Macksville CWA ramp up Christmas pudding drive

Nicole Cistern, Merrie Hunt, Lesley Carlson, Samantha from Macksville Ex-Services Club, and Anne Sutton.

MERRIE Hunt, the President of the Macksville Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA), has been making her fine Christmas puddings for sale for several years.

A runaway success, this year she took it up a notch with the help of fellow CWA members and the Macksville Ex-Services Club.

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Several cooking sessions were held in the Club’s commercial kitchen and Merrie and her teams were able to turn out more than 70 Christmas puddings, small and large, to fulfil orders from as far away as Sydney.

Members report the exercise was time consuming, but enormous fun – sourcing the ingredients, combining them to the secret recipe, measuring into clean calico cloths and boiling for three hours, then cooling on racks before wrapping for despatch or collection.

The exercise netted around $1,400 and expenses were kept down by the generosity of local businesses who donated goods.

“Thank you so much Woolworths, Foodworks, Macksville Hotel, Macksville Newsagency, and of course the Ex-Services Club,” a club spokesperson told NOTA.

At the last session, Samantha from the Ex-Services Club accepted a pudding for staff to enjoy.

It is exercises like this and the stalls held on Wallace Street, at the Showgrounds, at Scotts Head, and at the recent Bowraville Festival, that ensure CWA Macksville continues to be a vibrant community presence able to support initiatives such as their recent donations to six local schools, and Christmas Lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen.

“Thank you everyone for your support throughout 2023 and a Merry Christmas to all!”

Jenny Stansfield, Merrie Hunt and Felicity Ferriss.

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