Pubs prove fabric of local community

Country Women's Association Perth Belles founder Jo Hawkins (West Perth) and president Claire Stevenson Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d403439
Country Women's Association Perth Belles founder Jo Hawkins (West Perth) and president Claire Stevenson Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d403439

‘Everyone from university students to scientists and mothers to marketing professionals come along to our monthly meetings for a chance to socialise, learn new skills and have a bit of fun,’ the West Perth local said.

Although its annual guerrilla knit-a-thon to make blankets for new mums at King Edward Memorial Hospital might appear to fit the CWA granny stereotype, every other aspect of the day defied it.

At the CWA Stitch n’ Bitch, held at the Windsor Hotel last Sunday, 35 members from attended with knitting needles in one hand and a pint in the other.

CWA Perth Belles branch president Claire Stevenson said although it was a beautiful day, they did get some odd looking from punters at the bar.

‘As well as knitting enough squares to make five blankets, we also held a raffle and the money raised from that will go towards birthing kits,’ Ms Stevenson said.

Ms Hawkins said her nanna’s wonderful ‘make do and mend’ philosophy inspired her to start up the CWA Perth Bells about three years ago.