Apologies for absence were received from Hilary Jenkins, Joan McDowall and Angela Watson.
Anne Walshaw reported that sadly Mary Weir had fallen at home. We sent her our best wishes for a speedy recovery. Kathleen Goodwin continues to make good progress following her recent fall and we continue to send her our best wishes.
The Social Quiz arranged by County Office, which was to have been held at Evenwood, on 28 February 2011, has been cancelled.
Ann Richards reported that she had written a letter to Durham County Council opposing the proposed closure of the Tourist Information Centres in the area.
Ann Richards will write to David Bellamy on behalf of Hamsterley WI, offering support in his fight to save Hamsterley Forest from privatisation. Helen Goodman MP will be holding a meeting on this subject, outside the Visitors’ Car Park in Hamsterley Forest at 11am on Saturday, 26 February 2011.
Carol Elliott and Ann Richards are having a Coffee Morning in Hamsterley Village Hall between 10am and 12noon to support the Chernobyl Children’s Project. There will be a Book Stall, Bric-a-Brac Stall and Tombola. All are welcome.
Pat Welsh reported that 5 members had made jars of Marmalade to be entered in the “Marmalade Festival” to be held on 12 and 13 February 2011 at Dalemain House, Penrith.
Janet Embleton is to be the Delegate to the County AGM to be held in Bishop Auckland on 12 April 2011. Members are reminded to think of ideas which can be made into an A4 poster advertising their favourite circular walk in the area. These designs and ideas will be discussed at the next branch meeting and the final entry will be entered into the County Competition, which will be judged at the County AGM.
The next Knit and Knatter will be held on 16 February 2011 at 2pm at the home of Sue Davies.
Some members expressed an interest in teaching the children at Hamsterley School how to knit. This follows an appeal from the Mrs Cowans, the Headteacher. Anyone interested in this project, please contact Mrs Cowans on 01388 488279.
Members are reminded that subscriptions are due.
Janet Embleton asked for suggestions for future outings.
The Speaker for the evening was Philip Nixon, known for his photography, who gave an interesting talk and presentation on the Border Reivers. For three centuries there was border warfare between Scotland and England, from the Reign of King Edward I to the Reign of King James IV of Scotland (King James I of England) who ruled the land as one kingdom. Philip Nixon has written a book called Border Reivers. The book contains wonderful photography and pictures as well as being informative.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Betty Jackson.
Competition for a photograph of Northumbria taken by the Member was won by 1st Anne Walshaw, 2nd Margaret Henderson, 3rd Carol Elliott.
The Raffle was won by Ann Richards.
Next Meeting: 8 March 2011.
Speaker: Lisa Lane “Loopy Lisa Fudge”. Subject: A talk on Running a Small Business.
All new members and visitors would be very welcome.