New Barkby W.I.

Mrs S. Franklin, President of New Barkby W.I. welcomed members to the institutes April meeting. ‘Jerusalem’ was sung then a time for business matters.
The speaker was Wendy Martin from Hinckley, “From Barnard Castle to Berwick-upon-Tweed”.
This was a power-point presentation to show members the outstanding scenery and places of interest around Northumberland and the places where she grew up near Hexham. This was a long-promised nostalgic trip, as the slides showed where Wendy attended Primary School in Acomb and a house where she had lived (her first home has now been demolished).
On the way to the North-East there was a visit to Wetherby; Cotherstone, the house where the late Dales farmer Hannah Hauxwell (she became a TV celebrity) lived, after moving from her remote farmhouse in the Pennines. Further on during the trip, there was a visit to Cragside, the home of the late Lord Armstrong. This was the first home in the world to be lit by hydro electricity. Also included in the itinerary were trips to Bamburgh Castle, Hexham Abbey, the Farne Islands and to Alnwick Castle and its poison gardens. The whole holiday ended at Haggerston Castle before the long journey back to Leicestershire. A very enjoyable reminder to Wendy of an area she knows very well. At the end of the talk Wendy gave a short amount of information of a charity she supports, ‘Send a Cow’, donations which help to fund farmers in other parts of the world, particularly in Africa.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs A. Montague who also won the raffle prize.
There was a competition for something with the letter ‘A’ which Mrs A. Cobb won with a paperweight in the shape of an Anvil.
The tea hostesses were Mrs P. Smith and Mrs P. Wilson.
The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 4th May at Syston Community Centre at 7.30pm. All visitors are welcome. This will be a W.I. Resolutions meeting.