We celebrated Christmas with our meal/party, held in our village hall.
We were entertained at the start by Gill Hambleton, Artistic Director of
the Northumberland Touring Theatre Company, and a very talented lady she
was. We all sat enthralled as she talked and acted her way through her
presentation. Alnwick are very fortunate to have such a talent in their
midst. We then had a super buffet provided by the Pottergate Pantry and
what a delight that was. It was accompanied by a glass of wine or soft
drinks. The competition for the prettiest wrapped parcel was won by
Barbara Cock; Flora second; and Roma third. Mrs June Pirie had made
every member a pretty gift of tea bags in a decorated card chest. All in
all, a very lovely evening.
A Happy New Year to you all.
Barbara Cock extended a Happy New Year to all members. Birthday gifts
were given to the January birthday girls. Members were asked to vote in
priority their selections for this years resolutions. The usual business
matters were gone through and then we all sat back for a slide show of
‘Wild in Botswana’ by Mr & Mrs Gilbert, who have shown us several
extremely interesting slide shows of their travels in the past. Sadly,
the speaker refused to work, despite several attempts and one member
dashing back to her house to retrieve a small screwdriver. All was not
lost though as Mr & Mrs Gilbert, quite off the top of their heads, told
us some interesting and often hilarious stories of their adventures.
Both Mr & Mrs Gilbert were totally in tune with each other and when one
stopped the other carried on as though it was the most natural thing for
them to do. We were totally captivated by their wonderful tales and
Moira Peden gave them a well deserved appreciation which was echoed by
us all. Mr & Mrs Gilbert hope to return in March, when the speaker is
fixed, to show us the film, which we all eagerly look forward to now
that we have had a taster.
Mr & Mrs Gilbert judged the competition for the funniest Christmas card
which was won by Janet Bell.
Next month is the trip to Sanofi Avensis and arrangements were made for
Starting with a slide show explaining that Sanofi Aventis Alnwick is
just one of 100 world wide centres and explaining all the processes that
go into the research of vaccines, and drugs which can take about 12 yrs
before production we had a thoroughly interesting and informative visit
following a meticulously planned programme. We were taken round many of
the departments where researchers gave us an insight into the work they
do. This was followed by a specially prepared supper and very welcome
A very short WI meeting took place arranging details for the Institutes
birthday next month, which will be a hot supper at £5 per head and slide
show of Wild In Botswana deferred from January. It was decided that a
team of 3 will enter the Reading Aloud competition this year.
Birthday gifts were given to Margaret Hammond, Ingrid March, Winefride
Noble and Flora Steele.
Before leaving we were all given a goodie bag with literature, pen,
mints and lanyard.
An excellent evening.
We welcome any visitors to our held on the second Tuesday of each month at
7.15pm in Acklington
We began the March
meeting by raising our glasses to toast Acklington Women’s Institutes
87th birthday. The toast was proposed by our President, Mrs Barbara
A delicious buffet, supplied by Pottergate pantry of Alnwick was enjoyed
by everyone, followed by the exchange of presents, which was great fun.
After the lovely meal and exchange of presents, we were entertained by
Mr & Mrs Gilbert with an excellent film of their visit to Namibia and
Botswana. The photography was truly outstanding of the very varied wild
life, as was Mrs Gilbert’s vivid description of the trip. The
background music, so evocative of Africa transported us through their
journey which was absolutely magical.
The Northumbrian Newsletter, together with a schedule of forthcoming
events was circulated to all members.
Our next meeting will be held in Acklington Village Hall on Tuesday 14th
April commencing at 7.15pm. All visitors will be made very welcome.
Our President, Barbara
Cock, welcomed all members of Acklington Women's Institute to the April
The minutes of previous meetings were read by the secretary June Pirie
and were approved.
Three members - Margaret Howie, Barbara King and Wilma Nicoll - recently
took part in the Reading Aloud competition held at Belford. They
were thanked by the President.
The Northumbrian Newsletter was distributed, together with the
Resolution briefing - SOS for Honey Bees.
