Around the Aberdeenshire rurals

At Esslemont SWRI President Mrs Helen Smillie opened the meeting by introducing Mr Wattie Gill - card master for the annual whist and domino evening.

The evening quickly got under way, results for the evening were:

PINK: 1. Nessie Montgomery; Consolation Moira Smart; YELLOW: 1. Fraser Stott; Consolation Elaine Strachan; WHITE: 1. Elsie Davidson; Consolation Janet Simpson; BLUE: 1. Frank Alexander; Consolation Janet Simpson; Dominoes: 1. Anne Davidson; Consolation Margaret Grieve.

This was followed by tea and a raffle. Mrs Helen Smillie thanked all who assisted with the evening and wished everyone a safe journey home

Culsalmond SWRI’s November meeting included a visit to the Insch Connection Museum’s ‘World War One’ exhibition, where members were warmly welcomed by curator Henrika Bird. Henrika explained how she had managed to gather together the items in the exhibition, many of which were treasured family keepsakes. A number of the other exhibits were from the Insch archive, including many objects and photographs from the hospital for wounded servicemen based at Drumrossie House. Also members took along memorabilia of people from their own families who had served in the Great War, which again were keenly looked at and discussed. Henrika later joined the group for refreshments in the recently refurbished Insch Institute and judged the competitions: Poppy (any craft): 1: Muriel Adam; 2: Frances Mitchell; 3: Mary Cowe; Flower of the Month: Mary Cowe.

The December meeting will be a Members’ Christmas ‘Taste and Try’ evening at Culsalmond on Thursday, December 4 at 7.30pm. Members are reminded to bring along their penny collections, which will be donated towards the ARI Roof Garden fund.

Meanwhile at Kintore WRI President Mrs Frances Simond opened the meeting and welcomed ladies from Monymusk WRI who provided entertainment for the evening.

Competitions were judged - Jar of Raspberry Jam 1. Bella Morrison, 2. Margaret Farquharson, 3. Sheila Gray; Flower of the Month 1. Phyllis Morrison, 2. Evelyn Murray, 3. Elma Napier; Adult Mitts - DK 1. Bella Morrison, 2. Phyllis Morrison, 3. May Forman

After tea served by Charlotte Redford and hostesses, the raffle was drawn and the meeting was closed. On December 2 there will be a demonstration of stained glass by Carol Brown.