The Yeelanna branch won the 2017 Betty Ashman Memorial Shield at the recent Marble Range Country Women’s Association Group Table Day.
It was a close competition between the five branches competing for the shield.
More than 50 ladies and three gentlemen gathered at the Karkoo Kooplex for the afternoon’s program after judging had been completed.
This year’s theme was an Australian song or verse so in keeping in with this theme, Tracey Wooley from Karkoo recited an appropriate verse, A bush christening by Banjo Patterson.
The Kooplex was decorated with many old articles once used in Australia and there was a display of Australiana brought along by members.
Cummins Catholic Parish Priest Father Kevin Matthews gave an interesting account of his trips to the Broome area in Western Australia as well as Crocodile Park and finished by opening the table day.
Joint Group handicraft officer Vicki Hull congratulated the branches on the fine display of handicraft, cooking and floral and introducing the judges from Buxton Group, Gwen Smith for handicrafts, Joy Crosby for cooking and Joan Post for flowers, who each gave constructive hints.
Yeelanna was declared winner, with 79 points closely followed by Karkoo with 78.75 points and Elliston with 78.25. Tooligie finished with 78 points and Cummins with 77.75.
Betty Ashman’s son Tony Ashman presented the shield in memory of his mother, to the handicraft officer of the winning branch Gladys Hall.
The outstanding handicraft was awarded to Gladys Hall, the outstanding floral to Sue Rawson of Elliston branch and outstanding cooking to Yeelanna’s Rosemary Pearson.
Highly commended handicraft entries were awarded to Carolyn Martin (Karkoo) and Dianne Watson (Tooligie).
To promote the Laucke scone mix one of the cooking entries was for five scones.
Gladys Hall continued her successful day winning the chair competition, decided by popular voting, with two Cummins members Jan Nitschke and Ona Borgas second and third respectively.
Lucky prizes were won by Rita Hull, Gladys Hall, Leah Carr, Jan Nitschke and Valerie Hill.
The Group’s AGM will be at Tooligie on a date to be arranged in the middle of August.
The handicraft schools will be on June 5 and 19 at Cummins CWA rooms, to learn Bavarian crochet, huckabuck on aida and penny rugs.
While the judging was being carried out, Marie Glover from Yeelanna showed the women her quilting and crocheted rugs.
Everyone enjoyed a tasty lunch provided by the Yeelanna members.