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Tipperty SWRI members recently enjoyed a pleasant evening at J G Ross Bakers, Inverurie.

Owner George Ross welcomed everyone and the visit started with a delicious meal. Members then made their way to the bakery where they were kitted out with protective clothing. George’s son Cameron gave a tour, he made butteries and scones and explained they make a special buttery every Friday.

The bakery was built seven years ago and already the storage area is too small and is being extended to cope with the expanding business. The tour ended in the packing area and members returned to the restaurant for a welcome cup of tea and newly-baked scones.

George and Cameron then gave an account of the company history before giving each member butteries to take home.

President Mrs Isobel Elrick thanked George and Cameron for an enjoyable meal and tour of the bakery before wishing members a happy and healthy summer break.

Meetings will resume on September 11 at 7.30pm when the guest speaker will be Doric writer Deborah Leslie. All welcome.

Meanwhile, Auchedly and Ythanbank SWRI vice-president Margot Airth welcomed members and friends to the June meeting.

After business, she introduced Susan Sutherland from Maggie’s Centre, Aberdeen, who gave a talk on how it all started in Edinburgh 18 years ago.

She spoke about the style of the building, what it represented and the different support available at the centre.

Monthly prizewinners: Table Centre Arrangement Fresh Flowers - 1 Ann Farquhar; 2 Mabel Mitchell; 3 Doreen Gray. Small Fresh Fruit Salad - 1 Ann Farquhar; 2 Margot Airth; 3 Mabel Mitchell. A Flower From The Garden - 1 Ann Farquhar; 2 Ellenor Gray; 3 Margot Airth.

Dot Duncan provided a lovely tea and Margot Airth proposed the vote of thanks.