Vintage evening in Border land

20 March 1998

Vintage evening in Border land

MASSES of snowdrops in the hedgerows guided me to the home of Judi MacLean, the outgoing contact leader of the Berwick group.

The evening meeting took the form of a wine tasting and so Judi and I were delighted to be chauffeured by Margaret Millar who has lived on the Scottish Borders for two years now, having moved there from Northern Ireland.

We were greeted at the venue by Joyce Armstrong, our hostess, who introduced us to Lance Strother who in turn introduced the 30 members gathered at Joyces home to seven different wines from as many different countries.

As the evening progressed much discussion took place about many subjects including the wine but luckily we were all still sober enough to be able to thank Judi for her efforts for the club and she was presented with a gift by Jean Neill, her successor.

Liz Niven, the other leader of this friendly group was unfortunately unable to attend, but I am sure the club will continue to thrive under the joint leadership of Liz and Jean.

&#42 Warm welcome

Next day I set off to Netta Harveys home and lost my way but a friendly postie led me down off the hills into Shotton, Northumberland, at a great speed.

As usual a warm welcome and freshly baked shortbread awaited me at this contact leaders kitchen table. We spent a few hours together in Kelso visiting St Andrews Church and the Cross Keys Hotel where the FWCs 50th anniversary will be celebrated on Thur, May 14.

Jean Howells

Jean Neill (left), Berwick FWCs new contact leader, presented retiring contact leader Judi MacLean (right) with a gift from

the group.

Below: The wine tasting in full swing.

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