Lamlash SWI still thriving on Zoom

The Lamlash SWI goodie bags.

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Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention and perhaps even more so in the current unusual circumstances. But with the Scottish Women’s Institutes only charging half its headquarters’ levy this year and providing free Zoom for all federations, things are picking up.

By adapting to change Lamlash institute has already started its usual monthly evening meetings but now also include a monthly afternoon meeting and a weekly committee meeting to get the year planned. Now the schedule for the year ahead has been completed, ‘goodie bags’ have been distributed to help get the most out of online demonstrations and to share competition. Included in them are:

• Bulb fibre and bulbs to go along with Susanna’s planting demonstration plus a colourful instruction sheet.


• Colouring pencils and envelope for colouring competition of outline picture of Lamlash. Picture courtesy of Angela Elliot Walker.

• Newsletter giving updates of any current business, reports from previous meetings and details of a short story competition.

There is also the winter schedule, a quiz sheet, and a short story by Morag.

Members are encouraged to have their coffee or other refreshment to hand during meetings as even Zoom can’t provide the usual delicious supper we all enjoy.


Luckily, if we fancy making our own sweet treat, the current newsletter contains many of the recipes for both sweet and savoury shortbreads which were shown by various members but sadly not tasted at the last meeting.

Later in the year, straw will be distributed in time for the corn dolly workshop so we can work along with the demonstrator.

Also lotion and potion samples delivered nearer the time can be enjoyed from the comfort of your fireside during a Neal’s Yard remedy night.

Maybe have a mince pie and glass of something festive to hand for our Christmas night which includes live performance. For those shy of joining in with the professionals put your microphone to mute and sing along with gusto. Technology has its advantages!

There are plenty more topics and ideas on the schedule for the year so Lamlash ‘rural’ is definitely in full swing.

On a bitterly cold or wet and windy night we’ll enjoy our armchair meetings and look forward to spring days and nearer, we hope, to normality.

The committee looks forward to seeing all current and future members who are able to join present meetings courtesy of modern technology or if you cannot access Zoom hopefully, all being well, we’ll have an extra special get together when restrictions allow.

                                                                                                                                  Janet Mair