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Birthday celebrations for women's group


By Kirsty Brown


Cairnorrie SWI celebrated a very special birthday recently.

Members of the women’s group came together with friends in Ellon’s New Inn to celebrate 100 years of the group with a dinner dance event.

Cairnorrie SWRI (Scottish Women’s Rural Institute), as it was known at the time, held it’s first meeting in 1919 at Balquhindachy Farm near Methlick on November 16, and has been operating as a branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) ever since.

100 years of history was celebrated. Picture: Phil Harman
100 years of history was celebrated. Picture: Phil Harman

The SWI itself celebrated the centenary of the organisation in 1917.

At their big birthday party the company danced the night away to band The Garioch Blend.

They were joined on the night of their celebrations by Aberdeenshire Federation chairwoman Fiona Henderson and Buchan Group chairwoman Lorna Stirling.

No celebration would be complete without cake. Picture: Phil Harman
No celebration would be complete without cake. Picture: Phil Harman

Members of the group were also joined by Lady Aberdeen for a special day time celebration earlier in the week which took place at their birthplace, Balquhindachy Farm.

Cairnorrie SWI member Pat Mennie said: “We had a wonderful celebration both on the Thursday afternoon at Balquhindachy and on the Friday evening.

“The New Inn Ellon provided a lovely meal and the music by the Garioch Blend was excellent which was enjoyed by all.”

Members of Cairnorrie SWI celebrated their centenary. Picture: Phil Harman
Members of Cairnorrie SWI celebrated their centenary. Picture: Phil Harman


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