Events News & Information


The Walking Weekend will take place on 10-12 May 2019 and is based at the New Lanark Mill Hotel.  A walk of approximately 10 miles will take place on Saturday and a walk of approximately 5 miles on Sunday.  The walks may include ascents and descents.  The walks will be suitable for all levels of walkers.  However, you should be physically capable of completing a 10 mile walk comfortably.

The application form and further information is available on the Member's Area of the website under (Committees/Education and International section).  The closing date for application forms is Friday 11th January, 2019.

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


The 2019 Choirs Competion Final will take place at Teviot Church, Hawick on Saturday 27th April 2019.  Choirs from all areas are eligible to compete in next year's competition, which will be hosted by Roxburghshire Federation. The application form is available on the members' area of the website (Committees/Education & International section) or by contacting  The closing date for applications is 4th January 2019.



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 2019 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members will be held in Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry on 8, 9 and 10 March.

Applications have now closed for the weekend but there may still be places available.  For more information please contact the Education and International Secretary at SWI Headquarters, email:

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.

Handcrafts & Housewives Conference 2019

This will be held at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeenshire.

Exhibition - The dates for the Exhibition are the afternoon of Tuesday 10th September 2019 and all day Wednesday11th  September – times to be confirmed.

Conference - The conference itself will be held on the Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September. Further details and information will follow. Correspondence will be sent out to all Federations and Institutes once these are confirmed.

Competitions - Notifications and application forms – information

Accommodation: We are sourcing preferential rate for a nearby hotel. It will be a first come first served basis and details of a special booking code will follow.

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.



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.

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:

Outdoor Bowling Competition

Date and venue to be confirmed.

Curling Bonspiel

19th March 2019 at Curl Aberdeen

Walking Weekend

The next Walking Weekend for SWI Members will take place at the New Lanark Mill Hotel from 10-12 May 2019.

Golf Competition 2019

27 August 2019, Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club, Arran Federation

Stadium Bowling Competition

To be confirmed.


*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:

Royal Highland Show 2019

The Royal Highland Show is from 20 - 23 June 2019.

SWI is responsible for managing the Handcrafts Pavilion.  In order to cover the pavilion, volunteer stewards are required for 2 hour shifts during the event. Further information and the stewards form are available in the members' area (event information section).

Handcraft Competitions – 2019

 Please click on the link below to access the theme and list of competitions available.

 2019 Handcrafts Schedule

The full 2019 Schedule and 2019 Entry Form will be available soon.


Handcrafts and Housewives Proficiency Certificate Schedules

New Proficiency Certificate Schedules

Welcome to our National Proficiency Certificate Programme. We are delighted that you are considering sitting a Certificate.

New Proficiency Certificate Schedules

A new Handcrafts and also Housewives Proficiency Certificate schedule marked ‘Revised & Updated 2017’ has been compiled. If you wish to apply for a Certificate, please ensure that you have a copy of this. Both Proficiency Certificate Schedule ‘Rules for Candidates’ Booklets are available free of charge from Headquarters or please contact Pamela Black by email

**Members please note these are for tests being applied for from 2018 onwards. Application forms and information for Autumn and Spring 2018 tests for the federations eligible have been sent out. If you wish to apply, please contact your Handcrafts & Housewives Secretary. All applications must go through your secretary. These then are forwarded to Headquarters. The deadline for Spring Certificates is the 1st of October for the following year and the deadline for Autumn Certificates is the 1st of March.

The downloadable booklets will give you all the answers to any queries you may have.

Handcrafts Schedule

Housewives Schedule


Hand Patchwork and Machine Patchwork Certificates

Please note this page has been amended, if you have a copy of the new schedule please download this page and attach it or alternatively download the amended booklet above.

- hand patch certificate

- machine patch certificate




 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, but in all cases replies should be received at SWI Headquarters by Friday 14th December 2018.

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.