Minutes, February 5th’19

Warkworth WI Meeting February 5th 2019

Serena Coulter, our President welcomed thirty seven members, three visitors and a total of five members from Acklington and Widdrington Village WIs to our February meeting.

We sang Jerusalem and Judy Townshend read an edited version of the record of the January meeting. In future the record will be printed and available for members to read themselves.

The correspondence, read by Judy was: Lady Denman Cup details; application forms for Meet the Judges Day, Beginners Sugar Craft, Craft Day at Bardon Mill, a talk on ‘What Happens Next?’- Resolutions; Cookery demo/lunch at the Barrasford Arms; the ‘Golden Guide’ booklet’; a notice of thanks from the Samaritan’s Purse charity and an invitation to a quiz night from Widdrington Stn/ Stobswood WI.

In her remarks, Serena told members that the committee are in urgent need of more people to join them as there are only eight on the committee at the moment.

Our Centenary will be in 2022. Already we are thinking about how to celebrate as planning and then possibly making things takes time.

On Wednesday July 10th a 49 seater coach will take us on our outing to the Durham dales. More details will follow but Serena urged members to put the date in their diaries.

The Book Group will meet at 54 Morwick Road on February 12th at 2pm. The Craft Group will meet on the following Tuesday at 2pm in the Hall. The Plastics Group reported that the waste in the green bins is now sent for incineration, not to landfill. The Bowls Group will be entering one pair for the competition on April 2nd at Acklington Village Hall.

The ‘Warm Hub’ will meet on February 27th in the URC Hall, 2-4 pm.

Anne Cashmore will be hosting an afternoon tea in aid of Fairtrade Fortnight on February 19th at 3pm, 2 Heathergrove.

Kate Burnham was presented with the birthday flowers.

Serena introduced our speaker, Jannick Geneau and his wife from ‘A Taste of Northumbria’. They had arrived laden with boxes of alcohol: gin, rum, Lindisfarne mead and liqueurs of different flavours and we were looking forward to tasting some of them. Jannick told us how the company had been formed and then continued by introducing us to each of the products he had brought along. Oh how we enjoyed tasting them!! They were delicious and we soon decided which ones were our favourites. Looking around at reactions, the cream liqueur seemed to be going down very well indeed.

Rachel Parks gave an enthusiastic vote of thanks and we enjoyed further refreshments of tea and coffee made by Christine McDonald and Alison McPhillips.

The raffle was drawn with several prizes including a generous voucher for £20 from Amble Butchers.

The competition, a jar of homemade jam which was won by Sarah Chesney. Pat Dodd came second and Gillian Bell third.

We had enjoyed a memorable evening with our WI guests. Several members asked if we could repeat the evening soon!

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