Minishant SWRI celebrate 90 years

Four members then received certificates to mark 40 years membership. Pearl Marr presented certificates to Ella Cruikshank and Isobel McIlwraith and received her own one from Mary Barclay.
Four members then received certificates to mark 40 years membership. Pearl Marr presented certificates to Ella Cruikshank and Isobel McIlwraith and received her own one from Mary Barclay.

Ninety years of “Friendship and Care” were celebrated last Thursday evening by the ladies of Minishant SWRI when they held their 90th birthday party in the Carrick Centre, Maybole.

President Pearl Marr welcomed members and guests to the evening and gave the toast to the Rural before being joined by honorary member Mary Barclay to cut the birthday cake which had been made by member Anne Walker.

Members Isobel McIlwraith, Ella Cruikshank and Pearl Marr were presented with certificates in recognition of loyal service to the SWRI. Between them the ladies have over 120 years of Rural membership. Member Lesley Rodger sang two songs from the shows and Jill Little gave the Rural Grace before dinner was served.

Later, Helen McAdam spoke on “Our Rural” with reference to the first meeting held in November 1923 and the similarities which can still be found today.

One of the topics at an early meeting was an illustrated talk on a visit to Japan with illustrations being provided with of the “Lantern”!

Winnie McCulloch regaled the ladies with stories and poems as well as telling of her first introduction to the Rural when she went as a young girl with her mother.

Federation Chairman Anne Bennett brought greetings from Ayrshire Federation and spoke on the opportunities and classes available locally and at further levels.

Members ware grateful to Anne and Morag Mair for taking time to join them for the celebrations.

The Rural would like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Carrick Centre.