Events News & Information

2018 Anstruther-Gray Drama Competition

10 November 2018

Anstruther-Gray Drama Competition – Radio Play Competition

Community Theatre, Arran High School, Lamlash, Arran

Arran Federation

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.

Handcrafts Residential Weekend School

12th–14th October 2018 - Peebles Hydro Hotel, Peebles-shire

Cane Basketry – Tutor - Helen Quartermaine
Soft Furnishings – Tutor – Isobel Robertson

The Cane Basketry class is full. There are still spaces on the ‘Soft Furnishing’ class with Tutor Isobel Robertson. If you are interested please contact Pamela Black, H & H Secretary at Headquarters on 0131 285 7117 (direct number) or alternatively on 0131 225 1724 to check if these are still available.

Scottish Country Dance Weekend For SWI Members

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

For more information please contact the Education and International Secretary at SWI Headquarters, email:

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 in Spring 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.

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.



The 2018 Competition will be for a ‘Spring Floral Crochet Wreath’

Please note this is only for members who attended the 2017 Federation classes.

Should you wish to enter please contact Pamela Black at SWI Headquarters (email: The entry form (accompanied by a fee of £1.50) should be returned to the Handcrafts Secretary, SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES not later than Friday 14th September 2018. Further instructions and details will be sent to each competitor after this date. No late entry forms will be accepted.Each Competitor will be responsible for his/her own entry, suitably packed for being delivered to SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, EH3 6ES to arrive not later than Friday September 28th 2018. SWI cannot be held responsible for an entry arriving damaged or late. If you have not received further instructions, including tags etc, by 21st September 2018, please contact Headquarters. The closing date for the arrival of entries is Friday 28th September 2018. No late entries will be accepted. Judging will take place at Headquarters in October 2018. Headquarters will arrange for the unpacking and repacking of entries at the time of judging. Entries will be displayed at Headquarters during the November meetings week, commencing 19th November 2018. For acknowledgement of your entry please send an S.A.E