A birthday gift was presented to Moira Peden.
A limerick entitled 'There was a young man called Gerry' was this
month's competition. The entries were very amusing, and the
winners were - 1st Margaret Howie, 2nd Barbara Cock, 3rd Moira Peden.
The guest speaker for the evening was Mr Gerry Evans - the topic -
What's in a name, His talk was very informative, beginning with
Biblical names, progressing through the ages to present time. We
all found it very interesting and entertaining. Margaret Howie
thanked Mr Evans on behalf of everyone.
We all enjoyed a lovely supper, and to conclude the evening Wilma Nicoll
and Barbara King entertained us to a repeat of their performance at the
Reading Aloud competition.
The next meting will be held in Acklington Village Hall at 7.15pm on
Tuesday 12th May. All visitors will be made very welcome.
At the May meeting
the President, Mrs Barbara Cock, welcomed everyone. Mrs June Pirie read
the minutes of the previous meeting and they were approved. The
Northumberland Newsletter was read and members discussed various items
The birthday girls were June Pirie, Jean McDougal and Barbara Stanforth.
They were each presented with a gift.
The Resolution this year is ‘SOS for the Honey Bees’. We enjoyed a bee
awareness talk given by Mr B Ripley, Vice chairman of Alnwick & District
Bee Keeping Association, which was fascinating, interesting and very
From the Resolution briefing we had already received informing us of
what is being done at present, how we can help, and what the various
agencies concerned are doing, Mr Ripley brought all this information
into sharp focus during his explanation of what is happening to the bee
He told us that there is great concern regarding the health of the Honey
Bee worldwide and research into the ‘Varroa Mite’ (which comes from
Asia) and how to overcome it and other blood diseases that are already
reducing bee colonies is crucial to the bee populations survival. Mrs
Barbara Cock thanked Mr Ripley for his very interesting presentation.
The competition—a house plant—was won by Barbara King—2nds Flora
Steele—3rd Margaret Howie.
To conclude the evening a very tasty super was enjoyed by all.
For our June meeting we are visiting Kaleidoscope Pottery, Morpeth where
we will paint a pot.
On Tuesday 9th June we all
arrived at Kaleidoscope wondering what we letting ourselves in for.
Alison welcomed members and firstly explained what exactly we would be
doing. Each member then chose a piece of pottery to paint.
With much laughter and concentration the pots and plates were finished.
Alison then had the hard task of judging them. Congratulating us
all on our attempts she awarded first place to June Pirie, second Mary
Sammons and joint third to Barbara Cock and Margaret Hammond.
Barbara Cock thanked Alison on behalf of everyone for a very enjoyable
evening. Margaret Hammond volunteered to collect all the
pottery once it had been glazed.
The correspondence was dealt with and teams would be entered for the
darts and domino competitions.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th July at 7.15pm in Acklington
President, Barbara Cock, welcomed members of Acklington WI to the
July meeting. A record of the May and June meetings were read and
correspondence dealt with.
Barbara King then spoke about the voluntary work she does for Age
Concern called ‘The Rural Access Project’.
Our speakers for the evening were John Young and Rodney Budge from
the Amble RNLI. They gave us a talk about the history of the RNLI
and showed films of them in action. Ingrid Marsh was then
volunteered to don the All Weather Gear and Barbara Cock the
in-shore life jacket.
The monthly competition was won by Barbara Cock for a kitchen
utensil beginning with B.
The next meeting will be held at Acklington Village Hall on Tuesday
11th August at 7.15pm. All visitors will be made very welcome.
The President, Mrs
Barbara Cock, welcomed members and three guests from North Broomhill to
the August meeting.
Barbara said that a letter of thanks had been sent to Winefride Noble
thanking her for all her many years of hard work on the WI committee.
Although still a member, Winefride has had to resign from the committee
due to the ill health of her husband. We all wish them well for
the future. Barbara Stanforth (a new member) has kindly offered to
stand in until the AGM in October.
