Lancaster Park WI
THE 2013/14 programme for Lancaster Park WI is under way, with Brian Burnie starting off on May 2 with a talk around his charitable trust Daft as a Brush.
This was founded by him following his wife’s successful battle against breast cancer to provide free transport for cancer outpatients who need to undergo treatment.
Brian and his wife lived at Doxford Hall until he sold his £16million estate and ploughed the proceeds into the charity, moving into a rented terrace house in Morpeth.
This exceedingly-generous man had members enthralled and humbled as he described the workings of this charity, but as he says: “We come into this world with nothing and we go out of it with nothing, it is the bit in between that matters.”
June 6 was programmed to be a presentation by a representative of the Sick Children’s Trust. This had to be cancelled owing to sickness. A phone call to Pete Cryer, however, rescued the situation when he and Alan and Pauline Giles, agreed to entertain members.
The trio are known as Old English as they sing mainly English traditional songs. Pete played the guitar and the Northumbrian pipes, Pauline played the whistle and Al sang. The audience was encouraged to sing the chorus of popular folk songs, including The Leaving of Liverpool, The Blaydon Races, Cushy Butterfield and The Keel Row.
Members agreed it had been a most successful evening and thanked the trio, their fee being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
The next meeting is on Thursday, July 4, at 7.30pm.