Group learns of rescue work and furniture ‘upcycling’

Kirkley WI

What do you do with your old worn furniture? Put it under throws and cushions? Take it to the tip?

Well, Debs Brewis, from Penny Pieces, Ponteland, told us at our March meeting how to give it a whole new look with Autentico Paints.

She brought along wooden heart shapes and paint brushes for us to try out different coloured paints with ‘distressed’ and ‘crackle’ effects. It was great fun and we all enjoyed hearing about the commissions she and her sister-in-law do with upcycling furniture and hosting painting workshops, along with teaching upholstery, lampshade making, sewing classes and children’s arts and crafts parties.

They leave an old-fashioned penny hidden in the furniture of the pieces they restore.

A very enjoyable evening.

In April, David Waters, from Northumberland Mountain Rescue (NMR), gave a very informative talk and slideshow.

The NMR is run purely by donations and volunteers, covering an area from Berwick to south of Sunderland and across to the Cumbrian border. It can also be called upon to help in larger scale searches in Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders, and was involved in the Lockerbie plane disaster in 1988.

It was formed after two farmers lost their lives in a snow storm near Stillhope Law in November 1916, while trying to make their way home after their tractor broke down.

We were surprised to learn that NMR is also involved in coastal rescue and urban rescue.

Members felt it was a very hard-working organisation, which warranted a donation.