SILVIE and RUTHVEN. President Joy Reid welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2019.
Two ladies from Thrifty One, a charity shop in Alyth, told why they decided to start the outlet.
The hostess was Linda Gruneberg and Cathy Ford proposed thanks.
Competitions: three oatcakes – 1 Annie Robertson, 2 Marion Ross, 3 Rona Nicolson; recycled article – 1 Margaret Bruce, 2 Madge McCowan, 3 Jackie McCowan; flower of the month – 1 Margaret Bruce, 2 Marion Ross, 3 Margaret Irvine.
KINLOCH. President Elspeth Campbell welcomed members. A bingo session was followed by Gill Holmes showing the ladies Tropic skin products.
Competitions: New Year resolution – 1 Elspeth Campbell, 2 Janice Shepherd, 3 Pat Mucha; two savoury biscuits – 1 Ella Neill, 2 Janice Shepherd, 3 Elspeth Campbell.
DUNNING. President Lesley McRae welcomed members and visitors. Colin and Diane Calder gave a talk titled Matilda’s Musings, about their journeys across Europe on Matilda, their tandem bicycle. Nan Ross proposed thanks.
Competitions: cycling limerick – 1 Janette Peebles, 2 Celia Marshall; three pieces of flapjack – 1 Myrtle Potter, 2 Cindy Smith, 3 Kay Williams; flower of the month – 1 Celia Marshall, 2 Nan Ross.
STANLEY. Secretary K Baldie welcomed everyone, treasurer C Skelton gave an update on funds and W Reid gave a federation report.
J Taylor gave a stained glass demonstration. Hostess was Pat Whytock.
Competitions: photograph or postcard of a scenic view – 1 K
Baldie, 2 M Rennie, 3 I Hunter; 100g of homemade tablet – 1 K Baldie, 2 M Rennie, 3 P Whytock; flower of the month – 1 E Young, 2 J Gill, 3 E Valentine.
KILLIN. Members celebrated the institute’s 95th birthday at a party in the Courie Inn, where a meal was provided by Michael and Lynne Crowe.
The theme was “the 20s” and many ladies wore appropriate dress.
GLENCARSE. Jonathon Davies-Coleman gave a talk about his time plant hunting in Bhutan.
Competitions: item made with mincemeat – 1 Beth Coghill, 2 Cathie Forbes, 3 Barbara Watson; favourite plant pot – 1 Beth Coghill, 2 Joyce Brown, 3 Cathie Forbes.
MADDERTY. Janet McConnell demonstrated various flavours of truffle using white, milk and dark chocolate.
Shanna Greenlees proposed thanks and was hostess along with Jane Freeman.
Competitions: wedge of honey cake – 1 F Haggart, 2 B Drummond, 3 C Craig; favourite bracelet – 1 E Watson, 2 C Craig, 3 F Haggart; flower of the month – 1 E Watson, 2 F Haggart, 3 N Shaw
COMRIE. Members enjoyed a night of fun and games. They made fat ball bird feeders, took part in quizzes and then had a sing-along.
Competitions: vegetable animals – 1 Mairi Philp, 2 Joyce Carnegie, 3 Anne Lawson; shortbread – 1 Mairi Philp, 2 Anne Lawson, 3 Joyce Carnegie.
AUCHTERMUCHTY. Members enjoyed their Christmas meal at Elmwood Golf Club, with compliments sent to the chef and also to Stuart, who served the food.
Members Janette Syme and Sybil Arnott were celebrating their birthday and were presented with flowers. Vice-president Anne McLeod proposed thanks.
AUCHTERTOOL. President Mrs Thomson wished everyone a Happy New Year.
Members then enjoyed a Burns supper with haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by dumpling.
The address to the haggis was given by Mrs Templeton. Competitions: stovies – Mrs Thomson; Nancy’s competition, three lemon muffins – Mrs Thomson; flower of the month – Mrs Templeton.
STAR. President Beryl Birrell welcomed members to a taste and try competition evening. Winners: 1 equal – B Birrell (lemon velvet dessert) and C Wilson (white chocolate surprise cake); flower of the month – J Findlay.
ST VIGEANS. President Ann Frith welcomed 24 members to the 93rd birthday party in the British Legion Hall.
The cake was cut by longserving member June Smith and a meal was enjoyed. Games were organised by Ann Findlay and Janice Swankie.
Alison Smith proposed thanks.
LOGIE PERT. Members enjoyed an excellent Christmas dinner at the George Hotel, Montrose, before being entertained at the panto in the town hall.
The institute’s concert party entertained at the first meeting of 2019.
A buffet was provided by hostesses Wilma Simpson and Cathie Aitken.
Competitions: number of sports that require a ball – 1 Amy Ruxton, 2 Wilma Simpson, 3 Patricia Urwin; flower of the month – 1 Maisie Grant, 2 Isobel Law, 3 M Fairweather.
LUNDIE. President Chris Duncan introduced Martin Payne and he gave a talk on his travels to China.
Competitions: two pieces of paradise slice – 1 Heather Meikle, 2 Norah Meikle, 3 Dorothy Mckendrick; flower of the month – 1 Ann Tildesley, 2 Maralyn Knight, 3 Heather Meikle.
MONIKIE and NEWBIGGING.
Vice-president Muriel Young introduced John Smith who gave a talk on hidden treasures about metal detecting.
Competitions: mincemeat muffins – 1 Gillian Millar, 2 Thora Ogg; old coins – 1 Christine Ferguson, 2 Sheena Sim, 3 Margaret Anderson; flower of the month – Thora Ogg.
HILLSIDE. Members enjoyed a talk by local author Chris Longmuir. Competitions: short poem – 1 M Dick, 2 J Stevenson, 3 A Oliver; bookmark – 1 E Pirie, 2 J Stevenson, 3 A Oliver; flower of the month – M Dick.
GLENISLA. Linda Connor, who brought along guide dog puppy Petra, gave an insight into her life as a puppy walker. Betty Grant proposed thanks.
Competitions: favourite dog ornament – 1 Jenny Ralston, 2 Jacquie Hardy; flask of cream of broccoli soup – Hilary Lawrence; flower of the month – Hilary Lawrence.
INVERARITY. President June Richardson welcomed Lenny Gunning from Voluntary Action Angus and he gave an insight into the support the organisation gives to volunteering.
Competition: flower of the month – 1 June Richardson, 2 Sheila Todd, 3 Rhoda