Helping Out a ‘Sister’
Tynemouth WI embarked on a long-term recruitment project recently. Alison, the Secretary for Whaddon Night Owlers WI in Buckinghamshire, was planning her wedding early this year, before the word ‘pandemic’ was on anyone’s lips. Even then, the local register office had no openings until December. Having a family connection in Tyneside, Alison and her fiancé David had often visited Tynemouth and when she inquired at the North Shields registry office, they had an opening in August. Closer to the date, it turned out her chosen witnesses were unable to travel to fulfil their roles.
She contacted Tynemouth WI to ask if any members might be willing to serve as witnesses. Peggy Robertson and Lynn West were up for it. They thought it might be fun if, rules permitting, to gather (distantly) outside to meet the happy couple, take photos and shower them with flower petals. Taking an excuse to get dressed up our President Rachel Crackett, Vice – President Shelley Lanser, Secretary Pat Corbett and member Debbie
Grigsby all gathered, seeing one another for the first time in almost five months. We discovered that the newlywed couple plan to retire to Tynemouth eventually, so we hope we’ve potentially recruited a new member! The Bride said:
We were thrilled at the response of the Tynemouth WI – they made our day so very special. You can always rely on the WI ladies!”

Southridge WI have flower power!
Southridge WI held their first Flower Group meeting since lockdown on the 9th September at Cresswell House. Mary Davies celebrated her birthday, and all were happy to meet up again.

Woodlands Park WI pay tribute
It is with much sadness we announce the passing of two much loved and respected members of our WI. Maureen Gordon and Vera Denholm served on the Committee for many decades, Vera as Secretary and Maureen latterly as Treasurer and President for nine years.
We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. They will be very sadly missed by all our members.


Stamfordham WI get caught out at Kirkharle
A socially distanced coffee morning was arranged at Kirkharle, birthplace of Capability Brown. The intention was to have a coffee in the marquee and a walk around the lake. True to form our August weather was unpredictable and heavens well and truly opened so we were given somewhere to sit indoors. We didn’t manage the walk around the lake but since we hadn’t seen each other for so long it didn’t really matter as everyone was keen to just chatter.

Hexhamshire WI try out Denman Online
We are all aware that Denman College has sadly closed, however, they have decided to produce a wide range of online courses which are excellent value at £5 per course. Courses are available in crafting, such as felting pictures, animals or jewellery, sewing and art activities. There are also cooking activities, including some aimed at children in addition to history talks, yoga and even singing along with ukuleles, all on Zoom. They are very easy to access, just Google ‘Denman Online’, choose your course, pay and you will be sent details and the Zoom link. I have taken part in some card making and felting workshops, the latter lasting 2 hours. Both have been great fun and very inspiring. These courses are sometimes recorded and made available for a few days after the event itself. New courses are being put up all the time, well done Denman Online!

Longhorsley WI Summer Outing
What should have been Longhorsley WI’s summer outing ended up being a successful picnic in the Old Church Wood, Longhorsley, where 14 members and a Parish Councillor, came along to adopt 25 trees on behalf of the WI. We had a wonderful afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed meeting face to face again, in glorious sunshine.

Prudhoe in the park
The photographs show Prudhoe WI having their first meeting in the park last month with the view of the beautiful Tyne Valley and also the book club having their first get together. Things are slowly getting back go (the new normal).

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