The Country Women’s Association is involved a broad range of activities, including advocacy and education.
We were recently featured in news publication, The Mercury, where Lindy Cleeland was interviewed about the topic of poker machines and poverty.
The CWA also has a strong tradition in crafts and home management.
Members are very skilled in these activities, exhibiting their work at Agricultural shows and assisting as judges and stewards. CWA members give demonstrations and instruction at community groups and at some schools.
Groups meet regularly, with old and new crafts being taught and learnt. These include most types of embroidery- candlewicking, blackwork, hardanger, drawn thread and cross stitch, along with the age old favorites of crochet and knitting and the new crafts, such as scrap-booking. Continuation of these crafts ensures their future.
Home industries form a big part of learning and teaching. Jam making and preserves, microwave cooking and all healthy cooking are of interest to members, which ensures the continuity of this knowledge within communities. With today’s fast food industry, we are losing some of these skills and our members see them as an important part of our lifestyle to maintain into the future.
Handcraft group members have developed a manual on how to prepare articles for competition, with hints on what the judges look for. This is of assistance to people entering competitions and in keeping judges up to date with new trends. This manual (Winning Ways) is available through our Shops in Launceston and Hobart.
Mrs Mary Hanslow, Lord Mayor of Hobart Alderman Sue Hickey and Mrs Barbara Kregor OAM at the Hobart volunteer reception 18th May 2016.