Afghanistan Appeal
Thropton WI collected bedding towels and clothes on Saturday 11 September from members and locals which are being taken to donation centres.

Enough to fill two cars and a trailer!


Free Breast Awareness Talks
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Wear It Pink day is on 22 October 2021. The Newcastle Breast Screening Service is offering free talks to WIs on breast awareness and the breast screening service. Erika Ridley is a health promotion officer and is happy to travel anywhere in the Federation to give her talks. If you would be interested in this, you can contact her by email at or phone 0191 282 0304.
Come on ladies this month get wearing pink!

Kirkheaton Thank NHS
To mark the NHS and Frontline Workers Day, ladies from Kirkheaton WI served teas at Capheaton Hall’s Open Garden event.     It was lovely to be together again and to be able to send £410 pounds to the NHS Charities Together.


Sitting in the Sun – Alison Kingston
The North Sunderland and Seahouses WI have this week celebrated in the sun with an afternoon tea as the guests of our President, Judith Stephenson. As you will see from the photograph a good time was had by all. For the last 2 months we have been catching up for a coffee and a chat at one of our local coffee shops but we are all very much looking forward to our regular monthly meetings starting again from September.

Getting Together at Gosforth Central – Liz Bennett
One of our Committee members received a cheque from the Asda Foundation for a massive £450 at Asda in Gosforth. It was awarded to the Branch from the Asda Foundation’s initiative “Bringing Communities Together”.
Following what has been a very tough 18 months for a lot of people, Asda once again generously supported community efforts and Michelle, at the local Gosforth Store, works hard to support community matters. Our application to the Foundation was based on running an event where each member would be asked to bring someone from their community to a “getting together again party” – to help lift spirits and celebrate. As a number of our members were still on holiday in September, we decided to have the party on 14 October. There’ll be entertainment, food, drink etc and we plan to follow it up with a separate Crafts evening. Look out for the photos.

Catton’s Tea on the Green – Margaret Robinson
Catton WI invited people from the community to join them for tea and cake on the village green on Saturday 11 September. We also had a produce stall, and one for secondhand items and a WI promotional table.
We were so lucky with the weather as the sun shone and people kept coming! We gained signatures from 9 women who wish to join and we made £361.55!
So, a huge thank you to everyone who supported us.


The Cherry Pickers
This group have played for many WIs in the past. They are a group of 5 musicians based in Hexham, who play
Americana, electric folk, country and jazz music.
For enquiries, contact Penny Grennan on 01434 609300 / 07949 888382 You can email; Fee: £120 for local bookings, £150 in the north of the Federation.

“Wor Bella”
Ashington WI had Ed Waugh who’s a North East award-winning playwright and has a new theatre production called “Wor Bella”. The production is about the role the munitionettes took in WW1, how women’s football came about and the success of Blyth’s Bella Reay. Ed speaks with such passion and knowledge of the subject and is a strong advocate for women rights. He does not charge a fee – would recommend him to anyone. Our WI thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. Further information on his website:

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