Pancake Evening

‘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.


Pancake Day

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Kurling Match

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.

Picture from Jenny Goodall
Picture from Jenny Goodall

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.

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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.

Wootton Lakeside Spa Hotel - Creekside WI at their 50th Anniversary. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight County Press
Wootton Lakeside Spa Hotel – Creekside WI at their 50th Anniversary
Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight County Press

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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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Crafting with Creekside W.I.

Creekside WI members are creatively crafty! This was reflected in the variety of beautiful crafts and skilled photography displayed at our recent monthly Meeting entitled ‘ Craft Competition’. We were proud to hear that Judges had commented on the high standard of the entries submitted.
Delicious Courgette and Lemon cakes, Viennese Whirls and Lemon Meringue Pies made mouths water and we were lucky enough to enjoy some of one of the ‘own recipe’ Bread Pudding entry at tea time.
Floral artists celebrated fifty years of Creekside WI with the use of golden yellow, red and white blooms teamed with a variety of foliage. Cards were cleverly used as inspiration for delicate displays and single stems were show to their advantage in carefully chosen containers.
Artistic members displayed drawings and paintings ranging from animals to landscapes and flowers using different preferred media.
Fear, Trees, Animals, Micro-shots, Textures in colour and black and white and A Group of People, offered members who are creative with a camera lots of scope for entries.
Very attractive Pom Pom Hats kept our knitters busy as well as texturised Twiddle Muffs for use by people with Dementia.
Last but certainly not least categories for ‘Any Other Crafts’ and ‘Novice’ enabled those with pottery, embroidery, creative glass, sewing and winding skills, AND, if they had never entered before, a chance to show off. PHEW!
Group Overall Results:
Cookery 1st. Ann Pearson. 2nd. Dorothy Maskell
Craft 1st. Cheryl Howell. 2nd. Linda Flack
Flower Arrangement 1st. Dorothy Maskell 2nd.Ann Parker
Photography. 1st. Daphne Williams. 2nd.Christine Tipple
Novice Sylvia Burrows

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Easter Tea Party 2017

The tables were decorated with spring flowers and Easter eggs A splendid variety of sandwiches  and cup cakes with Simnel toppings and miniature Easter eggs were served by the committee members. Whilst enjoying these with cups of tea there was an Easter themed quiz to solve. Not many members knew the colour of the bags holding the Maundy money nor who carried them for the Queen.

Kay Rothery was the winner of Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny with her near perfect aim.

A Treasure  Hunt proved to be a challenge although the answers were confined to the church and hall.

A vote of thanks was given to the committee and to Pauline Kirby for the quiz and Treasure Hunt. It had been a very pleasant afternoon.

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