Tradition and innovation, the hallmarks of Asby WI, have been seen alive and well in the past few months.
Tradition: With evening guest speakers, including recently the Herald’s news editor Emily Atherton, and the yearly meeting at which resolutions being proposed at the WI national annual meeting are discussed, following which the WI’s decision is forwarded to the representing delegate. This year’s two topics were concerned with loneliness, and microplastic fibres found in the seas.
Innovation: It is not very many months since Asby WI introduced a monthly ‘Knit and Natter’ afternoon. This has proved so popular that the ladies now meet twice a month, have an attendance of more than half the institute’s membership and welcome some non-members too. And now, another group activity has been introduced: ‘Walk and Talk’. The first monthly walk took place at Acorn Bank – with, of course, tea and cake to finish! Future destinations include High Plains, Drybeck and Little Asby Fell.
Looking ahead – the annual coach trip, which is regularly open to friends and folk from Asby, will be visiting Chester. While the next monthly meeting will be in Hexham!
Asby WI members are sorry to learn of Gwen Hadrill’s decision to resign as Secretary, a position she had held effectively for a number of years and for which she is thanked. Susan Renshaw will stand in for Gwen until the holiday season is over after which Jackie Smart will hold office.