Around the N-east rurals

President Eileen Morrice welcomed members and friends to the March meeting of New Deer SWRI.

Business was dealt with and guest speaker for the evening Neil Godsman was introduced.

Neil gave a most interesting talk and slide show of his enterprise in Estonia.

He went to Estonia more than twenty years ago on peat business and while there was shown around the agriculture college.

From there he was interested in the students’ studies, taking a few of them back to Scotland to further their knowledge in farming.

Neil then bought a large farm in Estonia and shared his expertise with Estonian people.

As well as the farming slides, we were shown the culture of the Estonians in Tallinn and other holiday resorts.

We were delighted to have the company of young farmers and a few retired farmers at the meeting.

Competition results:

Holiday Souvenir - 1st Ethel Brown; 2nd Alice Mutch; 3rd Nancy Rennie; 2 Potato Scones - 1st Nancy Rennie; 2nd Ethel Brown; 3rd Ethel Dalgarno; Flower of the Month - 1st Ethel Brown; 2nd Alice Mutch; 3rd Nancy Rennie.

Evelyn Glennie gave the vote of thanks and wished all a safe journey home.

Kintore SWRI president Ann Marston welcomed members to our annual Mini Bulb Show. She also welcomed four members of Lyne of Skene SWRI and Verity Walker, who were to be our judges.

Verity judged the bulbs and gave a most interesting and informative talk on Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

There were 82 entries for our show, only three down on last year.

Mrs Margaret Sim won Most Points in Show and Best in Show for her sewn toy.

After tea and raffles and the vote of thanks from Jennifer Duthie, the meeting closed.

The next meeting is our annual general meeting on Tuesday, April 1, in the Public Hall at 7.30pm.