Ceduna CWA branch enjoys fun day to mark 86th birthday

The Ceduna branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) celebrated its 86th birthday at the Thevenard Sports and Community Centre earlier this month.

President Shirley Mahar welcomed 12 members plus four husbands and 12 visitors and spoke about how wonderful it was to have so many people present to celebrate the occasion.

She also gave an insight into the early years of the branch and hard work the Ceduna members had done in the past - which even included having their own building.

She then spoke about CWA and what it meant today.

Mrs Mahar continued by reading a humorous poem to start the celebrations, followed by Joyce Chandler, as lunch was being prepared by Elaine Kerridge.

There were activities to follow, with Jenny Skinner's jelly beans count contest won by Marls Shipard, with Bob Skinner winning Kath Dunn's length of ribbon contest.

Mrs Mahar organised the lucky chair and door prize competitions, won by Di Thompson, Barb Harris and Mr Skinner.

Lunch was served, which was followed by a speech from guest speaker Reverend Susan Doughty, the deacon in charge of the Ceduna Anglican Parish.

She spoke about her life story, from her younger years and college through to her time in nursing, her family and where she is today.

Ms Doughty was thanked for her story and presented with the new South Australian CWA apple recipe book.

The fun afternoon continued with a game of pass the parcel, with winner Lyn Thomas receiving a block of chocolate.

Ms Dunn organised her pick-a-parcel when a person's name was called out - with help from Mrs Mahar - no parcels could be opened until everybody had picked theirs and one lucky parcel was left which was given to Ms Kerridge.

The birthday cake was a double tier sponge cake made by Ms Dunn, while the candles were lit, blown out and the cake cut by Rita Carey and Joyce Chandler.

The general meeting followed with 10 members and one visitor present, with two apologies.

Judy Gregory was congratulated on accepting the treasurer position while away.

The Far Western Group CWA table day was discussed and will be hosted on Tuesday, September 24 at the Ceduna RSL Hall.

Elaine Kloock and Mrs Skinner judged the competitions.

Doreen Denton had the most outstanding bloom, ahead of Joyce Chandler, Shirley Mahar and Jenny Skinner on 10 points and Kath Dunn on nine.

The handicraft award saw Joyce Chandler, Doreen Denton, Mary Fox and Elaine Kloock finish on 10 points, with Kath Dunn and Shirley Mahar on nine.

The next meeting will be hosted on Tuesday, September 10 in the Anglican Church Hall at 1.30pm.

It will be a games day and the group welcomes everybody to attend and join in the fun.