50th Anniversary Bench Presentation

On Friday 24th November members of Creekside WI presented a wooden bench to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to mark the final event of our anniversary year.

Members of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway watch as the High Sherriff cuts the ribbon to offically mark the event watched by Dorothy Maskell who was completing her final event as President of Creekside WI.

The High Sherrif of the Isle of Wight,  Ben Rouse, kindly attended and cut the ribbon to mark the event. The bench is situated in the Picnic Area at Wootton Station which overlooks the station.

After the presentation members accompanied by the High Sherriff and officials of the Steam Railway retired to the church hall for light refreshments.

Creekside’s 50th Birthday Lunch

On 13 October more than 40 members of Creekside WI gathered in their finery at the Lakeside Hotel in Wootton to mark the occasion of their 50th birthday with a celebration lunch. The fizz and chatter flowed as the photographer from ‘The County Press’ marshalled everyone for the official photographs.

Creekside ladies were delighted to welcome two founder members, Olive Lailey and Mavis Willis, along with Federation Chairman Sue Biss as special guests. Two other founder members of Creekside who are still current members, Pat Kendall and Mona Williams, were unable to attend.

Lady Toastmaster Chris Rickards kept the timings on track as the guests, President Dorothy Maskell, past Presidents Rosalind Eavis, Maureen Turner and Jennifer Goodall and the current committee were announced as they proceeded into the function room. A lovely lunch was served whilst enjoying beautiful views overlooking Wootton Creek. Afterwards the founder members cut a cake specially created for the occasion with scenes from a range of Creekside activities including kurling, rambling, book club, crafts, country dancing, games and ten pin bowling. The cake had been made by a member of Yarmouth WI who made a special birthday cake for Prince Edward. A presentation of photographs and documents from Creekside’s archives ran on screen whilst the party took coffee, a reminder of all kinds of events enjoyed over the years.

A wonderful commemorative menu card had been created as a keepsake for everyone. Our thanks for this go to Simone Rose. Marlene Cassidy made the stunning table centres which were given to the past Presidents and Chris, the Lady Toastmaster. Bouquets were presented to the guests and everyone eventually made their way home, trying not to think about the calories and reflecting on many happy memories of 50 years of fun and friendship. Well done to Linda Sheasby for arranging such a successful occasion.


All of Creeksides scrapbooks are now on-line. You can access these from the main menu above. I have split them up into annual files which you can view, download and even print if you want.

Sadly the years 1985 to 1991 are not available.

In some years where the original scrapbooks span two books for a particular year there may be more than one file available. Once you have navigated to the year you wish to view just click the scrapbook cover image and the file will open in a new tab in your browser. All the files are in PDF format so you will need a PDF Reader to view them. A link to Abobe Reader is provided for you to download the free app should you need it. Have fun.

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Creekside 50th Year Garden Party

Held in Wootton Methodist Church because of the inclement weather everyone enjoyed the 1960’s Theme.   The lively 60’s music , dress of many members,  and the afternoon tea reflected 1967, the year Creekside WI started.   The food included tinned salmon, egg and cress and ham sandwiches, cheese and pineapple on sticks etc.   Cakes were black forest gateau, fairy cakes and fruit cake.  Also on offer was trifle, orange jelly with mandarin oranges with carnation milk.

There was a wide variety of items on the sales stalls and competitions included, from 83 photographs of Wootton, taken by Sylvia Burrows, to find the treasure won by Shirley Worthington and guess the photographs of members taken in 1967.

The parade of those in 1960’s dress was won by Linda Flack and finally a toast to Creekside in its 50th birthday year. 

What a jolly afternoon we had!

C. Downie

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Party in the Park 2017

Sunshine and showers did not stop the intrepid members of Wootton Creek WI manning their gazebo at Party in the Park on Saturday 22nd of July. Despite the worsening weather conditions, a steady flow of passers by stopped to enjoy taking a risk on the Wine or Water stall, chose from the delicious cakes and biscuits to buy or dipped into the children’s Lucky Dip. There was also a choice of books, DVDs and jewellery and hand made crafts to purchase. Were you the lucky winner who found the lost watch somewhere in Wootton?

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Wonderful Wisley!

Wonderful Wisley! Creekside WI were off on their travels again and ‘Whew’ was it hot!

An excited and happy coach of members and visitors looked forward to the day and we were not disappointed. Our guides were very considerate, splitting us into two groups so that we could all hear and ask questions, succinct so that we could spend more time looking and kept information stops in the shade on what turned out to be the hottest area in England that day. It was slightly cooler in the magnificent glass houses! There are 240 acres divided into different areas to appreciate so we were able to see some of the preparation that goes into creating a new idea as well as some of the many beautifully established themed gardens, ponds and sculptures.

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Visit by Emsworth WI

Our President has been networking on the mainland. As a result, Creekside WI welcomed members of Emsworth WI to afternoon tea at Wootton Methodist Church Hall. Our visitors made their way to us by train, catamaran and bus spending time in Ryde enjoying the shops and lunch before they arrived. The committee and volunteers had laid a beautiful and inviting table with fresh flowers, four different mouthwatering sandwich flavours and delicious cakes. A real English tea at tea time. Members swopped information about their particular WI’s and began to make new friends while cups were filled.

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Have you ever been Kurling? No, not the ice and brush type; Creekside WI play a version that is suitable for everybody whatever the age and physical ability. This month we welcomed members of Rookley WI to Wootton.

The evening began with a delicious supper during which there was plenty of chat, then we divide up into two teams. It is a very tactical game and if there is any doubt about the score THE TAPE MEASURE COMES OUT! Players could stand kneel or sit to send their stones ( not the really heavy kind) to the bullseye or past it if they were over enthusiastic.

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