British Women’s Overseas Club Hold Successful Social Evening
A highly-successful social evening arranged by the British women’s Overseas Club in Hastings last night was attended by approximately 150 club members and their guests. The president, Mrs. Malcolm Mason, occupied the chair, assisted by Mrs. A. Reeve, vice-president.
Among those present were the mayor, Mr A.I. Rainbow and Mrs. Rainbow, Mr and Mrs. W.A. Whitlock, Canon S.F.N. Waymouth and Mrs. Waymouth, and Mr S.I. Jones, president of the Hastings R.S.A.
An enjoyable programme of varied items was given by the following: – Mr. Guy Hardenburg (humorous sketches), Miss Pounceford and Mr Williams (pianoforte selections), Mr Tama Tomoana (vocal solos), Mrs. Wilson (humorous Lancashire recitations), Mrs G. Lange (vocal solos). The accompanists were Miss McHutchon and Mrs W.H. Walker.
A highlight of the evening was the description given by two members Mesdames Ian McPhail and Noel Sunley, of their work with the British Broadcasting Corporation in London, the former being on the staff of the News Information Section of the European Service, and the latter, an assistant to the producer of the programmes “English by Radio.”
The president, Mrs. Mason, spoke on the work and rules of the club for women of Great Britain and the overseas Dominions coming to New Zealand, addressing more particularly the young husbands.
As president of the Returned Services’ Association, Mr. Jones addressed the gathering on R.S.A. matters, particularly in regard to the difficulty of housing for young people.
The work among young people coming to the Dominion from England was referred to by Mr. Rainbow, who also spoke of the acute food problem there, making a special appeal to those present to send as many food parcels as soon as possible.
Thanks for the enjoyable evening were extended to the performers by Canon Waymouth, an Englishman long resident in New Zealand.