Round the Rurals

Ardallie WRI

MRS Cruickshank, president, welcomed everyone to the May meeting of Ardallie WRI. After business was attended to and the minutes of the previous meeting approved, she introduced Jim Young and Kenny Florence from the Pitmedden First Responders who gave us a talk and demonstration of their work.

The Pitmedden First Responders started in April 2006 when a group of volunteers began raising funds for the necessary training and equipment. They are called out by the ambulance service and help keep people alive until the ambulance arrives. They treat patients who may have had a heart attack or stroke, are unconscious, have breathing difficulties or have chest pains. The list is endless. They also take various readings eg. blood pressure, heart rate and temperature which are passed on to the paramedics when they arrive.

The volunteers have a training evening once a month and are assessed by the ambulance services every 6 months. They have to continually raise funds to pay for the equipment and the lease of their vehicle from the ambulance service which costs £2,500 per year. After demonstrating the use of some of their equipment on our “willing” volunteers we all enjoyed a lovely supper of sandwiches and home bakes provided by our tea hostesses Mrs J Jaffray and Mrs Y Halmshaw.

Jim and Kenny kindly judged our competition of 4 Chocolate Brownies the result of which was:- 1st Mrs M Duncan, 2nd Mrs K Anderson, 3rd Mrs Y Halmshaw and 4th Mrs D Penny. Raffles were drawn and Mrs Cruickshank gave the vote of thanks and wished everyone a safe journey home.

Our annual car treasure hunt will take place on Friday, June 17, with cars leaving Ardallie School between 6.30pm and 7.00pm. Do come along and have an enjoyable night out with the usual delicious refreshments on return to the school.

Auchedly and Ythanbank WRI

PRESIDENT Evelyn Cook welcomed members to the June meeting and introduced the Rev Alison Jaffrey who brought along many items of embroidery. These included her own dyed materials, and home-made machined and hand-embroidered garments - examples of her many talents.

Competition winners were as follows: 4 Custard creams: 1 - Lil Emslie, 2 - Lil Watson, 3 - Mabel Mitchell. Flower arrangements in a wine glass - 1 - Lil Emslie, 2 - Lil Watson, 3 - Mabel Mitchell. A single flower: 1 - Rosaline Alexander, 2 - Lil Emslie, 3 - Lil Watson.

Lil Emslie and Doreen Parker provided a lovely tea, and arrangements were made for the outing in July. Evelyn Cook gave the vote of thanks.

New Deer WRI

PRESIDENT Eileen Morrice welcomed members and friends to the June meeting. There was a large attendance with support from Birkinhills, Cairnorrie and New Pitsligo WRIs. Buisness was dealt with and Eileen Brown gave the Federation report.

President Morrice then welcomed our guest speaker for the evening, Andrew Sayer from the Air Ambulance Service. We were given a slide show and detailed account of the history and work of the crew, including the difficult and dangerous take off and landings in bad weather on the small West Coast Islands. Competitions were judged as follows: Healthy Lunch Box - 1 Nancy Rennie, 2 Ethel Brown, 3 Eileen Brown; Two Decorated Queen Cakes

1 Ethel Dalgarno, 2 Ethel Brown; Flower of the Month: 1 Aileen Brown, 2 Ethel Brown, 3 Nancy Rennie.

The vote of thanks given by Pat Hibbit.

Newburgh WRI

AT the June meeting, the last meeting before the summer break, Mrs. Isabel Smith welcomed members and guests. Following the business discussion, the speaker for the evening, Diana Spencer, was introduced. Diana works with the RSPB at the Loch of Strathbeg. She gave a superb show of the different birds which can be seen there, both resident and summer visitors.

We were also given a brief history about the RSPB and how it was founded by women’s groups in 1889. It then grew into an ornithological organisation before adding nature conservancy.

Images of marine life and Polish bred Konik ponies were also shown. Overall, this was a really interesting talk about an interesting subject which is more or less on our doorstep.

The competition winners were announced after the welcome cup of tea and some fine food.

Photograph of Bird(s): 1 P Elrick, 2 R Platts; 3 A Taylor.

Egg Cosy: 1 M Singer; 2 M Chandler, 3 J Robertson.

Flowers in a Coffee Jar Lid: M Buchan; 2 M Chandler; 3 I Smith

Mrs K Duncan gave the vote of thanks and this closed the meeting. The next meeting will be held on September 6, 2011 and the speaker for the evening will be Dr M Gorman who will give an illustrated talk on the Graveyards of Aberdeen