A centenary celebration

Lancaster Park WI joint presidents Rosy Walker and Pauline Simpson cut the centenary cake.
Lancaster Park WI joint presidents Rosy Walker and Pauline Simpson cut the centenary cake.


Commencing with the singing of Jerusalem, the July meeting, a centenary celebration party, opened to a hall packed with members, friends and visitors from Stannington, Eglingham, Morpeth Town, Cambo and Felton WIs.

Sandra Dickinson, from Stannington, gave a wonderful demonstration of flower arranging. She began by creating a bunch of fresh herbs and wild flowers from her garden, tied up with green string.

Next came a beautiful celebration cake of flowers constructed on a base of gypsophilia, iced with pink roses and topped with an elegant spiral of pink roses in the same colour. Three smaller celebration cakes followed.

Finally, a tall fluted champagne glass was filled with overflowing greenery trailing down the sides.

Sandra’s running description of these lovely creations, together with advice on their upkeep, was accompanied by her amusing anecdotes.

Pauline Simpson thanked her warmly for her seemingly effortless skill in producing this lovely collection, which was all raffled off during the evening.

Two quizzes followed, one a sheet of photos of 21 famous women over the past century to be identified, the second a test of knowledge of world events, 1915 to 2015, with prizes for the winning teams.

The final event of this centenary celebration party was the cutting of the beautiful centenary cake by joint Presidents Rosy Walker and Pauline Simpson. This was then sliced and distributed to everyone, followed by a lovely buffet of home bakes, cheese board, fresh fruit platter, accompanied by wine and soft drinks — a fruity end to an evening enjoyed by members and guests alike.

The next meeting is on September 3, with a talk on The History of Woolworths in the North East. All new members welcome.