Lochaber in­sti­tute marks cen­te­nary with af­ter­noon tea

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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