Tynedale: Women’s institute reports
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 23 October 2013
TWO years ago, Kathleen Todd spoke to members about the work she did for the charity PCDC (Practical Compassion for Destitute Children in the lands of the Bible).MEMBERS and guests – one of whom was from Japan – celebrated the institute’s 87th anniversary.
So members were delighted to hear why the Rev. Malcolm Jones started this charity, when he visited Acomb.
Malcolm first went to Jerusalem in 1965 to study Greek at St George’s college in Jerusalem.
While there, he was touched by the plight of homeless boys and on his next visit, in 1996, when he met a boy of eight who was living on the streets, he found him a home in an orphanage for rescued boys.
The woman who ran orphanage had no washing machine, so Malcolm bought two on credit, without considering how he would repay the loan.
He returned home and, miraculously, donations began to arrive regularly and he was able to repay the debt.
In 1998, PCDC was granted charitable status and moved its work to Bethlehem where Hope School, now one of 18 schools, was founded.
The charity, which is one of the smallest in this country and is Tyneside-based, now supports 314 children.
The winner of the competition for a flower arrangement was Marjorie Johnson, with Margaret Forster runner-up.
ALISON Scrimshaw was congratulated on her wonderful achievements in the floral art section of Prudhoe Town Show.
Dorothy Graham reported an excellent result following the annual coffee evening in August and everyone was thanked for their attendance and donations.
Plans for a Christmas meeting and several outings were discussed.
Some members were preparing to make a scarecrow for an event in the Methodist chapel in October.
Ingrid Kilner proved to be an interesting and entertaining speaker, sharing her experiences in her fascinating talk A Year Behind The Veil.
The competition for a shawl was won by Alma Waterson, with Elizabeth Grant second.
It was obviously Alma’s lucky night as she also won the raffle, with Hazel Ather taking the second prize.
BUILDING the Millennium Bridge was the theme of the talk given by John Johnson.
Mr Johnson was director of design and construction for the project and in an erudite and enthralling presentation, accompanied by a superb slide show, led members through each phase – from selling the concept and persuading the sceptics, to assessment of design options, awarding contracts and obtaining Millennium funding.
He explained in fascinating detail how this world-class, iconic land mark, had been created and all within an eye wateringly tight timetable.
THE history of Newcastle’s Grainger Market was outlined by Freda Thompson.
An informative and animated speaker, she told members many “behind the scenes’ stories”, illustrating her talk with slides of the market, past and present.
During the summer, members visited Levens Hall, in Cumbria, home to Europe’s largest topiary garden.
The hall, itself, proved an interesting place to visit and the gardens were beautiful. A trip to Grange-over-Sands to walk along the promenade and gardens, followed by tea at Allithwaite Women’s Institute completed the outing.
A LUNCH party marked the 50th anniversary celebrations of the institute.
The meal at Kirkley Hall followed a 1960s menu and the anniversary cake was cut by Eleanor Findley.
Over the next year secretary Dorothy Wheeler has arranged an exciting programme of meetings and outings. These include a talk about English writer, archaeologist and spy Gertrude Bell, a games evening and a Northumbrian evening.
The committee thanked Dorothy for her hard work.
The November meeting will be the institute’s AGM with a 1960s quiz and a Christmas lunch is planned for the December meeting.
A beetle drive and party supper were enjoyed, as was a fun competition to guess the identity of members from photographs of them as babies.
Arrangements were also made for 14 members to attend the group meeting at Riding Mill.
Pat Douglas was thanked for arranging the evening.
SEVENTEEN members of Seaton Valley Women’s Institute, which recently twinned with Heddon, attended the meeting.
Seasoned travellers Harry and Kath Gilbert transported their audience to “Awesome New Zealand” with a talk and slide show that covered the length and breadth of this beautiful country.
They toured the North and South Islands and showed photographs of the breath-taking scenery, strange waterfalls and glaciers.
Members heard how the islands can be affected by earthquakes, one of which destroyed the beautiful Cathedral of Christchurch, which is now in the process of being rebuilt.
Kath and Harry pack so much into their holidays – from helicopter rides over the must beautiful scenery in the world, to scenic walks and river cruises – that members are now eagerly awaiting their next trip.
They were thanked for their talk by Joyce Laws who visited New Zealand in 2009.
The competition for a foreign artwork was won by Olive White with a papier-mache Mexican peasant made out of newspapers.
Heddon members have been invited to join Seaton Valley for their November, weather permitting.
“MECHANICAL Music” was the title of the talk given by David Swan.
He told members how the first organs are thought to have been Arabic, followed by others designed by the Romans.
By the Middle Ages mini water organs were developed, but it was 1502 before the first barrel organ was developed in Salzburg.
By Queen Victoria’s reign barrel organs and small mechanical church organs were capable of playing up to 30 hymns – the music was encoded on to barrels using metal pins and staples, with the pins used for short notes and the staples of varying lengths for longer notes.
David also showed members tiny organs adapted to fit into snuff boxes and a tiny silver organ with a singing bird which popped up from the lid.
The vote of thanks was given by Christine Bragg who also won the competition for a treasured box and the raffle was won by Mary Bramwell.
WHO would have thought that eating certain flowers can make you see fairies, or that placing a basket of primroses on your doorstep will keep witches away?
Well this is what members were told by George Proud who gave a brilliant talk on the various myths and folklore associated with wildflowers.
Some of the tips and ideas were more practical, such as adding young dandelion leaves to salads and making primrose or cowslip wine.
George did advise against eating dandelion leaves late at night, however, as they act as a strong diuretic.
George showed pictures of the many wildflowers to be found in South Close Field, in Riding Mill, which is owned by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
A flower competition was won by Ros Charman, Val Thompson came second and Paula Forster was third.
This month members also welcomed a contingent from their new twin institute, Wingrove in the west-end of Newcastle.
The annual jumble sale in October was a roaring success, making in excess of £1,000.
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This week in... 1972Friday, December 15, 1972...
STAFF at five hospitals in the Tynedale area walked out during a strike over pay.
Hexham General, Hexham War Memorial, Haltwhistle War Memorial, Wooley Sanatorium and Prudhoe hospitals, were all affected after the National Union of Public Employees called out their members.
Ancillary staff, including porters, cooks, telephone operators and boilermen joined the 12-hour stoppage with some NUPE members taking part in a protest march in Newcastle.