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Craster WI  meet at 7.15pm on the first Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall Craster.

The WI subscription fee is 33 for 2013, to be collected at the January meeting.

Secretary's report for 2012

Craster WI’s year can be summarised in one word – lucky.

Not only have we had a very a wide range of high quality speakers and activities on offer in 2012 but the committee have had none of the last minute reorganisations to carry out that seem to have been a feature of past years.  Our speakers seem to have gone out of their way to oblige.  One speaker managed to battle her all the way through torrential floods and still arrive on time.  Another hastily arranged a last minute replacement due to the imminent birth of her second child.

We were lucky in the diversity of the topics ranging from proggy mat making, “How I wrote a book” by Hazel Stephenson to the work of the “Send a Cow to Africa” charity.  We were lucky that Fiona Craster allowed us to hold our June the wine tasting at Craster Towers. This really added to the ambience of the evening.

We were lucky that the secretary was able to talk about her visits to her Chinese relatives and  give a real insight into what life was like in China today.   We were lucky that it was our turn to send a representative to the Royal Albert Hall so that our president could have her moment of glory.

We were lucky on three occasions with the weather.   The entertainment for the Christmas Social arrived safely, our annual outing to Floors Castle was able to take place in bright sunshine and it also obliged on the day of our annual fundraiser enabling us to raise 700.

We are lucky to have someone who has come up trumps again and is co-ordinating a theatre trip to see Dirty Dancing.

We are lucky enough to have been able to take advantage of trips to other WIs.

Our good luck has even extended to our walking group which goes from strength to strength – amazing as it may seem we have never yet had to cancel a walk due to the weather.   As a group and as individuals we have covered nearly a thousand miles during the time span of the Big Walk Little Splash event.  A magnificent total!

We have not lost sight of the bigger picture either.  We have raised money for local cancer charities and have lobbied our local M.P and the Managing Directors of Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s campaigning for a fair price for our dairy farmers. 

Programme 2013

Meetings to be held at Craster Memorial Hall, 1st Thursday in each month at 7.15


Speaker and Subject


03 01 13

‘Therapeutic Laughter Workshop’
Speaker - Keith Adams



Rosemary Gibbs, Marjorie Hewitson, Winnie Banks

07 02 13

Annual Dinner - TBA


07 03 13

‘My Photography’ - Jane Coltman
(Coins for Friendship)



Sheila Dixon, Alice Green, Ann Mallen

04 04 13

Members Night – Fun/Games and discussion of resolutions



Fiona Craster, Pat Jones, Nancy Nicholson

02 05 13

Educational Outing - Wallington Hall


06 06 13

Workshop – ‘Making Sugar-craft Roses’
Speaker - Marjorie Read

Best Rose


Muriel Silk, Elizabeth Herd, Beryl Ainslie

04 07 13

‘Founding a School in Africa’
Speaker - John Clarke



Trish Flegg, Sybil Dawson, Nancy Grey

?? 08 13

Teas in the Boathouse/Harbour
(If wet in the Memorial Hall)


05 09 13

‘A pressing engagement’
Speaker - Jean Black



Joyce Shaw, Vivienne Lowerson, Gill Twyford

03 10 13

Open Meeting   ‘Famous Faces Music Show’
Speaker - Jimmy Powells



Heather Lee, Jeanette Archbold, Marion Hogg

07 11 13

Annual Meeting
Pie and peas supper
(Bring own plates & cutlery)



Doris Clarke, Marjorie Hewitson, Winnie Banks

05 12 13

Christmas Party - Northumbrian Humour and Song
Ernie Coe and Avril Huntley




To download a .pdf of the Programme Click Here


Mrs S Biott

Mrs M Gallon

Committee Members

Mrs. D Clarke
Mrs S Dawson
Mrs P Jones
Mrs H Lee

Mrs J Shaw
Mrs M Silk
Mrs S Tucker

The secretary of the Craster WI can be contacted through the following link:

The committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month.

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