Held at Ann Parker’s house on 15th May.
Ramble – 18 April 2018
The ramble started from Brannon Way car park in Wootton. Six of us made our way down Wootton High Street, across the bridge overlooking the creek, and then up Kite Hill to Ashlake Copse, where we turned off on the left. We followed the footpath through the copse to Fishbourne Lane. Marlene wasn’t on the walk but it was her birthday the next day so there was a pause to deliver a card to her. We then continued on the coastal footpath to Quarr.
At Quarr, we admired the pigs and it was remarked upon that there were no piglets at the moment. In the next enclosure, a randy boar must have overheard what had been said and thought he’d better get on and make some more!! We then made our way through the Abbey’s grounds to their cafe. Wendy, Margaret, Esme and Mary stopped for refreshments and the weather was decent enough for them to sit outside. During this time, Elizabeth and Rio went to the squirrel hide, situated in a woodland area. Although no squirrels were seen on this occasion, pleasant and tranquil birdsong was enjoyed before they made their way back to rejoin the others.
The group rejoined the coastal footpath and followed it as far as Binstead Church. Here, the group started to disband with Margaret, Elizabeth and Rio making their way to The Fleming Arms for lunch. Wendy, Mary and Esme continued walking. Rio found out at Out To Lunch that Wendy and Mary continued as far as the footpath that crosses Ryde Golf Course to Brookfield Gardens. Esme continued further still, presumedly to Ryde as she lives there.
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Creekside WI are at it again, Kurling with a visiting WI that is! Seaview WI came to Creekside WI for a ‘ fun’ kurling competition. During a delicious supper, cooked by Jenny Gaches with help from members of the committee, the ladies spent time getting to know each other. Then kurling stones to the ready! Seaview members had a quick try out to test their skills then the two opponents dug deep, cheering winning points scored. Thanks were given by our President Ann Parker, to everyone who contributed to make it a very enjoyable evening.
Report by Rio Bellgore-GullitThe ramble started from a small car park off of Lynch Lane, in the Gotten Leaze area of Calbourne. Four of us made our way up a bridleway that, after a short distance, went to the right into a field of sheep. We ignored this turning and continued on what was now a Forestry Commission path. This path is used by Forestry Commission vehicles and became quite muddy as a result. We, therefore, climbed up through the colourful autumnal trees on our left and then meandered between these trees of Brighstone Forest up on to Newbarn Down. We eventually came down and joined a path but we were unsure if this was our original path or a different one. We followed this long and winding path up until we reached a multiple junction. Rio recognised the bridleway on the right as being the bridleway that descends to that field of sheep and could see the sheep in the field ahead. The time was getting on and we all fancied a change of scenery, as well as getting hungry for our lunch. We followed this bridleway down through the forest and on through the field of sheep. There were quite a number of black sheep in with the white, about half and half at a guess. We commented that is was unusual to see so many. We’d walked about 2¼ miles and back at the car, Wendy drove us back up Lynch Lane to The Sun Inn, where we all enjoyed our lunch.
10 Pin Bowling resumed on Wednesday 6th September after our summer break. As we only had 4 players we were delighted to be joined by Jenny Goodall’s twin grandsons (aged 20) who livened up the proceedings! We split them, one on each side, and Wes achieved the highest score of 124. Wendy Mitchell was the highest W I player with her score of 115 which was very commendable as she had not played for some time, following surgery to her shoulder.
Our next date will be Wednesday, 4th October, 10am at L A Bowl, Ryde and, as always, we would be pleased to see any other members who would like to have a go – its good fun and the cost is £6.45 for 2 games and a tea/coffee/hot chocolate afterwards.
Report from Mary
Dancing group started again, after our summer break, on 7th September.
Not all of the members are from our WI. ‘Calling ‘ the dances is shared on a weekly basis by Brenda Benson from St John’s WI, and by John. It was John’s turn this week, all the dances were in the Playford style.
The Playfords were a father and son who travelled around the country collecting dances in the 17th and 18th century.
Why not join us at Church Close, every Thursday 2:30-3:30 new members always welcome
Report submitted by Wendy
THE ANNUAL REPORT OF CREEKSIDE W.I. RAMBLES 2011
In December we had a shorter walk around Firestone Copse. We needed to get to the Sloop Inn early so we could get a dining table for us all to share for our Christmas lunch. We were a little muddy but nobody noticed.
January – we had snow and ice so our walk was cancelled.
February, we went on our usual visit to see the beautiful snowdrops at Newchurch graveyard, followed by lunch at Thompson’s Garden Centre.
March, I was away so Betty Sieler organised a walk around Brighstone.
April, we went down to Mottistone. We parked in the National Trust car park. The bluebells were coming out. A lot of the forest land had been cleared and it was difficult to find the path. We scrambled up a steep hill and found the path, what a beautiful view of the sea up at the top! Coming back down the scent of the bluebells was amazing.
In May we took part in the WI walks to visit another WI. Some of our walkers started from home, others drove and we met up at Quarr Abbey car park. Then we all walked to Binstead stopping at Barbara’s for coffee. We metBinsteadWIat the Fleming Arms together with another couple more of our members and we all had lunch together.
In June we went to Chillerton. We visited the church at Gatcombe and admired the beautiful stained glass windows. It was raining and we all got very wet. Three of us went the Chequers Inn, the rest went straight home. We were drenched!
In July it started to rain and after getting so wet in June, and as there were only four of us, we went for coffee at the Riverside Quay and sat watched the boats going up and down the river, and then we drove to the Folly Inn for lunch.
We did not have a walk in August.
September, we joined up withSeaviewWIfor their annual ramble and amble. Seven of us went. The ramble was a little difficult with the tide coming up the beach and we had to go through the woods. The amblers had a quieter walk with lots of coffee.
October, we parked at Medina High School and walked through the Arboretum to the river path, we passed the remains of the Ryde Queen sadly rotting in the mud and then on to the Folly Inn for food. Afterwards we walked back again. It was a lovely sunny day.
We all enjoy our walks, but would be very pleased to welcome more ramblers from our WI to join us and swell our numbers.