Hamsterley WI – Report of meeting held on 8th January 2013

WI LogoAnn Richards opened the meeting by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and welcoming two new members. We sang Jerusalem and the minutes of our last meeting were read.

We had visitors from Weardale WI at our November meeting and we had a craft stall which was successful and we took £82.25. many thanks to all who contributed crafts and Christmas Fayre.

Wolsingham WI are having their birthday party on Wednesday 16th January at 7pm
and Ann Walshaw and Diane Horn are going as guests to represent Hamsterley WI.
The next Knit and Natter meeting will be on Wednesday 15th January  at 2pm
at the home of Ann Richards in Barnard Castle.

Teams were sorted out for the Pub Quiz, Rita, Barbara, Joan and Ann will be taking
part and for the County Quiz Barbara, Joan, Rita and Ann Richards are our representatives.

Members were reminded that the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain is to take place
on march 2nd and 3rd. Any member wishing to enter must bring their entries to
the next WI meeting so they can be taken to Penrith before the closing date of 17th
February. Those who took part last year got silver and bronze awards and found the
comments given by the judges to be very useful. On the two days in March there are
many  interesting events and the programme can be found on the website
www.marmaladeawards.com.

The talk was given by Sue Davies and the topic ‘Earthquakes,Glaciers and Guanacos’
Sue and her husband Chris travelled to Chile in 2011 just about the time of their strong
earthquake 7.5 on the Richter scale. During this visit they went to stay with friends and
experienced many after shocks and quakes between 4.5 and 6.9. They watched from
high in the apartment building where they were staying as people and cars were moved
to higher ground for safety with the threat of an impending Tsunami which thankfully
never came. As they watched the chandelier in the apartment shook and some of the
tall buildings were swaying but no great damage.

There were many amazing sights to see and interesting people to meet.Experiencing
Santiago Airport where buildings were closed because of the quake and the efficiency
of the people in erecting temporary marques to keep the passengers flowing through.
The wonderful sight of sunrise over the Andes whilst flying.
A very interesting and colourful account, thank you Sue.

The Vote of thanks was given by Ann Walshaw.
The raffle was won by Claire Sammut.
The competition for an ‘Unusual New Year resolution’: 1st Hilary Jenkins, 2nd Angela Watson.

The next meeting is on 12th February 2013 at 1.30pm.
New members and visitors are always welcome.

Hilary Jenkins

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