Previous 2019 Events

MONDAY 2nd September, 2019  for 7pm

Angels of the North - Co-authored by Moira Kilkenny

Talk by Moira Kilkenny:  Co-author of the book entitled ‘Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East’.

Venue:  Hindmarsh Hall, Northumberland Street, Alnmouth. NE66 2RS

Competition:  A favourite Northern woman.

WEDNESDAY 21st August. 12.15pm for 1pm

Event: Summer Lunch at the Foxton Hall Golf Club 

Contact: Kathryn Archibald to book your place

AUGUST – No monthly meeting

THURSDAY 18th July. 10am

Event: Informal Coffee Morning

Venue : The Old School Gallery, Foxton Road, Alnmouth NE66 3BE

SATURDAY 13th July. Parish Hullaballoo

Contact: Judith Williams

MONDAY 1st July, Hindmarsh Hall. 7pm

Talk: Anthony Atkinson will talk about Mary Eleanor Bowes of Gibside – ‘The richest heiress in the North’ , and one of the first women to win a divorce action.

Competition : A porcelain ornament.

JUNE – Thursday 20th, Informal Coffee Morning from 10am at the Old School Gallery, Alnmouth.

JUNE – Monday 3rd June, Hindmarsh Hall.                                                  ‘My Life in the Theatre’ with Peter Brennan.                                   Competition: Short Theatre Story

MAY – WALKING GROUP, WED 29th May, 2pm Alnmouth Village Golf Club.

MAY – Thursday 23rd May, Informal Coffee Morning, Old School Gallery 10am.

MAY – Monday 13th May (due to Bank Holiday) 7pm, Hindmarsh Hall.   ‘From Stories to Stiches’ with Ailish Henderson.                       Competition:  A handmade stitched item.

APRIL – Monday 1st April ANNUAL MEETING and 100th Birthday Party

MARCH – Monday 4th March
A talk by Geoff Hughes
POOLED SUPPER / Competition ‘A Ghostly Experience’

Funny Bones & Wisdom Teeth” a humorous talk by Dr Ray Lowry
Competition – A joke

Monday 7th January – Members’ Night with a variety of interesting workshops to choose.  Please enrol with Celia Collinson beforehand.


Monday 3rd December – Christmas Party

Thursday 6th December – Centenary Carol Service at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle.

Tuesday 11th December – outing to Edinburgh

Thursday 20th December – Christmas Coffee Morning, kindly hosted by Pam Muggleton from 10.30am.


Monday 5th November – Rothley House Gardens – A talk by Isobel Shaw.
Competition – A jam jar arrangement.
There will also be a table top bring and buy sale of scarves and gloves.

THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 10.30am – informal Coffee Morning at The Gallery,


Monday 1st October – ‘HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE’  with Sylvia Fancy and Sookie
The competition is for a dog ornament and a decorated bra for the Hotspur Group competition THIS WILL BE A POOLED SUPPER evening, so please bring a plate to share – mainly savoury requested and not too much, perhaps just as much as you think you may eat!  Don’t forget your mug and plate too.

Tuesday 2nd October – Visit to Trinity House, Newcastle.  Depart Alnmouth about 1pm and after the visit and a meal return about 8 – 8.30pm.  Contact Pam Muggleton to Book

Thursday 18th October – Informal Coffee Morning at Scott’s Deli 10.30am

Wednesday 31st October

Winter Warmer ‘Witches’ Lunch’ .  See Joan Davidson for tickets and Ethel and Judith would be grateful for offers from cooks to do soup and crumbles, and also for people to serve.

Caroline is running the Tombola and any donations to that will be gratefully received.

Julie Roper from the local  Aln Gift Shop is offering a 10% discount to WI members on this day.


Monday 3rd September – ‘KEEP FIT WITH DANCE’ – with Tina Stroud
Competition:  A healthy recipe to keep fit

Thursday 20th September –  Informal coffee morning at the Old School Gallery


No monthly meeting.

Summer Lunch at Foxton Hall Golf Club – Tuesday 21st August.  


Monthly meeting on Monday 2nd July ‘Basic Life Support with Defibrillators’
Paul Bolly and Cath Ingledew

Spouses and Partners welcome – talk first followed by business discussion.

WI Centenary Garden to be officially dedicated on 30th July at 10.30am with group photo!



Monthly meeting on Monday 4th June with talk by Marjorie Mountain entitled ‘Cross Roads to Cairo’.  THIS WILL BE A POOLED SUPPER.   Competition:  An interesting/unusual travel photograph.


INFORMAL COFFEE MORNING – Thursday 24th MAY 11am at Cosy Tea Rooms

Monthly Meeting on MONDAY 14th MAY  (NOT 7th!)

’THE OTHER SIDE OF ELVIS’ – A talk by Stephanie Yearnshire

Competition – An interesting fact or myth about Elvis
(Our Catering Team will be serving a ‘Royal Wedding Tea’ supper, so why not dress for the occasion and wear a hat!

THURSDAY 3RD MAY – BOOK GROUP at Alnmouth Village Golf Club




AGM MONDAY 9TH APRIL AT 7PM                           A collection of archive material will be on display.


Friday 16th March – Centenary Birthday Dinner with entertainment by ‘The White Gardenias’ – BYO drinks, glass, cutlery, crockery.  Tickets only – available at February meeting.

Monday 5th March – to start the celebrations of our Centenary Year
‘THE HISTORY OF WARDROBE’ – a costume for every decade
This is a members/ticket only night with invited guests.


Thursday 15th February – Informal Coffee Morning at the Old School Gallery 10.30am

Monday 5th February
‘Who says there is no money in farming?’
with Stoker Frater – a local farmer.
Competition – Home made biscuits.


Thursday 18TH January – informal coffee morning at Bistro 23 10.30am.

The next meeting is our ‘Members’ Night’ on Monday 8th January 2018 at 7pm in the Hindmarsh Hall.

Celia has arranged lots of fun activities!


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




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



8 May

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


18 May

Coffee at Bistro 23 – meet at 11 a.m.



3 April – Annual Meeting

Pie Supper


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.


23 March

Coffee at the Old School Gallery – 10:30




6 February  – our Next Meeting

“Follow your Dream”  Clair Dowgill

Competition – Dreamcatcher



16 February

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

19 January

Coffee at Bistro 23 – meet at 11 a.m.



5 December – Party Night



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.



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



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



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

waulkmill cider 3

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.


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

Sandra Carrott

Beehive 2

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

1-Seasons shop


                        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.

Committee cartoon


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.


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


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 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.