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Newtonhill WRI

Newtonhill WRI held their April meeting on Thursday the 10th in Skateraw Hall, Newtonhill.

resident Mrs Zena McLeod welcomed the members and introduced the speaker, Mr John Callender from Stonehaven, who gave a very interesting and inspiring talk entitled ‘Heel, Toe, and off we go’. The title refers to his recovery from polio which he contacted as a young child.

He spent some time in an iron lung and then had to have many months of physiotherapy to regain the ability to walk. Heel toe and of we go was what the physio used to say to him to encourage him to walk! A very determined man who had made up his mind to regain his mobility although he suffered several set back along the way!

Tea was then served and business attended to. The summer outing to Kirkton Garden Centre was also arranged.

Next meeting and AGM to be held in Skateraw Hall, Newtonhill today (Thursday) at 7.30pm.

Competition: A decorated egg - 1. Mrs Wood.

Kinneff WRI

President Jocelyn Mair welcomed guest speaker Pauline Devenish who gave a talk on the Aberdeen Street Pastors. In 2007 Aberdeen was the first place in Scotland to have”Street Pastors”.

They are all volunteers and are on the streets from late night until early morning.They are there to help vulnerable people who are in situations and prevent them coming to harm. They now have a “Safe Space” truck where people can go to talk and feel safe. Their financial support is by grants and donations from various organisations and trust funds.

Competition. A dress corsage: 1. Jocelyn Mair, 2. Doreen Beedie.

A Limerick: 1.Doreen Beedie, 2.Jocelyn Mair, 3.Margaret Hutchinson & Hazel Karspinski

Mary Wood gave a Magic OUR Quiz, a vote of thanks to the hostesses and also to Pauline on her most interesting talk.

Laurencekirk WRI

Laurencekirk WRI held their April meeting in the Masonic Hall. Mrs Vera McBain, president, welcomed the company and, after business, introduced the speaker for the evening, Sharon Greasley who very kindly stepped in in place of the late Vera Haggart.

Sharon gave us a very interesting demonstration of how to make the different styles of corsage and invited members to try for themselves.

Sharon also judged the competitions: A small flower arrangement - 1. Mary Allan, 2. Fiona Milton. A Pretty Vase - 1. Eileen Barclay, 2. Vera McBain. Flower of the month - Mary Young.

The raffle was drawn, Mary Young was tea convener and Mary Allan proposed thanks.

This brought a very pleasant evening to a close.