Lam­lash SWI meet­ings round-up

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With the Septem­ber meet­ing of the Lam­lash SWI tak­ing longer than usual ow­ing to an ex­tended busi­ness meet­ing and the pre­sen­ta­tion of show tro­phies, a din­ner pro­vided ad­di­tional time for mem­bers to catch up on rel­e­vant news since their last meet­ing dur­ing their out­ing to Dum­fries House.

Oc­to­ber saw the group trans­ported to the very fa­mil­iar sight of Ailsa Craig with David Napier, pre­vi­ously of Gir­van, as their en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive guide.

Very few mem­bers have ac­tu­ally been there but David brought the is­land’s story alive with anec­dotes, rem­i­nis­cences and a cap­ti­vat­ing video of life there in the times of the res­i­dent gran­ite work­ers and the many vis­i­tors they catered for when they were joined by their fam­i­lies in sum­mer.

In the ac­com­pa­ny­ing video, they learned of a Kingscross-born light­house keeper who was man­ning the light­house when the video was shot. Sadly, no­tice of Sandy McCon­nell’s death ap­peared in the Ban­ner just a cou­ple of weeks later.

In Novem­ber, SWI mem­bers’ thoughts were di­rected to­wards Christ­mas with Char­lotte Karse­mei­jer of Char­lotte’s Flow­ers of Whit­ing Bay vis­it­ing the group with a great ar­ray of fresh flow­ers and fo­liage to dis­cuss the cre­ation of a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas dis­plays. She also en­cour­aged them to plan ahead with many ex­am­ples of flow­ers that could be dried for win­ter use and which seed heads could be fur­ther en­hanced by spray­ing.

Af­ter din­ner, at­ten­dees re­turned home full of in­spi­ra­tional ideas and use­ful tips about wreaths and grasses to grow for flower ar­rang­ing.

A spokes­woman from the Lam­lash SWI said: ‘Thanks again to David and Char­lotte and all who have helped to make the new ses­sion of the Ru­ral so en­joy­able.’

Char­lotte Karse­mei­jer of Char­lotte’s flow­ers talks the group through flower ar­rang­ing and wreath mak­ing.

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