THE October meeting was a very special one as members celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Auchterarder, the fourth oldest institute in Scotland.

President Diane Holme welcomed members and guests. The Aytoun Hall was decorated with floral arrangements by Mary McGraw, musical selections were played by Barbara Aikman and a series of slides of members’ activities was shown.

Diane, along with Betty Murchie and Polly Ross, cut the impressive cake which had been baked by Isobel Menzies and decorated by Shirley Ross.

The Rural song was sung before a delicious meal was served by Heaven Sent caterers, ending with a toast to ‘The Rural.’

Sheila Combe gave a very entertaining speech. She had looked through the Minutes book and mentioned many notable memories, including double biscuits and the holiday camp sketch complete with one member wearing a seaweed-covered bathing costume!

Alan Pereira then provided musical entertainment to draw a very enjoyable evening to a close.

Linda Retson, National Chairman, addressed the company and then Diane proposed a vote of thanks to the Centenary Committee and everyone else who had contributed to the success of the evening.

Finally, all present were given a souvenir book with recipes, memories and a contribution from primary girls at the Community School of Auchterarder.