Round the rurals


Chairman Mrs Lynda Swan welcomed a large company to the Queen’s Hotel, Stonehaven for their Christmas meal. The members were served a beautiful meal followed by tea, coffee and mincemeat pies.

The competition for December was for four Marzipan fruits which resulted: 1. Mrs M. Mair, 2. Mrs A. Meston, 3. Mrs E. Meston.

The evening finished with members exchanging cards and receiving a Christmas gift. Mrs Swan thanked the hotel and the staff for their hospitality and wished everyone a very Happy Christmas.


President Mrs Mary Tennant welcomed members to the Christmas Party held in the Invercarron Resource Centre in Stonehaven.

After a beautiful meal prepared by members, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, a quiz and games were organised by members.

The winners of the Best Wrapped parcel were: 1. Julie Benstead, 2. Jane Sanders, 3. Aileen Pyper.

Mrs Tennant wished everyone a happy festive season and the evening closed with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.


Mrs Barclay welcomed all to our January meeting.

She then introduced Katie and Victoria, who entertained by singing some songs - Round the Isles, some Burns songs then local Aberdeenshire ballads.

Mrs Barclay presented a quiz. We then had our meal; cottage pie, carrots and beetroot, followed by our 87th birthday cake and shortbread.

The girls sang a few more ballads. We finished by all singing the Rural Song. Mrs Rattray proposed thanks to the girls. Mrs Barclay thanked everyone who had provided the food. Business followed.

Competition - an ornamental bell: 1. Mrs Barclay, 2. Mrs Fraser, 3. Mrs Marr.

The raffle was drawn, and we finished with Auld Lang Syne.


A chilly topic for the first meeting of the new year!

Mr David Laird gave a most interesting account of his trip to Antarctica, but the main part of his talk was Shackleton’s expedition. As Roald Amundsen had reached the South Pole in 1911, this was no longer a great challenge for Shackleton.

Instead, he decided to try to cross Antactica from sea to sea via the Pole. In this he was unsuccessful, but an important point to remember is that he lost NO men along the way. Considering the hardships they all endured, this was remarkable.

The meeting was presided over by Mrs Christian Milne, president, who also announced the winners of the competitions, which were as follows - winter photograph: 1. Joan Nicol, 2. Chris Milne, 3. Kathleen McKinney.

Non-alcoholic cocktail: 1. Chris Milne, 2. Bea Easson, 3. Kathleen McKinney.

Flower of the month: 1. Nancy Brown, 2. Bea Easson.

Morag Christie was hostess and proposed the vote of thanks.


For our January meeting, Dellavaird members enjoyed a taste & try evening.

There was a lovely selection of savoury and sweet dishes for everyone to try.

The members judged the monthly competitions which resulted: 1. Aileen Ross, 2. Jan Kilford and 3. Hazel Robson. Flower of the month winner was Alison Meston, and Jane then entertained us with quizzes.

Alison Meston proposed the vote of thanks for an enjoyable evening.


St Cyrus WRI had their Christmas party at the December meeting with food and entertainment supplied by the committee members. We celebrated our 86th birthday on January 12 with a meal at the George Hotel, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Our February meeting will be in the village hall at 7.30pm on the 2nd and the subject will be a beauty night.

The competitions will be two cheese scones, pair of earrings and four white hyacinths.

The March meeting will again be on the 2nd, with a speaker to talk about the history of the Aboyne Games.

The competitions are a tartan needle case, a spurtle and a Scottish arrangement .