Put together a lovely sunny afternoon, a big garden where plenty of social distancing can take place, fresh scones, plenty of tea and coffee and WI members coming out of lockdown, what have you got? Plenty of chat and laughter. Our second meeting in the sun…..not the full amount of members which may still be a long way off yet, but still a very pleasant afternoon. Thank you ladies…where next?
Creekside WI Beetle meetings are now a regular activity on a Monday evening and our beetle family are growing not only in membership but also in number of beetles won. The beetles are getting bigger too! We rattle our way through the games, enjoying drinks and nibbles if required and even have time for a quick chat. The Zoom time is never quite long enough so we are increasing our activities to Bingo, ( the first meeting on June the 18th) and a cheese and wine meeting so that we can just relax and chat, technology permitting. Well done ladies, you haven’t given up the fight with technology. You’ve battled on and got there in the end. Life on line is quite exciting
Would you like to win this handmade Beetle? Not the prettiest in the world but very loving, loyal and of course handmade. We gathered pens, paper, dice and a score plan as well as a drink and even a pudding. Our beetle winner this week was Cheryl Howellwith a score of 60 plus, Lady Bird Beetle will be winging her way to you. See you all next week!👍
Like I said, you can’t keep a good WI member down.😁
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Six members met at Brannon Way car park and then travelled to Newchurch, courtesy of Wendy and Elizabeth. Esme met us at Newchurch car park. We then descended The Shute, admiring gardens en route, crossed Langbridge that spans the River Yar to join the cycle track. Here, we turned left and made our way towards Horringford. Pedlars cafe was open but we did not partake on this occasion. We left the cycle track by turning left up a track to Wacklands Farm, bypassing the puddles the best we could. From Wackland Farm, we followed Wacklands Lane to Winford Road and then turned left again and followed this road to All Saints Churchyard, admiring gardens again en route.
The walk was intended as a snowdrop walk but we were too late for the snowdrops this year, although there were some left. There were also some crocuses but it was the daffodils that stole the show this year. In the past, when we’ve done this walk a bit earlier in February to see the masses of snowdrops, there have only been some daffodils out. This year, it was the other way around – it made a nice change, to be honest!!
After admiring the flora in the churchyard, we made our way back to the cars and then made our way to the cafe in Thompsons Garden Centre for lunch. Margaret had an appointment in the morning and so was unable to come on the amble but she joined us for lunch. After lunch, we had a wander around the garden centre and Mary bought an obelisk for her garden. We then returned to Wootton.
Mix a pancake, Stir a pancake, Pop it in a pan Then eat it!!
Mmmmmmmm delicious, especially if there is a choice of lemon, sugar, honey or chocolate spread. Then follow that with a choice of chocolate cake or lemon meringue with ice cream or cream and a nice cup of tea or coffee. Some Creekside members not only enjoyed early ‘Pancake Day’ food but finished a very enjoyable afternoon with a Beetle Drive. Congratulations to the winner, Rosalind Eaves; ‘Thank you’ to everyone would helped make it such fun.
Last night we had a great time in Wootton Community Centre. We joined other stall holders displaying a huge variety of Christmas goodies. We had several ‘best sellers’ i.e. Fruity jams, marmalade and crunchy biscuits. The delicious looking cakes didn’t take long to disappear either. We also took Christmas wreathes, pom-pom decorations, knitted snowmen and a very wise owl. The wine and water competition was a hit too and by the end of the evening there wasn’t much left. Well done.’👍
Ladies at Creekside Woman’s Institute enjoyed yet another meal out on Friday. This time it was to celebrate end of the year activities within the WI, and our usual Christmas meal out, the one where we do not have to do the cooking or washing up.
We sat down at the local eatery in Ryde to a super turkey dinner with all the festive trimmings, and went home well fed and happy. All looking forward to our meeting next week, when once again food will be on the menu. Followed by fun and game, and Christmas carols. See you soon ladies.
Ann and Pauline, decorated the Christmas tree at the Methodist church in Wootton today. Watched by the Shepard on the left, who did not look to happy with our efforts.
Lots of decorated wreaths and garlands were brought in by other parishioners. Another tree decorated by the Messy Church children displayed home made decorations and looked great. The next tree to be decorated by Creekside WI will be at “St Peters” in Havenstreet, next week.
Guess who got the highest score at Beetle? Yes it is Linda👍
Three members of Creekside WI visited Rookley for a Beetle Drive in aid of Young Carers. Who would believe how exciting it can get when all you need is a leg to win!
Thanks Rookley WI, it was great fun. 👍