WI Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Raughton Head W.I.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.

19 members attended our July meeting. A goodbye was said to a long time member - Anne Ludlam who is leaving the village and us for new pastures. She has been a member for many years and has contributed to our WI over the years, either on the committee, as a member or using her excellent craft skills to create beautiful items. It will be sad to see her go but we wish her and her husband every happiness in their new home and life. The business of the evening was completed. Then our speaker, Janet Mountain, gave an interesting and thought provoking talk on ‘The Challenge of Change’, something all of us have to deal with during our life time, whether invited or not! Janet spoke of the challenges she had gone through in life. Janet made her career in the NHS where she had to accept many changes. Some much easier to accept than others. She asked the group how they coped with change, are we comfortable with change, do we find it easy to accept change. Experts tell us that people do not want to change but this can’t always be the case as change comes in many forms whether it be in our personal lives or from outside, some we cannot fight and have to accept. Some find this process easier than others and meet change head on, where others will not. Of course sometimes there are changes in our lives that we cannot do anything about, we might not accept but have to deal with. Within our life journey, change will be inevitable therefore to accept this we all need to have coping strategies and accept the challenge of change. A vote of thanks was given by Elizabeth Martin, followed by refreshments and time to chat. Janet, then judged our competition and the results were, 1st Ann Overton, 2nd Joan Bowman and 3rd Shirley Chapman.
Next Month
We have our Summer Outing to Devils Porridge Museum, Eastriggs where we will have a tour of the museum followed by an afternoon tea. There will not be a competition.
Emily Atherton from the Penrith Herald will give us an insight into the changing world of journalism. The competition will be ‘a news item’. Our hostesses will by Sheila Mobey and Pat Jackson.
Marian Collins – 016974 76903

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We started the year with our 92nd birthday party, where we were joined by The Dalston Songbirds, a group of mothers and children who gave us the most beautiful rendition of songs.
February came and our speakers were George Cairns and Chris Hudson, who talked to us on the subject of Lone Lady Drivers, which hopefully resulted with all the drivers in the room being more aware of driving alone. They also asked the age old question as to who are the better drivers, men or women? The answer was obvious, ladies of course and all agreed that this answer was non negotiable!
March we heard the Confessions of our local Squirrel Ranger.
April came and as spring was approaching we were shown how to create a ‘floral display in a container’ by Sally Pigg of Roseberry Floral Design. After being shown it was our turn to create a display. The results were very good and showed what a creative bunch we are.This brings us on to our May Guest night, where we had guests from Burgh by Sands, Crofton, Great Orton, Kirkandrews and Kirkbampton. Our entertainment was The Great Ribena, who performed magic and comedy, and kept us laughing from beginning to end.
Our summer outing in
June was to the Lakeland Distillery, whereby lunch followed by a tour was enjoyed and samples of whiskey, gin and vodka were on offer. Unfortunately the drivers had to make do with the vapours.
It was back to base for
July, where we had a very interesting talk from Al McCaig of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team. It was nice to know these people are here if we get lost on the Fells.
August we once again veered away from our normal meeting place and enjoyed the Gaitsgill Supper Trail. The first venue being at Shirley Chapman’s for our starters and then onto Cynthia Ebbatson’s for our main course. It was a lovely evening and a time to relax and socialise with good food and good company.
September we learnt about Blood Bikes Cumbria and the valuable work they did. This was followed in October by a talk from Dennis Donald about tracing his family history. November is our AGM, but still a meeting to enjoy. Once the business of the evening was over we enjoyed homemade soup and fresh bread. Giving us time to chat and look back on the year and wonder what the new year will bring.
We don’t have an official meeting in
December but enjoy getting together for a Christmas lunch. 2016 saw us at The Queens, Warwick on Eden. Everyone enjoyed the good food and had a good time. A fitting end to a good year.
Members have twice attended guest nights at Ivegill WI, which have proved very enjoyable and interesting. We have had members taking part in Darts matches and Women Walk the World. We have also continued with attending Felicity Coulthard’s ‘Remember When’ group and her Art Group. Once a month some take a walk, organized by Vera Harris, which is very enjoyable, especially the cup of tea or coffee at the end. We have enjoyed the events and activities of 2016 and now 2017 is upon us, we once again look forward to the new year ahead and all the new things that the new year has in store for us. Any ladies interested in joining us, we would love to see you, we are a friendly bunch and if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Marian Collins – 016974 76903