May News


Well done to Margaret Stratton for winning the Jean Buchanan Cup at our last meeting ! A beautiful floral display in an egg cup that gives us fond memories of Jean.


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Congratulations too, to Marion Fraser who took Second Prize for her dumpling at the Federation Meeting held recently in Dunblane.


Our next Meeting:

This will be held on May 18th when District Nurse Lynne Bryce is coming to talk to us. It is also our AGM that evening so please remember your voting papers for next year’s committee.


Gala Day:

Saturday 21st May is fast approaching and fingers crossed summer will be upon us then!! TheSWI stall this year will be a Tombola and we really need your donations. Anything goes as long as it is brand new. Please remind others, who may not read this page, to bring along their items for the stall to our next  meeting. 


Elderly Folk’s Outing:

The secret is out and yes this year we are going to Ayr! The bus will leave Thornhill at 10.00am and as usual we will have a morning coffee stop and lunch. After lunch people will have the choice of going into Ayr centre or making a visit to Culzean Castle. Please encourage your friends to come as I am sure we’ll have a great day out!!                                           A form will be in the Village Shop and to help us know numbers please add your name as soon as possible.

Thank You:

Once again the Masons have given us £100 donation towards a lunch in The Lion & Unicorn for those elderly people in the village who feel they can’t join us on the outing to Ayr. The lunch will be held on May 26th and so a big thank you to the Masons for making this happy day possible.


The Primary school are having a “Grand Opening”of their “Shelter” on 1st June at 3.00pm and would very much like our members to come along and see what’s happening. So put the date in your diary!



April news

“The Rural” Daffodils 

Hurrah it’s Spring at last! There are daffodils  galore in Thornhill but here is an interesting story about some very special daffodils. In 1993 a unique daffodil was created to celebrate 75 years of the S.W.R.I. Each branch of the institute was given a bulb to plant and cherish. In Thornhill Marjorie Brown planted our bulb and has lovingly looked after it for the last 23 years. Today it is thriving and this year produced 10 magnificent blooms. We believe it is the only surviving Rural Daffodil in the Perth / Stirling area. Well done Marjorie !!

An Evening Out!

This month 12 W.I. members and 4 visitors took a trip to look round the BBC Studios in Glasgow. We set off on a very wet evening but despite the weather and horrendous traffic David our driver got us there in time and as you see from the photographs below we had an interesting night.

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A quick cuppa to recover from the journey.
Margaret met Sally and Jackie! Or did she really?
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A new weather girl !
And another one !!
Helen thought she’d try her hand at reading THE NEWS
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Lin and Rita tried out the comfort of the Green Room but sadly there was no champagne on ice !

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Sadly none of us were “discovered” but we had fun. So it was “Goodnight and thank you” to the BBC.

March News

Last Meeting: We had a most informative talk from the charity "Food Train". It appears that some people in our village already volunteer for this very worthwhile charity, which mainly helps housebound people with their shopping, but also delivers some other useful services. Even better---following the talk a couple of our own members were keen to add their name to the list of volunteers! 

Competitions: March brings the annual RURAL OLYMPICS and we wish our team good luck on Saturday 12th. We know win or lose they will have a fun day out! On 21st March our QUIZ TEAM will make their way to Drymen to do their best in the SWI Quiz. Lets hope they are busy swotting up!!! 

Outing: Finally we have managed to get a booking for a trip to see around the BBC Studios in Glasgow!  This will take place on Tuesday 12th April. Look out next month for some photographs.
Thank you: We would like to say very well done to Thornhill Primary School. They invited our SWI to their Gaelic Cafe event, and how impressed we were! Their soups and homemade bread were absolutely delicious and how we enjoyed learning about their project. Great work kids (and staff) !
Winners: Here are our winners from February's Meeting: Uncooked cake: 1st, Mary MacCauley, 2nd Katherine Bain, 3rd, Margaret Stratton.      Unusual Button, 1st, Katherine Bain, 2nd, Margaret Stratton, 3rd,  Mary Montgomery.  Well done ladies!
March Meeting: We are looking forward to an evening of handcraft run by two of our own members,Lin Waller and Margaret Stratton. The competition is a Spring Flower Arrangement and a Pretty Handkerchief. We'll see you all on the 16th and of course visitors will be very welcome.




February News!

Next Meeting:
Our next meeting is on February 17th. However there is a change of speaker and 
 "Pampered Chef" is being replaced by a talk from the local charity "Food Train".
May I also remind you we are collecting "Coins for Friendship", so do please bring along your spare small change to give to a good cause!

Rural Olympics: 
We have a team all set for the competition on Saturday 12th March. Let"s hope they come back with the Gold Medal!

Federation Quiz:
This is being held in Drymen on Monday 21st March. Good luck to our team!

 Competition Winners:
In January our competition was judged by Ben Houston from the Safari Park.The 
winners were as follows:
An animal ornament: 1. Mary Macauley 2. Mary Montgomery 3. Helen Myles
An animal limerick: 1. Mary Montgomery 2. Lin Waller 3. Margaret Stratton
Well done ladies!
Special People!

Many congratulations to our two members who recently received certificates in 
recognition of their exceptional service to the SWRI and also to those awarded 
 certificates to celebrate their 25 years or more membership of Thornhill Rural. 

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