WI Life – Institute News Reports (*May)

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Posted April 25, 2022 by WI Staff in Local Areas

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

(Amy Poehler)

Snapshots of WI Life!

 

Now that some form of normality has returned and Institutes are holding official, face-to-face meetings again, our traditional Institute New reports return!  For future reference, if you are submitting a report for publication in the Ulster Countrywoman, please follow the format of the condensed, edited versions that are published in the magazine.  

 

News reports only need to give a brief synopsis of your meeting and should not be too lengthy.  The word limit is approx. 70 words per monthly meeting (give or take!)

 

Don’t forget, you can also submit photographs of your meetings and activities for the main Features section of the magazine, as well as for the WI Facebook page.

 

Please email all content for consideration directly to:   editor@wini.org.uk

*All the reports (A-Z) submitted on time for the May 2022 magazine deadline are published here:

 

Ahoghill                     After a gap of two years, the Ahoghill WI ladies held their 73rd annual dinner in Toast, Cullybackey!  President Yvonne Crabbe welcomed everyone and, following Grace delivered by Alma Suthers, members enjoyed their meal with the opportunity to ‘have a much missed catch up’. Post dinner, awards were presented to Pearl Fleming for bowls and the quiz team of Wendy Keys, Valerie Shaw and Alma Suthers, followed by a table quiz delivered by Valerie Shaw.

In April, the ladies welcomed guest speaker Margaret Johnston who gave an insightful talk entitled ‘Through my Garden Gate’, explaining how her garden has been developed over the years to suit the terrain and environment.  A fundraising plant sale was well received by members. First place in the competition for a handmade flower created in any medium was awarded to Jean Graham, 2nd Alma Suthers, 3rd Eileen McFall. Marbeth Hill proposed the vote of thanks and the President presented Margaret with a donation.

 

Aghadowey                  President Betty Hazlett welcomed everyone to the March meeting, including guest speaker Mr David Radcliffe, Principal of Harpur’s Hill Primary School. David spoke of his cancer journey, sharing his personal story through an emotive presentation. He explained that he felt his success in fighting the disease was due to a positive attitude, putting his trust in the medical professionals, support from family and friends, and a strong faith. An inspiration to all who know his story. Jennifer Bentley proposed the vote of thanks.

 

Armoy                         The Armoy ladies gathered together for their March meeting on Monday 7th. It was great to see everyone and catch up with WI friends again – Spring is in the air in Armoy! President Katy McCurdy welcomed everyone wholeheartedly, before handing the floor over to guest speaker Bernard Frayne who gave a very informative and fun presentation on dancing in the Quay Road Hall! It was an intriguing throwback to the ‘Showband Days’, which brought back happy memories for lots of the ladies! Nancy Orr, a knowledgeable Showband enthusiast herself proposed a vote of thanks to Bernard. Everyone enjoyed refreshments provided by the Catering Committee. Afterwards, the ladies moved on to the business part of the evening.

The ladies got together again for their April meeting on Monday 4th – this year is really flying in!  The guest speaker was Patrick Frew, who gave an informative presentation entitled ‘Incredible Edibles’!  It was an intriguing and inspiring theme, detailing the incredible community work going on in Cloughmills. Andreena McCormick proposed the vote of thanks. Refreshments were served by the Catering Committee before WI business was dealt with.  The ladies are looking forward to the next meeting in May which is a fork supper – Isn’t it great to be able to enjoy all these events again?!

 

Artana            President Elizabeth Cross welcomed everyone back after the Winter break to the March meeting.  The guest speaker was Doreen Kinnear from Dromore Library, who outlined the many services that the library provides. The birthday girl was Jennifer Wilson.

 

Augher                    The ladies met in March, in the Station House, Augher. President Brigid Hackett welcomed everyone and thanked Jackie Hamilton for facilitating the meeting. A minute’s silence was observed for members who had been bereaved, and for the people of Ukraine and other displaced people of troubled regions. Brigid thanked Edith Boyd for the beautiful handmade card she had made in honour of Beragh WI’s 70th anniversary, to convey Augher WI’s ‘Best Wishes’. Discussion took place on the Institute’s upcoming AGM, planned for Monday 13th June.  Members were encouraged to think of ways that the Institute could become more involved in the local community. Ideas were also welcomed for next year’s programme.  Plans were suggested for a meal in Sally’s Restaurant in May. A delightful supper of homemade scones was supplied by Jackie Hamilton.

 

Aughnacloy                        Unfortunately, the ladies were unable to hold their February meeting, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the area and a number of members testing positive!

Thankfully normality resumed for the March meeting, held on Wednesday 9th in The Masonic Hall, Aughnacloy.  The ladies enjoyed a creative evening of craftwork, led by fellow member Elizabeth Bell, who displayed her ‘Diamond Painting’.  Elizabeth’s creations featured beaded designs on leather bookmarks, suncatchers, glass cases and small bags. Everyone was eager to get started and soon got involved in making a piece of their own, under Elizabeth’s expert instruction.  The perfume bottle competition was won by: 1st Elizabeth Bell, 2nd Rae Loane, 3rd Helen Miller. The spring posy contest was won by: 1st Patricia Gibson, 2nd Pam Doddy. After a lovely cup of tea and biscuits, the night closed with A Countrywoman’s Song. 

 

Ballintoy                  In March, the ladies welcomed Ruaraidh Bailey of North Coast Chocolates. Ruaraidh gave an insight into the making of his luxurious chocolates which are handcrafted in small batches using ethical chocolate and local ingredients to ensure the ultimate taste sensation! In 2021, he secured a win in the Great Taste Awards NI. Each member was given a box of tantalising fresh chocolates with melt in your mouth centres. The monthly competition was won by: 1st Eileen McMullan, 2nd Geraldine Hill, 3rd Eileen McAlister.

 

Ballycarry                  President Maybeth McQuitty welcomed everyone to the March meeting.  The guest speaker was John Shannon from Inver Garden Centre.  John shared many tips on how to improve your garden after the Winter and answered questions on various gardening dilemmas that the members had. He displayed an assortment of plants and bushes which members were able to purchase.  The competition for a small plant pot was won by: 1st Maybeth McQuitty, 2nd Leta Marsden, 3rd Elizabeth Campbell. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and commented on how good it was to meet up again.

 

Ballyclare                            In March, as the planned speaker had to cancel, two fellow members stepped up! Ann Moore gave a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), detailing all aspects of the organization from its inception in 1929. As a new member of the Homecraft Sub-Committee, Pat Grant outlined its undertakings, and for the new members what was involved in the Syllabus and the creative workshops, etc.  A very informative night!

