CWA turns 90

By Simon Ruppert

Benalla CWA celebrated turning 90 this week with a special celebration at its hall on Bridge St.

More than 40 CWA members from across the region joined Benalla Mayor Scott Upston at the event to have a chat, a bite to eat and to catch up with friends they might not have seen in some time.

Benalla CWA president Jennifer Briggs said everyone had a great time.

"It’s taken quite a bit of planning," Ms Briggs said.

"We decided on an afternoon tea because some of our members have other things on in the morning.

"And we also had a few travelling in from other parts of the state.

"We have members here from Swanpool, Thoona, Corowa and Yarrawonga, so they’ve come from all over."

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Ms Briggs has been a member of the CWA since 1963 and said they work it did in the community was as important as ever.

"We fight for a lot of social issues, mostly for rural woman and children," Ms Briggs said.

"We have a knitting group, and a lot of the things we knit are for children having a hard time.

"So we knit teddies that go to the police station for the officers to use when they are in contact with a child in a traumatic situation.

"They also go to the hospital wards, and we also make booties and bonnets for the babies on the maternity ward.

"We also knit things like rugs and blankets that we send to different charities."

Ms Briggs said the group only had about 14 members and were always on the lookout for newcomers.

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"At different stages we’ve had anywhere from 20 to 30 members, so we have room for more," Ms Briggs said.

"If someone wants to become a member they can pop along to the CWA Hall on Bridge St on the second Friday of the month at 1.30pm, which is when we meet up."