President Deb Hams did an interesting interview on ABC Kimberly a couple of weeks ago:
:”The Country Women’s Association is an Australian institution, with a reputation for fabulous baking. of course the CWA does much more and is a vital advocate and social network for regional and remote residents. Deb Hams from Kununurra is one of the new generation of Country Women’s Association presidents, who breaks the stereotype; she has tattoos, does body building and keeps pet snakes. But Deb told ABC Kimberley she also bakes prize winning pumpkin scones!…”
CWA YUNA Mother’s Day Morning Tea at Chapman Valley 2017
On Friday the 12th of May our branch held a cake stall at the Annual Chapman Valley P & C’s Mother’s Day morning tea. It was a lovely morning of entertainment provided by the Chapman Valley Primary School, along with other home ware stalls and a delicious array of morning tea.
This event which has been held for the past 21 years, and the Yuna members have continued to support this community event even though it’s a busy time of the year with seeding programs underway. Members not only donated their time but contributed scrumptious food and a variety cakes, biscuits, slices, relishes (tomato and beetroot), lemon curd and toffee apples .One of the hits of the stall were individually wrapped hedgehog slice pieces with ‘positive affirmations’ written on each. A ‘guess the lolly jar’, which not only gets the school children’s eyes lit up but ends up being quite fruitful for our branch.
Overall, the morning was enjoyed by all and a great time for Mothers and daughters to spend time together.
The CWA song led by the Wednesday Girls at the Capel Branch Biggest Morning Tea.
Esperance Bay & Districts
Mt.Helena/Parkerville is supporting Albany Seaside Flats by sponsoring a holiday for a mother and her son (who suffers a long term chronic illness) for a respite holiday by the sea. They had a wonderful holiday last week, which they will always remember and treasure. After leaving, they wrote: “Thank you so much for having us to stay and everything that you have done to make (my son’s) wish to come back to Albany for a holiday come true, CWA… We have had such a wonderful time!”
This is what CWA is about! Albany and Denmark Branches are also supporting a sponsored holiday, and look forward to other branches getting on board with this project.
Well done, Mt.Helena/Parkerville.
March Monthly Activity: Paint N Plonk.
YUNA CWA ladies participated in an acrylic art activity recently with Jenny Passalacqua from Kurrajong Farm Art, Northampton. The painting was named the “Love Birds” art activity and each added their “Love Choice “at the end. The morning started with some delicious morning tea thanks to Susanne and Lizzy for providing, followed by a light lunch provided by Jasmine.
The ladies enjoyed a few glasses of champagne to help our birthday girl Alicia to celebrate her special day.
Photos show Office Bearers and Yuna Branch members.
Capel Branch is making a stand to help protect our land, water and health from the unconventional gas industry, or ‘fracking’. In WA we have had a change of government, but the community battle against the gas invasion is far from over. This is Capel CWA’s story.
Please view, share, and contact us through our Facebook page.
Hopetoun CWA is coordinating a public appeal to help provide food to feed the Blaze Aid Volunteers when they come into our Shire District to help our farmers. President Trix Boyd has been in touch with the Coordinator, who is at Lake King. Boxes have been placed at The Hopetoun CWA and CRC, and at Ann Dunlop and Trix Boyd’s houses, to receive food items from members of the public – so any donation would be very acceptable. Frozen food can be delivered to Trix Boyd until it is collected by Blaze Aid.
Thanking you in anticipation. Pam Cousins CWA Hon Treasurer.
Esperance Bay & Districts
Esperance Bay Districts CWA and the Demo Derby – see our scary, death-defying video !!
(No cupcakes were hurt in the making of this film….)
The Nyabing CWA branch regret to advise that the Mental Health Workshop scheduled for Friday 7th April has unfortunately been cancelled.
We will endeavour to hold this workshop at a later date.
Albany Branch is mourning the sudden passing of our valued member Ruth Floyd, who died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday night, 25th March.
Ruth became a member of Mt. Barker CWA branch on moving down from Perth to farm in the Porongorups some years ago. On leaving the farm and moving into town 7 years later, she joined Albany branch, and has been an essential part of the branch Executive ever since. She was also integral to the running of the two Albany-based State Projects – South Coast Retirement Lodge, and the Albany Seaside Flats – throughout her time in the Great Southern. Though she had not been well for the last couple of years, she coped with her disability extremely well, and her death has been a great shock to us all.
