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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Women’s institutes

FOLLOWING the business agenda and the National Women’s Institute AGM report by Rosemary Harrison, members were entertained by Tim Morris from the Northumberland Sausage Company of West Woodburn.

Tim gave a brief outline of the business and its history.

Two WI members (Judith and Barbara) then assisted in making some sausages.

Our competition, on a piggy theme, was won by Judith Anderson, second was Val Thompson and third was Penny Macloughlin.

The next meeting is on Thursday, September when Professor John McCabe will give a talk on MI6.

Barbara Nelson

THE July meeting was a summer party at the home of president Mary Illingworth.

Entertainment was provided by musical group Noteworthy, of which Julie Robson of Allendale Women’s Institute is a member.

The group had arranged a varied programme of songs from well-known shows, with titles ranging from Three Little Maids from School to Some Enchanted Evening.

At the end of an enjoyable performance, supper was provided.

AT the July meeting, members entertained 13 members of their ‘twin’ branch in South Gosforth.

They were greatly entertained by former president and all-round good cook Dorothy Hartley, who demonstrated four simple to make ‘puds’ which members sampled later in the meeting.

Members enjoyed the company of their ‘twin sisters’ and look forward to seeing them again in December when they have been invited to join them for some Christmas entertainment.

The members are looking forward to going to Seaton Delaval Hall on Wednesay, August 13, for their annual outing.

The next meeting will be in the village hall on Wednesday, September 10, when the speaker will be Sarah Speed on Nursing in the Maldives.

Sheila Walker

THE ladies had a very interesting afternoon visit to see the Fallowfield Alpacas.

Their host, Melanie Douglas, gave an informative talk about the history, development and care of her wonderful herd of alpacas.

The maternity/nursery field was a joy to behold; some of the baby alpacas (cria) were only a few days old and varied in colour from cream to very dark brown.

The beautiful fleeces from these animals, after they have been treated and spun, can be made into very soft clothing or hypoallergenic bedding.

Melanie supplied the members with tea, coffee and biscuits and they had a picnic in the barn surrounded by the picturesque countryside.

The raffle was won by Helen Batey and Anne Dunlop was the winner of the best spectacle case competition.

Dorothy O’Malley

FOR their July meeting, the members were the guests of their president, Judith Arthur, for a summer lunch to celebrate their 50th year.

After a brief business meeting, members sat in the garden to enjoy a home-made lunch.

There were a variety of dishes to sample and savour. The desserts were based on summer favourite strawberries and meringues.

Members will meet again in September for the final meeting of their 50th year. This will be a night of entertainment and a supper.

Margaret Neil

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