The November meeting of Drumcree WI opened with president Johanna Robinson paying tribute to founder member Pearl Armstrong who passed away suddenly.
Pearl held many positions on committee and in 2013 served as president and also secretary for the Moyallon area.
Visitors from Tartaraghan and Levaghery WIs attended the meeting where the guest speaker was Diane McKew. Diane told how she started her jewellery business ‘Miglio’ and purchases were made from the items on display.
Competition for a favourite bracelet was won by Margaret Best and runner-up was Helen McCann. Jean Clarke won the supper prize and Irish Aiken was birthday girl.
At the December meeting members enjoyed a Christmas meal provided by the committee. Members sang a selection of carols accompanied by Pauline McClelland on piano. The birthday girl was Peggy Hynds, the supper prize was won by Lorraine Todd and the competition prize for a handmade Christmas table centre was won by Helen Ballantine.
Meanwhile at Loughgall Women’s Institute, remembrance was the theme for the November meeting. Members Maud Cherry, Shirley Lavery and Mary Walker prepared the materials so each WI member could make their own poppies.
Poignant poems and messages were read by other members and items of war-time memorabilia were on display.
Mary Walker’s talents were in evidence again when her photograph of vibrant red poppies was emblazoned on the front cover of the Ulster Countrywoman magazine.