Pupils’ anecdotes of Venture Force school trip to Ghana

Laurencekirk and District Inner Wheel welcomed two pupils from Mearns Academy, Scott Hendry and Liam McPherson, who shared amusing anecdotes of their school trip to Ghana with Venture Force last summer.

Purpose of the trip was to help build a much needed orphanage, as well as to understand something of a completely different culture, and enjoy some sight-seeing trips.

With a power-point presentation, they shared their impressions and experiences of spending time with young the people (who also had mobile phones and lap-tops, but no plumbing or running water.)

As well as helping with the building project, they played football, sampled local food, and experienced warm Ghanaian hospitality.

The club had given a small donation to the school to help with funding the Ghana trip, and it was good to hear how much all had benefitted from the trip.

Inner Wheel’s final meeting for the year was an outing to the Burn House in Edzell.

Although it is hidden away behind mature trees, and you only get tantalising glimpses of it on the Blue Door walk, it is very much open to anyone wanting to know more about it or interested in using its facilities.

David Turner is the enthusiastic manager of what is a unique study and holiday centre for students.

It was given to Goodenough College (London) in 1948, by Mr and Mrs Russell in memory of their son, James, who was killed in action in 1944, aged 21.

It offers accommodation and dining for many and varied private functions, as well as catering for student groups.

David’s ideas and enthusiasm for maximising the potential of The Burn is infectious, and after a delicious two or three course meal (depending on appetite!) we had a tour and brief history of the house.

Inner Wheel will resume in September after the summer break.