September has been another busy month. To make the most of the Walking Weekend in Shetland I extended my trip at either end to enable me to visit some of the more northerly institutes. Travelling on the first day involved most modes of transport as by the time I reached Orkney I had travelled by car, bus, taxi and ferry.
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
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.
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.
If you wish your entry to be acknowledged, please send a SAE.
Each Competitor will be responsible for his/her own entry, suitably packed for onward transporting, being delivered to SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, EH3 6ES to arrive not later than Wednesday, 11 May 2011. 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.
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.
Members please note that the Handcrafts and Housewives schedules are now available for download please click below.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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