Round the rurals in Kincardine and Mearns

Winners from Durris: Wilma Grieve, Myra Strachan, Hazel Robson (Federation Chairman), Margaret Leslie and Aileen Melvin
Winners from Durris: Wilma Grieve, Myra Strachan, Hazel Robson (Federation Chairman), Margaret Leslie and Aileen Melvin

Gourdon SWRI

The April meeting took the form of an evening at Logie at the ‘Mud House. We were greeted by Mr Joe Wishart who entertained us wonderfully.

He has been the tenant since it was restored By the National Trust for Scotland. Joe feels that he would like to share this unique building and we certainly had an exceptionally good evening there. We learned of its history as a school and a church and many more anecdotes and were then treated to a lovely tea including one of Joes Victoria Sponges and various other home made goodies.

Competition winners were rock cakes - 1 Morag Rees, 2 Sheila Lownie, 3 Sylvia Rendal. Hand made pin cushion - 1 Sheila Lownie, 2 Joyce Inglis, 3 Morag Rees

We will certainly look forward to a return visit.

Next meeting will be the business meeting followed by entertainment from Muchals SWRI

St Cyrus

President Wilma Armitage opened the meeting by remembering and paying tribute to Mrs Isobel Neill, a popular long standing member who had recently passed away.

She then introduced our guest speaker, Isobel Smith, who gave a demonstration and talk on flower arranging.

Isobel showed us various mediums to use and made five different arrangements including a simple one that novices could do. She donated them to the raffle so the ladies who won were delighted.

Wilma proposed thanks.

Competition - fancy egg cup - 1 M Pirie 2 W Armitage 3 C Jamieson. Chutney - 1 M Taylor, 2 C Shireffs. Spring posy - 1 M Taylor, 2 W Armitage, 3 M Neil

Next meeting will be the AGM on May 5.

Marykirk SWRI

President, Mrs Olive Henry welcomed members to the March meeting. She introduced Mr K Law who gave a lovely slide show of the Scenic Wonders of America.

He was very informative as he was going through the slides and it was a very nice evening. Mr Law has been through 100 airports - a well travelled man!

Competitions: patchwork pincushion - 1 Mrs A Martin, 2nd: Mrs H Macdonald. Bowl of Spring Bulbs: 1 Mrs H Herald, 2 Mrs M Johnston. Flower of the Month: 1 Mrs A Martin, 2 Mrs M Elder. Special Competiton: Small Jar Apple Jelly: Mrs B Davidson

Maryculter WRI

President Audrey Lowson welcomed members, friends and visitors from neighbouring WRIs to an open meeting held in Corby Community Hall on Wednesday, April 9.

The speaker for the evening was David Macdonald who is a very enthusiastic walker and angler.

He took us on a most interesting and informative journey down the River Dee from the mountains to the sea.

We saw many fabulous slides of the beautiful Deeside scenery and wildlife of the area.

He also explained the action being taken to protect the fish and wildlife on the river.

After a lovely welcome tea David judged the monthly competitions -

A six-line poem entitled ‘Deeside’ - 1 Joan Thomas, 2 Janet Dean, 3 Pat Dunn

Flower of the Month - 1 Peggy Paterson, 2 Sylvia Pike and 3 Joan Thomas.

Muchalls WRI

Our April meeting we visited Aberdeen Harbour control tower.

Captain Ray Shaw and Diane Inch gave a very interesting and informative talk on the work at the tower. As an Aberdonian born and bred it was a ‘different’ view of the coast.

Mrs Barclay gave a vote of thanks and photography of the occasion was taken.

We then went to the Wellington for a meal enjoyed by all.

Kincardineshire

Federation

The latest competition held by the Kincardineshire Fderation of the SWRI was the Short Mat Bowling competition held in Durris Hall.

Six teams took part with the ladies from Durris winning four of their five games and drawing the other, thus winning the shield by one point from Maryculter.