The Next Phase – Kandos CWA Takes Off!!!

Our modest Kandos CWA HQ just off the main street.

I’ve been quiet here for a while. I guess life has settled into a routine – and a good one. It’s been super busy with the wool shop and that’s really satisfying. I’ve also nestled into the local community and made new friends. Life is never boring but I’ve felt there’s been less newsworthy stories to tell… until now!

Our local Kandos Branch of the CWA has been an important factor in settling here. The story goes that the branch had been operating successfully for some time but a few years ago, membership seriously dwindled. To the point where CWA HQ considered closing the branch and selling the building (that they owned) given the associated expense. “No Way!” claimed some emboldened locals and shortly after my arrival, I was handed a membership form and told to join to keep Kandos CWA alive. Gemma was actually made Secretary the first week she came to town. Newbies didn’t stand a chance!

A CWA Soiree in full swing.

Since then, our local CWA branch has gone from strength to strength, sponsoring our CWA Kandos Gardens Fair, hosting a myriad of social gatherings and recently refurbishing our modest but well-located and much loved CWA home. The renovations have included a commercial kitchen to help locals establish and run micro businesses. Whilst there are preconceptions about the CWA, all groups are different, as is ours. It’s younger, most work and, whilst we’re capable of turning out a half-decent scone, we don’t.

Think of the cakes and pies that will be coming out of this beast of the kitchen!

Our next phase is about to kick off – the Kandos CWA Pop Up Cafe – one day each week when we offer our food to the unsuspecting public in our updated building just off the main drag. Simple meals, home cooked, eat in or take away. The money raised will help us with our fundraising and also support Barnardos, who we are endeavouring to assist with a regional safe house for families who have experienced domestic violence.

Initial discussions amongst CWA members indicate that this will be an interesting and entertaining endeavour. We already have a spectrum of opinions – from those who are pragmatic with “blokes like baked beans” to those with aspirations of becoming the new Nigella. Spruiking for our own reality show has been proposed and I believe one or two members are approaching Kim Kardashian for contract advice. Teabags versus teapots is sure to be on the agenda and the savoury mince has already become a hot topic.

Anyway, life is never boring in Kandos and this looks like it will be a great addition to our community and an opportunity for more locals to engage with our convivial and growing CWA group.

A social hub. Wait until My Kitchen Rules or MasterChef want to film one of their shows here!

 

Joining in Locally

Now I’m permanently settled, it’s time to get more involved locally – to keep myself busy with activities, as well as meet more people and contribute to the local community. I’m very fortunate that a good friend has also taken the bold step of moving from city life to Kandos so I have a partner in crime, although everyone here is very welcoming.

After the Bread and Pizza making classes in Mudgee, I’ve joined Mudgee Fine Foods, which host the monthly Farmers Market and organises Farm Walks. The last visit to the Farmers Market yielded a bounty of local produce, including amazing paddock to plate cured meats from Pipeclay Pumphouse. I came away with truffle salami, coppa and pork terrine. You need to get in early for the proscuitto.

My friend and I also popped in for a warm welcome at Mudgee Knitters’ Guild which I think will become a regular outing and we’ve also joined the local CWA. All of which are noble country pursuits. Combined with Museum duties and potentially gardening activities, not to mention my┬áRylstone Artisan Markets monthly stall, should see me well occupied for some time.