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Continued Support for Dalry & District Scottish Women's Institute

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The Dalry Parish Boundary Trust are continuing their support for the Dalry & District Scottish Women’s Institute by allocating £400 to the group, through Community Windpower’s Millour Hill Wind Farm community benefit fund.

The Scottish Women’s Institute, established in 1917, forms a community for women to form friendships, learn, share and socialise, all through the delivery of presentations and demonstrations focussed on life skills and arts and crafts, whilst raising awareness of current affairs. The Dalry & District branch currently meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Covid restrictions have impacted the group over the last two years, with the popular community meetings changing to online. With events beginning to resume, after the relaxation of Covid restrictions, rising costs have pushed up the costs of providing the popular women only meetings.

The grant would go towards securing guest speakers for the meetings, allowing the return of popular community classes including cookery, home baking and floral art demonstrations over the next 2 years.

A spokesperson from Dalry & District Scottish Women’s Institute said, “The meetings and classes they provide for the local community are a fantastic way of helping people socialise and learn new skills.” 'Dalry & District Scottish Women's Institute, formerly The Rural, has been in existence since 1964, and has enjoyed a healthy membership of like-minded women since then.

“However, like many organisations, the past 2 years have been difficult for us, although we kept in touch with members via newsletters during that time. The start of our 2021-2022 session was delayed until November, and sadly our membership has dropped a bit. 

“In an effort to adapt to the changing times, we have moved to afternoon meetings, and hope to attract old and new members, and grow our membership.

“The grant from Dalry Parish Boundary Trust will help a great deal in allowing us to have interesting speakers and crafters - our members particularly enjoy hands-on meetings and trying out new skills.  We are very grateful to the Trust for their support.”

Diane Wood, Community Benefit Director at Community Windpower said “We are really pleased to be able to support the Dalry & District Scottish Women’s Institute again this year.

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