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Matter of Opinion Competition


Variations on a Theme Competition

MARCH 2015

Scottish Country Dance Weekend

Curling Bonspiel

Choirs Competition

APRIL 2015

Variations on a Theme Competition

Stadium Bowling Competition


The Pancake Place / Cafe Biba

The Pancake Place / Cafe Biba
Scottish Family run restaurant group
Offering great value home cooked food
in a friendly atmosphere
Don’t queue, let us serve you!
For Group Bookings
Tele: 07714487546
High Tea Menu Available
All members of the S. W. R. I. will receive
10% off everything on the menu.
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Chairman's Christmas Message

Chairman’s letter

A month of national, federation and institute events began with the Ruralympics held in Bells Sports Centre, Perth. Nineteen teams took part and the event was supported by over 100 spectators. Wigtownshire, followed by Banffshire and Angus, won gold, silver and bronze medals having shown their skill in eight activities. Do look at the website to see some of the photographs. Perth and Kinross Federation provided refreshments and I must thank the members who came from other federations to score and steward.

Christine Hutton, National Chairman SWRI

Ruralympics 2014 - Bell Sport's Centre

The event was held at Bell's sports centre on Saturday 4 October 2014 with teams from 19 Federations taking part. It was a fun packed day with competitors taking part in a variety of fun sporting events, with teams entering from all over Scotland from Orkney to the Borders.

There were over 100 spectators cheering the teams on and the General Secretary even acted as the official "whistle-blower".

All the teams thoroughly enjoyed the day and many left with some happy memories. The medals were presented by the National Chairman Christine Hutton.

Ruralympics 2014

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  • Gold Medal: Wigtownshire Federation
  • Silver Medal: Banffshire Federation
  • Bronze Medal: Angus Federation

Handcrafts Judges Tests Spring 2015

Handcraft Judges Tests will be in the SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh on the 19th & 20th March 2015 in the following subjects:

Appliqué, Basketry, Canvas Work, Counted Thread, Fabric Boxes, Knitting Machine, Macramé, Patchwork, Hand, Pottery Handmade, Sewing, Spinning, Upholstery.

Application forms are available from Headquarters. Please send an S.A.E. The closing date for applications is Monday 12 January 2015.

Evelyn Baxter Trophy Competition 2015

The 2015 Competition will be for
A Stumpwork sample to be presented with an aperture not exceeding 4” x 4”
Only one entry should be submitted by a competitor.

Each Competitor will be responsible for their own entry, suitably packed to be delivered to SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, EH3 6ES. Either by hand or by post and to arrive not later than Friday the 25th September 2015. SWRI cannot be held responsible for an entry arriving damaged or late.

The entry form (accompanied by a fee of £1.50) should be returned to the Handcrafts Secretary, SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES not later than Friday 11th September 2015.Further instructions and details will be sent to each competitor after this date. No late entry forms will be accepted.

The closing date for the arrival of entries is Friday 25th September 2015. No late entries will be accepted.

Judging will take place at Headquarters in October 2015.

Headquarters will arrange for the unpacking and repacking of entries at the time of judging. Entries will be displayed at Headquarters during the November meetings week, commencing 16th November 2015. Please note this is for members who attended the 2014 Federation classes only.

Please contact Pamela Black H & H Secretary for an entry form and if you wish your entry to be acknowledged, please send a SAE

Evelyn Baxter Scholarship 2016

The subject chosen by the H&H Committee for the 2016 Evelyn Baxter Scholarship is. Encaustic Art. The four day Scholarship School will be held in SWRI Headquarters from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd April 2015 inclusive, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. The tutor will be Marjory Wards, Aberdeenshire Federation.

The Scholarship pays for scholars’ travel, accommodation and tuition during the School. The scholars will be selected by interview and where possible, one will be from the north of the country and one from the south. The Scholarship is not intended for beginners. The nominee should have a keen interest in Encaustic Art in order to gain maximum advantage from the course.

It is a condition of the Scholarship that the selected members must be willing to take classes at Federation level, without a tuition fee, during the scholarship year, although travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the federation receiving the tuition. Each federation should ensure that its nominee understands this condition before putting her name forward for consideration.

Nominations should be sent through the federation, to Headquarters, with brief biographical notes on the applicant. A few additional places are available, at a cost of £200.00 to fee paying pupils.

Forms have been sent out to all H&H Guild Secretaries and nominations should reach Headquarters not later than Monday the 1st of December 2014. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter. If your Federation has no nominations it would be appreciated it they would please indicate this on the form and return it by the above date.

Handcrafts and Housewives Schedules

Members please note that the Handcrafts and Housewives schedules are now available for download please click below.

Handcrafts Proficiency Test Schedule (MS Word format)

Handcrafts Proficiency Test Schedule (PDF format)

Housewives Proficiency Test Schedule (MS Word format)

Housewives Proficiency Test Schedule (PDF format)

Education and International Committee Proficiency Tests

Please note that you are now able to download the Education and International Committee Proficiency Test Schedule and Rules for Candidates.

Please go to the For Members Page and look at Tests.

Competition: Game to Eat

This is a national competition which provides a marvellous opportunity for the organisation to showcase our culinary skills in association with the Scottish Countryside Alliance who will sponsor the competiont.

Click on the links below for full details.

Game to Eat Competition Details

List of Game Dealers

SWRI Summer School 2014- Videos

Some videos are available on the SWRI YouTube channel, highlighting some exhibits from the SWRI Summer School 2014. Click on the image below to view the image on YouTube.

Rural Matters Interview

Rural Matters Interview

Rural Matters were at the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes reception at the Scottish Parliament recently. They interviewed Christine Hutton, the National Chairman, and some of the members attending.

Watch the video, on the Rural Matters facebook page, to find out more.

SWRI YouTube Channel

SWRI YouTube Channel

A number of short videos highlighting some of the entries in SWRI Handcrafts & Housewives Conference 11 and 12 September 2013 Elgin are available to view on the SWRI YouTube channel.

More short videos will be available shortly.

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