March minutes, 2019

Warkworth WI Meeting March 5th 2019

Serena Coulter, our President welcomed forty members and six visitors to our March meeting.We sang Jerusalem and members were informed that last month’s Meeting Record was on the stage for everyone to read.

The correspondence, read by Judy included: a reminder of the quiz night at Widdrington Stn/ Stobswood WI; another invitation to a quiz night at Shilbottle WI; Northd. Fed Craft Competition Schedule; Domino Drive application; National WI raffle tickets; letter informing of Ann Pringle’s retirement.

In her remarks, Serena informed us that unfortunately Pat Jones had suffered a stroke but she was making good progress in Alnwick hospital. Pat Calvert and husband, Fred will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary very soon and Maisie Luke recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Flowers and a card would be taken to her as she was unable to come to the meeting.A coach was booked for our summer trip on Wednesday 10th July. A board was to be circulated inviting members to write their names on the list. The hall coffee morning will be on April 13th. We will be responsible for the produce stall so members were encouraged to bring items to the April meeting.

Group reports: The Book Group will meet at Pat Wood’s house on March 12th at 2pm. The Craft Group will meet on the following Tuesday at 2pm in the Hall. The Plastics Group will next meet on Friday 8th March at 2 Heather Grove at 10 am. The Bowls Group will meet as usual at 10 am every Thursday – new members are encouraged to join the group.

Birthday flowers were presented to Jan Shotton.

The next meeting will be on April 4th when Andy Griffin will be giving an illustrated talk about the Northumberland coast. The competition will be a picture of the Northumberland coast.

Our speakers, Janet and Lorraine were introduced by Serena. Our first task was to guess their profession as this had been kept a secret. They distributed quiz papers to each of the members testing our knowledge of the work of a magistrate. We learnt, for example, that all criminal cases are first heard by magistrates and that 65% of magistrates are women; we have had magistrates since1361 and women have only been allowed to sit on the bench since 1919. Marion Jones was then put in the dock as (apparently) she had committed a serious shop-lifting offence. After hearing the evidence she was pronounced guilty and given a custodial sentence because she had committed 197 other offences!

A vote of thanks was given by Kate Burnham, praising Lorraine and Janet on such an informative and interesting talk.

Tea and coffee were prepared by Sarah Chesney and Jill Piddock and we enjoyed Pat Dodd’s homemade cake and biscuits.

The raffle was drawn with several prizes.

The competition, a pot of spring bulbs was won by Jan Shotton, second was Audrey Jones and third, Judith Hebron.

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