The minutes of the July meeting were read by the Secretary, Mrs June
Pirie, and approved. The Northumberland Newsletter was read and various
Birthday gifts were presented to Janet Bell, Barbara King and Jean Shaw.
We then turned our attention to the task of ‘Iris-Folding’. Joyce
Woodcock and Heather Young of Cornhill WI had come to show us how to
create a greetings card using this fascinating craft. They had brought
along a large selection of coloured card strips from which we chose our
colour scheme and then, following a pattern, we created the most
beautiful cards finishing them off with gold and/or silver
embellishments. Joyce and Heather’s guidance kept us on the right track
and we were all pleased with the results. Quite a number of the cards
are being entered in the craft section at Warkworth Show on 22nd August.
It will be interesting to see if they choose the same winning cards as
Joyce and Heather did. They chose 1st Linda Aston; 2nd Flora
Steele and 3rd Karen Parker. The winner at the Warkworth Show was Flora
Steele. See picture on main WI page.
The evening concluded with an enjoyable supper and the raffle was drawn.
The next meeting will be held in Acklington Village Hall on Tuesday 8th
September at 7.15pm. Visitors are always welcome.
Our President, Mrs
Barbara Cock, welcomed members to the September meeting. The minutes of
the August meeting were read and approved.
The Northumberland Newsletter was read and items discussed. Our
President informed us that this will be the last Newsletter until
January 2010 due to the amalgamation of the Federations. We will,
however, receive a shortened version until then.
Our speaker was Mr Jack Herdman and the topic—Turkish Delight—not the
confectionary but a slide show of a holiday he had taken in Turkey. The
wonderful sights of the ancient city of Ephesus, the bustling port of
Kusadasi and the resort of Pamakkall were all very interesting and the
photography was beautiful.
The competition for the most interesting holiday souvenir was won by
Gladys Williamson, 2nd Olive Foster and 3rd Moira Peden.
After supper we had a very full discussion on the forthcoming Open
Afternoon on Sunday 4th October in Acklington Village Hall. We hope our
invitations to this event will be widely accepted.
Our current members are working hard to make sue that the afternoon will
be successful and enjoyable, giving the WI an opportunity to show the
wide range of interests and activities that are regularly enjoyed by our
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th October in Acklington
Village Hall at 7.15pm.
October 2009 - Visit to
Following a talk by the RNLI at Acklington Institute in July we were
invited to pay them a visit so on Tue 6 Oct 09 several members and some
of their guests paid a visit to the RNLI in Amble. A talk and slide show
was given showing the RNLI in action, how they are trained, where they
are based and the area that is covered. We were then split into two
groups and taken round the 'Four Boys' All Weather lifeboat, the Inshore
lifeboat and the operations/dressing room.
It was certainly an enlightening visit as none of us realised just how
much the boats contained or how many actual people they can take on
board. The Four Boys can travel virtually anywhere and can take around
60 people, although there is only seating for 9 crammed together down in
the depths of the boat, all others standing on top holding onto the
safety rails. The In-shore boat can take upto 6 but is limited to where
it can actually go mainly staying nearer to the shore.
All life guards clothing is set out in separate compartments for each
individual person and made ready to put on immediately they are summoned
to a rescue. It all looked very neat and regimental which will save a
lot of time instead of scrambling around for clothing that fits.
The RNLI welcome anyone to go and have a look around and especially
parties of people, but it is better to contact them first so they can
have everything ready and people available."
October is the month for the Annual Meeting and Prudence Marks, the
Women’s Institute Adviser, was in attendance. The formalities of the AM
were gone through and the treasurer gave a written report of the current
finances. The secretary gave her report on what had happened each month
and the President gave their annual reports of how the Institute had
faired throughout the year and hoped that next year could be even better
and maybe recruit some younger members. Prudence gave some very helpful
tips on fund raising of which the Institute will adopt some of them. The
current committee were stood down and immediately re-elected. Barbara
Cock, once again, agreed to be the President for another year. June
Pirie stays as secretary and Olive Foster agreed to continue as
The trophy winner for the overall annual competitions was Barbara Cock
followed by joint second places of Linda Aston and Wilma Nicoll with
Olive Foster third. All were given small prizes for their achievements.
