Lamlash take the honours at SWI Federation show

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton 

Lamlash SWI took the bulk of the trophies at the Arran SWI Federation annual handicraft show, which was held last Wednesday at the community theatre in Lamlash.

Taking home seven trophies, they were closely followed by Kildonan with six, in part owing to the handwork of Nancy Bremner and Judith Baines who won best in show and runner up. Shiskine followed closely behind with five trophies including the coveted best community tray whose theme this year was Taste of the Raj. Corrie SWI took four trophies and Kilmory one, including a jointly shared trophy only available to institutes with fewer than 25 members.

As reported in last week’s Banner the show had a healthy entry of 365 entries across 21 categories the five institutes on Arran displayed an enormous amount of talent shared across the Arran SWI Federation. Show co-conveners Morag Munro and Vicki Milne who awarded the trophies at the prize-giving, along with honorary member Mary McKenzie, thanked all of the entrants, praising them for the quality of their work and for their continued commitment towards the SWI. A special mention was also made for the significant contribution of knitwear which is donated to the Neo-Natal Unit at Crosshouse Hospital every year.

The full results of the trophy winners are: Trophy donated by the late Duchess of Montrose for best community tray, Shiskine SWI. Trophy donated by the late Dr James Buchanan for institute gaining most points in show, Lamlash SWI. Trophy donated by the late Miss E Ferguson, Lamlash for best entry in handcraft sections, Nancy Bremner. The Jean Anderson Memorial Tray for runner up to best entry in handcraft cections, Judith Baines.  Trophy donated by the late Mrs. J. Petrie, Lamlash, for most points gained by an institute with 20 or fewer members, Corrie and Sannox SWI. Margaret Haddow Trophy for community handcrafts, Lamlash SWI. The Mary W McGarrity Memorial Trophy, donated by the late Mr J McGarrity, Corrie, for competitor gaining most points in handcraft sections, Elma Stevenson.

Isle of Arran Federation Trophy for competitor gaining most points in baking section, Morag Murchie. Trophy donated by the late Mrs H Mitchell for competitor gaining most points in class 21, Jenny Harper. Trophy donated by the late Mrs M Frew for Institute with 25 or fewer members gaining most points in class 19, Corrie and Sannox SWI and Kilmory SWI. Trophy donated by Arran Provisions for member gaining most points in class 17 – four item, Kirsty Forsyth. Kilmory Trophy donated by the late Mrs Dale, Corriecravie for most points gained in class 15, Morag Campbell. Queen’s Jubilee Trophy donated by Mrs Elma Stevenson, greeting cards, Rosemary Roberts.

The Rachel Trophy donated by Betty Bremner, Lamlash in memory of her sister Ray Bremner, for best knitted article in show, Marion Melvin. Brenda Waddell Trophy for best knitted soft toy, Nancy Bremner. The Helen MacAlister Quaich for best thrift article,  Kirsty Forsyth. Magazine trophy, fruit and nut breakfast muffin, Vivienne Haigh. Marvin Elliott Trophy for Shetland scarf knitted in 2 or 3 ply, Jenny Harper. The Nan Murchie Memorial Rose Bowl, class 15A, Julie Wilkinson. Joan Crawley trophy best entry embroidery, Angela Irving. The Gardner Trophy donated by Morag Gardner – runner up to best in show, Judith Baines. Best in show – Corrie and Sannox Trophy donated by Anne Pringle, Nancy Bremner.