Warkworth WI – Kate Burnham
The Royal British Legion are celebrating their Centenary this year and in particular, the Warkworth Branch is commemorating 100 years since its foundation. The WI have marked this occasion by installing banners and a display of poppies on the bridge in the village. Members of the Craft group have held socially distanced sessions recently and made a hessian banner which has been hung between two trees in the Millenium Garden near the bridge.
The crafters have worked hard, and their work has been much admired.

Ponteland Party Girls – Rachel Bowey Bland
Ponteland Village WI members have been very active in our subgroups over the last few months, and it has been amazing to see new friendships grow. We had a summer garden party at a member’s house – there were 26 of us – all within the Covid rules, a hat competition with a group photo. One of our members made a poem about it too.


Written by Glynis Evans
Arriving at Lorna’s, we’d never have guessed.
Our hostess, to greet us, so beautifully dressed.
In a mop cap and apron all crafted with care
By Lorna, whose skills are beyond all compare.
And into the garden, a beautiful scene.
Abundant with colour and all so pristine.
The rain didn’t dampen our spirits at all,
As we marvelled to see such a fabulous scene.
Hats were so fancy, and chatter nonstop.
As we wandered the garden, fingers crossed rain would stop.
The winning hat, Judy’s, a well-deserved prize
Imagination and skill that could not be disguised.
The cakes were delicious, refreshments aplenty.
Cups were refilled and some never empty!
What a day it has been, and enjoyed by us all
Thank you to Lorna, we all had a Ball.

Busy as bees at Prudhoe WI – Anne Leech
Prudhoe WI has had a busy month joining in with other WI Zoom meetings and our own. In May we had a very interesting talk by Richard Rickett about bee keeping. We learnt just how integral bees are to our whole eco system. We are now being more thoughtful about the type of plants we put into our gardens.
Our June Zoom meeting was by David Hastings who used to be a deck officer in the merchant navy. He told us very moving stories about the incredible courage of the RNLI. Through a selection of pictures, he told the stories of some heroic rescues and some devastating tragedies. These men and women of the RNLI are true heroes in every sense of the word. On Saturday 12 July the ladies of Prudhoe WI all met in the park. We took a picnic and our seats or blankets and really enjoyed meeting face to face. Gradually things are getting better – long may they continue.

Building castles at Bamburgh – Judy Cowan
Bamburgh has been working hard over the past Covid months to spread the WI word by taking part in many Bamburgh community activities, the last being Bamburgh WI organising litter clearing during the Keep Britain Tidy fortnight in June. This particular event was much appreciated by visitors who encouraged their children, whilst picnicking in Bamburgh, to clean up after themselves and take their litter home.
Our next community event is the much-enjoyed Bamburgh Sandcastle/sand sculpture competitions. These competitions are free and open to all on Friday 13 August 2021. You can register your team between 10am and 12 noon at Bamburgh Pavilion and receive your competition flag. This event provides a great time out for all the family costing nothing except imagination, endeavour and great fun. With the bonus of a prize for the best sandcastle and the best sand sculpture. Hope to see you on Bamburgh beach.

WIs Say Thank You to NHS
Bygate WI – Barbara White
Our members have been wonderful and very keen to acknowledge the work of Carers within our community as part of the NHS Social Care and Frontline Workers Day with the donation of some ‘Thank You’ boxes to the staff at five local Care Homes. As one of our committee members has first-hand experience in the Care sector, we set about pulling together items for inclusion into our hand designed and decorated ‘Thank You’ boxes which were then delivered, along with handmade cards, to five local Care Homes. Just a small gesture from our members, but one that was really appreciated.

Eglingham WI – Pat Ives
Members decided to organise afternoon tea with a difference. They baked cakes, sausage rolls, scones, made a variety of sandwiches and boxed these up with pots of jam, butter and tea bags. These were advertised in the local village magazine and orders were delivered on Sunday 4 July.
More than £600 was raised and this will be donated to a local NHS charity.
The photos show the contents of the boxes and the happy packers (L-R). Judith Price, Jane Comley, Gill Rollings, Joan Sharp, Marion Wilson, Tracey Gair, Romaine Barclay-Kim and Catherine Newton.


Cullercoats WI say No to Plastic – Kim Suleman
The ladies of Cullercoats WI in collaboration with a variety of local businesses and groups in the community have installed an amazing display in the windows of the Newcastle Building Society in Whitley Bay.
In addition to two notice boards with information about the effects of plastic on the environment, we made suggestions how to make easy but useful swaps and showed good and bad items we use on a daily basis. Incorporated in the window displays are vignettes illustrating litter left on our local beaches, items to take on a picnic, a proggy mat created from plastic bags, a patchwork quilt and some fabulous artwork.
None of this would be possible without all of Cullercoats WI members working together as a team and as President, am very proud of what we have achieved with this display.
We wanted to highlight the issue and echo the WI National Campaign by showing the public how we can reduce plastic, how we can make changes in what we use and what we can recycle.
Amazingly, I am pleased to say the display has attracted a lot of attention not only from the public and local businesses, but we have been interviewed by BBC Radio Newcastle, received a very supportive letter from Alan Campbell MP and a visit from the Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn and the Member of the Cabinet for the Environment and Climate Change, Councillor Sandra Graham.

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