Hamsterley WI – Report of a meeting held on 11th March 2014

WI LogoThe meeting opened with Jerusalem.

We had a very good attendance, it was very  pleasing to note that we have a few new members who are very welcome. Janet talked about a friend who had just had a premature baby and how good, patient and caring the midwives had been. She showed some lovely pictures of various famous people who have just become parents, all these new babies would need the services of midwives. She linked this to the WI Resolution of a few years ago when nationally we agreed that the government must see that more midwives should be trained. Janet again made us laugh and started the meeting on a lively note.

The minutes were read and matters arising discussed. Our Pub Quiz team came 2nd out of 24 teams and we all congratulated them on that result. Very well done.

The forthcoming trips were discussed. The first one is to a large private garden in Culgaith and then to The Bridge Bistro in Kirby Thore for a meal. Those members going on the outing had to choose their food for the meal.

As we have a few spaces on this outing if anyone from the Hamsterley area wishes to join us please ring hilary Jenkins or Ann Richards for details.

Ideas were asked for in connection with raising money to celebrate the 90th birthday of Hamsterley WI in 2015.

Volunteers are required to form a fund raising committee.

The next Ladies lunch will be held on March 26th, the venue is the Countryman at Bolam at 12.30. Please let Val Bartlett know if you intend to go.

The NFWI Centenary Baton Relay will arrive in Wolsingham on March 28th and five members have been invited to attend.

Our speaker was Margaret Watson and she gave a talk on Richard 111 who was the last of the Plantaganets. His reign was short, only two years and two months. However before becoming King he spent much time in the north and Margaret told us many interesting facts about his connections with Raby Castle, Staindrop Church, Barnard Castle and Barnard Castle Church. Margaret mentioned the boar which can be seen in the roof of the castle and also the Boar which was on a cottage in Newgate prior to their demolition and can now be found on display in Bowes Museum.
This was a very informative and interesting account  his history and connections with the town.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Mavis Brown-Humes.

The Raffle was won by Lynne Bainbridge.

The competition for a  funny historical fact. 1st. Hilary Jenkins, 2nd. Margaret Henderson, 3rd. Joan McDowell and Dianne Horn.

Our next meeting is on April 8th.

The speaker is Janet Orme a Botanical artist. The competition is ‘A Floral Card’.
All visitors are welcome.

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