Yeelanna wins table day

Marble Range Country Women`s Association Table Day afternoon program got away to a bright start with entertainment by popular local musician Josh Williams.

Group president Julie Heath and host branch president Rosemary Heath welcomed the large crowd to the Elliston hall.

In addition to performing, Mr Williams spoke about being born and bred in the Elliston district.

His interest in music started when he was at school in year 5 and, encouraged by his mother, took up the drums.

There is a strong interest in music in his family and he now composes and sings, and plays the ukulele and guitar.

His music has taken him far and wide, winning awards along the way.

Mr Williams entertained with several songs, including 'Somewhere over the rainbow'.

After opening the day he was presented with a gift of appreciation.

The decorations on the stage were outstanding and as the state CWA is celebrating its 90th birthday this was the theme for the day.

Two bicycles were displayed in honour of Mrs Warnes who founded the SA Country Women's Association with her sister.

The winners of the Betty Ashman Memorial Shield were then announced by Vicki Hull, first was Yeelanna with 77.75 points, followed by Karkoo with 76.75, Elliston was third and Cummins and Tooligie received 75.75.

Mrs Ashman's son Tony, who travelled with his wife Katherine from Port Lincoln, presented the shield to Yeelanna's handcraft secretary Gladys Hall.

Carolyn Martin received the certificate for Karkoo and Rosemary Kenny for Elliston.

Wudinna judges Marie O'Brien and Sue DuBois were thanked and received a gift of appreciation.

There was a fine display of handicrafts, floral and cooking entries.

Ms Hull's kaleidoscope canvas work received the outstanding handicraft award, Yeelanna's Ronda Glover's cup cakes received the outstanding cooking award and Anna Whillas from Cummins won the outstanding floral award.

The chair competition was won by the Tooligie branch, Gladys Hall was second and Rosemary Kenny third.

There was a long line of raffle prizes, including plants and biscuits taken home by lucky winners.

Group president Julie Heath reminded members of the celebrations to be held around the state for the 90th birthday and the group annual meeting to be held in mid August at Cummins.

Dawne Cooper thanked Elliston members for their hospitality and anyone who had contributed to the success of the day.

The hall was a hive of activities during the morning as the branches set up their tables, then while the judging was being carried out the ladies moved over to the Elliston club rooms to their well kept cottage.

Members relaxed and enjoyed a delicious luncheon served by the Elliston ladies.