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Laurencekirk Bridge Club

North/South 1st Alan & Fiona Lyall

2nd Lesley Fotheringham/Jimmy Middleton

East/West 1st Margaret McLauchlan/Shiela Cooper

2nd Edith Argo/Anita Watters

Laurencekirk SWRI

The Laurencekirk Institute of SWRI held their last meeting in the Masonic Hall on 8th. Dec. 2015.

This was very sad for us after 34yrs. as members of a great organisation but falling numbers meant it was difficult for us to carry on.

However we had a very pleasant evening reminicing, when members brought along many photographs taken over the 34yrs. and told the stories behind some of them.

We also spoke of what we had achieved over the years. In Sept. 1999, it was members of the Insitute who first ran the local Red Cross Shop and many of the volunteers there are still WRI members.

For many years , along with the Ladies Club, we have run a coffee morning in Nov. to raise funds for the Christmas Lights and we have helped the Ladies Club when they run another coffee morning for the Hanging Baskets.

These are two of the main fundraisers but we Raised money for MacMillan Centre at Stracathro when it opened, we did door to door collections for cancer research, and supported the Summer Gala Week by running the Cake and Candy Stall and entering the Decorated Float Competition.

We entertained many other Institutes during the years as well as Senior citizens groups. and we had lots of fun and plenty of laughter when doing this.

i could go on but we have lots of happy memories to take away with us and will always ge proud to have been members of SWRI.

Our evening ended with a lovely cup of tea and eats provided by some of the members and we will all be going out for a meal in the New Year.

Sadly, this will be our last report but we will enjoy reading reports from the other Institutes in our area. Bye, Bye.

Mary Allan, The First and Last President of Laurencekirk SWRI.

Maryculter WRI

Kathy Greaves KLG Deehide was the guest speaker at our December meeting. She makes hand stitched, individually crafted leather bags .She had a collection of bags , sporrens and purses on display.for our perusal.

Kathy demonstated some of the skills involved and explained how to use some of the tools of her trade and some of it seemed to be really hard work.The leather she prefers comes from the shoulder of a cow which is naturally tanned and her leather either case or milled is usually obtained from Italy.

All bags hand, arm, tote style or clutch can be made in different sizes and colours and made us all think about adding another item to our Christmas present list We were invited to examine and handle the wares on display and Kathy answered questions .

Elaine Brainwood officiated by welcomed the company and attended to relevant business matters before she introduced our speaker She also proposed the vote of thanks . C Middleton gave a report from the federation meeting .

Handmade Xmas Card 1st C Middleton 2nd P Paterson 3rd S Pyke

Flower of the month 1st P Dunn 2nd S Donald 3rd S Pyke

Kinneff WI Christmas Meal

A great time was had by all the Kinneff WI members at the Belvedere Hotel, Stonehaven for our annual Christmas meal. We all indulged in great food and very good company with a few hilarious Christmas party games.

A brilliant time was had by all, and we are all looking forward to a busy and exciting new year.

Carron Arts Group

Members of the Carron Arts Group enjoying a game at their recent Christmas party in the Stonehaven Community Centre. Next meeting, January 20th. Visitors welcome.