After parking on Gallows Hill we walked past Combley Farm then made the circular walk around Great Combley Wood. Primroses and the first wood anemones together with evidence of bluebells yet to come were enhanced by the glorious sunny weather. Lovely views across to the mainland added to our enjoyment of this nearly 3 mile walk.
It was a bitterly cold and windy day and not long after starting our walk we found a cafe just off the path between Newchurch and Arreton, new to us although it has been there almost 3 years. We were pleased to get out of the cold for a short time and warm ourselves with a hot chocolate each. We continued the walk and after visiting the churchyard to admire the crocuses,snowdrops and daffodils we went to Thompson’s Garden Centre for lunch.
Our Music Group met at Margaret’s on Wednesday 15th February. Sadly, once again there were only three members present – Sylvia Burrows, Dorothy Maskell and Margaret. Two other members were ill, and the other three had various commitments elsewhere. Despite that, plus a fair amount of chatter during the evening, a reasonable amount of music was played.
Sylvia began the evening and her choice was the “Brahms Piano Concerto No.2” played by Alfred Brendel and accompanied by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Dorothy chose the “Easter Hymn” from “Cavelleria Rusticana” by Muscagni, sung by Kiri Te Kanawa and accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Her second choice was a “Waltz” in E Flat Major by Chopin, and a “Waltz” in A Flat Major also by Chopin played by pianist Avner Arad.
Finally, Margaret’s choice was “The Trout” by Schubert, played by the Beltane Ensemble.
The Photo Group met on Friday 10th February 2017 at Dorothy’s house at 2.30pm. Sadly due to other commitments etc. there were only four of us present – Pauline Kirby, Betty Sieler, Christine Tipple and of course, Dorothy. Professional Photographer, Gary Early (now retired) was invited to come along and help us with the subject for the month “Camera Settings”. Gary has helped us all with this before on several occasions, but none of us have ever got to grips with it and understood it. We were all asked to bring along the manual for our own camera, and as there were only 4 of us there this made teaching us far easier, especially when two of us had the same camera to begin with. Gary was able to show us things on a one to one basis. Firstly we learnt how to use our Manual Focus (MF) rather than depending on Automatic all the time. He then went on to show us how to find and use the Auto White Balance (AWB) and this allows the photo to look like it has more natural light, especially when taking photos indoors with the lights on. Finally, we also learnt about the different aperture, F stops and ISO settings in order to find the best depth of field and how to let more light in when taking photos. All round it was an extremely informative and helpful afternoon, and for our March meeting on Friday 10th (weather permitting), we are planning to go out and about taking photos, and trying to put all of our new Manual Focus knowledge into practice.
The first Music Appreciation Evening in 2017 was held on Wednesday 18th January. Due to the bitterly cold and icy night only one member turned up at Dorothy’s house, and that was Ann Senior. However, between the two of them they managed to listen to quite a lot of music. Their selections were as follows:-
“The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky – All of Act 1.
“Concerto in G Major” by Antonio Vivaldi. (Music for Lute and Mandolin)
“Trio in G Minor” by Antonio Vivaldi. (Music for Lute and Mandolin)
“Concerto in C Major” by Antonio Vivaldi. (Music for Lute and Mandolin)
The final choice was a selection of 10 songs performed by “The Phoenix Choir” with all members from the Isle of Wight.
In October very few members were able to meet at Dorothy’s house for our Music Appreciation evening. However, with the 2 or 3 members present they enjoyed the following pieces of music.
The first piece was by the Guitarist, John Williams and was the “Rodrigo Cacierto de Aranjuez: 11 Adagio.”
The second piece was the ” Crucifixus” (8 part) and was sung by the Sixteen and Harry Christophers.
The third piece was “Miserere” sung by the Sixteen and Harry Christophers.
The fourth piece was “Symphony No.2 in D, Opus 43” by Jean Sibelius.
The fifth piece was ” La Bayadore Moderato”
And finally, the sixth piece was a medley of pieces by “The Three Tenors”.
In November, five members attended the Music Appreciation Group held at Margaret’s house.
Rosalind Eavis started the evening off with the “1st Movement of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony” (the Pastoral) played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
Her second piece was “Elgar’s Cello Concerto” played by Julian Lloyd Webber and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next was Ann Senior’s choice. Her first piece was the “3rd Movement of Brahms Symphony No. 3” played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Her second selection were “Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor” by Borodin.
Dorothy Maskell’s choice was next with the “Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture” played by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maris Jansons, and her second piece was the “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” by Glazunov, with violinist Hideko Udagawa and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Klein.
The next selection was from Sylvia Burrows and she chose “Rustlings in the Forest” and “Dance of the Gnomes” by Franz List, “Etude in C Minor” by Chopin, and “Brahms Intermezzo in E Flat major” with pianist Dieter Goldman.
Finally, Margaret chose the “1st Movement of Sibelius Symphony No.2” played by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi.
On a bitterly cold but sunny morning we travelled by bus to the outskirts of Cowes then walked to the centre of the town. Even the gulls standing silently on the beach had their faces turned to the sun. Lunch was taken in the cafe where a model train ran around a shelf above us. We continued through the town to the slipway where the Floating Bridgeas it was known had operated for 40 years and is now on the Medina for sale. The new Ferry,costing an estimated £4.6 million is scheduled to take its place in March and will take 20 cars. However we did not have to turn back as the Jenny Lee arrived and we were soon in East Cowes to catch another ‘bus.
The Biennial Christmas Fair took place on Friday 9 December at the Methodist Church Newport. The Hall was awash with tinsel, mincepies and Christmas spirit as WIs from across the Island tried to persuade fellow members to part with their cash. The Creekside volunteers, under the direction of Marlene had arrived early to set up the stall, showcasing a wide range of gifts and produce. Marzipan fruits and fancies sat alongside knitted goods, bags,aprons,sweets,decorated Christmas wreaths,cards,individual Christmas cakes and puddings and chocolate truffles. Everything for sale had been made by members. Early trade was brisk but quietened down by lunchtime so volunteers had the chance to enjoy coffee and mincepies and have a look at the other stalls. Some featured Tombolas of small treats and gifts in jars which certain Creekside members found irresistible. Never mind, the purple flannel and disposable poncho will prove to be useful one day. A good profit was made for Creekside’s funds and everyone got into the Christmas spirit early in the month.
Report by Esme Crowther
Maureen Turner won the Award for the Best Bloom Competition
Pat Kendall is presented with a token of thanks for making the Birthday Buttonholes for many many years
We started out from Downend car park descending carefully down a steep and uneven field. Visions of a helicopter being called upon to rescue anyone who stumbled occupied the minds of at least two walkers. However we reached the bottom safely and turned to admire the view.The clay pit can just be seen at the summit. After the level walk to Arreton church we started the uphill climb back to base.
Lunch was taken at the Methodist Church Wootton again with a choice of a one,two or three course meal and a hot drink.