Blairgowrie Group Irene Smith, president of Burrelton and Woodside Institute welcomed all to the autumn group meeting held in Burrelton/Woodside Church Hall on Saturday, September 30. She then handed over to Muriel Brown, Blairgowrie Group chairman, who welcomed everyone present including national chairman Linda Retson, past group chairman, judges Anne Morrison and Chrissie Penny from Collace and Kinrossie Institute and the entertainers for the afternoon, The Rural Blend, who provided a very entertaining selection of songs and poetry. Isobel Milne, vice-group chairman, gave the vote of thanks to the judges, and all present enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea provided by Burrelton and Woodside SWI members. A comprehensive vote of thanks was given by Muriel Brown, president of Rattray and District Institute. Competitions: bramble and apple jelly - 1 Christine Fleming, Drimmieburn and Meikleour, 2 Margaret Gordon, Burrelton and Woodside, 3 Carol Duncan, Rattray and District; foliage arrangement in a jug - 1 Sara Urie, Burrelton and Woodside. Clunie At the meeting on October 9 Kate Gregory from Moyness Nurseries demonstrated a number of ideas for planting pots for winter displays. Competitions: arrangement in a mug - 1 J Wightman, 2 M Webster, 3 D Plummer; flower of the month - 1 A Andrew, 2 M Webster. Drimmieburn and Meikleour President Christine Fleming welcomed members to the first meeting of the new session with a special welcome to two visitors. Christine reminded everyone that Margaret Gordon will be the speaker next month and the competition will be a cat lover’s card and flower of the month. Competitions: three oven scones - 1 Betty Marshall, 2 Christine Fleming, 3 Rena Struthers; flower of the month - Anick Pitcher. The yearly competition results from session 2016-17 are as follows: 1 Edith Christie, Drimmieburn and Meikleour Cup; 2 equal Christine Fleming, Gallear Cup, and Kay Smith, Meikleour Cup; Most Tries Beverley Wright, the Sadie Barnett Salver; flower of the month - Debbie Willett, quaich. Glenisla President Hilary Lawrence welcomed members and visitors to the first meeting of their new session. She welcomed Sandra Thomson who gave an excellent and homourous talk on her jute journey, explaining how it took her from Dundee to India and the various jute products it involved. Hilary Lawrence proposed a vote of thanks. Competition results: handmade shopping bag - 1 Elizabeth Guthrie, 2 Kathleen Davidson; jar of orange marmalade - 1 Hilary Lawrence, 2 Jill Redpath; flower of the month - Hilary Lawrence. Kilry Margaret Darroch and Liz Bridge gave a talk to the September meeting on their experiences whilst travelling around India. A good night was had by all who attended. Competitions: Indian curry - 1 J Mcfarlane, 2 E Kydd, 3 J Donaldson; colourful scarf - 1 J Mcfarlane, 2 C Mcgowan, 3 P Donaldson. For the October meeting, the Burrelton group entertained with singing and a cooking demonstration. Competitions: sultana cake - 1 M Darroch, 2 R Hazel, 3 J Mcfarlane; peg bag - 1 M Darroch, 2 P Donaldson. Kinloch President Elspeth Campbell welcomed members, old and new, to the meeting on Tuesday, October 3 in Kinloch Hall. The speaker was the coordinator of Perth and Kinross Council’s recycling services, Vivien Milford. Those gathered learned a lot about the things residents should and should not be putting into the different bins and thanked Vivien for her time. Competition results: flower of the month - Evelyn Kincaid; three savoury biscuits - 1 E Campbell, 2 L Evans, 3 E Neill; recycled article 1 E Campbell (cushion cover made from old shirt), 2 J Shepherd (bag made from old jeans). The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 7 at 7.15pm. New members always welcome. The competitions will be a sewn Dorothy bag and three Highlander biscuits. Rattray President Muriel Brown welcomed members, new members, guest judges Elspeth and Pat from Kinloch SWI and Drew Scott, the speaker for the evening, to the first meeting of the 2017-18 season. The new committee was introduced to members. Muriel introduced Drew Scott, the community and education manager at Pitlochry Festival Theatre who gave a very entertaining and informative talk on how productions were put together and the timeline of events leading to performance. He had brought along a selection of props to show the members. Paulene thanked him for coming and speaking at the meeting. Kathleen and Mary served tea and biscuits to all. Competition results: favourite theatre memorabilia - 1 Margo Murray; 2 Freda Andrew, 3 Lesley Howkins; raspberry jam - 1 Lesley Howkins, 2 Anne Simpson, 3 Muriel Brown; flower of the month - Anne Simpson. Muriel reminded everyone of the open meeting next month and the competitions. Silvie and Ruthven President Joy Reid welcomed everyone. After the business was discussed, May Webster demonstrated how to make marzipan fruits and a Christmas Rose. An enjoyable night was had by all. Hostess for the evening was Jackie McCowan. Competitions: Most items in a bluebell matchbox - 1 Margaret Irvine (130); 2 Margaret Bruce (106), 3 Joy Reid (79); individual lemon meringue pie - 1 Margaret Bruce, 2 Joy Reid, 3 Margaret Irvine; flower of the month - 1 Rona Nicolson, 2 Helen Urquhart, 3 Linda Messer.