Mad hatters take over for tea!

Four mad hatters ready to party at the Ponteland WI event - Suzanne Dunn, Emma Denham, Barbara Harratt and guest
Four mad hatters ready to party at the Ponteland WI event - Suzanne Dunn, Emma Denham, Barbara Harratt and guest

Ponteland Village WI

About 40 members and guests came to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to mark the first anniversary of the Ponteland Village Women’s Institute.

Everyone was asked to wear a ‘mad hat’ and those in attendance not only enjoyed fabulous food, prepared in a traditional manner by the inventive hands of members, but also engaged the grey cells in quizzes which were quite testing – the rounds included film titles from pictures, recognise the celebrities and crosswords.

It was a magic night where the youngest guest was only seven weeks old, but she did bring her mother along.

The latest Women’s Institute in Ponteland is growing strongly and has a membership of working women and full time mothers of all ages. They have a strong involvement with local firms and businesses through a diverse talks programme and have contacts with the County Federation, but for these busy women time is a constraint.

They use email and Facebook to spread their message and welcome women who seek social contact to enjoy a very varied programme of speakers and activities once a month.

Members meet on the second Tuesday of each month in St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, and already have a full programme for the year ahead.

There will be talks on fashion history, antiques and the benefits of hypnosis from a local expert.

A colour and image consultant, fitness advice and a demonstration are also planned for the coming months.