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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
On the 5th November Dorothy hosted a Bonfire night event at her house, which was enjoyed by 20 members, friends and family. There was some lovely food- pumpkin soup, jacket potatoes, Parkin and treacle toffee along with hot chocolate and sherry!
We left off fireworks and sparklers and had a really enjoyable time – thanks to everyone that attended and special thanks to the committee for the fantastic food,
The garden visit this year was to Badminton in Carisbrooke. Athough it was raining on arrival by the time we had finished a cup of tea and a piece of cake it had eased enough to have a tour of the garden. It was unusual in having many trees creating a canopy of different shades of green and varying leaves on a sloping site.