Raughton Head W.I.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.
On the 23rd June 2016 the British people voted to leave the European Union. With this as our theme, 21 members and 15 guests joined together to enjoy an evening of fun and fine food for our ‘Farewell to Europe’ evening.
Our guests included members of Crofton, Scotby and Kirkandrews on Eden WIs. We also had local guests who came to join in the fun.
With the business of the meeting behind us we started the fun. Everyone worked in a team giving themselves a British name. Our teams were: Rule Britannia, The Blue Belles, Robin Redbreast, The Red, White & Blues, Cheddar Cheese and Union Jane.
Each team was given a pack with quizzes relating to Europe. Naming the European countries, matching flags to the countries, where did certain foods and drinks come from etc. It certainly was a test of the grey matter.
To finish the quizzes we had a Miss Europe competition where members of our committee had to bring three items relative to that country and say hello to the group in that countries language, this certainly raised some laughs.
Following all this we had a buffet supper of food with flavours of North, South, East and West Europe. A time to rest, chat and relax after all the thinking!
For this evening we also had a stall selling plants, scarves and jewellery.
The competition, a European Souvenir was judged and the guest winner was Kathleen Bowron from Kirkandrews WI. The Raughton Head winners were 1st Jackie Collinson,
2nd Frances Thomlinson and 3rd Sheila Mobey.
At the end of the evening we had the drawing of the raffle with European themed items as prizes. We announced the team who had won the quizzes which was Rule Britannia and the team members all received a bar of continental chocolate.
June our speaker is Peter Rhodes from The Women’s Refuge.
Competition - Something to keep you safe.
Hostesses are Frances Thomlinson & Vera Harris
July Janet Queen is going to talk to us about Northwest Gardens.
August Our Summer trip out.
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
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