE AND/OR SOFT DRINKS AND YOUR OWN GLASS.  CROCKERY & CUTLERY WILL BE PROVIDED.  If you have not signed up but wish to attend, please contact Kathryn or Di Spark and pay £20 in advance.
  • Tickets are available for a musical variety evening called Shoo Shoo Baby will be held in Lesbury Village Hall on March 19th (tickets from Alnmouth or Lesbury Post Office).
  • Our informal Coffee Morning will be on March 19th, from 10 am at the Old School Gallery.
  • On March 30th there will be a Domino Drive in Lesbury Village Hall – closing date for entries is March 3rd.
  • If anyone wants to attend the Northumberland Federation Annual Meeting on April 4th please advise Kathryn by March 4th as tickets need to be bought in advance.
  • The Federation Chairman’s coffee morning is on April 8th in Bamburgh (10-12.30pm).
  • The Daffodil Tea (a WI event not a charity fundraiser) is scheduled for April 8th in the Hindmarsh Hall. There will be two sittings and tickets are £6 per person. Alnmouth WI members, please email ticket requests to judith.williams12@btinternet.com and send payment cheques to Judith Williams at St Kilda, 37 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth NE66 2RA.  Janis also asked for contributions for the Tombola to be given to Caroline Martin.   Members who have kindly offered help with the food will be given more details shortly.
  • The annual Hotspur Quiz meeting will be held on April 23rd in Shilbottle – we need a 6-person team – PLEASE SIGN UP WITH DI IF YOU WITH TO JOIN IN.

Speaker: Karen Carr – The Craft Lady

Janis introduced Karen Carr who spoke about the history of beads and bead making. Like everything in life, when you hear the history, the commerce, the romance, the intricate processes and the legends of a subject – it is a revelation.  Karen treated us to a colourful  fact-packed story of beads from all over the globe from multiples materials; glass to agate.

Who would have known that in 15th century Venice beads were one of the most valuable currencies and that one single bead, the Rosetta (the Queen of beads) would be worth £250 today.

Karen shared the story of Pandora, a bead making company that started trading in 1982 in Denmark and which has become so successful they now have more outlets in the UK than Greggs ( who incidentally have more outlets in the UK than McDonalds!)

Karen showed us a fabulous array of beads as well as a display of her beautiful creations . If you want to visit her website it is: www.thecraftlady.co.uk.

Janis thanked Karen for sharing her passon and knowledge with us.


The winner of the Beaded Necklace competition was Pam Allen. Runners up were Margaret Mayfield and Monica Aitken.


  • A special thanks to Shirley MacConnachie for calling out the cavalry to fix the heating.
  • To Celia for the speaker preparation
  • To Ethel Cook, Judith Williams, Margaret Reece and Kris Rogerson for an excellent supper of sandwiches, cakes and home bakes
  • To Anne Coyne for doing the raffle
  • To Caroline Martin for the birthday cards
  • To Kris Rogerson and everyone who helped with the tables and chairs.
  • Judith Jude kindly made more cards with the proceeds going our Social Fund, so Janis bought flowers for Judith as a thank you.

Next Meeting Date

  • Our next meeting will be the AGM on April 6th, 2020. Janis asked if anyone is interested in joining the Committee. Please make your choices for the ‘Pie and Peas’ supper which will be FREE and funded out of the Social Fund.
  • Our Speaker for the next meeting will be Prudence Marks.
Report by Kathryn Archibald