The Scottish Women’s Rural Institute is welcoming one of the strongest signs yet that it is riding high on a new wave of enthusiasm for its offering of learning, friendship and fun.
The SWRI’s annual summer school was fully booked up just weeks after places went on sale, and there is now a significant waiting list of members eager to gain a place.
Eighty-three members of the SWRI will attend the summer school – a residential course where members can learn about everything from traditional crafts to academic topics. A further 33 are on the reserve list – the biggest number ever to wait for a place
This year’s event takes place at Sabhal Mor Ostaig College, on the Isle of Skye, from July 9 to 13. Seven separate classes will run simultaneously during the five days, and while some may be considered traditional SWRI offerings, others are a little more unusual.
There has been a tremendous level of interest in the flora and fauna class, in which participants will spend time in the classroom learning about plants found on Skye. Once the theory aspect is complete, members will be taken on walking tours to places – many off the beaten track – where they will be able to see a variety of plantlife and wildlife.
Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes is one of the largest women’s organisations in Scotland, boasting around 20,000 members, in 33 Federations throughout Scotland.