Green fingered tips and dates for the diary at Broughshane WI

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It was appropriate that the final monthly meeting of Broughshane WI before the summer break featured guest speaker Raymond Robinson.

Well known for his ‘green fingers’, Raymond gave an inspiring talk on plants and new varieties he had acquired for this year including many for hanging baskets and tubs.

Top tips on how to get the best from exhibits were given. Members were quick off the mark to purchase some lovely plants and Raymond kindly answered all the questions from very enthusiast members.

Joan O’Neill delivered a well-deserved vote of thanks to Raymond.

Monthly Competition for a gardening tip: 1st Eileen Mol, 2nd and 3rd Maureen Ballentine and the monthly magazine winner was Sheila King.

The Friendship Cup was awarded to the President Martha Wilson who thanked Dunclug for a lovey supper.

Martha thanked members for their contribution towards Cash for Clobber which has proved useful towards WI funds and a lovely way to both de-clutter and recycle unwanted items.

The President congratulated members who were nominated for Federation Committees:- Diane Murdock - Home & Garden, Sophia Maybin - Home Craft and Eileen Mol - Arts Sub Committee. Martha also congratulated members who gained awards at the Spring Area Meeting on 23rd April:- Iris McCosh who gained a Silver Pin and Iris McFetridge, Diana McCaughey, May Adams, Ann Maybin and Sally Arthur who gained Ribbons.

Annie Davidson was thanked for leading a relaxing and informative walk around the historic village of Glenarm for (Associated Country Women Worldwide) to help deprived women and raised £157.50p.

The president congratulated Margaret Logan for being Highly Commended in the handwriting Competition and Diana McCaughey and Marlene Adams for getting articles published.

The Institute’s Outing will be to Londonderry on 6th June by train and members are looking forward to some ‘retail therapy’.

Broughshane WI will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary with an exhibition and afternoon tea on September 5, 12 noon – 4pm at St. Patrick’s Church Hall. The next meeting will be the AGM on 14 September. Elizabeth played the Country Women’s Song.