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Harburn Village Hall - SWRI Archive 08-09



WHIST, DOMINOES & DRAMA

November has again been a busy month for rural activities. On Friday 6th we hosted a Whist and Dominoes evening for the Mid Lothian Federation. This was well attended by several rurals and raised over £270 for Mary’s Meals. On Saturday 7th our team of ladies (Morag Stott, Sandra Dobson, Juliet Boulting and Mary MacLaughlan) and supporters travelled to Kirkcudbright for the SWRI annual competition “Variations on a Theme”. It was a long but very enjoyable day for all those taking part.

At our regular Monday evening meeting on the 9th we were joined by friends and members from several local rurals for a “Literary Soiree” when members read extracts from their favourite author or poet and Whitburn Rural  performed their very entertaining entry for the “Variations on a Theme” competition. If anyone thought this might be a bit of a highbrow evening their fears were soon dispelled by Mary Kerr’s contribution (sorry you had to be there!!). A finger buffet supper ended a most enjoyable evening.

Competition winners: Favourite pen: - 1st Joanna Pearce 2nd Helen McDonald 3rd Isobel McChesney. Flower of the month:- 1st Helen McDonald 2nd Morag Stott 3rd Juliet Boulting New members are always welcome so why not come along. Further details from Morag Stott 01506 871634. Finally on Saturday 21st we helped provide refreshments for the Craft Fair and  our home baking stall raised funds for the childrens Christmas party.

BUSY OCTOBER MEETING

Our October meeting was one of the busiest. After the ‘business’ side was concluded four members, Morag Stott, Sandra Dobson, Juliet Boulting and Mary Maclaughlan entertained us with their entry for the Scottish Rural competition ‘Variations on a Theme’. They will represent the Midlothian Federation at Kirkudbright on November 7th. This years theme is ‘Homeward Bound’ and the ladies gave a very impressive performance. We wish them the very best of luck.

Our first speaker of the new season was Helen Millar who told us about and showed slides of the Karen people who live on the Thai/Burmese borders. Originally from Burma persecution in their own country has led many of them to cross the border into Thailand living a very restricted existence in refugee camps. Helen and members of her church went out to meet them to find out what could be done to help them. Whilst there Helen had a chance meeting with a Karen lady who as a child had been taught cross stitch by her grandmother and who had tried to earn some money selling her work. This led to the setting up of the Kwai River Handicrafts project. Helen supplies the Karen people with the materials for the cross stitch and completed items are returned to Helen who then distributes them to a group of volunteers to make into greetings cards. These are then sold and the profits pay the Karen people for their work and provides funds to buy more materials, bringing some much needed income and self respect back to the Karen people. Helen brought some cards with her which members were able to purchase after her talk.

Competition winners were: Hand made book mark :-1st Margaret Rennie 2nd Helen McDonald 3rd Lilian Vernham. Flower of the Month: 1st Beryl Henderson, 2nd Helen McDonald 3rd Isobel McChesney Our next meeting will be on Monday 9th November when members will be reading extracts from their favourite author or poet. Members are reminded they can bring a friend and a contribution for the finger buffet. As ever new members are always welcome, we would especially like to see some younger ladies from the community joining us. Why not come along to Harburn Hall and see for yourself what we have to offer. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm. Further details can be obtained by phoning Morag on 01506 871634.

 


FEDERATION SHOW

fed 09The Midlothian Federation Show was held at Rosewall on Saturday the 17th October. The theme for the show was ‘Home Coming’ and several members successfully  entered the various competitions. In the composite class, which consisted of eight different crafts, our entry which was co-ordinated by Susan Howie came second equal gaining 152 ½ points out of a possible 180. Our Guthrie Cup entry (3 plants in a pot) was co-ordinated by Ray Kew and won 1st place.fed09 Individual entries successes were Sandra Dobson who got a 1st for her crochet and four 4ths and a highly commended in other classes and Morag Stott who was commended for her tomato chutney. Congratulations to all those who took part. See photos above and below (thanks to Susan Howie)

Finally three members, Morag Stott, Gillian Drysdale-Wilson and Barbara Milne , took part in an indoor bowling afternoon held at Dalkeith. This was a fun day for novices to try out the sport and an enjoyable time was had by all.

