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Collieston and Slains SWRI’s January meeting took the form of a Taste and Try members’ night.

There was a great selection of delicacies, both sweet and savoury, provided by all members and including recipes for those keen to try their own versions.

There was a showing of the Mary’s Meals DVD ‘Child 31’ which is a very moving account of the inception and development of Magnus MacFarlane Barrow’s Mary’s Meals project - a simple idea that works.

By providing a daily meal in a place of education, chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty. The staggering truth is that the average cost of feeding a child for a whole school year is £10.70p.

Plans were also discussed for ideas for our cooperative entry for the March Ellon Group Bulb and Handicraft Show, and a raffle was drawn.

The next meeting - in Slains Primary School on Monday - will be a bread-making workshop with Tracy Coxon and Elaine Adam of Loaf Face.

Mintlaw SWRI president Mrs M Cruden welcomed members to the annual Burns Supper. After a short period of business, members enjoyed a lovely meal of haggis, neeps and tatties provided and served by the Garret Bar. Vice-president Mrs E Dalgarno said grace.

Mrs Cruden introduced the Ythan Singers from Ellon who gave a lovely performance of varied songs as well as solos and quartets. Everyone then enjoyed tea before the raffle was drawn. The vote of thanks was provided by Mrs Cruden before she brought an enjoyable evening to a close.