Raughton Head W.I.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.
Cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
When we walked into the hall for our February meeting, we were greeted by an array of colourful and beautifully scented plants and herbs. Helen, our speaker, explained that February was not the best time to see a variety of herbs but I think that we all thought there were plenty! Hardy, evergreen herbs are very good for early bees and indeed, very necessary for their survival. Rosemary, both upright and prostrate, flowers from late winter into early spring. Rosemary, as do many herbs, benefits from feeding with seaweed liquid feed. Use with lamb and gravy, roast potatoes and scones with cheese and rosemary is delicious! Thyme has anti-viral properties through inhaling or drinking with hot water. It is also used in chicken dishes, soup and cheese dishes. Lemon Thyme is more delicate. It needs a dry, sunny place and is good in tea bread. Lemon Balm is an uplifting herb. It is used in a tea infusion and is easy to grow. Lemon Verbena is a tender, deciduous herb. It can be used in oil form for diffusers. Also in tea for a relaxant. There are many varieties of mint, all with differing uses. Moroccan Mint can be used in tea. Basil Mint is lovely added to salads, especially tomatoes. Ginger Mint is good with pork. Eau de Cologne Mint is used in potpourri. Once the mints have flowered, it is best to cut them right down before September. Marjoram is a sweeter relative of Oregano. It is a tough, hardy plant and good with tomatoes. Helen also mentioned uses for Hyssop with its bright blue flowers, Parsley, Sage, Coriander, Lavender and Feverfew which had uses for migraines. Herbs make good partners with flowers for arranging. Helen finished her talk by showing us how to set up a herb basket which looked really lovely. Helen was a superb speaker and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Felicity Coulthard gave a vote of thanks and I am sure we all learnt a lot about herbs.
During refreshments, we had an opportunity to purchase herbs and some plants. After this it was time to tackle the business of the meeting.
Our competition was ‘A Herb Recipe’ which was judged by Helen, our speaker.
1st Janet Preston, 2nd Jackie Collinson and 3rd Elizabeth Martin.
Our raffle winner was Joan Bowman.
Due to the situation regarding the Coronavirus, the decision
has been taken to cancel future meetings until further notice. The situation will be assessed accordingly and upon advice from the government. It is sad that we have had to do this but safety comes first. Hoping everyone is keeping safe.
Marian Collins – 016974 76903
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.
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