Women’s Institute reports
Published at 07:36, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
AFTER the scheduled speaker cancelled, members were treated to a fun-filled evening of quizzes and renditions of Geordie tales, amusingly delivered by Janet Proud and June Newton.
At the spring group meeting in April, the institute was fortunate enough to win the group bursary for a member to attend a course at Denman College in Oxfordshire.
Anyone wishing to go was asked to put their name on a list and Jenny Coates was lucky enough to be picked.
Plans were made for the institute’s jumble sale on Saturday, October 5 and an appeal was made for help the evening before and on the day.
George Proud will give a talk on Wildflowers, Myths and Legends at the October meeting.
THE demonstration by Chris Hume was on target when he gave members a lesson in archery.
After being fitted with arm-guards and following a few safety instructions, he soon had his students hitting the targets set up at the rear of the hall.
Members found it both enjoyable and quite challenging and, although it wasn’t easy to aim accurately, they improved with practise.
Chris also told the members about the various archery groups in the area.
A FILM about The Great North Air Ambulance Service was shown at Kielder First School.
The film was very informative and made members realise how much work and money goes into providing this vital service, especially as it receives no Government funding and relies on fund-raising in many forms.
Barry Noble, GNAAS representative for the North Tyne, answered questions from members.
MEDICAL herbalist Ross Menzies gave a fascinating talk entitled Medicines and foods from the hedgerows. Ross, who practises in Hexham, outlined the history of herbal medicine, pointing out that until about 100 years ago it was the only form of medicine available.
He went on to explain what different plants are used for and everyone enjoyed a cup of delicious aromatic tea made from lemon balm and rosemary and sampled pieces of dandelion root.
Ross’s knowledge was extensive and he passed on recipes for nettle soup and salads made from hawthorn leaves and berries.
There were a number of entries for the hat competition and the first three winners – Susan Gilmour, Nora Longdin and Margaret Earl – will be entered in the competition at the Chesters group meeting next month.
MEMBERS shared dressing table delights at their September meeting when Kathleen Turnbull gave a talk about the history of perfume.
Scented smoke and candles have been in use since Ancient Egyptian times, while old favourite, 4711 Eau de Cologne, was first produced shortly before Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Germany.
Memories of people and places were recalled as Kathleen named and described popular perfumes.
The skills of the modern perfumier have many outlets, including interactive museums such as Jorvik in York. Mary Robinson’s perfume bottle was the competition winner.
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This week in... 1949Friday, December 9, 1949...
A workman was buried alive while digging a drain in the Prudhoe Urban Council's housing estate at Oaklands.
Workmates rushed to the aid of 50-year-old Richard Barclay, of Stocksfield, when the wall of the trench he was digging collapsed.
They managed to dig his head and shoulders free before finally pulling him from the earth. He was found to be suffering from shock and bruising.