We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.
19 members and 3 guests attended our October meeting. Final numbers were taken for our Fish & Chip supper next month at our AGM and details of our Christmas meal were given to members.
In January our WI will be 95 years, so we also discussed some arrangements for that meeting. To celebrate our birthday we are having a members night and will be enjoying ‘one pot cooked meals’ cooked by some of our members. This will be followed by birthday cake and a chance for everyone to catch up after Christmas. Hopefully it will be an enjoyable evening.
This all led us onto our speaker for the evening who was Martin Squires from The Green Veterinary Surgery in Skelton, giving us a talk on Life as a Country Vet. Martin had brought an array of instruments to test our knowledge. What with farmers’ wives and some medically trained members sitting in the audience this should have been a breeze - WRONG! We started looking at instruments for our quiz. This started well but went down hill when hilarity took over. This being partly due to some of the instruments and their use, ie. instruments used in various stages in the reproduction of cows and sheep. Not all were for these uses but too late, the laughter had began. After awhile we did all manage to control ourselves and listened intently to our talk. Martin told us many interesting stories, some serious, some funny but we all really enjoyed the evening. He was very open to questions and answered them all. Martin qualified as a vet in 1990 and enjoys working on large and small animals. We all enjoyed the talk and hopefully have learnt more about the animals that we share this earth with.
Bravely after all the hilarity, Martin stayed for a cup of tea and judged our competition.
Competition winners for “An Animal Poem” were
1st Kathleen Harrington, 2nd Ann Overton, 3rd Marian Collins.
The three winners read their poems out to the group.
The Raffle winner was Ann Overton
Cynthia Ebbatson gave a Vote of Thanks.
AGM. with a Fish & Chip Supper.
Competition – A Humorous Caption.
Skitby House, Smithfield for a flower demonstration,
followed by our Christmas lunch.
Marian Collins – 016974 76903
2017 was an enjoyable and successful year for our WI.
January - 93rd Birthday Party. For this we had a Fun Night, which gave us a good laugh, this with a delicious supper set us up for things to come in 2017.
February - Graham Holliday came in and told us about his trip to Machu Picchu.
March - we were given tips on non-aggressive communication by Catriona Messenger.
April - we went travelling again and heard about Emily Arter’s year in New Zealand.
May - brought us back to Blighty with a visit to Skiprigg Farm to witness the new computerised automated milking parlour.
June - was our guest night. Our speaker was Sarah Ledger who gave a humorous talk on a series of challenges that she had set herself for her 49th year. Joining us for the night were invited guests from Wetheral, Ivegill, Longtown, Penrith and Uldale WIs.
July - Janet Mountain gave us a thought provoking talk on The Challenge of Change.
August - This brought us to our summer outing, where 19 of us went to The Devils Porridge Museum at Eastriggs. The museum was very interesting and we all enjoyed the fabulous afternoon tea provided by the museum.
September - Emily Atherton, the news editor of the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald came to see us, giving an informative history of the newspaper which has been with us since 1860.
October - Sam Mason from the Eden River Trust told us about their work to achieve “Healthy Rivers For All”.
November - the AGM took place and after the serious business of the evening we enjoyed homemade soup and bread.
Members have also taken part in Darts matches and organised walks. Felicity’s Coulthard’s ‘Remember When’ group and her Art Group continue. Along with this there has been various activities available in the WI County News.
December - we went for a very enjoyable Christmas lunch in The Globe at Calthwaite.
Of course all new members or guests are always welcome
Marian Collins – 016974 76903