Muckamore WI president, Margaret McGregor welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the new session and added a special welcome to the speaker for the evening, Mr Norman Weatherall.
Members were informed of the death, on 9 August 2015, of their honorary member, Mrs Amelia Gordon and a minute’s silence was observed.
Amelia who had been an honorary member for the past 13 years had been a dedicated and loyal member of Muckamore WI for 64 years. In March 2012 Amelia was thrilled to be asked to cut the 60th anniversary cake and in 2002 presented the Institute with a trophy which is awarded each year for loyalty. Amelia was a very gracious lady with a ready smile and played an active role over the years. Her love for WI was very evident and she will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by the members.
The president relayed to the members news of two grants which have been received recently. Under the Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme Muckamore WI were awarded a financial assistance grant of £1346 towards the purchase of 60 new chairs for which the members were extremely grateful. The grant was delivered by South Antrim Community Network on behalf of DARD NI and the President thanked SACN for their help and support. The second grant of £440 was awarded under the Community Small Grants. Thanks were expressed to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for this grant which will go towards running costs and is greatly appreciated.
Mr Norman Weatherall then gave a very informative talk on “Where we used to shop”, taking members on a tour of Belfast city centre going back to what it was like in the 1800s and then bringing them back to more recent times with memories of shops such as Anderson and McAuleys.
Jennifer Johnston proposed a vote of thanks to Norman.
The business part of the meeting was then conducted with members notified of many dates for their diary.
Several members celebrated birthdays over the summer months and the Birthday girl for July was Hazel Coates, August’s birthday girl was Eva Hamilton. Birthday girl for the month of September was Ethel Younger.
The competition was for an old shopping receipt, some of which were very interesting. The competition was won by Margaret Dean with a receipt dating back to 1929, 2nd Audrey Pollock, 3rd Lesley Allen.
The evening concluded with singing the Countrywoman’s Song.