Party in the Park 2018

A beautiful day for our party in the park, we expected the sun to shine, but it really was a hot day.

We set the tables up at nine o clock with the public coming arriving at 12 noon. With help from WI members we were soon on our way to setting up a good display. We put up 2 gazebos, bunting and 4 tables, then emptied the cars with all the produce we had brought.

 
Lots of cup cakes decorated to look like pigs or sheep, made people smile. Plus a wide selection of fruit cakes, boiled fruit cakes, chocolate cakes, Victoria sponges, banana cakes – cakes of all shapes and sizes I was so pleased with the selection. Jars of jam and whiskey marmalade, were filling the tables up nicely and our stall was looking good. Boxes of marzipan fruits, were next – they looked very tasty.

A raffle for a basket of fruit and a flower picture game organised by Sylvia, with the winner getting £25 was next to be set up.

Then came a table filled full of books, bags, and scarves. Not to mention a luck dip for the children to enjoy.

Next was our best money maker, WATER OR WINE people were asked to pick a bottle for a £1, pull off the paper it was wrapped in and it was revealed if it was water or wine. It was great fun watching there faces when it was revealed a bottle of wine we had lots of takers.

Medina marching band kept the atmosphere a happy day in the sun shine in the park.

I’m sure all the ladies who helped enjoyed the day, although in the beautiful weather it was an exhausting day.

Report by Ann Parker

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Eastern Promise Bellydance

Debbie Webb from Eastern Promise Dance Troupe was our speaker or rather the dancer this month.

Debbie explained the intricacies of belly dancing and how she first took part. She said that it is a great activity for confidence building, enjoyable, with no age barrier. We handled beautiful, heavily beaded costumes and saw how she wafted her veils and spun her wings. She also showed us her cane, finger cymbals and belts decorated with beads and coins accompanied by some impressive hip wiggling. We were invited to join in! WE DID!!!
Another ten minutes and who knows…

 

Garden Party

It was hot, hot HOT! The sun shone down on members of Creekside WI who enjoyed a Canadian themed barbecue last Friday. We have are twinned with Navan WI in Ontario so checked shirts were worn but only the brave wore jeans because it was too hot! Cool delicious salads accompanied sausages and burgers followed by bananas chocolate sauce and ice cream. A stimulating quiz, music by Canadian musicians and scarf, bag and book sale added to the fun. Thanks were given to all who helped to make it such a lovely afternoon.

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20th June Ramble

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

Visit to Carisbrooke Priory

A small group of us had a very enjoyable lunch at The Priory in Carisbrooke on a rather warm sunny day.
We all sat down to lunch of home make quiche and salad, with the obligatory fresh cream cake, followed by coffee.

A talk was then give by one of the guides at the Priory on the history of the building and who had occupied it over the years. We sat in the drawing room in the Prior for our talk the Windows over looking the garden.
We then had a tour of the ‘Cells’ the nuns slept in, they were very small with just a bed, basin and a small chest of draws, very cold looking and not at all welcoming.
Next we went in to the chapel they would have prayed in. Beautiful carved chairs and alter were very effective.
Then we had a walk around the gardens. Unfortunately they have been let go over the years, but you could image the magnificent display of shrubs roses and climbers they must have shown in there hey day.
A super day out, and well worth a second visit, even if it was just for the lunch.

Report by Ann Parker

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Tea and Chat – June

The tea and chat for June was held at the home of Mary Lavery when eleven members attended. What a beautiful sunny morning which meant we were able to sit outside and enjoy Mary’s beautiful, pretty garden. I always enjoy going to Creekside’s monthly tea and chat as it is a time to relax and also get to know newer members better.

What a lovely, happy time we had and thanks go to Mary for being our host. We really do appreciate those of our members who are able and prepared to have us visit.

Kurling

This Wednesday evening, although a beautiful evening, three members attended to play Kurling. What a happy time we had. Played eight ends with a tea break in the middle and the final score had only two points between 1st and 3rd. There are very few opportunities to play Kurling and so we are very lucky. The evenings combined with supper are very successful but we would encourage more Creekside members to come and have fun even when we don’t have the usual WI activity – food!!

Report by Dorothy Maskell

Photography Group

A small group met with Gary Early, our adjudicator for the Craft Evening to discuss the photographic entries.

Whilst commending the quality of all the pictures, he did offer some useful advice. The best results for photographing an animal or bird is to use the camera on manual and to make use of a wide aperture. An F2 aperture is recommended to give sharpness to the bird/animal. The background will not overtake the image of the subject. He said that cropping loses the sharpness of the subject. A small aperture is F22 and he recommended F16 for a sunny day with a shutter speed of 400. Always leave space for a person/animal to walk into. When going out to take photos, one could look online to gain ideas of subject and compositions

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Book Club

Human Traces – Sebastian Faulks

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