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Crossgar Women’s Institute celebrated their 60th anniversary on Sunday
21st September in Kilmore Presbyterian Church at Drumaghlis, Crossgar. The
service was conducted by The Rev Andrew A Cole BEd, BTh
On a beautiful sunny afternoon - in an idyllic rural setting - friends and
representatives from other Institutes and Federation Headquarters, joined
with Crossgar members, in their Service of Thanksgiving. In the attractive
church, its beauty complemented by Olga Cairns, Liz Cargo, Deirdre Kennedy
and Rhona Niblock’s lovely floral arrangements, out-going President Olga
Cairns welcomed all to the celebration, and thanked the Rev Cole for the
use of the church.
Rhona Niblock offered a prayer of thanks for the Institute’s sixty happy
years. The Quoile Area Choir provided a very fitting and beautiful musical
background to the service, which was interspersed by carefully chosen
readings, delivered by members Florrie Maude and Georgina Simpson. Sheila
McMurray, President, led the act of
thanksgiving. The thought-provoking and touching address given by
Deaconess Jenny Robinson reminded the congregation of our obligation to
“love our neighbours”, no matter who they happen to be.
Mrs Ruth Orr Vice-Chairman of Northern Ireland Federation of Women’s
Institutes, brought greetings and congratulations from the Federation. In
a very humorous way she reflected on times past and compared them with the
lifestyles of today bringing smiles to the faces of all.
Rev A Cole concluded the service with Prayer, Benediction and Grace. The
offering will be donated to “Marie Curie” (celebrating 60 years) and
“Women Feed the World”.
tea was served afterwards in the Church Hall, in true WI tradition, with
lots of homemade sandwiches and tray bakes. The Quoile Area Choir provided
musical entertainment, including a solo by conductor Mrs Isabel Keenan,
accompanied by Mrs Kathleen Gill on piano. Mrs. Sheila McMurray made the
presentations and thanked all who had contributed to making the event such