Photography Group January Meeting

Gary Early, professional photographer and judge of the photos in May for the Crafts competition met us to explain and demonstrate how to obtain appropriate images for each of the subjects.

Generally, he said that he preferred a white photo frame with at least an inch border to obtain the best effect. Searching online can produce some good mounts.

He suggested that one should pre-visualise each subject before attempting to photograph and it is good practise to stick to a single subject, taking numerous prints to allow more choice of the eventual print to be submitted. For each subject, Gary demonstrated differing photos.

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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.

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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.

Wootton Lakeside Spa Hotel - Creekside WI at their 50th Anniversary. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight County Press
Wootton Lakeside Spa Hotel – Creekside WI at their 50th Anniversary
Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight County Press

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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.