Hats off at Lamlash SWI

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The opening meeting of Lamlash SWI was ‘Pretty Glorious’, that being the name of the business of their speaker Kathleen O’Higgins.

For 25 years Kathleen working as an art teacher, but feeling the need to be creative for herself again, and as part of her continued professional development she enrolled on an introduction to millinery course. This proved to be the start of a whole new career as a bespoke milliner of fascinators and the popular small hats Kathleen calls perches.

In a lively, and very entertaining manner, she explained what had lead to this new direction in her life and demonstrated the tools of her trade and the luxurious materials she uses. Also on display to try were some beautiful and exquisitely finished examples of her work. Some members had the fun of modelling them, but would agree, they didn’t have the full wedding outfit, hair and make up to do them justice. Sorry ladies!

The talk finished with some good advice on choosing and wearing hats and, to quote Kathleen; ‘be confident, be comfortable’. The committee thank Kathleen for the work she put into prepare and deliver a great start to the new session.

A spokeswoman said: ‘As we look forward to an enjoyable and busy year, can I remind people that our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in Lamlash fire station. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome and a tasty supper.

‘Look out for our posters in Lamlash and neighbouring villages or visit the Arran Federation facebook page.’

Janet Mair

Corrie and Sannox SWI

After the summer break Corrie and Sannox SWI had their first meeting on Thursday September 14 in Corrie hall.  Members enjoyed a catch up with everyone and the review the programme for the coming year. The group will be welcoming a range of interesting speakers including subjects such as a farming life, North American healing herbs and charity work in Nepal. Members then enjoyed a tea provided by the committee.

The next meeting is on the Thursday October 12 at 2pm in Corrie hall where the group will be making their own dream pillows.  New members and visitors always welcome.

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