Christmas Treats for Members

Whether to assist with our Christmas Fare baking efforts or to pick up some tips to improve your Christmas baking for home – we have planned four fabulous Saturday afternoon Christmas Cooking Masterclasses on Saturday, 6th November and Saturday, 13th November 2021 for members only.  Exclusive cost for members is $25 per masterclass.  Bookings required by 31st October 2021.

How to book:

  • Please email your name, CWA Member No., your email address and phone number plus the Masterclass you wish to attend to:
  • Our reception staff will ring you to book you in and take payment. The timing of our return call will vary due to COVID restrictions and whilst you will receive an out of office email response, we have your email!
  • You will then be sent your list of ingredients, pre class instructions and equipment needed so you can cook along with your instructors at the Masterclass. 
  • After the class you will be sent the recipe and recording of the class.

Christmas Pudding Masterclass

1pm on Saturday, 6th November
2-hour duration
Instructor:  Marilyn Mackie

Fruit Mince Pies Masterclass

3pm on Saturday, 6th November
2-hour duration
Instructor: Louise Taylor

Christmas Cake Masterclass

1pm on Saturday, 13th November
2-hour duration
Instructor: Marie Vassallo

Shortbread and Gingerbread Masterclass

3pm on Saturday, 13th November
2-hour duration
Instructor: Pam Mawson and Marie Vassallo

The State Creative Arts Exhibition for 2021

The State Creative Arts Exhibition for 2021 was held in Ararat 20-21 August.

Immediate Past State President Marion Dewar declared the Exhibition open, we were joined for the Official Opening by Jo Armstrong -Mayor Ararat Rural City Council, Louise Staley – Member for Ripon (State), Tim Harrison – CEO, Ararat Rural City Council, Beverley McArthur – Liberal Party Member for Western Victoria Region (State), Alison Foletta – representing The Advertiser and Barbara Blamey – Beaufort Group President.

The Ararat Rural City Council were acknowledged for their generous support and assistance – especially Sue Brown and Tim Lewis whose assistance during the whole week was invaluable in keeping us Covid compliant.

Thank you to The Ararat Advertiser and the Sock Festival Sponsors – Bendigo Woollen Mills, Changeling coloured Yarns, Heathermaid, Millpost Merino, Tarndwarncoort and White Gum Wool.

The presentation of Trophies and Certificates was followed by a lunch for the Official Guests.

An afternoon tea was held in the Green room for past Creative Arts Committee Chairmen, attended this year by Sadie King Williams, Margaret Davis, Helen Wall OAM, Betty Mustey, Libby Milner, Wendy Earwicker, Doreen Napier and Heather Scott.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to assist over the duration of the exhibition, it was much appreciated as the exhibition doesn’t function without the assistance of many pairs of hands.

A big thankyou to all the entrants – with-out your support we don’t have an exhibition!

There were close to 1700 individual entries, including 90 pairs of socks for the Inaugural Sock Festival, some of these entries were from local non CWA ladies.

A heartfelt thankyou to State Treasurer Heather Scott (Exhibition Co-ordinator) and Wendy Earwicker (Creative Arts Exhibition Committee and Floor Manager) for their guidance during the week.

A huge thankyou to the husbands that come along to do the heavy work.

Last, but not least, thankyou to Beaufort group members who assisted with set up and pack up,  providing all volunteers – Monday to Thursday – with refreshments and lunch each day, the official lunch on Friday and the afternoon tea.

The 2022 State Creative Arts Exhibition will be held in Tallangatta in the north-east of the state, with the date yet to be fixed.

The Themes for the 2022 Exhibition will be “Quotations” for both Handcraft and Home Industries Group Entries.

Choose your favourite quotation which must be displayed and base your five individual items of different craft techniques for the Handcraft section or 5 individual items of different food categories for the H.I. section on the subject of that quotation.

Full instructions and examples will be published in the next Magazine and on the web site – keep an eye out!

CWA Christmas Raffle

Win great prizes and help women and children!

The Country Women’s Association of Victoria works to support women, children and families in need across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Victoria. You can help by buying a ticket in our 2021 Christmas Raffle.

Tickets are priced at $2 each, 3 tickets for $6, 5 tickets for $10, 20 tickets for $36, 50 tickets for $90.

Click here to find out more and purchase tickets: