Round the Rurals


After singing the Rural song and business was done, president Mary Tenant welcomed members Aileen Pyper and friend Heather Flett of the Floral Art Club.

Members brought along a tea cup and flowers and Aileen supplied greenery then members made their own table decoration under the watchful eye of the experts who gave advice. It was great fun with some beautiful results.

Competition: Halloween table decoration - 1. Jane Lawrie, 2. Julie Christian.

Flower of the month winner: Jane Lawrie.

The vote of thanks proposed by Pat Fraser brought the evening to an end.

Annual whist drive, November 18 in the Resource Centre. All welcome.


Vice-President Mrs M Easton presided at the October meeting. She welcomed the speaker, Mr Angus Whitson, well-known for his daily newspaper articles on A Man With Two Dogs.

Mr Whitson gave a very humorous and informative talk on how he found inspiration for his weekly articles from the observation of flora and fauna of the changing seasons and people he met while out walking with his dogs. Miss Fiona Roberts proposed a well deserved vote of thanks.

Competition results were as follows: photograph of a dog - 1. Mrs M Thomson, 2. Mrs H Macdonald; two pieces of tablet - 1. Mrs B McRobert, 2. Mrs E Farquhar; flower of the month - 1. Miss F Roberts 2. Mrs M Thomson.


Laurencekirk WRI held their 33rd birthday dinner in the local Western Hotel.

President Mary Allan welcomed members and Sheila Wilson, vice-president, cut the cake which was made by Fiona Milton. After a most enjoyable meal Mary introduced Mrs. Isobel Luke, keyboard, and Mr Gordon Penman, violin, who entertained the ladies with a selection of classical and Scottish music.

Competition: pearl earrings - 1. Fiona Milton, 2. Mary Allan.

Sheila Wilson proposed thanks, bringing a very pleasant evening to a close.


Newtonhill WRI held their October meeting in Skateraw Hall on Thursday, October 9, at 7.30pm. President Mrs Zena McLeod welcomed the members and introduced the speaker, Mrs Mary McLeod, from Cornhill WRI who gave a very interesting talk and demonstration of all the different crafts she has done over the years. She then demonstrated how to make a flower brooch with cuttings of tartan material. The members then made one for themselves amidst much hilarity - it was not as easy as it looked!

Tea was served, the vote of thanks proposed and business discussed. The meeting then closed.

Competition: An example of favourite craft - 1. Mrs A McDonald, 2. Mrs A Leith, 3. Mrs Wood.

Next meeting will be on November 13 and is a visit to Muchalls WRI to listen to a talk from Jessie Smith on her life as traveller which we are all looking forward to.


Chairman mrs Linda Swan welcomed a large turnout of members and demonstrator Mrs Christian Milne, Fettercairn, to the October meeting.

After business she showed a large selection of Christmas hangings and tree decorations.

She demonstrated some of the tree decorations which many were made from odd scraps of material, these were quite simple but very effective.

Chris then judged the monthly competitions: small dish of pate: 1. Mrs E. Meston, 2. Mrs Alice Meston, 3. Mrs Mary Mair and 4. Mrs Aileen Gauld. Christmas tree decoration made in plastic canvas: 1. Mrs E. Meston, 2. Mrs Isobel Collie.

After tea and the raffle Mrs Alison Lynch thanked Christian for her delightful demonstration and to the members for the lovely evening.