CWA branch hosts first meeting for 2020

The first Ceduna Country Women's Association (CWA) branch meeting for 2020 took place at the Anglican Church hall on Tuesday.

A small group of six members attended, with apologies from president Shirley Mahar, Di Thompson, Judy Gregory, Claire Collins, Amanda Hoffrichter and Greta Whitelaw.

Before the meeting opened, Jenny Skinner presented Elaine Kloock with a pot plant and sympathy card after the recent loss of her brother Denis Beattie.

She also presented Kath Dunn with a pot plant and a card for her and Walter's 60th wedding anniversary, which was celebrated on January 27.

Both ladies thanked all the branch members for their gifts and good wishes.

Branch vice president Ms Dunn welcomed all to the meeting, plus a special welcome to special guest speaker Maureen Trowbridge.

Ms Dunn pinned shoulder sprays on Doreen Denton and Jenny Skinner, who both celebrated birthdays in January, before the group sang 'Happy Birthday'.

Shoulder sprays were beautifully made by Joyce Chandler and the branch would like to thank her for her efforts.

The Ceduna branch is planning on hosting a barbecue, scone day or trading table - or all three - to help raise funds for those affected by bushfires in South Australia this summer. Dates and places are set to be finalised at the March meeting.

Meanwhile, Ms Gregory and Ms Dunn will be attending the South Australian Country Women's Association state council, which is being hosted at Naracoorte on February 26 and 27.

Ms Skinner and Ms Dunn judged the competitions, with five entries in both the bloom and handicrafts competitions.

Finishing level on 10 points in the bloom were Doreen Denton, Joyce Chandler, Kath Dunn, Mary Fox and Jenny Skinner.

Kath Dunn, Elaine Kloock and Mary Fox finished on 10 points in the handicraft competition, ahead of Joyce Chandler and Doreen Denton on nine.

Ms Trowbridge gave a very interesting talk of her bus trip to Canberra for Floriade, a celebration of spring and horticulture.

While there she was also able to visit sites such as Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial.

Ms Dunn thanked Ms Trowbridge for her speech and presented her with the new CWA apple recipe book.

Next month's meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 10, with members and husbands to travel to Penong to visit the school.

The group will leave from the Anglican Church hall at a time to be confirmed, and lunch will be at the Penong Hotel.

Everybody present then enjoyed a chat around the table and afternoon tea to close the meeting.