Ladies Who Lunch

Posted February 9, 2022 by WI Staff in Local Areas

In keeping with Covid restrictions, some of our Institutes have sought alternative ways and times to meet, seizing the opportunity to get together for lunches, brunches and dinner dates!





Cullybackey WI

Amidst all the uncertainty of Covid back in November, the Cullybackey ladies did things differently – combining their annual dinner with their Institute’s AGM! Everyone met at the Adair Arms Hotel in Ballymena and enjoyed a lovely meal.  The WI business followed, with Ruth Orr re-elected as President for 2021-22.  Later on, Ethel entertained with some original poetry and thought-provoking stories.  Press Correspondent Merle Campbell commented, “How pleasant it was to be able to get together and have a lovely, sociable occasion!”




Garvagh WI

 At the beginning of November, the Garvagh ladies enjoyed a special afternoon tea with celebrity chef Paula McIntyre – this was during a session of filming with Paula for an upcoming documentary about food in Ulster!  The documentary will celebrate 100 years of Northern Ireland – and where better to start talking about afternoon tea, than with the oldest WI in the province!




Killyman WI

The ladies from Killyman got into the Christmas spirit with a festive lunch and tour at Killymoon Castle.  Secretary Ruth Carroll told us, “It was lovely to see everyone again and the lunch was delicious!”




Laurelvale WI

Leading up to Christmas, the Laurelvale ladies celebrated with a beautiful three course meal in The Riverside Restaurant at Portadown Golf Club. Several lucky ladies won ballot prizes throughout the night and after the meal, The Pride of the Birches accordion band entertained with a lively medley of seasonal music and carols




Mosside WI

The Mosside ladies were able to get together in November for dinner in The Scenic Inn, Armoy. After the meal (which we hear was delicious!), members were put to the test with a fun table quiz organised by President Mary McCracken.




Ravarnette WI

In the run-up to Christmas, at the height of Storm Barra, the Ravarnette ladies enjoyed afternoon tea in a private room at Brownlow House in Lurgan.  Press Correspondent Lesley Bridgett remarked, “The service was impeccable and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal.  Most of all it, was a rare opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy the company of friends!”




Tandragee WI

In early December, the Tandragee ladies enjoyed a tasty Christmas lunch at Sinton’s at the Bridge, Craigavon.  Each lady had brought along a gift for the Secret Santa, so no one went home empty handed!


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