Craft – Karen Coleman
Can I start this month by congratulating Alison Scrimshaw of Prudhoe WI and Jackie Young of Nedderton & Bedlington WI, in being voted the official Federation Face Coverings in the Mask for Marj Competition. What wasn’t conveyed by the photographs was the skill, neatness and thoughtfulness that went into executing the tasks in hand. Both were comfy to wear, well made and conveyed the ethos of Northumberland WI ladies, ‘anything we set our minds to we do and do it very well’. Congratulations and huge thank you to all the ladies who entered. The face masks will be on display at Cresswell House for you to have a look at next time you are in.
Well, it’s started, that much awaited thing called ‘forward planning’, and to be honest I am thrilled. The Craft Committee will not be offering any activities before September, by which time, fingers crossed, the BoJo road map following the science, will mean that second rounds of vaccinations will have been almost completed, there could be the resumption of WI meetings and the singing of Jerusalem; but I am expecting the wearing of face coverings to still be in place if you are indoors and I am fine with that. Obviously if the situation changes be it for better or worse, we will respond as quickly as possible, be it to cancel or (being positive) increase the number of ladies who can safely attend an event but remember the time lag between what I write and what gets printed in NN, so if you have additional access to the net have a look on our web page or the events section on our Facebook page.
Deep breath, huge fanfare of trumpets…. The initial plans are that in September, Paper Cutting – Animals & Flowers plus a Christmas themed class in November is planned, led by me (Karen Coleman). Food demos led by Sue Malloy ‘Holidays’ in September; ‘Fish’ in October; ‘Party Food’ & ‘Christmas’ demo in November. In a new approach Sue has agreed to take a very small number of ladies for a ‘do along’ master class with her, first one being Quiche Lorraine. In October we will be running a floral workshop themed around Halloween, then December brings Marzipan Fruits with Noreen Brent & the whole Craft Committee will be on hand to help you make the Santa in a Box, for our Festive Fill Cresswell House with Fun event. This year we are not doing 5 or 6 mini activities but one piece which would make a fabulous gift or even an heirloom.
As WIs are not meeting currently, and there is the possibility your WI won’t be meeting before September, I wanted to give you as much info about what we had planned as soon as it was passed ‘ideas’ stage. For this year you will be able to make direct individual applications for events to Cresswell House, as you might not have a meeting to complete the yellow application form via your Secretary, so please keep your eyes open for the application / closing dates for these events. Whilst the application system might be slightly different, I will be adhering to the balloting system for places, if you are unsure have another look at the sheet ‘Fact or Fiction’ that was sent out by Marj Read earlier in the year.
So, as the weather gets better gradually and we move slowly but safely following the science, towards being free range again, I hope you will have found something on our planned activities list to pique your interest, and that we will meet up at Cresswell House to learn new skills, as well as sharing our post lockdown ‘thought I would try something different’ hair styles.



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