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Bellochantuy SWI’s president won the Centenary Prize, which is held annually, at the group’s recent AGM.
The competition always includes two items, one in the ‘housewives’ class together with one in ‘handicrafts’. The theme this year was ‘autumn colours’ and Lois Fell’s entry of a cake decorated with marzipan autumn leaves and encircled with a complimentary cake band worked in cross-stitch was the runaway winner.
The November meeting of the institute included an interesting talk on stained glass. John Titterton from Glenbarr told the ladies that when he was living in Germany he became interested in all the stained glass that decorated many buildings as well as other items which were so popular.
His interest led him to attend night school classes and he has been a keen stained glass artist ever since.
He brought many examples of his work both in composition and finished articles, and he explained the complicity of working the metal to support the glass and how great care was required to put the two elements together.
After the business meeting, the competitions were judged as follows: Baking: three pieces of fudge: Alice McLean, gold. Fun: Paperweight: Janet Hamilton, Lois Fell and Margaret McKinnon, gold; Libby Kerr, silver; Tricia Fair and Alice McLean, red.