Casual Catch-Ups & Outdoor Get-Togethers!

Posted December 8, 2021 by WI Staff in Local Areas

WI Friends Reunited!


Let’s Go Outside…

 In keeping with Covid restrictions, some of our Institutes have sought alternative ways and times to meet, moving outside in the afternoon – enjoying refreshments and WI business al fresco!


Muckamore WI

The Muckamore ladies got together on a sunny Saturday morning at Antrim Castle Gardens in October.  President Elizabeth welcomed everyone, expressing how good it was to be able to meet up, enjoy plenty of chat and some light refreshments.  This outdoor get-together also doubled up as the Institute’s sponsored walk in aid of ACWW’s ‘Women Walk the World’ campaign and the group embarked on a peaceful morning stroll around the gardens and then onto the Lough Shore Park, before returning to the Courtyard at Clotworthy House.



Richhill WI

The members of Richhill WI decided to reap the benefits of the beautiful Autumn weather for their October meeting, when they enjoyed an outing to Armagh Apple Cider Company.  The ladies were welcomed by Helen, Phillip and Danny who provided everyone with a refreshing glass of hot apple cider.  Phillip gave a talk on the history of their apple growing journey and how the family-run business has diversified to meet the growing market. Following a tour of the factory, the ladies were taken to the shop to taste and purchase many of the products. As with any WI meeting, it was then time for tea and some social interaction – something that has been missing for many months!

Next on the agenda, finding out who had the greenest fingers! The members had been given a packet of flower seeds to nurture throughout the season – Lorna Brown placed first, with Jackie Hammerton second.  Well done, ladies – next time it will be the Chelsea Flower Show!



Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre Returns!
Our Richhill WI ladies hit the Harvest Fayre on Saturday 30th October, with the day dawning very early for some – who even arrived with their loaf and toaster!
In true WI style, the ladies used their culinary skills and provided a range of delicious soups. The busy band of workers served cups of soup, wheaten bread, apple tart and cream and tea/coffee, all working from a gazebo positioned adjacent to Richhill WI Hall, adhering to Covid regulations.  This effort not only highlighted the profile of Richhill WI in the community, but will go towards the Institute’s upcoming 70th anniversary celebrations, thus benefiting all their members.




Slievenaman WI

The Slievenaman ladies held their September meeting outdoors – enjoying a fun picnic in Tollymore Forest Park!



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