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November 2021


Homecraft Judging in November – *Deadline: 10th November 2021

November 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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The deadline for submitting craft items to WI Headquarters for the November Homecraft Judging is: Wednesday, 10th November 2021. Price: £2.00 per item Homecraft Judging Sheets The pink sheet, submitted with craft articles for judging, has been revamped!   The new version is available at WI Headquarters, or downloadable at the following link: http://www.wini.org.uk/downloads White judging cards (1 per item) are also available from WI Headquarters and can be filled in when you submit your craftwork. *Please remember to label…

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Homecraft One Day School 2021

November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am4:30 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Saturday, 13th November 2021 WI Headquarters, Belfast  *     *     *  📍UPDATE: ALL CLASSES ARE NOW FULL!  *     *     * Classes: * Sprigging – Tutor Ethel Patterson * Hand Applique (Christmas Cushion) – Tutor Brenda Richardson * Christmas Tree Box with Hinged Lid – Tutor Sophia Maybin   Cost of class: £16.00 per person (Kits/materials will be supplied for each class at an extra cost – tutor to be paid on the day.) Adhering to strict…

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Christmas Event 2021 – *Deadline Extended – TICKETS AVAILABLE – APPLY NOW!

November 27, 2021 @ 9:30 am5:00 pm

Crowne Plaza,

117 Milltown Road

Belfast,

BT8 7XP


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We are back again! THE CHRISTMAS EVENT 2021! Brought to you by the Home and Garden Sub-Committee Saturday, 27th November 2021 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast Tickets: £30.00 pp (allocated on a first come, first served basis) Competition: ‘A Handmade Ornament For A Christmas Tree’ Please click this link for more information: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Christmas-Event-2021.pdf To apply for a ticket – please send *cheque, along with a note of your *name/Institute and *number of tickets required, to WI Headquarters (209/211 Upper Lisburn Road,…

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December 2021


Design A Scarf Competition 2021

December 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm

Federation House


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The Arts Sub-Committee is running an exciting creative competition, challenging entrants to come up with an original, modern design for a lady’s fashion scarf that could be worn by our WI members! The design must incorporate the WI farm gate from our logo and the flax flower that is synonymous with Northern Ireland. *The deadline for entries (to WI HQ) has been extended to: Friday, 17th December 2021 by 3pm. Click here for more info, including design brief & full…

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January 2022


Ulster Countrywoman – New Year 2022 Edition – *Deadline: 6th JANUARY 2022

January 6 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine will be the New Year 2022 issue. *The deadline for all submissions is: Thursday, 6th January 2022 (by 12 noon)!* Please email all articles, anecdotes, photographs & advertising to: editor@wini.org.uk (The New Year edition is due for release from approx. 27th January 2022) We would particularly welcome topical New Year content to spread some positivity as we head in to 2022 – the WI’s 90th anniversary year! We were unable to produce…

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Arts Competition 2022 – ‘The Beauty of Nature’ – Painting / 3D Decoupage / Calligraphy / Good Handwriting

January 28 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm

Federation House


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Brought to you by the Arts Sub-Committee Painting / 3D Decoupage / Calligraphy / Good Handwriting The 2021 theme ‘The Beauty of Nature’ is being carried over to 2022! Entries to WI Headquarters by: Friday 28th January 2022 *Download an entry form: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Arts-Festival-2022-Entry-Form-PDF.pdf *Class details & entry criteria: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Beauty-of-Nature-2022.pdf *Calligraphy & Good Handwriting quotations: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Arts-Calligraphy-Good-Handwriting-Competitions.pdf Due to a rise in Covid cases, the Arts Coffee Morning (planned for 11th February) has had to be cancelled.  All of the above Arts…

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Phyllis Gailey Literary Competition 2022

January 31 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The title for the Phyllis Gailey Literary Competition in 2022 is: ‘It Never Rains But It Pours…’  Entrants must compose an original story of 800 words – 1000 words relating to this theme. The title is open to interpretation so let your imagination take flight! (Please adhere strictly to the word count and ensure you record your final word count on your entry, along with your name and Institute) Entries to…

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Scrapbook Competition 2022

January 31 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee Scrapbook Competition 2022 *Entries to document the September 2020 – June 2021 season (a very strange and difficult time for many, with Covid-19 and all the lockdowns  – but we know many of you will still have a story to share!) Scrapbooks and pages should be 12 inches x 12 inches. Please submit books/pages to WI Headquarters by Monday, 31st January 2022 . Click the link below for full entry criteria…

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February 2022


February Homecraft Judging – *Deadline: 2nd February 2022

February 2 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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Please submit craft items for judging to WI Headquarters by: Wednesday, 2nd February 2022. Items submitted for February 2022 Judging will be accepted from both the new Homecraft Syllabus and the previous Syllabus (2014).   *White cards are available at the WI HQ office and pink judging forms are downloadable here: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Homecraft-Judging-Form.pdf

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🎨🏆Small Trophy Presentation for Arts Winners on 11th February 2022 at WI HQ🏆🎨 – – – – – – (❌☕️Full Coffee Morning event cancelled❌☕️)

February 11 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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The message below is from Arts Sub-Committee Chairman Lesley Dowds. ((Unfortunately the Arts Coffee Morning {planned for 11th Feb} has had to be cancelled HOWEVER – entries for the ‘Beauty of Nature’ Painting, Decoupage, Calligraphy & Good Handwriting competitions WILL still be judged and the exhibition will still be mounted! Please submit your entries to WI HQ by: Friday, 28th January 2022.))  

