We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.
Finally, the ladies of Raughton Head WI have been able to get together. It was a long time coming but worth the wait when we could all meet again and exchange our tales of living in the ‘Pandemic Times’ and everyone had a story to tell, some good but unfortunately some sad. Starting our meetings again has been on a steady but sure trajectory which leads us to the first meeting back in the village hall in August.
In May, we started our journey with our first get together. The meeting place was Jackie Collinson’s garden. It was lovely to meet up. A very informal gathering with refreshments and lots of chatter. Even the small rain showers were not going to upset the day. Umbrellas went up and the chat continued, what rain?
After the success of this meeting, continuing with the garden theme, in June we held our AGM. The venue was Cynthia Ebbatson’s garden. The weather was beautiful and the only need for an umbrella this time was to keep the sun out of our eyes. After the formalities of the AGM it was time to carry on where we left off in May, refreshments and chatter! Having had our AGM we felt like we were really moving on and some normality was slowly returning.
Our next step on the path was to have our summer outing which we did in July. This was to Holme Cultram Abbey, Abbeytown. Upon arrival we were given tea or coffee with tray bakes. Our guide then told us of the history not only of the Abbey but all the surrounding area. Sadly on Friday 9th June 2006, local youths set fire to the Abbey. Thankfully it was possible to restore the Abbey to its former self. After our talk, we had a walk around but our guide was always on hand to answer any questions. After this we had a cold lunch which was lovely. This was followed by beautiful deserts. It was a very enjoyable day out and as our first since Covid started, it certainly rated as a success and a place that is worth a visit.
This brings us to our August meeting which will be held back in the Village Hall, hopefully bringing us back to a form of life prior to Covid.
As a group we have worked within Covid guidelines and will continue to do so.
Safety of our members is and will continue to be our priority.
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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.