Dovenby WI June 2012
The meeting was opened by President Geraldine Baldwin. Secretary Carole Colquitt then read the minutes of the May meeting and these were duly accepted. The correspondence was then read, with reading of the County News.
The President then introduced the guest speaker, Graeme Proud, a ranger from the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Graeme gave a very interesting and informative talk based on this beautiful stretch of the Solway Coast. The area stretches across 118 square kilometres from Rockcliffe Marsh on the Scottish Border to just north of Maryport. It was designated as an ANOB in 1964, and is a managed partnership.
From his 'hands on' knowledge of the Solway Firth, Graeme gave us a memorable insight into the area by the use of his excellent slides. Not only is the area rich historically and culturally, but is a very important habitat for the Barnacle Goose and Natterjack Toad. It is also a shelter for many other important birds, insects and animals.
This Northern part of Cumbria is certainly worth a visit to explore the unique cluster of churches and attractive villages like Bowness on Solway and Burgh by Sands, and to experience the true meaning of the word 'sanctuary'.
The competition - A bird ornament, was won by Nita Eubank, with runner-up Geraldine Baldwin.
The quiz was won by Nita Eubank.
The raffle was won by Carole Colquitt.
Dovenby WI is always glad to welcome new members or visitors. Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at Bridekirk Dovenby School. More details and a programme are to be found on www.bridekirkparish.org.uk.