For the April meeting, President Marion Jones welcomed 43 members and 7 visitors. Marion spoke of the sad loss of one of our long-standing members, Patricia Nyberg who died recently, who had been a loyal member. The Bowls team was congratulated for reaching the semi- finals of the competition. Members were asked to support the Memorial Hall coffee morning on April 9th, 10-11.30 am when we would be running the cake stall. next month’s meeting would be the Annual meeting when Joanne Patrick, NFWI advisor would be attending; we will be having a pooled supper that evening. A photo of all members attending would be taken before the meeting so we were asked to come a little earlier. Marion thanked June and Kate for organizing the 2016-2017 programme. The Boathouse menu was available and members were asked to make their menu choices and pay a deposit of £5. A reminder of National Federation raffle tickets available for £1 each, the 1st prize being £10,000. Correspondence included notices about
- Floral art design workshop
- trip to Askham Hall
- Photography workshop
- lunch at Doxford Hall with Alan Beith
- lunch with Ivan Day [culinary historian]
- W.I. Sports week 12th-18th Sept
- an evening with Rory Bremner May 13th, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.
Audrey Jones won the birthday flowers and the competition for a humorous poem was won by Pat Wood, Chris Harrison- 2nd, Caroline Stamp- 3rd.
Marion then introduced our speakers for the evening, Catherine and Paddy L’Anson-Clough or “Best of Fettle” who entertained with their Tyneside songs, Geordie jokes and recitations in local dialect. We laughed and sang! They were brilliant and all who attended agreed it had been an excellent evening.