IT WAS a bittersweet day for the members of Bega’s Country Women’s Association (CWA) branch on Tuesday.
Although the day brought a much-needed deluge for the parched Bega Valley, it also put a dampener on the group’s Awareness Day.
The CWA NSW is celebrating CWA Awareness Week 2013 from September 14 to 21 with a host of local events and activities planned across the state under the theme “more than just tea and scones”.
With a focus on diversity, charity and change, the CWA of NSW will be actively working to demonstrate at its Awareness Day events the enormous scope of work it undertakes as one of the state’s oldest and most influential not-for-profit community organisations.
The ladies of the Bega CWA would agree there is much more to their group than the iconic scone.
“It is about helping and participating in the community, but for us it’s really about friendship and laughter,” CWA Bega branch secretary Margaret Warren said.
CWA Bega president Daphne Sweeney agreed, adding, “It’s about supporting each other and the community.”
The women held a somewhat depleted Awareness Day morning tea on Tuesday, with the heavy rain preventing many of the group’s members from coming in.
Only those from the Bega township were able to brave the wild weather to celebrate not only Awareness Day, but the branch’s 87th birthday.
“We’re hoping the weather clears up this afternoon for members to pop in – there’s a lot of birthday cake to eat!” Ms Warren said.
“It is a shame most of our Tathra ladies aren’t here, but on the other hand we really did need the rain.”
In addition to their event on Tuesday, Ms Warren said she and fellow members Ms Sweeney and international officer Kalthoum Albusarah arranged a window display at Candelo Books celebrating the CWA.
“We had a hoot doing it, it certainly was an entertaining afternoon and I hope is gives passers-by an insight into the CWA,” she said.
The Bega branch has almost 40 members, including two life members, Isabel Bobin and Shirley Slater.
Ms Warren has only been with the Bega branch a few years, but has been with the CWA an astonishing 53 years.
“I joined in Junee when I was 16,” she said.
“After I married we moved around regional Australia a lot for my husband’s work and I joined the CWA in every town we lived,” she said.
The group is currently fundraising for community projects and renovations to its hall on Church St.
Every Tuesday the hall is open for CWA members to meet for handicrafts, and also for the sale of CWA cook books cakes, pickles and knitted goods.
Ms Warren said the hall is also open most weekday afternoons and encourages people to drop by to purchase CWA goods or enquire about joining.
“We are always interested in having new members, young or old,” Ms Sweeney said.
For more information visit the CWA Hall on Church St, Bega.