In April, through the generosity of Ballyclare Rugby Club, Ballyclare WI had a different venue for their annual wine and cheese night!  A night for accolades, as new member Lynn Colgan showed her Phyllis Gailey Trophy as the winner of the Federation’s Literary Competition. Talented craftswoman Diana Thompson had won the Thelma Golding Trophy and the Emily Bossence Tray.  Members voted for the monthly competition by putting coins for Pennies for Friendship beside their choice of best cheese knife. Pat Duddy won 1st place and Diana Thompson placed 2nd. Despite the bad weather outside, everyone had a great night.

 

Ballygrainey                       St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated at Ballygrainey’s monthly meeting!  President Fay Higgins welcomed members to an afternoon of storytelling. Handing over to guest speaker Gail Johnston, members were enthralled by tales from a by gone age.  Secretary Vera Kerr brought everyone up to date with forthcoming events, especially the Area Meeting to be held in Portaferry. Tree saplings were distributed to members to be planted.

Members were saddened to receive the news that popular, long-standing member Dorothy Henry had recently passed away.  Dorothy was a loyal and supportive member who had held numerous offices, but will be especially remembered for her skills as a Treasurer. She also represented the Institute on numerous occasions at the Area Bowls tournament and was often victorious. Dorothy will be missed by all her friends. Deepest sympathy is extended to her husband, son and daughter.

 

Ballynure                     Vice-President Jeannie Lynd welcomed everyone to the March meeting.  While business was being attended to and final arrangements for the Institute’s birthday dinner were made, Jeannie’s husband Errol and friend Lennie were busy in the kitchen.  Everyone had a great catch-up and supper was served consisting of several delicious hot dishes – great for a cold Winter’s evening – followed by Shamrock shaped shortbread biscuits and a welcome cup of tea!  ‘The Boys’ received many thanks for their cooking skills!  Each member was given a number and Aileen Sloan was the lucky draw winner

 

Ballyrashane                    Vice-President Moyra Lees welcomed members to the March meeting of Ballyrashane WI.  Guest speaker Shelley Steele, owner of Felting Crazy, was introduced.  Shelley creates a stunning range of felted products and her passion for feltmaking was obvious as she demonstrated the basic techniques. After a lapse of 2 years, WI supper resumed and was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all!  The monthly competition was for a pin cushion and the winners were: 1st Hilary Taggart, 2nd Lynda Gowdy, 3rd Gail Houston.

 

Ballysallagh                    A very enjoyable evening was recently spent with Christine Keenan, from the charity Hope And A Future.  Christine outlined the aid work carried out in Ethiopia, Kenya and Ukraine to help those most in need.  A presentation of the new WI cushion and scarf was given to Jean Blair to celebrate 60 years of her involvement with ACWW. The birthday girls loved their posies! Executive Member Lesley Dowds was thanked for organising creative workshops in the area.  A display of all the items produced at the workshops – scarves, earrings, rings and necklaces – showed the talents of the members.  The evening concluded with two recitations, a Covid-themed poem and ‘Johnny Sands’. After a hearty rendition of A Countrywoman’s Song, Margaret wished everyone a safe journey home.

 

Boardmills                 President Agnes Black welcomed everyone to the March meeting.  The guest speaker for the evening was Joye Henderson from Tropic, an award-winning skincare brand, with products made using the freshest ingredients nature has to offer, 100% natural!  Firstly, Joye treated members’ hands with a scrub, followed by hand crème, and then with cuticle oil.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the luxury treatments. After a light supper, the competition was judged as follows: 1st Valerie, 2nd June, 3rd Agnes.  The birthday girl was Kathleen.

 

Broughshane                 Vice-President Sally McBurney welcomed everyone to the March meeting.  Members were given a virtual tour of County Antrim through the impressive artwork of guest speaker Adrian Steele, who showcased an array of his beautiful sketches, which featured local buildings of historical and architectural significance.  The competitions were judged for the Area heats, as Secretary Shirley Knox and President Annie Davison welcomed guest judge Esther McMaster – and impressed with the huge number of entries!  Ashleigh Graham gave the vote of thanks.

 

Caledon                     Vice-President Margaret Nicholson welcomed everyone to the March meeting, especially Roberta Shilliday who was proposed and seconded as a new member.  Good wishes were conveyed to President Teresa for a speedy recovery.  The guest speaker was aromatherapist Arlene McEvoy, who shared her expertise on various essential oils and aromatherapy. The competition for a pretty perfume bottle was won by: 1st Joyce McCoy, 2nd Irene Marshall.

Members were welcomed to the April meeting by Margaret Verner. Sympathy was expressed to Kathleen and Bridget Wray on the death of Kathleen’s husband. The guest speakers for the evening were Ian and Glenn from Vibe Church in Armagh. Ian discussed his work in the area as community pastor and shared details of events organised in the church during the week.  The competition for a favourite homely wall plaque was won by: 1st Florence Nelson, 2nd Margaret Verner.

 

Carnlough               In February, guest speaker Andrea McClean led an enjoyable session of armchair yoga. Plans were made for the Area Quiz, with Mary Semple, Mary McCambridge and Margaret McMullan forming a team. The Slemish One Day School and Area Outing were also discussed.  The Institute will host the popular WI Sale at Carnlough Vintage Day on Saturday 30th July, with proceeds shared between ACWW Projects and RNLI Red Bay.  The competition for a pretty brooch was won by: 1st Ethel Simpson, joint 2nd Mary O’Kane and Sylvia Wray, 3rd Margaret McMullan.

President Ethel Simpson welcomed everyone to the March meeting, including guest speaker Gabriel McAuley.  Gabriel provided an overview of the tremendous local and national charity work undertaken by the Antrim Coast Lions Club. Competitions were held to determine which members would forward entries to the Spring Area Meeting Competitions in Cullybackey.

 

Carrickfergus                     At the March meeting, the guest speaker was Francis McHugh, who explained how a teacher had got him interested in the history of his local area when he was just eleven years old – and he has collected postcards and pictures ever since!  Francis gave a slideshow of some of his postcards featuring Carrickfergus, Whitehead, Ballycarry, Islandmagee and Larne, explaining the history behind them.  The ladies asked many questions, which Francis was happy to answer. Everyone enjoyed the night and found it very interesting.

