All around the Rurals

Dellavaird WRI

Vice President, Shona Hutcheon welcomed everyone to the February meeting and introduced the demonstrator for the evening, Mrs Elsie Airth.

Minutes of the previous meetings were approved and business dealt with.

Mrs Airth showed how to make a gent’s buttonhole and a ladies corsage. Everybody took part in this and all went home with their own creations.

Members Mrs J Aitken and Mrs L Bey judged the monthly competition which was a ramekin of pate - 1 Mrs E Foreman, 2 Mrs A Ross and 3 Mrs A Meston.

Flower of the month winner was Mrs E Airth.

Mrs E Foreman and Mrs H Robson provided a lovely tea and Mrs S Hutcheon proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs Airth for her tuition.

Gourdon SWRI

The president opened meeting by welcoming members, unfortunately the speaker failed to arrive but the members enjoyed having a chat and a catch up.

Competition winners were - 3 pieces traybake: 1 Sylvia Rendall, 2 Morag Rees, 3 Diane Dunbar.

Handmade gents birthday card - 1 Joyce Inglis, 2 Sheila Lownie, 3 Morag Rees.

Next Meeting: bingo with Gregor. All Welcome

St Cyrus WRI

St Cyrus WRI held their 85th birthday party meal in the St Cyrus Hotel last month.

The theme was “flappers” (the 1920s era) and most turned up with headbands and two of the ladies had period dresses on and looked lovely.

The cake was made and decorated by Wendy Sparrow and cut by Moyra Brown.

Frances Moir entertained with a musical quiz.

Everyone enjoyed the evening. and the chairperson, Wilma Armitage, thanked all for going along and making the effort to dress up.

The February meeting was held in the hall and Wilma introduced the guest speaker, Dr Andrew Orr.

Dr Orr gave a very interesting and informative talk on what he called a “secretive organisation.”

The Queen’s bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers, were founded in 1676 and he gave the history and the various duties expected of them.

The uniform has evolved over the years but the bonnet still bears an eagle feather worn above the left eye and the white Jacobean flash worn behind the badge.

Dr Orr donned his uniform, much to the delight of the ladies and gentleman present, and showed the weapons he had.

Besides acting as bodyguard to the Queen, the Royal Archers compete in various competitions. The Montrose Arrow is one of these and takes place every six years on the Montrose Links.

The next one is to be held on May 3 of this year when the Royal Archers will march to the pipes from the Park Hotel to the Links.

The Royal Archers are self funded so cost the state nothing.

It used to be ex-military but now professional people can be invited to become a Royal Archer.

Wilma proposed the vote of thanks.


Narcissi bulbs 1 Wilma Armitage 2 Kath Scott 3 Helen Keith.

Brooch - 1 Helen Keith 2 Wendy Sparrow 3 Kath Shirreffs.

Home made Valentine card - 1 Mary Taylor, 2 Mary Neil, 3 Wilma Armitage.