Tiny Lives in September

Warkworth WI Meeting Record September 4th 2018

Serena welcomed 37 members, including our new member, Yvonne Goddard, 2 visitors from Inner Wheel and our speaker, Louise Carroll.

Jerusalem was sung.    A record of our last meeting in July was read.

Serena Coulter began her remarks with the sad news that two previous members, Caroline Stamp and Sally Barwise,  had both recently died.

Our WI has been very active throughout the summer: the August walk, trip to Bowes Museum with Amble WI, Centenary celebration at Northumberlandia , poppy display at the British Legion WW1 Exhibition when we provided refreshments and the Warkworth Show where several members were involved. Serena congratulated Pat Dodd and Helen Wilson for their winning show entries and Kate Burnham who won the WI salver for the best posy in WI colours. We had 2 teams in the federation quiz heat at Ulgham and both are through to the final on October 25th.

Correspondence was read.

Serena introduced our speaker who told us about the ‘Tiny Lives’ charity. We were told that the NHS at the RVI provide the expert staff, the hospital itself and the incubators, but the charity provide some specialist equipment and huge support for the parents and families of premature babies. The RVI can accommodate 31 premature babies and it is the specialist hospital for the whole region from Berwick to the Yorkshire border and Cumbria. Our members were quite moved by her talk and a spontaneous collection was made while Louise was talking to us. Anne Cashmore gave a vote of thanks and presented a donation of a cheque for £30 together with masses of tiny knitted hats and blankets, made by our members. The collection had raised an additional £95.15.

The business meeting continued.

Group reports;

Book Group at Kate Burnham’s, Sept 11th.

Craft Group, Sept 18th making another hanging of poppies.

Bowls Group, every Thursday from Sept 20th, 10am.

Plastics Action Group – Sept 21st 10am.              Volunteers needed to make cloth bags at Warkorth First School; list of ways to reduce waste available to members.; ‘Guppy’ washing bag to prevent micro fibres getting into water supply; survey for local businesses and their uses of plastics being compiled.

Walking Group – under review.

Serena asked for suggestions for WI activities and future programme speakers, comments to be written in ‘suggestions book’.  A number of members put forward ideas.

There will be a coffee morning at Abbeyfield – Sept 15th, 10am.

The birthday chocolates were presented to                                                      The raffle was drawn.                                          The competition for a childhood memory was won by Elaine Davies, Valerie West 2nd and Pat Dodd 3rd.

Now that our warm, sunny summer seemed to be over it was good to be back with so many WI friends.

Next meeting on October 2nd – talk on Aloe Vera, no pooled supper.