Annalong Women’s Institute – March 2017 news

Posted March 17, 2017 by Quoile in Local Areas


The finalists from the five primary schools   competing for the Annalong W. I. Golden Jubilee Cup

and their families attended the presentation evening on Thursday 9th March in the local Community

Hall. President Sylvia Newell extended a warm welcome to members and guests Sylvia gave a brief introduction on the history of the cup. Back in 1987 member Mrs. Barbara Capper suggested a Primary Schools Competition involving all the schools of the area when Annalong were celebrating their 50th anniversary. Now thirty years later it continues to be a popular event in the W.I. calendar and creates much interest in the Primary Schools involved.”

This year the subject was Art and the children of P6 & P7 had a wide range of Topics –1.” Winter Trees   2.”Boats At Sea or In The Harbour” 3. “The Bird Table” 4. My Best Friend”.

The competition was set and judged by local lady Mrs. Aileen Midgley who spoke on the high standard of the children’s work and the difficulty in choosing winners. She also thanked the teachers for their input.

The results were as follows: Out Right Winner and Recipient Of the Cup —

Lewis Mc Comb — Annalong Primary School.

Highly Commended Designer Scrolls were awarded to —

Leah Smith   — St. Mary’s Primary School Glasdrumman

Grainne Rooney — Moneydarragh Primary School

Laura Hanna — Brackenagh West Primary School

Sarah Quinn — St. Joseph’s Primary School Ballymartin.

Secretary Olive Hanna proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Midgley and presented her with a Spring Floral Arrangement. All entrants’ pictures will be displayed in Kilkeel Library in the coming weeks where they can be viewed by the public.

Heart Beat N.I. was our nominated charity this year and Mr. Irwyn gave a very interesting and informative talk on this charity which he has been involved with since back in the 80;s when his daughter was diagnosed with a heart condition. He explained how children and their families have to travel to Dublin Birmingham or London to have surgery and the extra financial burden this puts on families. Any donations or fund raising goes towards helping these families. Irwyn suggested that the teachers and schools represented at the meeting could take part in the Sponsored   “ Santa Event held in Kilkeel on Dicken’s Day.

Iris Gordon thanked Irwyn and presented him with a cheque on behalf of the Institute.

A delicious supper was served by Tea Hostesses — Barbara, Charlotte, Olive G. and Mary. Many received raffle prizes.

The business of the meeting followed: Get Well wishes were sent to Member Rhoda Newell who is convalescing after surgery. Congratulation s were extended to Olive Gordon and husband George who celebrated their recent 58 th wedding anniversary    together with Olive;s sister Ann and husband Maurice Boyd who featured recently in The Mourne Observer.

The President thanked the Quiz Team who took part in the Area Quiz.Names were taken for the 80th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and details of the An Grianan Residential were announced.

Flower Arranging Classes will commence on Thursday 16th March for six consecutive weeks.

Monthly Competition — “An Irish Souvenier” 1st Yvonne Adams 2nd Marie Mc Glue 3rd Charlotte Campbell”

“Windram Dish” &” Evelyn Trimble Trophy” A piece of Vintage Jewellery”

Winners will be revealed at the Annual Dinner.

Anniversary Girl — Glenda Hyland

Birthday Girl —   Patricia Holman

The Singing Of The Country Woman’s Song brought a very busy meeting to a close.


*Up Coming Events  80 th Anniversary Celebration Dinner April 6th in Burrendale Hotel April 6th 7p.m. sharp.

*Quoile Spring Area Meeting in Downpatrick Presbyterian Hall on March 29th.







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