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November 2023


Homecraft Judging – November 2023

November 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WI Headquarters,

209-11 Upper Lisburn Road

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Homecraft judging for Ribbons will take place in November. Please submit items for judging to WI Headquarters on or before *Thursday, 9th November 2023* Judging fee: £2.00 per item. The ‘Homecraft Syllabus Revised 2021’ is the only one in use. Extra white cards & pink entry forms are available at WI HQ. *You can also download the pink form at this link: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Homecraft-Judging-Form.pdf *Some helful reminders and tips from Homecraft Sub-Committee Chairman Brenda Richardson were published last year and can…

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The Home and Garden *Christmas Event* 2023 – Armagh City Hotel

November 18, 2023

Armagh City Hotel,

2 Friary Road

Armagh,

BT60 4FR


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Save the date… * Saturday, 18th November 2023 * Celebrate Christmas WI style in the Armagh City Hotel (2 Friary Road, Armagh, BT60 4FR)   Click the link below for more information, including ticket application form: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Christmas-Event-2023-PDF.pdf

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Homecraft Christmas Craft Class at WI HQ

November 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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WI Headquarters (209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT10 0LL) Saturday, 25th November 2023 10:00am – approx. 4:00pm ……. (Places are still available in FOUR of the fun, festive classes below!) ……. ~Fun crafts for the festive season (no experience necessary!)~ ……. Please choose TWO of the four remaining classes: –Red & White Dove –Nordic Embroidery –Macramé Christmas Tree Ornament –Christmas Candle –Nordic Star (Folded Patchwork)  (FULL!) –Pinflair Bobble   (FULL!)   ……. Cost: £16.00 per person (Please note: There may be…

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December 2023


Ulster Countrywoman magazine – ‘New Year 2024’ Edition – *Deadline: Friday, 15th DECEMBER 2023!

December 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters


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The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine is the ~New Year 2024~ issue. *The deadline for all submissions to the New Year magazine is: Friday, 15th DECEMBER 2023 (by 12 noon)!* Please email all articles, anecdotes, advertising, etc to: editor@wini.org.uk (The New Year edition is due for release from approx. 25th January 2023 onward) …………………………………………………………. 📸Please also submit photographs to be considered for our New Year cover image! …Time to get snapping, or have a look through your winter…

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January 2024


Scrapbook Competition 2024 – *Deadline: 29th January 2024

January 29 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WI Headquarters,

209-11 Upper Lisburn Road

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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~Scrapbook Competition 2024~ Entries to document the previous WI season, September 2022 – June 2023. Scrapbooks and pages should be 12 inches x 12 inches. Closing date for entries to WI Headquarters: Monday, 29th January 2024. For more information, including full creative guidance & entry form, please click the link below: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Scrapbook-Competition-2024.pdf

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Arts Festival 2024 – ‘Nature’s Symphony: Celebrating Wildlife & Landscapes’

January 31 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters,

209-11 Upper Lisburn Road

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Brought to you by the Arts Sub-Committee ~ Arts Festival 2024 ~ Painting / 3D Decoupage / Calligraphy / Good Handwriting The theme for the Painting Competition is: ‘Nature’s Symphony: Celebrating Wildlife & Landscapes’ The 3D Decoupage Competition has an ‘Open’ theme. *Please click the link below for more information, including class details: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Arts-Festival-2.pdf …………………………………………. Quotations for the Calligraphy & Good Handwriting Competitions can be viewed at the following link: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Arts-Festival-2024-Calligraphy-Handwriting-Quotations.pdf …………………………………………. Entry form available here: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Arts-Festival-2024-Entry-Form-Online-PDF-1.pdf (The closing date…

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Phyllis Gailey Literary Competition 2024 – *Deadline: 31st January

