Kingston CWA branch celebrates big 80-year milestone

Twenty-one members and former members gathered at the Old Wool Store Café & Restaurant to celebrate the first 80 years of CWA in Kingston on May 4.

President Pauline Johnston welcomed the deputy state president Janet Shane from Kadina; Joy Bricknell, Bowman Group President; Ann Barker, Bowman Group Secretary/Treasurer; members from the Naracoorte Combined Branch; former Kingston members Pat Dall (now a member of Kapunda Branch); Melva Sadler (now a Murray Bridge Branch member); and Mary Thompson of Kingston; and the nine members of the Kingston Branch.

Visitors were most interested in the renovation of the historic Wool Store, saved from demolition by Don and Senny McInnes, and the part it had played in the early development of Kingston as a bustling sea port and railway terminal.

The building is now on the State Heritage List and provides a delightfully unique venue for hospitable entertainment.

Before the 80th birthday cake ceremony, Mrs Shane extended birthday greetings from state office and then addressed members on this year’s State objective, which is the establishment of the 1225 project to be backed by the Salisbury City Council and adapted from a similar program in the eastern states, where the outcomes have been very positive.      

It is aimed to assist homeless youth to complete their schooling and/or training whilst living in a secure environment. The plan is to eventually build transportable units on private property owned by people volunteering to assist disadvantaged young people to achieve their goals. Funding is still required to undertake the initial building and hopefully this will eventually lead to corporate sponsorship. Mrs Sadler then lit the candles, fanned out by Mrs Barker, with Mrs Shane cutting the cake.

Mrs Bricknell proposed the toast to past and present members of the Kingston branch and Ronda Smith suitably responded.