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March 2023


Bowls Final 2023

March 25, 2023 @ 9:30 am4:00 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 2023 ~ ‘The Bowls’ is Back! Our WI bowlers have been battling it out in Institute & Area tournaments across the province, but who will be WI Bowling Champion 2023 & winner of the Milk Marketing Board Salver?!   Come along and find out at… Connor Presbyterian Church Hall, Kells (Carncombe Roa, Kells, Ballymena, BT42 3LA) on Saturday 25th March 2023   The tournament will commence…

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Annual General Meeting 2023

March 30, 2023 @ 9:30 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 ~   Thursday 30th March 2023   The Exhibition Centre at the Europa Hotel, Belfast (Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7AP) The guest speaker will be Adrian Morrow, Managing Director at Glenarm Castle. Adrian will share his fascinating story of growing up on the grounds of Glenarm – ‘the best playground a child could have!’ –  where his father was a chauffeur and later Estate Manager.  In his current…

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April 2023


Creative Writing One Day School – *Rescheduled for 18th April!

April 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am4:00 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 Creative Writing One Day School *RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, 18TH APRIL 2023!* WI Headquarters, Belfast Learn the art of Creative Writing with tutor Lou McIvor “If you have ever wanted to write but aren’t sure where to start, this one day course has been designed to help you. Whether you are interested in writing fiction or writing about your own life, we will explore how to gather ideas and inspiration, have fun…

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Music Festival 2023

April 22, 2023 @ 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 The Federation’s  ~ MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023 ~ Saturday, 22nd April 2023 at 10.30am Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Hall  (750 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0AP) You can view the class info & details of the set pieces at the following link: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Music-Festival-2023.pdf The entry form is downloadable at the link below: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Music-Festival-Entry-Form-2023.pdf

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Mary Boyd Competition 2023

April 25, 2023 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters,

209-11 Upper Lisburn Road

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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The International Sub-Committee invites you to enter the Federation’s ~ MARY BOYD COMPETITITION 2023 ~ For this year’s WI challenge, entrants are tasked with creating a SHOE BAG FOR TRAVELLING PURPOSES! Stipulations: – Article must be machine sewn – Minimum Size: 30cm x 40cm (11.8” x 15.7”) – Maximum Size: 35cm x 50cm (13.8” x 20”) – The Shoe Bag must close with a draw string ………………………………… All entries should be left at WI Headquarters by Tuesday, 25th April 2023…

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ACWW Day – ‘Women Walk The World 2023’

April 29, 2023

 Celebrate ACWW’s international network by joining together to ~ ‘Walk The World’ in 2023! ~ 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…

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May 2023


Balmoral Show 2023

May 10, 2023May 13, 2023

Balmoral Park Showgrounds,

Eikon Exhibition Centre, Halftown Road

Maze, Lisburn,

BT27 5RL

United Kingdom


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Balmoral Park, Halftown Road, Lisburn, BT27 5RF Wednesday 10th – Saturday 13th May 2023            Details of WI Competitions are in the Downloads: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Balmoral-Show-Advert-25-April-2023-Ad.pdf Entry form: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Balmoral-Show-Entry-Form-25-April-2023-entry-form.pdf  

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ACWW 30th Triennial World Conference, Malaysia 2023

May 17, 2023May 25, 2023

Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

Kuala Lumper,

Malaysia


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  Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Further information can be obtained from International Sub-Committee Chairman Rhoda Farrelly via email: rhodafarrelly@yahoo.co.uk  Find out much more at the following link, including a provisional programme for the Conference: https://acww.org.uk/2023-world-conference

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Quiz Final 2023

May 24, 2023 @ 7:15 pm10:00 pm

Carnmoney Presbyterian Church Hall,

258 Carnmoney Road

Glengormley, Newtownabbey,

BT36 6JZ

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The Federation’s ~ QUIZ FINAL 2023 ~ Brains have battled through the closely contested Institute & Area heats, but which team will be Federation Quiz Champions & winners of the Orr Burns Salver?!   Come along and find out at… Carnmoney Presbyterian Church Hall (258 Carnmoney Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey, BT36 6JZ) on Wednesday 24th May 2023 Registration for the quiz teams from 6.45pm The Quiz will commence at 7.30pm (sharp!) Admission…

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June 2023


Golf Tournament – ‘WI Golfer of the Year 2023’

June 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

Greenacres Golf Centre,

155 Ballyrobert Road

Ballyrobert, Ballyclare,

BT39 9RT

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Magazine and Leisure Sub-Committee The Federation’s ~ WI GOLFER OF THE YEAR 2023! ~ Greenacres Golf Centre, Ballyclare  (155 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyrobert, Ballyclare, BT39 9RT) Monday, 19th June 2023 Entry fee: £50.00 per person This price includes morning tea/coffee and scone (available from 10.00am), green fee for a round of golf & a delicious meal after the game. Catering will be provided by Barnaby’s Restaurant, adjacent to the Golf Centre.   This tournament is traditionally…

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July 2023


Photographic Competition 2023 – *Theme: ‘Wet & Wild’

July 31, 2023 @ 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 ‘Wet & Wild’ is the title for this year’s ~ PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION ~ What does the theme ‘Wet & Wild’ mean to you?! Make a splash on this competition & use your creative eye to capture a photo that relates to this title! Your photograph can feature any subject of your choice, as long as it is in keeping with the ‘Wet & Wild’ theme – so use your imagination and…

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – ‘September 2023’ edition – *Deadline: Monday, 31st JULY 2023!