 

Carryduff                   The ladies got together on 10th January to enjoy a cookery demonstration by local chef Gary, accompanied by his helper Sarah.  Gary showed the group how to make two very tasty sauces, which each member got to sample.  The competition for a sauce boat was won by: 1st Elaine, 2nd Rhubina, 3rd Jane.

The ladies enjoyed a special St. Patrick’s Day supper on 14th March – good food, laughter and plenty of craic!  The Competition for an Irish souvenir was won jointly by Marlene and Elaine, with Linda runner-up.  Plans were confirmed for a permanent move to a new meeting venue from next month – ‘The Hub’ in Carryduff.

Some members also recently enjoyed a trip to the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast and viewed the SS Nomadic in Hamilton Dock. It was very interesting.

 

Castlederg                        Members were delighted to return to some form of normality at their AGM, with Executive Member Joan Beattie chairing the proceedings.  Elsie Loughlin was elected President.

Michelle Young was the guest speaker at the February meeting, when she discussed the illustrated book ‘The Lost Words’.  Michelle works with children and adults who have an interest in creative writing.  Everyone joined in with a Chinese New Year quiz that had been made out by Elsie.  This was great fun – although there was more guessing than actually knowing!

In March, the guest speaker was Elsie Wilson who gave a ‘Flexercise’ demonstration. Elsie shared the interesting story of how she was introduced to this practice and demonstrated a range of light exercises, with all the members joining in.  It was great fun! Supper was served and the ladies rewarded themselves with pancakes made by the President.

 

Clanabogan                        The planned guest speaker for the March meeting had to cancel at short notice, however all was not lost, as some members brought along beautiful items of craft to display, generating much interest. The ladies look forward to rebooking this speaker at a later date. Some diary dates were shared, and the saplings from the ‘Plant a Tree for our Future’ campaign were distributed.  Laura was the lucky raffle winner.  Margaret won the competition.  The meeting closed with tea and plenty of chat.

 

Clogher               At the April meeting, President Beryl Boyd and Secretary Florence Trotter updated the members on the AGM in Belfast, which covered arrangements for Balmoral Show and the planned 90th anniversary celebrations. The guest speaker for the evening was Florence, who gave a very interesting talk about her holiday to Dubai.  The meeting came to a close with a lovely supper and good conversation.

 

Collone                  President Jennifer Towers welcomed everyone to the February meeting, including new member Linda Pollock. Business matters were addressed; Linda was congratulated on her article in the magazine, and Ann on winning the monthly competition. Despite some normality returning, guest speakers and homemade goodies are still absent from the meetings, but tea, biscuits, fun and friendship are always on the agenda! Everyone participated in a modified game of Beetle and a short quiz, organised by Ann Patton.

In March, President Jennifer welcomed everyone, with a special welcome to new member Mavis Crozier.  Business matters were addressed, with members updated on Federation and Area events. Fellow member Rosemary entertained with interesting facts, useful hints and humorous quotes, all whilst making an apple, pork and ginger stir fry! She also treated members to a delicious cake for supper.  Secretary Ann proposed the vote of thanks.

 

Crossgar                    In February, local historian Callum Bowsie gave a tour of Crossgar from bygone days.  He had lots of information and photographs, depicting how the town has changed over the years. Dorothy Friars gave the vote of thanks. Debbie Smyth and Patricia Murray were congratulated on their successes in the Arts Festival Competitions.  The birthday girl was Sharon McKelvey.  Sheila McMurray won the ballot. The competition for a Valentine verse was won by: 1st Lourdy Conlan, 2nd Lorna Stevenson, 3rd Joan Gordon.

In March, the ladies welcomed Andrew Scott and his line dancers. They began with a display of dances on their own, before getting members up to learn the steps! Andrew finished with an incredible solo line dance. The competition for a posy of Spring flowers was won by: 1st Dorothy Friars, 2nd Patricia Murray, 3rd Ethne Douglas.  Eunice Murdock won the ballot.  The birthday girl was Patricia Mulholland.

 

Cullybackey                       Ruth Orr presided at the March meeting. Congratulations were conveyed to Rosemary Kennedy, Margaret Connaughty, Hilary Smyth, Joan Stevenson, Myrna Douglas and Kathleen Kennedy on receiving A and A+ grades for Homecraft.  The guest speaker was Vera McCullough who designs and produces handcrafted jewellery. Her most treasured pieces were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited Ballymena!  Vera is originally from the Czech Republic and explained how she came to be residing in Buckna.  Members were given tips on cleaning and caring for their jewellery.

 

Culmore              President Dawn opened the February meeting and welcomed Hugh Gilliland as the quizmaster for the night.  Members were divided into 4 teams and the winners were ‘The 3 Degrees’ – Collette, Nuala and Kathleen!  An auction was held and everyone enjoyed a lovely supper.

At the March meeting, the ladies were joined by skincare consultant Laura Hutchinson.  The audience volunteered new member Shiela Crawley to be Laura’s model on the night!  Laura shared great tips on skincare and makeup application, and Sheila was delighted with her makeover.  The competition for a twiddle muff was won by: 1st Nuala Shields, 2nd Dawn Devine, 3rd Milda Campbell.

 

Desertcreat              The February meeting opened with a warm welcome from President Maureen Steele Graham.  The guest speaker was from the local Crime Prevention Branch. Members were very interested to learn about Internet safety and cybercrime and how to keep themselves safe from all kinds of fraud.  Free leaflets, pens and alarms were given to all members. The evening came to a close with a cup of tea and the singing of A Countrywoman’s Song.

Vice-President Julie Kee welcomed everyone to the March meeting. The guest speaker for the evening was Michael May from the Mid Ulster Talking Newspaper Association.  Michael explained how the Talking Newspaper is digitally recorded and posted out to visually impaired listeners on a memory stick free of charge. Everyone had an enjoyable evening and lots of laughs. Tea and biscuits finished off the evening.

 

Donaghadee            At the March meeting, President Yvonne McIlmail welcomed Rev David and Mrs Maureen Irwin. They presented an enthralling, illustrated talk entitled ‘Top of the World’.  Through their stunning photography, the audience was transported to South America – to the Andes, the Amazon River, Machu Picchu and the Inca trail, Rio de Janeiro and the River Plate!  Birthday pens were presented to Anne Johnston and Dot McCullough. The competition for a photograph entitled ‘End of the Day’ was won by Lexi Kennedy.

At the April meeting, local beautician Debbie Morton gave an insight into the health benefits of aromathology and reflexology. The competition for a handknitted adult scarf was won by Joan Cree. Joan was also presented with a birthday pen and congratulations on reaching a special birthday!

