2 March, 2023
Gilgandra CWA News - February 21
By Hilda Newstead
CWA president, Rebekah Makila,
recently welcomed members and guests
to our first meeting for the year held last
Wednesday, February 15 at the CWA
Although it’s hard to believe that we
are in the New Year, the local group are
looking forward to taking part in all
facets of CWA life this year.
Chairing the well-attended meeting,
president Makila thanked all members
for participating in the Australia Day
Breakfast at what was a very successful
A number of reports were also
presented, including emails and other
correspondence in the secretary’s report
with Julie Sawley making the treasurer’s
Karen Marshall in the cultural report,
said that she will provide the members
with the cultural activities and calendar
events at the next meeting.
For the handicraft report; Brenda
Yager displayed Cricut craft tags and
proposed a Cricut machine handicraft
session at our next meeting in March.
She also explained the significance of
the “Invisible String’ project.
The Land Cookery Report discussed
members’ contributions to The Land
Cookery Day to be held in Wongarbon
which will include a butter cake, date and
walnut loaf, sultana cake, and whole
In the publicity report; Helen and
Hilda mentioned attending Gilgandra
grant program announcements by state
minister, Sam Farraway, as well the
unveiling of the 100-year commemorative
seat in Hunter Park that was covered
in The Gilgandra Weekly, and the
Country Woman’s Magazine.
For the international report; native
bees were the topic of discussion.
Australia has more than 1700 species of
native bees, ranging from the spectacularly-
large 24mm yellow-and-black carpenter
bees, down to a tiny two-millimetres.
Bees all collect pollen from flowers
to feed their young; flies do not do this,
although they may be seen eating pollen
The rooms remain popular as a venue
for hiring purposes including for work
skills/employment groups; government
departments; exercise and safety classes
for over 65s; and for ”Stepping On”; a
seven-week community program for
older adults which took place during
December and January.
The meet heard that, the CWA
Windmill Yarners and the local quilting
group, meet there weekly.
In other news, the CWA Gilgandra
Branch, will attend the kiosk at this
year’s Gilgandra Show.
Delegates from the branch will also be attending the 2023 state conference to be held in Bathurst. There no further business, the meeting closed at 9.15pm