LADIES from across the coast and inland to Gloucester descended on Nambucca Heads today for the Country Women's Association Mid North Coast Group Council meeting.
The Group covers 18 branches from Nambucca in the north to Bulahdelah in the south, and that saw some 80 ladies including about 40 delegates attend the gathering at the RSL Club.
Group president Gay Cowan told the Guardian that while the agenda included discussion on CWA bylaws and planning for the national conference in Port Macquarie in August, there was also the serious issue of judging cookery and craft.
Nambucca's Kathleen Miller, the Group cookery officer, said the standard of entries was high, and a feature this year were the ANZAC biscuits which took on a particular prominence given the centenary of the first Gallipoli landing. Coming up trumps on the ANZAC biscuit front was Marcia Gilligan from Wingham branch.
Kathleen said Joan Bagnell of the Nambucca Heads branch was the overall judges' choice winner with a marble cake.
The craft works were every bit as competitive, with the judging tables strewn with everything from jewellery, garments, bead work and spinning through to hard hanger.
Eight craft works were chosen to go forward to the State competition, including a crocheted doily by the Nambucca Heads branch. The overall winner of the hand craft was the Bonny Hills branch.
Kathleen giggled that she had picked up a second prize for a Moroccan relish.
President Gay, from the Port Macquarie Evening branch, said all of the winning cookery and craft items would now go forward to the State competition at Tamworth in May.
The Group conference would have brought a significant economic boost for Nambucca Heads with a number of the delegates staying overnight on Wednesday.
Gay made special note of the Nambucca Heads RSL, who had gone beyond the call in hosting the conference and in donating the meeting room at no charge.