‘Contributed by the Isle Of Wight County Press’
Sunshine and showers did not stop the intrepid members of Wootton Creek WI manning their gazebo at Party in the Park on Saturday 22nd of July. Despite the worsening weather conditions, a steady flow of passers by stopped to enjoy taking a risk on the Wine or Water stall, chose from the delicious cakes and biscuits to buy or dipped into the children’s Lucky Dip. There was also a choice of books, DVDs and jewellery and hand made crafts to purchase. Were you the lucky winner who found the lost watch somewhere in Wootton?
An excited and happy coach of members and visitors looked forward to the day and we were not disappointed. Our guides were very considerate, splitting us into two groups so that we could all hear and ask questions, succinct so that we could spend more time looking and kept information stops in the shade on what turned out to be the hottest area in England that day. It was slightly cooler in the magnificent glass houses! There are 240 acres divided into different areas to appreciate so we were able to see some of the preparation that goes into creating a new idea as well as some of the many beautifully established themed gardens, ponds and sculptures.
Our President has been networking on the mainland. As a result, Creekside WI welcomed members of Emsworth WI to afternoon tea at Wootton Methodist Church Hall. Our visitors made their way to us by train, catamaran and bus spending time in Ryde enjoying the shops and lunch before they arrived. The committee and volunteers had laid a beautiful and inviting table with fresh flowers, four different mouthwatering sandwich flavours and delicious cakes. A real English tea at tea time. Members swopped information about their particular WI’s and began to make new friends while cups were filled.
Have you ever been Kurling? No, not the ice and brush type; Creekside WI play a version that is suitable for everybody whatever the age and physical ability. This month we welcomed members of Rookley WI to Wootton.
The evening began with a delicious supper during which there was plenty of chat, then we divide up into two teams. It is a very tactical game and if there is any doubt about the score THE TAPE MEASURE COMES OUT! Players could stand kneel or sit to send their stones ( not the really heavy kind) to the bullseye or past it if they were over enthusiastic.
Creekside WI members are creatively crafty! This was reflected in the variety of beautiful crafts and skilled photography displayed at our recent monthly Meeting entitled ‘ Craft Competition’. We were proud to hear that Judges had commented on the high standard of the entries submitted.
Delicious Courgette and Lemon cakes, Viennese Whirls and Lemon Meringue Pies made mouths water and we were lucky enough to enjoy some of one of the ‘own recipe’ Bread Pudding entry at tea time.
Floral artists celebrated fifty years of Creekside WI with the use of golden yellow, red and white blooms teamed with a variety of foliage. Cards were cleverly used as inspiration for delicate displays and single stems were show to their advantage in carefully chosen containers.
Artistic members displayed drawings and paintings ranging from animals to landscapes and flowers using different preferred media.
Fear, Trees, Animals, Micro-shots, Textures in colour and black and white and A Group of People, offered members who are creative with a camera lots of scope for entries.
Very attractive Pom Pom Hats kept our knitters busy as well as texturised Twiddle Muffs for use by people with Dementia.
Last but certainly not least categories for ‘Any Other Crafts’ and ‘Novice’ enabled those with pottery, embroidery, creative glass, sewing and winding skills, AND, if they had never entered before, a chance to show off. PHEW!
Group Overall Results:
Cookery 1st. Ann Pearson. 2nd. Dorothy Maskell
Craft 1st. Cheryl Howell. 2nd. Linda Flack
Flower Arrangement 1st. Dorothy Maskell 2nd.Ann Parker
Photography. 1st. Daphne Williams. 2nd.Christine Tipple
Novice Sylvia Burrows
‘Steam’s up!’ with Creekside W.I. visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Excitement built up as the steam engine approached Wootton station. Members of Creekside W.I. were ready to travel! First class carriages were plush and comfortable, the atmosphere inspiring us to share memories of childhood journeys by train. The fresh spring colours of the woods, bluebell carpets, buttercup meadows and two very curious little lambs added to the enjoyment. The delicious smells of lunch greeted us at Havenstreet Station. Two members volunteered to take part in The Falconry Display not realising that they had to lie on their backs for the Black Hooded Vulture to fly low over their tummies. A tour of The Train Story told the history of the trains on the Isle of Wight and the dedication that brought redundant engines, carriages and stations back to life. Thanks were given to Cheryl Howell for organising a great day out.
The tables were decorated with spring flowers and Easter eggs A splendid variety of sandwiches and cup cakes with Simnel toppings and miniature Easter eggs were served by the committee members. Whilst enjoying these with cups of tea there was an Easter themed quiz to solve. Not many members knew the colour of the bags holding the Maundy money nor who carried them for the Queen.
Kay Rothery was the winner of Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny with her near perfect aim.
A Treasure Hunt proved to be a challenge although the answers were confined to the church and hall.
A vote of thanks was given to the committee and to Pauline Kirby for the quiz and Treasure Hunt. It had been a very pleasant afternoon.
The March Meeting of the Music Group met at Margaret’s on Wednesday 15th March 2017. Six members attended the evening whilst Christine was away and Lyn wasn’t too well.
Ann Senior began the evening with her choice of music. She chose Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and the Pianist was Melodie Zhao. Her second choice was “the Girl from Nasswald” by Joseph Strauss, and was played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rosalind Eavis’s choice was next and she chose Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26, 2nd Movement, and the Pianist was Nikolai Evrov. Her second piece was “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” and was played by the City of London Sinfonia, sung by the Cambridge Singers and directed by John Rutter.
The Kurling Evening and Supper was held at the Methodist Church in Wootton on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. Members of the Church were also invited to come along and join us, and approximately 23 people attended. All the proceeds from the evening were in aid of the latest ACWW Project. The Supper was held first and then once everyone was well fed and watered, the hall was set up ready for the Kurling to begin, and a good time was had by one and all.