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A large number of members were welcomed to the March meeting og Glasserton SWI by President Mrs. Linda Galloway.

Minutes from two previous meetings were read and business conducted. The curling team of skip Marjorie Vance, Wendy Vance, Alison Graham, and Isobel McCulloch were congratulated for winning the Wigtownshire Federation Finals, and will now go forward to the National Finals at Hamilton in March. Linda introduced wood turner Mike Pool, and his wife Lesley.

Mike then gave a fascinating demonstration of wood turning, making a few lovely items, which looked so easy, but he has had a lifetime of practice, he talked about the wood he used and his experiences of making it into fine articles. They had brought a good selection of beautiful items made by him which were available for members to purchase. Lesley Pool kindly judged the competitions:

Flower of the Month -1, Wendy Vance; 2, Mary McNeillie, 3, Madge Vance.

Decorated egg - 1, Thelma Wilson; 2, Primrose Winston; 3, Mary McNeillie.

Empire Biscuits - 1, Hazel Kirk; 2, Thelma Wilson; 3, Margaret Lomako.

Mrs Linda Galloway gave a very well deserved vote of thanks to Mr Pool and his wife for an excellent evening, and the ladies who produced a lovely tea.

Galloway

Lodge Galloway 951

R. W. M. Brother Brian Lees and welcomed the members and visitors present. The business for the evening was a simulated Master Mason Degree performed by The R. W. M. and various office bearers. The Lodge, in common with many Lodges in the Province of Galloway,continues to suffer from a lack of applicants.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th April. This will be the occasion of our Provincal Grand Lodge annual visitation. A simulated Mark Master Degree will be performed. On Thursday 7th April we have been invited to perform this degree at Lodge

Granite Union No 480 in Dalbeattie. The Lodge will then be in recess until September.

LESWALT

Primary School

The boys and girls of Leswalt Primary took some time to pause for thought, and remember the tragic incidents in Dunblane Primary 20 years ago. Mrs Mary Buchanan was a teacher at Leswalt Primary that day, and she came to Leswalt Primary with a floral arrangement for the children to lay in remembrance. Mrs Buchanan recalled how the pupils of Leswalt, 20 years ago, went on to create a build a cairn as a memorial to the events in Dunblane. This memorial still stands in the grounds of Leswalt Primary.

The Rev Sheppard came into school and all the children went out to pay their respects at the school memorial. Maisie and Aidan (the youngest pupils at Leswalt) laid the flowers on top of the cairn in a very moving ceremony, before the minister read a poem and the children joined hands in a prayer. The short service concluded with Kayleigh Williams singing “Flower of Scotland”, as the school united hand in hand and paid their respects.

PORT WILLiAM

Mochrum Guild

Fourteen members attended the Annual General Meeting of Mochrum Guild held on Tuesday 8th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Maxwell Hall, and were welcomed by the President, Mrs Ann Wadsworth. The minutes of the 2015 AGM were read and signed and an item of correspondence noted.

The Presidents report was read, reminding us that our topic for this year has been ‘Go in Peace’ and that the topic for our 2016/2017 session is ‘Go in Joy’. We have 24 members and welcomed visitors, with a variety of speakers. We have supported the Joint Summer Rally at Kirkmabreck and hosted the Autumn Rally which took the form of a ‘Songs of Praise’. Our Christmas celebrations were at the Clansman, Port William and our World Day of Prayer service, written by the Women of the Cuba was held at Mochrum Kirk. It was with sadness we noted the loss of Mrs Pheomia Scott in October last who had been our treasurer for many years and she will be sadly missed as too will our Vice- President, Mrs Jean Willis who has now moved away to Creetown. Mrs Wadsworth concluded her report with thanks to her committee and the members for all their love and support to her and to the Guild.

The Treasurer’s report was read, then all the committee were re-elected and dditional committee members are Mrs Jean Hindle and Mrs Barbara Rudd. Mrs Wadsworth advised that Mrs Gray and herself would be attending the Theme and Topic Day in Dumfries on the 16th April and reminded members of dates for the diary, being 16th March, Presbyterial Council, Penninghame St John’s 12.30 p.m. for 1.00 p.m. with a speaker from the Ascension Trust on the work of street pastors; 20th March Senior Citizens, Monreith Arms Hotel; 17th April Senior Citizens Quiz 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m; 1st June, Summer Rally, at Glenluce with Derek Fairclough speaking about the work of Mary’s Meals and members were requested to donate towards the Back Pack appeal for which details were made available; on the 30th June a Summer outing to the tea room at the Isle of Whithorn is to be planned and on the 16th November the Autumn Rally will be held.

NEWTON STEWART

Bridge Club

Results 8th March:

N/S - 1, +2270, Jo Chambers & Maria Horsell; 2, +1900, Margaret Erskine & Tommy Wright; 3, +400 Fiona Bell & Evelyn Lithgow. E

E/W - 1=, -30, Barrie Stewart & Jim Watson, and Chris Laraway & Russell McClymont, 3, -1070 Fiona Buchanan & Anne McClymont.

Riverside Centre

The Riverside Centre are holding an open day on Wednesday 23rd March. We would like to invite all organisations and individuals who helped us out during the recent flood.

We are extremely grateful for all the help and financial support given and are opening our doors to let everyone see the Centre. There will a buffet and tea and coffee from 12pm.

GLEN OF LUCE

WI

Mrs Mary Ramsay, President, welcomed a good turn out of members and friends to our March meeting. After singing the Institute Song the minutes of the previous meeting were read and business attended to.

Mary then introduced Allison Howie who was talking about her life as a physiotherapist. The motto for the evening was “What wondrous things our hands can do” which was very apt for our speaker.

Allison told us that she was born in Ayrshire and had enjoyed her school days, pony club and gathering eggs helping at the family business in Dunlop. She studied Biology & Genetics at Edinburgh University and Physiotherapy and Glasgow Caledonian enjoying hockey and skiing at the same time. After qualifying she had various jobs with the NHS before moving to the Ministry of Defence joining 205 Field Hospital. She was posted to Basra in Iraq a nerve racking but rewarding experience with wounded soldiers. She also worked at Faslane getting the Royal Marines back to full fitness. She now has her own practice working in various hospitals providing the services of evolve physiotherapy. Lindsay Galloway thanked Allison for her excellent talk about her very busy and varied life. After the usual cup of tea Mary thanked the tea hostesses and all who brought raffle prizes, the meeting was then closed with the company singing God Save the Queen.

Competition:- First aid box :- 1st Irene Rankin; 2nd Grace McKie; 3rd Christine Galloway

Gingerbread:- 1st Margaret Stewart; 2nd Sarah Clark; 3rd Christine Galloway