Around the NE rurals

At Cairnorrie WRI, President Janice Stephen welcomed everyone.

She welcomed speakers Rob and Gwen who are part of the Aberdeen Street Pastors Team.

They gave a very interesting talk about the work the volunteers do in the community. At a weekend they are to be found on the streets of Aberdeen from early evening until 5am in all weathers to be good listeners when someone is really down and needs a shoulder to cry on, or to defuse a heated argument after the pubs come out on a Saturday night.

After tea and raffles Janice gave the vote of thanks.

Winners: baby jacket and bonnet any PLY: Pat Mennie, Ethel Stanger.

Two oatcakes: Pat Mennie, Isabella Bucahn, Ethel Stanger.

Flask of tomato soup: Pat Mennie, Evelyn Forman, Isabella Buchan.

Meanwhile Cultercullen WRI President Barbara Reid welcomed Mandy Travis who gave a very interesting talk on making sewn dolls.

Mandy had a selection of beautiful dolls to show that she had sewn for different classes she had attended. Mandy also had with her bags and purses that she had made.

All enjoyed a cup of tea after which the competitions were judged by Mandy.

Corsage: Moreen Alexander, Carol Ritchie.

Highland Shortbread: Moreen Alexander, Carol Hay, Sheila Johnston.

Flower of the month: Carol Ritchie, Sheila Johnston, Carol Hay.

Elsewhere Esslemont SWRI meet on the first Thursday of the month in Esslemont School at 7.30pm.

Interesting guest speakers covering a wide range of topics.

They extend a warm welcome to new faces and returning old friends.

Hope to see you soon.

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