Enthusiastic and dedicated members were up bright and early on a cool morning to lay out a tasty selection of cakes, jams, marmalade and marzipan fruits at the Havenstreet ‘Steam up’. It turned out to be a beautiful day with plenty of hungry passers by. Well done all those who supported this fundraiser.
Members of Creekside WI spent a warm, sunny afternoon enjoying a delicious tea at the Lakeside Spa Hotel, Wootton Bridge, to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. We were greeted by the happy couple on arrival then sat down to a beautifully presented array of sandwiches, scones and cake. Plenty of tea, coffee if preferred and chat…….
Best wishes to the Harry and Meghan and ‘Thanks’ to Jo and Ann for organising the event.
Sun, sea round the corner and crazy golf, what more could you want? Fourteen members of Creekside WI polished up their golfing skills bouncing over a humped back bridge, skillfully negotiated a hole in a wall and whizzed round boulders and more to get the balls in the holes. There were some who even ended up in the major rough off green! Well done everyone!
Thanks to Cheryl Howell for organising a really fun afternoon followed by delicious refreshments in the cafe.
As always, it was a good day at Whippingham. I chose to do cooking, crochet and card making. I started with a demonstration of cooking by Pete and Linda Masters of Rookley, who showed us how to make an extremely rich chocolate cake enhanced by marmalade which gave it the classic chocolate and orange flavour. They next showed us their version of sausage rolls, made with frankfurters (delicious) and lastly they showed us, and we made with puff pastry, bacon and cheese twists. By the time we had sampled all this, we hardly needed lunch. Next, the crochet session was very useful, and then after lunch, we had a good afternoon with Sylvia leading an excellent card making session. There was also a paper folding class which I didn’t do, but which looked interesting.
When all the results of our activities were put on show at the end of the afternoon, it was obvious that we had had a thoroughly productive and enjoyable day. I really recommend these taster days at Whippingham.
Report by Susan Fox
The fates were kind to the ladies of Creekside who enjoyed sunshine and the warmest day of the year so far for their Easter Tea on 6 April.
The tables in the Methodist Church Hall were a picture of spring decked out in green and white with yellow flowers and accessories.
30 members were impressed as cake stands were placed on the tables with a selection of elegant finger sandwiches, scones (plus cream and jam) and beautiful Easter themed cakes worthy of a grand hotel! There were also individual dainty raspberry topped trifles and Easter biscuits. The tea and conversation flowed whilst members puzzled over Pauline’s quiz on the twin themes of Easter and members’ surnames.
Once tea was over it was time for the Easter egg hunt. Teams were given a sheet of clues and then it was a mad dash round the building to be first to collect up the hidden tokens. Never let it be said there is any lack of competitive spirit amongst Creekside ladies!
The final fun of the afternoon was the Easter bonnet parade with some rather dodgy singing of the traditional ditty. Some were pretty, some were funny and some are best not mentioned. The winner, chosen by new member Sue Moore, was Sylvia Burrows who got the Easter egg. The losers could just about cope with their disappointment.
Thanks to Pauline for the quiz and the egg hunt, to Ann and the committee who provided the fantastic food and to everyone who helped on the day. Also, thanks to the Lakeside Hotel for the loan of their cakes stands.
Report by Esme
‘Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan……..’ Creekside WI celebrated pancake evening with a pancake supper, enjoying the choice of savoury fillings such as chicken, spring onion and plum sauce, chopped ham and cheese. Sweet fillings were also on offer: traditional lemon and sugar, tinned peaches, chocolate sauce and bananas and honey. During the evening members watched a slide show of past activities and rose to the challenge of a pancake quiz and pancake tossing. Thanks to our President Ann Parker, the committee and members and all who came and made it a very enjoyable evening.
On the 6th February Creekside WI welcomed some members of Bembridge WI to join us in a Kurling Session.
A very enjoyable and noises afternoon ensued. The Blue Stone team beat the Red Stones by a considerable margin.
Tea coffee, and biscuits were served, especially dunking Gingernutts.
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.