Events News & Information

H&H Conference 2019

Important – Please note this information and registration forms for Federation Representatives and Visiting Members have been sent to all Federation Secretaries – please contact your Federation for more information. 

There is still time to register for the conference, the closing date has been extended to 16th August.

Visiting Members forms are also available to download here: Visiting Member Form

The Theme is ‘Stepping Out’

This will be held at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeenshire.

Exhibition - The dates for the Exhibition are the afternoon of Tuesday 10th September 2019  2 – 5pm and all day Wednesday11th  September – 9 – 5pm.

It would be greatly appreciated, if you are able to steward for the exhibition or the Conference the forms are available to download here.

Exhibtion Steward Form

Conference Steward Form

Or contact the H&H Secretary: or 0131 225 1724

 Conference - The conference itself will be held on the Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September. The Conference will be opened on Wednesday 11th September by Mr Barney Crockett, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen.  


  • Gillian Paterson – Designer & maker of historic costumes & Story Teller
  • Louise Blanchfield - Nutritional Therapist
  • Jim Hume – ‘Support in Mind’ – Scotland’s National Rural Health Forum
  • “Hats by Marjory”–‘My Journey So Far’ – Marjory Tennant, Selkirkshire Federation.  
  • Thursday – Helen McCook, Royal School of Needlework
  • Deborah Leslie – Author, Prize-winning Doric Writer & After Dinner Speaker

 Information regarding this will be published on the website and in the April magazine.

Members should note that the Conference will open at 10.30 a.m. and close between 3 and 4 p.m. on the Wednesday and on the Thursday will open at 10.30 am and close at 1.00 p.m.   The Prize giving of trophies will be held on Wednesday 11th September at 2.00 p.m.   Further information will be given when available.

 Evening Entertainment

Tuesday evening, Education & International National Competition winners.

 Wednesday evening, Aberdeenshire Federation will provide the entertainment, this will be the ‘Longside Singers & Friends’.

 Both evening’s entertainment will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets will be sold to members first who have registered for the conference, thereafter tickets can be purchased by contacting SWI headquarters.

 Accommodation: We have sourced a preferential rate for a nearby hotel.  For details of how to book, please login to the member’s area of the website (and then Committees/Handcrafts and Homeskills Committee/H&H Conference) to find the link to book online, alternatively there is also a telephone number and booking code if you prefer to book by telephone.

Competitions - Notifications and application forms – information 

The entry forms are now available please click on the links below to download.

Evelyn Baxter Trophy – please check your form has the specifications  noted on this.  For the Vaughan Nash – please check your form the deadline for the entry forms is 21st June . If not please download the form below or contact the H & H Secretary at Headquarters.

Please note due to a recent enquiry – The Vaughan Nash Competition – Theme – Oranges & Lemons – This is a general theme but other colours can be added if necessary. This is a Handcrafts competition.

Morgan Trophy – ‘A Recipe for a Starter for Food Intolerance’ as contained in the information link above. There is no entry form for this, recipes to be submitted to headquarters for the attention of the H&H Secretary. Email:

 2019 Art Competition

2019 Playfair-Hannay Competition

2019 Sutton Competition

2019 Warnock Competition

The Blackwood Trophy for Embroidery 2019

The Handcrafts Trophy 2019

Isobel Mackenzie Trophy for Flower Arrangement 2019 - A

Isobel Mackenzie Trophy for Flower Arrangement 2019 - B

The Lena Meiklejohn Trophy Competition 2019

The Mary Aitken Trophy for Preserving 2019

The North East Trophy Competition 2019

Vaughan Nash Community Competition 2019

The Whitecross Trophy for Knitting Competition 2019

The Whitecross Trophy for Sewing Competition 2019

Anne Wallace Sugar Sifter Trophy 2019

The Evelyn Baxter Trophy 2019

Aberdeenshire Host Federation Competition 2019 - This competition is restricted to Instiitutes in the Aberdeenshire Federation


Study Tour to North Wales - October 2019

Study Tour – North Wales   - 18th – 22nd October 2019

Departing by coach on 18th October 2018 from pick-up points in Edinburgh and Glasgow, you will head to North Wales, stopping en-route at Sizergh Castle near Kendal.

