“Angels of the North” + Meeting record



1. 31 members 7 visitors representing Amble and Lesbury WI, Inner Wheel Mabel Forsyth, family -Serena’s sister

 2.Jerusalem was sung

3. Correspondence Lesbury WI fundraising coffee morning 26 Sept 10.30- 12 at 1 The Steading. From Federation – Arty Party, Christmas Crafts, Christmas celebration at Newcastle Cathedral, Christmas Pudding Beetle Drive, International day at Stannington – India, all details on handouts on tabInfo about resolutions passed at national AGM “Don’t fear the Smear” and “Supporting Rural Buses”    photo copies available.

4. Presidents remarks

  • Hall refurbishment – thanks to the committee
  • Show results Several members people entered, successes with prizes and cups for many classes. Rachel Parks, Helen Franklin, Gillian, Valerie Bell, Marion, Lois, Kate , Alison McPhillips, Anne Cashmore. Pat Dodd, entered 39 classes, placed in many and won 3 cups. Judith Hebron WI salver for her savoury pasty, Judy second, Kate- Kirk cup for a vegan treat. Many WI members visible in helping to run Show.

  • Busy summer with trips to Hexham & Durham Dales in July, Hauxley in August and garden visits to Herterton House and Bide-A-Wee

  • Star letter in WI life magazine re sanitary pads, draw attention to article about food poverty

  • Christmas shoeboxes will be filled on the Craft afternoon on Oct 15th at the Hall. All welcome to come and help. Items needed toothbrushes and paste, combs

  • Ideas for Centenary year in 2022 please. A board will be circulated at meetings.

  • Contributions to food banks can be collected at meetings and delivered – to Amble?

5. Group Reports

Reading group Sept 10th 2-4pm at Kate’s

Craft Group Sept 17th 2-4 bring own work and ideas for next group project

Bowls group resumes 19th Sept  – new members welcome

Plastics group -no further response from A-M Trevelyan, to be followed up with letter. Crisp packets for school can be handed in at meetings. World of Difference shop in Alnwick stocks eco friendly cleaning products and can refill your own bottles. Take small one for sample. Next meeting Sept 17th at 10am at Anne’s


6. Members’ Announcements Greenhouse available 6 by 8 ft

Treasurer – Subs in Jan 2020 £43

7. Birthdays – July and August Marian Forsyth and Linda Bell chocolates

8. Date and time of next meeting Oct 1st Trees and the forestry Commission Mark Child Competition – a pot of herbs and a suggested use.

9. Speaker  Moira Kilkenny “Angels of the North” + friend who operated computer. The book by Moira and Joyce Quinn contains  40 biographies of outstanding women from the North East.

Some notable dates

1690 – first feminist writer Mary Astell

1882 Married Women’s Property Act -Women could keep their own property on marriage

1918 Women over 30 with property could vote [all women and men in 1928]

1923 Equality in divorce law for men and women

Biographies of women then given in more detail accompanied by slides.

Grace Darling, Lady Louisa Waterford of Ford, Josephine Butler, Emily Wilding Davison, Charlotte Marsh , Lady Sybil Gray, Ida and Louise Cook

10.Vote of Thanks – Colette Conway

11. Raffle

12. Tea/coffee pooled supper

13. Competition – An Inspirational woman-results 1st Kate Burnham [aunt] 2nd Pat Dodd [Mum] 3rd Pat Wood [Mum]