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 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.

Small Singing Group/Choirs Competition 2021


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.




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 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


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


The Creative Crafts Show at the SECC, Glasgow has been rescheduled to  20th – 23rd May.  

We will need stewards throughout the show for this event and we would be grateful if members would volunteer to steward for two hours. The shifts are from 10 a.m. – 12noon, 12noon – 2pm, 2pm-4pm with the rest of the time available to enjoy the show. Stewards will be offered entry tickets but no travel expenses.

If you are able to help, please complete and return the form below ot the Handcrafts and Event Co-ordinator. 

 Steward Form


Photography Competition

The Education & International Committee are running a Photography Competition and we would love you all to take part.  There is no fee for entering and the prize will be some SWI goodies as well as a certificate.  There will be a winner in each category and also an overall winner. 
Please be as creative as you would like.

The four themes for the competition are as follows:
  • Scenes - any local landscape scene of Scotland
  • Single Blooms - a picture of a favourite bloom
  • Lockdown Garden - a photograph of your garden
  • Autumnal Colours - any picture showing the changes in the seasons    
If you would like to take part, the entry form and rules can be downloaded from the members' area of the website or the Education & International Events Co-ordinator –
The closing date for entries is Friday 29th January 2021 - we will also be accepting postal entries too.


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



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.




With the health and wellbeing of our members being a priority, the Study Tour will be postponed until 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


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 -  The website will be update with any future sporting events. 


*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

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 schedules are currently under review, this will not affect the members who have already applied to sit their certificates.

Anyone wishing to apply for their certificates, please be aware of this and contact the Handcrafts & Homeskills Co-ordinator on for further information.

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 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members has been postponed until 2022, details will follow.

Handcrafts Residential Weekend School

The Handcrafts Weekend School has been postponed until 2022. Details will follow.