An active and invested CWA member, and a loyal friend – Ruth will be greatly missed.
The funeral will be held at 12.30 on Monday 3rd April, at Amity Rose Funeral Parlour, 9 Cockburn Road, Albany. Representatives from all local CWA branches will attend.
We had a shared morning tea, but first we walked along by the river with lots of ants joining us!
The weather was so pleasant and we had a very enjoyable morning.
York (and other Birds)
So on the 22/3 we had the privilege of our State President coming along to this meeting. There was also a local Councillor who was curious about the Gathering of the Birds.
Community Coordinator Anne-Marie Guest was there and spoke about what craft she has been asked for. Apparently sun hats with big brims have been requested for cancer patients at PMH, also at Refuges and Foster Agencies.
The local Primary Catholic school choir came along and sung beautifully.They were then given a treat of soft drink, cake and chocolate. Then they came and talked to us, what happy delightful children.
State President’s Visit to Southern Cross. Heather Allen, State President shared morning tea with members on Wednesday 22nd February. Thank you to all the ladies who attended and brought along morning tea, and to our Shire President, Onida Truran for attending and sharing the morning with us.
Southern Cross Branch meets every Tuesday evening, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Senior Citizen’s Centre, 5 Leo Street, Southern Cross. We have a monthly newsletter, CWA “Cross Words”.
If you are interested in sewing, patchwork, or any other craft, you are welcome to come and join us.
For more information, please contact Branch Secretary Judy Guerini – Ph: 0488 283 288
“Are your buildings bush fire ready?”
Branches need to be aware of new bushfire regulations which affect CWA Halls.
State Office has asked that members read the information attached carefully, take it to their branches, and decide to what extent they may be affected.
The new regulations include halls, etc, and places where people congregate.
At this stage they do not apply to offices and factories.
The document “Are your buildings bush fire ready?” contains a link to a map showing all the fire prone areas of WA, and their fire risk ratings.
This is an issue which Branch SWEC (State Emergency Contact) members in particular need to be aware of.
Congratulations go to Badgebup-Rockwell CWA Member Sue McDougall.
“Local Sue McDougall was one of seven individuals recognised at the WA Farmers Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony on Friday March 3rd at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth. The awards recognise individuals for their dedication and service towards the organisation and the state’s agricultural sector.”
This must be a boost for the Branch, which unfortunately is having to contemplate closure.
Well done, Sue. A massive achievement for an amazing CWA member !
The guest speakers at our CWA International Women’s Day Breakfast in Treendale today were Dee Smith, Chair Australia South West; Wendy Stewart, Author, and Amanda Lovitt was the third stand in speaker. We had a GWN Reporter and Cameraman there for the whole event. They filmed it all and miked the speakers to get good audio. It aired on GWN news tonight – they covered International Women’s Day – great plug for CWA! But this made it very difficult to take photos, these are the best.
The REBIRTH of the YOUNGER SETS
Dalwallinu/Pithara Branch is now Dalwallinu and Districts Branch. See the full story.
Mrs Barbara Dinnie OAM last week handed over the baton to a younger generation.
The renamed Dalwallinu & Districts Branch includes members from the previous Dalwallinu/Pithara Branch and 16 new younger members who are passionate about the work of CWA and are eager to bring vitality and energy to new community projects in the area.
Alongside the opening of the new Goldfields Branch, this movement promises a new and bright future for CWA of WA.
Mt. Manypeaks and Lower King close
Sadly, we have to report the closure of these two branches, formerly of Lower Southern Division, at the end of 2016. Mt. Manypeaks had 65 years service to the local community, and Lower King had 35 years. Some members will now join Albany branch.
We are sorry this had to happen, and would ask the members of these branches not to forget us. Friendships are made through CWA which are too valuable to be lost. Join another branch, meet up for coffee, keep in touch by phone or email – but do please keep in touch.
