Cullercoats pay tribute to the Fallen – Kim Suleman
I am so pleased all the 16 Cullercoats WI Community Poppy Displays are now installed in the windows of various businesses throughout the Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and North Shields area.
The project was a collaboration between Cullercoats WI and staff at the Newcastle Building Society in Whitley Bay. The aim was to raise the profile of Remembrance Day and unite the community and local businesses. It began last year with 3 small displays and this year we were determined to increase the number of displays. Whilst 2020 has been challenging, it has been an opportunity for many people of all ages to get involved and feel part of the local community. The displays are situated at various locations in Cullercoats, Whitley Bay and North Shields. The response from members of the public has been amazing and we want to thank everyone involved.

Whorlton & Westerhope WI remember an old friend
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our oldest and longest serving member, Mrs Joan Cole, a loyal and dedicated member of our WI community since she joined Whorlton & Westerhope, aged twenty, in 1944. At various times she served on the committee as Secretary and Vice President. In recent years mobility problems prevented her from taking part in our various activities but she still managed to attend our monthly meetings in her wheelchair and she will be sadly missed by all her many friends Win the WI A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Full of hope at Ovingham
The WI initiated village wide snowfall planting, as a tribute to the NHS and as a symbol of hope for the coming year. An open planting event was planned, but that was impossible due to Covid Restrictions. Our members made donations for 1000 bulbs and the Parish Council provided 2000 bulbs.
On Saturday 24 October, with social distancing in mind, WI members, the Allotment group and Councillors planted them throughout the village. The school children and the Badgers had their own sessions. So hopefully in the dark days of January, the snow drops will lift spirits and hope for a better year ahead!

Bloomin Loverly at Southridge … Despite only managing to hold one Southridge Flower Club Meeting before going back into tight restrictions, member Ellen Good has carried on arranging at home and what a lovely job she is doing too. Keep up the excellent work Ellen.

Nedderton and Bedlington remember them – Marilyn Taylor
This is a photo of Doris Younger (centre), Susan Sheehan Watson and Marilyn Taylor, laying a wreath at the Bedlington Cenotaph on behalf of Nedderton and Bedlington WI.
We have a few ladies who served in the wars, Doris included, as well as ladies who lost members of their family. There could be no service or parade this year but we were invited by the Town Council to lay a wreath in our own time. We did that on Sunday morning.

Pegswood & Bothal are bagged up for their 80th Birthday – Sue Wilkinson
We commissioned a talented artist, a teacher at the village Primary school to create artwork to use on reusable tote bags for our members. But when our birthday celebrations on October 6th could not go ahead as planned, we decided to use them as party bags and filled them with:
A diary for next year, a hyacinth growing kit, puzzle book, an afternoon tea hamper containing tea, biscuits, scone mix and homemade jam, tissues and hand sanitizer for when we can meet again, a birthday candle with the 80th birthday artwork on, the proggy poppy kit prepared for our November meeting, a hand knitted heart, Champagne bubbles. We dropped these off for members on our birthday and all were delighted to receive them. Our planning Commitee are already preparing our Valentine goody bag for February, monthly newsletters and will continue to do so for as long as necessary.
We wish all WI members in our Federation a safe passage through this pandemic


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