At Newburgh SWRI, President Mrs Robertson, opened the meeting, welcoming all back after the summer break, then all joined in a fine unaccompanied rendition of the Rural song.
The business was conducted, and Mrs Robertson introduced our speaker for the evening, Ms Jackie Cumberbirch , who was to tell us about the work of the Bailies of Bennachie. Ms Cumberbirch commenced by explaining that the Bailies are like the Friends of Bennachie, they were formed in 1973 to look after the hill, to reduce litter, to inform people of the natural and social history and to enable people to enjoy the hill.
With the aid of some very old photographs, Ms Cumberbirch explained about the colonists who had lived on Bennachie, showed some old houses and some historic features of the hill. She also showed more recent photographs of the cairn to commemorate those killed in air crashes on the hill and some pictures of the wildlife to be found on its slopes. The group learnt more about the most prominent feature in the landscape around Aberdeenshire, and the work of the Bailies who look after it. Competition results: Photo of a local Landscape: Mrs Thomas, Mrs Adams, Mrs Moroney; Jar of Apricot Jam: Mrs Chandler, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Donohue. The group will hold a Big Coffee Morning for Macmillan on Friday, September 26 in Newburgh Public Hall from 10am-12 noon. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 7.30pm in Newburgh Public Hall.
At New Deer WRI President Eileen Brown welcomed members and friends, along with the concert party which included Ythan Fiddlers and four Rosaline Hendry Dancers from Ellon. Tea was served and the raffle drawn the proceeds of £100 was given to the concert party. Competition Results: Decorated haggis: Anne Dickinson; 2 Squares of toffee: Eileen Brown; Flower of the month: Evelyn Glennie, Eileen Brown, Pat Hibbit. The next meeting on Tuesday, October 14 will include a pampered chef demonstration on cupcakes.