Bundarra Country Women's Association celebrate their 90th anniversary

Francis Layton, Ivy Layton, Bundarra CWA president Donna Moffatt, Anne Richey, Gary Richey and Jenny Kennedy.
Francis Layton, Ivy Layton, Bundarra CWA president Donna Moffatt, Anne Richey, Gary Richey and Jenny Kennedy.

Ninety years of delicious cooking, skillful handicrafts and powerful lobbying were celebrated at the Bundarra Country Women’s Association (CWA) anniversary lunch on Saturday, August 13.

Around 100 people travelled from far and wide for the milestone, including Uralla Shire Council mayor Michael Pearce and the Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.

“It was a great occasion,” secretary Jenny White said. 

A Bundarra branch member for 11 years, Jenny had many fond memories, including ‘yarn-bombing’ the entire town.

“We knitted rugs and wrapped all the trees up. It was wonderful,” she said.

Trees were not the only inanimate objects given a makeover, with a petrol pump also sporting a warm hat and jumper.

The creations were later given to charity.

“We are always trying to help the community,” Jenny said. 

A relaxed lunch, the CWA were not content to rest on their laurels, and used the anniversary to raise just over $700 for the Anglicare Northern Inland and Bush Church Drought Fund.

Jenny said the initiative, which looks out for drought-affected farmers, was a truly worthwhile cause.

“At the moment we're looking pretty good here in the Bundarra area, but we have had it pretty tough here, so we know what it's like.”

Currently, the group are running a photo and poetry competition at Bundarra Central School, involving everyone from kindergarten students to teachers.

The winning entries will be turned into a 2017 calendar. 

Always growing, the branch is keen to attract new, younger members, in the hopes that the Bundarra CWA will still be full of energy when they reach their 100th anniversary.

“We might all be too old to do much!” Jenny laughed.

“But hopefully by then we’ll have some other members,” she added.

Bundarra newcomer and Anglican Church ministry leader Patrick Kennedy was grateful for the CWA’s support of the drought fund.

“My wife Jenny and I were delighted to meet so many new people and hear the wonderful speeches of many of those who have worked tirelessly for their local community,” he said.