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ELEVEN members travelled to Byramine Homestead for celebratio­ns of the Sheridan CWA’S 54th birthday.

It is the oldest homestead in country Victoria, built by Hamilton Hume, one of Australia’s most famous explorers. It is Classified “A” by the National Trust.

We met with eight members of sister branch Yarrawonga and Border, and enjoyed a tasty lunch together before touring through the homestead, which was built in 1842.

A large market garden is operated on the property, which employs approximat­ely 40 people. Fresh produce, grown on the extensive holding, is transporte­d to Melbourne daily.

On returning to Kyabram, our birthday was celebrated at a member’s home, prior to the meeting.

Twelve were in attendance, two apologies were received. Melva Kightly was given a spray for her birthday on March 2. Things to note:

■ Ann Roberts and Doreen Napier made pancakes at a business house in Shepparton on Shrove Tuesday.

■ Five attended the group luncheon at Royal Mail Hotel at Mooroopna on March 17. Many wore green. Entertainm­ent was provided by Mary Beck and Rhonda Risstrom and was enjoyed by all, while Gwen Jensen spoke about her visit to Iceland, the 2019 country of study.

■ $2000 has been sent from GV West Group, to outback Queensland branch Julia Creek, for distributi­on to needy families affected by drought and flood.

■ 58 bags of Australian­a items, made by members of GV West Group, have been forwarded to Melbourne for sale at the World Conference from April 4 to 10.

■ Members have offered to make Anzac biscuits (without coconut) for sale at VRC Flemington over Anzac Day. They must be 2.5 – 3” or 7cm in diameter. They are to be made using a specific given recipe — no coconut, please.

■ Women Walk the World (WWW) April 29. To meet at 1 Tandou Court, Kialla Lakes, walk around the lake (rain, hail or shine) before enjoying a shared lunch at the above address. Branches and individual members are asked to donate towards enabling Island people to have access to water/water tanks in their villages instead of women walking several kilometres daily for their water.

A $50 donation has been given towards this cause.

■ Sheridan hosted March Group Craft when approximat­ely 15 made cathedral patchwork pin cushions while others began to knit carpet slippers.

■ A journey to Bendigo is planned for next group craft on April 24. Three or four to attend by car. To visit several outlets including pottery, wool mills, patchwork and thread businesses. What a day to look forward to!

April meeting will follow on at 6pm for a fish and chips tea together in meeting room.

■ Three are interested in making a gingerbrea­d house at October Group craft.

■ CWA Sunday, May 5. ■ Lyn Fraser, internatio­nal officer, gave an interestin­g report on the Icelandic way of life and their eating habits. More lamb and fish are preferred over beef or pork, salted or dried fish especially cod. Houses mostly reinforced concrete to withstand earthquake­s or strong winds. Many are painted in pastel colours. Houses are heated by hot water piped from nearby hot springs.

■ Next meeting Wednesday, April 24. Fish and chips night to commence at 6pm.

Further inquiries to president Maurene Pearce on 0444 558 257 or secretary Doreen Napier on 5852 2597.

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