It always makes for an interesting evening when the East Coast group of the Northumberland Federation of WIs meet for their annual get together.
The host this year was Hepscott WI and to cater for the expected numbers the Methodist Church was duly booked.
There was an excellent turnout, no doubt enticed by the promised entertainment by the renowned ladies’ choir, Werca’s Folk.
Lynda Wadge, President of Hepscott WI, welcomed everyone and led a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, ably augmented by our visiting choir.
She introduced Sue Malloy, Treasurer of the Northumberland Federation, who gave us an update of events to look forward to at Cresswell House.
The ‘business’ part of the meeting over, Margery Tate, Vice-President of Hepscott WI, took over as MC and introduced the wonderful Werca’s Folk.
The ladies’ choir, which has sung together for 19 years, is well known locally and played a prominent part in the celebration of Emily Wilding Davison last year.
Werca’s Folk opened their programme with a song from the 1860s called The Housewife’s Lament.
It was followed by a well known local song, Billy Boy, which was enlivened by several extra verses questioning the ability of ‘Billy Boy’ to be a good husband – every bit as important as ‘Is she fit to be your wife?’.
The recurring theme of women in society, so appropriate for both choir and audience, was reflected in many of the songs.
The programme included I Didn’t Raise My Son To Be A Soldier, Grace Darling, Emily Inspires Us Yet, and the hauntingly beautiful, Your Children.
The evening was a great success. Both Hepscott WI and Werca’s folk were warmly thanked for their contribution by a member of Hartford WI.
The committee of Hepscott WI was finally able to heave a sigh of relief that all had gone well and it would be another five years until it was their turn to host again.