We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.
For our March meeting we opened our doors to any husbands who wished to join us. The reason being we were having a talk entitled “Behind the Scenes at the Falklands War”.
The speaker was Gordon Grace, better known as Buster who was the Lieutenant Commander, Officer in Charge, Casualty Reporting at the time. A very responsible position. And what an interesting talk he gave to the 19 members and the 6 male guests present. Buster gave us an insight as to the how and to the why the war in the Falklands developed. Those present at the meeting were all old enough to remember the Falklands War and the daily feed off the media as to how it was progressing. For those involved, it was a very different story. When news of the conflict broke out, service personnel were quick to ensure that they were there and ready to act. Some were on leave but this did not stop them. Buster told us how non naval ships were quickly converted, some to hospital ships, some to troop carriers etc. Of course the Falkland Islands being so far away, speed was of the essence. Keeping records of personnel updated was of utmost importance although not always easy in these circumstances. Of course this was especially important when dealing with deceased service men. To have to break such news to waiting families must have been a harrowing experience and therefore it was imperative all the information received was correct and Buster had to use all possible sources to gather and confirm the facts. Buster had many poignant memories of those days and events that took place and shared some of these with us. He had a great deal of responsibility on his shoulders and I am sure the memories will always stay with him. The talk was very informative and gave us all a small insight into military life during the Falklands War and the effects which it left for many.
Prior to Buster talking to us we dealt with the business of the evening. We had received four invitations to other WI evenings. The Annual Federation Council Meeting was fast approaching and our representative would be Penny. The date for this years Women Walk the World is April 29th and will be at Caldbeck.
The competition was judged by Buster and the results were
1st Marian, 2nd Ina and 3rd Beryl.
Joan won our raffle.
Speaker will be Maureen Sharpe
demonstrating “Wellie Planters”
Competition is “Plant in a Planter”
This will be our Guest Night.
As we are soon to leave th
European Union we are having a
“Farewell to Europe” fun evening.
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