IoW Young Carers

We  are delighted to have raised £123.00 for IoW Young Carers, which will help towards support and recreational respite for the young people who help their families, when we  had  Afternoon Tea at our President, Ann Parker’s, home

Delicious homemade  scones, with cream and jam and cakes aplenty, served with very welcome hot tea and coffee.  We had imaged  relaxing in the garden on a warm and sunny day with cold drinks,  but there was still a warm relaxed atmosphere amongst the members as  we chatted in front of the fire on a wet an windy summer afternoon. We all agreed it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable event despite the weather.

Cheryl Howell

Creekside WI at Wootton Methodist Church Fair

We aren’t just pretty faces…OH NO, we can cater for unknown numbers as well. We rallied the troups for delicious cake and scone contributions and were ready by 9.00am to set up and prepare, making sure that the ‘cafe’ looked welcoming and the refreshments were irresistible. Pat prepared the sandwiches as they were ordered, no sitting around in cardboard and plastic for her! Well done to Susan and helpers for providing all the tea and coffee and of course the ladies who manned the cake and cold drink areas. There was a steady flow of requests and a steady flow of washing up. In the evening those of us who returned, were lucky enough to enjoy an unexpected musical concert before the tea break. It was a great day meeting lovely people. Thanks to everyone who contributed in some way.

Creekside WI Knit to the Challenge

Creekside’s craft group set a challenge to all members in February to knit 100 hats for babies born at St Mary’s Newport, before our annual craft competition in May. We had checked that they were needed….. ‘They certainly are’ we were told with joy ‘we have over 1000 births every year.

With no further ado the pattern to use was decided upon and the needles were clicking with members using their imagination as to interpretation of the design.

Each hat different, white or muted colours of the rainbow, some assorted colours, stripes thick and thin with a pompom on the top, they were fun to knit, the result being that the target was reached, we had knitted 120 hats. Well done ladies.

We are very pleased to be making this much needed presentation to the hospital.

Cheryl Howell

Anyone for Tea?

Did you think Creekside ladies would say ‘no thanks.’

You are right. Members had a very enjoyable afternoon tea served on the lawns of Wootton Methodist Church in perfect weather. Sandwiches, jelly custard cream and strawberries, cheese scones, scones with jam and cream followed by a selection of delicious cakes were served, all made by members.

There were stalls to browse, books, plants and cakes to buy and of course a raffle with excellent prizes donated by members.

Everyone agreed it was a very successful and relaxed afternoon, (relaxed – I think the committee agreed, we love doing all our events.)

Cheryl Howell


Ramble ~ 19th June 2019

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit

Wendy and Margaret met Rio at Brannon Way car park. Wendy drove to Seaview car park, picking up Marlene and Sue from Fishbourne en route. Elizabeth took her own car.

At Seaview car park, members from other WI’s joined members of Seaview WI for either the annual communal ramble or amble. Rio did the ramble but the other fore-mentioned Creekside members did the amble.

The tide was not in our favour this year. Beth led the ramble down Pier Road and along to Seagrove Bay, where some of the ramblers made use of the new public conveniences. We then plodded up Ferniclose Road to one of the entrances to Priory Bay Hotel. From there we continued south, across fields and then along a footpath between hedges to St Helens. This path emerged on Upper Green Road with the Vine Inn on our right, but we didn’t go in. Instead, we continued the ramble eastwards, admiring the cottages and their front gardens.

We turned left along Eddington Road and after a short distance, there was no more pavement so we crossed over to walk on the right-hand side in single file, facing the oncoming traffic and taking care. We then left the road and followed the lane on our right up to and beyond Nodes Point Holiday Park. Now on the IW Coastal Footpath, we followed this adjacent to Priory Bay Hotel, passing a ‘tree’ that is actually a mast disguised as a tree. We even found little bit of mud along this path between the hedges. We descended Ferniclose Road to Seagrove Bay – that was easier!! Making our way back into Seaview for lunch, we passed a cork tree. Rio plotted the route on Tracklogs later and found it to be 3.8 miles.

The amblers walked to Puckpool Park and back.

Our lunch was in a different hall this year. Last year, St Peter’s Church hall was used but this year, Grace Church hall in Steyne Road was used. Mary couldn’t make the ramble or amble but joined us for the lunch. Table-by-table we went up to choose either cheese or paté salad. Salad was followed by a variety of desserts and some had second helpings. A big thank you to Seaview WI for their hospitality and to Wendy for driving Creekside members to Seaview.

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Kurling with Creekside WI

Tuesday afternoon Kurling sessions are growing in popularity. Members of the Trefoils had a revisit this month. We all enjoyed the refreshments, chat and of course the Kurling. The teams were evenly matched which added a heightened sense of competition to the games. Well done players and congratulations to the Reds! We are already looking forward to our next meeting. Thanks Jenny for organising a lovely afternoon.

Creekside WI at Farringford

On a beautiful warm June day, we began our adventure with a visit to nearby Chessil Cafe. Delicious!

Then a short drive to Farringford, home to Alfred Lord Tennyson and his family. The gardens at the entrance of are full of colour; so many plants that would look lovely in ones own garden.

It is a very beautiful house that has been lovingly restored. The rooms contain a mixture of furniture that belonged to the family and also some that is appropriate for that era. The prints are copies of picture that hung on the house at the time. The guides take care to make your visit  enjoyable and informative and by the time you leave you feel as if you have met the Tennyson family and have shared some of their highs and lows. Another lovely Creekside WI outing!

Thank you to Ann and Linda for organising the event.

July Tea and Chat

Can you think of anything more English than sitting in a lovely garden on a sunny summer’s day. Delicious home made cakes and biscuits accompanied by refreshing tea or coffee and most importantly CHAT. Happy days! Thank you Dorothy for a wonderful afternoon.

Craft Group get together Tuesday 25 June

We were in full concentration mode for this months meeting for a lesson in Parchment Craft or Pergamano to give it the correct name.

Sue Moore had planned a very enjoyable morning, focusing on the skill of outlining and embossing on parchment, using special tools. We all felt a little intimidated at first but with Sue’s gentle encouragement we were on our way and had a very enjoyable morning. We were all pleased with our first attempts and would all like a further lesson in the future.

The morning ended, with ….. of course – yes coffee, tea and cake provided by our host, Linda, thank you they were delicious and for your hospitality..

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 31 July 10-12 again at Linda’s home.

Cheryl Howell

It’s Kurling Night with Creekside W I Again

Rew Valley WI are back for more!
Well done Jenny Gaches for another delicious meal despite faltering electricity and the threat of the water being cut off😩
Then down to business i.e. Red and blue teams allocated, practise runs for the inexperienced and hints on how to sabotage the opposition!
You didn’t know your own strength!’ as the stone crashes through the backboard almost injuring the press officer.
Well done Sylvia for negotiating the ‘wall’ and making the bull with a rebound and congratulations to the ‘brushers’!
Lovely to see you again ladies, you are always welcome. Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening go with a ‘Oooooooooooo!’