Events News & Information


We hope to hold the Matter of Opinion and National Quiz on  Saturday 31st October 2020.  This may need to be a virtual competition, depending on Government guidelines, but it gives us all something to look forward to. Although Federations may struggle to hold eliminations, we would hope to receive Matter of Opinion and quiz team entries. If Federations have teams interested in the Matter of Opinion competition, please notify Carrie on of the number of interested teams to see if the competition is viable. To ensure that the competition goes ahead, there may be no limit on numbers of teams from each Federation (as a one off due to the circumstances).

Likewise, entries for the Quiz will be very welcome.  Please note that there will be no entry fee and this is open to SWI members only. Thank you.


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 Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) European Conference in Scotland  has been rescheduled to 10-14 May 2021.  at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, Glasgow. All those who have already registered will receive an email about the change (unless we don't have an email address). Please note that you can still register at this time by completing and returning the form below. For further information, please email

2021 ACWW Conference Registration Form




Please note this is for members who attended the 2019 Federation classes only.

 The 2020 competition will be for:

 ‘An Embroidered Bird’

 Worked using up to eight of the stitches used in the class.

Should you wish to enter please contact the Handcrafts & Homeskills Events Co-ordinator ( or 0131 285 7117). The fee to enter is £3.00. Further details and specifications are on the entry form.  The entry form is available to download from the members' area of the website, login required (committees/handcrafts-and-homeskills/Evelyn Baxter Trophy Competition)

The entry form should be returned to the Handcrafts & Homeskills Events Co-ordinator by Friday 11th September.  Entries should be delivered to the Handcrafts and Homeskills Events Co-ordinator at Headquarters by Friday 25th September.






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 Events Co-ordinator -

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. 

Unfortunately the following 2020 competitions have been cancelled, in line with Government advice:

The National Golf Competition 2020


Outdoor Bowling Competition

Stadium Bowling Competition


*Please click the side arrow to access the Guidelines relating to 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

 Please note for the Coloured Embroidery, the hints No. 4 should read ‘only 1 article in Counted Thread on evenweave fabric’

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 date of the 2021 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members is to be confirmed.

Handcrafts Residential Weekend School

The Handcrafts Weekend School has been postponed until a later date.  Details 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.

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