Tea and Chat – February

February’s Tea and Chat was hosted  in the comfort of Hilary’s home.  We were treated to lovely tea and biscuits with lots of interesting conversation, some of which was reminiscing of past theatrical exploits.  Perhaps this should be added to our many activities, would  anyone like to try, seems there is a lot of talent in the group just waiting to be asked!  After a very pleased couple of hours we all went our separate ways.  Thank you Hilary for a lovely morning.

Kurling with Creekside WI

Haylands WI and Brading WI came to Creekside for a fun afternoon of kurling. After a careful ‘try out’ the competitive spirit heightened and members used tactical play to knock each other off the bullseye. Tea and biscuits renewed energy then it was back to battle! Thanks were given to Jenny for organising everyone. It was lovely to meet other Island WI members, come again.

Report by Cheryl Downie

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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January Book Club

The latest book to read was North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Margaret Hales Father a pastor, decides one day he can no longer serve the church of England.
He sacrifices his family’s peaceful life in Helstone (The South) to an industrial town in the north of England.
This gave our group lots of topics for discussion, we all enjoyed the book and of course when Margaret got her man in the end, made it all the more enjoyable.
The Average score was 8.1/2. out of 10.

Report: Linda Sheasby

February Music Group


At the February meeting of the Music Group, Hilary chose “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel and then Pachelbel’s Canon. Dorothy’s choice was two waltzes by Chopin, the waltz in E flat major “Grande Valse Brilliante” and the Waltz in A flat major, both played by the pianist Avner Arad. Sylvia chose Brahms Intermezzo in E flat major and the Intermezzo in A flat minor played by Dieter Goldman piano. This was followed by Ann’s choice of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.5 “The Reformation” played by the Gewandhausorchester, Leipzig with Kurt Masur conductor, and Margaret’s choice of the Waltz and Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky ended the first half before refreshments.


The music then continued with Hilary’s choice of the Habanera from Carmen sung by Leontyne Price, and Dorothy’s choice the prelude to the Gadfly by Shostakovich played by Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber on cellos. Sylvia then chose piano music by Franz Liszt, “Rustling in the Forest” and “Dance of the Gnomes”. Ann’s final choice was Schubert’s String Quartet, and the evening concluded with Margaret’s choice of a duet from “La Rondine” by Puccini sung by Kiri Te Kanawa and Placido Domingo.

Report by

Margaret Paice


January Music Group Meeting

On a very cold evening it was good to be indoors in the warm in the company of seven members listening to some wonderful music at January’s meeting of the Music Group.

Music chosen included items from Handel’s “Messiah”, with the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, “To where you are” sung by Rhydian, the Habanera from Bizet’s “Carmen”, and Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sir John Barbirolli.  The next item was Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Bockmann String Quintet and clarinettist David Campbell followed by the 2nd and 3rd movements from Sibelius Violin Concerto, Dong Suk Kang violinist with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

After refreshments we heard “I believe” sung by Rhydian,“La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto and the finale of “Cavelleria Rusticana” by Mascagni, both sung by Walter Midgley. After which we heard the 1st movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Jacqueline Du Pré cellist, Rachmaninov “Vocalise” played by the USSR Symphony Orchestra, and finally “Angels Guard Thee” by Goddard, sung by Kenneth McKellar.

Report by Margaret Paice


Photography Group January Meeting

Gary Early, professional photographer and judge of the photos in May for the Crafts competition met us to explain and demonstrate how to obtain appropriate images for each of the subjects.

Generally, he said that he preferred a white photo frame with at least an inch border to obtain the best effect. Searching online can produce some good mounts.

He suggested that one should pre-visualise each subject before attempting to photograph and it is good practise to stick to a single subject, taking numerous prints to allow more choice of the eventual print to be submitted. For each subject, Gary demonstrated differing photos.

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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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