Southern Downs QCWA closes after 77 years

AFTER 77 years, a Southern Downs QCWA branch is shutting its doors.

The branch at Cunningham, between Pratten and Wheatvale west of Warwick had its last day yesterday, much to the sadness of remaining members.

Current treasurer Mary Devereux said the women of Cunningham branch had formed close bonds over years of membership.

"Basically everyone's getting older and we have no new members coming on, as I suppose a lot of the younger women in the district are working as most women are these days," Mrs Devereux said.

"I'm treasurer now, and have been once before, and many of us didn't wish to continue our positions so unfortunately we've decided to disband.

"It is sad because we've all made wonderful friendships through CWA, and years ago it was one of the main outings for women, so it's progress some ways and not so in others."

Prior to the Cunningham Hall being built, branch members would meet at the home of a fellow member, Mrs Evans, and others.

Fundraising by the Cunningham Sports Club helped to cover the cost of the halls construction, which was officially opened in September, 1955.

Mrs Devereux said the hall had a rich history and was well maintained by its CWA custodians.

"We've had lots of events and things over the years," she said.

"Each year the main fundraiser was the Mother's Day function we held, which was very successful and ladies would perform skits, and we'd have a fashion parade and cent sale and daughters of some of the women would take the day off work to help out.

"It is really sad to see the branch go - I haven't heard whether others will join different branches but I'll keep helping out and attend division functions."
 


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