Published on Sunday 20 May 2012 10:00
Lowick Over 60’s Club
THE April meeting was held in the village hall with Peter Calder as guest speaker. After a short technical problem which involved borrowing a neighbour’s laptop (thanks to Terry), Mr Calder introduced his collection of films from former Lowick celebrations.
These began with the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977. Many members recognised themselves, friends and neighbours and enjoyed seeing the fashions, hairdos and general ambience of a village turning out in full force for such an occasion.
Further films included ‘It’s a Knockout’ which was very impressive and involved huge amounts of hard work and inventiveness. They saw Lowick school sports, the garden party, farming scenes, fancy dress and festival floats.
It was a fascinating trip down memory lane and a fitting start to this year’s planned diamond jubilee celebrations. Many thanks go to Mr Calder for an entertaining evening.
Top marks were awarded to Lillian Richardson and Judy Moffatt for the ‘item of silver’ competition.
The next meeting will be on May 21 at 7.30pm in the village hall and there will be a bingo night on May 24.
N Sunderland S’houses WI
THE new season started with a new committee, president and secretary. Mrs Minto, the president, opened the meeting. The minutes of the previous meeting were read, accepted and signed. Various small jobs were delegated amongst the 20 members who were present for the coming 12 months.
Events include a stroll around Alnwick on August 15, a sport and leisure fun day on July 7, a stroll through Jesmond Dene in July and a jaunt to Edinburgh on May 23 with Travelsure.
The pub lunch at the Cottage Inn was enjoyable. The next pub lunch will be at the Horse Shoes, Rennington on May 26 at midday. The afternoon tea will be held on August 9 at the Methodist Church Hall.
Paula Constantine, an archeologist, came along to give a talk and demonstration of the Viking era. She brought along some garments relating to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking people of those times.
These included a Kyrtle – a long garment, a wimple, and shoes. She also showed us how the fabric had been woven, bleached and handsewn with gores at the sides. A selection of brooches, clips and clippers completed the garments. Many pieces of jewellery adorned the person, with bright beads and coins, and each person carried his/her own knife, plus keys to the coffers and doors.
Paula also had a selection of hand-woven baskets – not forgetting a replica of a helmet worn by the soldiers.
A sincere vote of thanks was given as Paula had given a varied and interesting insight into the life and times of the Viking era.
The competition ‘V’ was won by Nora Mileham, Doreen Edmison and Mary Rawlings.
The next meeting will be the Jubilee Party on June 7. Arrangements are in hand for that evening when there will be a pooled supper. All invited.
RODDAM WI held their annual meeting at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler when the president, Janet Laycock welcomed members and Julia Davidson who would be the WI advisor for the evening.
It was agreed to plant a cherry tree at Roddam Rigg to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. A letter had been received from Buckingham Palace thanking the WI for the beautiful card sent to congratulate Her Majesty.
Details of the courses available at Denman College for the coming year were available and Janet proposed that members should pay £1 for supper in three months each year, July, September and November, to help support the college.
Names were taken for visits to the Federation Coffee Morning, the WI Panto in November and ‘Oliver’ at the Theatre Royal in the autumn and orders were taken for the WI 2013 calendar and diaries.
The treasurer outlined healthy balances in the accounts, and Mrs Laycock said that in future they will be supporting ‘Fair Trade’ beginning with the use of Fair Trade tea at meetings.
Mrs Davidson addressed the meeting and congratulated Roddam on a successful and busy year. She spoke about the WI Resolution on the provision of midwives which will be debated at the annual conference in London. Roddam are in favour of this and the delegate will be advised.
The new committee members were elected and Mrs Laycock was elected to serve another year as President.
The Jubilee Cup and prize for the most points scored in competitions were presented to Mrs M Nelson, second was Mrs M Atkinson and third Mrs A Hindmarsh.
Supper and the raffle followed. Janet thanked everyone for attending and reminded members that next month, the new programme will be available, beginning with Border Quilting from Jedburgh and the competition will be for a hand sewn item.
Berwick Rotary Club
COMMUNITY links between Berwick and a village near Port Elizabeth which suffers from poverty were explained to Berwick Rotary Club.
A huge fund raising effort is well under way so that 18 students and six or seven teachers from Berwick Academy will fly out and it is hoped other groups will follow every two years.
Ken Dunn, a former pupil of Berwick High, has led British Schools Adventure Teams all over the world from the Himalayas to Bolivia. He has now set up a company which sends community groups to many countries.
His initiative will forge links between towns and villages which are already producing great benefits.
“This is not a school trip. The pupils and staff are going out there to help,” said Mr Dunn.
Berwick Academy school teacher, Mr Bob Cresswell revealed they were going to Port Elizabeth in the summer of 2013, and on the way will stop at Cape Town and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
The meeting was told there will be interaction on a humanitarian level from the start and it would create a huge impression on all those who make the inaugural visit. It could lead to an expansion involving other sections of the community.
Berwick Probus Club
THE craft of hedgecutting and laying is enjoying a revival after concerns 30 years ago that the skills were dying out.
Mike Wade of Mindrum gave a very interesting talk to Berwick Probus Club on Wednesday. Three times champion in national re-growth competitions and a judge, he believed the formation of an association had re-kindled interest and encouraged young people to join. A recent event attracted 94 entries, the oldest aged 91.
He felt the craft could benefit if young offenders, put on probation by the courts, were given an opportunity to try what was one of the hardest of all countryside tasks.
