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Morpeth Stobhillgate Townswomen’s Guild

AT our November meeting, for the third year running, Northumbria Audio Visual Society entertained us with its usual stunning photography set to music.

The Alnwick Garden was a picture of crocuses, irises, lilies, daffodils, tulips, poppies and roses in summer. The music accompanying the photos was Wild Rose by Jim Reeves and Love Song by Richard Clayderman.

Horizons was accompanied by Andy Williams’ Almost There and showed profiles of famous Newcastle sights — the bridges, the Response, quayside and the Sage Gateshead. We also saw Beamish with steam tractors, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh castles and Lindisfarne Priory.

Animal Park, a parade of wild animals, eg. lions, tigers, penguins, parrots, flamingoes etc, had music by Morecambe and Wise, Bring Me Sunshine, and The Birdie Dance.

Hareshaw Linn in Bellingham was a delight – a walk in woods in full autumn glory, wild flowers and toadstools and a waterfall frozen in winter, accompanied by Greensleeves. Magic mushroom ‘fairies’ completed the scene.

There was lots of music for our next item, Ben Nevis Path, a walking tour through beautiful mountain scenery, blue skies and lovely glens. Even in the winter, snow walkers with knapsacks were climbing in their T-shirts. Music included The Happy Wanderer, Climb Every Mountain and These Are My Mountains, this by the Alexander Brothers.

Finally, we were at Cragside for another absolutely beautiful display of autumn colours and vivid blue skies, with the house there in all its glory, and the boathouse and lake, with calm, glassy water. We were shown a lovely display of dahlias in all shapes and colours, ranging from orange through yellow to red and purple. The music for Cragside was Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole, September Song and Send In The Clowns. Brilliant.

Mr and Mrs Soady, and their ‘assistant’ Jack, were thanked by Mrs Helen Patton.

Raffle-prize winners were Mrs B Duffy, Mrs L Wilson, Mrs J Bray and Mrs P Lumley.

Tea and birthday cake, supplied by Mrs Lumley for Mrs Patton’s big day last month, was enjoyed by all.

There is no meeting next month. The next one will be on Thursday, January 9 at St Robert’s Church Hall at 2pm. Visitors very welcome.