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  • The evening began with the business part of the meeting and, after a ballot, a new President Sylvia Allan was elected. This year also sees the 96th Birthday of Acklington W. After the business meeting members joined in a floral art session. This turned out to be a good decision as the better weather brought a near full attendance of members for the Christmas Party.

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    Carols and Popular Christmas Songs were sung and this was followed with a Reading by one of our members. Although it was another cold evening the January meeting went ahead as planned.

    The business meeting was conducted in the warmth and cosiness of the Guyzance Room. Members were reminded that was the Centenary Year of the Northumberland W. Federation and were told of the first events to celebrate this milestone.

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    The Business Meeting was followed by a Food Quiz which proved both educational and amusing as one of the rounds of questions was about guessing the English translation of a number of American Foods. The competition was for the best decorated biscuit or cookie and the winning entry was a beautiful floral decorated biscuit. The fund was set up in February by friends and family in memory of Stephen who died aged 21 while playing football for his local team Alnmouth. He died from an undiagnosed heart condition which was likely to have been triggered during the physical exertion of the game.

    Initially the monies raised by the fund were used to provide emergency first aid training to representatives of local football teams and then the group were introduced to the concept of defibrillators by the North East Air Ambulance Service and other organisations. The fund then went on to locate defibrillators in various locations throughout Northumberland.

    At the meeting Dougie gave a very clear and informative presentation and demonstration on the use of defibrillators. This left many of the members who had previously had concerns about using the equipment with a new found confidence. We were advised where the defibrillators are situated, how to use them and how to go about increasing the number of locations of the defibrillators.

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    On a lighter note Dougie then agreed to judge the members Craft Competition which was for a home crafted heart shaped article. The business meeting was carried out and then it was time for members to socialise over tea and biscuits before the raffle was drawn and the meeting formally closed. The next meeting is on 12th December in the Village Hall at 7. The highlight of the year was an evening to celebrate Acklington W. In addition there were talks by local volunteers from a number of charitable organisations such as Canine Partners and Neal Skelton entertained everyone with his recollection of his time at Everest Base Camp.

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    She went on to say that two other W. Starting from Alnmouth Railway Station to Everest Base Camp showing slides of his journey on the way through very lucrative cities to shanty towns. Along the way all the local people they met were very friendly and helpful. He decided to take this extraordinary journey because one his daughters didn't think he could do it. Then the business agenda was presented, including early information about the next National Annual Meeting due to take place in Cardiff on June 6th Interest was shown in a similar event with a Christmas theme, to take place in December.

    This method, new to everyone, proved challenging at first, but was well worth the effort, as each of us had a stunning arrangement to take home. Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 12th September at 7.

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    Visitors are always very welcome to join us then. Susan gave an interesting and informative talk and slide show about the work of the charity which specialises in matching trained assistance dogs with people with varying degrees of physical disability.

    It was founded in and currently places 78 dogs a year. As well as working with civilians the charity works in partnership with Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and other service organisations in providing canine partners to injured servicemen and women. Susan went on to explain the range of tasks that Esther was capable of helping her carry out.

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    This included dressing and undressing, answering the phone and raising the alarm in an emergency by operating a panic button and for those with more severe disabilities canine partners can be trained to assist with help in getting in and out of bed.

    Esther also helps with unloading the washing machine and Susan made us all laugh when she told us that Esther, who is given a treat on completion of a task, had worked out that if she emptied the washing machine then put an item back in she could get a second treat. Next meeting 8th August in the Village hall. After sorting out who was driving and which member would travel in what car they all set off on time.

    Only one car managed to take a wrong turning but soon recovered and they all arrived at the planned destination of the Sea and Salt cafe in Amble at around the same time. It was decided that there was no overall winner. The meal was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who was able to attend.

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    Several of our members enjoyed a warm welcome, a tasty supper and an interesting illustrated presentation from Patricia Forster of the Cottage Garden Society on the subject of "Lady Gardeners". Our regular programme resumes next month on 11th July when the topic will be "The Canine Alliance".

    June Barras 2 MAY A cookery demonstration is always popular and this month's topic was no exception as we welcomed Marjorie Goodchild who prepared five recipes which could be part of a buffet, an accompaniment to a main meal or as an alternative to a regular salad.

