Balmoral Show 2015 – Homeskills & Handcrafts Competitions

Posted May 21, 2015 by WI Staff in Event Reports

It was another successful year for the WI at Balmoral Show and the interior of the marquee looked beautiful, decorated with a vast array of colourful entries for the Homeskills and Handcrafts competitions. The Home & Garden Sub-Committee and the Homecraft Sub-Committee were delighted with this year’s entries in the Floral Art, Cookery and Craft classes. The Children’s class saw a big increase in entries this year and hopefully this will bear fruit in years to come! We are indebted to all who enter the competitions and support us at this event. Warmest congratulations to all the winners, the entries were all of an extremely high standard, giving the judges in each section a challenging task. Thank you to our generous sponsors, Hillmount Nursery, Gilnahirk; The Wool Shop, Newtownards and Dale Farm.


The results were judged as follows:


Floral Art Section


Class 1 – Arrangement in a Trio of Foil Cupcake Cases

1st – Marie Cairns, Glenanne WI

2nd – Elizabeth Connor, Garvagh WI

3rd – Hilary Beacom, Kesh WI


Class 2 – Minature Arrangement in an Egg Cup

1st – Elizabeth Connor, Garvagh WI

2nd – Babs Bassett, Ardglass WI

3rd – Cheryl Jess


Class 3 – Arrangement in a Straw Hat (not exceeding 45cm)

1st – Marie Cairns, Glenanne WI

2nd – Jean Sturgeon, Waringstown WI

3rd – Jeanette Graham, Portrush WI


Class 4 – Arrangement in a Kitchen Utensil (maximum 50cm)

1st – Cheryl Jess

2nd – Pat Hey, Kesh WI

3rd – Nuala McKnight

High Commended – Rhona Niblock, Crossgar WI


Class 5 – Flowering Plant in a Pot (not exceeding 15cm)

1st – Betty Holmes, Garvagh WI

2nd – Rhona Niblock, Crossgar WI

3rd – Lily Gabbie, Crossgar WI


Class 6 – Foliage Plant in a Pot (not exceeding 15cm)

1st – Elizabeth Bridgham, Straid WI

2nd – Betty Holmes, Garvagh WI

3rd – Betty Lyttle Portaferry WI


Other prestigious Floral Art awards presented were:

‘Best In Show Floral Art’ (Home & Garden Perpetual Trophy) – Marie Cairns, Glenanne WI


‘Institute Gaining The Most Overall Points In Floral Art Competitions’ (Home & Garden Shield) – Garvagh WI



Cookery Section


Class 1 – Marble Cake (baked in a 1lb tin)

1st – Margaret McCullough, Portrush WI

2nd – Betty Holmes, Garvagh WI

3rd – Beth McNally, Saintfield WI


Class 2 – Four Almond Fingers

1st – Joan Busby, Moneyrea WI

2nd – Ellen McKee, Crossgar WI

3rd – Joan Somerville, Moneyrea WI


Class 3 – ½ Decorated Coffee Cake (butter cream)

1st – Margaret McCullough, Portrush WI

2nd – Joan Agnew, Saintfield WI

3rd – Ann Harnett, Waringstown WI

Highly Commended – Una Meehan


Class 4 – Four German Biscuits

1st – Roberta McMullan, Portrush WI

2nd – Joan Busby, Moneyrea WI

3rd – Ellen McKee, Crossgar WI

High Commended – Elizabeth Moore, Saintfield WI


Class 5 – Jar of Sweet Mince (340grams)

1st – Pat Harrison, Richhill WI

2nd – Ruby Ferguson, Portaferry WI

3rd – Betty Holmes, Garvagh WI


Class 6 – Jar of Chilli Jam (340grams)

1st – Ellen McKee, Crossgar

2nd – Elizabeth Patterson, Broughshane WI

3rd – Barbara McGibben, Upper Finaghy WI



Crafts Section


Class 1 – Knitted Teddy Bear

1st – Jennifer Skelly, Moneyrea WI

2nd – Frances Hutchinson, Collone WI

3rd – Caroline Wiseman, Cullybackey WI


Class 2 – Child’s Crochet Hat

1st – Helen Patterson, Jerrettspass WI

2nd –  Beth McNally, Saintfield WI

3rd – Jennifer Skelly, Moneyrea WI


Class 3 – Homemade Pin Cushion (any medium)

1st – Noreen Smith, Rathfriland WI

2nd – Rosemary Harbinson, Rathfriland WI


Class 4 – Cross Stitch Book Mark (open to members of the public only, not WI members)

1st – Rosalind Skelly



Children’s Section


Class 1 – Flowers in a Jam Jar

1st – Jayne Birch

2nd – Eve McAuley

3rd – Hilary Walsh


Class 2 – Three Butterfly Buns

Joint 1stKillicomaine Junior High School & Joshua Brown

3rd – Anna Shepherd

Highly Commended – Patricia Bell

Highly Commended – Jayne Birch


Class 3 – Handmade Brooch (any medium)

1st – Patricia Bell

2nd – Campbell

3rd – Campbell


Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took the time and effort to enter.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated, thank you all very much!


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Winner of ‘Best In Show Floral Art’ – created by Marie Cairns of Glenanne WI








Competition items inside the WI marquee






Beautiful floral art displays







Tasty treats in one of the cookery classes








Pretty entries in one of the Children’s classes for ‘Handmade Brooch (any medium)’








Colourful entries in the Craft section for class 2  ‘Child’s Crochet Hat’


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