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Diamond Jubilee, 1948-2008

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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.

Mrs 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”.

Afternoon 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 a success.
 


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