After lunch you will continue your journey onto to the Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon and check in for the next four nights, all bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

Over the next few days you will travel to Colwyn Bay, visit Bodnant Gardens, Conwy Castle, Portmeirion Village and Gardens.  There will be a scenic drive south through the Vale of Conwy to Porthmadog.  Once you arrive at Porthmadog train station, you will take a journey on the Welsh Highland Railway to Caernarfon. The study tour will continue with a visit to Caernarfon Castle. 

 On the journey home, you will stop at Dalemain House, Penrith.

 Included in the price:

  •  Four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the 3* Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
  • Comfortable coaching throughout
  • Visits to Sizergh Castle, Bodnant Gardens, Conwy Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Portmeirion, Dalemain House & Gardens and a single journey on the Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog to Caernarfon
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager

There are still a limited amount of space left for the Study Tour and, as with previous years, we can open up this tour to non-SWI members.  If you would like to book a space further details are available from the Education & International Committee Secretary at




Matter of Opinion and National Quiz - Saturday 26th October 2019

The Matter of Opinion Competition will be held the morning of 26th October, the National Quiz will follow in the afternoon at Fochabers Public Institute, 15 High Street, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7EP.  Further information and entry forms are available in the Members' Area of the website, login is required (Committees/Education & International Committee/Matter of Opinion or /National Quiz).

If you need any further information please contact   



 Subject – Basic Embroidery

 (All correspondence has been sent to the Federations)

The 2019 tutors are Susan Finlayson – Roxburghshire and Anne Rodgie - Fife.  Evelyn Baxter Scholars - having attended the course held at headquarters this spring – are both willing to give 2 day classes on this subject at federation level anywhere in Scotland between January and December 2019.

 A school will last two consecutive days (four hours each day) and a maximum of 12 members can be accepted. Once classes are confirmed – information will be sent to the Federations regarding materials. i.e a pack may be provided with a note of the cost and/or a requirements list *In response to enquiries received – Please note the following: The federation does not pay any fees for pupils attending these classes to SWI headquarters. Evelyn Baxter classes are different to the handcrafts - two day school and craft classes.

H & H Secretaries are reminded that all arrangements for these classes (dates and times) should be made through headquarters. In the event of a Federation having to cancel the class, Headquarters and the Scholar must be notified, at least four weeks in advance.

Please can you submit the application form as soon as possible if you wish your class in the early part of 2019, please contact the H&H Secretary (  for further information.


SWI organises national competitions in curling, stadium bowling, outdoor bowling and golf. Federations select a team(s), usually by competition, to represent them in the competition.  Further information can be obtained from the Education and International Secretary -

Due to issues with catering at previous sports competitions, all refreshments must be ordered and paid for in advance for players and spectators.  Refreshment vouchers will be distributed on the day and these should be handed over for refreshments. 

The dates of the next National Competitions are:


Golf Competition 2019

27 August 2019, Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club, Arran Federation.  The deadline for entries was 28 February.

Curling Bonspiel

Details on the next Curling Bonspiel will follow once available.

Stadium Bowling Competition

Details on the next Stadium Bowling competition will follow once available.

Outdoor Bowling Competition

 Details on the next Outdoor Bowling competition will follow once available.

*Please click the side arrow to access the Guidelines relating to these events.

Sport Guidelines

For federations who are hosting, or interested in hosting, SWI Sports Competitions, you can view our Guidelines for the following:

Education & International Proficiency Certificate Schedule

Proficiency Certificate Schedule

Welcome to our Education & International Committee Proficiency Certificate Programme.
We are delighted that you are considering sitting a certificate.
The downloadable booklet will give you all the answers to any queries you may have.

Handcrafts and Homeskills Proficiency Certificate Schedules

The new schedules are now available.  For the Homeskills there will be an additional new certificate. Once completed, it will be put on to this website and the Federations in the Central area will receive this as soon as is possible.

Handcrafts Schedule

Homeskills Proficiency Schedule


Weekend Residential Schools

SWI offers members the opportunity to attend weekend schools, particularly in handcrafts and Scottish Country Dancing. These are held in suitable venues in various parts of the Scotland.

Scottish Country Dance Weekend

The 2020 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members will be held in Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry on 6-8 March 2020.  Details will follow nearer this time.

Handcrafts Residential Weekend School

The next handcrafts weekend school is scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2020. Details will follow nearer this time.

Study Tours

SWI organises Study Tours, both abroad and to other parts of the UK, which include programmes of educational visits and meetings with members of our sister organisations.

For further information, please contact the Education and International Secretary email: