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In Fettercairn, the first Tuesday of November is traditionally, the night of the WRI whist. Unfortunately, this year it was a very foggy night and we had fewer tables than usual; only seven. However a friendly, happy evening was had by all.
Mary Farries presented the prizes as follows - Blue: 1. Alice Kennedy, 2. Joan Nicoll, Cons. Frances Clark;
White: 1. Helen Thomson, 2. Anne Fotheringham, Cons. Marian Ross; Pink: 1. Dolly Milne, 2. Margaret Thomson,
Cons. Anne Osborn; Yellow: 1. Margaret Cargill, 2. Irene Robertson, Cons. Pat Thomson.
Alison Argo proposed a very comprehensive vote of thanks.
Stonehaven Bridge Club
Recent results; North/ South 1st Mrs P Walton & Mr G Shanks +3180pts 2nd Mr S Annand & Mrs P Kemp +2630 3rd Mrs S Powada & Mrs V Davies +1420
East/West 1st Mrs M Curnow & Mr J Clowes +990pts 2nd Mrs M Clowes & Mrs A Gray -150 3rd Mrs H Samson & Mrs A Murray -1710
Laurencekirk Bridge Club
Bridge Results - Week 5
North/South 1st Edith Argo/Anita Waters 2nd Kiddie & Isobel Law
East/West Joint 1st - Margaret McLauchlan/Shiela Cooper and Alan & Mary Cunningham
Alison Meston, President welcomed everyone to the November meeting which was a members night. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Elsie Airth showed us how to plant bulbs which were donated by Mike Forbes, Pamela Airth demonstrated making pasta angels and cone owls, Jean Aitken brought along here canvas work cushions for us to look at and Jane Stear showed us how to make little boxes from squares of paper.
The WRI/YFC bake off winner was Elsie Airth. The monthly competition was a Christmas Card in any craft the winners were 1st Aileen Ross 2nd Hazel Robson and 3rd Jane Stear.
Flower of the month winner was Elsie Airth. Business was attended to and the craft items for Fettercairn Show 2016 was discussed. A lovely tea was provided by Shona Hutcheon and Cathie Eddie. Alison Meston proposed the Vote of thanks for a very enjoyable evening.
Stonehaven Rotary Club
The speaker at last week’s meeting was Rotarian Jim Banks who had entitled his presentation to members as “The world’s most beautiful voyage”. He had planned to illustrate his talk with photos taken during his trip but unfortunately the gremlins had conspired to prevent the technology from working and it was not possible to show the photos. However Jim spoke about the trip which he and his wife had taken on a boat which sailed up the Norwegian coast as far as the Arctic circle to a point 71° North, the furthest point in northern Europe.
The Hurtigruten ships or Norwegian Coastal Voyage is one of the world’s classic journeys filled with beautiful and unexpected views. The Hurtigruten line is both a practical and comfortable way to journey up and down the coast and ships sail from Bergen every day at 3pm, calling at 25 ports in Northern Norway, with stops varying from 5 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the size of the port.
There are 10-12 boats in the group able to carry around 450 passengers but they are working boats carrying goods and vehicles as well as passengers. Passengers are free to go ashore if they wish and explore the port wherever the boat docks.
Unlike a traditional cruise vessel however, passengers can also leave the ship and stay for a day or two in a port then board another ship once they are ready to continue their journey In summer the ships are packed with people wanting to experience the midnight sun. In the winter, the days are shorter and the Hurtigruten ships are a great place from which to see the Northern Lights, since the ships sail far from city areas at night, when the Northern Lights are at their most intense. Cabin accommodation aboard the ships is comfortable and the emphasis on board is informal.
The food is Norwegian and breakfast is buffet style with a selection of cold meats, cheese, eggs, cereals and fruit. Lunch is a Cold Table with a choice of fish dishes, cold meats, salads, a selection of hot dishes, desserts and fruit. Dinner is a three-course set meal using fresh local produce.
Despite the technological glitsch , Jim gave an interesting and informative presentation about the cruise. It is hoped that it will be possible to see the photos at a future meeting. Vote of thanks was by Bob Kennedy.
On Wednesday evening of this week, the local club round organized by Stonehaven Rotary Club as part of this year’s Rotary Young Chef competition was scheduled to take place in the Home Economics department at Mackie Academy with 12 pupils competing for the Young Chef trophy and a place in the next round of this progressive competition. The pupils have to plan and cook a two course meal for two people in a specified period of time and three judges, all of whom have professional experience in catering award marks in a range of categories with the winner being the person who has the highest cumulative total of marks.
On Wednesday evening of last week, a team of Stonehaven Rotarians took part in the third competition in the first round of the Rotary Gavel competition with a match against the Rotary club of Dyce. Stonehaven emerged the winners and having won all three of their matches the team now goes on to the quarterfinals with games to be scheduled against the Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside and the Rotary Club of Deeside.
Stonehaven and District Probus club
At their last meeting the Stonehaven and District Probus club were delighted to welcome not one but five performers in the shape of the ‘Soggy Bottom Stompers’. Fresh from their latest world tour of Portlethen, Newtonhill and Stonehaven they had agreed to do a gig for the Stonehaven ‘boys’. Lead singer and guitarist Robbie Middleton introduced a line-up of Jack Lockhart on bodrum and chanter, Billy Gibson on bass tea chest and washboard, and Dave Jackson and Doug Johnson on ukulele banjo.
David explained how the band had got together. Having been to a George Formby convention in Blackpool he was inspired to buy a ukulele banjo and take a few lessons. Practising with a friend at the Unionist club they aroused the curiosity of first Jack with his bodrum then Robbie with his guitar and when Billy came along with his tea chest and washboard they were able to add Skiffle to their repertoire. The quintet was completed when Doug joined them with his own ukulele banjo.
With a repertoire that included oldies like ‘Over the rainbow’, ‘Has anybody seen my girl’, ‘Four leaf Clover’, and ‘San Francisco Bay Blues’ but also a little more up to date tunes such as ‘Bona Serra’, ‘I’m the King of the Jungle, and Nancy Whiskey’s ‘Freight Train’. By the end of the morning, if the audience weren’t actually ‘stompin’, they were certainly toe tapping!
At the end, the boys in the band were surprised and delighted to be given a witty vote of thanks from Dave MacDonald that was sung and sung completely in key.