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

February Meeting
Jackie welcomed our members and 6 guests to the meeting. Following this Jackie spoke of the loss of a member of our community, Ingrid Messenger, who at the age of 13 had tragically lost her life in a road traffic accident. An event that had left us stunned and overwhelmed with sadness. Jackie asked us all to give thought to her and her family.
After completing the business of the meeting we moved onto our speaker, David Raffles who told us all about the history of Stead McAlpine. David first started working at Stead McAlpine in the 1960s. In the 1980s he left but later returned and continued his career there until he retired in 2002. David was very knowledgeable and gave us all a good insight into life at Stead McAlpine. Many in the group remembered days gone by when the company was a thriving affair. David brought samples of printed material some which would only be seen in “royal circles” and would have been printed using the original hand block printing, a job which was only done by men who were held in high regard by all those concerned. Of course over the years block printing was replaced by automation. David had brought some block prints with him. A wonderful insight to a time past. It was not all work and no play. There was time for recreation amongst the print workers at Cummersdale in Victorian times, with annual outings by rail. There was also football and cricket played in lunch breaks and in 1926 they had their first annual sports day. There is many a family in Carlisle that has links with this company, and if it was not a member of their family, they would know someone who did. An interesting and informative talk, enjoyed by all.
A vote of thanks was given by Cynthia Ebbatson before refreshments were served and David was asked to judge our competition - A piece of fabric. The winner was Janet Preston, 2
nd Amanda Grace and 3rd Beryl Craig. Our raffle was won by Sue Harrison.
April - Ken Graham is going to tell us all about life in the Shetlands and the competition will be ‘Something Scottish’.
Marian Collins
– 016974 76903

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2018 was an enjoyable and successful year for our WI.
January - During the course of the year we had enjoyed our 94th Birthday Party with musical entertainment and a hot supper of Cottage Pie.
February - Weather stopped play. The ‘Beast from the East’ had arrived and weather conditions were not conducive to leaving our warm houses to risk life and limb!!
March – An interesting talk on life behind the scenes of the Falklands War.
April - Spring was now on its way and we learnt about Wellie Planters which proved not to be quite what people expected but rather enhancing your old wellies with a plant.
May – Our Guest Night and we went off course with in-house entertainment. The theme was – “Farewell to Europe”. Yes, Brexit orientated, but for fun and no serious intent.
June - Our subject was a lot more serious. A talk on the Carlisle Women’s Refuge.
July - Janet Queen from Rose Castle gave an inspiring talk about three Northwest Gardens that were and are influential in her life. To end the night, she played two Scottish reels on her violin. A fitting end as she started her talk at a garden in Scotland.
August – This was our trip out. Even with a cancelled train and mini cab turf wars! we enjoyed our visit to The Helena Thompson Museum in Workington.
September - we opened our doors to non-members to hear from our speaker, Gary Hart, who is the Parliamentary Representative for Northwest England.
October - Martin Squires from The Green Veterinary Surgery, talked about life as a vet.
November - Jackie judged our AGM meeting competition, which was ‘A Photo with a Humorous Caption’. Penny Jones took 1st place, followed by Amanda Grace in 2nd and Margaret Pinguey in 3rd.
December - We enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal at Skitby House, Smithfield.
Of course all new members or guests are always welcome
Marian Collins – 016974 76903