Milestone celebrated at Cummins

The Marble Range Country Women’s Association Group celebrated its 60th birthday recently with a luncheon at the Cummins Hotel attended by former and present members from around the Eyre Peninsula, one travelling from Adelaide.

Group president Julie Heath welcomed everyone including special guests Wendy Treloar, Jan Phelps and Kingsley and Raelene Mason.

The luncheon interspersed with stories of events happening during the last 60 years.

Marble Range was formed in March 1957, at a meeting held at Mount Hope, by 12 branches from the Octoman Group.

Members were pleased to have Valmai Webb join the celebrations, the only one present who attended that meeting, when she was secretary of the Ungarra branch, She shared her memories of that day.

The group banner, which was embroidered by the group’s foundation handicraft secretary Ida Jericho, and the banners of the 12 branches were on display.

There are five branches in the Group now, Cummins, Elliston, Karkoo, Tooligie and Yeelanna. Over the years, Coffin Bay, Coulta, Wangary, Mt Hope, Kapinnie, Sheringa and Edillilie have closed.

Five Loaves Bakery made the birthday cake and the cake ceremony was carried out by foundation president Lorna Mason’s son Kingsley and foundation secretary Thora Trigg’s daughters Wendy Treloar and Jan Phelps. They spoke of their mothers’ dedication to CWA and related some light-hearted stories and how they were always dressed up in their hats and gloves for meetings.

The day concluded with prizes given out. Quiz winner Marilyn Holness who had travelled from Adelaide, Ann Appleton, Judy Wilson and Margaret Carr were the lucky recipients.

Group President Julie Heath thanked all for attending and wished the group many more years of CWA friendship.