January 31 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters,

209-11 Upper Lisburn Road

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The title for the Phyllis Gailey Literary Competition in 2024 is: ‘Just Like Granny Used To Do…’ Compose an original story (800-1,000 words) relating to the title. The deadline for entries is: Wednesday, 31st January 2024 Email: editor@wini.org.uk

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February 2024


February Homecraft Judging (for Ribbons) – *Deadline: 1st February 2024

February 1 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WI Headquarters


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  Craft entries for the February Homecraft Judging need to be submitted to WI Headquarters by: Thursday, 1st February 2024 (The February judging is for Homecraft Ribbons.  Trophy Judging will take place in March) Judging fee: £2.00 per item. Extra white judging cards & pink entry forms are available at WI HQ. The pink form is also downloadable from the following link: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Homecraft-Judging-Form.pdf  

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Arts Competition Coffee Morning

February 9 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Hosted by the Arts Sub-Committee   ~Arts Competition Coffee Morning~   Friday, 9th February 2024 WI Headquarters (209-211 Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT10 0LL)   10:00am – 12:00 noon (The presentation of prizes will commence at approx. 11:30am)   Come along & view the stunning works of art created by our very talented WI members for the Arts Festival Competitions!

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – ‘Spring 2024’ Edition – *Deadline: Wednesday, 28th FEBRUARY 2024

February 28 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters


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The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine is the ~Spring 2024~ issue. The deadline for all submissions to the Spring magazine is: (*before) Wednesday, 28th FEBRUARY 2024! Please email all articles, anecdotes, advertising, etc to: editor@wini.org.uk *This deadline is the final cut-off date, but please aim to submit items well in advance of the deadline, where possible – as the sooner content is received, the better! (The Spring magazine is due for release from approx. 27th March 2024 onward…

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March 2024


March Homecraft *Trophy* Judging (including Isobel Lusk entries) – *Deadline: 4th March 2024

March 4 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WI Headquarters


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Craft entries for the March Homecraft Trophy Judging need to be submitted to WI Headquarters by: Monday, 4th March 2024 to facilitate time for marking and the engraving of trophies in preparation for the AGM. The March judging is for trophies only and includes entries to the Isobel Lusk Competition 2024 (Baby Aran) Judging fee: £2.00 per item. Extra white judging cards/pink entry forms are available at WI HQ. *You can also download the entry form at the following link:…

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Homecraft Weekend at Drumalis – 22nd, 23rd & 24th March 2024

March 22 @ 3:00 pmMarch 24 @ 3:00 pm

Drumalis Retreat & Conference Centre,

47 Glenarm Road

Larne,

BT40 1DT

United Kingdom


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~Homecraft Weekend~ Drumalis Retreat & Conference Centre, Larne (47 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DT) Friday, 22nd – Sunday, 24th March 2024 Choose one of the following creative classes: . -Goldwork —FULL!* -Boxes (Hexagonal Box) -Teddy Bear -Unfinished (*The Goldwork class is now full.  There are still places left in Boxes, Teddy Bear & Unfinished) * * * If you would like to come along for the day – Fri 22nd or Sat 23rd (for food, creative class & craic!) -…

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FWINI AGM – Europa Hotel – 28th March 2024

March 28 @ 11:00 am4:30 pm

Europa Hotel Belfast,

Great Victoria Street

Belfast,

BT2 7AP

United Kingdom


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 The Federation of Women’s Institutes of Northern Ireland ~AGM 2024~ Annual General Meeting – Thursday, 28th March 2024 Europa Hotel, Belfast (Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7AP) 11:00am (sharp) – 4:30pm (approx.) Guest speaker: Anne Harper, Storyteller & Musician Anne will give a presentation centred around ‘Women in Myth and Music’. “Anne Harper is a musician and storyteller from County Down. She is passionate about heritage, folklore and the environment; and it was this that drew her into the realm…

