2017 Meetings/July

Warkworth W.I. July meeting

President Serena Coulter welcomed 30 members and 7 visitors. 2 new members joined.
It is always pleasing to welcome so many visitors to our meetings. Business included reports and correspondence and news of the groups, most of which are not meeting again until September. Birthday flowers were given to Eileen Murray. Chocolates and a card were presented to Joyce Tweedy on the occasion of her diamond wedding anniversary. Congratulations were given to her and Ronnie.The president spoke about the importance of resolutions and read out a list of major
subjects which have been resolutions from 1921 – 2009.

Kate Burnham gave a brilliant report on her visit to WI AGM in Liverpool. She represented Acklington, Broomhill, Shilbottle and Warkworth W.I.s. in our area. Again, the importance of resolutions was stressed and she was able to give the result of this year’s vote, with votes in favour of both resolutions about alleviating loneliness and protecting the oceans from “plastic soup” caused by microfibres from our washing machines. A highlight of the event was the unifying effect of thousands of voices singing “Jerusalem”!

The speaker for the evening was Chris Dixon, a quilter, who described her travels and the quilts which they inspired. She produced a large variety of colourful examples from her seemingly bottomless bag and talked eloquently about them and the techniques she had used in making them.These varied from hand stitching a beautiful red, North country quilt through smaller pieces echoing the work of Cook Islanders and reflecting the industrial heritage of the North East. Different textures and fabric were employed as well as special crayons, dyes, bleach and even a small soldering iron! It made fascinating listening and many members are looking forward to Chris’s future exhibition at the Bailiffgate Museum.
The competition for a small piece of patchwork or quilting was won by Linda Bell.

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There was a display of work by the craft meeting members . Fidget cuffs for use by dementia sufferers are to be given to an Amble group. Premature baby units in the area are benefitting from the quantities of tiny knitted baby clothes also on display.

August is a holiday month but our members usually meet informally for a walk and refreshments.
Members are meeting at Hauxley Nature Reserve at 2 p.m. on August 1st. The W.I. competition at Warkworth Show on August 19th is for a jar of marmalade. The September 5th meeting is by Amble R.N.L.I. and refreshments provided will be on a “fishy” theme, as a fund raiser for the charity.

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