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Portlethen SWRI welcomed John and Hazel Sefton who gave an illustrated talk on their ruby wedding anniversary trip to the Eastern USA and Canada in 2013.

The couple’s visit included Washington, New York, Boston, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Niagara Falls travelling by planes, trains and automobiles.

The photography was stunning and rekindled happy memories for those of us who had visited the area and provided inspiration for those of us who are less well travelled. The slideshow was followed by a lovely tea.

Competition winners were: two pieces of traybake - 1. Liz Cook, 2. Ethel Anderson, 3. Wilma Duguid. Stitched article incorporating a poppy - 1. Beatrice Hay, 2. Jane Sanders, 3. Marion Leiper.

Next Meeting Monday November 10 – Midwifery in Nepal. Please bring a hand knitted breast (pattern supplied) which will be used to educate new mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Chairman Mrs Linda Swan welcomed members and speaker Mrs Elizabeth Shepherd and daughter, Claire, to our September meeting.

Elizabeth who is head teacher at Midmar Primary School, was joined by colleagues from Alford, Tullynessel and Dunechy Schools who were fortunate to be offered a link with schools in Bangladesh.

They travelled to Borgra where they visited a number of schools to learn and share each others culter. Several of the schools had over 2000 pupils with half of them going to the morning session from 7am to 11am and the other half going in the afternoon.

Many of the children could not afford to go to school after the age of 10 and were then sent out to work in factories and other places.

Elizabeth showed a huge variety of photos on the way of life in Bangladesh which became an independent country in 1971.

After her talk, Elizabeth and Claire judged the monthly competitions:

Bookmark - 1st Isabel Carnie, 2nd Isobel Collie, 3rd Better Meston, 4th Kay Irvine.

Individual pizza - 1st Kay Irvine, 2nd Alice Meston, 3rd Betty Meston, 4th Isobel Collie.

After tea and raffle Mrs Alice Meston thanks Elizabeth for her very informative talk and to the members for making it such a lovely evening.