Creekside members returned to Puckpool for another round of Crazy Golf. The weather was perfect i.e. no wind and golfers were champing at the bit. Food was ordered, teams were formed and we were off. Balls flew over the bridge, round the tyre and through the brick tunnel. Congratulations to Jenny Gaches for her hole in one! Complex planning was needed to negotiate bends, rocks, the rough and osteospermum. The powerful drive of our more experienced golfer resulted in the ball leaping the wall with a difficult return. Congratulations to Cheryl Howel for completing the course in 37 strokes. Now, off to the clubhouse (cafe) for another delicious meal. Thanks for making it such fun!
The February meeting of the Craft Group was another enjoyable and lively afternoon. Members tried their hand at Needle Felting, making a flower, the biggest challenge being not to prick your fingers. It was not for all however but one or two may do more. We continue to progress with the Knitted Premature Babies 100 hat challenge. Some also stated knitted or crocheted small Smoothie bottle top hats, which will be given to the Help the Aged Charity.
Our next meeting is on 26 March 2-4pm at Ann Pearsons home.
Twelve members came to a fun afternoon of knitting, some learning to knit that afternoon. The challenge was to all knit a prem baby hat, using the competition pattern, in two hours. We were successful, despite all the chatter, eating cakes and drinking tea. It has been suggested and we have taken up the challenge, to knit 100 hats and hopefully make a presentation to the Charity and in turn both get a mention in the County Press. Warning, beware if you are planning to enter the competition in May, we have all had lots of practice!! But don’t be put off they will all go to where they are much needed.
Our thanks must go to Ann Pearson who kindly hosted the afternoon and kept us supplied with tea and lovely home made cakes.
All our efforts making jam, marmalade and Christmas mince meat, plus crocheted items and Christmas wreaths were on sale at the Methodist church in Newport today.
After a slow start, we sold quite a few of our efforts, and we’re pleased with the profit made.
The items left over will be sold at the next WI meeting on 12th December.
Thanks must go to all the ladies who came to help selling our goods, and not forgetting Sue Fox’s husband Rodney for putting together the tables and selling frame.
Ann and Linda
We all had a great day at the Methodist church,on our planed craft day. We all met at 9.30am to start making fresh holly wreaths for Christmas. Cheryl Howell was our demonstrator with expert advice on how to assemble an attractive wreath. As you can see by the photographs, she was good at her job.
Next was the turn of Susan Moore and Kimberley Goodall to demonstrate crocheting, and with lots of encouragement we managed to start the chain to enable us to crochet a table decoration in the shape of a Christmas tree. It was great fun, with lots of laughs as half of the group had never used a crouching hook.
Again some of us finished the task, others took them home to finish them at leisure.
It was a super day with all of us enjoying other members company. Photos prove we did make some Christmas trees.
In the kitchen ladies were preparing vegetables for tomorrow’s Christmas lunch at the Methodist church. Twenty of us have booked the meal and the smell coming from the kitchen of the prepared food was delightful and we all looking forward to tomorrow’s meal.
Thanks for attending a super day ladies, look forward to more in the future.
Ann and Linda
Five Creekside members travelled over to the bottom of Rew Street in Gurnard. Originally, Coastal Footpath CS16 followed the clifftop from the junction of Rew Street and Marsh Road but due to a landslip a few years ago, this section of the path was closed. However, a kindly landowner had agreed for a permissive path to cross a field from a bit further up Rew Street and join the Coastal Footpath a little further along. We followed this permissive path, joined the Coastal Footpath and started to make our way towards Thorness Bay. En route, we noticed there were the odd section that was getting close to the edge and further landslips may take the path in the near future. We also observed foliage and berries along the way: haws, sloes and we couldn’t resist picking and eating some of the blackberries.
Wendy recalled some old railway carriages that had been converted into residential properties and was asking Rio if she knew where they were. Rio said that they were further along, closer to Thorness and to the north of Sticelett Farm. Wendy thought that there were others before those but Rio didn’t know about these as she doesn’t walk this path very often. We did come to the converted carriages near Thorness and we admired their gardens as well as the décor of the carriages themselves.
