Around the North-east rural meetings

The main purpose of Collieston and Slains SWRI’s January meeting was to celebrate the 256th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth with a traditional meal of haggis, mince, neeps and tatties followed by a variety of desserts contributed by members.

This was washed down with home-brewed ginger cordial. Consequently the business section of the meeting was sped through quickly, comprising discussions on the progress of the cooperative entry for Ellon Bulb Show in March, the proposed visit to Ladies Day at Perth Races in May, and arrangements for our 20th Anniversary Dinner on February 25 to be held at the Newburgh Inn.

Any former members are welcome. Contact any of the following before January 31 - Carol (751391), Gail (751369), Nora (751236), Chris (751377), Alison (751356). (Everyone will pay for their own meal with a £10 subsidy each from funds).

We then sat down to a delicious meal at a beautifully decorated table with a Burns theme. Then guest speaker Laura Greig, from Maud, delivered an entertaining speech about the contribution Scots have made to our present-day society - fitting for a Burns celebration.

Then Chris gave the vote of thanks.

Vice-president Eileen Morrice welcomed members and friends to the January meeting of New Deer SWRI. A few minutes were taken to remember Mrs Alice Mutch who recently passed away.

Alice was an active and loyal member for the past forty years, participating in many activities.

Guest for the evening, Jane Keenan, demonstrated her talent of Silk Screen Printing, showing the different designs which can be achieved. A few of the members took part in the screening.

Competition results: Lemon Drizzle Cake 1st Pat Hibbit; 2nd Nancy Rennie.

After a welcome cup of tea, Marion Tran gave a comprehensive vote of thanks.