9 July 1999

Friendly folk

at Highland…

THERE is an old saying that youre only six handshakes away from someone you know and this proved to be true at the Royal Highland Show.

In the handcrafts building I was enthralled with the entire exhibition but especially Rhoda Robertsons Contrasts in Crochet where she was demonstrating Tunisian crochet. What a variety of textures from plain wool, through mohair to satin ribbons she used to make such a variety of garments and accessories.

Anyway, when I admitted having made a blanket 30 years ago but never having finished it off properly, Berwickshire member Chris Lucas who was standing next to me said she thought my face was familiar!

Chris and I sat in the brilliant sunshine to watch her husband David and daughter Sian lead their Aberdeen Angus cattle into the ring. This family moved to the Scottish borders from Wales 8 years ago and in Chriss words their farm is "just a little ripple in the pond of life but its theirs."

The showground is laid out in such a way that you you cant help but bump into friendly Scots members at every turn. It was a delight to catch up with FWC news from the four groups over the border.

Jean Howells

Farm Womens Club

This informal friendship club has more than 60 groups nationwide and is open to all female readers of FW.

Details from Jean Howells (0181-652 4927)

BEDS, BUCKS AND HERTS

Wed, Jul 14, 12 noon. Meet in car park at Caldecotte Arms, The Windmill, Milton Keynes. Please bring a picnic. Contact Jean Warren (01327-353453).

BERKSHIRE

Wed, Jul 14, 2.30pm. Meet at Frilsham village hall for a talk by a representative from Sainsburys. Contact Hilda Gore (01488-685348). Jean Howells

hopes to be there.

BERWICKSHIRE/N.NORTHUMBERLAND

Wed, July 14, 7.30pm. Meet at Brenda Lathangies home, East Moneylaws, Cornhill for a talk and taste of cheeses made at a local farm, North Doddington, Wooler, by Margaret Anne Maxwell. Contact Brenda (01890-850265)

by July 11.

DERBYSHIRE

Tue, July 20, 2pm. Meet at Ashover Parish Room for a talk by Miss Lenox about her life milk recording and breeding red setters. Please bring a plate tea. Contact Ethel Hole (01629-582967).

Thur, Aug 19, 2pm. Visit to Warburtons Bakery, Eastwood. Names will be taken at Ashover meeting on July 20, numbers limited. Contact Catherine (01335-360308) or Edna (01773-833291).

DEVON

Tue, July 20. , Coach leaves Honiton 10.15am, Broadclyst 10.45am, Merry Harriers 11am, Cullompton 11.15am, Tiverton Homebase 11.45. Picnic lunch followed by walk at Wimbleball Lake. Evening meal at Exeter Inn Bampton. Walking footwear required. Names to Dorothy Sellick (01884-256983)

by July 18.

GLOUCESTER

Mon, Jul 19, 7pm. Meet at Elmtree Dried Flowers to see the growing and drying process, followed by dried flower arranging demonstration and ploughmans supper. Names and £6.50 by July 14 to Phyllis Charter (01452-830435).

LEICESTERSHIRE

Tue, July 13, 12 noon. Meet at Barn Farm Wymeswold for lunch followed by a talk by Jo Plant of the Rainbow Childrens Hospice in Loughborough.

Contact Jean Mills (01509-880434).

LINCS-BRIGG

Tue, July 20, 5pm. Meet at the White Heather, Caenby Corner to join the Louth members for high tea. Names to Margaret Gratton (01652-678218)

by July 18.

LINCS-LOUTH

Tue, July 20, 5pm. Joint meeting with Brigg. High tea followed by entertainment with Ray Gibson playing the flute.

Contact Pat Needham (01507-327549) by July 13.

NORTHUMBERLAND

Wed, July 21, 2pm. Meet at Bedes World Jarrow for a look into the past.

Tea available. Admission £3, concessions £1.50. Names to Dorcas (01434-601822) or Lorna (01434-683359).

N WALES-MERIONETH

Mon, Jul 12, 7 for 7.30pm. Agm at Fronoleu Farm Hotel, Dolgellau.

Contact Rona (01678-540643).

Jean Howells hopes to be there.

SOMERSET-TAUNTON

Wed, July 21, 10am. Coach leaves Taunton market car park 10am for visit to Forde Abbey Gardens and lunch followed by a tour of the house. Contact

Susan Bell (01278-722559) or

Anne Gooding (01278-663775).

STAFFORDSHIRE

Mon, July 26. Coach leaves Stafford Showground at 9.30am for visit to Llandudno. Names to Betty Lea

(01785-282304) or Jean Cooke

(01785-280263).

SUSSEX

Tue, July 13, 12 noon. Meet for lunch at Joan Carrs home followed by

conducted tour of Herstmonceux Castle, husbands welcome. Contact

Betty Northcote (01273-582105) or

Joan Carr (01323-482432).

Mon, July 19, 6.30pm. Meet at Coombes for a talk The Changing Face of Investment by a representative from Barclays Bank. Husbands welcome. Contact Mary Passmore (01273-452028).

WILTS AND GLOS

Tue, July 20, 2pm. Visit to two gardens in Minchinhampton. Make your own arrangements for lunch but bring a picnic tea and chair. Names to Amy Bliss (01285-653453) or Sue Rawlings

(01666-860321).

YORK

Tue, July 20, 2pm. Meet at the entrance of Sledmore House for tour. Contact Marion Wright (01430-860074).