Thank you was given to the deputy President and secretary who officiated at the last meeting.
The minutes of that meeting were read and duly signed, followed by matters arising.
Val Bartlett is going as our delegate to the County AGM and Janet Embleton and Ann Walshaw are going as visitors.
Sue Davies reminded everyone about the social afternoon on Tuesday 20th March at 2pm when those who had made cushions for the Olympics are going to complete them, stuffing with sheeps wool. One of the ladies from the Woolsack is coming and bringing some visitors. After talking to a reporter from The Mercury she said they would be interested and would hope to cover the event.
Hilary Jenkins gave a report about our entries for the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain House. We had 8 jars entered and received four bronze awards and one silver. It would be good to see a few more entries next year.
The speaker for our next meeting on April 10th is Sadie the Bra Lady. This is an open meeting and all are welcome.
Please telephone to confirm attendance, check Hamsterley Village website and the Parish Magazine.
A suggestion was made for an evening meeting at Bowes Museum with a talk about textiles. There will be a cost for this and members were asked to think about it.
As a suggestion for WI Memories the members thought it would be a good idea to interview Mary Weir as this year she will have been a WI member for 70 years.
It was put forward that at our November meeting we should have a stall with crafts for sale made by our talented members and the profits to go to our funds.
Our President told us that on Saturday April 7th there will be a coffee morning from 10 until 12 in Hamsterley Village Hall in aid of the visit of the Chernobyl children.
Ann welcomed our speaker for the evening from LB Plants. He explained the background to the business, how they got started and finally had their nursery at Whitworth Hall. With a slide show which informed us about the walled garden and orangery and many of the beautiful plants that they grew and propagated. Their individual needs and characteristics were explained. We were all anticipating going to the nursery only to find that LB Plants are no longer there and although they are at another venue it is not yet open to the public.Their plants can however be purchased at farmers markets and flower shows.
The Vote of Thanks was given by Hilary Jenkins.
The raffle was won by Barbara Shuttleworth.
The competition for an attractive plant was won by 1st Diane Horn, 2nd Sue Davies, 3rd Hilary Jenkins.