Shisk­ine SWI meet­ing

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More than 30 mem­bers turned out in foul weather for the first meet­ing of Shisk­ine SWI where the speaker was Lucy Urquhart-Dixon who also gave a demon­stra­tion on scone mak­ing.

Lucy thought it might have been pro­fes­sional sui­cide to demon­strate scone mak­ing to sea­soned ru­ral ladies but as it turned out, they all learned some new and use­ful tips. They were also lucky enough to en­joy the fin­ished prod­uct; de­li­ciously light scones with home-made pre­serves and fresh cream.

While giv­ing the demon­stra­tion, Lucy talked about her teach­ing role and was par­tic­u­larly keen to pro­mote the value of the hos­pi­tal­ity course that is of­fered to stu­dents at Ar­ran High School. She felt that the qual­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able and skills gained in this area are often un­der­val­ued, a sen­ti­ment that many of the mem­bers con­curred with.

It was gen­er­ally agreed that the ex­per­tise ac­quired on these cour­ses are im­por­tant in to­day’s eco­nomic cli­mate and these skills are par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant on Ar­ran and in Scot­land in gen­eral as the tourist in­dus­try is a grow­ing part of the lo­cal and na­tional econ­omy.

Lucy then shared with the group some pho­tographs of the stu­dents work which left mem­bers suit­ably im­pressed.

As usual, a lovely sup­per was en­joyed be­fore the main busi­ness of the meet­ing took place.

Mem­bers were asked to sug­gest ideas for the an­nual show and lots of imag­i­na­tive an cre­ative ideas were put for­ward to be con­sid­ered by the show com­mit­tee who will be meet­ing on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 26, to set the sched­ule for next year’s Hand­craft Show.

The com­pe­ti­tion, a dec­o­rated cup­cake, was won by Mar­i­lyn Woods. The ex­hi­bi­tion, a cake plate, was won by Julie Wilkin­son, and the raf­fle was won by Eve­lyn Hamil­ton.

Julie Wilkin­son was then pre­sented with the Fer­gu­son Plate, be­ing the mem­ber who had gained most points dur­ing the win­ter sea­son com­bined with the points gained in the an­nual show.

The next meet­ing of the Shisk­ine SWI will be on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 1, in Shisk­ine Hall at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be Fiona Laing and the topic Heart­start.

Those want­ing to know how to use one of the many de­fib­ril­la­tors on Ar­ran, or look­ing to brush up on rusty skills, can join in.

New mem­bers and vis­i­tors are al­ways most wel­come.

Shisk­ine SWI pres­i­dent Mar­i­lyn Woods, left, presents Julie Wilkin­son with the Fer­gu­son Plate for the mem­ber who re­ceived the most points dur­ing the sea­son and the an­nual show.

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