Round the Rurals

Fettercairn WRI

Mrs Christian Milne, president, welcomed members and friends to the April meeting. After business, she introduced Julia Benstead who gave an interesting talk and slide show on her, and her husband and two children’s summer holiday at the London Olympics and Paralympics games 2012.

First of all they had to get tickets for events, eventually they were successful, and were on their way. They had four wonderful days at different events, Julia commented on the atmosphere in and around the games was wonderful, they only had one day of rain which did not dampen the occasion. Julia had great praise for the games makers who were always on hand to help with a smile. She also commented on the beautiful wild flower meadows which were carefully planned and sown to reach their peak just in time for the torch’s arrival in east London and sporting a suitable Olympic gold coloured scheme. The family enjoyed themselves so much they decided to go back down to London the following week to see the Paralympic games also.

Morag Christie was hostess and proposed thanks.

Competitions: prettiest jug - 1. Beatrice Easson, 2. Frances Clark, 3. Morag Christie;

decorated egg - 1. Morag Christie, 2. Beatrice Easson, 3 (equal) Sheena Kelly, Nancy Brown.

Flower of the month - 1. Denise Moran, 2. Nancy Brown, 3. Sheena Kelly.

Dellavaird WRI

President Jane Stear welcomed everyone to the April meeting. Minutes of the previous two meetings were read and approved and correspondence dealt with. Jane introduced Vicki Christie from Montrose who came along and demonstrated shrink plastic. She showed us the different processes involved and articles she had made.

Members were invited to try their hand at this. Vicki judged the monthly competition - a knitted cake - 1 Ethel Foreman, 2 Hazel Robson. Flower of the month winner was Sheila Craigmile. Hostesses for the evening were Sheila Campbell and Glo Potter. Shona Hutcheon proposed the vote of thanks for a lovely evening.

Kinneff WRI

President Jocelyn Mair welcomed members,guests and speaker to the March meeting. Dave Ramsay of Mearns Heritage told of their recent project researching the history and location of “THE LOST VILLAGES,” being four villages - Crawton,Gawpool,Shieldhill and Little Johnshaven on the Mearns coastline.

The Maggie Law Museum in Gourdon was opened with the help and the information from the local community

involving the children and staff of Gourdon primary.Another project ongoing is the restoration of a garden in Inverbervie for the R.N.L.I. Competition: a knitted toy - 1 Heather Ray, 2 Jocelyn Mair, 3 Mary Wood.

Votes of thanks were proposed to Jocelyn for being hostess and Dave for all his news on the Mearns Heritage.