It is with great regret that we announce the closure of Pingaring CWA Branch which was established in 1949. Such a long contribution cannot be adequately covered in a few lines but we offer the following excerpts from the Heritage Council of WA:
“In 1949, as the district began to develop after the depression and the war, the women of the area formed a branch of the Country Women’s Association. As there were no facilities in Pingaring where they could meet,
in 1953 they resolved to build a rest room. After permission was gained from Headquarters in 1954, a building fund was organised, and a 2 sheep donation from each farmer resulted in a £200 contribution…Mr Mayhew commenced making the cement bricks with the precious scarce supplies of concrete…The CWA rooms have been used continuously over the years by the Pingaring community for visiting doctors, health clinic, church services, library, electoral polling booth, exams, playgroup, and many meetings for community groups and organisations.”
We wish the Pingaring members the very best for the future, and always to remain friends in CWA.
In both 2015 and 2016 Capel branch held a Giant Christmas Stocking Raffle.
In 2015 we raised $2000 for Motor Neurone research and this year we were delighted to sponsor seven children to go to Christmas camp at Camp Kulin. The raffle was drawn outside the local Bendigo Bank to the accompaniment of the Wednesday Girls singing Christmas songs.
The winner of this years Christmas stocking was Mrs Gaynor Mitchell, our own State General Secretary.
Koorunga members packed 33 boxes full of homemade Christmas goodies for those living alone, plus the long term patients at the Moora Hospital. The Moora Hospital staff were very appreciative.
Capel Branch has had some major upheavals this year, losing their 80-year-old home – see the following account from Branch President Toni Steinbrenner:
In 2016 our CWA Restrooms building, built in 1936, was relocated to a farm just south of Donnybrook, where it will be renovated to become a farm-stay for cancer sufferers.
Unfortunately the fate of the building was out of our hands, as the building and railway land lease had been handed over to Capel Apex Club in 2005, when maintenance issues became too much for the members at the time. However, the Capel Apex Club disbanded in 2016, so then the building had to be removed, as the land had to be reverted to its original state.
We look forward to holding a small ceremony to install a plaque inside the re-located building, when it has been renovated and is ready to receive guests.
At a meeting, this year, it was moved that the site of the Capel CWA Rest Rooms be marked by installing a commemorative sign. Our current members wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices and effort that our founding members had made. On November 26, 2016 our members, past and present, gathered to unveil the sign. Mrs Pam Beatson, Mrs Gaynor Mitchell, and Capel community members were there to help us commemorate the occasion.
After the ceremony we had a delicious morning tea, before we returned to our homes, in a reflective mood but pleased that we had honoured our founding members.
Frankland Branch celebrated its 60th birthday on Monday 21st November, and combined their party with the regular local annual inter-branch Christmas Party. The result was a massive CWA meeting, with over 90 members from 12 branches booked in, and State President Heather Allen attending with husband Peter.
Held at Plantagenet Wines in Mt Barker, the crowd out-stripped the venue, with half being seated on the verandah. Fortunately, the weather was kind, and a good time was had by all.
Our Weekenders group held a very successful session on Sunday 20th November, trying to learn how to ‘do’ embroidery as part of our ‘rediscover lost crafts’ programme. Hilarious!
We had 14 ladies in attendance, and even State President Heather dropped in for a look.
Many thanks to senior members Peg and Thelma, who did a wonderful job with some rather clueless but willing trainees!
Wanneroo Branch held a Friendship Day on Tuesday 15th November.
Our thanks go to CWA Crafters – Raylene Thomas, Fran Sillitto, Theresa Lawrence, Margaret Spencer, Alison Fisher, Shirley Robinson and Marie Redmond – for demonstrating their wonderful skills at our Craft and Friendship Day, members were delighted and enthusiastic about adding some new craft skills to their repertoire.
A gay time was had by all those who attended, it was indeed a fun and friendship day we shall look forward eagerly to the next one.
May 2017 bring us all peace and harmony and a productive year, good health and happiness to all CWA Members and their families.
Albany Branch has had a very busy few weeks, culminating in the Albany Show on 11th and 12th of November. CWA local branches have had a strong presence at ‘The Show’ for many years. This was in a new venue this year, the Albany Leisure Centre, as the Showgrounds are in the process of being completely remodeled. Hopefully we should have a nice new permanent space by next Showtime.
NYABING 24th Annual Market Day
Nyabing Branch have certainly had a busy couple of weeks!
