102! Happy Birthday to Wall WI – On Thursday 4 June 2020 Wall WI celebrated their 102nd birthday, Elva Mason explains.

As members of Wall WI we were given a lovely surprise when our President, Mrs Jackie Gaughan delivered a ‘Party in a Bag’ to our doors. Due to the coronavirus we cannot celebrate together normally, so,  Jackie,  being   her   usual  inventive

self decided we would have all the ‘ingredients’ to celebrate at home: with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

The bag contained teabags, a variety of biscuits and was accompanied by a small plant for every member.

We may be a small WI in South Northumberland, but we know how to enjoy ourselves even in these strange times!

Thropton during Lockdown – Chris Butterworth tells how they keep in touch.  

We phone vulnerable members and keep in touch with others, but we have developed a newsletter and the second edition has just gone out: it will be e-mailed to those who have e-mail and posted to those who do not. We are trying to be light-hearted and light touch in these strange times. For July the rogues’ gallery will be a real hoot – my hair was last cut on 29 February! Members have been making masks, sharing their lockdown experiences, including gardening and cooking tips (e.g. using forgotten things in the freezer) and what they saw during their walks, like bluebells in the woods.

Sadly, at the end of March, one of our enduring members

Mary Bathgate died of Coronavirus. Although in her 70s, she had no known underlying health problems, so it was a great shock to everyone.

Hartford Bridge WI – staying connected.  Muriel Thompson explains how Hartford Bridge WI are keeping in touch during lockdown.

Hello to all Northumberland Federation Members. We at Hartford Bridge WI would like to share our lockdown news. We hope you are keeping well and safe in all parts of our lovely County. We usually hold our monthly meetings at West Hartford Community Fire Station premises, however from February we were unable to continue to meet. This has been our version of “Lockdown WI”.

The WI committee continue to meet via Zoom and have kept in touch with our members via a telephone call to each member and our monthly newsletter where we share information from our group. Our book club continues to meet monthly via WhatsApp. A group of our crafting ladies sewed face masks which were then sent out to each member which were much appreciated.  Everyone was sent a ‘thinking of you card’ made by one of our committee, this was embellished with a seed heart to plant. Three of our members made Scrub Bags for the NHS – one made 120 bags!

We have a Summer 2020 Crafting Challenge.  A white fabric pennant was posted to each member together with a request to design and embellish this in any medium. The finished pennants will be made into Bunting to display at future meetings, once we reassemble. A teabag verse went out to everyone, accompanied by a Teabag, a KitKat plus a Word Search Quiz created around the names of our members. The verse read: 

I cannot sit and chat with you

  the way I’d like to do.

So, brew yourself a cup of tea

I’ll think of you – you think of me.

Best wishes from your friends at Hartford Bridge WI.

Lockdown Recipes – Sue Malloy

One of the disappointments of this lockdown is that I can’t do any of the eleven cookery demonstrations I have in my diary – either at Cresswell House or by visiting WIs.  However, that has given me lots of time to try new recipes and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

I’ve spoken to Marj and she is happy for me to collect recipes from members and put them together in a “LOCKDOWN RECIPES” cookery book which would then be sent out to all WIs in our Federation later in the year. So, if you have been busy cooking and have a favourite or unusual recipe, I’d love to include it in the book. Please send your recipes directly to me rather than Cresswell House at:

Sue Malloy  – Burn House, Doddington.  NE71 6AR

Email: suemalloy@btinternet.com

I look forward to getting new, interesting and delicious recipes. Best wishes

Northumberland WI

t: 0191 217 0808


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