WI Meeting 3rd June, 2019

Alnmouth hears from a most unusual Local Government Officer

Report Minutes from Kathryn Archibald

  • Janis Crook opened the meeting with a warm welcome to all, especially guests and potential new members and started by confirming that the report from our May meeting had been emailed to all members.
  • Kathryn Archibald summarised the Matters Arising, starting with the details of the Foxton Lunch which is scheduled for August 21 st, and asked for choices to be recorded on the sign-up sheets on the tables.  These will be shared again at our July meeting.
  • The Federation trip to Norfolk has sparked so much interest that we will investigate options for our own trip and share them at the July 1 st meeting.
  • From a straw poll in the room it seems that only a few members use the ‘My WI’ website which is a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects.  Anyone interested in attending a workshop should contact Kathryn A. In the meantime if you want to take a look for yourself the web address is:   https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/welcome-to-my-wi
  • As we are already in June, the planning for our Christmas Party entertainment on December 2 nd has started, and from a show of hands there was a clear preference for MisSpent Ukes.
  • As we all know you cannot keep a good woman down and Joan Davidson is no exception.   Joan’s ‘Reflections’ of some of her fondest memories of her time in the WI have inspired us and we invite members to take a moment to record any favourite stories and memories, for inclusion in a commemorative booklet in honour of our Centenary.
  • Our new Alnmouth WI clothing items were again on show for members to order – anyone who missed the meeting and would like any items should contact Janis for details.
  • Barbara Galbraith was the recipient of the flowers from the Birthday Draw, and although Judith Williams’ name was not selected we all sang her an early ‘Happy Birthday’ for her special day later in the week.

WI Local & Federation Events

  • Some of our members will be performing with The Aln Singers on July 6 th in Lesbury Village Hall.  Tickets are £4 from Lesbury Village Hall and proceeds are going to a very good cause:  Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and who could forget our own experience with Sylvia Fancy and Soukie when they joined us at our October, 2018 meeting?
  • The Northumberland Federation are planning many events over the next few months and these are summarised in a email to be sent separately.  One particularly interesting option is Julian Fellowes production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at the Tyne Theatre in November. Check out details of the production through the website: www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk  If you are interested please let Kathryn A. know as she will coordinate our attendance.
  • Frances Bromham will lead the Walking Group on 12th June, as usual meeting 2pm outside Alnmouth Village Golf Club and it would be most helpful if you could let her know if you are unable to attend.  Frances is not available on 26th June – if anyone else would like to lead the group please get in touch with Frances.
  • Our normal business was concluded with the details of The Informal Coffee Morning, which is scheduled for 10.00 onwards on June 20 th at The Old School Gallery.
  • Stop Press, Stop Press, Stop Press!
    A late invitation has been received from Thropton WI to a talk by Chris Jackson – well known to most people as a regular presenter on BBC Look North and ‘Inside Out’ – the talk is entitled ‘The BBC Inside and Out’ to be held on 27th June at 7.30pm in Thropton Village Hall.  Tickets cost £3 to include a glass of wine.  Available by calling 01665 621955 – or get in touch with Kathryn Archibald to join in a group for booking and travel arrangements.  This is a fundraising event towards Thropton WI’s Centenary in 2022.

Guest Speaker – Peter Brennan’s Life in the Theatre

When did you ever hear a local Government Officer beam with pride at the pleasure their work gives the public and has the highest possible job satisfaction?   My answer would be almost never, but last night we were treated to exactly that with stories from Peter Brennan who reflected on his ‘Life in the Theatre’ alongside his role in local government.

Through his work at the Newcastle City Hall Peter was directly involved in organizing artists, speakers and orchestra’s from around the World and he shared his tales of tantrums, triumphs and tricky moments.  Peter has met many stars from the world of entertainment, ranging from Freddie Mercury and David Bowie to Shirley Bassey and (his personal favourite) Debbie Harry from Blondie, along with a number of members of our Royal Family, Cardinals and Comedians.

Judith Williams won the ‘Hawkeye’ prize for noticing why the centre line of artists is known as the Twilight Zone as sadly, they all died young.  Janis expressed our thanks to Peter for giving us a peek into his personal experiences and insights into the life of a most unusual local government officer.

Supper Thank You

The evening closed with an excellent supper of delicious scones, sausage rolls, sandwiches, brownies and lemon drizzle cake.  Thank you to Judith, Ethel, Margaret, Kris and Anne for their fabulous food and hard work.  Thanks to everyone who brought basics for the baking basket, to Sue Stancliffe for managing the raffle and her husband, Geoff, for setting up and dismantling the tables.

Next Meeting: Speaker & Competition

The next meeting will be on July 1st where Anthony Atkinson will talk about one of the greatest heiress’ of the North, Mary Eleanor Bowes, and the competition will be a Porcelain Ornament.  Please remember to bring baking basics and your own cup and small plate.  Have a healthy and happy month and fingers crossed for a return to summer…