‘Friendship Rose’ to be unveiled at gardens
Mark Tuesday, October 1 from 11.30am at Horsham Botanic Gardens’ rose garden rotunda on the calendar for a very special time.
Members of CWA West Wimmera Group will meet to celebrate the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate a ‘Friendship Rose’.
This rose marks the 90th Victorian CWA anniversary, which was reached last year.
Garden staff generously provided space in their beautiful gardens when I approached them, and while the rose is only just shooting, I’m sure that like the saying – from little things, big things grow.
We hope to celebrate the day with a picnic lunch and group president Judy Pymer will tell us closer to the day.
It’s under cover but attendees might need to bring a few chairs and perhaps a card table or two. Let’s hope for a warm pleasant day to make it memorable.
West Wimmera Group Craft Exhibition, meanwhile, showcased an abundance of talent with more than 400 exhibits across 10 sections open to members. There was also two branch entries, ‘Faces’ and ‘Cooking with Vinegar’, each requiring three distinct items.
Nhill Twilight took out a perpetual trophy for its brilliant interpretation of ‘Faces’, and a cooking certificate went to the Horsham Branch, with small samples of each of the three items available for judges to taste.
Sadie Williams from Nhill Twilight took out a Muriel Sanders perpetual trophy for best craft work, and also a Bev Meagher memorial trophy for runner-up best craft work. Overall, the May Branch perpetual trophy for most points in the exhibition went to Joy Wheaton from Nhill Twilight with wins in four sections – just beautiful work.
Judy Pymer, May Branch, won the craft and hobbies, Horsham member Jenny Mitchell won photography, junior member Monique Wheaton won her age-group section and Dimboola member Margaret Hunter’s interpretation of ‘one woman’s work’ was exceptional.
A Monie Crafter perpetual trophy, recognising the best craftwork from another group branch member, went to Elaine Quick from Central Wimmera, Willenabrina Branch. The weather was great and it was unfortunate more of the public didn’t take advantage of seeing such a showcase of talent.
The 2019 State Exhibition award winners included some of our talented ladies, including Sadie Williams, Rita Stewart, Margaret Hunter and Helen Torey.
Horsham Branch received a third-place certificate for success in a 17-to-30 member section. A Central Wimmera member won a sewing machine in the raffle.
With Royal Melbourne Show underway, many of our members are working in the CWA cafeteria, helping supply meals and light refreshments for the duration of the show.
If you are down there, look for the CWA show bag, which offers great value with an assortment of goodies.
With a CWA country of study this year being Iceland, an Icelandic-themed lunch will be at ‘Umina’ in Melbourne on October 15.