WI meeting 13th May, 2019

Sunshine and Sandals for Sketches and Stitches

Report by Kathryn Archibald

Ailish Henderson - Textile ArtistWell, it made a change to go to the meeting with sunshine and sandals rather than boots and big jumpers!

Our Speaker – Ailish Henderson – Textile Artist

After our usual warm welcome from Janis, we mixed things up by starting with our speaker, Ailish Henderson, as she had a long journey home.  Ailish developed a passion for sketching at a young age and this developed further when she realised that there are lots of beautiful but sadly unused and unloved tablecloths and lace which often sit in a drawer.  So she took the sketches a step further and she started transferring her sketches onto different materials.

Ailish brought an array of unique hand finished silk scarves printed with her individual sketches, along with multi-textured items ranging from paintings, through cushions to small hand-made ‘mini-me’ dolls for members to see and buy.  Like so many talented, creative people she takes her inspiration from multiple sources including her nonagenarian grandmother, nature, and children’s stories especially Arthur Rackham (the illustrator J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan books).  Janis offered our thanks and congratulations to Ailish for sharing her stories and insights into her passion.

WI Business

  • Janis confirmed that the Minutes from the February meeting had been emailed and with no objections, were accepted.
  • Matters Arising, starting with the sad news of the death of one of our long-standing and beloved members, Judi Hill.  As a tribute to Judi’s immense creative talents we will honour her at our next members’ evening in January 2020 with an exhibition of some of her work and no doubt take the opportunity to make one of her fabulous cocktails.  It was pointed that Judi’s family will share many of Judi’s artworks during the Alnmouth Arts Festival later in the year.
  • As we will not have a delegate at the National Meeting this year, we have relayed our views on the Resolution to Susan Wood who will represent our vote on our behalf.  Susan has kindly offered to come to our meeting in July to provide feedback to us.
  • Frances Bromham will be leading the Walking Group twice a month and has requested that anyone who has signed up to the walking group, but cannot attend, let her know in advance (Tel. 01665 830706).  This month’s walks will start from the Village Golf Clubhouse at 2 pm on May 15th and 29th.
  • Birthday Wishes to Ethel Cook and Judy Woodford and after Ethel called tails, Judy won the birthday flowers as her toss of coin revealed our monarch’s head.
  • Janis has sourced a number of items of Alnmouth WI embroidered clothing and an apron for members to buy.  Namely,
    – a fitted, feminine polo shirt in a vibrant fuchsia colour costs £12
    – a long sleeved, vibrant fuchsia coloured rugby shirt with a white collar costs £20
    – a Regatta branded navy blue gilet costs £22
    – mid length emerald green apron costs £12.
    A number of orders were taken for items and anyone wishing to see or buy any item please contact Janis or Kathryn.

WI Local & Federation Events 

  • The Northumberland Federation’s announcement of a trip to Norfolk (September 27th-30th) incorporating a visit to Sandringham House sparked the interest of a considerable number of our members.  As soon as more details are known, and we have an indication of the number of places available to us, we can assess if our demand exceeds our allocation and if we need to consider alternative arrangements.
  • Janis shared the new ‘Chair’s Challenge’ issued by Marjorie Read to have at least one member of every WI at every Northumberland Federation event.
  • Kathryn Archibald, who has replaced Pam Muggleton as Secretary, shared the details of Alnmouth and Northumberland events, along with two invitations from local WI’s. Namely, a Gin and More event at Acklington on June 8 (7.30pm) which is open to non-WI members as well.  Secondly, 4 members are invited to join the Longhoughton and Boulmer WI meeting on July 2nd involving “Three Wise Men’ and a buffet.  Responses are required by June 21st, so please contact Kathryn if you are interested in going.
  • The Informal Coffee Morning will be on May 23rd at The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, from 10 am.

Competition Winners

The talent in our WI was demonstrated with some excellent hand stitched items in the monthly competition – congratulations to Hazel Shell for her winning beautifully crafted monochrome, and well done to runner-up Esme Forster and third placed Margaret Mayfield for their items.

Supper Thank You

The evening closed with an excellent supper of delicious scones, cakes and Janis’ chocolate crisp with tea.  A big thank you to Ethel, Judith and all the team for a traditional supper befitting of the best of the WI.  Thank you also to Kris Rogerson who led the team to set up the room and the tables which is no mean feat.

The New Committee 

The roles of the new Committee are set out below and will be reprised at the

Janis Crook, President
Claire Smith, Treasurer
Sue Wildsmith, Assistant Treasurer
Kathryn Archibald, Secretary, Press/media
Di Spark, Assistant Secretary and Press/Social media
Celia Collinson, Programme Secretary and Archivist
Kathryn Brunton, Assistant Programme Secretary and Archivist
Caroline Martin, Membership Secretary and Attendee Register, Anniversary Flowers
Ethel Cook, Judith Williams, Anne Coyne, Kris Rogerson; Catering Team
Judith Williams, New Member welcome
Kris Rogerson, Meeting room set up
Birthday Flowers, Anne Coyne
Sue Stancliffe for managing the Raffle
Lesley Long who will be taking over the website

Next Meeting

June 3, 7pm at The Hindmarsh Hall.