On Saturday 29th October 2016 the Annual Market Day, like the Katanning Show the previous weekend (below), was a great success – see their Report
27th October was Donnybrooks CWA training day. Annabel Koschak – Training Group and Perth Belles – presented the first session. Around 50 members attended, from branches from Augusta to Bridgetown, Dunsborough and Bunbury, and many other branches in between. It was fantastic training! Thanks to all presenters for making them fun and very proactive presentations
Claremont & Cottesloe
celebrated their 85th Birthday on Tuesday 25th October. 50 guests attended the event, which was held at the Hollywood Bowling Club. The day started with snippets of our History, a choir from Hollywood Primary School (really well presented), a formal welcome to the 50 guests and items from Branches involvement in CWA projects, and the cutting of the cake. A lovely spread became a Brunch.
125th Katanning Agricultural Show – CWA Report
Saturday 22nd October dawned bright and the Woodanilling (Margaret), Broomehill (Margaret) and Badgebup-Rockwell (Hillary and Sue) Ladies made their way towards Katanning for the 125th Annual Show Day for what was to become a warm and busy day. We had been organising a display within the “Piesse Pavilion” – a new project with the theme “Then and Now”. The Katanning Mens Shed had replicated from the 1906 Western Australian Newspaper photo, a wooden Pavilion to house the Best of the Great Southern and CWA were invited to utilise the central display and have a booth!
With merchandise sent down from Perth, the Nyabing ladies were able to promote CWA with show bag’s, sales of the Scone book (far exceeded our expectations!) and the ever popular Cookery Book. With the other branches filling in where they could with their other show day commitments, many comments were made on the daintiness of the melting moments, the handicrafts display or the “Awww my mum/Nana/Great Aunty had this/made this/stitched this”
Many ideas were gathered for the next show day and what we can do to promote ourselves. Show Goer’s who had shown interest in joining CWA will be contacted soon and sent to the branch closest to them! It was a fabulous day for all involved especially the setup and pack down, and a huge thankyou to all branches for helping out! – Alyson Cooper, Nyabing CWA
Albany Branch joined the Garage Sale Trail on Saturday 22nd October.
Stalls were put out behind the CWA Hall on Serpentine Road (just off York Street, up past the Caltex) from 9 a.m. Mt. Manypeaks Branch joined us, and the weather cooperated with giving us a beautiful sunny day.
Hard work but also good fun, and a good result for the Albany Hospice.
Wanneroo Branch celebrated our 51st Birthday on 18 October with a very special lunch held at the ECU Tafe at Joondalup. What a delightful setting and outstanding cuisine and such attentive service from these students of the Hospitality course.
Members and two visitors from the W I England joined us for this fun occasion.
ALBANY BRANCH organised the inter-branch Spring Day again this year, on Monday 17th October.
Local branches visited the Recycling plant on Hanrahan Road, Albany, at 10 a.m, to learn where and how our local trash is disposed of and up-cycled. This was very interesting and informative. Amazing how much is wasted, and how many resources we can save.
The lecture and tour was followed by a buffet Lunch at the Country Manor Hotel.
A very enjoyable day, and good to catch up with old friends from the area.
CWA Safety Bay hosted a stall at the Seniors and Carers Expo in Rockingham on the 7th October.
It is a great way to promote CWA as hundreds of people pass through.
100 show bags were given out and we seemed to have a lot more interested women this year.
Lets hope we gain new members from the exposure.
Northampton Branch members were very happy with the proceeds of their recent Sausage Sizzle.
Bluff Point Branch CWA of WA Sandcastle Competition was held yesterday – 5th October – on the Geraldton Foreshore. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful, and the event was very popular and well-attended. The event, and the Jumbo winner of the open section, is pictured below:
Thought you might like to see some pics of our Derby craft show held on 17th September. The Dream Catchers were all made by the kids, when we had a series of two craft days at the markets for the kids to do Craft for the show. On the second day we made recycled decorated Moconna coffee jars – I don’t think there was an ounce of jar that was not covered !!! and also little paper/woodwork tea light lanterns from pop sticks, grease-proof paper and shaved wax crayons. We had kids enter in 10 out of the 15 sections – which was just marvelous !!!
