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Another busy month of activities has seen local SWI groups welcome a diverse range of speakers to their meetings in the north-east


President Carole Eddie welcomed members of Fyvie and District SWI along to the March meeting.

She introduced Vicki Prendergast and Amanda Panton who are pioneers for our local Co op.

They told members about when the Coop first started in Rochdale in 1844 right through to its present day workings.

Competition results were as follows-

Mocktail 1 Carole Eddie; 2 Jan Nicol and 3 Jean Taylor.

Recycled Item - 1 Jennifer Leys; 2 Jan Nicol and 3 Avril Watt.

Spring Flower Arrangement - 1 Linda Charles; 2 Jan Nicol and 3 Jean Taylor.

Tea was provided by Agnes Foley and helpers and a vote of thanks was given by Kate Torrie.

Fintray (Dyce)

Vice-President Anne Mcintosh welcomed 12 members to the March meeting, despite the snow and ice.

Apologies were received, including from President, Janice Ross-Munro.

Anne introduced the guest speaker Dudley Peck – who would be speaking on Scottish culture and also playing tunes on the bagpipes, plus telling us about some of the history and the tartan kilt traditions.

Dudley provided a brief summary of Scottish music and art.

He explained how the chanter, bagpipes, music and tartan are all connected in Scottish culture.

Bagpipes can be traced back to Egyptian times.

They were brought to Scotland in the 1400s and adopted by the Highlanders.

The music found favour with Jacobites and Catholics.

In particular the tunes were used in a military context for marches and also laments.

Dudley explained the “entitlement” to wear the appropriate tartan kilt through the male family line.

Alternatively, a kilt of the local area could be worn, such as the Gordon tartan in NE Scotland.

The significance of other parts of the attire, such as the cockade and the sporran was described.

Members were interested to hear that the latest fabric used in making the bag for the pipes is Goretex, with a leather cover.

The talk included reference to Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746, the Duke of Cumberland and the prohibition of tartan.

Dudley gave a loud cheering rendition of lively tunes such as: The Old Rustic Bridge and Lord Lovett’s Lament.

He rounded off the evening with the Rev. John Newton’s Amazing Grace.

The meeting expressed their appreciative thanks for the entertainment.

Anne informed the meeting about the performance of Fintray SWI at the recent Spring Show in Inverurie:-

Fintray won the Cup for the most points over all,

The Fintray Juniors were successful for -10 years and under,

Plus the Fintray Juniors were awarded the prize for - 11 years and over,

Finally Fintray won the Cup for the member:- Phylis Largue, with most points in the baking section.

Fintray SWI Competition results-

Pot of bulbs - 1 Sandra Watson and 2 Christian Watson.

Cactus or succulent plant - 1 Eleanor Taylor and 2 Jean Skinner.

The next meting is on Wednesday, April 12 at 7.30pm in Fintray Hall, AGM and Business Meeting


Margaret A Green welcomed members and guest speaker Norman Wright, Community Waste Officer with Aberdeenshire Council.

Mr Wright gave a very informative and entertaining talk on the work of the refuse department.

He explained how the waste recycling system works and answered the many questions posed by members.

Mr Wright explained the reasoning behind and implementation of the new bin being introduced shortly.

The competitions were judged as follows -

Item from recycled material – 1 Margaret Collie; 2 Elaine Jovanic and 3 Gini Wallek.

Two decorated cupcakes - 1 Elsie Thomson; 2 Isabel Gordon and 3 Margaret A Green.

Elsie gave the vote of thanks to Mr Wright and to Margaret Collie for providing the lovely fly cup.

Business was discussed and suggestions asked for our annual June outing.

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