Cousland Village SWI

Come and join us at “The Rural”

The first institute in Scotland was founded in 1917 at Longniddry, East Lothian.

A few months later in 1918 the Rural was started in Cousland, the second institute in Midlothian.

SWI is an expanding and progressive organisation, with much to offer women of all ages Educational talks; demonstrations and classes in handicrafts and cookery; drama and choral activities and a varied programme of curling, bowling and Scottish country dancing. There are summer schools covering various topics; this year they are being held in Shetland.

Many of our members have enjoyed holidays organised by the Rural. In the last few years Cousland members have travelled to Iceland, Spain, Finland, Holland.

Cousland SWI members have also been successful in various shows and competitions recently.

The SWI is online! with a website and Facebook page

Meeting Times

The rural meetings are held monthly in the village hall at 7.15 pm prompt. Membership £20. Non-members £4 per meeting.

Please bring your own cup. Monthly Raffles


Syllabus 2017 - 18:

19/09/17                                Supernature Oil                                   Salad dressing using oil

                                               Mrs lynn Mann                                    Flower of the month

17/10/17                                Fun Painting for all                              Best effort on the night

                                               Jane Waite                                           Flower of the month

21/11/17                                Coffee Evening

                                               Irish Dancers

                                               Bring and Buy Stall

December                              Christmas Dinner

Date to be arranged

16/01/18                                Healthy Smoothies                           Recipe for a smoothie

                                               Carol Mitchell                                  Flower of the month


20/02/18                                Community Garden                         Garden Photo

                                               Ian Gilchrist                                     Flower of the month

20/03/18                                Wedding Dresses                             Blue ribbon bow

                                               Mrs Tate                                          Flower of the month

17/04/18                                100th Birthday Party

                                               venue to be arranged

15/05/18                                AGM                                                

                                               Talk on Dementia                            Best mnemonic

                                                                                                        Flower of the month


New Members Always Welcome

If anyone feels they would like to give a talk or demonstration please contact any of the committee:

  • President - Mrs J Adam - 0131 663 9290
  • Secretary - Mrs J Torry - 0131 237 6842
  • Treasurer - Mrs A Kay - 0131 660 6180
  • Committee - Betty Anderson, Andrea Carnie, Carol Mitchell, Catherine Johnstone