By Margaret: We held the last meeting of 2012 on the Wednesday before Christmas.  We had a lively discussion about the Resolutions agreed by the National Federation of Womens’ Institutes as the candidates for next year’s nationwide campaigning effort .  Support for local shops we could all agree on and already carry out on a regular basis, but concern about the provision of websites which encourage young people to self-harm or even consider suicide caused more discussion.  Experience of one member from her involvement with Childline brought to our attention the seriousness of the problem and resulted in an overwhelming vote in favour of that Resolution as the one we would recommend for nationwide support.

After that, however, the mood of the Meeting changed as we wracked our memories to identify names and tunes from a wide range of musicals in a light-hearted musical quiz.  So many tunes; so difficult to remember exactly which musical they came from or who the singer was.  After that we all transferred to the Windy Harbour Hotel for our Christmas lunch, duly adorned with paper hats from the crackers.  A thoroughly enjoyable meal was had by all, served by a friendly and helpful staff.  And then it was farewells and Christmas wishes to one and all as we went our separate ways to our own family celebrations.

We shall be meeting again at 9.30 on the morning of Wednesday 16th January, when Janis Birchall will be ‘Puffin around Northumberland’ – trains or birds?  Come and join us and find out for yourself.  All ladies are welcome.