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April 2024


Bowls Final – 20th April 2024

April 20 @ 9:30 am3:30 pm

Connor Presbyterian Church Hall,

Carncombe Road, Kells

Ballymena,

BT42 3LA

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The Federation’s ~Bowls Final Tournament 2024~ Connor Presbyterian Church Hall, Kells (Carncombe Road, Kells, Ballymena, BT42 3LA)   Saturday, 20th April 2024   Our WI bowlers have been battling it out in Institute & Area tournaments across the province, but who will be WI Bowling Champion 2024 & winner of the Milk Marketing Board Salver?! More information will be published in the next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine. You can…

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Music Festival 2024 ♫ – Templepatrick📍*Now taking place on: 27th APRIL 2024

April 27 @ 10:30 am4:00 pm

Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Hall,

750 Antrim Road, Templepatrick

Ballyclare,

BT39 0AP

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Arts Sub-Committee  ~Music Festival 2024~ *Please note the change of date: 📍Now taking place on: Saturday, 27th APRIL 2024 10:30am Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Hall  (750 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0AP) *Click the link for class information & preliminary details of the set pieces: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Music-Festival-27th-April.pdf *The entry form is available here: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Music-Festival-Entry-Form-2024.pdf

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ACWW Day – ‘Women Walk The World’ – 29th April 2024

April 29

Celebrate ACWW’s international network by joining together to ~‘Walk The World’ in 2024!~ ACWW Day and ‘Woman Walk The World’ events are taking place all across the globe, so now is the time for WI Areas and Institutes to organise their walks in support of ACWW!   Each year, sponsored walks are arranged on (or close to) 29th April!  All proceeds in aid of ACWW, to finance the great work carried out by the organisation in helping rural women and their…

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – ‘Summer 2024’ Edition – *Deadline: Tuesday, 30th APRIL 2024

April 30 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine is the ~Summer 2024~ issue. The deadline for all submissions to the Summer magazine is: (*before) Tuesday, 30th APRIL 2024!   Please email all articles, anecdotes, advertising, etc to: editor@wini.org.uk (*This deadline is the final cut-off date for content, but please aim to submit items well in advance of the deadline, where possible – as the sooner content is received, the better!) The Summer magazine is due for release from approx. 30th…

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May 2024


Balmoral Show – 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th May 2024

May 15 @ 9:30 amMay 18 @ 6:00 pm

Balmoral Park Showgrounds,

Eikon Exhibition Centre, Halftown Road

Maze, Lisburn,

BT27 5RL

United Kingdom


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The 155th Show! ~Balmoral Show 2024~ Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn Wednesday, 15th – Saturday, 18th May 2024 Details of the WI Competitions are in the ‘Downloads’ at the following link: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Balmoral-Show-2024-Advert-WI-Competitions-Class-Details.pdf The entry form is available here: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Balmoral-Show-2024-Entry-Form-WI-Competitions.pdf  

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June 2024


Quiz Final – 5th June 2024

June 5 @ 6:45 pm10:00 pm

Annaghmore Parish Church Hall,

53 Moss Road

Craigavon, Portadown,

BT62 1NT

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The Federation’s ~Quiz Final 2024~ Annaghmore Parish Church Hall, Portadown (53 Moss Road, Craigavon, Portadown, BT62 1NT) Wednesday (evening), 5th June 2024 —Team registration from 6:45pm. —The quiz itself will commence at 7:30pm (sharp!) Admission fee, payable on entry: £12.00 pp (price includes a lovely light supper)

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Golf Tournament – ‘WI Golfer of the Year’ – 24th June 2024

June 24 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Portstewart Golf Club,

117 Strand Road

Portstewart,

BT55 7PG

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The Federation’s ~WI GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2024!~ Portstewart Golf Club – Riverside Course (117 Strand Road, Portstewart, BT55 7PG) Monday, 24th June 2024 There are still some earlier tee times available in the tournament – please telephone WI Headquarters to secure your slot! Please click the link below for more information, including  booking form: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/WI-Golfer-of-the-Year-2024.pdf          

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