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Sunday, 24 May 2015

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Women’s Institute reports

“YOGA is not about standing on your head”, we were told by Rose Romana at April’s meeting.

She gave a fabulous talk on the history of yoga and the benefits of including it in everyday lives: showing simple ways to improve our bodies. She will probably find that we are all rushing to join her yoga classes in future, as she made it seem so easy.

Before Rose began her talk, we dealt with the business side of the meeting and were reminded by Barbara, our president, to save all of our unwanted items for the annual jumble sale on May 10.

We will also be part of the villager day on June 21 when the WI will have a ‘kitchenalia’ stall: anything new or nearly new for that, would be appreciated.

Next month is the annual meeting when the president and officers will review the past year and seek nominations for the committee; if you’ve ever thought about joining the committee then now is the time to give it a try.

WI ladies celebrated their 69th birthday with a delicious meal at the Blue Bell at High Mickley and remembered to leave enough room for a slice of birthday cake made and beautifully iced by Anne Jupp and cut on the evening by Eva Rowell.

Reports about the spring council meeting, the centenary baton event at Newbrough and the ‘Inspiring Women’ day at St James’s Park were all very interesting, and the suggestion that each institute should have a party in 2015 to celebrate the centenary went down well – Prudhoe ladies always enjoy a good party!

The AGM held in April brought a welcome return visit by Kathleen Jones as our WIA.

She guided us through the meeting with ease – Anne Tullock was re-elected as president for the coming year and we all look forward to the new programme planned by Caroline Stow and outings organised by Elizabeth Grant.

Barbara Robinson

IT was a delight to watch and listen to the illustrated talk by Susie White at our April meeting.

It was based on her book Walled Gardens of Northumberland and the Borders which she wrote in collaboration with photographer Simon Fraser.

Descriptions of the gardens were accompanied by stunning pictures.

There were properties and gardens of all types and sizes and from all parts of the region. Many were the gardens of grand houses and castles, from new ones like Alnwick, to Abbotsford where Sir Walter Scott’s designs are still in evidence.

There were gardens in quarries like Belsay and Bide a Wee Cottage, together with those on a smaller scale like Herterton and Gertrude Jekyll’s garden at Lindisfarne.

All showed how different gardens had tackled the difficult conditions found in Northumberland.

GUESTS from Riding Mill, Humshaugh, Haltwhistle and Dilston enjoyed celebrating our 96th birthday.

We were entertained by the Silver Bells who gave us a delightfully varied programme.

Seven members visited Down Your Way at Bardon Mill,where they enjoyed the lovely new hall, the potteries and a delicious tea.

A team was entered for the quiz at Newbrough, but sadly came away empty handed.

The next meeting is Postcard Great North Road with George Nairn, where he will give valuations and possibly buy some postcards brought by members.

Suzette Milne