Korbelka C.W.A continues to meet out in “the bush” with a membership of Nineteen. 10am finds us having a cuppa and catch up with our neighbours, followed by the meeting at 10.15, and those that can bring along a lap lunch. We try to have a different activity each month: these have included a games day; dressing as a character from a book or nursery rhyme etc; picnic; devonshire tea; packing goods.
Members shared their skills and were able to send a good box of items for P.M.H. King Edward Memorial hospital, toiletries for emergency accommodation, breast bags for those who have undergone a mastectomy, knee rugs and many “feelie hearts”.
We celebrated International Day with an interesting talk by a member who recently returned from a trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia, along with some items purchased there.
We had two fundraising events for research into Motor Neuron disease. Two members hosted a Devonshire Tea, and all paid for the entertainment. Later two other members hosted a soup and bread lunch for which we all donated an amount. We are planning a King’s Park fashion day next month, with morning tea and light lunch. Although late, all proceeds from this event will also go towards Motor Neuron research.
Group photo. Standing L-R: Katrina Andrzejuk, Margaret Auld, Joan Stacey, Zoe Stockdale, Maureen Last, Norma Flintham, Rosa Robartson, Val Goodier, Heather Jones, Val Hooper, Jeanette Kolatowicz. Sitting L-R: Pauline McCall, Carol Leggo, Berta Butler, Val McMurray, Kneeling: Margret Schell, Mia Schell (3yrs old)
Holding up the quilts: L-R Val Hooper, Val Goodier, Heather Jones, Margaret Auld, Zoe Stockdale, Katrina Andrzejuk, Jeanette Kolatowicz, Joan Stacey, Berta Butler, Carol Leggo, Norma Flintham, Maureen Last.
On the verandah: L-R Carol Leggo, Val McMurray, Berta Butler, Zoe Stockdale, Jeanette Kolatowicz, Heather Jones, Katrina Andrzejuk, Val Goodier, Rosa Robartson, Joan Stacey, Norma Flintham, Margaret Auld, Pauline McCall, Maureen Last, Val Hooper (standing and facing away from camera)
As usual, members have been busy with several activities taking place within the Branch in recent months. These activities range from those of necessity (such as having to carry out quite major alterations to bring the CWA Hall kitchen facilities up to Shire health standards) to those of interest and pleasure. Included in the “Interest” category was a talk given at the August meeting, by a young lady, Miss Emma Wignell, who, as a student of a local private school, was sponsored by the Branch to attend an International Youth Science Forum held in London in mid 2015. Emma gave an excellent report on her trip.
Included in the category of ‘pleasure’ the next event will be a parade of Spring Fashions by Cameo Loretta, to be held on Tuesday 13th September. Mention must also be made of a successful ‘Soup & Slice’ luncheon held following the August meeting, and the intended ‘Day of Pampering’ planned for Saturday, 22nd October beginning at 10.00 a.m. On this occasion the Branch’s OpShop will be open for business, coinciding with the local Shire’s ‘Big Garage Sale’ day.
Another successful and popular event was a bus trip to visit the Royal Flying Doctor complex. The Shire bus has again been booked for 24th October, to transport members and friends to Whiteman Park in Caversham. Our thanks are again due to our efficient Events Coordinator, Mary Willix, who organizes such interesting places for us to visit.
Two Loyal Service Badges were presented at the August meeting, and we have pleasure in extending sincere congratulations to Annette Twist and Mary Smoult. Well done to both ladies.
Two of our members attended the 70th birthday celebrations of Safety Bay Branch and were much impressed with the welcome they received. Our best wishes to Safety Bay and all other Branches celebrating special anniversaries.
Choir Mistress, Laura Goldstraw, keeps the Choir ladies singing beautifully and busily. They look forward to taking part in the Music Festival to be held in May 2017, but in the meantime, give musical pleasure to the residents of local Nursing Homes.
The Branch’s Craft Coordinator, Kath Spencer is another busy and efficient member. Her own items of craft are of a very high standard and she is passing her knowledge on to others at her monthly Craft Days. The group is looking forward to the CWA Craft Exhibition to be held in Bassendean next April. In addition to the regular Craft meetings, Kath has organized a ‘Kids’ Craft Day’ to be held on 24th September, when a vast range of crafts will be offered and taught to the children.
