Round the Rurals

Dellavaird wri

For their December meeting Dellavaird members enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch followed by the matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at His Majestys Theatre, Aberdeen.


Kinneff WRI met to celebrate the group’s 86th birthday in December, as well as it being the last meeting for the year. It was decided to hold a fun night and good fun was had by all. Games and quizes were played with small seasonal prizes for the winners.

The monthly competition was shortcrust pastry mince pies: 1. Mrs A Masson, 2. Mrs M Wood, 3. Mrs D Beedie.

The Indoor Competition (Christmas-themed quiz) was won by Miss M Hutchison.


In the absence of the president and secretary, Nancy Allan, treasurer, welcomed members of Laurencekirk WRI to the December meeting.

She thanked all who helped at the Christmas Lights coffee morning when over £1400 was raised. The lights were looking good even on such a stormy evening though the Christmas tree had succumed to the wind earlier in the day.

Nancy then welcomed the speaker for the evening, Mrs Margaret Muiry from Auchenblae, who gave a very interesting and amusing talk about her life as a nurse and midwife.

Competition winners: Christmas cup cakes - 1. Margaret Davidson. Old fashioned remedy - 1. Nancy Allan, 2. Sheila Wilson. Flower of the month - Margaret Davidson.

The raffle was drawn the Mary Young and her helpers served a lovely tea. Sheila Wilson proposed the vote of thanks and wished everyone Seasons Greetings. This brought a pleasant evening to a close.


President Audrey Lowson welcomed members to the meeting held on Wednesday, December 10. After business was concluded, Audrey introduced Jacqueline Bibby from Solstice Nurseries, Banchory-Devenick. Solstice Nurseries help people with mental health problems get back in to a working environment. In December they make hundreds of Christmas wreaths to sell and Jackie very kindly gave up her time to show us how to make a beautiful wreath using fresh plant material. She then judged the monthly competition - a small Christmas arrangement - 1st Joan Thomas, 2nd Kathleen Paterson, 3rd equal Sylvia Pike and Christine Middleton and flower of the month - 1st Kathleen Paterson, 2nd Sheila Donald and 3rd equal Pat Dunn and Sylvia Pike. After the vote of thanks proposed by Sheila Stuart, Audrey closed the meeting wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Monday, November 10 - Tracy Miller, a midwife based at Stonehaven Health Centre, gave a fascinating talk on her working trip to Kathmandu, Nepal.

It was very humbling to see the conditions in which women give birth, even in a hospital setting and to hear the statistics for infant and maternal mortality compared with the UK.

Competition winners: handknitted breast (to assist with breastfeeding education) - Wilma Duguid, Beatrice Hay, Isobel Goddard. Treacle scones - Liz Cook, Beatrice Hay, Wilma Duguid.

Monday, December 8 - members met for a Christmas party in the form of a pot luck supper and enjoyed a lavish buffet. Afterwards we played pass the parcel and sang Christmas songs. Everyone went home with a secret Santa gift.

Competition winners: quiz sheet - Lorna Harrison. Handmade Christmas decoration (to be displayed on our tree at Portlethen Church) -Ruby Stewart, Irene Finch, Barbara Reynolds.

Next meeting will be the Burns Supper at Portlethen Golf Club on Monday, January 12.