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By Fiona Reid
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Rural gets ready to mark milestone

A SPECIAL piece of artwork is being put together to mark the centenary year of SWI Dumfriesshire Federation.

Members of rurals around the region have contributed drawings depicting something special to them, inspired by an embroidered banner made in the 1950s.

They are now being collated and arranged around a map of the area by trained artist Sue McLachlan, from Mennock.

The final creation will be unveiled at a centenary afternoon tea at Easterbrook Hall on May 22.

The project is just one of several events lined up for the milestone year: a tree and commemorative plaque will be planted in Castledykes Gardens at Dumfries.

Members have also sent recipes for a special cookbook. A small group have been busy organising and proof reading this. It will include photographs of the drawings with some information about each institute.

And there will be a show of work and craft fayre on October 21 and 22.

A federation spokeswoman said: “Despite lockdowns and guidelines that restricted meetings, the ladies on the SWI Dumfriesshire Federation Executive Committee looked forward and made plans for this special year.

“There have been many meetings using Zoom and every effort was made to keep members of individual institutes informed.

“The ladies who organised the Federation of Rural institutes in 1922 would be proud.

“The SWI continues to uphold tradition whilst willing to embrace new skills.”

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