The end of an era

Northern Wairoa Country Women’s Club vice-president Lurline Blackwell with the club’s roll of honour covering its leadership over the years

After meeting in the same place for over half a century the Northern Wairoa Country Women’s Club is looking for a new home.

Their Victoria Street upstairs clubrooms in Dargaville, which they have rented, have been sold. 

“There is some doubt about the current move to another venue; mostly the loss of centrally located rooms and the flexibility the group has enjoyed,” said member Robyn Downey.

The club is traditionally a day group, but these days they also hold a monthly dinner for women who work during the day.

Current president Catherine Fergusson, says she joined the club to meet new people when she first moved to Dargaville.

“Within two weeks I was invited to their evening meeting and I thought how warm and friendly they were. I can thoroughly recommend the club to anyone who enjoys great fellowship,” said Catherine.

As the club’s 58th birthday looms in June, founding member Val Webb recalls how life was then and how the clubrooms came about.

“Women met in homes in those days and many didn’t drive,” she says.

“The club fulfilled the need for a place for women to take a breather in town. Challenges brought by the one-car family, penny-pinching, and waiting hours for husbands to finish business, were shared,” said Robyn.

Mrs Webb says both country and town women have always been involved and it is considered a gathering of, ‘like minds’.

Anyone interested in joining the club or who may know of central space the Northern Wairoa Country Women’s Club could use, please contact Catherine Fergusson 09 435 5906 or Lurline Blackwell 439 4814


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