Newspaper Articles 1946 – British Women’s Overseas Club

British Women’s Club Holds Social Evening

Over 100 British women, including newcomers from Canada and Australia among the 20 new members, last evening spent an extremely successful social evening in the Pas-a-dena tearooms, Hastings.

Among those present were the president of the British Women’s Overseas Club, Mrs Malcolm Mason, members of the committee, and Mrs H.S. Robinson, secretary of the Women’s Community Club, who extended an invitation to overseas brides to attend a club afternoon later in the month.

The evening was spent in renewing acquaintances and forming new friendships, and concluded with supper.

Well-Attended Meeting Df [Of] British Women’s Club

About 120 Englishwomen and overseas brides met in the Labour and Trades Hall, Hastings, yesterday afternoon for the fourth social afternoon of the British Women’s Overseas Club. Among the several new members welcomed were brides from Great Britain who had arrived within the last fortnight

It was announced that the club’s next activity would be a social evening on July 30, when the Havelock North Players would produce two short comedies. Each member could bring a guest.

Dispensers of afternoon tea were the West of England group.

[3 July 1946]


A SOCIAL will be held on TUESDAY, JULY 30, in Hastings, at 7.30 p.m.

Each member may bring husband or friend.

Two plays will be presented by the Havelock North Players and Supper will be provided. Entrance 2/6. for Place ring 2468.

A social evening will be held tomorrow night in Hastings by the British Women’s Overseas Club. Two plays, produced by Mrs. I. McLeod, will be presented by the Havelock North Players, and other entertainment will be provided. It is hoped that there will be a good really [rally?] of members and their husbands or friends.

Mrs I McLeod

British Women’s Overseas Club Appoints New Committee

At a further largely-attended and enthusiastic meeting of the British Women’s Overseas Club, held in the Hastings Labour and Trades Hall, the election of the new committee took place. Ten new members who have recently arrived in the Dominion were welcomed, and there were also present a number of mothers with babies and young children.

The committee of ten, five of whom represented those members under 35 years of age and five over, were appointed as follows:- President, Mrs Malcolm Mason; treasurer, Mrs L. H. Wainscott; Mesdames Lindsay Mackersey, A.D.M.G. Laing, A. Reeve, H. Walker, Prior and Sunley (all re-elected); Apperley, Wilson and Thornburn. Secretary to be appointed. There were 24 nominations received.

A talk on the Guiding movement in Hawke’s Bay was given by Miss Marjorie Couper, District Commissioner for Hastings, who also appealed for young people to interest themselves in the work of the movement in Hawke’s Bay.

The hostess were the Eastern and Northern parts of England.

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.

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Other surnames – Apperley, Prior, Sunley, Thorburn, Wilson

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  • Miss Marjorie Couper
  • Mrs A D G M Laing
  • Mrs Lindsay [Beatrice] Mackersey
  • Mrs Malcolm [Vera] Mason
  • Mrs I [JS] McLeod
  • Mrs A [Noel] Reeve
  • Mrs H S Robinson
  • Mrs L H [Marjorie] Wainscott
  • Mrs H Walker

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