The Country Women’s Association ladies belonging to the Castlereagh Country Group of Branches, extending from Ilford Running Stream in the South of the Group to Baradine in the North, gathered at the CWA rooms in Mudgee for the first 2018 Council Meeting.
It was lovely to meet up with these very productive women and to see the wonderful array of magnificent handicraft that they had accomplished over the last year. Congratulations to all those who were successful with their entries, and now take them to the State Conference, this year to be held at Armidale in May, for judging against all groups from NSW and ACT.
As well as the wonderful articles on display for judging, there were some gorgeous ‘Treasures From the Past’ articles from the early 1900’s that were hand-made, as well as other family heirlooms that had been brought along. These had been organised by the Castlereagh Country Group Cultural Officer Jeanette Sell.
Ms Bronwen Iferd, the founder and creator of heARTwork Wholistic Therapy was the guest speaker. Bronwen is a trained Transpersonal Art Therapist, who works with the mental health section. This form of therapy is a part of Psycotherapy and a form of communication. By the use of creative arts journaling, she is able to get her groups to divulge something in their past life, which Bronwen is able to carry on developing that story for the particular person. The ladies at the meeting were then given the opportunity to try journaling for themselves. Some great items were produced with very positive ideas and feelings expressed about the CWA.
Following this a CWA member showed a selection of dementia mats. These are small mats that can be made individually to suit a particular person with any of the forms of dementia and laid across their laps as something that these people can use to keep their hands busy – feeling the variety of the textures with which the mats can be made. When the Castlereagh Country Group meet at Dunedoo for their next Council Meeting on Monday, August 6, the members will be making a selection of these, for the use of someone in need.
The publicity officer resigned due to work commitments and Anne Chapman has accepted the role. A new Vice President was elected; this position is now filled by Diane Page from Rylstone.