November 1st meeting -Papermaking

Warkworth WI news November 2016

President Marion welcomed 39 members and 2 visitors to our November meeting. Marion began by telling us of the sad news that Faye Charlton had passed away. Pat Boyd’s husband, Neville had also passed away following a long illness. Both funerals, held at St Lawrence’s were attended by several WI members. Our competition stall at the Hall coffee morning had raised £84 for Hall funds. Smaller gifts left over from our stall would be put in a bran tub for the Christmas party and larger items to be used as prizes in our raffles. Two teams had been entered in the annual Federation quiz and one team successfully went on to the final, but sadly did not win.

Pat Calvert won the birthday flowers and Lesley Purdy the chocolates. The competition for an article made from paper was won by Jan Shotton, second Audrey Jones and third Sarah Chesney.

Marion introduced our own member, Chris Harrison who was to talk about and demonstrate the art of paper making. Chris has a huge knowledge and experience of making paper from many different fibres, gaining experiences from around the world. She talked of the beginnings of paper making through to the more modern techniques when various gadgets are used. We were all fascinated when Chris showed us how to dip the frame into the vat. She made it look easy, but of course she is an expert; traditionally an apprenticeship lasted seven years! Our members were very keen to ask questions and later several tried their hand at making some paper for themselves, taking it home to dry. Chris was heartily applauded and Marion gave a vote of thanks.

For the Christmas party evening on Tuesday December 6th members are reminded to bring cutlery, plates, etc. together with one item for the hampers. The competition would be a party hat. The buffet will be catered and the entertainment would be provided by the committee.

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