Warden in Hexham celebrate their Centenary – Juliet Novis
The photograph is of the banner made by our members Jennifer Crisp and Dorothy Bowman to celebrate our Centenary. The photograph shows them with the banner and Federation Chairman Marj when she attended our afternoon tea to celebrate our Centenary Year. The banner shows our original meeting hall, the church lych-gate in Warden, the bridge over the River Tyne and Hexham Abbey.

The longest ever quilting course ends!  At long last, the ladies who embarked upon the ‘next stage patchwork’ 4-week course in March 2020, led by Linda Jewson, finally completed their patchwork at the end of September 2021. Just a mere 18 months after starting! Without a doubt the longest running course Cresswell House has ever held!

Rothbury’s Green Pledge – Katy Nicholls
Rothbury Climate and Nature group organised a brilliant event in the village to celebrate the start of The Great Big Green Week. The WI is proud to be one of the founding members of the Climate Coalition, so we were keen to get involved. In fact, there were Rothbury WI members busy everywhere on the day. We made miles of green bunting to decorate the village and asked people to write their
personal pledges on the flags, saying how they will reduce their carbon footprints. These pledges will be collated into a letter to our MP and the relevant Minister ahead of the COP 26 summit in November.

An August Garden Party – Juliet Charles
Longhoughton & Boulmer WI had a wonderful garden party held by Joan Shirley Ford in her garden to raise funds for our WI group, making a total of £93.00. Although the day was overcast, it was perfect weather to sit and enjoy the cakes and scones we had all made and brought along. It was very pleasant to catch up and socialise with everyone outside after the long absence due to the Covid restrictions and no supper was needed that evening! We have now started meetings again at our new venue The Beacon in Longhoughton and feel this is a positive move for the group.

Getting a handle painting mugs – Jen Dover
Chollerton member Sally Danys led members in painting a mug at the September meeting. Sally is a craft teacher and provided the mugs and paints, patterns and tuition then took the mugs home to glaze and fire.
She returned the mugs at our October meeting. We had a lovely night and the end results are brilliant.

No More Violence: 16 Days of Action
From the 25 November to 10 December, National are encouraging members to take part in the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence. Building on
the success of previous years, members can get involved by building links with your local women’s refuge.
Women’s refuges often need vital items such as toiletries, children’s toys, and books. You can also offer other support through craft sessions, providing home cooked meals or donating items that make the refuge more homely. Get in touch with your local refuge to let them know you are there to support them. You can do this by sending a handmade card to your local refuge with information on how to contact you when they need support. Find the contact information of your local refuge to ask them what they need here.

Remember, Remember November is MCS Month!
It is always important that membership information on MCS is kept up to date as much as possible but especially at this time as National use the membership figures at the end of November to calculate how many membership booklets to issue next year. Also, these figures are used to calculate the rate for the delegates’ out of pocket rate for the National Annual meeting in June next year.
Therefore, MCS reps please ensure your WI’s membership shown on MCS is up to date by Friday 26 November. If your WI does not have someone to update MCS please send in your paid membership list to me at the Office by Monday 22 November and I will check it for you.
It would be very helpful when emailing or sending post to the Federation Office to please include your WI name in your correspondence. Thank you.


Ian Williams – The Amble Poet performed at Widdrington WI at on 6 September 2021. Despite not knowing quite what to
expect, all greatly enjoyed his session which was not at all “ high brow ”. Some of his poems were humorous, some nostalgic and
others very poignant and affecting. He is clearly an experienced performer who can “ hold ” his audience and appeal to a wide
range of emotions. Widdrington WI would certainly recommend him to other Instututes.
Speakers Corner amendment in October newsletter Please note Ed Waugh’s fee is £60 .

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