Celebrating our 70th Birthday
We took a trip back to the 1940's on the 9th of July of this year as we celebrated our 70th year since the branch was formed by 15 ladies in the district getting together in 1946.
A High Tea celebration was held at Dormie House, attended by 60 guests.
Dormie House rpoved to be the ideal setting for this function with its charming cedar woodwork wall panelling, fireplaces and dresser with mirrors typical of the era.Many guests dressed int eh fashion of the 1940's with fox tails, netted hats, seamed stockings, furs and all things felt.
Guests were also asked to bring their own favourite cup, saucer and plate from that decade, to add to the atmosphere and to be judged later in the afternoon by one special guest as her finest!
Our President of Exeter CWA, Mrs Pat de Corsi welcomed everyone, with special mention of Mrs Pam Barker ( representing President of CWA of NSW, Mrs Annette Turner), Wollondilly Group President Mrs Jennifer Bowe and the guest speaker, Mrs Pam Davies ( past editor , Jordans Crossing Gazette).
In her address to our guests, President Pat de Corsi summarized the early history of the CWA beginnings in Exeter.
In 1950, Mr Frank Badgery ( a local pastoralist) donated land for a CWA building, fund raising was undertaken to cover the cost of building and the rooms were opened in January 1955. One creative way to raise funds at the time was to purchase a heifer calf for 1 pound and raffle it for a fine profit 10 months later- the branch netting 35 pounds and 7 shillings.
Guests enjoyed a splendid High Tea including salmon and cucumber sandwiches, scones, petit fours,chocolate mousse with strawberries and caramel tarts. The tables looked so colourful against the white napery and shiny silver cutlery.
The afternoon closed with our President thanking the dedicated past and present CWA women who have kept the flag flying for the last 70 years.
Each guest left with a jar of cumquat marmalade reminiscent of a recipe from 1946 thoughtfully provided by Mrs Jane Durnford.
A very happy atmosphere shared with all our guests and a most successful anniversary.