Peterhead Group

THE annual general meeting of the SWRI Peterhead Group was held on April 27 at the Buchan Indoor Bowling Centre.

Around 30 ladies attended. Sandra Kinghorn, president, opened the meeting with a warm welcome and introduced Rita Watson and Ann Higgins from the Buchan Group. After dealing with business, secretary Sheila Corbett read the minutes and gave the year’s report.

Hilda Gerrie gave the treasurer’s report followed by one from the president. Mrs Kinghorn thanked all committee for their hard work, especially Mrs Corbett who was stepping down after eight years as secretary. She then handed over to Mrs Watson who conducted the voting, helped by Mrs Higgins.

The committee elected was as follows: president - Sandra Kinghorn (Lonmay); vice-president - Elizabeth Dalgarno (Mintlaw); secretary - Margaret Cruickshank (Mintlaw); treasurer - Hilda Gerrie (Lonmay); press secretary - Vi May (Longside); tea conveners - Irene Reid (Crimond), Phyllis Findlay (Blackhills & District).

After wishing the new committee well in the coming year, Mrs Watson read two poems before handing back to Mrs Kinghorn who introduced the speaker for the evening, Nicola Watson from Inverurie.

Mrs Watson gave an excellent talk on the work of Maggie Centres. A centre is to be built in Aberdeen at ARI. The centres provide emotional care and practical support, not only for those who have cancer, but for extended family and friends.

Maggie, the lady after whom the centres are named, died shortly before the first centre in Glasgow was opened. £3m needs to be raised to build the centre in Aberdeen, the only major city in Scotland not to have one. Hopefully this will open in 18 to 24 months.

Ladies enjoyed the usual welcome cup of tea before vice-president Elizabeth Dalgarno gave the vote of thanks. She thanked Mrs Watson and Mrs Higgin for conducting business so ably and then Nicola Watson for her very interesting and informative talk on Maggie centres, who started them, why they were started and the work that they did. Mrs Dalgarno presented her with a cheque for £391. The money was raised at the annual bingo evening.

Mrs Kinghorn then brought a very enjoyable evening to a close.