TWENTY-TWO members and one guest attended Kirkley WI’s May meeting.
They were taken on a fascinating journey by Dinah Iredale, who spoke on the subject of Bondagers. These women lived and worked in the Scottish Borders and in North Northumberland. The women were linked to a farm hind or ploughman and shared his working and living arrangements. The women wore distinctive bonnets, shawls, skirts and blouses. For various tasks they adapted the skirt into trousers.
Giving the vote of thanks Margaret Neil complimented Dinah Iredale on her research in recording a riveting aspect of local history.
The competition for a small farming item was won by Eleanor Urwin.
In the business meeting the resolution for the AGM was discussed.
Arrangements were made for the Jubilee Tea on June 28 and the Summer Outing on July 4. A time was set for the first part of the Big Walk, Little Splash event.
Members were reminded that the county activities were in the newsletter.