Women leaving Buckingham Palace after the W.I. Centenary Garden Party 2nd June 2015.Linda Law was very pleased to attend this event which was a very grand occasion with a wonderful afternoon tea.
May was the Annual meeting of Shilbottle W.I. with Prudence Marks as our W.I. Advisor. Linda Law, Secretary, gave the committee’s report which showed an increase in our participation of Federation events such as the Jolly Scarecrow and Christmas tree competitions. We also tried the Car Treasure Hunt, craft days, cookery demonstrations, gardening events at Heighley Gate, domino drives, walks and carpet
We continue to have success in darts and dominoes as the B team were winners at the County Darts final and the B dominoes team were very narrowly beaten in the finals at Stannington. Our involvement in the local community saw us providing the refreshments at several Hall Fair’s and at the Church Flower Festival and the J and J team is a loyal participant in the Village Quiz Nights. We have held coffee mornings with the proceeds going towards the Community Hall Funds and we continue to maintain the W.I. garden at the Hall and look after the Jubilee Trees on the Welfare field.
The trip to the Lake District was enjoyed by many members. Our Programme this year was wide ranging with, for example, talks on Seaton Delaval, the Street pastors and women at war. Several women spent an enjoyable day at Helen Grierson’s glass studio and produce their own fused glass panels.
The book Club and walking group continue to flourish and the sun shone on us for the Garden Party in July. We continued with the lunch group meeting every other month with some tasty meals and good company.
We sent representatives to the Council Meeting at The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle and the Christmas service at Hexham Abbey. We have had 2 events with our twin W.I. at Bamburgh and look forward to developing this further with our domino drive and lunch in July.
Some members attended the Live streaming of the National A.G.M. at the Tyneside Cinema in June and one of our woman was at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Many members have been recording their memories of the earlier days of Shilbottle W.I. which we will make into our celebration of the W.I. Centenary with assistance from the Ballifgate Museum.
Prudence led us through the nomination and ballot for President and Fliss Edmunds was returned for another year. Flowers were presented to Isabel Watson to celebrate 25 years as our Treasurer. The Competition Cups and vouchers were given to Barbara Thompson 1st and Sue Paton 2nd.