Round the Rurals and Clubs


At our meeting on Tuesday, November 4, Mrs Christian Milne, president, welcomed everyone to our annual whist drive in the Fettercairn village hall. Nine tables were in play. The winners were as follows:

Pink - 1. Helen Lesley, 2. Kathleen McKinney, Consolation - Anne Osborne. White - 1. Alice Kennedy, 2. George Barclay, Consolation - Mrs Wisner.

Yellow - 1. Joan Nicol, 2. Willie Barnett, Consolation. Dolly Milne. Blue - 1. Morag Christie, 2. May Wood, Consolation. Andy Redpath.

The prizes were presented by Honorary President Mrs Margaret Cargill. The evening closed with Mrs Milne thanking the members for providing and organising the tea and cakes.


For our November meeting, members and friends enjoyed a “hands on” demonstration of wreath making by Sharon Greasely from Edzell. She showed us step by step on how to make a wreath using holly and different foliage and also how to decorate it using baubles, ribbon ,cones and fruit.

Everyone was happy with what the had made This was a great night.

A lovely tea was served by Marjorie Shearer, Ethel Foreman and Penny Smith. The raffle was drawn and the results of the competitions, which were judged by Sharon, were: paper flower - 1 Jenny Edwards, 2 Sheila Craigmile, 3 Aileen Ross; flower of the month winner was Alison Meston. Alison proposed the vote of thanks. Business was then dealt with and Jane Stear wished everyone a safe journey home.


President Kathleen Masson introduced our guest speaker, Neil Van Wernick.

Van Wernick’s, situated in the town, has been photography premises since 1884 with Neil’s father, Bob, taking ownership of the business in 1953.

Neil himself served in the RAF before joining the family business over 40 years ago. He has wracked up a total of 1800 weddings and over two million photographs during that time.

Neil gave us a nostalgic trip down memory lane showing photos of old Montrose when streets were cobbled and very busy with old buses and cars and petrol cost only 32p a gallon in 1974.

With no health and safety regulations in place back then it allowed the foundry workers to work with molten metal unprotected and the butchers hung their meats in the windows and had no fridges.

There were many more shops, building societies, hotels and cafes which have all gone.

Montrose had its fair share of dignitaries and royals over the years with the Queen mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra, Margaret Thatcher and Price Andrew all present to either open or commemorate an event around the town.

Some people and a lot of places in the photos were recognised by our members and the evening was much enjoyed.

Val Fotheringham proposed the vote of thanks.

Competitions: Before and after photo - 1. Kath Scott, 2. Elizabeth Thomson. 3. Pat Ness

Photo frame - 1. Helen Keith, 2. Elizabeth Alexander, 3. Val Fotheringham.

Flower of the month - 1. Joan Stirling, 2. Evelyn Wood, 3. Kath Scott.