What’s on in 2014

21 Mar

What's on in 2014



21 Mar


Easter Bunny Baking

3 Mar

As the Easter Holidays are in full swing, why not keep the kids entertained with these Easter themed treats from FoodNetwork? These cute Snow Bunny cupcakes are the ideal addition to an Easter Sunday afternoon tea, or as part of an Easter egg hunt with the children.

Let’s see your best ones at the next meeting Ladies! We would love to see what variations you come up with from this Easter treat!

Snow Bunny Cupcake


For the cupcake:

  • 585g sugar
  • 113g unsalted butter, cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 155ml milk
  • 155ml water
  • 2 1/2 tsps pure vanilla extract
  • 400g plain flour
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the fluff icing:

  • 60ml milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1.1kg icing sugar
  • Marshmallow fluff, to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 24 snowball cakes
  • 1 large bag of marshmallows
  • Dessicated coconut to taste
  • 48 pretzel sticks
  • 48 edible eye decorations
  • 24 pink jam beans
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 string of black liquorice
  • 1 bag of fizzy strawberry laces, cut into 4 small pieces

How to make Snow Bunny Cupcake: Method

For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 180°C. Line two 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners and put tins on a baking sheet. Set aside.

Process sugar and butter in a food processor until very creamy, scraping sides as needed, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add the milk, water, and vanilla and process to blend.

whisk both flours, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients, in 3 batches to the wet, pulsing, and then scraping batter off the sides of the processor as needed after each addition. Process until the batter is very smooth and pourable like pancake batter, about 2 minutes.

Evenly pour the batter into the prepared cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Bake until the cakes are just firm and spring back when gently pressed, and the tops are golden, 18 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly in tin, and turn out of tin when cool enough to handle. Cool cupcakes completely on a rack before frosting.

For the frosting, whisk the milk and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.

Slowly beat the butter and sugar, in another medium bowl, with an electric mixer until incorporated. Raise the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 to 7 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula.) Add the fluff and salt and reduce the speed to low. Add the milk and vanilla mixture, scrape the bowl down, and mix until fully incorporated. Raise the mixer to high and beat briefly until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Use immediately.

To decorate, Frost the cupcakes.

Top each cupcake with a snowball cake. Pinch the marshmallows slightly to make bunny shaped ears and spread them with some frosting. Dip them into shredded coconut. Insert a pretzel stick carefully into the marshmallows and insert them into the snow ball to make bunny ears.

Dot the back of the candy eyes with frosting and press them onto the snow ball below the ears. Frost the back of the jelly bean and place below eyes for the nose. Frost the tip of the mini marshmallows and place them around the nose to make nose pads and buck teeth. Place the liquorice dot just above the teeth. Dip the straws in frostingand place under the nose to make whiskers.

WI Christmas Party…

28 Nov

It’s Nearly Time For Our Christmas Party!

It’s that time of year again when the tinsel comes out and the smell of mince pies lingers in the air!

Next month, on the 3rd of December, we’ll be hosting our Christmas party at the Parish Hall. The doors will open at 7.30pm for a Glitz & Glamour night, starting with a champagne reception followed by live music.

It will be £5 on the door for members; friends and guests are welcome – Please RSVP to

As discussed at our last meeting, please can you also bring along food and snacks to help fill our plates with festive food.

Out And About In The North East…

27 Nov



Winter Festival – 24th November to 10th Feb – Transforming Saltwell Park into a Winter wonderland that’s full of surprises. You can also enjoy the New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival.

Christmas at Hexham Abbey – 12th December 2012 – Starting at 2pm tickets are £2. Closing date November 26th 2012

Chinese New Year – 10th Febuary 2013 (TBC) – Join us to celebrate the year of the snake.

Table Tennis/Badminton – 10th Feburary 2013 – Starting at 10.30am till 12.30pm at the Centre for Sport on West Road. Tickets are £4 per person.

Carpet Boules – 16th March 2013 – Starting at 9.15am at St. James’ Church Hall in Alnwick. Entry is £12 per team. Continue reading

Whitley Bay comes alive with The Sound of Music….

