Around the North-east rural meetings

President Mrs Helen Smillie welcomed everyone to the Esslemont SWRI AGM which was attended by Fyvie Rural.

The business meeting was conducted and the ladies from Fyvie entertained as the votes were taken.

The results of the voting: president Helen Smillie; vice-president Jean Winterbottom; secretary Sue Armstrong-Mills; treasurer Ann Davidson; magazines Linda Milne; teas Margaret Grieve; press secretary Margaret Grant-Beer.

Winners of the competitions were:

Flower of the Month-1st Annie Paterson; 2nd Joyce Clark; 3rd Helen Smillie.

3 Easter biscuits - 1st Annie Paterson; 2nd Linda Milne; 3rd Helen Smillie.

Easter Card - 1st Margaret Grieve; 2nd Annie Paterson; 3rd Helen Smillie.

Helen Smillie gave the vote of thanks prior to the meeting ending.

Collieston and Slains SWRI March meeting discussed current business before handing over to Lynda Page, of Collieston, who volunteers for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and gave an informative and entertaining talk about the organisation.

Among many interesting facts, members learned that CAB was founded during World War II in response to the housing shortage.

It offers every kind of generalist advice but also specialist advice on welfare and financial issues, NHS complaints, relationship problems, residency and food shortage issues.

The CAB service is totally confidential, impartial, independent and free.

Lynda was given a vote of thanks by Anne Craig, who was also one of the evening’s hostesses along with May Irvine and Nora Harper, providing a lovely tea.

Meanwhile the mini-show was judged by guests from Newburgh, Jean Robertson and Violet McConnachie, and a high standard of beautiful and impressive entries came from members.

The next meeting on April 20 will host a talk about birdwatching by Moray Souter, from Newburgh.