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President's Newsletter March 2021

Dear fellow member, We are now well into March and there are positive signs around us. The first Spring flowers are blooming, the days are stretching and hopefully restrictions may soon be reduced. We had a tremendous response to the photography competition with over 250 photographs being submitted by 88 competitors. The judge chose the 6 best photographs in each section and an overall winner which…


President's Newsletter February 2021

Dear Member Since I last wrote to you, many of us have received at least the first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine. I hope that this is the first step towards a return to a more “normal” and sociable life. Although the weather has been so cold and snow has fallen heavily in some areas, the SWI committees are still meeting regularly. In fact, we have had more committee meetings than in “normal” years!…


President's Newsletter - January 2021

Happy New Year! We have all weathered the storm that was 2020 and can now look forward to better times ahead in 2021 with the Covid 19 vaccine roll out under way. We now have SWI Face masks in the online shop ready for meetings to begin! We are holding the “Variations on a Theme” competition virtually on Saturday, 10th April and I am looking forward to hearing the teams’ programmes on the theme of…


NFWI FACE MASK GUIDES AND PATTERN - UPDATED

For members that are interested in making their own face masks, the NFWI have shared their guides and patterns with us for our members to use.


Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto with Poached Egg

By Lindsay Guidi, Home Cook School A home cook from the youngest possible age, I took inspiration from my mother and grandmother who always believed in involving children in the preparation of family meals. In later years this investment paid dividends for my art school contemporaries who were regularly treated to my delicious, yet economical, banquets! Travel has since provided the stimulus for…


Claire’s allergy takes the biscuit!

In this article from a recent issue of Women Together, member Claire Thompson shares the secrets behind her successful gourmet pet treats business. If you'd like to meet inspiring women like Claire in Scotland, join the SWI... It comes as something of a surprise to learn that the woman behind a gourmet range of treats adored by pets is allergic to dogs. But with a desire to create a healthier version…


I blame my Granny!

By Liz Smith, Greenock-based vintage and homecraft blogger Shortbread and Ginger I adore vintage china!  My collection started with a few pieces of my Granny's china which no one else wanted after she died.  I took them to display on my Welsh dresser and of course to remind me of her.  But there were gaps on the dresser and they needed to be filled!  Visiting charity shops soon opened my eyes to the…


A Woman’s Work is Never Dull

On International Women's Day, we take a look back at this feature from a previous issue of Women Together that highlights the incredible achievements of women across Scotland. If you'd like to meet inspiring women in your area, why not look for an Institute near you?   Today women make up 49% of Scotland’s workforce, and are achieving new level of success at work, even in once male-dominated fields. Careers…


Give yourself some TLC

This article from Breast Cancer Now about the important of regular self-checks appeared in a previous issue of Women Together during our centenary year, when we partenered with the charity. The advice and information, however, remain relevant today... Breast Cancer Now’s TLC Campaign Even if you’ve had a mammogram, it is still vital that you check your breasts for any changes and visit your doctor…


Norman Calder Credits Baking Success to Lessons Learned from SWI Members

In this interview from a past issue of Women Together, Great British Bake Off stalwart Norman Calder shares his memories of the SWI from his childhood and reveals how the lessons he learned from its members have stood the test of time... The wonderful world of homemade food makes up a big part of Norman Calder’s fondest childhood memories. With his mother a stalwart of the SWRI in his native Banffshire,…