 


MARCH MEETING

At their meeting on Monday 9th March the rural ladies assembled, rolling pins in hand, to take part in a ‘hands on’ cake decorating demonstration by Liz Frew. Liz provided sponge cakes for everyone and showed us how to smooth ice and make icing frills and flowers to decorate the cakes. Although one would have thought a mini blizzard had passed through the hall (icing sugar gets everywhere) everyone enjoyed having a go and some very commendable efforts were produced.

Competition winners were : Rich Jamaican  Loaf :- 1st Moira McRae 2nd Sandra Dobson 3rd Isabel McChesney Flower of the Month:- 1st Barbara Milne 2nd Isabel McChesney 3rd Diana Waddell Our next meeting will be held on MONDAY 20TH APRIL  (one week later than usual)when Margaret Anderson from Kidney Research UK will be our speaker. There will also be a fashion show of garments from the Kidney Research charity shop modelled by some of our members! Further information can be obtained by phoning Morag on 01506 871634. New members are always welcome.
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NEW SEASON OPENS

MONDAY 7th September saw the members reconvening after the summer break by enjoying a meal at Beecraigs Restaurant. The following Monday we held our AGM when three new committee members were elected to replace those ladies retiring.   Competition winners were: The Beth Garnet Salver – Morag Stott. Pressed Flower Card – Morag Stott. Flower of the month- 1st Helen McDonald 2nd equal Beryl Henderson and Barbara Milne. Our next meeting will be held on Monday October 12th at  7.00pm  (earlier than normal) when the guest speaker will be Helen Millar who will be telling us The Story of the Kwai River Handicrafts. New members are always welcome so please come along and join us at Harburn Hall. For further information please call Morag on 01506 871634

A NIP IN THE AIR: MAY MEETING HARBURN SWRI: At our meeting on Monday 11th May the guest speaker was Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay. We were greeted on arrival with a complimentary glass of whisky. Richard then gave a very humorous and informative talk on the history and art of whisky blending. He concluded by inviting one of the members to help demonstrate the correct way to taste the amber liquid. Isobel McChesney volunteered (no surprises there!) so it was just as well the menfolk had been invited and Jim (now known as Fred, sorry you had to be there)was able to keep an eye on her. Finally we were all invited to help ourselves to the many samples Richard had brought with him.   Competition winners were: Unusual bottle 1st Joanna Pearce 2nd Shelagh Steele 3rd  Sandra Dobson. Flower of the month 1st Moira McRae 2nd Ray Kew 3rd Isobel McChesney  
STRUTTING THEIR STUFF - APRIL MEETING The monthly meeting on Monday 20 th April provided a fun fashion show, given by Margaret and Karen from Kidney Research UK. Sandra, Gillian and Isobel modelled clothes from the Morningside charity shop. The themes were “Walking the Dog”, “Afternoon Tea in Morningside” and “Evening Wear”. The models “strutted their stuff” with tremendous support and applause from the rural ladies. There was a lively discussion after the parade concerning purchasing items from the collection - in particular Sandra’s sandals and Gillian’s scarf. However the prospective purchasers were disappointed to learn the these items were the models own accessories.
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MARCH MEETING

At their meeting on Monday 9th March the rural ladies assembled, rolling pins in hand, to take part in a ‘hands on’ cake decorating demonstration by Liz Frew. Liz provided sponge cakes for everyone and showed us how to smooth ice and make icing frills and flowers to decorate the cakes. Although one would have thought a mini blizzard had passed through the hall (icing sugar gets everywhere) everyone enjoyed having a go and some very commendable efforts were produced.

