KILSYTH WOMEN OF WISDOM
This group, although not affiliated to the church, holds weekly meetings in the creche hall. We have been established for over ten years. The object of the group is to provide facilities and opportunities for women to participate in social, recreational and educational activities. It also provides opportunities for women to meet and form friendships in a welcoming environment.
During February, we have had three very interesting and informative talks. The first one was from a "puppy walker" for the Guide Dogs Association. The puppy was an alsation which apparently is the most common breed of dog used. The dog was quite excitable but she eventually settled down at her trainer's feet. Our next talk was from a local lady Kath who volunteers for CHAS - Childrens Hospice Association Scotland - this was most illuminating and Kath was obviously very enthusiastic. Before our fourth discussion of the month we had a chair yoga session which the ladies all enjoyed. Finally, we had a gentleman from the Salvation Army telling about his life in the "Sally Ann" including all the places he had lived and worked. A Welshman by birth he has travelled many miles and indeed is moving on to pastures new in Aberdeenshire very soon.
Being the closest date in our diary to Burns Night, the ladies celebrated by enjoying a light lunch of oatcakes and cheese, shortbread and cakes along with tea and fruit juice. As we are fortunate enough to be receiving funds this year from the Co-op community fund, our member pioneer, William, came along and provided us with more "goodies"- shortbread, cakes, biscuits and fruit all of which was very welcome. Some of the ladies recited some Scottish poetry to entertain us. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
2020 Session schedule
Spring into 2020!
The programme for the months of January - April is as follows:
14 January - Programme Planning
21 January - Touch o' Burns
28 January - Marion, accordion player
4 February - Guide Dogs
11 February - CHAS
18 February - Chair Yoga
25 February - Salvation Army
3 March - to be confirmed
10 March - Jean Jones
17 March - Kirsty Follett, eye operations in Ethiopia
24 March - Quiz or Beetle Drive or Bring 'n' Buy
31 March - Visit to Mitchell Library including tour at noon
7 April - AGM
14 April - holiday
21 April - outing to Ayr, possibly Burns museum, Alloway
28 April - Lunch
The ladies all enjoyed their Christmas lunch at the Scarecrow Bar & Grill. We now look forward to the New Year when we will return on Tuesday 14 January.
During November, we have had four very different and enjoyable sessions. We started off with the Jordanhill Bell Ringers as mentioned below. The following week, we enjoyed a visit and talk from mother and daughter third and fourth generation of the oldest sweet shop in Glasgow. What an array of sweeties they brought with them!
Local Rotarian, John Brown, explained to the group all about "Aqua Box" which is a filter system to change filthy water into pure, drinkable water. These boxes are sent around the world to any disaster area where there is a need for clean, drinkable water. This was a most interesting talk and slide show. Just as John was about to start his talk, a young man entered the hall and introduced himself as our "Member Pioneer" from the Co-op. As we have been fortunate enough to receive funds from the Co-op community fund, he explained that when we buy Co-op own brand products we receive 1p from every pound and which is slowly mounting up. This will continue for one year and will help us towards an outing where we require transport. We are hoping to have a "Touch of Burns" in January and he will quite willingly donate some food, ie shortbread, etc.
Our last event in November was a "bring and buy" sale followed by a short quiz. Although the group was small, everyone enjoyed the afternoon and raised over £30 for our funds.
We started off the autumn session with programme planning for the next 3.5 months. We also welcomed a new member to our group. We hope she enjoys what we have to offer. As can be seen from our programme below, it has been very varied so far with highlights being a visit to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. We also had a trip to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. For Hallowe'en we had a most enjoyable lunch at the local bistro (The Scarecrow) with some of the ladies in fancy dress.
The Jordanhill Bell Ringers paid us a second visit and as some of the ladies had missed their previous visit, this was most entertaining.
The committee have been very successful in obtaining funding from our local Co-op whereby we receive 1% of the cost of our spending. This will continue for a complete year and will be used for future outings.
2019 Session schedule
The autumn/winter session is as follows:
10 September: Programme planning/member updates
17 September: Stirling street pastors
24 September: Visit to Holyrood Palace/Scottish Parliament
1 October: The Samaritans
8 October: Visit to Riverside Museum
15 October: School holidays
22 October: RNIB
29 October: Scarecrow - Spooky Lunch for WACKY OLD WITCHES
5 November: Bell Ringers
12 November: Oldest Sweet Shop in Glasgow
19 November: John Brown Aqaubox
26 November: Quiz/Bring n Buy/Beetle Drive
3 December: Choir
10 December: Floral Art
17 December: Christmas Lunch