    These prepared dishes were then donated by Marjorie as prizes for evening's raffle. The competition also had a cookery theme: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans'. After some discussion, it was agreed that the first be left to the discretion of the delegate and the second was carried by a majority in favour of supporting the resolution.

    Arrangements were made for the forthcoming May table top sale and for the Car Treasure Hunt to take place on 20th June. This means that there will be no meeting on our regular 'second Tuesday' this June.

    Thanks were extended to Barbara King for her work to keep computer details up to date. The meeting ended with the usual social time. Diana Whalley, an Ambassador for this ethical investment organisation, gave an enlightening overview of how it all works.

    Interest is paid in each investment which can be withdrawn at any time. The scheme plays a crucial part in the Fair Trade movement in parts of the developing world. It certainly provided us with food for thought. Moving on to the business for the evening, congratulations were extended to our Carpet Bowls team, who brought home the cup as winners of the Northumberland Federation Competition.

    Matters arising from our recent 95th celebrations included appreciation of gifts of wine from Broomhill WI and chocolates from the Federation Chairman Hilary Robson, and thanks to Margaret Hammond for floral decorations.

    Our next meeting on May 9th at 7. June Barras — Secretary.

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    With many thanks to non-members Acklington residents Alison Sharpe and Violet Currie had decorated the hall beautifully with plenty of bunting. The WI committee had set up the tables and decorated them with 95th birthday memorabilia.

    It is now closed and has been demolished. The picture below is of a postcard which says Military Hospital, Colchester. The card was sent by John to his wife Emily in Ripon who may have been a patient there. The postcard is undated but may be from early 20th century: History of Colchester Hospital Colchester barracks area in Essex, England has always been a busy garrison and when the new barracks were built in a 20 hut hospital complex was built.

    This was replaced with a fine looking red brick hospital in The photograph of Colchester Military Hospital below is of that era. Colchester Military Hospital was able to treat about patients in side rooms and eight traditional wards.

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    If you like this page and would like to easily share it with your friends and family please use the social networking buttons below: If you can help with any information please contact Qaranc. Hospital Ward World War One: Can anyone help with any information about the significance of the tree? One reader has kindly added some information: I'm afraid I cant be terribly specific but the term old oak tree may well relate to an ancient oak tree reputedly years old.

    It is situated in Fingringhoe village just outside Colchester on the road to West Mersea. During my time based on Colchester with 3RRF in the 70s there was and I still believe is a firing range at Fingringhoe which dates back to that period and maybe well before that too. Having copied the picture and played with it a bit it may well be that the soldiers in the picture were actually on a day at the ranges sharpening up their small arms skills and live firing.

    I courted a young Scottish nurse who was stationed at the BMH at one time. My eldest daughter was also born there not mothered by the young nurse shortly after I left the army in This occurred because she was already in the system as it were for the birth.

    I remember that the BHM also treated some of the local civilian population although again I cant be certain of this.

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    Below are a group of three Tommies More building work was undertaken over many decades as the health care needs of soldiers changed and as medical and nursing advances were made. This included a pathology laboratory in and a reception annexe in Two operating theatres were added in This picture of Colchester Military Hospital would have been of this time: The book Sub Cruce Candida: The local civvy hospital at the time was Essex County Hospital.

    The working capacity of the hospital had been reduced by this time and was down to about 90 beds spread over 7 wards. One third were occupied by civilian patients and by the early s more civilian patients were admitted to the army hospital. By the time of its official closure in early Colchester Military Hospital were caring for patients in 8 wards and employed army personal and civilian staff. The date I have been given as the closure of Colchester Military Hospital was the 17 December though some sources have stated Col Reid received the OBE for his efforts at the Hospital and was credited with upgrading and opening the Hospital up to civilians.

    There was a great deal of local support to keep Colchester Military Hospital but it sadly closed and the building was demolished. He was injured at Gallipoli in June where he lost an eye and was a patient at Colchester Hospital in and other times.

    This was dated 15 March and is E Ward. The back row is: Hinchcliffe, Sgt Anderson, Little Twiss. There were several sightings of a ghost nurse in a Victorian nursing uniform walking down a corridor.