 

Drumbeg                   In March, the guest speaker via Zoom was Liza Jones from Bury St Edmonds, who gave a talk on ‘The History of Underwear’ – a very interesting topic!  The walking group had an away day and walked from Moira train station to Aghalee to see the large expanse of water known as Broadwater. There were several interesting historical sights to view, such as the unique bridge structure at Moira station and the remains of the Lisburn to Lough Neagh section of canal.

 

Drumcree                     President Johanna welcomed everyone to the March meeting, especially Trevor Sharpe – son of a fellow member – who entertained by playing his accordion and accompanying a singalong on the piano! A lovely upbeat evening was enjoyed by all.  Vera Best proposed a vote of thanks.  The special birthday girl on the evening was Helen Carrick, who celebrated her 85th birthday.   After supper, WI business was attended to.  The competition for something green was won by Jean Clarke.  The supper prize went to Joy King.

Fellow member Ann Black was the speaker at the April meeting. Ann discussed her passion for painting and displayed some beautiful examples of her work.  Her favourite medium to work in is oils. At the recent Federation Arts Festival, Ann won the Phyllis Ennis Cup in the Oils Open category, as well as the award for Best Overall Painting – a very talented lady.  Jean Clarke proposed the vote of thanks. President Johanna shared dates of upcoming outings and plans were made for a special Tea Party to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  The supper prize was won by Olive Martin.  The birthday girl was Ann Black.  The competition for a handmade Easter card was won by Jean Clarke.

 

Dundonald                          Members of Dundonald WI enjoyed an evening of Easter craft at their April meeting. The ladies experimented with diamond craft, designed Easter cards and filled handmade boxes with mini eggs! Anne Jackson’s card was voted to be the competition prize winner. Pat Allen was the ballot winner. During business, members heard of recent highly enjoyable events undertaken by the group.  On International Women’s Day, five fellow members attended the local event at the Enler Centre, organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, when celebrity chef Suzie Lee Arbuthnot conducted a cookery demo and chatted about winning BBC NI’s Best Home Cook 2020. On another occasion, members visited Hillsborough Castle as part of their Community Access Scheme. Several members turned out to plant trees at Killynether Park to mark the 90th anniversary of Women’s Institutes in Northern Ireland.

 

Dungannon                    President Fiona welcomed everyone to the March meeting.  After business matters were dealt with, the guest speaker for the evening, Rev William Newell entertained with stories of his life – many with a humorous twist!  This was followed by tales of his journey along the North Coast, depicted with his stunning photographs.  Joyce thanked Rev Newell and presented him with a token of appreciation.  Doris was the March birthday girl. Tea and biscuits followed by the singing of A Countrywoman’s Song brought the successful evening to a close.

 

Eglinton                    President Karen welcomed everyone to the March meeting, where Covid regulations were once again followed. Members were treated to a special Movie Night and during the interval popcorn and ice cream were enjoyed!  The competition to design an event ticket was won by: 1st Ann Pinkerton, 2nd Carole McCloskey, 3rd Kathy Bond.  A lovely evening was had by all.

 

Fintona                      In March, the guest speaker was Kate Adams from Omagh. Kate gave a most interesting and beautifully illustrated talk on her garden.  Kate explained that when building a new house, it was decided to employ a garden designer to plan the garden.  At the back of the house a circular plan was put in place and as the front was very steep, she used a terrace system.  Members were treated to a feast for the eyes of flowers and shrubs! Kate also shared lots of ideas for planting and feeding.  She led the audience through all the seasons of the year and showed how the garden has developed over the years.

Mary Cuthbertson presented a silver salver in memory of Ethel Cuthbertson and spoke of Ethel’s love for Fintona WI and her desire to present an award in her name.  Due to Covid-19, this had been somewhat delayed as Ethel passed away in June 2019.  President Laine Turner thanked Mary for the beautiful silver salver and received it on behalf of the Institute. The competition for the oldest medical card was won by: 1st Ruth Boyd, 2nd Irene Booth, 3rd Evelyn Telford. Instead of singing A Countrywoman’s Song, Laine read a prayer for peace in view of the war in Ukraine.

 

Fivemiletown                  The March meeting was held in The Buttermarket.   President Florence Brunt welcomed members and everyone took park in a fun Beetle Drive!  Several prizes were awarded. As there was no further WI business, the evening concluded with supper.

 

Garvagh                           The March meeting took the form of a Craft Night. Members displayed work completed during lockdown and over the Winter months, showcasing the great talent in Garvagh WI.  The ladies got to work on souvenir bookmarks for the Institute’s anniversary dinner and also enjoyed some Easter craft activities – a very enjoyable, relaxing evening.

Another great evening out was had at the musical Calendar Girls, produced by Portrush Music Society.

 

Glenanne                  In April, members were welcomed by President Carole Baird with news about the AGM in The Europa, Balmoral Show and the 90th anniversary of the WI in Northern Ireland. This month members brought along treasured vintage items and shared a personal story relating to each piece. Carole’s photo albums proved very popular. The competition winners were: 1st Thelma Corkey, 2nd Ida McCrum, joint 3rd Christine Watt and Jenny Anderson. The potluck prize winner was Elizabeth Morrison. A delicious supper was provided by Bernice Johnston and Roberta Barron.

 

Gleno                 President Tracey McIlwaine welcomed everyone in February and ensured all Covid guidelines were being respected before introducing Tina Enlander as the guest speaker. Tina gave a great demonstration and explanation of the art of spinning – all while Storm Eunice was thinking about approaching… as members were warm and cosy inside in the spacious surroundings of Raloo Old Church Hall!  The competition for an unusual sock was won by Arlene Thompson. The lucky ballot winner was Diane McIlwaine.

At the March meeting, the guest speaker was Julia O’Brien, who showcased the Forever Living product range. Julia outlined the natural health benefits and medicinal properties of Aloe Vera.  Members were invited to test out the samples provided – which was very well received!  The Competition for the best healthy tip was won by Donna Wylie.  The ballot prize winners were Michelle Woods and Anne Woodside.

 

Gracehill & Galgorm                     The February meeting began with Tracey O’Neill receiving her membership card.  Rosemary Moore spoke on the topic of ‘Favourite Foods’ and members were encouraged to contribute their ideas for making basic standard recipes more nutritious, colourful – or even to ‘stretch’ them to feed a greater number of people. Everyone was treated to delicious smoked salmon ice-cream with Melba toast. Rosemary also made a bacon and leek pie and for dessert each member was offered a dainty pastry case filled with stewed apples and topped with cream! Lynda Brooks gave the vote of thanks and presented Tracey with a gift.   Floral art expert Ross McGookin also talked to the ladies about making a Spring flower arrangement and showed examples of how to arrange seasonal flowers and foliage from your garden.

