Ramble March 2018

The ramble had been postponed until the fourth Wednesday of the month and had been planned for a meander around Firestone Copse to look at the daffodils and then go to Wootton Methodist Church hall for lunch.  Wendy had enquired as to numbers for the lunch to book our places.

On the day, the weather was inclement and Wendy cancelled the ramble.  However, the four members that had booked for lunch met at the church hall for 1230.  Mary was unable to attend after all so Wendy’s husband, Ron, filled her place.  Ron, Wendy and Rio had roast beef.  Elizabeth had a veggie burger. There were a choice of puddings but we all picked pear and blueberry crumble.  We then had tea or coffee.

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit

Easter Tea

The fates were kind to the ladies of Creekside who enjoyed sunshine and the warmest day of the year so far for their Easter Tea on 6 April.

The tables in the Methodist Church Hall were a picture of spring decked out in green and white with yellow flowers and accessories.

30 members were impressed as cake stands were placed on the tables with a selection of elegant finger sandwiches, scones (plus cream and jam) and beautiful Easter themed cakes worthy of a grand hotel! There were also individual dainty raspberry topped trifles and Easter biscuits. The tea and conversation flowed whilst members puzzled over Pauline’s quiz on the twin themes of Easter and members’ surnames.

Once tea was over it was time for the Easter egg hunt. Teams were given a sheet of clues and then it was a mad dash round the building to be first to collect up the hidden tokens. Never let it be said there is any lack of competitive spirit amongst Creekside ladies!

The final fun of the afternoon was the Easter bonnet parade with some rather dodgy singing of the traditional ditty. Some were pretty, some were funny and some are best not mentioned. The winner, chosen by new member Sue Moore, was Sylvia Burrows who got the Easter egg. The losers could just about cope with their disappointment.

Thanks to Pauline for the quiz and the egg hunt, to Ann and the committee who provided the fantastic food and to everyone who helped on the day. Also, thanks to the Lakeside Hotel for the loan of their cakes stands.

Report by Esme

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Creekside WI versus Seaview WI

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.

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March Ten Pin Bowling

There were only 5 of us for the Ten Pin Bowling at Ryde Superbowl this week but it didn’t affect the fun and competitive spirit. Mary won the first game with 125 points and Wendy won the second game also with 125 points.

Sometimes (like this week) the bowling gets in the way of the chatting.

Report by Linda Sheasby

March Book Club

Creekside Book Club Meeting
March 5th

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

This book depicts life in the late 18 century in Dorset and London. A family moves from rural Dorset to the outskirts London to rent rooms next door to William Blake, printer, poet and visionary. In a nearby field is the winter home of a famous traveling circus. Both of these form the story of Burning Bright.

We see poverty, orphans, prostitutes, murder, rape and factories where women were harmed by chemicals . We see the opposite side with beautiful clothes and possessions. We also saw the results of the French Revolution on some the British people and so much more.

I found the description of chair making (the fathers skill) and the button making and designs which the country family passed on to their neighbours fascinating.

The group on the whole found it interesting and well written.

Tea and Chat – February

February’s Tea and Chat was hosted  in the comfort of Hilary’s home.  We were treated to lovely tea and biscuits with lots of interesting conversation, some of which was reminiscing of past theatrical exploits.  Perhaps this should be added to our many activities, would  anyone like to try, seems there is a lot of talent in the group just waiting to be asked!  After a very pleased couple of hours we all went our separate ways.  Thank you Hilary for a lovely morning.

Kurling with Creekside WI

Haylands WI and Brading WI came to Creekside for a fun afternoon of kurling. After a careful ‘try out’ the competitive spirit heightened and members used tactical play to knock each other off the bullseye. Tea and biscuits renewed energy then it was back to battle! Thanks were given to Jenny for organising everyone. It was lovely to meet other Island WI members, come again.

Report by Cheryl Downie

Pancake Evening

‘Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan……..’ Creekside WI celebrated pancake evening with a pancake supper, enjoying the choice of savoury fillings such as chicken, spring onion and plum sauce, chopped ham and cheese. Sweet fillings were also on offer: traditional lemon and sugar, tinned peaches, chocolate sauce and bananas and honey. During the evening members watched a slide show of past activities and rose to the challenge of a pancake quiz and pancake tossing. Thanks to our President Ann Parker, the committee and members and all who came and made it a very enjoyable evening.

 

Pancake Day

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January Book Club

The latest book to read was North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Margaret Hales Father a pastor, decides one day he can no longer serve the church of England.
He sacrifices his family’s peaceful life in Helstone (The South) to an industrial town in the north of England.
This gave our group lots of topics for discussion, we all enjoyed the book and of course when Margaret got her man in the end, made it all the more enjoyable.
The Average score was 8.1/2. out of 10.

Report: Linda Sheasby