[21 April 1947]
British Women’s Club Holds First Birthday
On the occasion of the first birthday of the forming of their club, in April of last year, members of the British Women’s Club entertained a large number of friends at a social function in Hastings. An extremely progressive year, in which activities had surpossed [surpassed] the initial hopes of the executive, was referred to by the president, Mrs Malcolm Mason.
Following supper, entertainment was provided by the following: – Mrs W.A. Greer (songs); Miss June Pothan (elocutionary items); Messrs P. Hobbs and B. Hasler (humorous impersonations, songs, and character sketches; Mr D.C. Fisher (songs); Mrs I.S. McLeod and Havelock North Players (amusing charades).
During the evening an interesting talk on the Navy was given by Dr Antony Reeve, with particular reference to the use of nautical terms in everyday life, and embodying humorous anecdotes about life in the Service.
On behalf of the Hawke’s Bay branch of the English Speaking Union, Mrs W.H. Wood extended an invitation to younger members particularly, to attend the branch meetings.
Thanking the hostesses and performers, on behalf of the guests, Mr. W.A. Whitlock spoke of the value of such a club as this to the community, and the helpful spirit of kinship which existed among members.
On this its first birthday meeting, Mrs Mason recalled the reasons for establishing the British Women’s Overseas Club and the overwhelming success which it had achieved in all its activities during the first year of its existence. It had been of great value to innumerable girls and older women on taking up life in a new country, as the membership of approximately 200 testified. The comradeship and contacts with fellow-members she considered an important part of its purpose, as were visits in sickness and to members in hospital.