The March meeting took the form of a creative workshop and members were asked to create a Spring flower arrangement with a diameter no greater than 30cm and to incorporate a kitchen utensil. Ross gave a critique of each completed one and gave advice and tips to remember when creating future arrangements. The winner was Ann Rossborough and Lynda presented her with the Ann Sambrook Crystal Trophy. Lynda also thanked Ross for her contributions to both meetings and presented her with a gift of locally made produce.

 

Hillhall                       The Hillhall ladies met in March and were welcomed by President Anna Scott. Looking forward to Balmoral Show, members were encouraged to knit small toys for the sales table and asked to provide the usual tasty bakes for the WI Tearoom. The trees arrived for the Plant a Tree for our Future campaign and everyone made their choice for planting. Anna then welcomed the guest speaker for the evening – John Cartwright, who is an enthusiastic collector of unusual home and farm items. John kept everyone amused as he related many stories from his life and the people he had met along the way.  John was thanked by Davina for his interesting and amusing talk.

 

Hillsborough                   The March meeting was a great success. Over 35 members attended, including 3 new ladies. The guest speaker was Sandra Dixon who treated members to a monologue about the life of Minnie at the beginning of the Second World War, including the blitz in Belfast. It was fascinating and amusing, although tragic at times. She was accompanied by Jeff who led us in a singsong of beloved tunes from the era. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.  Some business announcements followed, along with a small supper, and the meeting broke up around 9.30pm.

Hillsborough WI members were honoured to be asked by the Royal Palaces to plant 50 native trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.  President Salfran Sinnerton and Secretary Anne Fitzsimons, along with Claire from the Royal Palaces planted the first tree together. Members went on to plant 10 each of Crab Apple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Hazel and Wild Cherry. It was a beautiful day and members hope that the trees will grow and flourish and represent the Hillborough WI for many years!

 

Irvinestown                             The March meeting was held in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown. President Rhoda Farrelly welcomed everyone and distributed a sheet of very usefu natural cleaning tips.  Rhoda then read out the competition entries – the topic was ‘A Cleaning Tip’ and all made use of natural products, which were cheaper than shop-bought, some well know and some not. Under Rhoda’s supervision members made a cleaning gift, which was very suitable for a Spring meeting. The gift was made using a dishcloth, j-cloth, sponge and a scrub, all held together with a blue ribbon – members also added a yellow and blue felt heart in support of Ukraine. The ballot was won by Margaret Beacom. It was decided (weather permitting) that for the April meeting a walk would be arranged in Necarne in support of ACWW.

 

Islandmagee North                  President Pauline Riddle welcomed members to the Institute’s birthday dinner, held in the Curran Court in February.  With the exception of the Garden Party/AGM held in September, this was the first official Institute meeting in 2 years!  Due to Covid-19, only 28 ladies felt able to attend. New member Carol McKinley was warmly welcomed. The competition for a pretty scarf was won by Liz Brown, with runner-up Lorraine Hunter.  The monthly draw winner was Heather Rea

In March, the guest speaker was Dr David Hume who topic was ‘Hands on History’. David displayed an array of aritfacts gathered over many years, with a poignant story to share relating to each item. Irene Crawford gave the vote of thanks. The competition for an Irish ornament was won by Irene Crawford, with runner-up Heather Carroll.  The monthly draw winner was Caroline Smith.  New members Alison Maddocks and Holly Crawford were welcomed to the group.

 

Kells & Connor                    Kells & Connor’s very own talented craft ladies were in charge of events for the March meeting and everyone enjoyed a creative session, making Easter Bunny egg holders using a simple facecloth decorated with eyes and a colourful ribbon. Other ideas for use included a holder for toiletries.  In addition, a pom pom bunny was created!  The lucky ‘on the spot’ prize winners were Vonla Allen, Sally Harper, Eleanor Lorimer, Beth McCaughern, Olga O’Neill and Elizabeth Smyth. A ‘bring and buy’ sale was held and delightful sweet treats were in plentiful supply.

In April, the very talented Vera McCullough gave a talk on her local jewellery-making business based in the foothills of Slemish.  Having restored Queen Mary’s tiara and having been selected to make bespoke items of jewellery for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their visit to Mid & East Antrim Council in 2019, Vera is now world-renowned for her outstanding skills and creations.   Her talk was most interesting and informative – and now the ladies know what to look for in the clarity, carat, cut and colour of their diamonds!

 

Kesh                 Jackie Savva welcomed members to the March meeting – a special Movie Night!  Sympathy was extended to Iris Knox on the death of her mother.   WI business included details of the Erne Area Meeting, events marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a Coffee Morning in Tamlaght WI hall and the arrival of the tree saplings for the Plant a Tree for our Future campaign!  Members then settled down to watch the film Calendar Girls. The lucky allot winner was Anne Keys.

 

Killultagh                          In March, President Elizabeth Halliday welcomed a good turnout of members. Various announcements were made, including a discussion about the weekend trip to Carlow in May.  A very lively auction was held, as auctioneer Rodney Clarke told many jokes and had everyone laughing.  Some of the proceeds of the auction will go to ACWW projects. The birthday girl was Maeve Campbell – Maeve also won 2nd prize in the competition. Elizabeth Hendron placed 1st and Heather Adair was 3rd.

 

Killycurragh                  President Jenny welcomed all members to the January meeting.  A bring and buy sale was held, featuring miscellaneous items and unwanted Christmas presents – this helped to swell the finances!  The competition for 6 cheesecakes was won by Doreen Crawford.

In February, the guest speaker was Andrea Harkness, who demonstrated the art of decoupage and brought along her work for members to view.  The vote of thanks to Andea was proposed by Pearl McCollum. The ladies were delighted to welcome 4 new members.  Jenny and Doreen provided a welcome cup of tea, after which the singing of A Countrywoman’s Song brought the meeting to a close.

Unfortunately, the planned speaker for the March meeting was unable to attend, but one of the new members, Valarie, kindly brought along her 2 knitting machines and demonstrated how she knitted hats with them. Members were amazed how these machines worked – in fact some never knew they existed!  She had on display several hats of all different colours. The birthday girl was Doreen Crooks.  The meeting concluded with a lovely supper.

