Lamlash SWI gets back into the swing of things

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During September the Lamlash Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) members met to discuss the times, venues and meetings for the upcoming year.

The new idea of a casual drop in coffee catch-up between meetings was agreed on as they had proved successful in the summer.

In October, Chameleon, the ladies’ boutique in Lamlash, gave a very enjoyable presentation on the adaptability of one size garments and had brought along a beautiful range of those with accessories.


It was amazing how the same garment on different body shapes and heights could look very different, especially when accessorised in different ways. Many thanks to Lynn Walker for inspiring us.

November’s meeting was a visit from Michael Gettins representing the new initiative called the Arran Repair Café.

The café is very much environmentally inspired by keeping existing items in use longer, through repair, upcycling or reusing but there is also a strong social element attached too.

An example of the reusing element was the reuse of old pallets. Slats were made into flat Christmas trees, some examples of which could be seen decorating the recent Santa’s Sparkle event.


Offcuts were made into kindlers, nails into the metal recycling bin and sawdust for animal bedding.

All this was delivered in a very enthusiastic and entertaining way but with a serious message behind it. Home safety was also highlighted in the presentation.

Thanks Michael. Also thanks to Kirsty for the delicious gluten and dairy free millionaire’s shortbread.

December’s meeting is a Christmas lunch outing.

Please look out for information on future meetings in January onwards when we will not only have talks/ demonstrations/activities but also the ever-popular supper. Returning members, new members and visitors, will be warmly welcomed.

                                                                                                                             Janet Mair

Michael Gettins entertains the audience during the Lamlash SWI meeting in November.