First meeting after summer

The FIRST meeting of the new session for Forfar Inner Wheel was chaired by president Susan Oliphant last week.

Over the summer the club has enjoyed a range of visits and social activities including a delicious afternoon tea hosted by president Susan, the Rotary Club barbecue, a visit to Pitlochry Festival Theatre to see their hilarious production of ‘The 39 Steps’ and a poignant and moving visit to 45 Commando’s Woodland Garden at RM Condor (see below).

The speaker for the evening was Joe Wishart who gave a very witty and interesting talk about his Mud House in the village of Logie near Montrose.

Joe now lives in this interesting dwelling and told members how it had been originally a house built for the schoolmaster or dominie 200 years ago.

It lay vacant from around 1895 to 1929 when it was “restored” by the Reform Church to use as a meeting room. They had put on slate roof and built a brick shell outside the mud walls – thus keeping it perfectly preserved. In 2003 the house was bought by the National Trust from the Craigo Estate and faithfully restored – even building new mud bricks. Joe has painted the inside of the house a Mearns Red and invites the public in to his afternoon teas on the last Sunday of the month. He was thanked by Agnes Mackay.

Pat Johnston, the new district chairman was also a guest and she led an interesting question and answer session about Inner Wheel.