 

Larne                           The April meeting opened with guest speaker Kerri of Willow & Greene introducing members to the benefits of gardening and being outdoors.  All the ladies were enthralled by Kerri’s enthusiasm for her subject and for the relaxed but extremely informative nature of her presentation.  Kerri highlighted some of the Spring jobs in the garden and gave everyone a plant to take home and nurture.  Some of her produce, including chutney, jams and marmalade, was also available to purchase.  The competition for a favourite gardening tip was won by: 1st Kali Openshaw, 2nd Marilla McAuley, 3rd Barbara Donaghy.

 

Laurelvale                  The March meeting was a great success, with a special visit from The Deborah Anderson School of Dance and the Zephaniah dancers. The dancers use the medium of Irish dance to bring the good news of the gospel in an unique and dynamic way.  Thanks to the dancers was given on behalf of all the WI members by Elizabeth Pollock.  A special welcome was given to new member Hilary Kerr, who was proposed by Marion McCaughey and seconded by Shola Gilpin.  The competition for a homemade apple tart was won by: 1st Marion McCaughey, 2nd Leone Whitten, 3rd Elizabeth Pollock.  The lucky ballot winners were Ann Hepburn and Hilary Kerr.

 

Leckpatrick                   The Leckpatrick ladies held their March meeting in Fox Lodge Cricket Club on Tuesday 8th.  Ethel Patterson opened the meeting and welcomed members and an excellent guest speaker – Dave Hardy from Esker Farm Daffodils. Dave gave a most enlightening presentation on how he and his wife built up their business farming daffodils to planting over 800 varieties of this beautiful Spring flower every year, all while fitting family life around their venture.  The competition winner was Alison McCrea.

 

Lisbellaw                       President Freda Beacon welcomed everyone to the March meeting.  The guest speaker was Eva Baxter who gave a most informative talk on her time in Pettigo, sang a rendition of ‘Second Hand Rose’ and recited some beautiful poems – one especially poignant piece was ‘Marion’s Rose’, and a particularly hilarious one was entitled ‘Teeth’ by Pam Ayres. Ethel Boyle gave the vote of thanks, after which Eva pulled the winning ticket for the raffle, won by Betty Veitch.  Supper was served by Betty McElroy and her helpers. A WI business discussion followed, during which it was decided that there would be no meeting in April, as it fell during Easter week. The next meeting was scheduled for 17th May.

 

Loughgall                   The New Year 2022 began with the cancellation of the January meeting due to an increase of Covid-19 cases in the area.

Vice-President Dorothy Greenaway chaired the February meeting. The planned guest speaker was rescheduled and instead the ladies were thoroughly entertained by fellow member Gilly Faulkner, who discussed her interest in architectural heritage and her desire to buy and renovate a traditional Irish cottage.  Gilly shared stories of her province wide search for a suitable cottage – all to no avail!  She explained her eventual decision to have her own ‘byre house’ built in the grounds of her own garden, sourcing authentic materials locally. Gilly was thanked for her interesting talk and the evening concluded with a delicious supper.

In March, President Janet Kells welcomed everyone, including the guest speaker – her daughter, Alison Kells, along with some of her friends!  Alison gave an inspirational presentation on her journey to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania back in October 2019.  She shared details of her preparation and planning, her choice of travel company and the eight-day route to the top.  She also described the hazards during the climb, the exceptional support from medics and local tribesmen, the friendships forged along the way, and the absolute elation of making it to the pinnacle. Florence Anderson won the competition for a precious memory stone, with Kathleen Orr 2nd, Emma Rolston 3rd and Irene Walker 4th.  Members agreed to support forthcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations and Open Garden weekend in the village with teas, scones and tray bakes.

 

Macosquin                        President Jenny Creelman welcomed everyone to the meeting and congratulated Eileen Richmond on being runner-up in the Federation’s ‘Design a WI Scarf’ competition, in conjunction with Pixalili Textile and Design Studio, Donegal who decided to turn Eileen’s design into a beautiful velvet cushion which was on display.   The guest speaker was Stephen Vandevyver who gave a presentation entitled ‘Let’s Talk Eye Health’.  His illustrated talk was most enjoyable, from the structure of the eye to the latest available diagnostic technologies.  Several common eye conditions were helpfully explained.

 

Maghaberry                   In March, the guest speaker was Martina from The Hat House in Glenavy, who displayed an impressive array of hats, pill boxes, fascinators and clutch bags.  She was accompanied by Hazel Campbell who was a very able assistant and model and regaled the group with tales of her experiences at weddings.  Hazel had very sore feet by the end of the night, after changing into a new outfit for every hat that she modelled!  Audrey thanked the girls for a very entertaining evening and presented them with a bunch of flowers each.  The competition for the best hat was won by: 1st Jean Skuce, 2nd Lynsey Johnston, 3rd Audrey Beckett.  The birthday girl for March was Pauline.

For their April meeting, members enjoyed a lovely outing to Seaforde for a delicious meal and a ‘time to chat’ night at the Mulberry Tree. Plans were finalised for Balmoral Show and the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, in conjunction with Maghaberry Community Association.

 

Maze                    Wendy Ward gave an insight into her journey from commencing art at school to completing her Masters in Ceramics. She spoke about her time spent travelling Europe and designing and working at Belleek Pottery, and explained how she opened her own business where she specialises in making and selling ceramic lighting. The monthly competition for a ceramic ornament and was won by Cathy Robinson. March’s birthday winner was Connie Walker.

 

Moira                In March, it was good to see members back at the first meeting of 2022!  The guest speaker was Jane Walker from Harnett’s Oils who gave an interesting talk on the family business, including a potted history of her family and how they came to make their award-winning rapeseed and hemp oils. Jane also brought along a selection of different infusions. The competition for a recipe using oil was won by Muriel Telford for her lemon cake. Arrangements were made for an outing later in the season and a meal to catch up on lost time!

At the April meeting, palates were treated to some award-winning charcuterie when guest speaker Jonny Cuddy from Ispini Charcuterie in Moira shared a brief history of how he realised his dream of opening a shop selling his own artisan salami and charcuterie.  Many of his products are multi award winners and can be found on menus in restaurants at home and further afield. The competition for an interesting fact about Moira was won by: 1st Joan Johnston, 2nd Davida Irvine.

