Tea and cakes to international Women’s Day!

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Over thirty local women came together in Buchanan’s Bistro at Woodend Barn on March 8 in Banchory to celebrate women’s inspiring contributions to their local communities while enjoying a ‘cuppa’ from a giant teapots.

International Women’s Day is a major day of global celebration of women.

All around the world the focus of the event ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to women’s economic, political and social achievements.

The event in Banchory aimed to bring women together to meet and share what inspires them, make new friends and celebrate the positive contributions they make to the north- east as women.

Initiator and artist Marie Shaw says: “There are so many inspiring women living in this local area, but many never actually get to know each other. I wanted to encourage all those creative, truly inspiring women to take a moment out of their busy diaries and celebrate our creativity and valuable contribution to the world around us.”

Marie asked local poet Gráinne Smith to write a new poem about women especially for the event. Gráinne and fellow poet Judy Taylor opened the event with this poem and some other poetry around the theme of the day.

Centerpiece of the event was a giant 8 by 9 and a half inches teapot, made by Cromarty-based potter Bärbel Dister.

Dister said about the teapot: “When women come together they often have lots to talk about. A very large teapot is ideal for this purpose!”

The gathering took place at Buchanan’s Bistro, who offered to fill the enormous teapot for free.

Val Buchanan, owner of the Bistro, fully supported the idea behind the event.

She said: “Our venue aims to offer people a relaxed and inspiring environment for conversation and to meet and make friends. I feel flattered that Marie chose Buchanans to be the venue for Banchory’s celebration of International Women’s Day.”

During the event there were displays by local entrepreneur Jacqui Christie and artist Mel Shand who has just opened her new exhibition.

Pictured above are some of the women at Woodend Barn.