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WI Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Raughton Head & District W.I.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month in the Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.

May Meeting
Our President, Jackie Collinson welcomed 16 members and 3 guests to our May meeting. After the formalities it was time for our speaker, who was Bill Mason, talking about Ascension Island where he had lived for a while with his family.
He was the Power Station Manager from 1980-84 and later from 1995-97. He also was an engineer for the BBC. His talk was a journey of discovery for many of us, revealing an interesting history, the occupation and development of the Island.
Ascension Island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1501 before being rediscovered in 1503 by Alphonse d"Albuquerque on Ascension Day, hence the name. Ascension Island is a tiny volcanic Island midway between Brazil and Africa, 4000 miles away from the UK. It became a British settlement in 1815, being part of the UK. Overseas Territory of St Helena, where Bonaparte was exiled, and Tristan da Cunha.
Although the island's population fluctuates, there are about 800 residents made up of employees of the organisations operating there. Many of them live in Georgetown, the capital. There is a school, hospital, desalination plants and electricity generating stations to support the population. Most supplies are flown in by the US Air Force - food, household goods etc. There is also a ship sailing between the three islands.
After a visit to the Island, Charles Darwin discussed how to make the Island more habitable with his friend from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Green Mountain was planted with trees and grasses and a water supply was added. It is now a tropical rain forest. Sheep and goats were later introduced as there was no indigenous animal life except for birds. Historically, a garrison of Royal Marines was based on the Island from 1823. In 1899 The Eastern Telegraph Company installed the first underwater cable from the island, connecting the UK. with its colonies in South Africa. The US Air Force built an airbase there in 1942. Many of the workforce came from St Helena and still remain there. The airport was later extended to act as a landing strip for the Space Shuttle. In 1966, the BBC set up a relay service for its BBC World Service. NASA also operated a tracking station from 1967-1990. The British Task Force also used the Island as a staging post during the Falklands Conflict.
We thoroughly enjoyed Bill's extremely interesting and informative talk which was supported by slides giving us a visual guide to the Island. There were many questions for Bill after his talk.
Penny Jones gave a Vote of Thanks before Bill judged our competition which was “A Penguin”. The winner was Marian Collins, 2
nd Janet Preston and 3rd Ina Monkhouse. Our monthly raffle winner was Nancy Alty.
After enjoying our refreshments and some natter we set about the business of the evening. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Meetings
Wednesday 27th July - Catriona Messenger - Poems
Competition: A Summer Poem
Wednesday
31st August - This will be a trip out, the venue to be confirmed.
Competition: None

Marian Collins – 016974 76903
marcollee@gmail.com

2019
January - We started 2019 with our 95th Birthday and to celebrate we enjoyed ‘One Pot Winter Cooking’. Penny Jones, Ina Monkhouse, Pat Jackson, Vera Harris, Felicity Coulthard and Amanda Lax each cooked up a pot of something to enjoy on a winter’s night. This was followed by birthday caked baked by Ina and Vera.
February - David Raffles gave us a history of Stead McAlpine.
March - The time for us to bring out our creativity when Jennifer Carruthers showed us how to recycle greeting cards.
April - With Spring here we travelled to The Shetland Islands courtesy of Ken Graham.
May - Everything became a lot more physical when Nicola from MokyFit came and got us all exercising which certainly got our hearts pumping and gave us an appetite for our supper.
June - We ventured out and visited Oak Tree Animal Refuge.
July - Malcolm Pape shared his interest in birds.
August - We had a Treasure Hunt that lead us to The Globe Pub, Calthwaite.
September - Our speaker was Ian Tyler who spoke about Mines & Minerals.
October - We had a visit from Mary and Trevor from Samaritans who told us all about the invaluable work they do.
November - There was our all-important AGM. Jackie Collinson is our returning President for 2020.The overall winner of our monthly competitions was Janet Preston. Ina Monkhouse was second and third was Amanda Lax. Once the serious part was over we had a Fish & Chip Supper and some in house entertainment.
December - we all met up for our Christmas lunch which was Denton House, Hesket Newmarket, a relaxed and very enjoyable outing.

2018
2018 was an enjoyable and successful year for our WI.
January - During the course of the year we had enjoyed our 94th Birthday Party with musical entertainment and a hot supper of Cottage Pie.
February - Weather stopped play. The ‘Beast from the East’ had arrived and weather conditions were not conducive to leaving our warm houses to risk life and limb!!
March – An interesting talk on life behind the scenes of the Falklands War.
April - Spring was now on its way and we learnt about Wellie Planters which proved not to be quite what people expected but rather enhancing your old wellies with a plant.
May – Our Guest Night and we went off course with in-house entertainment. The theme was – “Farewell to Europe”. Yes, Brexit orientated, but for fun and no serious intent.
June - Our subject was a lot more serious. A talk on the Carlisle Women’s Refuge.
July - Janet Queen from Rose Castle gave an inspiring talk about three Northwest Gardens that were and are influential in her life. To end the night, she played two Scottish reels on her violin. A fitting end as she started her talk at a garden in Scotland.
August – This was our trip out. Even with a cancelled train and mini cab turf wars! we enjoyed our visit to The Helena Thompson Museum in Workington.
September - we opened our doors to non-members to hear from our speaker, Gary Hart, who is the Parliamentary Representative for Northwest England.
October - Martin Squires from The Green Veterinary Surgery, talked about life as a vet.
November - Jackie judged our AGM meeting competition, which was ‘A Photo with a Humorous Caption’. Penny Jones took 1st place, followed by Amanda Grace in 2nd and Margaret Pinguey in 3rd.
December - We enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal at Skitby House, Smithfield.

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