 

Moneymore                   The January meeting was Members’ Night.  President Marian made mention of ladies who had been ill, whilst also referring to death of former member Isobel McKay, mother of esteemed local pharmacist and GP, to whom sympathy was extended. Members were encouraged to send entries for Federation competitions.  A light-hearted quiz composed by Secretary Christine was enjoyed; the winner was Eleanor.  Renee and Iris spoke of their craft entries.  Evelyn McQuillan was presented with the Craft Trophy for her quilt entry.

In February, Marian welcomed all in attendance and extended get well wishes to Doreen and Heather, on their return from hospital. Condolences were extended to Violet on the death of her amazing, centenarian-plus grandmother, Emma Wilson.  The guest speaker was local physio Julie, who delivered an in-depth talk on the skeletal system, highlighting the mechanics of lower back pain and sciatica. She warned of the ‘alarm bells’ for more serious medical intervention.  After a Q&A session, Eleanor thanked Julie and presented her with flowers.

Marian welcomed everyone to the March meeting and extended get well wishes to Margaret Keane. She drew attention to AGM in Europa on 31st March. The guest speaker was local Bernardo’s worker Rachel, who gave an informative resume of the charity’s origins and of the holistic approach for the whole family, protecting children today and help with grants and referrals.   Hazel delivered thanks to Rachel.

 

Mosside                              At the March meeting, President Mary McCracken introduced Sam Cunningham from Age NI who gave a very informative chat about the services offered by the charity and challenged members with a fun quiz.  Sam explained that 500,000 older people in the UK go 5-6 days without seeing or speaking to anyone and that the television is their main course of company.  He encouraged the ladies to volunteer, as there are many different aspects of the organization – from ringing an elderly person once a week, to helping with the singing, reading, or relaxation groups.  Teresa Patton thanked Sam for coming along.  The competition challenge to identify members from their baby photos was won by Mandy Christie.

 

Mossley                     The March meeting started with a minute’s silence in memory of long-serving fellow member and past President, Dorothy Auld who had sadly passed away, aged 98.  Members were delighted to be back in the church hall for the first time since March 2020!  *The ladies extend grateful thanks to the church staff for the use of the church itself since Sept 2021.  Everyone enjoyed a number of fun games of bingo with various members receiving prizes.  Isobel Bingham was the lucky ballot winner.

 

Muckamore                 The Muckamore ladies enjoyed an evening of craft recently, led by fellow members Lynda Brown and Ruth Wilson. Firstly, under the Lynda’s expert instruction, each member produced a cute woolly hat egg cosy, using various colours of wool.  While working hard on their hat projects, the ladies also enjoyed plenty of craic and chat, and when they were finished everyone received a cream egg to place inside their little hat! Elizabeth McConnell proposed the vote of thanks to Lynda for all her preparation and patience.   Ruth then gave a presentation on all the different craftwork she has made over the years from the WI Homecraft Syllabus. A lot of skill had gone into creating each piece and a wide range of different crafts were on display for members to admire. Elizabeth Gray thanked Ruth for her presentation. The competition entitled ‘Something I made myself’ was won by: 1st Marjorie Hamilton, 2nd Joan Hamilton, 3rd Jennifer Johnston. The birthday girl was Iris Maughan.   Margaret Dean was presented with a window box in bloom for her 90th birthday.

‘If you want to get ahead – get a hat’!  The guest speaker at the February meeting was Martina McCann of hat hiring and accessory business, The Hat House in Glenavy.  Martina had brought along a huge amount of stock to show the members – hats, furs, fascinators, crowns, jewellery, gloves and handbags – all tastefully set out, as each piece was a work of art!  The model for the evening was Hazel Campbell from Crumlin WI, who dressed beautifully in a vast array of outfits. Ester McCourt proposed the vote of thanks to Martina for displaying her talent and sharing inspirational stories, and to Hazel for her modelling and her humorous tales. Martina then judged the monthly competition for a hat pin and the winners were: 1st M. Hutchinson, 2nd J. Gray, 3rd J. McCollam.  The birthday girl was Elizabeth Gray.

 

Newtownbreda                        In March, members enjoyed a talk entitled ‘A Stitch in Time’ by guest speaker John Haycock, who gave an insight into his 48-year career in the clothing industry. For many years John travelled widely both here and abroad, sponsored by different banking institutions, to specialize in productivity and equality improvement in the manufacturing of clothing. His job, in an advisory capacity, was to ensure ethical standards in the consumer driven apparel industry. In one factory alone, in South Africa, 1.4 million pairs of jeans were produced in just 1 month. These factories have a low capital investment and a large number of employees. Some major well-known companies are supplied by this type of factory. On their behalf, John’s job was to source and work with developing countries and also colleges and universities, to ensure that with low set up costs coupled with time and motion advice production was maximised. Although a very interesting career, it was sometimes dangerous, as John travelled unaccompanied through many underdeveloped locations, in hostile and difficult terranes, to complete his assignments.  Sheila Barrett was the birthday girl.  The competition for a colourful scarf was won by Elizabeth Gowdy. The Area Competitions were won as follows: Cookery 1st – Kayreen Allen, Floral Art 1st – Gillian McBride, Craft 1st – Valerie Brown.

 

Portaferry                 Vice-President Phil Smith welcomed members to the March meeting. One of the business items was the Spring Area Meeting, which is to be hosted by Portaferry WI on Wednesday 28th April in the Parish Church Hall.  Competition entries for the Balmoral Show were noted.  Members’ Night took the form of several hilarious games, followed by supper.  The competition for a knitted or crocheted animal toy was judged with coins for Pennies for Friendship and the winner was Jennifer Bryce. The meeting closed with A Countrywoman’s Song.

 

Ravarnette                     At a recent Institute meeting, the Ravarnette ladies were joined by Sienna from Lisburn Food Bank.  Sienna gave a presentation on her work and outlined the main reasons why people need to come to the Food Bank for help.  Not only does this service provide enough food for 3 days (up to a maximum of 3 times) but the volunteers also give advice and point people in the direction of help that can improve their situation.  Sienna explained that the current cost of living crisis means that more requests are being made. She thanked the members for their generosity in providing a mountain of food for the Food Bank. Congratulations were exprssed to Elizabeth Jess on the birth of her twin granddaughters, and to Lesley on winning the award for Watercolour Novice in the Federation Arts Competition. Lesley shared the list of items to be made for the competitions at the Area Spring Meeting, to be held in June, and Maureen encouraged everyone to take part.

