We're not all good cooks - admits Country Women's Association veteran


April McLennan sits down for a chat with one of Agfest's finest.

Glenda Mountney is perched in the corner of the Country Women’s Association stall at Agfest, knitting a fluffy throw rug from pale-pink wool. She smiles as I wander over and sets her knitting aside.

On the table in front of her is an overflowing pile of baked goods that she notices me eyeing off.

“Baking is part of our fundraising, but we are not all good cooks," she chuckles. 

Next to the cakes and slices is a big bundle of knitted clothing.   

“That’s a bag of goodies that we give to nursing homes and the hospitals," she said, pointing to the package on the table. "Things for mothers who come in and don’t really have anything. If anybody gets burnt out we help them out with all those sort of things.”

The Country Women’s Association have always been associated with chartable things.

The money they raise goes towards flood appeals, water wells in poor countries and ambulance appeals.

The CWA has been going for 81 years and Ms Mountney proudly boasted that she had been a member for over 60 years - and I have to admit, she is looking fantastic for her age. 

She joined when she was 16-years-old and her mother, who was the secretary at the time, decided she wasn’t too keen on her job and wanted her daughter to take over.

So at 16, Ms Mountney was the secretary of the Country Women’s Association, with her mother's supervision, of course.

The organisation is still attracting new members, she said.

“You can have junior members who are under 16, and you can go until you're 101, if you want to!”

If anybody is interested in joining the Country Women’s Association, you are always welcome, she said.

Ms Mountney was reluctant to have her photo taken, but in the end gave the camera a cheeky grin and shooed me on my way so she could finish her knitting and have a chat with the other Agfest patrons.