Dingwall S.W.R.I.

Dingwall Community Collage
Dingwall S.W.R.I. was founded in 1946 and has been going strong ever since. With a current membership of 37, we are now one of the larger institutes in the Ross-shire Federation which consists of over 30 similar groups.

The Women's Institute was actually founded as a movement in Outario, Canada in 1897. The aim was to provide educational opportunities and fellowship to women of all ages from 16 years upwards. That aim still exists today.

Each month at our meetings from September to May, we have a speaker or demonstrator. Over the years we have learned a great deal from topics such as "Antiques", "Chiropody", "Alternative Medicine", "Japanese Life" and enjoyed demonstrations of embroidery, ceramics, silk painting, cooking etc.
We also participate in the two annual showcases of W.R.I. skills - the Bulb and Baking show and the Handicrafts Show.

Contrary to popular belief, no-one needs to be an expert at knitting or jam making to become a member. The companionship shared at meetings over a cup of tea is just as valuable as possessing housewifely skills.

The W.R.I. is now a world-wide organisation of which we are proud to be a small part.

Christina ?.

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