WI Meeting, 6th January 2020

Sharing Members’ Talents

WI Business 

  • Janis Crook opened the meeting a warm welcome to everyone, especially to Kim Brown, a new member and confirmed the  Minutes of the December meeting had been distributed and agreed without comment or questions.
  • Janis explained that our meeting was being held in the Clubhouse of Alnmouth Village Golf Club due to the boiler breakdown in the Hindmarsh Hall. She expressed our thanks to Ian Simpson, the Secretary at the Alnmouth Village Club, for the use of the Clubhouse.  Our tribute to Judi Hill will take place in February when we are back in the Hindmarsh Hall.
  • Janis thanked Lesley Long for her hard work in updating our website and encouraged members to take a look at the revamped content and layout (http://alnmouthwi.co.uk/)
  • Copies of our Centenary Reflections booklet are still available for anyone who does not have a copy.


  • Janis and Di Spark provided more details of our planned visit to York on March 27-30th. The trip is limited to 30 people so if you are interested please sign up in the next month.

Upcoming Local WI and Federation Events 

  • The Informal Coffee Morning will be from 10am on January 23rd at The Old School Gallery.
  • The Alnmouth WI  Birthday Dinner will take place at on March 18th , and will comprise a three course meal.  Email Kathryn Archibald if you want a ticket.

WI Resolutions for 2020 

  • Kathryn Archibald provided a brief summary of the shortlist for the 2020 Resolution and members voted for the resolution to End Modern Slavery. 

Birthday Wishes 

Birthday wishes and cards were given to Joan Davidson, Judith Tulip, Jill Bourne and Carol Knowles name was the lucky pick in the birthday flowers draw.

Members’ Evening Workshops

  • Rosie Ross gave a fascinating talk on her experiences sailing around the world.
  • Kathryn Brunton demonstrated the art of making fabric flowers and members made their own multi-coloured/multi-textured flowers.
  • Di Spark and Lesley Long gave an introduction to Facebook and shared plenty of tips and hints.
  • Jan Straughan shared her knowledge of bridge, dealing a number of hands to give practical examples of bidding and playing.
  • Judith Williams, aided by Ethel Cook, demonstrated how to make fabulous flower arrangements in participating members favourite vases.
  • Celia Collinson and Kathryn Archibald had prepared three starters and three puddings and members guessed the ingredients. Congratulations to the winning team of Monica Aitken, Jane Hindmarsh, Isobel Chalmers and Claire Smith.

Janis expressed thanks to Celia for masterminding the evening together with all the workshop leaders and to everyone who set up the room.

Supper Thanks

To Ethel Cook, Judith Williams and Margaret Reece for providing an excellent supper of cakes, biscuits and sandwiches together with Tina Stroud for the delicious gluten free pizza.

Next Meeting 

The next meeting will be at 7.00 pm on February 3rd 

  • Speaker: Katherine Renton will talk about ‘My Family and My Art’
  • Competition: A Family Heirloom.
Report by Kathryn Archibald