Creekside WI celebrated the National WI Centenary together with St David’s Day as the first WI was formed in LlanfairPG, Anglesey in 1915. An evening with a Welsh theme was arranged with colours green representing the WI and the red of the Welsh Dragon for Wales. Wootton Methodist Church, where the event was held, was decorated with large English and Welsh flags and bunting. Daffodils and small flags for waving decorated the tables and on arrival all members were given a daffodil buttonhole making it a very colourful event.


President Dorothy Maskell MBE welcomed members and said “This is a unique occasion to celebrate a very important time in the history of the WI nationally”.

Following the singing of Jerusalem, two welsh speaking members said the full name of the commonly known LlanfairPG, followed by ten committee members holding up the 58 letters forming the full name which they in turn said the English translation, most people not knowing it’s meaning.

Dorothy Maskell & Huw Evans

Huw Evans, violinist, played some Welsh music then as a Welsh Bard entertained us with poems by Dylan Thomas, some Welsh history and a translation of Sosban Fach, which was surprising.

Authentic Welsh dishes were cooked and served by the committee. These included Cennin Llygoden, Cawl Cymreig and Pwdin Eryri. During the meal we attempted to answer the questions of a Quiz relating to the WI and to Wales. It was an excellent meal followed by toasts to the Queen and the WI.

The evening ended with the singing of two verses of the National Anthem and with a final flourish Land of My Fathers in Welsh. Everyone agreed it had been a wonderful evening.



Italian Meal at Olivo’s Ryde

On Friday 13th February, 15 members went to Olivo’s Ryde for an Italian meal. The food and service was excellent and we raised a glass of wine to cheer the evening!  Everyone agree they had a lovely time.

Pam, Maureen and Betty
Pam, Maureen and Betty
Kimberley & Ann
Sylvia, Veronica and Dorothy
Group Photo
Anna and Claire


Ascot Ladies Day

Creekside WI met at Wootton Methodist Church hall for ‘Ascot Ladies Day’. The event was originally going to be held outside but the weather had other ideas!! The ladies arrived in their finery and those without a hat could borrow one.

Our ‘host members’ circulated with trays of various canapés, including devils on horseback and grapes stuffed with creamed cheese and nuts. A cream tea followed the canapés. There was a choice of drinks, either Schloer or elderflower squash diluted with lemonade. Everybody enjoyed the latter so much that the Schloer was not needed.

It was then time for the ‘races’. There were several races and before the start of each race there was the opportunity to bet on a horse. Each bet cost 20 pence. Six volunteers stood in a line at the start and these were the jockeys. Each had a wooden horse, numbered 1 to 6. Two dice were thrown, one after the other. The first die, a large one, represented the number of the horse/jockey. The smaller die was then thrown to instruct how many spaces forward the horse can move. In some of the spaces, there would be another instruction e.g. go back 2 spaces or go forward 1 space.

The event was good fun and everybody enjoyed themselves. A big thank you was given to all those who volunteered to be our caterers, waitresses, bookmakers, dice throwers, jockeys and the steward also to the member who had the idea in the first place.




CREEKSIDE W.I. CRAFT COMPETITION – 2014 held in the Methodist Church, Wootton Bridge, on Wednesday, 14th May, 2014 Results
Class 1 Environmental Portrait – 1st Christine Tipple 2nd Pauline Kirby
Class 2 Holidays- 1st Pauline Kirby 2nd Christine Tipple
Class 3 Food and/ Drink- 1st Pauline Kirby 2nd Betty Sieler
Class 4 Family- 1st Betty Sieler 2nd Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Section Overall winner – Pauline Kirby
Runners up – Joint – Betty Sieler & Christine Tipple
Class 1 Victoria Sponge – 1st Pam Mundell 2nd Sue Alexander, Veronica Parker & Ann Pearson
Class 2 Four Cookies – 1st Pam Mundell 2nd Dorothy Maskell
Class 3 Four Almond Tarts – 1st Dorothy Maskell 2nd Christine Tipple
Class 4 1lb. jar Chutney – 1st Veronica Parker 2nd Dorothy MaskellSection Overall winner – Dorothy Maskell Runner up – Pam Mundell

Craft Class 5 Knitting – Any item/ply 1st Mary Lashmar 2nd Sue Fox
Class 6 Sewing – Bookmark 1st Kimberley Goodall
Class 7 Modelling 4 miniatures  1st Linda Sheasby
2nd Joint – Dorothy Maskell vegetables in marzipan or fimo & Christine Tipple
Class 8 Painting any size/medium 1st Margaret Paice 2nd Ann Senior
Class 9 Any other craft 1st Sue Fox 2nd Mary Lashmar
Class 10 Novice any craft No entries Section Overall winner Mary Lashmar Runner up Sue Fox
Flower arranging Class 11 Arrangement “May Theme” – 1st Sue Alexander Class
12 One colour/shade arrangement – 1st Dorothy Maskell 2nd Tina Hughes
Class 13 Victorian Posy – 1st Sue Alexander Section Overall winner Sue Alexander
Competition Overall Winner – Dorothy Maskell Overall runner up – Sue Alexander


It was a short ramble this month, not knowing what the state of the footpaths would be after all the recent rain.  We walked from Firestone car park to the edge of Lakeside Wootton and back. There were hundreds of daffodils in bloom and on the shores of the lake at least 3 egrets were seen.

Our lunch was taken at Wootton Methodist Church where there is always an excellent value for money menu and such friendly service.

March Ramble Firestone Copse1


The dreadful weather didn’t stop Creekside WI enjoying their Garden Party.

They took it inside to the Meeting Hall at Wootton,and went ahead with a delightful tea of sandwiches delicious homemade cakes, scones and any amount of fruit teas you could think of!.  Our committee worked very hard to decorate the Hall with a large array of flowers to make us feel we were enjoying the summer sunshine which did not show it’s self at all last Friday. Our table top sales consisted of bric a brac, books, plants, and of course homemade cakes as always. We left feeling happy and very well fed.!

Linda Sheasby.

Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Creekside WI enjoyed a fantastic afternoon to mark the celebrations of our Queens Diamond Jubilee.  The committee prepared and served us a delicious 3 course lunch in the very restricted venue of our Methodist Church Hall. Our president Dorothy Maskell thanked Betty Sieler for her outstanding design of the menu and of course the committee for all their hard work. We enjoyed a red white and blue theme throughout the occasion and finished with a resounding National Anthem.  What a great afternoon it was!

Linda Sheasby

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2



The Tea & Chat was held on Friday 18th May at Ann Westmore’s home.  Thirteen members attended and as usual everyone enjoyed a good chat and a laugh about all sorts of things over a lovely cup of coffee (or tea).  A donation was made towards the cost of the coffee and today £12 was raised and this is being donated to the “Barely Born” charity.  Thank you to everyone who came.

Ann Westmore

Tenpin Bowling

On Wednesday 2nd May 8 members met at L.A. Bowl in Ryde for our normal quiet session of bowling.  We had two good games with one of our ladies getting a score of 154.  (We will keep the name secret for now as this could be our highest score at the end of the year.)  We all wish we could bowl that well, but it doesn’t matter because we all have a lot of fun, a laugh and a lovely cup of something at half time  –  the hot chocolate is delicious!!

Anyone who would like to join us is welcome.  Our next games will be on Wednesday 6th June at 10am.

Sylvia Poulten