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

Ramble – 16th May

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?’

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Kurling Tuesday

It is the first Tuesday in the month, a regular date for Creekside WI  kurling at Wootton Methodist Church hall. This is a game of excellent hand eye coordination, push level, skill and strategy as well as the ability to cheer, boo and enjoy tea and biscuits. Congratulations’ to the red team!

Creekside and Rookley WI Meet Again

Let battle commence! Rookley WI enjoyed yet another delicious meal with Creekside WI followed by a very competitive kurling session. Some players were given lots of encouragement and others sabotaged through distraction before making their slide. A huge ‘Thank-you’ again to Jenny Gaches and WI helpers for the most yummy cottage pie and apple crumble and to all those who made it such a fun filled evening.

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Welcome to the Family!

Members of Creekside WI spent a warm, sunny afternoon enjoying a delicious tea at the Lakeside Spa Hotel, Wootton Bridge, to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. We were greeted by the happy couple on arrival then sat down to a beautifully presented array of sandwiches, scones and cake. Plenty of tea, coffee if preferred and chat…….

Best wishes to the Harry and Meghan and ‘Thanks’ to Jo and Ann for organising the event.

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Games Afternoon

2 games were played to stimulate our brains. SPITE AND MALLACE a card game. and RUMIkUB – a numbers game. Both are great fun.

The sessions last 2 hours and tea and biscuits are served to keep up the hydration level!!!!. THE rumikub is secretive and the player who wins feels elated having caught out her opponents.

Calculaters are not allowed, but I am sure we can all count to 30 !!!!

Sent by Jenny Goodall