Round-up of the North-east rurals

New Deer WRI president Eileen Morrice welcomed members and friends to the first meeting after the summer break.

Business was dealt with and members were thanked for their support and help at New Deer Show.

Nancy Rennie gave a detailed report from the Group Show.

Guest Graeme Shewan was introduced. He entertained us with a selections of Bothy Ballads and a poem named (the flech).

He also sang A pair o Nickie Tams, Roup o Bobby Clarke and Barnyards o Delgaty.

Graeme and his wife judged the competitions.

Results were: Verse in Doric - 1 Ethel Dalgarno; 2 Nancy Rennie; 3 Ethel Brown. Slice of Fruit Loaf - 1 Ethel Brown; 2 Ethel Dalgarno; 3 Nancy Rennie. Flower of the Month - 1 Ethel Dalgarno; 2 Nancy Rennie; 3 Ethel Brown.

A very good evening was brought to a close with a vote of thanks from president Eileen.


Esslemont WRI president Mrs Helen Smillie gave a warm welcome to everyone for the first meeting after the summer break.

She then introduced the members to Susie McHardie who went on to demonstrate how to make beautiful flower displays from working with vegetables and fruits.

The members were delighted by these displays and pictures of projects Susie had previously completed. The talk was followed by our tea, Mrs Margaret Grant-Beer gave the vote of thanks for the evening.

Winners of the floral arrangement competition were: 1 Linda Milne; 2 Jean Winterbottom; 3 Helen Smillie.

Winners of the Cheese Straws competition were: 1 Margaret Grieve; 2 Helen Smillie; 3 Jean Winterbottom.

Winners of the Flower of the Month competition were: 1 Bunty Mulch; 2 Annie Patterson; 3 Jean Winterbottom.

Our next meeting will be on October 3. All are welcome.


President Roberta Burnett welcomed all to the September meeting of Culsalmond SWRI, the first meeting after the summer break.

After attending to current business, Roberta handed over to the speaker for the evening, Laraine Thomson from the Rothie Inn, Rothienorman. Laraine lectures on Hospitality and Catering at Banff and Buchan College and at the meeting she treated members to some chocolate delights. She advised to always use best quality chocolate to ensure good results and how it was possible to mould chocolate by adding glycerine. There were some very tasty chocolates to sample by the end of the evening.

Laraine also judged the competitions the results being as follows:

Jar of Raspberry Jam: 1: Mhray Simpson; 2: Cathie Urquhart; 3: Muriel Adam

Weather Photo: 1: Cathie Urquhart; 2: Muriel Adam; 3: Mary Cowe

Flower of the month: Roberta Burnett

Lovely refreshments were provided by Cherry Florence and Gill Duncan and the evening was rounded off with a vote of thanks by Mary Cowe who also commented on the success of the July annual coach trip which this year went to Inverness.