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.

Creekside’s 50th Birthday Lunch

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.

November Music Group

Items chosen at the November meeting of the Music Group were Beethoven’s Pizzecato Polka, Emporer Waltz and Thunder & Lightning Polka, played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cantos de Espana No.4, Cordoba, by Albeniz and Dolly Suite by Fauré, both played by Julian Bream and John Williams.

Rhosymedre, No.2 of Three Preludes by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, organist William McVicker.

Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, played by the Welsh Symphony Orchestra.

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 20 and the Moonlight Sonata, pianist Melvin Tan.

Gloria de la Messe Breve No. 7, sung by Les Petits Chanteurs de Bordeaux.

Saint Saens’s Ave Maria, played on two Cellos by Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber.

Fountains of Rome by Respighi, played by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Some of the group enjoyed a concert given by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra on 18th November while a visit by others was to Swan Lake by the Russian State Ballet Company which coincide

Report by Margaret Paice

October Book Club

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Most of us enjoyed the social history of the book, which was depicted in Agnes’ life as a governess. This was a lonely existence as a governess was neither a servant nor a member of the family.
Much of this knowledge was from Anne’s personal experience.

Some of the archaic phrases were interesting. Fortunately there were some definitions at the end of the book.

Our average score was 7/10.

Report by Pauline Kirby

Tea and Chat – November 2017

‘Short or Puffed?’ A good question when confronted with two plates of delicious sausage roles to choose from at Creekside WI’s Tea and Chat. Members met at Marlene’s lovely home to enjoy good company, tea, coffee and homemade biscuits. Gardening, politics, cats, competitions and the pro’s and cons for having two Isle of Wight MP’s, were some of the topics discussed. Thank-you Marlene for making us so welcome.

Thank you to Cheryl Downie for the report and lovely picture.

Tea and Chat – October

On a lovely, sunny Friday morning in October ten members went to Maureen Turners for our monthly Tea and Chat. What a great time we had. Maureen had been busy baking plenty of cup cakes of various flavours and a delightful fruit cake. Filling all the seats in the conservatory created a lively, friendly atmosphere with plenty of chatter – but what else would you expect from members of Creekside WI.

Thank you to Maureen for hosting it. We are always very grateful to members who are able to welcome us to their homes and it is especially good for new members to get to know us all.

Report by Dorothy Maskell

October Music Group

 The October meeting of the Music Group was again few in numbers due to health problems, but the evening was filled with glorious music, interspersed with refreshments and chat and laughter.
Rosalind’s choices of music were the “Adagio” from Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, with Harold Wright clarinet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship” from Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, played by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Valek.
Ann chose “The Three Elizabeths Suite” by Eric Coates, and Kiri Te Kanawa singing “On Wings of Song” by Mendelssohn and “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck.
Dorothy chose “A Cantata for St.Luke” and “Gloria – I’ll make music” from Karl Jenkins Motets, sung by The Camarata Chamber Choir, and “Dance Preludes” by Lutoslawski, with Richard Saxel, pianist, and Angus Meryon on clarinet.
Margaret’s choices were “Mazurka” in B flat major and “Waltz in A major” by Chopin, pianist Allan Schiller, and Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of “Die Meistersinger“, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Klaus Tennstedt.
Written by Margaret.