1949 Newspaper Articles

British Women’s Overseas Club Afternoon   March 1949

A pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by members of the British Women’s Overseas Club in Hastings last week. Mrs Thorburn presided, having taken over the presidency from Mrs. Malcolm Mason who has resigned after three years of faithful service.

It was decided for the convenience of members to hold the monthly meeting every third Wednesday in the month in St. Matthew’s Hall, April 20 being the next meeting. It is also the club’s third birthday, so a party is being held on that date. Scotch members as hostesses have arranged an interesting programme so an enjoyable afternoon is anticipated.

Donations of eggs and vegetable were presented by Mrs. Mason and Mrs. Young for club funds.

All old and new members were urgently requested to attend the birthday party

[April 1949, Herald-Tribune]

Third Birthday of British Women’s Club

The third birthday of the British Women’s Croquet [Overseas] Club was a highly successful function held in St. Matthew’s Hall, Hastings, on Wednesday afternoon. In spite of wet weather, the party was well attended by members, both old and young.

The birthday cake bearing three candles was cut by Mesdames Mason and Thorburn, and samples appreciated by all.

Floral sprays were presented to members of the first committee, Mesdames Mason, Mackersey, Laing, Reeve, Thorburn, Wainscott, and Miss Sylvester.

Appreciated vocal items were given by Mesdames Brady and Lange, consisting of old English airs.

Tea was enjoyed by all, the committee having worked hard in preparation.

Photographs of happy groups were taken, and the reminder given that a birthday party for members’ children is to be held on May 18. An interesting programme was being arranged, and members were encouraged to bring children of all ages.

[May 1949]

British Women’s Club Holds Children’s Party

A successful party was held by the British Women’s Overseas Club for all members’ children up to the age of 14 years on Wednesday last, in St. Matthew’s Hall.

A short programme of recitations was given by several of the young guests. A special tea was enjoyed by all, and a large box of sweets was a great favourite with the children.

It was announced that a play-reading would be given at the June meeting. All members were requested to be early and there would also be a plant stall at this meeting.

The exchange magazine stall proved a great success as did the competition for ducks and cockerel.

[October 1949]

Overseas Club Meets

The October meeting of the British Women’s Overseas Club was held in St. Matthew’s Hall, Hastings, recently.

Mrs. Burnett spoke on her recent trip to England and told some amusing stories of her experiences on the return journey. Mrs. Foddy was the winner of the competition, and the president, Mrs. Thorburn, welcomed two new members, Mesdames Harvey and Collier.

The club holds a pleasant afternoon every third Wednesday of the month to which all the newcomers from the United Kingdom are invited. A large box of toys is available for the children’s amusement. Demonstrations of various kinds, guessing competitions, vocal items, and interesting talks are all arranged each month.

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  • Mrs Malcolm [Vera] Mason
  • Miss Sylvester


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Other surnames – Brady, Burnett, Collier, Foddy, Harvey, Laing, Lange, Mackersey, Reeve, Thorburn, Wainscott, Young

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