Doyens of Devon­shire Teas

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - Pho­tos and story by Carmel Lid­dell.

Cel­e­brat­ing CWA Aware­ness Week this Septem­ber is The Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, the largest women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia. Renowned for their home bak­ing, CWA mem­bers, the Doyens of Devon­shire Teas, will be out and about strut­ting their stuff!

So, what is this non­sec­tar­ian, non- par­ty­po­lit­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion, and who are its mem­bers? Today, the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (est.1922) has 44,000 peo­ple united in its cause: to im­prove the lives of women, chil­dren and fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially those in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas. To achieve this, they raise funds by do­ing what they do best: sell­ing home­made cakes and hand­i­craft. Cas­tle Hill Branch mem­bers of The CWA of NSW (est.1946), al­lo­cate the pro­ceeds of their ef­forts to­wards projects such as Med­i­cal Re­search, Ed­u­ca­tion Grants and a Disas­ter Re­lief Fund, from which $100,000 was re­cently re­leased to help drought af­fected fam­i­lies. Plus, ev­ery Thurs­day of the school term, vol­un­teers ‘pop- up’ with baked good­ies in a Tea Room at Learn­ing in the Hills, Baulkham Hills. Tip­ping the teapots in Au­gust were Act­ing Sec­re­tary Wendy MacAl­lis­ter, and Trea­surer Ker­rie Tom­lins with her su­perb Co­conut Slice! Cas­tle Hill Branch mem­bers are also Hot­shots of Hand­i­craft! Ever won­dered what city bankers do in re­tire­ment? Just ask Pub­lic­ity Of­fi­cer Veron­ica Knight. She’s re­dis­cov­ered craft - a pas­sion which be­gan as an eight year old in Kempsey. As well as en­joy­ing the CWA’s so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, she hosts Craft morn­ings twice a month and, on the 19th Au­gust, (armed with jars of home­made jam), Veron­ica vol­un­teered at the Sa­muel Gil­bert Pub­lic School’s Great Fete. To meet com­mu­nity needs, CWA crafters work through­out the year mak­ing ev­ery­thing from lamb jumpers (win­ter warm­ers for or­phaned or aban­doned lambs), to twee­dle muffs (a com­fort for rest­less hands). Craft sold or gifted to wor­thy causes – is made at home, and on Craft morn­ings. How­ever, to keep up the good work, the CWA re­lies on do­na­tions… per­haps some of that fab­ric or wool you have squir­relled away - for later? Later, could be now… all con­tri­bu­tions grate­fully re­ceived! Guests are wel­comed at the Cas­tle Hill Branch monthly meet­ings, craft morn­ings or Baulkham Hills Tea Room. For more in­for­ma­tion phone: 8837 0200 or visit www. Ref­er­ences: CWA of NSW, Cas­tle Hill CWA - https:// www.face­ castle­hill­cwa/ - & Wikipedia.

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