Round the Rurals...

Kinneff WRI

President Jocelyn Mair welcomed members to our January meeting, celebrating with a Burns Supper. Margaret Hutchinson gave a great Address to the Haggis.

With members cooking and providing haggis,neeps and tatties, trifle for the sweet, shorties and tablet to go with our drinks it was all very nice.

Competition: shortbread - 1 (equal)Jocelyn Mair and Ann Masson, 2 Doreen Beedie.

Margaret Gowans gave us a Scottish Quiz. Thanks were proposed to all for making our Scottish theme a fun and enjoyable night.

Tewel WRI

President Helen Doig welcomed members and guests to the first meeting of the year which took the form of a Scottish Night, with stovies and shortbread followed by entertainment by Anne Swan and friends.

Competition: handmade calendar was won by Margaret Ross. Flower of the month was won by Margaret Ross.

The February 18 meeting will be a talk by Barney Crockett on the History of Aberdeen.

Competition: ‘Best advice ever given’. New members and visitors are most welcome.

Laurencekirk WRI

President, Mrs Vera McBain, welcomed members to the January meeting of Laurencekirk WRI and, after business, introduced the speakers for the evening, Megan Cameron, Hannah Barclay and Lynn Invine, pupils from Mearns Academy who gave us and amusing, interesting and infomative talk on a visit to Ghana.

The girls were part of a group from the Academy who spent 12 days in a small village helping to build an orphanage to replace the one which was too small for the amount of children who needed care.

The children’s ages ranged from babies to teenagers and it was surprising how happy, contented and friendly they all were even although the conditions were very cramped and, of course, no mod cons. The children were well educated and always happy to learn more.

The girls, along with some boys and teachers, had to work hard carrying cement blocks etc. in tremendous heat but loved every minute of their stay there, truly an experience they will never forget.

Competiton winners:- Wedge of pizza 1Fiona Milton, 2 Mary Young.

Novelty pen - 1 Nancy Allan, 2 Betty Hampton; flower of the month - Fiona Milton

Mary Young was tea convener and Mary Allan proposed thanks.