Lochaber institute marks centenary with afternoon tea
THE SCOTTISH Women’s Institute is celebrating its centenary in July and Lochaber branches of the organisation are marking the occasion with an afternoon tea.
The tea will be held in Duncansburgh Church Hall, Fort William, on Saturday July 1 from 2pm to 4pm. Martine Young told the
Lochaber Times: ‘In 1917, many rural women lived isolated lives in houses that were small, cold, damp, draughty. Thanks to a far-sighted farmer’s wife in East Lothian, realising their plight, she founded the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute (SWRI). The local institute provided one evening a month away from their demanding domestic duties, giving them the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, broadening their horizons.’
Today, with declining support in the countryside, the organisation is open to all women in Scotland and the word ‘rural’ has been dropped from the title.
Current and former members are invited to Duncansburgh Church Hall for the anniversary event. As hats were a feature of women’s wear in the early days of the organisation, please wear one if you have one – the fancier the better.