Acomb WI

Acomb WI, restarted in 2014, meets on the 3rd Monday in the month at 7.00pm in Acomb First School Hall.  New  members are always welcome along with new ideas for future meetings.  Please see below the programme for the year along with the contact details of the committee members.


Acomb Village WI 2017 – 2018  Programme of Events

17 September 2018 – Craft Meeting                                            Competition: Handmade crafts

Acomb Women’s Institute President:                                              Catherine Fergus   01434 681744 : 07792 877892

Vice President:
Val Mason 07557 423529

Cristina Knox  07966 431715

Deputy Secretary:                                                                                                    Maura Oakes 07891 719644

Amanda Earnshaw

Committee: Lorna Farr,  Helen Hayes-Wynne

What has happened so far…….

This Monday night is our Christmas party. Everyone to bring an item of food. and we will be listening to the HEX PISTOLS. so come along it should be a great evening. 19th December 2016

September’s meeting was an excellent talk about the Roman history of Corbridge. A fascinating and throughly interesting evening. We just about finalised the programme of events and hopefully everything is up to date.

I think everyone will agree that the AGM,including a talk by Beatrice, was a well spent if longer evening than usual. We re-elected our president Catherine as she does such an amazing job. Most members of the committee agreed to keep standing although LInda had to stand down due to new work commitments.

February saw the start of our bunting making, this is being made in an effort to improve our environment when presenting events at the Village Hall. With some lovely donations of fabric we worked as a team to cut, pin and stitch until the bunting started to take shape. A few more craft evenings to be held at different members homes in the next few months will help us to complete tens of metres of pretty bunting. Everyone felt that the evening had been very productive.


The December 2015 meeting had a festive feel with Val leading a demonstration on how to marzipan and royal ice a fruit cake. Everyone then decorated their own cake that Val had very kindly prepared for us. A variety of Christmas themes made for some inspiring and fun designs.

To keep in the Christmas spirit we joined with Action4Acomb and made mince pies for everyone who sang around The Pant to enjoy. Along with mulled wine, teas and coffee at the Village Hall and for once no rain.

Everyone enjoyed the hearts made at November meeting with the help of Penny Pieces and we are all inspired to reuse and make our old things more interesting.

On Saturday 10th October we held our first ever Food and Craft fair. Thank you to all who supported us and made the day a success. We are really pleased with the money raised and hope everyone enjoyed themselves, spent some money and enjoyed cake!

Cristina Andone

Cristina Andone presenting a powerpoint of her summer foraging while on a return to Romania

The September event was lead by Cristina who had spent the summer foraging in her home country of Romania. Cristina excelled herself as usual. She’d brought back a selection of herbs  gave an illustrated talk on all the plants and fruits they regular collect for food and medicinal purposes.
Even managed to bring back in her luggage a selection of homemade jams – green tomato jam beats chutney as way to use up a glut of tomatoes. 

The August evening was spent discussing next year’s programme of events. We like to have different speaker or activity every month but this month the speaker was unable to attend. We also discussed the talents amongst the group to see who could deliver a craft evening.

Dark Skies Project with Duncan Wise who was so informative and got us all thinking about how we might protect our skies from the night blight. A variety of interesting historical memorabilia were entered into the competition.

June’s visit to The Beacon Garden, Stocksfield was a great success despite the showers. Fifteen Acomb Village WI members travelled by TyneValley coach to the beautiful garden with lovely cakes and tea, along with the company of 9 other local  WIs’  and their members.  The proceeds, £400, will go towards a variety of charities – Marie Curie, Macmillan and NSPCC. What a success!

But not only that!….the real June meeting was held at the Black Bull, Corbridge after a planned walk.

Starters & Puds
One year on….May was our first AGM. Over starters and puds, a big thanks was   extended to Chris Blance who, due to work commitments, stood down as President. Catherine Fergus was unanimously nominated as the new President with Linda Wright as Vice.  Maura Oakley was nominated making the committee 8 members strong.

An outing to Hexham Racecourse was an experience to be had in April. Charles Enderby generously gave his time to share the history and workings of the Racecourse over wine and supper. Much appreciated and enjoyed by members!

Our March evening was a great success with a visit from the therapists at Hands On, based in Hexham who demonstrated some of their beauty and holistic therapy – a relaxing facial,  shiatsu, Indian Head Massage and the Emmett technique. All to contribute towards our wellbeing – body, mind and spirit. It did the trick! 

WI Acomb had a fantastic evening in February.  Belvadivas performed a variety of belly dancing for us and we had a go too!

In January, the Romanian evening with food, cakes and cultural music was a great success. Cristina Knox shared her experiences, tastes and sounds of her beloved country. Other local WIs attended too. It was a fun evening had by all with positive feedback from our guests who said “Such a different evening, lovely food and entertainment and what a lovely country to visit!”

This Christmas, lots of fondant fun penguins will have been on show on top of the family cake after Sarah Macmahon kindly gave her time to show us how to mould and shape to make some brilliant specimens at the December WI meeting. The winner of the most unusual Christmas decoration was Chris Blance with her bird tree.


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