Rural women celebrate

Left to right, rear to front: Kaye Jones, Rose Edgerley, Alison Woodcock, Judith McInnes, Maureen Phillips, Gail Duncan, Yvonne Barnett, Heather Lomas, Noreen Moore, Noeleen Price-Quedley, Lorraine Hatfull and Coral O’Connor.

Members of the Kourawhero Rural Women Club gathered at the Kourawhero Hall last month to celebrate the club’s 80th year.

The club was founded in 1939 to provide women in the Warkworth-Kaipara area with a place to share organised activities, including knitting and sewing competitions, and lectures from guest speakers.

Treasurer Lorraine Hatfull, 88, said she joined the club when she became a farmer’s wife at 19, but didn’t know anything about farming. “I very quickly learned and made lifelong friends,” she says.

There were 30 members in the club when Lorraine joined, and 12 stalwarts still meet regularly today.

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