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.

October Meeting
For our October meeting we were given an insight into the work that is done by the ‘Samaritans’. Although once known as ‘The Samaritans’, the ‘THE’ has now been dropped and they are simply known as ‘Samaritans’. Mary and Trevor our ‘Samaritans’, gave us some back ground as to how Samaritans came about. A vicar in London called Chad Varah founded the organisation in 1953 and although he was a man of the church Samaritans does not have any religious affiliations. Chad had offered counselling to his parishioners, and wanted to do something more specific to help people contemplating suicide. Back then, Samaritans was very different to today’s organisation of 20,000 volunteers but their aim is the same - being there when it matters, someone there who will listen. There are now 200 branches, three of which are in Cumbria. The branch in Carlisle is in Botchergate. There are 16 listening volunteers plus those that work in the shop. Samaritans are there for help in crisis, they can offer emotional support, accepting that a person feels what they feel. They are non-judgemental and of course everything is confidential and in fact they are unable to trace any calls in order for the caller to be anonymous. It is active listening with empathy not sympathy. All listening volunteers receive training and will usually remain in their role as a Samaritan for 3 - 5 years but of course this can vary. It is easy to contact Samaritans, by phone, text or email. They are there for you. Trevor and Mary performed some role play based on actual phone calls and although upsetting to listen to how a person can be suffering it was also very clever how the person listening to the call dealt with the situation and was able help the caller talk about something that had been held deep inside. Mary and Trevor gave us a very interesting and informative talk and we all learnt a little bit more of the invaluable work that Samaritans do. One can only hope that we are never in such depths of despair but if so, knowing that there are people like this at the end of the phone is a comforting thought.

After questions a Vote of Thanks was given by Jackie Collinson. Mary and Trevor judged our competition - A Soothing Item. It was a good opportunity to enjoy some refreshments and light hearted chatting. The winner of our competition was Penny Jones, 2
nd Jackie Collinson and 3rd Margaret Pinguey. Marian Collins won the raffle. The business of the evening was done prior to our talk by Mary and Trevor. This included feedback from a visit to a Guest Night at Uldale & Ireby WI and their adventures getting there. Feedback was also given from Ivegill WI Guest Night where members attended a fashion show, part of which was a demonstration of how to wear a scarf. Some of this was repeated to us by Penny Jones who gave us her own demonstration of how to wear a scarf. Both nights were greatly enjoyed. Arrangements were also discussed for our Fish & Chip Supper at our November AGM and our Christmas Lunch in December where the venue will be Denton House in Hesket Newmarket.

January 2020
Starting this year we have decided to have our January and February meetings in the afternoon rather than battle the elements in the evenings. This coming January we start the new year off with our 96th birthday party by having an Afternoon Tea. Competition - A Teacup and Saucer.

Marian Collins – 016974 76903

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