Lochaber joins SWI cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions

The Oban Times - - Districts -

LOCHABER will join the cel­e­bra­tions to mark the cen­te­nary of the Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute (SWI).

The much-loved or­gan­i­sa­tion marks its 100th birth­day with a num­ber of events this year.

The Lochaber Fed­er­a­tion of the SWI will be host­ing a tea party for past, present and hon­orary mem­bers in July.

Their pres­i­dent said: ‘ We’re proud to be a part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has stood the test of time and one which is known and loved across the coun­try. We’re look­ing for­ward to join­ing cel­e­bra­tions na­tion­ally in ad­di­tion to what we will be do­ing lo­cally to mark the oc­ca­sion.’

The first women’s in­sti­tute was formed in East Loth­ian in June 1917 af­ter a farmer’s wife recog­nised a need for ru­ral women to gain the ben­e­fits of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in home skills, fam­ily wel­fare and cit­i­zen­ship.

The move­ment spread and now there are 16,001 mem­bers across 716 in­sti­tutes.

As well as tea par­ties across the coun­try, there will be a host of other cel­e­bra­tions tak­ing place this year in­clud­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion in Ed­in­burgh this month; a cer­e­mo­nial tree plant­ing and gar­den party and a new recipe book fea­tur­ing celebrity chefs and SWI demon­stra­tors.

Na­tional chair­man Chris­tine Hut­ton said: ‘The cen­te­nary is a great chance for us to re­mind peo­ple what we have to of­fer mod­ern women.’

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