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Homecraft Six-Week Introductory Workshops – Choose from Carrickmacross Lace or Goldwork – Starting 15th February 2022!

February 15 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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Two six-week introductory courses! Choose from either: * Introduction to Carrickmacross Lace with tutor Ann Eccleston or * Introduction to Goldwork with tutor Evelyne Robinson (***GOLDWORK IS NOW FULL!***)   Both courses will start on Tuesday, 15th February 2022 and run on the following five consecutive Tuesdays (22nd Feb, 1st Mar, 8th Mar, 15th & 22nd Mar 2022) 11am – 1pm at WI Headquarters, Belfast Cost for each full six-week course: £35.00 per person Kits are extra, to be paid…

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March 2022


Isobel Lusk Knitting Pattern 2021-22

March 1 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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The 2021-22 Isobel Lusk Knitting Pattern is now available… This time around , it’s the ‘Seeing Stripes’ sock pattern! Please view the ‘Downloads’ section of the website to obtain the 4-page PDF: http://www.wini.org.uk/event/isobel-lusk-knitting-pattern-2021-22/ For those who don’t have access to a printer, hard copies are also available on request from WI Headquarters. Isobel Lusk entries are submitted for Homecraft Judging in March 2022 (exact date to be confirmed) – so plenty of time to dust off the knitting needles!  

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – *Spring 2022* Issue – *Deadline: 1st MARCH 2022!

March 1 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine will be the Spring 2022 issue. *The deadline for all submissions is: Tuesday, 1st March 2022 (by 12 noon)!* Please email all articles, anecdotes, photographs & advertising to: editor@wini.org.uk Spring-themed, topical articles welcome – as well as all your latest Institute adventures! (The Spring edition is due for release from approx. 29th March) Please also submit your photos to be considered for the Spring 2022 cover! Time to get snapping, or have…

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March Homecraft Trophy Judging – *Deadline: 2nd March 2022

March 2 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

Please submit craft items for judging to WI Headquarters by: Wednesday, 2nd March 2022. The month of March is for *Trophy Judging*, including the Isobel Lusk Competition. Items submitted for March 2022 Judging will be accepted from both the new Homecraft Syllabus and the previous Syllabus (2014). *White cards are available at the WI HQ office and pink judging forms are downloadable here: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Homecraft-Judging-Form.pdf

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AGM 2022

March 31 @ 11:00 am4:30 pm

Europa Hotel Belfast,

Great Victoria Street

Belfast,

BT2 7AP

United Kingdom


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 Annual General Meeting Thursday 31st March 2022 Europa Hotel (Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7AP) The guest speaker will be Brian Rankin a.k.a ‘The Farmer Poet’ from Limavady! Brian will entertain us with his unique brand of homemade rhyme… many of his poems are created in the milking parlour when his mind tends to wander in various humorous directions!  Tea/coffee & traybakes will be served from 9.30am – 10.30am, payable on the day & priced at £5.00 per person The…

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April 2022


Homecraft Syllabus – Judging – From April 2022 onward, items for judging will *only* be accepted from the New Syllabus!

April 1 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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Homecraft One Day School – WI HQ – 2nd April 2022 *Still places in the ‘Unfinished’ class!

April 2 @ 10:00 am4:30 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

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In place of the Weekend that sadly never was, the Homecraft Sub-Committee is running a One Day School at WI HQ in April! Choice of classes:  Goldwork:   Tutor – Evelyne Robinson (*FULL!) Tatting:   Tutor – Ethel Patterson (*FULL!) Unfinished:  Tutor – Sophia Maybin ***There are now only places left on the Unfinished class!*** Cost: £16.00 per person  (Please note: There may be an additional charge for materials in some of the classes, made payable to the tutor on the day.)…

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – *May 2022* Issue – *Deadline: 6th APRIL 2022!

April 6 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL

The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine will be the May 2022 issue. *The deadline for all submissions is: Wednesday, 6th April 2022 (by 12 noon)!* Please email all articles, anecdotes, photographs & advertising to: editor@wini.org.uk May-themed, topical articles welcome – as well as all your latest Institute adventures! (The May edition is due for release from approx. 27th April onward) Please also submit your photos to be considered for the May 2022 cover! The May issue traditionally has…

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ACWW Day ‘Women Walk The World 2022’

April 29

 Celebrate ACWW’s international network by joining together to ‘Walk The World’ in 2022! 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…

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May 2022


Balmoral Show 2022

May 11 @ 9:30 amMay 14 @ 6:00 pm

Balmoral Park,

Halftown Road, Maze

Sprucefield,

BT27 5RL

United Kingdom


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 Balmoral Park, Halftown Road, Lisburn, BT27 5RF Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th May 2022                    *** The deadline for all entries to the WI Competitions at Balmoral Show has been extended to Thursday 14th April 2022*** Click this link for class details: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Balmoral-Show-2022-WI-Advert.pdf …and this link for the entry form: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Balmoral-Show-2022-WI-Entry-Form.pdf We will be here in the new Annex building:  

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