Kirkmichael and District SWI
The first Woman’s Institute was formed at Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada in the year 1897. Its object was to form a society for women comparable with the Society for men known as the Farmers Institute. Gradually the Movement spread to Europe arriving in Scotland 1917. Kirkmichael and District SWRI were founded in 1935. The Scottish WRI's aims are:
- To advance the education and training of those who live and work in the country, or are interested in country life, in home skills, family welfare and citizenship.
- To promote the preservation of Scotland’s traditions and its rural heritage interested in the country life, in home skills, family welfare and citizenship.
- To promote the provision of facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreational and leisure time occupation so that the conditions of life of people who live in the country, or are interested in country life, may be improved.
Kirkmichael and District SWRI Meetings
The Kirkmichael and District SWRI meet on the second Thursday of the Month, normally in Kirkmichael Village Hall and Kirkmichael Session House from September to June.
Most meetings include Institute business, a talk or demonstration and the opportunity to meet other members. Every year the syllabus is different and varied. In 2004 - 2005 the subjects included talks on Local Legends and Guide Dogs for the Blind and demonstrations included Batik, Sugar Craft and Relaxation.
Members can join other members both locally and nationally; attend classes in craft or cookery, go to summer school, join a drama group, sing in a choir, go on a study tour at home or abroad and take part in sport from curling and walking, to 4x4 driving and abseiling.
Come for a visit and see what we can offer. For further details contact the Secretary: Mrs B Davys - 01250 881476