September Season – WI Meetings Resume!

Posted September 16, 2021 by WI Staff in Local Areas

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!


September kicks off our new 2021-22 WI season – and it’s great that many of our groups are now able to hold their official Institute meetings once again!


Meetings are certainly a little different these days, but we are facing the changes and adapting accordingly…




Aghanloo WI

Members of Aghanloo WI were thrilled to have a very successful ‘Drop In Evening’ to begin the new WI season. With the good weather, many chose to sit outside to enjoy their cuppa and a good catch up. President Lorna, Secretary Linda and Treasurer Margaret (pictured) were ready to meet and greet the ladies as they arrived at the hall.  The ladies were absolutely delighted with the turnout and the volume of chatter demonstrated how good it was to meet friends and to socialise once again!




Dundonald WI

Here are the Dundonald WI ladies – at their first official meeting as an Institute in eighteen months! The group got together in their new venue (the Ballyoran Centre, Dundonald) and followed strict Covid guidelines. All the members had all kept in touch during lockdown but it was wonderful to be able to meet again in person.

The guest speaker was Gareth McCausland, the Age Friendly Coordinator from Ards & North Down / Lisburn & Castlereagh City Councils. Gareth explained how these Councils support the aging population in positive ways and outlined practical help available. He also spoke about the Age Friendly Initiative and Action Plan, sharing tips on health, fitness and wellbeing.  Gareth gave everyone present a copy of Mary Peter’s Move with Mary DVD and a Keeping Well at Home booklet.   Brenda Wallis, Ida Griffin, Carolyn Boyd and Anne Jackson each won a lighthearted competition by producing items from their handbags!




Islandmagee North WI

The Islandmagee North ladies were cordially invited to the outdoor AGM this month – and Covid restrictions didn’t dampen the spirits, as the meeting had a special garden party theme! The members were encouraged to ‘dress to impress’ and, as you can see, they all definitely complied! The outgoing Committee provided a lovely afternoon tea, comprised of individual boxes with scones, traybakes and chocolates!  Congratulations to Pauline Riddle who was elected as the Institute’s new 2021-22 President.  A special mention also to Betty Beattie who was made an honorary member of the Institute and presented with her certificate.



Macosquin WI

Here are the Macosquin WI ladies, who kicked off their new WI season on 8th September – their first official meeting as an Institute in eighteen months!



Maze WI

Here are the Maze members, enjoying their first full meeting since the very first lockdown! The ladies were welcomed back by the brilliant Ballykeel Accordian Band, who entertained throughout the night. It was also a chance for the Institute to acknowledge one of their fellow members, Dorothy Andrews, who has just completed 6 years as an Executive Member! The ladies showed their appreciation by giving Dorothy a gift voucher for a local jewellers, which she spent wisely on a lovely necklace! President Hilda Law presented Dorothy with her gift on behalf of the Institute. Secretary Marion Gordon told us, “It’s great to be back!”



Pomeroy WI

The Pomeroy ladies got together recently – their first proper meeting as an Institute in 18 months! The guest speaker was Therese from Flowers@designs by Therese. In keeping with the floral theme, the Competition was A Flower Arrangement in a Handbag. Margaret Smyth was the overall winner and was presented with the Wilson Salver by President Olive Reid.  Annie Cuddy give a lovely summary of WI life during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Margaret Kelso gave an update on what was happening within the WI Executive. Annie Cuddy was presented with a Homecraft Ribbon.  Margaret Smyth was the Birthday Girl.



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