Memories of Canowindra Branch of CWA 1960 to 1990’s.

31 May

In the 1960’s CWA meetings were very structured then. Fifteen minutes was allocated for international, Cultural, ‘Land’ Cookery and Handicraft Officers to make their reports. International and Cultural officers were expected throughout the year to prepare a scrapbook of their Branch activities which was then forwarded to Group for Judging and if successful go onto State Judging.

The International Officer organised the Branch International Day and the Cultural Officer organised programmes for Birthday and Christmas parties, also items for the Choral and Drama Day. CWA also catered for the Rotary and Apex Club meetings in the Rooms.

Two ladies were appointed at each Annual meeting to regularly visit the Soldiers Memorial Hospital and  another two ladies to visit Moyne on behalf of the Branch. The Branch supported the formation of Moyne Retirement Home and undertook to prepare and serve ‘tea and scones’ for afternoon tea at their annual Fete until the early 2000’s.

The Branch always elected Delegates to Group Council, Group and State Conferences and inter-branch visitation to other Group Branches was supported well. Our members have taken two motions to State Conference. One motion lost and one was voted to proceed with representation by State Executive to our State Government.

During 1970’s to 1980’s a Porcelain China Painting Group was formed and with the purchase of a Kiln this artistic group of ladies produced some very beautiful work. A Garden Party and Fashion Parade held at a members’ garden raised a creditable amount to forward to State to help with Potts Point extensions.

Our rooms were altered to accommodate the Community Health Sister, Marion Wilson who was followed by Jenny Middleton. Community Health contributed financially to the upkeep of the Rooms and provided speakers on women’s Health issues not previously discussed.

Central West Group Public Speaking was well supported, Canowindra providing Judges for the different age groups and other members to help with organising the day.

The Canowindra Branch proudly supported Gillian Stone, Barbara Wheeler, Beverley Lawrence and Barbara Forest to enter the Country Woman of the Year Competition. Beverley Lawrence won at Group level and served as Group Secretary then Group President.

Several evening dinners were held with a Speaker from Sydney. Members catered for the dinner but finding interesting speakers was difficult. One in particular, Wendy McCarthy created interest for members and non members alike. Wendy was a feminist and challenged quite a few ladies that evening.

Branch Birthday and Christmas parties included invited representatives from all of the ladies’ groups in the town, Moyne community and Group Branches. Along with the generous afternoon tea, a programme for their entertainment would be provided by local artists, singing, playing piano, recitations and our own Branch Choir. Attendance at Group Choral and Drama Days was made easier by the formation by the late Nancy Bigg of our Branch Choir. Nancy conducted with the late Mena Tierney playing the piano. Attendance at regular practise was required of each member.

In the Rooms one day a week the Baby Health Clinic Sister would visit from Cowra and the Cowra Technical College provided a teacher for the different levels of Dressmaking instruction offered then. The latter providing the main source of financial income for the Branch. The Council allocated two Street Stalls annually, the profits further supplementing Branch income.