Suffragettes East Cowes Parade ~ September

Linda Sheasby Dorothy Maskell and Ann Parker all paraded in East Cowes Town centre celebrating the 100 year of the Suffragettes movement.

The day was enjoyed by a large number of East Cowes residents, and Whippingham and East Cowes Women’s  institute  who organised a wonderful day in East Cowes.

We had a march through the town centre from Jubilee recreation ground then into Kings square. Stalls, cakes, drinks were all on offer with music by the local marching band, a group singing popular songs not to mention the Morris dancers and the popular Ukulele band.

Everyone was invited regardless of age or ability wearing cloths from the period after 1919.

A fun day was enjoyed by all on a beautiful sunny day. 

Well done East Cowes and Whippingham  WI on a very successful day.

Craft Group

This months meeting was on 11 Sept. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Sue Fox’s home, thank you Sue.

We are progressing well with items for the Christmas Sales Tables, with new ideas still emerging.

Skills sharing is moving forward with several members keen to learn to crochet, Sue M is our resident expert and will be getting together with a small group soon. Another small group is investigating the making of soap, more on that soon!

Concentration is the name of the game when it comes to crafting, Mary gave a very good example of this, totally immersed, she nearly missed the tea break.

New members are always welcome to join us. Next meeting is at Kim’s home on 22 October 2pm.

Report by Cheryl Howell

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Craft Day

A great way to spend an afternoon at Linda’s in Shanklin , with like minded members from Creekside WI.

We had decided to get together to make some Christmas craft items for the Christmas Fair for Federation in Newport later in the year.

Some fab ideas, have been put forward, and we have arranged groups to meet during August,September, and October to make a selection of items. Suggestions put forward to make included, face cream in decorated jars, Christmas decorations for a tree, wreaths made from material and put on a hessian back, to hang on a door and other Pom Pom decorations for a tree. More adventurous ideas were dream catchers, but I think that will be a later project, when we are a little more experienced.

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Garden Party

It was hot, hot HOT! The sun shone down on members of Creekside WI who enjoyed a Canadian themed barbecue last Friday. We have are twinned with Navan WI in Ontario so checked shirts were worn but only the brave wore jeans because it was too hot! Cool delicious salads accompanied sausages and burgers followed by bananas chocolate sauce and ice cream. A stimulating quiz, music by Canadian musicians and scarf, bag and book sale added to the fun. Thanks were given to all who helped to make it such a lovely afternoon.

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20th June Ramble

Kathy Barter, from East Cowes, joined four members of Creekside WI: Wendy, Elizabeth, Mary and Rio, at Brannon Way car park. Wendy then drove us to Seaview to join members from other WI’s around the island for the annual communal ramble or amble, led by members of Seaview WI. Mary and Kathy went on the amble. Wendy, Elizabeth and Rio did the ramble, led by Christine and back marked by Beth. There were 14 on the coastal ramble that had to fit in with the tide times.

From Seaview car park, Christine led us down Pier Road and on to the beach. We paused for a photo shoot before making our way along the beach to Seagrove Bay. We then skirted the rocky Horestone Point to Priory Bay beach. The remains of a fallen tree provided a backdrop for another photo shoot. On the beach, we observed some horse riders from the riding school at Nodes Point. There was also a lady with two dogs enjoying a paddle. Engaged in her nature diary, Rio observed cockle, limpet and barnacle shells.

Once around Nodes Point, we had a break by the remains of St Nicholas Church. Christine had walked the route out and found that the Coastal Footpath was very overgrown between Duver Road and the fields so permission was obtained to walk up through the holiday park. We then joined the Coastal Footpath, passing the entrance to Priory Bay Hotel, the telecommunications mast that is disguised as a tree, the cork oak tree near Seagrove Bay and some modern architecture. We got back to Seaview a bit early so Christine took us on a loop down to the Old Fort, along by the sailing club and back up to St Peter’s Church hall.

A team of volunteers from Seaview WI had put together a very good spread. There was a choice of cheese or pate ploughmans that could be topped up with various extras from bowls on the table: coleslaw, onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes to name but a few. We then enjoyed two helpings from a choice of various sweets and this was followed by tea or coffee. It was then time for the raffle draw before we all departed.

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit

Tea and Chat – June

The tea and chat for June was held at the home of Mary Lavery when eleven members attended. What a beautiful sunny morning which meant we were able to sit outside and enjoy Mary’s beautiful, pretty garden. I always enjoy going to Creekside’s monthly tea and chat as it is a time to relax and also get to know newer members better.

What a lovely, happy time we had and thanks go to Mary for being our host. We really do appreciate those of our members who are able and prepared to have us visit.