On Friday 2nd September, Chittering Bindoon Branch hosted a Home, Craft and Garden Day at the Bindoon Hall. CWA branches from Badgingarra, Cervantes, Jurien, Koorunga, Lancelin and Yanchep & Districts participated in the event. Members from Toodyay and Caversham also joined us.
There were five sections: Cooking, Floral, Home Produce, All My Own Work, and the overall Parker Halse Trophy. The winner of the Parker Halse Trophy this year was Cervantes; Chittering Bindoon was 2nd, and Lancelin Branch 3rd. The judges were very impressed with the quality of entries, and everyone had a wonderful day.
Port Hedland – 80th birthday
Port Hedland Branch recently celebrated their 80th year of service to their local community through CWA:
Mandurah – 80th birthday
Mandurah Branch recently celebrated their 80th birthday, with a party on Wednesday 21st September. Their 80 years service to the community was recognised with a commemorative plaque, laid on the Footpath by Mandurah Council to mark the occasion. Councillor Caroline Knight unveiled the plaque.
State President Heather Allen attended, and cut the cake with the Branch President.
Glenys Stechman, Norma Weaver and Estelle Zacher received Loyal Service badges.
Barbara Kelly OAM, HLM and Joy Gericke received their 60-year certificates, with one 70-year certificate being awarded to Stella Dacombe.
Visitors who attended thoroughly enjoyed the event, and representatives from Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue, John Blay and John Stewart, were presented with a cheque from the branch by David Templeman MLA.
Yellow & White Pages: Baking Legends Competition
For the first time in its history, the Yellow Pages and White Pages are supporting the Country Women’s Association (CWA). The Western Australian 2016/17 book covers will celebrate the achievements of the CWA of WA, as well as some of its finest local bakers. To find the region’s baking legends, the Yellow Pages and White Pages is running a competition for local residents to reveal their baking secrets. By simply sharing a few details via Yellow Pages online, entrants will be one step closer to being crowned and receiving front cover exposure. The best entrant will be judged on creativity and authenticity of recipe.
To enter, head to https://www.yellowpages.com.au/baking-legends. The Perth book cover competition has closed, but the remaining areas still to be decided are Great Northern and South Western.
Competition closes Wednesday, 9 November 2016.
The CWA Dunsborough Branch held a Purple Bra Day for Breast Cancer Care WA during their September meeting. Here is a memorable photo of some of the Dunsborough members in their dazzling purple bras!
(L-R) Betty Edwards, Linda Smith, Lesley Sproule, Joy Potts, Gay Growden, Pat Peterson, Jan Button.
hosted the annual South Coast inter-branch Craft Exhibition in St. Johns Hall, Albany, on 9th September. The brief was 10 mixed craft items per Branch table, and the Home, Farm and Garden theme was ‘Spring Festival’. Branches exhibiting were Albany, Denmark, Frankland, Lower King, Mt. Barker, and Mt. Manypeaks. Overall scores were: Mt Barker 107, Albany 104, Mt. Manypeaks 99, Denmark 97, Lower King 90, and Frankland 87. The hat parade was won by Monica Boyes of Denmark Branch.
Bluff Point Branch:
has had an enjoyable morning-tea with The Governor this week:
A follow up from the Baldivis Belles information evening (held 7th July 7.30pm) by Mrs Linda Tammen: “We had an amazing turnout in Baldivis last night for the information evening on starting an evening/weekend CWA Baldivis Branch. From 42 guests, we had 38 return an expression of interest form to join. Plus, we have around 15 people who have contacted us who couldn’t make it on the night who would like further information as well. It was a wonderful evening full of enthusiastic women wanting to join. Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday the 22nd of July at Dome Baldivis for 7pm.”
Members from Tambellup, Wagin, Broomehill and Nyabing attended, with friends and former members making up the 45-strong crowd. Members past and present reflected on the history of the organisation and its impact.
Norma Hersey is one of the longest serving members of the Badgebup Rockwell CWA and has fond memories. “We’ve catered for clearing sales, agriculture department field days; we even catered for a wedding,” she said. “But friendship has to be the highlight overall.”
There are currently eight members, with meetings held once every month at the Badgebup Hall.
had good publicity from an enjoyable ‘Stitch and Bitch’ session in March: