September 2016

Warkworth WI news September 2016

President Marion welcomed 28 members to the September meeting, acknowledging that some members were on holiday. First of all Marion talked about the successful August walk around Amble that many members had enjoyed, along with tea or ice cream afterwards. Next was a report about the Warkworth Show; there had been 11 shopping bags entered in the Warkworth WI class this year and Linda Bell was congratulated on winning the WI cup. Marion praised all those who had entered in so many other classes. She thanked the spinners and spoke of the magnificent Centenary Banner or ‘Hanging’ that had attracted many admiring comments. It is to be included in an exhibition at the Bailiffgate Museum from September 10th –30th.

For the charity Christmas shoe boxes this year Marion suggested members might donate money so that organisers could buy the items to be included or to pay towards transport; a collection box was available. This autumn’s coffee morning in aid of the Hall funds will take place on October 8th when our role will be to organize the playing card ‘tombola’ table. Low-value wrapped prizes were requested brought to the next meeting or left in a box in Kate Burnham’s porch. Marion invited members to contribute ideas for next year’s programme and encouraged members to get more involved in courses and events that are organized by Northumberland Federation. The produce table was loaded with apples, vegetables and meringues; the sale of these adds to the Christmas party fund.

Sarah Chesney won the birthday flowers. The competition for a home-made high-energy snack was won by Lorna Allen.

The speaker for the evening, Jonathan Ewen from the charity Shelter Box, gave an interesting and thought-provoking talk with slides, physically demonstrating the contents of the specialized boxes that are sent to disaster zones throughout the world. The largest item in the box was a very well designed tent that sleeps 10, but it also included everything else a family would need if their home had been destroyed in a disaster. He spoke of the highly trained relief workers who do such a marvellous job to help whenever and wherever disaster strikes. He told us of the depots in the UK and the world where boxes are stored ready for quick dispatch. He donated his fee for the talk to this charity and many members were moved to add their own donation.

The next meeting will be on October 4th. This will be our Guest Night with other WIs attending and our speaker will be Julia Soares-McCormack demonstrating Jane Austen costume. There will be a pooled supper.