North-east SWRI round-up

Collieston and Slains SWRI met on October 14 and moved quickly through the business section.

There were reports on the enjoyable visit to the Maggie Foundation’s recent Housewarming Party, the recent visit to the SWRI summer show in Elgin, and the successful Soup’n Pudding Fundraiser on October 6.

It raised more than £300 thanks to the generous support of the local community and the industrious baking and soupmaking of WRI members.

Members were pleasantly surprised to hear that their syllabus for the year had won first prize for Ellon District.

President May Irvine then handed over the floor to Frances and Peter Morrison who had been volunteers at last summer’s Olympic Games Rowing events at Eton Dorney.

Frances had been a Games Maker and Peter was an International Umpire for rowing events in both the Olympics and the Paralympics, and also weighed the competitors’ boats to ensure they adhered to requirements for the minimum weight.

They had together compiled an inspiring PowerPoint video illustrating highlights from the rowing events and interviews with key participants, and also both spoke of their own recollections of a really memorable and exciting summer.

Following this Gail Procter, Fiona Chaplain and Nora Harper provided a delicious feast, our raffle was drawn, and May Irvine gave a vote of thanks and wished members safely home.

The next meeting on November 11 will be a talk by Ellie Ingram on Discovering our Past.

•President Dot Gray opened the meeting of Monymusk SWRI and welcomed 15 members attending.

Fiona Grant, Secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting, which were accepted.

Four members participated in the Rural Olympics held at Inverurie Academy on Saturday, (October 5). The Kemnay Open Evening with Bingo will be held on Monday, October 28. there then followed a discussion about Monymusk Open Night on Wednesday, November 20.

Angela McGregor will be the speaker on Festive Food Ideas and catering of mulled wine and shortbread will be for around 40 people.

Mrs Cathleen Wilkie and her husband Bill from Mission Aviation Fellowship then showed an introductory film and gave a very interesting talk on the work of the charity which is a Christian organisation operating light aircraft in more than 30 developing countries so that people in remote areas can receive essential help.

The competition of a Woodland Collage was judged by Mrs Wilkie with the following result:

1: Frances Johnston;

2: Anne Martin;

3: Doris MacKenzie;

4: Dot Gray.

A delicious tea was provided by Ella Sim and Elaine Mitchell. The raffle was drawn and the meeting closed after a vote of thanks given by Fiona Grant.

•AT the October meeting of Premnay SWRI, Pat Duncan welcomed everyone and conducted business.

Afterwards she introduced Brenda Rennie from Insch who got everyone involved in making a button brooch using tweed and shaped like a flower.

Everyone was pleased with their efforts. After a vote of thanks the competitions were judged as follows:

A Button Brooch:

1: Anna Reid;

2: Pat Oddie;

3: Jill Housley

A Pretty Cushion: 1: Ann Peter; 2: Morna Munro; 3: Brenda Bird

Flower of the Month:

1: Pat Duncan

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 13, when Pat Ware from Fintray will be demonstrating on Fabergé Eggs.