Shiskine SWI show off their trophy haul

Shiskine SWI with the trophies they won at the annual Arran SWI show.

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The first meeting of the new season of the Shiskine SWI was held on Wednesday October 3 in Shiskine Hall when they took the opportunity to show how well they had done in the annual show in the summer.

George Grassie, who runs the Blackwaterfoot Bakehouse, came to talk to the members about ‘an old craft reborn’. George is passionate about about his work and took time to explain to us about the ingredients he uses for his bread – ancient grains sourced from the UK, a sourdough culture and no chemicals. George then treated us to a demonstration of his bread making skills which made the process look effortless. His talk was very interesting and raised many questions from the ladies.

The competition was to make a bread roll and was won by Fiona Scott, 2nd Kate McIntosh. The exhibition was a breadbasket 1st Angela Cassels, 2nd equal Carole Stewart and Evelyn Hamilton.


The Shiskine SWI won four trophies at the Arran SWI Show this year; the community tray, the community handicrafts, the Institute gaining the most points, and the Mitchell Trophy for the most points gained in preserves and wine. Jenny Harper won the Ferguson Tray for Shiskine for the most points gained at the winter meetings added to the points she won at the show.

The next meeting, on Wednesday November 7 in Shiskine Hall, will be a musical evening with Ain’t Misbehavin’ to which all SWI members are invited.

Preisdent Marilyn Woods and the members of Shiskine SWI with the trophies they won at the annual show. NO_B42shiskine01

George Grassie who gave a talk and demonstration about bread making. NO_B42shiskine02