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.

May Meeting
Fun and fitness, fitness and fun, not always two words easily put together but that’s exactly what we did at our May Guest Night meeting where members and guests from Dalston WI and Stroneraise & Wreay WI joined together to have exactly that.
Nicola from MokyZest led us all into a session of keep fit. Nicola leads classes at various locations locally. MokyZest is low impact exercise. Good for returners to exercise and for those who don’t want to be bouncing around too much! She also has other classes for different levels from fun dance fitness to mat work or stretching and high intensity.
So once we got ourselves positioned the music started and off we went. Some could do more than others but it was not a competition and the evening was for fun not torture. Whatever level, everyone gave it their best and even kept smiling. The exercises lasted for approx 40 minutes which certainly worked up our appetite for supper.
For supper we had a lovely finger buffet provided by members. Probably more calories were eaten than used in our exercises especially with the gorgeous desserts but it was a good night and just proved that fun can go with fitness.
Our competition was ‘Something to keep you fit’, and was judged by Nicola.
st was Pat Jackson, 2nd Kathleen Harrington and 3rd Penny Jones. Our guest winner was Janice Faris from Dalston WI.
This was followed by a raffle and time to relax and chill after all our exertions before heading home to rest.
July Malcolm Pape who is going to tell us all about wildlife. This is a change to our programme following the sad passing of our speaker Nigel Holmes.
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