SWI’s 100th birthday tea party

Largieside celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. Celebration cake cutting was by: Largieside SWI chairman, Helen Steel, Scottish chairman Christine Hutton and Largieside’s longest serving member, who joined when she was 14, May Currie, 92.

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SWI ladies own version of tea in the park marks 100 years since the organisation’s founding in 1917.

In Kintyre a tea party has been organised at the Argyll hotel, Bellochantuy from 3pm to 5pm next Saturday, July 1.

Originally known as the Scottish Womens Rural Institute, the group was started by a suffragette, East Lothian farmer’s wife, Catherine Blair, a year before women – over the age of 30- were given the right to vote.

Mrs Blair recognised a need for women living in rural areas to gain the benefits of education and training in home skills, family welfare and citizenship. An Eryngium sea holly plant has been cultivated in Kirkcudbright and named after SWI founder Catherine Blair for the centenary year.

In the next century the network spread across the country and there are currently 16,000 members attending 716 Institutes in 32 federation areas.

As well as cake decorating, embroidery techniques and floral art, meetings are just as likely to feature gin tasting, life drawing, upcycling and ukulele

Also taking place this year is ceremonial tree planting and the creation of craft banners with squares contributed from every federation area.

For more details of how to get involved in the SWI, visit www.theswi.org.uk or go to its

Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/ScottishWomensInstitutes