Hamsterley WI – Report of Meeting held 11th January 2011

WI LogoThe meeting opened with the singing of Jerusalem.

Apologies for absence were given for Marie, Claire and Mary.

We were told by our President, Ann Richards, that Kathleen had slipped and broken her hip, we all wish her a speedy recovery and are sending her a card.

It was agreed that next Christmas we would go out for lunch instead of having an evening party as the weather is often poor for travelling.

The next item for discussion was the closure of the Tourist Information Office in Barnard Castle and possibly other outlying places. Members agreed that we should register a protest by letter to various offices. Where else can visitors, whom we all wish to come to the area, get information?

The next Knit and Natter afternoon will be Wednesday 19th January at 2pm at Low Grewburn farm, Butterknowle.

Hilary drew attention to the forthcoming ‘Marmalade Festival’ atDalemain House, Penrith on February 12th and 13th. If anyone would like further information they can go on the Internet or get in touch with Hilary.

Names are being collected of members who have not received their recent copy of W.I.LIFE and we were also encouraged to fill in the National A.G.M  voting form for the Resolutions.

Suggestions were requested for the area A.G.M.competition as mentioned in the Newsletter, which will be discussed at the next meeting.

A team was put forward for the Pub Quiz on the 28th Feb.

Ann welcomed our speaker for the evening. John Lowles who talked about the Chernobyl Disaster and the Children’s Project UK. He gave an explanation  about what happened on 26th April 1986 when the reactor blew up, the following disaster and the world wide results of the fallout.The horrific after effects for the people in the area and hoe we can all help the people of Belarus.

The inhabitants of the area are still growing and eating food from contaminated soil. many people died from radiation sickness and now 25 years on the incidents of cancer and related problems are continuing to manifest themselves.

The Chernobyl Children’s Project was set up in 1995 and continues to do amazing work. Ann Richards told us about her experiences hosting children and their mothers and Carol Elliott has had children in her home and is going out to Belarus in May.The children come each year in June time and the fresh air and good food does their immune system a great deal of good.

If anyone is interested in helping the charity or hosting children please contact John Lowles or our President Ann Richards.

The vote of Thanks was given by Hilary Jenkins.

Competition for a Christmas card received was won by Maureen Beadnell, 2nd: Hilary Jenkins, 3rd: Joan McDowell.

Raffle won by Betty Jackson.

Next Meeting

6th February 2011.

Speaker Phillip Nixon.

Subject, The Border Reivers.

All new members would be very welcome.

Hilary Jenkins.

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