Round the Rurals

Muchalls WRI

The December meeting was at the Muchalls Bistro and a lovely meal was had by all.

Mrs Barclay welcomed all to the January meeting.

We started with the Rural song.

Mrs Barclay then introduced Allan Findlay who gave a fascinating talk on the Restoration of Duthie Park. He showed slides of the original park and how the park is looking now.

Mrs Robertson proposed the vote of thanks to Allan.

Tea followed - cottage pie, carrots and beetroot followed by our birthday cake and shortbread - all very nice.

Mrs Robertson proposed a vote of thanks to all who made and served. Business followed.

Monthly competition - piece of china with a floral theme: 1. Mrs Silver, 2. Mrs Littlejohn, 3. Mrs Chalmers.

Raffle drawn, the meeting finished with Auld Lang Syne.

Gourdon SWRI

The members all enjoyed a really good evening at the George Hotel Montrose for our Christmas meeting last month.

The food was excellent and, of course, it wouldn’t have been Christmas without the “The Presidents Quiz which was great fun.

Competition results for handmade Christmas placemat - 1. Sheila Lownie, 2. Morag Rees and 3. Pauline Swan

President Sheila Lownie welcomed members to the first meeting of 2014.

After business was concluded, the president introduced our speaker, Mr Dave Ramsay, who gave a very informative and amusing talk about the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon.

He talked about all its local heritage connections and wider associations with Burns, and connections with the surrounding area. The museum is obviously well worth a visit.

Competition results: -

Sticky toffee pudding: 1. Morag Rees, 2. Sheila Lownie

Knitted dish cloth - 1. Sheila Lownie, 2. Gena Warden, 3. Joyce Inglis

Sylvia Rendall proposed the vote of thanks.

Next meeting on February 3 when the speaker will be Mr Raymond Sutton, from Montrose

Maryculter WRI

President Audrey Lowson welcomed members to the first meeting of 2014, wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

After business, Audrey introduced Brian Harrison, the speaker for the evening. Brian gave a very interesting, informative and, at times, amusing talk, supported by slides and a video, on the work of the street pastors in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen was the first city in Scotland to introduce street pastors in 2007.

They are present in the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights in their role of ‘listening, helping and caring.’

Brian also judged the monthly competitions: -

Three slices of meat roll - 1. Sylvia Pike, 2. Kathleen Paterson, 3. Elizabeth Pratt.

Flower of the month - 1. Elaine Donald, 2. Cathie Donald and 3. Hilda McBain.

Catterline WRI

President Aileen Gauld and committee members provided a ‘Burns Supper’ for members at the January meeting in Catterline School. The meal of haggis, neeps and tatties was enjoyed by all.

The guest speaker for the evening, Dave Ramsay, gave a very interesting and informative speech on Burns, explaining how he had close roots to this part of Scotland.

It was a most enjoyable evening.

Individual Scotch trifle: 1. Mary Mair, 2. Alice Meston, 3. Betty Meston, 4. Isobel Carnie. Knitted hat with Pom pom (to be donated): 1. isobel Collie, 2. Alice Meston, 3. Betty Meston, 4. Wendy Smith.

Linda Swan proposed the vote of thanks and wished everyone a safe journey home.

Portlethen SWRI

Portlethen Golf Club was the venue for our annual Burns Supper where we were welcomed by a piper.

Brian Cameron addressed the haggis and entertained us with anecdotes. Helen Gauld said the Selkirk Grace and we enjoyed the traditional fare. The company then sang ‘A man’s a man for a’ that’ which concluded the proceedings.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 10, in Portlethen Academy Community Wing where Jo Goldsworthy will be demonstrating flower arranging.

The competitions will be a ladies corsage and a decorated Valentine’s sponge. New members are also welcome. Contact