Women’s Institutes host ‘Festival of the Spoken Word’

WI FESTIVAL RI Farm
WELL DONE: Back from left: Katy McCurdy, Armoy W.I; Anna Murphy, Kells & Connor WI; Anne Patton, Armoy WI. Front from left: Nancy Orr, Armoy WI; Lesley Dowds, Chairman Arts Sub committee; Collette Craig, Ferderation Chairman; Verona McCavana, Adjudicator; Doreen Donaldson, Aughnacloy WI.

FESTIVAL of the Spoken Word was held at Richhill Presbyterian Church Hall on Saturday October 12 at 10.30am. There were many varied and entertaining entries by WI members.

Opening remarks were by Lesley Dowds, Art sub committee Chairman. The Adjudicator Verona McCavana, BEd Hons. Dramatic Art & English, said it was a very entertaining event with lovely expressive moments and many highs and lows. She also gave advice on presentation.

Presentation of awards was by Collette Craig, Federation Chairman, who said she was delighted to be there. Vote of thanks was given by Ruth Orr, Art sub committee member. Closing remarks were by Lesley Dowds, Art sub committee chairman.

The afternoon concluded with the singing of A Country Women’s Song.

Richhill Women’s Institute members supplied tea and coffee with scones. There was also a very delicious soup and sandwich lunch which was enjoyed by all.

Trophy Winners:

Magherafelt Trophy for prepared speech – 1, Nancy Orr, Armoy WI; 2, Doreen Donaldson Aughnacloy WI. Certificate of Merit: Elizabeth Gray, Muckamore WI, Pat Harrison Richhill WI.

Armoy Trophy for Sight Reading – 1, Katy McCurdy, Armoy WI; 2, Lynd Roper, Richhill WI. Certificate of Merit: Shauna Duffy, Jerrettspass WI.

Lambeg Trophy for Poem by an Irish Poet – 1, Doreen Donaldson, Aughnacloy WI; 2, Pat Harrison, Richhill WI. Certificate of Merit: Nancy Orr, Armoy WI, Joan Ward, Crumlin WI.

Phillipine McCoy Trophy for Humorous Verse – 1, Anne Patton, Armoy WI; 2, (joint) Pat Harrison, Richhill WI, Anna Murphy, Kells & Connor WI. Certificate of Merit: Nancy Orr, Armoy WI.

Aileen Chapman Trophy for poem written by a WI member – 1, Anna Murphy, Kells & Connor WI; 2, (joint) Lynd Roper, Richhill WI, Doreen Donaldson, Aughnacloy WI.

Downpatrick Trophy for prepared prose – 1, Katy McCurdy, Armoy WI; 2, Anne Patton, Armoy WI. Certificate of Merit: Nancy Orr, Armoy WI, Anna Murphy, Kells & Connor WI.

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