Round the Rurals

tewel wri

President Mary Tennant welcomed members to our first meeting of the year: our annual Scottish night.

After a lovely supper of stovies, followed by shortbread prepared by committee members we were entertained by ‘The Stanehive Five’, who kept us singing and our feet tapping.

Competition, ‘a dressed haggis,’ was won by Jane Lawrie, who also won flower of the month.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Mary Tennant, who wished everyone a safe journey home.


St Cyrus WRI held their meeting on February 2 in the village hall, with a large number of members and visitors attending.

The theme was a beauty night, so we were entertained by Hazel Anderson, who gave her model a facial and neck massage which was much enjoyed. We also had Claire who specialises in nails, and she gave a member a manicure explaining the effect it had on the nails and advising on the do’s and don’ts of hand care.

Lastly Tammy, who is a mobile hair stylist, showed the members how to do a simple up-do on her model. They are all local and their contact numbers can be found in our newsletter. President Kathleen Masson gave the vote of thanks.

Competitions: A pair of earrings - 1. Susan Hobson, 2. Mary Neil, 3. Kath Scott.

Cheese scones 1. Mary Neil 2. Mary Taylor

White hyacinths 1. Helen Keith 2. Evelyn Wood 3. Wilma Armitage

Our next meeting will be on March 2 with a speaker giving the history of the Aboyne games.


Mrs Christian Milne, president, introduced Mrs Alice Meston from Catterline WRI who gave a cookery demonstration, plus tips on baking. She also gave advice on presenting competition entries.

We all had a wonderful evening sampling the delicious pieces of her pizza rustica pie and her fantastic Velvet chocolate torte.

After business, the hostess for the evening, Mrs Beatrice Easson, proposed the vote of thanks and wished everyone a safe journey home.

Competitions: Wedge of chocolate sponge - 1. Christian Milne, 2. Nancy Brown, 3. Beatrice Easson.

Pin cushion - 1. Christian Milne, 2. Joan Nicol, 3. Morag Christie. Flower of the Month - 1. Morag Christie, 2. Beatrice Easson, 3. Nancy Brown


Our speaker was Graham Knight from Findon, who gave a talk entitled ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

Graham gave us a personal insight into rock stars from the ‘60s, including the seven-times-married Jerry Lee Lewis. Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Graham illustrated his talk with interesting memorabilia, including signed photos, LP covers, etc.

Competition winners: photograph from the 1960s - 1. Isobel Goddard, 2. Betty Silver, 3. Ethel Anderson.

Item of 1960s memorabilia - 1. Irene Finch, 2. Isobel Goddard, 3. Eleanor Main.

The next meeting is on Monday March 9, and the subject will be basket making.