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

March Meeting
Jackie Collinson, our president welcomed 16 members and 1 guest, Clare who is hoping to join our community soon. After completing the formal business of the evening it was the turn of our speaker who was Jill Glencross, our local funeral director. She told us about her career journey from working in the Cumberland Infirmary in the pathology and histology departments. Here, she worked closely with the Coroner being in the mortuary almost daily and dealing with all the paperwork that is involved. She found her work very interesting and so started working for the Co-op Funeral Directors. After a while, she decided to set up her own business, feeling that she wanted to offer a very personalised service outside the large national companies. She was very much on her own initially having a team of casual pall bearers. As she became more established, she expanded her team and now has a team of 16 people, including 3 Directors, 1 office staff, 2 carers and 10 pall bearers. Jill prides herself on providing exactly what families want and need throughout the whole process, including support afterwards. She called them ‘my families’. Although many of us have dealt with personal grief, it was an insight to a world that many of us know little about but proved to be extremely interesting provoking many questions. A talk very much enjoyed by our members. Cynthia Ebbatson gave the Vote of Thanks. Once our talk was over it was time for refreshments where Jill joined in and enjoyed the social buzz. It was also time for her to judge our competition which was ‘A Posy’. 1st was Kathleen Harrington, 2nd Penny Jones and 3rd Amanda Lax. The winner of our monthly raffle was Ann Overton.

Wednesday 25th May - Speaker: Bill Mason - The Ascension Islands
Our competition will be ‘A Penguin’ a picture, toy, ornament etc. as long as it isn’t alive!

Wednesday 29th June - Guest Night - Jennifer Marrs (SHADES) - this covers the area of Drug Rehabilitation which should be very interesting.
Our competition will be ‘An Item to Celebrate Life’

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January - We started 2019 with our 95th Birthday and to celebrate we enjoyed ‘One Pot Winter Cooking’. Penny Jones, Ina Monkhouse, Pat Jackson, Vera Harris, Felicity Coulthard and Amanda Lax each cooked up a pot of something to enjoy on a winter’s night. This was followed by birthday caked baked by Ina and Vera.
February - David Raffles gave us a history of Stead McAlpine.
March - The time for us to bring out our creativity when Jennifer Carruthers showed us how to recycle greeting cards.
April - With Spring here we travelled to The Shetland Islands courtesy of Ken Graham.
May - Everything became a lot more physical when Nicola from MokyFit came and got us all exercising which certainly got our hearts pumping and gave us an appetite for our supper.
June - We ventured out and visited Oak Tree Animal Refuge.
July - Malcolm Pape shared his interest in birds.
August - We had a Treasure Hunt that lead us to The Globe Pub, Calthwaite.
September - Our speaker was Ian Tyler who spoke about Mines & Minerals.
October - We had a visit from Mary and Trevor from Samaritans who told us all about the invaluable work they do.
November - There was our all-important AGM. Jackie Collinson is our returning President for 2020.The overall winner of our monthly competitions was Janet Preston. Ina Monkhouse was second and third was Amanda Lax. Once the serious part was over we had a Fish & Chip Supper and some in house entertainment.
December - we all met up for our Christmas lunch which was Denton House, Hesket Newmarket, a relaxed and very enjoyable outing.

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.

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