Demonstrating the tools of the trade, of which the billhook was one of the most vital, Mr Wade also described how various styles of hedge were laid. Most were replaced after 10 to 12 years.
Originally used to control sheep and cattle, the hedge continues to hold this vital role but nowadays it is used extensively in conservation. He answered many questions raised by club members.
THE AGM is on Thursday, May 31 in St Aidan’s Hall from 10am to 1pm when there will be a free buffet from noon. Please note that this meeting is for members only.
The group is having a Diamond Jubilee Lunch on Saturday, June 9 starting at 1pm. If you wish to take part please let Mary Patterson know on 307827.
At the last meeting of the Music Appreciation Group they pursued the theme of ‘The Sea and those who sail on her’. There was a more or less evenly balanced selection of classical and folk music ranging from Vaughan Williams and De Bussy to the foot stompin Ossian and Steeleye Span, showing the sea in a variety of moods, and her sailors in peril from her storms as well as from exploiting ladies on shore. Scones, cakes and tea were served afterwards.
The Bridge Group is holding Summer Bridge every Wednesday evening until August 29 from 7pm to 10pm. At the moment this is being held in King James Court but the venue may have to be changed because of more interest than expected. Please contact George Martin asap if you wish to join this group.
You can check up on activities, and details of group leaders to contact, on www.berwicku3a.org.uk.
MRS Jeffrey welcomed members to the May meeting. Minutes of the April meeting were read, also the AGM.
The visit to the Calendar Girls Show was much enjoyed by all.
Mrs Jeffrey introduced David Banks who gave a most interesting talk on journalism. This was most interesting and hilarious. He has met some interesting people and worked with the Journal and other papers. Mrs K Coates thanked Mr Banks for a great talk.
The competition for a story with less than 30 words: First – M Black, second – E Bell. The raffle was drawn and supper served. This brought a great evening to a close.
THE president opened the May meeting and welcomed Bev and Margaret and members from Cornhill WI who were guests for the evening.
The speaker, Mrs P Murray from Wooler Garden Centre brought with her a collection of containers and plants suitable for making a hanging basket.
The first demonstration was with the usual wire basket, Mrs. Murray’s least favourite. She showed how to line and layer the basket with compost and place the plants at intervals. There are many shapes and sizes of container and Mrs Murray urged us to use our imaginations, old shopping baskets, boots, buckets, tin baths even an old wellington can be utilised as long as holes are made for drainage. Sphagnum moss is the traditional outer covering for a hanging basket, but an old green woollen garment can be used as the idea is to cover the base with foliage. It is most important that there is adequate drainage and also that the compost be kept moist. This involves watering every day, sometimes more often in hot weather and the plants must be fed with a plant food every week and dead headed.
Mrs Murray stressed that this is most important to achieve a healthy colourful display lasting throughout the summer. With a careful choice of plants or bulbs a colourful display can be obtained throughout the year. Mrs Murray answered questions about the various plants and potting products that she used and gave advice on the most suitable plants and bulbs.
Fiona MacIntosh thanked Mrs Murray for a most interesting and inspirational talk and demonstration. The meeting closed with supper and drawing the raffle.
MAY was the annual meeting, a time to celebrate a year packed full of interesting activities both within and surrounding the set programme, with an opportunity to appreciate the treasurer’s ability and the hall committee’s efforts to protect the building and garden.
President Lynne Angus welcomed WIA Brenda Houlison, who graciously dealt with questions and comments, and supervised Lynne’s re-election.
There was an update from a member, Ciara Van Vogt, on how she is settling into her new post as chief executive of the Seahouses Development Trust. She outlined the many and varied projects with which the trust is involved and emphasised its commitment to promoting local employment and services.
There were reports on the quiz team’s enjoyable outing to Howick WI and the pleasant and successful bridge afternoon. Lynne gave special thanks to Doreen Godfrey, and her team of helpers, for organising the bridge event and the table at Beadnell’s car boot sale.
Plans for the Jubilee Party on June 14 were outlined, together with hopes that members will invite guests to come along, wear something incorporating red, white and blue, and try to bring food to share which has a Commonwealth connection.
Brenda judged that recipes submitted by Heather, Pat and Sue, using parsnips, crab, and fish and feta respectively, would take the honours this month. There were many other tempting dishes. Nancy Wardropper will be delighted to receive more contributions to collate for the anniversary cookery book.
The annual Huntley Competition Cup was awarded to Pat Brand, with Angela Peereboom and Jenny Spark in hot pursuit.
Painters are required on May 22 to work on the background to the anniversary screen with Jill McConnell-Wood. If anyone has time to come along and show her how their embroidery is progressing, that would be appreciated.
BERWICK hosted the annual group meeting on April 25 and it was enjoyed by members from Bowsden, Cheswick, Cornhill and Norham.
All enjoyed speaker Naomi Kenny and friends with their fashion show, talk and slides. An excellent supper followed. A delegate from Norham WI will be attending the National AGM in London and will report back. Members voted unanimously in favour of the WI resolution to employ more midwives.
A pooled supper was then enjoyed, competitions judged and won by Margaret Wood with her orange pepper-pot and Isobel Scott second with her orange plate.
The meeting on June 13 will have June Bowers following in Henry’s Footsteps, competition for a purple item, and a bring and buy stall. St Cuthberts Centre, Walkergate, 7pm.