WI at Balmoral Show 2017

Posted November 1, 2017 by WI Staff in Event Reports

The WI marquee at Balmoral Park was a hive of activity and it was yet another eventful and successful Show for the Women’s Institute. Here are some snapshots of this momentous occasion on the WI calendar…

Federation Chairman Elizabeth Warden (far right) welcoming special guests to the WI marquee – Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE, Lady Mayoress Rosalind Bloomfield (also a member of Drumbeg WI), and the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rt Rev Dr Frank Sellar, accompanied by his wife Claire.


Federation Chairman Elizabeth Warden with YFCU President James Speers.


General Secretary Irene Sproule with Executive Members Roberta Mathers, Dorothy Andrews, Collette Craig and Sophia Maybin.



Prime Minister Theresa May visiting the WI marquee.



Prime Minister Theresa May with Federation Chairman Elizabeth Warden and WI members Lesley Martin and Dorothy Robb at the market stall.


Federation Chairman Elizabeth Warden chatting to Prime Minister Theresa May at one of the many WI exhibits.


Prime Minister Theresa May greeting WI members at one of the competition stands.



Some of our nursery rhyme characters meeting Prime Minster Theresa May.


Little Bo Peep has found her sheep – and also MP James Brokenshire!



Pretty maids all in a row! Several members got into the spirit of the occasion, dressing as nursery rhyme characters, in keeping with the theme of this year’s Balmoral Show Competitions.


Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake. WI ladies at one of the cookery competition displays.


Beth Irwin and Joan Agnew carrying out their icing duties behind the scenes!


Preparation is key! Hardworking WI ladies sorting items for the WI market stall.


Agnes Black, Ethel Patterson and Kathleen Verner behind the scenes ‘on the dishes’! 


Riada Area Executive Member Marlene Walsh with trays ready for her ‘waitressing’ duties!


The WINI ladies made such a mark on Balmoral Show this year that they even got a mention on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One! The hilarious host mentioned the WI ladies as a snapshot flashed up on the screen behind him (pictured).  Graham was referring to Theresa May’s visit to the Balmoral Show when she met some of our members in the WI marquee…

A screenshot from The Graham Norton Show – do you recognise anyone?!


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