October 2018 meeting

Warkworth WI Meeting October 2nd 2018

In the absence of Serena Coulter, Kate Burnham, our vice-president welcomed 23 members and 1 visitor together with Julie Charlton, our speaker.

Kate apologised to the members who had brought contributions for a pooled supper and she reminded everyone that a pooled supper is needed for November’s meeting.

We sang Jerusalem.

Kate began with the latest update on GDPR, (General Data Protection Regulation) – a form that will be included in the subs envelope in December. Kate stressed the need for everyone to fill it in and return it in January.

There was a list of several items of interest this month:

A fund-raising coffee morning for the Hall, Saturday 6th, 10-12.30, volunteers needed.

Kindness Day, Saturday November 3rd, TBA and details sent later.

Centenary Christmas Celebration, Cathedral, December 6th. Details at next meeting.

Alnmouth Hallowe’en Lunch – last chance for booking.

Summer outing to be discussed soon, ideas in book please.

Programme and activity suggestions also should be put in book.

Kate introduced our speaker who, with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation told us about the plant, Aloe Vera. Julie talked about her own experience and how Aloe Vera extract has helped her overcome symptoms of M.E. It can be ingested or applied to the skin. Julie is a great advocate of its healing and soothing properties and she showed us the many creams, ointments and drinks that she had brought for us to learn about. It was an illuminating talk that demonstrated the power of alternative therapies. Questions were asked from the floor and Serena, who had arrived in time to hear the talk, gave a vote of thanks.

Kate continued with the business meeting:

Sound system in place but it needed to be tested after the meeting.

‘Pennies for Friendship’ was explained to new members as well as the other collections on registration table.

Christmas boxes: items should be brought to next meeting or money to buy items.


Book group on the 13th at Pat Wood’s, 2 pm; Bowls in Hall, 10 am every Thursday- new members needed; Plastics group, next meeting Oct 29th , also volunteers for school bag project needed; Craft group, 20th at 2pm to assemble poppies for displays.

Christian Aid coffee morning in URC hall, Oct 20th.

Subs for 2019/20- £42, to be paid in January.

The birthday chocolates were won by Rosie Adams. The competition, a beauty tip won by Kate Burnham, 2nd – Jan Shotton, 3rd- Pat Dodd. The raffle was drawn.

The next meeting, on November 6th will a commemoration of the end of WW1 and there will be a talk by Sarah Reay, an author together with a performance by Beverley Palin on her trench organ. Guests from other WIs and Mr and Mrs Watson from the British Legion have been invited and we will have a pooled supper.

Refreshments were served by Pat Wood and Joyce Tweedy.

It had been a very busy and interesting meeting.