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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.

November Meeting
Our last official meeting in 2018 was our AGM in November. Jackie Collinson was reinstated as our President and our committee agreed to continue in their roles for 2019.
The results of the overall winners of the 2018 competitions were 1
st Ina Monkhouse who won £15.00, 2nd Marian Collins winning £10.00 and Amanda Grace and Ann Overton were in joint 3rd place winning £2.50 each. We also welcomed our two new members,
Sue Harrison and Catherine Stokes.
Once the business of the AGM was over it was time to enjoy a Fish & Chip Supper which was delivered to us from our local Dalston chippy. This gave us time to have a good chat whilst enjoying our supper. We also took the opportunity to reflect back on the year which had been enjoyable but had passed far too quickly as do they all!

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.

2019 has now arrived and a new programme of events is awaiting us. Hopefully there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
January - So, to kick off the year we are celebrating our 95th birthday. Some of our members are going to cook our supper at home and then bring it along for us all to enjoy. The theme is ‘One Pot Winter Cooking’. They will give details of the ingredients and how it was cooked and then it will be down to us to enjoy all the flavours. The competition will be a ‘Candle in a Holder’.
February - David Raffles will give us a history of Steadmans and the competition will be ‘A Piece of Fabric’.

Marian Collins – 016974 76903
marcollee11@gmail.com

2018
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
marcollee11@gmail.com