March 2018 meeting

Warkworth WI Meeting March 6th 2018

Our President, Serena Coulter welcomed 2 visitors and all the members present.

We sang Jerusalem.

Judith Hebron read the record of the last meeting on February 6th and it was agreed.

Matters Arising

The Fairtrade Afternoon Tea will be held on March 22nd, not 24th at 2 Heather Grove.

The URC coffee morning has been cancelled.

President’s Comments

Serena appealed for more red wool for the poppies.

She also appealed for cakes for the Memorial Hall fund raising coffee morning on March 24th, the WI will be manning the cake stall, all members were urged to attend and support this event, as the Hall Committee work very hard and the Hall is an asset to the village. The Hall needs a Booking Secretary, a very important job, which involves keeping a diary and making bookings, members were asked to consider this.

The Competition at the Coach Inn: Local WIs had been invited to enter a soup, a pie and a cake for a tasting afternoon, the winners of which would be incorporated into the Coach Inn’s Summer menu. The session was well represented and Widdrington Station won the soup, Amble won the pie and Warkworth won the cake which was made by our very own Pat Dodd! Pat was congratulated on her success. It had been a very enjoyable occasion and there would be a presentation in due course.

Judith Hebron read out the correspondence: National Raffle Tickets are still available. A letter from the National President about the derogatory article in the Daily Mail had been received. NFWI Annual Report. There is a Domino Drive on 17th May. There will be a Photography competition in September. Serena commented that there had been ‘mutinous rumblings’ about the money given to Denman.

The book group will meet on Tuesday March 13th at 5 Bridge View at 2.00pm.

The Craft Group will meet in the Supper Room on Tuesday March 20th at 2.00pm.

The Bowls Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.00 am in the Memorial Hall and would welcome any new members.

The Annual meeting will take place in May, only Committee members are able to be elected as President, so anyone wishing to join the Committee would be most welcome.

The birthday flowers were won by Valerie Bell.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday April 3rd, the day after Easter Monday. The speaker is Rob Wilson, ‘Famous Poisoners in History’ and the competition is a Spring posy.

The business meeting being over, Serena introduced Maureen Stephenson.


Maureen is a founder member of the Alnwick District University of the Third Age. She explained that U3A originated in France and aims to bring people together who share common interests. As we go through life, we all gain experience, and retired people have a wealth of experience, knowledge and interests which should be shared.

There are 3 main principles:

  • It should be a time of opportunity
  • It should be about lifelong learning and sharing of knowledge
  • There is an idea of mutual aid, that we stand up for each other and for ourselves

There are over 1,000 regional Universities with 480,000 members. It is an operationally independent organisation with a London based Headquarters which deals with insurance and contains a resource centre. There are regional areas, 4 meetings per year are held and also special events. It is an international organisation, Alnwick has just established a link with Warkworth U3A in New Zealand.

Maureen handed out details of the very varied programme of events available in Alnwick. There are many activities every day of the week, covering a wide variety of subjects: languages, History, Philosophy, Writing, Walking, Bridge, Architecture to mention but a few! Monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday in the month at St Michaels Church Hall from 2.00-4.00 pm, again with a varied programme.

Marion Jones gave a vote of thanks for a most interesting talk.

Members Announcements

Ann Cashmore reminded everyone about the Afternoon Tea, and also commented on plastic pollution, it was reported that the WI magazine wrapper is biodegradable.

Elaine Davidson is starting a ‘Jigsaw swap’ and appealed for jigsaws.

The Raffle was drawn.  Tea was served.

The ‘Original Poem’ competition was won by Christine McDonald with Serena Coulter, second and Alison McPhilips, third.