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Stonehaven Bridge Club

Results of January 27;

North/South

!st Mrs C Medlock & Mrs C Harrison -560pts

2nd Mrs L Banton & Mrs C Masterton -870

3rd Mrs A Murray & Mrs H Samson -910

East/West

!st Youssef & Mr J Medlock +2610pts

2nd Mrs M Cloves & Mrs A Gray +2130

3rd Mr G Shanks & Mrs P Walton +1310

Laurencekirk Bridge Club

North/South

1st Anita Watters/Edith Argo

2nd Drs Alan & Fiona Lyall

East/West

1st Margaret McLauchlan/Sheila Cooper

2nd Margaret Cargill/Frances Wallace.

Inverbervie and District Probus Club

Bervie Probus Club’s annual Burns Breakfast commenced with the Crown Hotel’s Dave Wills carrying in the haggis which was ably addressed by John Gove.

Peter MacInness said the Selkirk Grace before members tucked in to a breakfast of haggis, neeps and tatties – very enjoyable at any time of day!

The entertainment began with Ian Robertson accompanying members to sing “Rantin Robin” which set the scene for the programme. The Immortal Memory was proposed by John Gillespie followed by an excellent choice of Burns’ songs, performed by Margaret Hutchison, John Gove and Archie Jamieson.

Margaret Jamieson’s selection of Scott Skinner tunes and “Burns Croon” played on the violin were a delight to hear as was John Gove’s poetry recitation.

Past President Duncan Mathieson expressed the pleasure of members in proposing the vote of thanks. The meeting concluded with the company singing “Scots wha hae” and “Auld Lang Syne”

At the next meeting on 9th February the speaker will be Andy Hall, the topic “A sense of belonging to Scotland”. Probus is an international organisation of retired professional and businessmen. For further information on Inverbervie Probus Club please contact the Secretary, John Gillespie 01561 361 513 (weemac41@aol.com).

Stonehaven Rotary

There was no lunchtime meeting last Wednesday, as this was Stonehaven Rotary Club’s annual Burns Supper. The haggis was piped in by Jack Lockhart and the address to the haggis was given by Rotarian Gordon Ritchie. President Elect Billy Hunter welcomed Rotarians, their partners and guests before saying the traditional Selkirk Grace. After the meal, the toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns was proposed by Russell Adams, the Toast to the Lassies was by Rotarian Alastair Morgan and the reply by fellow club member Jennifer Macdonald.

Musical entertainment was provided by a trio from Catterline-Jillian Evans, Stephen Hall and Tommy Roseweir-appropriately named “Burnt Supper”. Vote of thanks was by Billy Hunter and the evening ended with the singing of Auld Lang Syne. This successful event was organized by the Club Service committee whose convener is Pauline Simpson.

Last September, Stonehaven Rotary Club along with Rotary clubs all over Great Britain and Ireland invited local Primary schools to participate in an initiative, called Grow Your Own Crocus. The initiative was designed to educate youngsters about the devastating disease of polio and how Rotary is working to eradicate it from the world. The purple crocus is the symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio and is the focus of this project, which was specially developed by the Rotary Crocus Campaign and the Youth Service Committee of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.

During October, packs of crocuses, along with compost and pots, were delivered to participating schools for children aged from 4-11 years to plant and grow at home. The crocus packs, which are paid for by sponsoring Rotary clubs, included educational materials. When the crocuses start to bloom, the children bring them back to their school, where they are the focus for learning about polio, based on the experiences of children of a similar age who have the disease. They learn about Rotary’s role in polio eradication and how they can help fundraise for End Polio Now.

Last Wednesday, Convener of the Club’s Youth Service committee, John Balsillie, visited Kinneff School where he met with teacher Louise Fisher who had been helping the children plant the crocus corms into pots and selling them. John was delighted to be informed that the School had raised £20.00 for the Purple Pinkie – End Polio Now Campaign. He spoke to the Children and he presented a Certificate of Appreciation, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Stonehaven. This is the second time that Stonehaven Rotary has been involved in this worthwhile campaign.

Three members of Stonehaven Rotary Club are heading out to Nyumbani Children’s home on Friday 19th February in Kenya to help with ongoing work at the Home. Another member of the club, David Macdonald was there on as part of a similar Rotary project team 2 years ago. Along with much needed cases of clothes, they are looking to raise funds to buy essential medical supplies and equipment. They have organized a fundraising Stovies supper with musical entertainment(and more!) at Stonehaven Unionist Club on Saturday 13th February. The cost of a ticket is £10 and they are selling fast. If you would like to come along, please contact Peter Newell, tel (01569) 767181.

Catterline WRI

President Mrs K Irvine welcomed members to the first meeting of 2016. She then introduced the speaker for the evening Tracy Millar who gave an interesting and informative talk and slide show of her visit ot Nepal where she did voluntary work for four weeks as a midwife.

Tracy then judged the monthly competition Nepali Pulao (rice dish) - 1st Mrs E Meston, 2nd Mrs L Robertson, 3rd Mrs E Pearson and 4th Mrs A Meston. A welcome cup of tea was served. Mrs K Irvine gave the vote of thanks.Our next meeting will be held in Catterline Primary School on 18th February at 7.30pm where we will be entertained by Line Dancers. All welcome