Ulster Television presenter Peter Cardwell was the guest speaker during the recent annual general meeting of Moyallen Area WI in Mullavilly Church Hall.
The Richhillman charmed the ladies with his anecdotes of his career in the media. All the ladies were impressed by Peter who was a most interesting and entertaining speaker
The eight institutes which comprise the Moyallen Area were presented by over 130 members.
The meeting was chaired by Deirdre Kilner who welcomed all the members.
Federation reports were given by Mrs Roberta Hall, Executive Member and Mrs Janet Kells of the Arts Committee. These were followed by report on their programmes and activities from four of the local Institutes.
Federation awards were presented to Mrs Edna Sharpe who was Bowler of the Year; to Mrs Ann Black who received the Mabel Johnston Salver and the Jean Hughes Trophy for her art work and to Mrs Carol Swann who received the Joy Swann Salver for her Watercolour (Novice Class). Area Awards were presented as follows: Moyallen Salver to Mrs Betty Grant of Tandragee WI: Federation Crystal to Mrs Irene Craig of Vinecash WI; Bowls Trophy to Edna Sharpe of Drumcree WI: Quiz Trophy to Nuala Campbell, Margaret Moore and Una Crossey of Whitehall WI: Renella Graham Cup to Tartaraghan W.I; Philomena MacMorrow Trophy to Loughgall WI.
Silver Spinning Wheels were presented to Mrs Maud Cherry, Loughgall W.I. and Mrs Lynda Black of Vinecash W.I. and craft ribbons were awarded to Lynda Black and Irene Craig of Vinecash WI and Maud Cherry of Loughgall WI.
Gues speaker Peter, who attended Clounagh JHS and Portadown College before taking a degree in History and Politics at Oxford University, has packed a lot to date into his 29 years.
He has always been fascinated by the media and indeed was given his very first assignments at the age of 12 by the retired editor of the Portadown Times, David Armstrong. Having obtained his degree, he entered the world of television as a producer, researching for programmes such as Question Time and for the presenters with household names such as Jeremy Paxman.
But much as he enjoyed the role of producer he wanted to appear in front of the camera rather than behind it and so two years ago he returned to Northern Ireland to work as a presenter for UTV. He has also appeared on Channel 5 News and only last week was interviewing Ryan Giggs on his appointment as temporary manager of Manchester United. His most memorable moment was witnessing Barack Obama’s acceptance speech as President elect of the United States of America.
After a delicious supper hosted by Laurelvale WI entertainment was provided by Loughgall WI. The Great Portadown Bake Off was hilarious and the laughter continued as the Ladies replicated the skit of the Morecambe and Wise breakfast scene.
In concluding, Mrs Kilner gave a special thank-you to all those members who had knit fish and chips vests. In all over 500 vests were donated to three charities for use in Africa.
An enjoyable evening concluded with the singing of the Country Woman’s Song.