2017 meetings/ April


Warkworth WI news April 2017

President, Marion Jones welcomed 36 members, one new member and 2 visitors to our April meeting. The business meeting consisted of notices from Cresswell house and a reminder about the annual trip out in June which will be to Kirkharle and Keilder. Three members had attended the Shilbottle WI quiz; they hadn’t won but had enjoyed their evening. Marion and Judy had attended Acklington WI’s 95th birthday party which had been very enjoyable. The craft afternoon on the 21st March was well supported and 80 premature baby hats were c ollected and sent off. Members were invited to support the Hall coffee morning on Saturday 8th when our WI were in charge of the Tombola. Notice was given of the May meeting which is the Annual meeting. Because Marion is stepping down as President and two committee members to are retire from the committee we need new committee members.

The birthday flowers were won by Pat Dodd and the competition for a decorated egg was won by Jan Shotton, 2nd, Kate Burnham, 3rd, Pat Dodd.

Marion welcomed John Yearnshire to speak to us about his experiences working in forensic science. John told us of his training in the police force and work in CID followed by 20 years as a Crime Scene Examiner covering more than 80 murders. He explained that without evidence the crime cannot be solved and a murderer will go unpunished. John gave us a brief history of the development of forensic science from the 19th century when there was only trace evidence such as footprints, to the 20th century when the fingerprint bureau was established and in the 21st century we have a DNA database. Fingerprints are, however unique and therefore more accurate. For example the Kray brothers were identical twins and shared the same DNA. John illustrated some other well documented historical murders: the great train robbery in 1963, the Soham murders and the A6 murder in 1962, giving us some background knowledge of the forensic science used to prove the crimes. It was a fascinating talk and Kate gave a vote of thanks at the end.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday May 2nd with a pooled supper and a W.I.  adviser will be present to help with the formalities of the Annual Meeting.

The competition is for a proverb, presented in any form!

Arrangements for the outing in June are well advanced and further information will be given at the meeting.