 

Richhill                              The ladies were delighted to get together for their February meeting in ‘The Hub’ (kindly granted). New member Amanda Borland was welcomed. The meeting continued with ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’ hosted by Vice-President Sybil McNally, who displayed an array of memorabilia and household items, many of which brought back childhood memories – and lots of reminiscing!  Members are delighted to be celebrating their platinum anniversary, at the same time as another fellow WI member – namely HRH The Queen!  A special dinner will be held in Portadown Golf Club.

 

Saintfield                     President Irene Craig welcomed everyone to the March meeting, including new member Una Burns.  Ann McManus and Joy Reid had come along to discuss Sense NI, a charity that supports children, young people and adults with multisensory disabilities. A ‘Bring and Buy’ sale had been organised and members were delighted to present a cheque for the sum of £256 to Ann in aid of the charity. Irene Craig won the competition. Jenny Fulton won the ballot prize.  Irene Millar was the birthday girl.

 

Seaforde                            President Annabel Cleeland welcomed everyone to the March meeting. The guest speaker was Stephanie Lavery from Time Steps who got into character brilliantly as Eva Jones, local evacuation officer, preparing the first batch of evacuees from Belfast – and even scolding some ladies for not having their gas masks! Eva shared advice on weekly rations, what to do in an air raid – and how to avoid those GIs!  Sally Broome was the lucky ballot winner. Judith Wainwright won the competition.

 

St. John’s               ‘Bay Tree Cottage Journey’ was the topic of the February meeting, when owner Susan McCaigue shared her story, discussing her family life and the beginnings of her B&B dream. The Covid-19 pandemic led to Susan developing her successful self-catering business.  She gave an insight into her job using photographs and relaying anecdotes of memorable visitors to her cottage. The competition to find the best napkin for a romantic meal was won by: 1st Linda Ingles, 2nd Pamela Fitzpatrick, 3rd Elizabeth Ward.

In March, President, Andrea Alderdice welcomed Claire from Sage & Meadow, Dromore who demonstrated a beautiful Spring floral arrangement using tulips, twigs and twine, and spoke about her training in floristry. Claire presented her finished arrangement to the winner of the monthly competition for the prettiest plant pot, Tracey Galway. Linda Ingles placed 2nd and Sandra Titterington 3rd.

In April, Andrea Alderdice welcomed Pamela Lilburn from Brookvale Farm, who gave a very interesting talk about her life and how she became involved in the family-run farm, introducing vending machines for milk, promoting local NI products in their farm shop and offering school educational visits. A busy life! The competition for unusual milk jug was won by: 1st Elizabeth Ward, 2nd Sandra Titterington 3rd Linda Ingles. The headband chosen for the Area Competition was by Elizabeth Wilkinson.

 

Tamlaght              President Iris welcomed everyone to the January meeting.  With heavy hearts members learned of the passing of long-standing, loyal and faithful fellow member, Olive Oldcroft. Tamlaght WI has not only lost a dedicated member, but also a wonderful lady who was a true friend to all. Heartfelt sympathy was extended to Olive’s family – Ann, David, Brian and Andrew. On a happier note, members had the pleasure of welcoming along a new member, Jacky Staff, proposed by Iris and seconded by Evelyn.  Members were updated on final arrangements for the Institute’s Coffee Morning, being held on 9th April, and reminded of the Area Meeting in Aghavea Church Hall.  Tamlaght WI members were also delighted to welcome along a group of ladies and gentlemen participating in the Trust and Sharing Space Programme, in which Iris gave a brief history of Tamlaght Institute over the past 78 years and shared members’ visions for the future.

 

Tartaraghan                Members welcomed local man Alan Oliver to the January meeting. Alan was representing the Portadown based charity Helping Hands.  Together, with many volunteers, the organisation aims to help people who have fallen on hard times, are homeless or suffering from mental health problems.  The competition for a holiday towel was won by: 1st Harriett Millsopp, 2nd Frances Kerr, 3rd Janet Fleming. Doreen Currie won the supper prize.

Love was in the air in February, with many members wearing red to celebrate the date! Mary Hunter was the invited speaker, when she gave the 2nd part of her talk on Old Portadown. Mary’s wealth of knowledge had members fascinated. Later, Mary judged the competition of old photographs of the town – 1st place was Joy Rainey with a photo of Maguire’s Merchant, 2nd was Harriett Hillsopp and 3rd Janet Fleming.

A bright Spring evening saw members treated to a lively recount from Iris Aiken on her travels with husband Stanley in their beloved Suzie, the campervan!  Through her illustrated presentation, Iris led the ladies on trips through France, Spain and back home to the South of Ireland! Olive Hatch won the supper prize. The competition prize for a recycling tip was won by Janet Fleming, with 2nd Harriett Milsopp and 3rd Joy Rainey. Everyone enjoyed the customary supper provided by members of the Committee.

 

Templepatrick                        In the absence of the President, Roberta Stinson chaired the meeting.  On a sad note, Roberta asked for a minute’s silence to be observed on the passing of loyal member Elizabeth Garrett.  ‘Liz’, as she was known, always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. Roberta welcomed everyone to the meeting, especially guest speaker Stewart Gibson, a PSNI Crime Prevention Officer who is based in Newtownabbey.  Stewart spoke under 3 memorable headings:

  1. Home Safety – 50% of break-ins are walk-ins. High hedges in front of homes are ideal for concealing the activities of thieves.  Door keys visible from outside can be fished out through letter box.
  2. Doorstep Crime – Don’t buy anything at the door. A Peddlers Licence is needed and Stewart explained that none have been applied for in the local district for over 30 years!
  3. SCAM

S          Seems too good to be true

C          Contacted out of the blue

A          Asked for personal details

M         Money is requested

A vote of thanks was conveyed to Stewart by Joan Wallace.  The lucky ballot prize winner was Nan Bell.

 

Terrydremond                   In March, Melissa Smyth spoke to the ladies about Tropic skincare products.  Melissa had brought along her mum to give a practical demonstration on the range of facial products.  She had a vast array of products on display and shared an insight into the history of the company.  The competition winners for a pretty perfume bottle were: 1st Jennifer Deighan, 2nd Sandra Mullan, 3rd Jean Semple.

 

Waringstown                      The Waringstown ladies got a big surprise after being welcomed to their recent meeting, when President Brenda took off her coat to reveal herself kitted out in workout gear as the stand-in armchair aerobics instructor! Brenda went on to explain that the guest speaker she had booked had cancelled last minute due to an injury!  So Brenda stepped in and led the ladies through a gentle exercise routine!  Tea-break over, minutes were read and diary dates announced, including the sponsored walk.  Barbara was birthday girl and Sally won the competition for a pair of fancy trainers.

 

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