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Competition winners were : Rich Jamaican  Loaf :- 1st Moira McRae 2nd Sandra Dobson 3rd Isabel McChesney Flower of the Month:- 1st Barbara Milne 2nd Isabel McChesney 3rd Diana Waddell

Our next meeting will be held on MONDAY 20TH APRIL  (one week later than usual)when Margaret Anderson from Kidney Research UK will be our speaker. There will also be a fashion show of garments from the Kidney Research charity shop modelled by some of our members! Further information can be obtained by phoning Morag on 01506 871634. New members are always welcome.

Photos: Harburn Times Society Snapper Shelagh Steele

 


FEBRUARY MEETING

We were pleased to welcome Margaret Winthrop who braved the winter weather to pass on to members  tips on how to present Handcraft items for show.  She pointed out a number of things judges look for when assessing entries in competitions.  The questions came thick and fast and we thank Margaret for her help and expertise and hope her answers clarified the many points raised. 

Competion winners were:
Valentine Card           Susan Howie
Valentine Biscuits       Sandra Dobson
Flower of the Month      Isobel McChesney 


OCTOBER MEETING

WI MEETINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENLARGE OUR HORIZONS with their eclectic programme of speakers and activities. Just occasionally however, our waist lines stand an equal chance of enlargement and this was certainly the case when the new season kicked off in October. Margo Hodge with her staggering knowledge of the history and cultivation of the not-so-humble tattie, showed us how to cook an amazing menu of potato recipes. These did not lack calories and included a delectable chocolate cake, so that it was not surprising that a queue to sample the dishes formed rapidly.

Seriously, I had not begun to realise what a lot there is to learn about the potato: that only certain types can be used for making crisps and these must be stored at a constant warm temperature; that supermarkets must move washed spuds off their shelves within four days and so on. We were amazed to discover that for 2/3rds of the world the potato is the staple crop and to learn of the seemingly endless number of varieties that are to be found in the world. Nevertheless people are still developing NEW ones - a process that can take 5 years, cost many thousands of pounds and still result in rejection. Yes, our horizons certainly were broadened.

Our thanks to Margo and also to her able assistant Sarah, who I hope was not,by the end, regretting the fact that school holidays had allowed her to stay up for the evening.

Flower of the month was won by Moira McRea and Diana Waddell, whilst Helen MacDonald's decorated potato took first prize in that competition.

NOVEMBER MEETING

What better way to brighten up a dull November evening than the vibrant colours and textiles of India? ANNE SCOTT'S wonderful collection of embroidered articles and intricate dyed fabrics stunned even the most skilful craftswomen amongst us. We greatly enjoyed her slides and her talk based on her travels amongst the artists,embroiderers and weavers who produced the work we were lucky enough to be allowed to handle.

Our own efforts to produce a tie-dyed article seemed crude in comparison but Sandra's T shirt was a clear and deserved winner and saved our reputation!

Isobel won the Flower of the Month competition and our thanks go to Joanna and Joyce for a delicious tea.

JB

It is amazing what latent talent the ladies of Harburn WRI possess!!  Having denied  all ability to sing it took Laura Quilter and the Southkirk Singers a mere 30 mins to divide us into sopranos and altos and have us sing three pieces in harmony no less.  Lending their voices to ours, the sound was quite impressive.
The choir from Whitburn also entertained us with some choral music culminating with a beautiful rendering of "O Holy Night"  Lovely!! 
The competition for mulled wine with recipe was won by Isobel, with Shelagh 2nd and Ray 3rd.
Ray's flower was 1st and Shelagh and Diana shared 2nd place
Thanks to Anne and Margaret for all their extra work proviiding a delicious supper.
We now look forward to our 83rd Bithday Party on Jan 12.  If  any member hasn't put their name down yet please contact Sandra on 871341.   Have a Happy Christmas and  best wishes for 2009  mgs
ANNE SINGING


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