Buckingham Palace appointment for ladies

Hepscott WI members Dorothy Cowans, Elaine Walker and Carol Reed at the W.I. Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Hepscott WI members Dorothy Cowans, Elaine Walker and Carol Reed at the W.I. Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.


June was a particularly exciting month for members of Hepscott WI.

On June 2, Elaine, Dorothy, Carol and Margery attended the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the WI.

At the June meeting they reported back to members on their “never to be forgotten experience”, and Elaine wowed everyone with her album of photographs.

On June 4, several members went to the Tyneside Cinema to watch the first ever live screening of the WI AGM from the Royal Albert Hall. Guest speaker Lucy Worsley’s entertaining talk gave us a foretaste of her programme about the WI, Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers, shown on BBC 2.

‘Your garden through the seasons’ was the theme of this year’s annual photographic competition, which was judged by David Illingworth, of Morpeth Camera Club. He awarded the first prize to Betty Wilson for her Dusky Daisy, while the members’ choice was awarded to Heather Stonebank for Foxy and Harry.

In July, we welcomed Mary Kelly, a volunteer from the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle.

Set up 30 years ago by Alison Kay, the charity is staffed by an eclectic group of volunteers. As well as those who interact personally with those needing help, there are also electricians, plumbers, administrative staff, events managers, drivers and a chaplain, who all volunteer their services.

An astonishing 35,000 meals a year are provided, both at the Kitchen and at the outreach post under the arches at the old Manors Station in Newcastle.

Although it is sad that such charitable help is necessary, it is a wonderful reflection on the people of the area that so many are willing and able to give their time and care to those in need in the local community.

The committee suggested we take on the challenge of providing 100 items for the People’s Kitchen and Mary was very happy to tell us which things would be most useful for their needs.

There will be no meeting in August and we reconvene on Tuesday, September 15, at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be Peter Reed, Chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board at H.M. Prisons.