Serena Coulter, our president welcomed 35 members and 2 visitors plus 3 members of the Amble lifeboat crew to our September meeting. She congratulated everyone who had taken part in the Warkworth Show in August both as volunteer helpers and those who had entered the competitions. We all applauded Marion Jones on winning the WI salver this year for her excellent jar of marmalade.
Serena continued with an appeal for donations of money for the Christmas shoeboxes so that she and Helen Wilson could buy relevant items
Sue Swanson was presented with the fidget cuffs that had been made by members at our craft afternoons. Marion Jones suggested we make poppies from wool and possibly yarn-bomb the bridge for the Armistice commemoration in November.
Serena reminded us that a suggestions book was available for comments and ideas about future speakers. A request was made for members to sign up to form a quiz team for the annual Federation quiz in October. A board was circulated.
Surplus wool and crockery was on the produce table and if not wanted would go to a charity shop.
In August 23 members had enjoyed the walk around Hauxley Nature Reserve with tea in the café. The staff at the new visitors’ centre were very welcoming and the weather was perfect.Serena, Kate and Judy had taken part in the Ramble around Amble on a beautiful evening in August, organised by the Northumberland Federation. It was very well attended by WI members from all over Northumberland.
The flowers for those with birthdays during July and August were won by Sheena Blackett.
The Hall Coffee Morning on October 9th at 10.30: WI will be in charge of the raffle, donations needed.
Book Group: In August members of the group had enjoyed tea in the café at Heighley Gate. Next meeting at June Carruthers’ house on Tuesday 12th September at 2pm
Craft group at the Memorial Hall, Tuesday 23rd , 2-4.
Bowls Group at Memorial Hall, every Thursday from 10am.
Ann Cashmore reminded members that The Pincushion in Amble offered WI members a 10 percent discount on materials for charity projects.
Using slides and film clips of real-life rescues, three crew members told us about our local lifeboat station in Amble. They informed us of the different types of lifeboats that are used for the varying stations around the UK, both inshore and offshore. We learnt that the all-weather lifeboat station in Amble is one of only three in Northumberland and that Amble is one of the most dangerous ports in the UK. The new Shannon lifeboat is particularly well-equipped to cope and can go a distance of 100 miles out to sea in the worst weather conditions.
Valerie West gave a heart-felt vote of thanks and during the tea break a few members tried on some of the protective clothing worn by crew members.
SUPPER Tea and coffee provided by Helen Franklin and Pat Wood. A light supper was served comprising of fish pates and bread with Pat Dodd’s fish-shaped biscuits and some cake. Members gave donations to the RNLI. The competition for a piece of RNLI memorabilia was won by Pat Dodd.
NEXT MEETING will be on October 3rd, our guest evening with pooled supper. A change in the programme meant that our guest speaker will be, Dr Ray Lowry ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’