CWA Cen­tral steps up

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Hunt­ing­ton.

The Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion has served the Sey­mour and sur­round­ing com­mu­nity for more than 88 years, and will con­tinue to do so with a change in lo­cal branches.

While the found­ing branch closed in Septem­ber, the comin­gof-age Sey­mour Cen­tral branch has quickly stepped in to con­tinue the work of the mem­bers who came be­fore them to ben­e­fit the lives of women and chil­dren over the decades.

En­ter­ing its fifth year, the Sey­mour Cen­tral branch held its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Thurs­day and saw one of its new­est mem­bers elected pres­i­dent.

Kris­tel Hunt­ing­ton will take over from out­go­ing pres­i­dent Sarah Barn­brook, who com­pleted her two-year term while also tak­ing on the duty as pres­i­dent of the CWA Hume Goul­burn Group.

This has been a time of growth for the Sey­mour Cen­tral branch, which has seen an in­flux of new mem­bers — many of whom have trans­ferred from the for­mer Sey­mour branch.

This has added depth in the knowl­edge of CWA tra­di­tions and prac­tices.

The shift in branches has also em­pow­ered the newer branch to ex­pand the CWA’s pres­ence in Sey­mour, know­ing it car­ries the legacy of so many women who have con­trib­uted greatly to the district.

The past year has seen the branch’s monthly Satur­day bake stalls in Sta­tion St be­come a pop­u­lar fix­ture, with the home­baked goods sell­ing out by noon.

The monthly craft ses­sions have also been well re­ceived and con­tinue to grow in at­ten­dance.

There will be one more craft ses­sion for the year, start­ing at 7 pm on Novem­ber 22, at the Sey­mour and District Com­mu­nity House in An­gle­sey St. This ses­sion is open to the pub­lic.

The Sey­mour Cen­tral branch will again be host­ing the an­nual bus trip to the CWA Christ­mas Fair on De­cem­ber 2. The Christ­mas Fair is held at the CWA of Vic­to­ria head­quar­ters, the his­toric Umina man­sion in Toorak.

Those trav­el­ling on the bus will also have a chance to visit the Scan­di­na­vian Christ­mas Bazaar, a block from Umina, be­fore the re­turn trip to Sey­mour.

Also open to the pub­lic, the bus will de­part from Sey­mour at 8.30 am, stop­ping at Tal­la­rook, Broad­ford, Kil­more and Wal­lan.

Tick­ets are $30 and in­clude snacks, a door prize, games and much more.

For more in­for­ma­tion about CWA Sey­mour Cen­tral Branch mem­ber­ship, the craft ses­sions or the bus trip to the Christ­mas Fair, please phone 0488 552 678 or visit the branch’s Face­book page: CWA Sey­mour Cen­tral Branch.

— Michelle Bradley

Change-over: The CWA’s out­go­ing pres­i­dent Sarah Barn­brook with the newly elected pres­i­dent, Kris­tel

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