23 Oct

Get ready for a drop of golden sun this Autumn when the Whitley Bay Playhouse and Day8 Productions comes alive with The Sound of Music!

Playing the role of Maria will be local girl Helen Cash. After several leading roles in youth theatre in her home town of Durham, she went on to join Newcastle Musical Theatre Company, debuting as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof in 2004. Recently she has enjoyed playing leads including Mrs Anna in The King and I at Newcastle Theatre Royal, Nancy in Oliver at Whitley Bay and Maria in the Sound Of Music at Blyth.

Sing along to some of the old time classic like ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ and ‘My Favourite Things’.

The Sound of Music is on at the Whitley Bay Playhouse from Wednesday 24th October to Saturday 27th October. Performances at 7.15pm with a matinee on 27th only at 2.15pm. Tickets are priced from £10 (family ticket £40). Booking line 0844 277 2771 or tickets can be purchased from the theatre Box Office in Marine Avenue or online

WI Archive Training

16 Oct

In 50 years time, future WI members will be able to see what we have been doing at any WI meeting – whether it be a baking session or a charity event.

One member from each Northumberland WI has been invited to learn about this archiving event and we are very excited to be part of it.

During the event members will be introduced to the WI collections held at Woodhorn and Berwick. We will also be told why it is so important to preserve the archives and shown how to access the material and methods needed to look after our own WI archives.

Danielle, our president, will be attending the event on November 27th – We look forward to updating you all then!

Fairtrade Campaign

3 Oct

Thank You to all the members and visitors who supported this long standing WI campaign on Monday evening. We raised £34.35 for the Fairtrade Foundation.

In 1992 the WI was a founder member of the Fairtrade foundation, so let’s carry on the support for farmers in the developing world. The funds raised will help towards developing new Fairtrade products, Encouraging more people in the UK to buy Fairtrade and Creating campaigns for justice in the global trade.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Coop in Tynemouth for donating the Fairtrade baking goods, that Harriet and I used to bake our cakes. We used the following Fairtrade ingredients, tea, soft brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla essence, bananas, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cinnamon and Malteasers.

Here are a few simple steps you could take:

  • Buy a Fairtrade cup of coffee next time you go out with friends.
  • Just put one Fairtrade item in your shopping basket.
  • It’s National Chocolate week from 8th Oct. celebrate and buy Fairtrade chocolate.
  • Drink Fairtrade wine – It’s for a good cause! Did you Know:

Did you Know:

  • Sainsbury’s and Waitrose switched to selling 100% Fairtrade Bananas in 2007, Other supermarkets including Coop and Aldi sell Fairly traded Bananas too.

It would be great to for you to tell us it you have bought a Fairtrade product. Who will be the first Tynemouth WI member to buy Fairtrade pants?

Find out more on the WI website.

Take a look at this great event for a great cause

6 Sep

Day8 Productions presents The Pink Gala, the not to be missed opening of Whitley Bay’s Pink October in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness.

An all female cast with a mix of professional and amateur talent from across our region and led by Theatre Royal’s very own Dame, Chris Hayward and special guest Singer/songwriter Katie Docherty, performing some of her most enchanting work. Other performances include Nice Swan Theatre Company, Tynemouth Priory Theatre with an excerpt from their production of ‘Calendar girls’ and the amazing Whitley Womens Choir.

Come “dressed to impress with a hint of pink,” and enjoy a worthwhile and memorable evening of musical theatre, dance, comedy and live music.

The Pink Gala is on at the Whitley Bay Playhouse for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Friday 5th October at 7.30pm. All tickets are £15. Booking line 0844 277 2771 or tickets can be purchased from the theatre Box Office in Marine Avenue or online

Next WI Meeting

1 Sep

Afternoon Ladies,

Just to let you all know the details of our next meeting:

We will be having a visit from the one and only David Kennedy who will be showing us the delights of his winter warmer cookery demo just in time for the autumn setting in. Monday 1st October at the parish hall, as usual, from 7.30pm onwards.

Hope you’re all looking froward to it already, take a look at David’s website here for a sneak preview of his delicious food x