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Diamond Jubilee Dinner 2008
Diamond Jubilee Service 2008
Garden Party 2005
Visitors Night 2005
Autumn Flower Show 2002
Fashion Show 2002
Dinner 2002
Autumn Flower Show 2001
Centenary of Founder Member
Dinner 2001
Snow Pictures 2000
Outing 2000
Golden Anniversary 1998


The Old Pump, Crossgar

Located in Downpatrick Street, beside the Church and immediately adjacent to the bus stop, the pump originally provided water for the village but now serves only as a reminder of the past. The image of the pump is captured on the celebration beakers produced to mark the Institute's golden anniversary.

Golden Anniversary Beakers - produced by a local potter

Community Activities

Crossgar is a vibrant and growing Institute which incorporates young and not so young members in a very peaceful, happy and harmonious organisation. Membership of our Institute enables us to maintain close contacts with the remainder of the community and develop an awareness of its needs. Many of our members serve the community through our contacts with a variety of organisations and are actively involved in a number of community activities such as, helping to staff the cancer shop in Downpatrick, Cancer Research voluntary collections, making tea at blood donor sessions, Beacon House Club (a club for men and women recovering from illness), care and after care in the community, Home Start (practical help to families in need) and voluntary driving.


Our Institute can boast quite a bit of talent amongst the members who enter for many of the competitions locally and at regional level. During the last couple of years we can record considerable success in a variety of competitions as below:

The Macausland Rose Bowl Competition
Generally the competition attracts around 70 entries for this prestigious prize which is awarded to "Institute of the Year" and is judged during September/October. Crossgar Institute
won the event in 1998 and 1999, was runner-up in 2000 and had a special mention in 2009.

Speech Festival
Each year Mrs Jo Murray competes in WI Speech Festival. The competition at this festival is tremendous and Jo took first place in 2000.


City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show
The Institute enters a variety of competition categories in this show and is normally very successful receiving high accolades. Click on the buttons on the navigation bar to see the results of the 2001 and 2002 competitions.  

Annual Outing

The annual outing is generally regarded as a highlight of the year. During the last few years the Institute has organised tours to Dublin, Derry, Armagh and just a few years ago we went to Ayr in Scotland using the high speed catamaran ferry service, the Seacat. On any Women's Institute trip some shopping is compulsory and time must be allocated to this important activity. Most of the trips also include the opportunity to absorb a little knowledge about our heritage or may offer an insight into our rich culture. On our trip to Derry we arranged a guided tour of the Guildhall and the famous Walls while the visit to Armagh incorporated a tour of The Tian celebrating the life and work of Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745) the author of Gulliver's Travels. The outing to Carlingford was a great success. You can read all about it in the 'Outing 2000' page.

Tree Planting

Together with members of other Institutes in the Quoile Area several members of Crossgar W.I. participated in planting a number of trees during March 2000. The picture below recorded the event which was intended to mark the Millennium and help to make a tangible contribution to our environment now and for many years in the future.

Tree planting at the Quoile Recreation Area, March 2000


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