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
TREFOIL GUILD SYLLABUS
April 2nd - Porridge - Neil Robertson.
May 5th - Pot Luck Supper and AGM
All meetings start at 7.30 pm in the St Catharine's Centre, George Street. Anybody interested in joining ex - Guides, please contact the Secretary, Moira Somerville 01250 87524001250 875240
March - 5th - Church visit to India - Janice Cameron
Chairman of the Blairgowrie & District Trefoil Guild, Sheena McNaughton, welcomed members to the monthly meeting on Wednesday 5th March in the St Catharine's community Centre. The speaker for the evening was Janice Cameron who gave a fascinating talk, along with colourful slides, of a visit she made last year to Calcutta. The Diocese of St Andrew's, Dunkeld and Dunblane are twinned with Calcutta, and so a group made up of members of all three Churches spent three weeks in India. The pictures showed scenes which are not always seen by the ordinary tourist, as their diocesan leaders took them to Theological Colleges, Hospices, and orphanages. The first impression on arriving in Calcutta was of shock over the huge number of people milling around them, and the noise of vehicles and car horns as well as the heat. However, they soon became accustomed to this and were overwhelmed by the warmth of the people's welcome and generosity in the gifts they had made for their Scottish visitors. Janice showed the lovely embroidery, the weaving and textile painting as well as the crafting of handbags of all sizes.
The accommodation was very basic and the plumbing a trifle 'vintage', and the visitors were most impressed at the smart cleanliness of the children in the schools, turned out in 1950s style of uniforms. Part of their visit took them further afield, to Darjeeling and Kalimpong, which are up in the foothills of the Himalayas. There the climate was a lot cooler, and the Scots found themselves wearing all the woolly jumpers they had even in bed at night.
There were breathtaking photographs of sunsets and sunrises over the Himalayas, and the gorgeous colours of the costumes worn by the dancers were unforgettable. Life expectancy is a lot lower in India, and this was illustrated by a conversation with a fellow passenger on the sleeper train up to the hills. The man was preparing the bedding for his 'old' father, who turned out to be 8 years younger than the very active padre from Blairgowrie! Their lives are shortened by the illnesses, lack of good nutrition, and harsh working conditions where Health & Safety are unheard of. Pictures were shown of women working on a building site in their bare feet, carrying heavy loads of bricks on their heads, up scaffolding made of bamboo.
Mavis Anton gave the vote of thanks, and following a cup of tea, the business session took place. Comment was made of the good attendance at Blairgowrie Parish Church for the Thinking Day service on February 23rd. This being 100 years since the Brownies started, there was a Birthday cake which was shared out among the girls, parents and members of the congregation. Rev Harry Mowbray had interspersed the hymns, prayers, and Scripture reading with information on how the Brownies started off being called the "rosebuds"
Plans were made for the attendance at the Scottish Trefoil Guild Annual Meeting taking place in Aberdeen in April. Application forms were given out for all who would like to attend the three day 'camp' at Newbigging in June. There, an old school building has been restored, forming dormitories with bunk beds, retaining the school hall for indoor activities and eating meals, a lot more comfortably than many old Guides remember sleeping under canvas on lumpy ground.
The next meeting of the Trefoil Guild is on April 2nd when Neil Robertson who will speak on "Porridge". Anybody interested in attending the Trefoil Guild may contact the Secretary, Moira Somerville - 01250 875240.
November 6th - Christmas flowers - Evelyn Caldow:
Chairman, Sheena McNaughton introduced the speaker for the evening. Evelyn Caldow gave a demonstration of Christmas flowers. As she effortlessly did three arrangements, she gave a fascinating description of the wedding of her daughter, Fiona, in Sri Lanka. Fiona has been working with a charity in Sri Lanka for several years, and as well as loving the job, she fell in love with a man over there. Evelyn told the members of the different Brahmin rituals in which the family participated, and showed lovely photographs of the happy couple. Elspeth Campbell gave the vote of thanks. There will now be a break in the Trefoil meetings following the Christmas dinner, until the 5th March 2014.
From the mtg on 2nd October:
Chairman, Sheena McNaughton welcomed the members to the Trefoil Guild meeting on Wednesday 2nd October. The Speaker was Alix Winton who described her experience of being one of the 70,000 volunteers at the London Olympics last year. She gave an enthusiastic account of the training she was given, the tasks she had to become acquainted with, and wore the uniform all the volunteers were issued with. She had been very impressed with the attention to detailed planning so that all emergencies were covered, commenting that there seemed no shortage of financial supply. It had been an experience of a lifetime and she was now waiting to hear if she has been granted the opportunity to be a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Laurie Crisp gave the vote of thanks. During the business session, information was given on all the meetings involving other Trefoils and also the pleasure which is being felt from being involved with the Rainbows - the 1st and the new 2nd Blairgowrie Rainbows. It is a privilege to see little 5 year olds embarking on the fun and friendship which the members of the Trefoil Guild have enjoyed for at least 60 years in Guiding. .
THE TREFOIL GUILD held its first meeting of the new session on Wednesday September 4th. 2013 in St Catharine's Community Centre.
Chairman, Sheena Mc Naughton, welcomed the members and the speaker, who offered to speak at short notice when the speaker who had been booked was unable to come. The husband of a member, Dr Ronnie Crisp described some of his experiences when he undertook to inaugurate a new department in Jos University, Nigeria to educate teachers for blind and partially sighted pupils. Measles causes damage to sight in this country, and so a lot of children are blind.. Dr Crisp encountered unusual circumstances when he arrived, such as lack of blackboards, desks, and books, but gradually these were obtained, and when he left after 18 months, the department was fully established. However, in the succeeding 25 years, standards have deteriorated, mainly because or the prevailing tribal inequalities of Nigeria.. He showed slides of the dirt roads, the damaged vehicles, the primitive petrol stations, and yet he found the students eager to learn. Christian Hill gave the vote of thanks.
The next meeting of the Trefoil Guild is on Wednesday October 2nd, when Alix Winton will speak about the Olympics. Anybody interested in attending this meeting may phone the Secretary, Moira Somerville, on 01250 87524001250 875240