Creekside WI Zooming Bookclub April 2021

This is possibly the last time we will share books of our own choice for a while. We enjoyed another interesting evening from a literary point of view as well some much needed chat. All of the books read this month were really enjoyed by their reader and scores reflected this.
The first book was Mum and Dad by Johanna Trollope which looks at relationships within a family and how they problem solve. The Summer Book by Tove Janssen is a beautiful book about a child who goes to stay with granny, the marvellous adventures they have together and how they learn from each other. Another book with a child as the central character is The Storm Child by Rita Bradshaw. It tells a life story from the hardships in 1921 to a final chapter in 1973. The Clippie Girls by Margaret Dickinson is a love story which also made the reader draw comparisons between things that were not available then and sometimes difficult to get during this pandemic.
Last of all The Governess by Wendy Holden tells the story of Marion Crawford, governess to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret and the abrupt ending of what had been a mutually respectful relationship. Swop anyone?!

Creekside WI Members’ Meeting April 2021

Twenty Four members were welcomed to our second Zoom meeting by President Ann Parker.

(C. Vic Quayle)

This month we had the pleasure of sharing the adventures of Vic Quayle and his wife, Pam, aptly titled Waltzing Matilda Around Australia, an adventure before dementia. He introduced the evening by superimposing an outline of Australia on a map of UK and Europe, a great way of making a comparison of the size, space and emptiness.

(C. Vic Quayle)

The expedition took careful preparation regarding fuel, food and water because distances between refills in Outback Australia are huge and roads are mostly empty. Matilda could carry everything that would be needed but just in case……! Arriving at a stop varied from a small group of buildings in the middle of nowhere to a small town where they were made very welcome and invited to share whatever was going on.
While they were travelling they met two cyclists that were touring with camping equipment, road trains that could be 53 metres long, with a lot of wheels, extremely hot bush fires and sheep that were travelling to the abattoir, grazing the verges as they went. Up to 4,000 sheep herded by 2 motorbikes and dogs. Cattle are also used as grass cutters as they travel. They handled a python, watched turtles lay eggs, saw salt water crocodiles and of course kangaroos, camels, koalas wallaby and some of the 700 types of birds that live in Australia.
Matilda gave them the freedom to park up for the night in bush or wild coastal coves.

(C. Vic Quayle)

Vic’s favourite place was the weathered rocks of Purnululu, which is not a tourist trap but an awe inspiring collection of rock cones.

What a way to spend a senior gap year! Can’t wait to hear about his adventures in South America.
Competition winners were Cheryl Downie for ‘Best Bloom’ and Margaret Paice for ‘An Unusual Holiday Souvenir’.

April Book Club

We are still reading books of our own choice due to the Covid restrictions. Some of our members are very prolific readers and couldn’t decide which to comment on. Scores were between 6 and 10.
The first book was Swim, Bike, Run by Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. It promised to be interesting but turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. It was in a question and answer format with nothing about how they got into the sport.
Other books were The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick, Before I go to Sleep by S J Watson, which couldn’t be put down. Becoming Michell Obama and The Road to Granchester by James Runce.
I wonder what we’ll be reading next month?

Creekside WI Bookclub – March 2021

Another lovely evening sharing experiences and some interesting books. No rush because we now have our own licence for Zoom so we can chat for as long as we like. The library is shut so we are still choosing our own books. This month we heard about Tidelands by Phillipa Gregory, The Last Runaways by Tracy Chevalier, The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn, The Thread by Victoria Hislop and A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith. Pauline gave us an Island writer, M J Trow who wrote Queen’s Progress. Scores ranged between 7 and 9. The great thing about sharing books that we have chosen is that we get a brilliant insight into what these books are about and how much pleasure the reader has had. Perfect recommendations! Can’t wait for next month.👍🌈C Downie

Creekside WI Members’ Meeting March 2021

Hooray! We are sort of back…..on Zoom of course. Members were welcomed by President Ann Parker who explained that our new Zoom license would enable us to take more time than the usual 30 minutes.
Happy a Birthday to Joyce Thomas who is ninety this month. We hope you have a wonderful day!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎂
Linda Sheasby organised a quiz for us; Congratulations to Kimberl
We ended the meeting with a very rousing version of Jerusalem.
See you all for a game of Beetle next week – can’t wait.👍🌈😷

Creekside WI’s “visit” to the Erland Lee Museum with Navan WI

On Wednesday, Creekside WI was invited by our twinned WI of Navan in Ottawa to “visit” the Erland Lee Museum* in Stony Creek, Ontario. This beautifully preserved farmhouse is recognised as the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes, the organisation we all belong to today.

