The Scottish Women’s Institutes presents - An Evening of Scottish Music and Song – Saturday 20th March

Despite the cancellation of the Scottish Country Dance weekend, we will be holding an evening of Scottish Entertainment, with music, poems, and a fun Scottish Music Quiz, this is open to everyone (all members) the programme will be confirmed nearer the time. Please see the Zoom Conferencing link below:

Topic: Evening of Scottish Music and Song

Time: Mar 20, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 826 8526 0852

Passcode: 582066


SWI AGM - 27th MAY 2021

The SWI Virtual AGM will take place on 27th May 2021 at 10.30am.  If any members would like to attend the AGM please complete the form below and return to or by post addressed to Admin Secretary by Friday 9th April.   Please also note Membership numbers must be provided. If no membership number is provided on the form, the member will not be able to attend the AGM. 

Once we have details of numbers etc paperwork will be sent following the closing date. Proxy voting forms can also be requested and be sent if a member cannot attend, together with agenda and resolutions to be adopted, following the closing date of Friday 9th April.

Virtual Attendance Form

If any member has any matters for the Agenda at the AGM please send to the CEO no later than Friday 9th April.




The 2020 Warnock Trophy Competition has been cancelled, all entries will be carried forward to the 2021 competition.

The Warnock Trophy, which was gifted to the SWI by the late Mrs E Warnock, Lanarkshire, is awarded for an annual competition in connection with the SWI magazine. The competition is for a five lined limerick beginning with ‘There was a young woman’. The closing date for entries is Friday 25th February 2021 and we will be judging the entrants as soon as possible after that.

Further details can be found on the entry from which can be downloaded from the members' area of the website (committees/education & International/Warnock Trophy) or by emailing


2021 Variations on a Theme Competition - Theme: ‘Journeys’

 Saturday 10th April 2021 – By Zoom Conferencing

The 2021 Variations on a Theme Competition, will be hosted on Zoom Conferencing.   The rules, entry form and further information can be downloaded from the members’ area.  If your Federation wishes to enter this competition, please complete and return Part 1 of the entry form no later than Friday 19th February 2021. Further information can be obtained from


With the health and wellbeing of our members being a priority, the Study Tour will be postponed until 2-6th May 2022.  Anyone already booked to visit the Cotswolds can transfer their booking, all those booked will be contacted separately.  Further information on the tour is below:

The tour will travel down to Stratford-Upon-Avon.  There will be pick up points in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Gretna Services.  The tour is based for four nights at the Stratford Manor Hotel. The Study Tour will include a visit to some of the Cotswold Villages, Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle.  All information including a booking form and brochure can be requested from  The booking form and brochure can be downloaded from the Downloads folder in the Members' Area of the website. 


The Communications Committee are running a competition for members to design a SWI scarf and we would love members to take part.   

We hope to be able to use the winning design for a new scarf, to be sold in our SWI shop. The winner will receive some surprise goodies.  There is no fee for entering.

The design should be for a scarf that measures 180cm x 65cm and can be in any medium.

If you would like to take part, please  complete an entry form (available from the Downloads folder in the members’ area of the website or from  The closing date is 31st May 2021.  The winning entry will be announced at the National Conference in September.  


Sadly, Gardening Scotland will not be taking place in 2021 as it has gone into liquidation.  For the Federations who have entered, the Birthday Card will still be judged at SWI Headquarters in May during the meetings week with Hamlyn providing prizes.

The card – maximum size is A5, this can be any medium. The theme is to remain as specifically, ‘Happy 21st Birthday Gardening Scotland’.

We look forward to receiving the entries at headquarters by the 30th April 2021. The Oatcake Competition will now not be taking place. For the Federation’s wishing to apply, please contact the Handcrafts and Homeskills Events Co-ordinator. Email 


The Creative Crafts Show at the SECC, Glasgow has been cancelled until further notice.


SWI Summer School 2021 - Cancelled

The Borders Campus was originally booked for Summer School 2020 but was postponed until 2021. Unfortunately, the College is not taking any bookings until further notice. Other venues were approached but are in a similar position and will not take any bookings. The 2021 Summer School has been cancelled but will be back in 2022.


The Evelyn Baxter scholarship school ‘Improve your Basic Knitting and Finishing’ due to take place on the 20th – 22nd April at SWI headquarters has again been postponed to 2022. Future dates to be arranged.  Anyone wishing to apply please contact the Handcrafts & Homeskills Events co-ordinator -email


Small Singing Group/Choirs Competition 2021 - Cancelled


Following Government guidelines, confirming that there is a risk of transmission of the virus due to singing, which, in turn, has stopped any groups gathering for practice etc.  The decision has been made to cancel the Small Singing Group/Choirs Competition for this year.




The Handcrafts Judges Certifcates have been postponed, a future date will be arranged.


Due to the current Covid restrictions this has delayed the arrangement of dates for the postponed  Spring 2020 certificates. As soon as it is possible to do so, the federations involved will be informed of proposed new dates.