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Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Groups

Trefoil Guild

BLAIRGOWRIE & DISTRICT TREFOIL GUILD meets monthly to share Guiding memories, for fellowship, and to have talks on occupations, lives or travels of local people. Good way to meet new like minded people.

Contact: Moira Somerville

Phone: 01250 875240


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May 7th - AGM

THE TREFOIL GUILD held its AGM on Wednesday 7th. May. There were reports on the recent visits to a Rainbow camp fire, the Almondbank Trefoil open evening, and the Scottish AGM held in the Aberdeen Conference Centre. The Office bearers remain the same for one more year, with Sheena McNaughton the Chairman, Christian Hill the Vice Chairman, Moira Somerville the Secretary and Marian Lock the Treasurer. Ideas for next year’s syllabus were given to the Secretary who will compile an interesting programme for the year starting on the 3rd. September. The highlight of the evening was a delicious Pot Luck Supper shared by all. Anybody who is interested in finding out more about the Trefoil Guild may contact Moira Somerville – 875240.

2nd April - Porridge - Neil Robertson:

Chairman of the Blairgowrie & District Trefoil Guild, Sheena McNaughton, welcomed the members to the meeting held in St Catharines Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie.

The speaker, Neil Robertson was then introduced. His subject was 'Porridge', and he had brought all the utensils and ingredients to make pot of porridge to the recipe that has won him the World Porridge Championship in Carrbridge for 2010 and 2011. Neil described the path he has trod, starting with the desire to improve on the wooden spoons he used daily in his restaurant in Auchterarder, which he thought would be better if they had no concavity. He took his ideas to the Fife Gateway of patents, who advised him how to go about designing, producing and marketing his spoons. The producer who actually made the spoons to the design mapped out at Strathclyde University is in China, and Neil described how he was able to track the container ship carrying his first consignment of 18.000 sets of spoons from the other side of the world. He demonstrated how he makes his prize winning porridge out of toasted oatmeal, single cream and blueberries, then passed samples around for the Trefoil ladies to judge. His spoons were used in Jam making at the Dundee Food and Flower Festival, and he plans to compete once more at Carrbridge this year. Ann McGregor made the vote of thanks.

The business session that followed included plans for attending the Scottish Trefoil Guild AGM in Aberdeen, the help being given by members in the Charity Shop in Reform Street for Blair in Bloom, and information about the three day camp at Newbigging in June.

The next meeting will be on May 7th, which will be the AGM and the Pot Luck Supper. Anyone who is interested in joining the Trefoil Guild may make enquiries with the Secretary, Moira Somerville (01250 875240)