During supper the WIA chose the first, second and third places in the
competition for a favourite necklace won by Moira Peden, second Barbara
King and third Gladys Williamson.
Their were several raffle prizes this month so this took some time and
several lucky winners went home with an extra gift.
The next meeting, on Tuesday 9th November at 7.15pm in Acklington
Village Hall will be Sugar Craft as demonstrated by one of our members
Margaret Hammond. There is sure to be a lot of sticky fingers that night
and some very interesting creations! All visitors are extremely welcome.
Our President, Mrs Barbara Cock, welcomed members and four visitors to
the November meeting held in Acklington Village Hall. The minutes of the
88th Annual Meeting held in October were read and approved.
Various items from the Northumbrian Newssheet were discussed, in
particular the 2011 calendar – ‘Gardens in Northumberland’; the
invitation to enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine at Boundary Mill; to
take part in the National Trust Wildlife Habitats 2009 Garden Birds
Survey and an opportunity to enjoy a day Quilting the Japanese Way
Janet Bell, programme secretary, has compiled the 2010 programme which
includes a very wide range of subjects of interest and it has been
printed by the Secretary, June Pirie.
We then went on to have very enjoyable ‘hands on’ evening learning about
Sugar Craft, demonstrated by our Vice-President, Mrs Margaret Hammond.
Margaret had made and iced a cake, which she subsequently used to show
us how to do free form icing using a forcing bag. She then went on to
show us how to make roses, daisies, small flowers and leaves using
fondant icing. As she demonstrated the craft the cake was gradually
transformed as she decorated it with the lovely flowers and leaves she
had made. The final result was stunning.
We then tried to replicate what she had taught us and the results were
truly outstanding. It was a very enjoyable evening. Our efforts were
judged for the monthly competition and the winners were – 1st Barbara
King, 2nd Doreen Colbourne and 3rd Olive Foster. The cake was raffled
and won by Flora Steele.
Our next meeting - Tuesday 8th December will be the Christmas Party.
Pottergate Pantry will supply the buffet and there will be ‘In House’
25th November 2009
Unfortunately for us,
Hepple beat us in the next round. Never mind, there is always next
18th November 2009
After a disastrous start, the team of Barbara Cock, Olive Foster,
Margaret Hammond and Barbara King got their act together and went on to
win the first round of the annual Northumberland WI Darts League against
Cresswell Women’s Institute and will now go on to play Hepple at
Rothbury on Wednesday 25th November.
Our President, Mrs Barbara Cock, welcomed 19 members to the
Christmas Party held in Acklington Village Hall on Tuesday 8th December.
The competition this month was for a Christmas Table Decoration. The 13
entries were used to enhance the dining and buffet tables, making a
lovely Christmas atmosphere. There were little treats of chocolate and
perfume provided by Janet Bell. June Pirie presented everyone with a
hand made small black velvet bag containing tea bags, by Taylors Tea,
which she had beautifully decorated in cross stitch in the Christmas
theme of Robins, Holly and Mistletoe and personalised for each member
with their initials, well done June.
We had a lovely buffet, supplied by Pottergate Pantry of Alnwick. It was
delicious and most members had seconds!
The entertainment for the evening was a pantomime entitled ‘Jack and the
Beanstalk Got It Wrong’. Barbara King was the narrator and Wilma Nicoll
prompted audience participation. There were three mimers (Barbara Cock,
Olive Foster and Janet Bell) plus Rosebud the cow played by Margaret
Hammond at the front and Flora Steele at the back in a costume which was
hired from The Alnwick Playhouse. The pantomime lasted 20 minutes and
was videoed so the players could see themselves afterwards. It was
terrific fun and all players and audience had a really happy evening.
The competition winners were – 1st June Pirie, 2nd Wilma Nicoll and 3rd
Our next meeting will be held in Acklington Village Hall on Tuesday 12th
January 2010 at 7.15pm.
All visitors will be made very welcome.