Around the North-east rurals

Members and guests of Newburgh “Rural” gathered last month in the local golf club to celebrate their Institute’s 60th Birthday.

As the oldest original member, Mrs Betty Wood was invited to cut the birthday cake and she was then presented with a badge and floral basket to mark her honorary membership, conferred by Mrs Helen Smilie, Ellon group chairwoman.

After a meal the company was entertained by Scott Armstrong and his pianist with songs, stories and local jokes which were much enjoyed by all.

After tea/coffee, birthday cake and shortbread members headed home after an excellent evening.

President Mrs Jean Robertson opened the May meeting and after dealing with outstanding business welcomed Rev James Falconer, health care chaplain at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who told about the forthcoming roof garden planned to open in August on

the A&E building at Foresterhill.

He has been fundraising for two-and-a-half-years to bring to Aberdeen the Royal Bank of Canada Gold Medal winning garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, which has been kindly donated by the Bank.

He showed a video of the garden and explained its therapeutic benefits to patients staying in hospital for long periods and for their relatives. Money has been raised to employ the services of a professional gardener until 2018 and more fundraising is ongoing.

Mr Falconer was hugely entertaining and enthusiastic.

Competition winners: Prettiest Plate - 1 Mrs P Elrick; 2 Mrs M Adams; 3 Mrs B Wood. Flowers in Kitchen Utensil - 1 Mrs I Smith; 2 Mrs P Elrick; 3 Mrs B Wood.

Mrs Smith gave the vote of thanks and this closed the meeting.