Special first birthday party for WI group

Morpeth Town WI members during the group's first birthday party.
Morpeth Town WI members during the group's first birthday party.

Morpeth Town WI

April 27 was an important date for the newly-formed Morpeth Town WI.

Club President Sarah Scarlett welcomed members to a very special first birthday party. She explained that Morpeth Town WI is the newest WI club to have been established within the Northumberland Federation of the WI during the past year and this is particularly significant as the movement celebrates its centenary in 2015.

The WI movement regionally and nationally continues to go from strength to strength. It is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK, with over 212,000 members in around 6,600 WI’s.

Sarah said “It is very much an organisation of the present time with the emphasis on community involvement, fun, friendship, learning and sharing skills, broadening horizons as well as the heritage of campaigning and supporting and highlighting local issues.

“We are all particularly proud to be part of such a diverse and forward thinking organisation and this special year coincides with our first birthday as club.

“We were thrilled when our youngest member Vicky Ruth Rees was asked to help plant a tree at the Northumberland Federation headquarters in Seaton Burn to mark the 100th anniversary along with a WI member from the oldest club in our region, Mitford WI. The Mitford club presented Morpeth Town WI with a crystal vase as a token of commemoration.

“There have been some real highlights during our first year, with members learning how to create a mini Christmas floral display, Easter cake decorating, a visit from Fitness Vibes and Layla from French Grey Tales teaching us how to paint a photograph frame using chalk paint, and we were particularly proud to have been part of the WI group of ladies that made the bunting which was on display in Sanderson Arcade last summer.

“We also increased our knowledge of local issues, including fostering sibling children, and gained an insight into some of the history of Morpeth.

“We never imagined that there would be so much on offer within the WI, with the option to attend other local WI’s, and the Northumberland region has planned a full calendar of centenary events, so it can be a real challenge to pick which events to attend.

“The WI gives you the opportunity to make friends and discover shared interests in what is happening locally. As a WI member, you find yourself visiting places and taking part in events you would never normally be exposed to nor would consider doing in your usual day-to-day life.”

Sarah is to represent Morpeth Town WI at the national AGM in the Albert Hall in June when more than 5,000 WI members will be joined by HM The Queen and HRH The Princess Royal.

The Queen is President of Sandringham WI and The Princess Royal is a long-standing NFWI Associate.

As part of the centenary celebrations, Susan Guillain will be representing Morpeth Town WI at a very special royal garden party at Buckingham Palace on June 2, when members of the Royal Family will be in attendance.

Morpeth Town WI meet on the second Monday of the month at the Waterford Lodge, at 7.30pm. If you are interested in finding out more about the WI, making new friends, learning new skills and being part of the local community, come along to a meeting.