Wendy wanted to find a particular flower, galega, so we scouted around a bit for this. We did find it and after doing so, we made our way over stiles and across a couple of fields up to Sticelett Farm on footpath CB1. To Rio’s relief, the cattle were elsewhere and we paused to admire the view at the top of the upper field, before the path went between hedgerows. We crossed over the track that goes into Sticelett Farm, continued on ahead to the top end of Rew Street on footpath CS3.
From the Hillis Corner end of Rew Street, we made our way along the lane back to the cars at the Gurnard end. En route, Rio paused to look at the roadside pond about halfway along. A bit further along, a wood carving of an owl was observed in a garden. Rio later plotted the route on Tracklogs and found it to be 3.6 miles.
Wendy, Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret had lunch at Wootton Methodist Church hall afterwards. Rio went home.
Mary had requested that the walk be postponed until the fourth Wednesday. It was therefore arranged that we’d meet in the usual place on 25 July. However, the walk was cancelled due to the excessive heat.
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Kathy Barter, from East Cowes, joined four members of Creekside WI: Wendy, Elizabeth, Mary and Rio, at Brannon Way car park. Wendy then drove us to Seaview to join members from other WI’s around the island for the annual communal ramble or amble, led by members of Seaview WI. Mary and Kathy went on the amble. Wendy, Elizabeth and Rio did the ramble, led by Christine and back marked by Beth. There were 14 on the coastal ramble that had to fit in with the tide times.
From Seaview car park, Christine led us down Pier Road and on to the beach. We paused for a photo shoot before making our way along the beach to Seagrove Bay. We then skirted the rocky Horestone Point to Priory Bay beach. The remains of a fallen tree provided a backdrop for another photo shoot. On the beach, we observed some horse riders from the riding school at Nodes Point. There was also a lady with two dogs enjoying a paddle. Engaged in her nature diary, Rio observed cockle, limpet and barnacle shells.
Once around Nodes Point, we had a break by the remains of St Nicholas Church. Christine had walked the route out and found that the Coastal Footpath was very overgrown between Duver Road and the fields so permission was obtained to walk up through the holiday park. We then joined the Coastal Footpath, passing the entrance to Priory Bay Hotel, the telecommunications mast that is disguised as a tree, the cork oak tree near Seagrove Bay and some modern architecture. We got back to Seaview a bit early so Christine took us on a loop down to the Old Fort, along by the sailing club and back up to St Peter’s Church hall.
A team of volunteers from Seaview WI had put together a very good spread. There was a choice of cheese or pate ploughmans that could be topped up with various extras from bowls on the table: coleslaw, onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes to name but a few. We then enjoyed two helpings from a choice of various sweets and this was followed by tea or coffee. It was then time for the raffle draw before we all departed.
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Human Traces begins in 1876 when we are introduced to the two central characters as teenagers. Jacques Rebiere is the son of a Breton forester and dreams of acquiring an education to cure his older brother Olivier who is a madman and is kept in the stables shackled to a wall.
Thomas Midwinter is a young Englishman who has a lifelong ambition to work “with the mind”. They meet in France – both medical students and become lifelong friends pledging to work together to unearth the workings of the mind.
The story spans several decades and continents and describes the evolving world of physiology and how patients are treated according to their social standing and symptoms.
Human Traces scored 8.75
Report by Claire Lampough
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Five of us made our way over to the Old Smithy car park at Godshill. Before setting off, we were deciding whether to have lunch at the Old Smithy cafe or The Griffin. We popped into the Old Smithy to look at their menu. We decided that we preferred The Griffin. Because Wednesday is a carvery day at The Griffin, it’s prone to getting very busy so we booked our table before doing the walk.
We walked up to Beech Wood from behind The Griffin. Here, we admired the bluebells and Pam took our photo:
We paused to look at the animals on the south side of Godshill Park Farm before plodding up GL44 to Freemantle Gate, formerly an entrance to the Appuldurcombe Estate. Pam took another photo, ‘Why are Creekside WI members behind bars – what have they been up to?’