Team Jammers On Again!
Our Branch members got together once again in Aug 2019 for another fun morning of ‘team jamming’ - this time, our efforts turned to making jars of preserved oranges and lemons in readiness for our upcoming Christmas market fundraising. Our gratitude to North Sydney Community Centre again for the use of their wonderful kitchen for a few hugely productive hours.
Calling All Handicrafters!
August 2019 had us hosting our annual members' Handicraft afternoon tea. Our thanks to all at The North Sydney Hotel for their support once again in welcoming us for a few hours of chatting while stitching, knitting or sewing - with many up for the challenge of learning a new and immensely gratifying new skill. All, of course, enjoyed with a cuppa and slice or two of a delicious bake…
Toasty Winter Marshmallows
Our thanks to Carriageworks once again for generously inviting us to bring along our fluffy marshmallows for all to toast over open fires at its legendary Night Market. The proceeds raised on this night in July 2019 went toward our fundraising efforts for rural education scholarships as well as women’s health initiatives and State drought relief.
City Girls Can Bake!
Amid tough competition at the State Cookery Competition sponsored by The Land newspaper in May 2019, we were thrilled to receive the news that our member, Silvana, won a coveted blue ribbon for being awarded first prize for her date loaf and a second for her pickled pear preserves. A special mention also to our Treasurer, Jocelyn, who did extremely well to get to State level too for her fruit cake entry. Thanks to all who transported the precious cargo to Albury for judging!
Our Motion Unanimously Carried at Conference
President, Kat Conner and Secretary, Karen Ramrakha, represented our Branch as delegates to the State Conference in Albury in May 2019. Our motion on working to increase the awareness of smallholders, urban and peri-urban farmers, city residents and tourists of their obligations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (NSW) was unanimously carried as policy for CWA of NSW.
Autumn in the Mountains
A few of our intrepid members enjoyed a beautiful bright and brisk autumn day in the Blue Mountains visiting the Leura Harvest Festival. Lots of local produce and goodies sampled and shopped for, topped off with lunch and great company! All in all, a wonderful day out in May 2019.
Calling All Bakers…
The CWA Sydney City 2019 Land Cookery Competition got off to a great start with a big turnout of entrants, bakes and preserves. A huge thanks to CWA Cookery Judge, Pat Boyer, who once again gave us the thumbs up - or down! - on each of our entries. A wonderful afternoon full of baking tips and tricks - and a host of lucky winners making their way to the next level of competition at Phillip Group.
A Special Sustainability Event at North Sydney
A brilliant morning was had at the Northside Produce Market at North Sydney in April 2019 - this time celebrating sustainable, locally grown produce and artisan foods. Our handmade jams, pickles and preserves were a hit once again with the market customers! Special thanks to Northside Produce Market for inviting us to be a part of it all.
On a Friday night in March 2019, a few of our members volunteered at the Rough Edges Cafe in Taylor Square, Sydney, to help support the many in our city who experience homelessness. Members that couldn’t attend on the night helped out by baking Anzac biscuits aplenty for the dinner guests to take away and enjoy.
Back to Preserving 101
We had a full house in February at the first of our Jam-making and Preserving Workshops for 2019 at North Sydney Community Centre. We were even joined by 3 members from CWA Blackheath who came all that way to learn a few preserving tricks from us! Many new friendships were made while sharing a delicious afternoon tea featuring the goodies made on the day.
Santa’s Helpers Celebrate at the Christmas Fare!
Our gratitude goes out to so many that helped make our sell-out success at the Hyde Park Barracks’ Christmas Fare once again this year! Sydney Living Museums for inviting us back again with a fabulous stall, GoGet for a van to get our goodies there on the day, CSR for the essential sugar for our preserves and ‘Todd the sticker man’ for helping brand our jars so beautifully - your support means so much. As does the support from all of our customers who come back time and again - without you, we couldn’t help those that need a helping hand.
The Perfect Scone!
We were thrilled and honoured to collaborate with Brasserie Bread for our inaugural workshop on ‘The Perfect Scone’. Held during CWA’s Awareness Week in Sept 2018, the 2 hour demonstration was a complete sell out! With plenty to taste and enjoy on the night, our thanks go to all at Brasserie Bread, Vanella Cheese, DePalma Salumi, Provenance Flour and Pepe Saya for supporting us with their superb foods as part of our grazing table.
A Year On for Our Tertiary Scholarship Winner
PhD Agriculture student, Lucy Watt, wrote to us to share how she's getting on one year after receiving the National Council of Women’s Australia Day Award sponsored by our Branch. Read her update.
Marriage Equality Motion
Our same sex marriage motion was debated during a closed meeting at the CWA of NSW State Conference at Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast in May 2017. Find out more.
Bite of Lyme
The Lyme Disease Association of Australia and the Country Women's Association of Australia (CWAA) are combining their efforts to support Australian lyme patients. The purpose of the May Lyme Project is to raise awareness and funding to improve outcomes for current and future Australian Lyme patients. Find out more.
Women Walk the World
CWA Sydney City joined other Phillip Group members for this annual event April 2017. Under a brilliant blue autumn sky, we enjoyed a lovely walk through the Oatley area and on to the historic bridge, all the while raising money for the work of ACWW. Even our youngest member joined in the fun before it all became a bit too much!
CWA Phillip Group!
In June 2018 we were thrilled to celebrate this huge milestone with our other Sydney metropolitan branches that form CWA Phillip Group. A lovely morning spent with one another over high tea, featuring wonderful speakers highlighting the Group’s achievements over the last 90 years.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
Jessica Best and Stephanie Scott were among many CWA Sydney City members baking scones at the CWA Tea Rooms over the last few years. The final scone count for 2019 was 49,977 - a huge effort over just
Proudly sponsoring another NCW scholarship
We were thrilled to sponsor Emma Austin through the National Council of Women’s Australia Day Awards 2018. Emma (on the left, pictured with our President, Elizabeth) is undertaking her PhD research on the links between drought and mental health and well-being in rural Australia.
NCW Award Sponsored by CWA Sydney City
PhD Agriculture student, Lucy Watt, was the worthy recipient of the National Council of Women’s Australia Day Award for 2017 sponsored by our Branch.
Learn more about Lucy's studies and achievements.