Amble – 26 February 2020

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.

Early Pancake Day with Creekside WI

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.

Craft Group

You may have noticed the absence of blogging from the Craft Group during the latter part of last year.

The reason became clear at the December meeting. It was difficult to do a report on what was a secret. Hope you are all enjoying using your CREEKSIDE WI bags, we all certainly enjoyed the challenge. Some had never attempted this skill before so were more than pleased with the end product.

Well the New Year is well and truly with us and the enthusiasm of the group continues. ‘What are we going to learn to now’ everyone asked. With the popularity of needle felting growing this was the challenge set.

Felting

On Tuesday 11th February seven members met at Linda’s and ‘barbed needles’ in hand and instructions not to stab your fingers (you would only do it once –‘ouch’) we pricked away producing some successful pieces.

We are meeting next on Thursday March 5th at 11am, again at Linda’s home to continue our pricking skills. Thank you Linda for having us, we come for the toasted tea cakes really. Any one who would like to join us is very welcome. Look forward to seeing you.

Cheryl Howell

Hazel Lewis

It was Hazel Lewis’s 90th birthday today and a group of us decided to visit her at home to wish her a very happy birthday. We met at 3pm on her drive to go creeping in the side door to give her a surprise Happy birthday sing a long. She was delighted especially when we brought in a cake with many candles ready for her to blow out. She was surrounded by flowers and cards, and lots of hugs and good wishes. Hazel had not been very well early on in the year, and to see her home again, making fantastic progress was great. Well done Hazel see you soon back at club night.

Creekside WI Bookclub

It was a great night tonight girls- thanks for coming! Everybody really enjoyed The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, which was about the different strands of love that can be found in life. An easy read with characters that we could all identify with. A book you could pick up and put down and still feel involved in. It scored an average of nine.

Coffee anyone? How many teas? Cake, biscuits and a good old chat – lovely way to top off the evening.

Amble – 22 January 2020

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit

Five ladies met at Newport bus station to catch the number 1 bus to the Round House bus stop. We then walked down to the Woodvale at Gurnard, admiring residents’ gardens en route. Down at the front, the view was misty and the mainland could not be seen. There was also light drizzle. We walked all along the esplanade to The Parade at Cowes. There wasn’t much wildlife to be seen along the way, just a few black-headed gulls.

From The Parade, we made our way up Bath Road to have lunch at the Watch House Barn Café. Last time we did this walk and went there, in January 2017, there was a model train going around the perimeter of the dining room but it was stationary today. There are a few charity collection tins in the cafe and one of the tins is in aid of keeping the train running!!

After lunch, we made our way along the High Street and into the Red Jet terminal to catch the number 1 bus. Rio got off at Hunnyhill and the others continued to Newport bus station to catch the number 9 to Wootton, Fishbourne and Binstead.

Twice In One week

Twice in one week: Creekside WI members are off to enjoy themselves AGAIN! We met on a lovely sunny but cold winter day, this time in the peaceful surroundings of Quarr. Our ‘Tea and Chat’ sessions are taking place not just in members’ homes but out and about as well. The more energetic of us walked from Ryde with others coming in a more leisurely fashion on four wheels. It’s not just tea either, coffee and soft drinks fuel plenty of chat. Lovely morning, interesting company and I discovered what small yams look like. Thanks everyone!

Creekside WI Members Eating Out.

What can you do on a cold, wet windy winter evening? Lots of things, one of which is to enjoy the company of friends while eating a tasty dish! 18 members of Creekside WI did just that, gathering at a local eatery. There was lots of chat, covering a variety of subjects serious and less so and the restaurant managed to serve us all at the same time with delicious hot food. Well done…..NEXT!

Would I Lie to You?

‘Would I Lie to You?’ Of course not! Or would we? After some very in-depth questioning, members had to decide if the ladies on the panel were telling the truth or lying when they told a short personal story. There was quite a variety of tales e.g. I was a trials bike rider, I swore in Afrikaans and was rumbled by the German nurse, I cut my sister’s hair off and stuffed it inside my teddy, stranded in a boat in a storm our rescuer would not tow us to safety until he had my husband’s shoes and I was a member of the largest dance troupe dancing together.

Arthur Edwards made sure everything ran smoothly and Barbara took questions from the floor. Who would guess the WI ladies could lie so convincingly or have such unusual experiences? I wonder what other interesting stories members could tell.

Tree at St Peters Havenstreet

Creekside decorated a tree at St Peters Church Havenstreet today.

We we are asked by our treasure Barbara Edwards if we would like to take part. We decided to make pom-poms in the shade of grey and use silver balls and silver tinsel to decorate.

We were pleased and so was the church in our involvement.

The trees will be up until 6th January it’s well worth a ride out to visit this very pretty church in the heart of Havenstreet.

Ann