We opened our July meeting by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to celebrate the 90th birthday of Myrtle Hind who has been a member of Embleton WI for 75 years.

Andrea Cameron reported

on the AGM of the National Federation of WIs in Bournemouth, which she attended on behalf of Embleton, Plumbland, Lorton and Dovenby WIs. Resolutions against the decline in local bus services over the last decade and to raise awareness of the importance of attending routine cervical screening were passed by majorities of over 95%.

Our speaker was Annie Mawson MBE, a freelance musician and the founder and chief executive of Sunbeams Music Trust, which she set up in 1992. “To relieve sickness and assist in the remedial treatment of children and adults suffering from physical, emotional, psychological and other mental health problems by the provision of Community Music Therapy.”

Sunbeams now employs 11 musicians and has its own centre near Penrith, designed by Annie’s architect nephew Will and opened by the Countess of Wessex in 2016. Sunbeams, which has no statutory funding, provides all its services free of charge and has to raise annual running costs of £400,000.

Annie talked about some of the children and adults Sunbeams works with before entertaining us with some songs, beautifully accompanied on her harp. We joined her by singing D’Ye Ken John Peel to close the evening and our president, Amanda Durkan, thanked Annie on behalf of all the members for a moving and inspiring evening.

The competition for a Sunbeam flower arrangement was won by Evelyn Chester and Chrissie Veitch was second.

On 11th September, Frances Dryden will be talking about Riding for the Disabled.

Meetings are held at 7.30pm, at the village hall on the second Wednesday of each month. We are always pleased to welcome guests and new members. Please get in touch with our secretary, Joanna South, on 01900 828110 for more information.

Maggie Grant

We were pleased to welcome a new member!

Bothel & Kirkland

Maggie Bell welcomed Pat Hill from the Helena Thompson Museum, who had kindly stepped in for Pat Martin who was indisposed.

Pat gave a talk on the Suffragettes.

She outlined the difference between the Suffragettes and the Suffragists. However, the rise in the changes in the life of women could be put down to WWI. The way that women stepped in to take over the many manual jobs now available due to the loss of so many men in the war was the beginning of the change in the way women were treated. Wages were still below that of the men, but women continued to show their abilities, but it would still be many years before they were able to have the vote! Maggie thanked Pat for her interesting talk.

The competition and the raffle were both won by Betty Earle.

At the 4th September meeting, Johanna Korndorfer will be giving a talk on Dark Skies Roadshow. Visitors are always welcome!


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