July 31, 2023 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine is the September 2023 issue, to start the new WI season! *The deadline for all submissions to the September magazine is: *Monday, 31st July 2023 (by 12 noon)!* Please submit items in advance of this date. (The deadline each month is the final cut-off date, to allow enough time for the editing, designing, proofreading, production, print, packing and delivery of the magazine.  Please always aim to submit items well in advance of…

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September 2023


Homecraft One Day School at WI HQ

September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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~Saturday, 23rd September 2023~ WI Headquarters, Belfast 10:00am – 4:00pm Cost: £16.00 per person ~Choose one of the following Creative Classes~ –Beadwork  (FULL!) –Crewel Embroidery (FULL!) –Unfinished (There are still some places left in the Unfinished class) * Sign up to secure your place!      …Click the link below for more information, including booking form: http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Homecraft-ODS-Sept-f.pdf  

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WI at the Autumn Fair – Botanic Gardens, Belfast

September 23, 2023 @ 12:30 pmSeptember 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Botanic Gardens Belfast


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Join us at the City of Belfast Autumn Fair 2023 in Botanic Gardens, Belfast (College Park Avenue, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1LP) on Saturday, 23rd & Sunday, 24th September 2023   Running from 12:30pm – 6:00pm on both days Autumn will get underway in the city with the return of the fabulous Autumn Fair in beautiful Botanic Gardens, Belfast – and WI will be there! This will be a weekend of celebration, marking the changing of the season with flowers,…

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – Autumn edition – *Deadline: 25th SEPTEMBER 2023

September 25, 2023 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

WI Headquarters (Federation House),

209/211 Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy

Belfast,

BT10 0LL


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The next edition of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine is the Autumn 2023  issue. *The deadline for all submissions to the Autumn magazine is: Monday, 25th September 2023 (by 12 noon)!* Please email all photographs, articles, anecdotes & advertising to: editor@wini.org.uk (The Autumn edition is due for release from approx. 25th October onward) ………………………………………………………….  Please also submit photographs to be considered for our Autumn cover image! …Time to get snapping, or have a look through your Autumnal archives! Digital images via…

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October 2023


Festival of the Spoken Word – Templepatrick

October 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am4:30 pm

Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Hall,

750 Antrim Road

Templepatrick,

BT39 0AP

United Kingdom


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Brought to you by the Arts Sub-Committee ~Festival of the Spoken Word~ Saturday, 14th October 2023 Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Hall (750 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0AP) 10:30am (Tea/coffee served from 10:00am) The three topics for the Prepared Speech class are: 1. What A Coincidence… 2. My Biggest Adventure… 3. It Was Unbelievable… *Please click the link for more information, including full class details & entry form… http://www.wini.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Festival-of-the-Spoken-Word-1.pdf (Closing date for entries to WI HQ: Monday, 2nd October 2023)

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World Rural Women’s Day – Manor House, Enniskillen (morning of ACM)

October 28, 2023 @ 9:30 am1:30 pm

Manor House Country Hotel,

Killadeas

Enniskillen,

BT94 1NY

United Kingdom


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WRWD Saturday, 28th October 2023 Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen (Killadeas, Enniskillen, BT94 1NY) Proceedings from 10:00am –approx.12:00 noon in The Grand Ballroom (on the morning of the Autumn Council Meeting) Guest speaker: ACWW World President, Magdie de Kock Bring and Buy Sale (useful, beautiful, or edible!) & Raffle   Admission – payable on arrival (Morning tea, coffee & refreshments–additional charges, payable on the day. Lunches to be booked directly with the hotel.) * Discounted rates are available for WI…

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Autumn Council Meeting – Manor House, Enniskillen (following WRWD)

October 28, 2023 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm

Manor House Country Hotel,

Killadeas

Enniskillen,

BT94 1NY

United Kingdom


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ACM Saturday, 28th October 2023   Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen (Killadeas, Enniskillen, BT94 1NY)   Proceedings from 2:00 pm in The Grand Ballroom (Following World Rural Women’s Day that morning) Admission – payable on arrival   Guest speaker: Jim Ledwith Founding Trustee of the Fermanagh Trust, Fermanagh’s Community Foundation, Jim has had a life-long obsession with the folk tradition of masking. Masked ritual folk actors called mummers / rhymers / hogmanay men have often been portrayed as the hidden heritage…

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Ulster Countrywoman magazine – Christmas edition – *Deadline: 30th OCTOBER 2023

October 30, 2023 @ 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 all submissions to the Christmas 2023 magazine is: Monday, 30th October 2023 (by 12 noon)!* Please email all articles, anecdotes, photographs & advertising to: editor@wini.org.uk (The Christmas edition is due for release from approx. 25th November) We would particularly welcome ‘Christmassy’ content to get all our readers in the seasonal spirit! Let’s make this a bright, bold, fun packed, festive issue! Please also send in your photos to be considered for our Christmas 2021 cover! Time to…

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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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