Shiskine scoops awards haul at SWI show

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There was a big entry for the annual Isle of Arran SWI Federation Handcrafts and Homeskills Show which took place, as always, on show day on Wednesday.

The Arran High School theatre was bulging with more than 337 exhibits from 46 ladies representing Arran’s five institutes.

Taking the bulk of the trophies was the largest institute, Shiskine, who secured 14 of the 23 awards in the 67 categories ranging from baking, crafting, knitting, painting to photography and jewellery making.

The show this year took place with a new streamlined layout for the exhibits and also featured two new trophies, the Mairi F T Turnbull Trophy and the Quilt Arran Quaich.

The Best in Show trophy, which usually goes to an individual, was awarded to Shiskine whose four individuals items, with the theme of ‘In the Nursery’, each received a score of 10 out of 10.

Another deserving winner was Dorothy Allan who won the Miss E Ferguson Trophy for the best entry in the handcraft section. Dorothy, who was exhibiting for the first time, knitted an entire miniature doll’s outfit using size 19 needles – roughly the thickness of a pin.

SWI members also excelled themselves in another fine display of generosity with their knitwear from all of the institutes which is donated to the Neo-Natal Unit at Crosshouse Hospital.

Following the well-attended show, just prior to the prize-giving, a raffle took place with an assortment of prizes donated from Arran businesses, including CalMac, Isle of Arran Distillers, Arran Fine Foods, Bay Stores and Arran Aromatics.

Show convener Kirsty Forsyth, who organised the show, and honorary guest Gisela Creed presented the prizes. Kirsty said: ‘I would like to give my thanks to Mrs Gisela Creed, the show committee, office bearers and all of the runners, stewards and volunteers.  Thanks also to all of the judges, all of the visitors and all of the people who have submitted exhibits. Everyone’s participation contributes to a successful show.’

  • See next week’s Banner for a full list of all of the prize-winners.

All of the trophy winners at this year’s Scottish Women’s Institutes Isle of Arran Federation Handcrafts and Homeskills Show with show convener Kirsty Forsyth pictured in the back row, fifth from the left. 01_B32SWIX01

Jenny Harper won the best knitted article in show with her finely detailed shawl. 01_B32SWIX02

Baker extraordinaire, Morag Murchie shows off her clootie dumpling which earned her the Isle of Arran Federation Trophy for gaining the most points in the baking section. 01_B32SWIX03

Angela Cassels won the Joan Crawley Trophy for her embroidery work.  01_B32SWIX04

Nici Sketchley-Kaye receives the Arran provisions Trophy from honorary guest Gisela Creed.   01_B32SWIX05

Jan Crawford is the first recipient of the new Mairi FT Turnbull Trophy for the best floral arrangement. 01_B32SWIX06

Visitors browse the huge assortment of exhibits on display in the theatre which have been laid out in a new format this year. 01_B32SWIX07

Shiskine won the Best in Show with this exhibit of four items with the theme of In the Nursery. 01_B32SWIX08

Jennifer Earle, joined by daughters Trixie and Rowan, received a silver award for her kilt. 01_B32SWIX09

Jenny Harper and Anne Pringle shared the Mrs H Mitchell Trophy for the most points gained in class 21 – preserved and wines. 01_B32SWIX10

Evelyn Hamilton contributed to the first place community tray which was based on the theme of Halloween. 01_B32SWIX11

Dorothy Allan with her unbelievably finely knitted dolls outfit which was knitted with pin-sized needles. 01_B32SWIX12

Elma Stevenson of Corrie and Sannox SWI won a gold award  for her three little pig cupcakes. 01_B32SWIX13

Mary Adams received the Brenda Waddell Trophy for her pirate soft toy which she knitted. 01_B32SWIX14

SWI members from all of the institutes on Arran contributed to an enormous donation of knitted baby wear that will be donated to the Neo-Natal Unit at Crosshouse Hospital. 01_B32SWIX15

Winner of the Jubilee Trophy, Julie Wilkinson, with some of her prize winning photographs. 01_B32SWIX16