We eagerly logged into Zoom at 8pm (3pm in Canada!) and were greeted enthusiastically by Navan President, Sue Woram and the other members. Naturally, the first questions were about the weather. Although no one ventured outside to show us, we were told it was very cold with a lot of snow there.

Ann and Linda were introduced as our President and Vice President and they described Creekside WI and the activities we normally took part in during pre-covid days. Sadly, Navan are in the same situation and are currently in lockdown too, but we all thoroughly enjoyed meeting fellow WI members through the internet, the lifeline that has kept many of us connected during the pandemic.

Jill Noakes, their Vice President,  answered questions from us such as how many members they had (24) and she explained how their numbers dipped a little in the winter months of January and February as it is often too cold to turn out, we know what that is like at the moment!

 Whilst we sing Jerusalem here, in many WIs in Canada they read out the “Mary Stewart Collect” and “The Ode” * which Marlene, our twinning representative, was granted the honour of reciting.

We were then introduced to the curator of the museum, Mara, who welcomed us on her first guided tour since lockdown began and also her first virtual tour. She allowed us to ask questions as she walked us round and we could request to view any artefacts that interested us. Although some objects did not originally come from the Erland Lee house, they had been sourced from the local community and were of the correct era. Members commented on the beautiful quilts and were told that they were frequently rotated from storage as they had 75 of them, several of which were made by ladies of the WI.

We were shown round the various rooms of the house including the dining room, with the original table where Janet Lee is said to have written the first Women’s Institute constitution on February 25th 1897.

All too soon the tour was over and, having thanked Mara, we chatted for a few more minutes with Navan. We all agreed that we really must zoom again and how wonderful it was to be able to stay connected with the outside world!

* the Ode & Collect –  can be found on Navan Women’s Institute page ( Lee (Museum) Home | The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (


Congratulations to Sue Moore 🏆and Dorothy Maskell for carrying off prizes from the Federation of WI’s quiz tonight. It was a fun evening of answerable questions without being too easy and having fun with ladies and a gentleman from WIs across the Island.  Thank you to Hazel Leech for a well organised fun evening. Can’t wait for the next one!

On-line Bookclub – February

Sometimes the Tech tries to confuse you but being a WI member and a little perseverance we were able to enjoy another meeting. Due to COVID we have decided to read books of our own choice which is not only very interesting but also gives other members good ideas to follow up. Tonight we heard about The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brooks, Children of The New Forest by Captain Marryat, No One Listened by Isobel and Alex Kerr, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Mum and Dad by Joanna Trollope and Black Eyed Devils by Catrin Collier.
All were given a score of 9 except the last book which was called a ‘Quick Read’
The story was described through the conversation between characters resulting in a feeling of lack of substance.
All the other books were about relationships and described how characters overcome hardship either physical, mental or both.
Catching up with each other is an important part of these meetings and we always manage to have a good laugh. Looking forward to next meeting already.

Creekside Online Beetle – February

Congratulations ladies, one more new player! Glad you made it Claire.
Another evening of chat, laughter and some coaching on how to see more members on the screen I.e. Swiping left to right.
Congratulations to Sue AGAIN! A definite challenger for the ‘ Most Wins’ crown. Watch out Chris she is catching you up!

Goodbye to January 2021

The title given for Tea and Chat on the last Friday afternoon of January.

Twelve members managed to join us, although Pat Murphy, a new zoomer had technical difficulties, being able to hear us but not see us, some felt that was not a bad thing although we had all dressed up for the occasion – well the top half at least, Cheryl Downie could only join in for the second half so missed the photocall.

We all enjoyed a chat along with the beverage of our choice and then it was time for the quiz ‘What, Where, When’

Now, how well do members know ‘Their Island’ and how many look at our website – we were about to find as the questions were based on photographs taken of visits/activities that we have done over the past three and, some a little obscure, of places on the Island. Zoom is such a great tool for this.

The scores were very close but winner was Sue Moore a native of the Island. Well done Sue.

Everyone agreed it was a very enjoyable afternoon.