|Articles on this page with permission from GREG WANE, are taken from the Barwon Heads,Ocean Grove, and Wallington news .||Issn 13290371|
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PO. Box 358, Ocean Grove
Editor Greg Wayne
Long service awards for CWA members
SEVERAL members of the Barwon Heads Branch of the Country Women's Association have received long service awards from Coastal Group President Lyn Fleet. Vera Montgomery, Pat Brotheridge, Dawn White, Alice Donnelly, Jean Barber and Gwen Jantzen received their awards at the Annual General Meeting in the Barwon Heads Community Hall on 17 November.
Member Hilda Watson who was unable to be present at the meeting was also awarded with a long service plaque. Hilda, 82, said she had been a member of the Barwon Heads CWA since 1953, after moving to Barwon Heads with her husband Cyril in 1950.
In later years the Barwon Heads branch, through lack of numbers closed for a number of years. CWA women from Barwon Heads then travelled to Ocean Grove for meetings. it was through the dedication and persistence of Hilda that in 1974 the Barwon Heads Branch reopened. Hilda has also been involved in many other local community organisations including Red Cross and the Barwon Heads Football Club.
The plaque presented to Hilda read "Country Womens Association - for loyalty and long service".
She said she was thrilled with the recognition and said she had enjoyed "every minute" of the community spirit and - friendship she had experienced as a member of the Barwon Heads CWA.
Pictured: CWA member Pat Brotheridge (left) with Hilda Watson and the award.
Notice board honours local couple
TWENTY-FIVE years of community service through the Lions Club have been recognised with the naming of the John and Mien Van Den Eykel Community Notice Board. The notice board is part of the new boathouse picnic facility on the river foreshore on Flinders Parade. The announcement was made at the official opening on Sunday 12 September, by local resident Ian Cover MLC.
It was an emotional moment for John and Mien, who had no idea the Ocean Grove- Barwon Heads Lions Club had planned the honour. "To have this bestowed upon us we are very grateful for this recognition - it is fantastic!" John told the gathering. He said they were still recovering from their youngest daughter's wedding the previous day. Barwon Heads residents for many years, John and Mien said they were looking forward to wandering down to the boatshed and reading the notices on their own noticeboard.