The secret to a good scone, Jessica Ingram says, is not over-kneading the dough, using a very hot oven, and adding lots of jam and cream.
As the publicity manager of Newcastle Evening Country Women’s Association (CWA) branch, Jessica has picked up many practical tidbits in her two years with the group.
On Saturday (7 November), she will join the rest of the group’s 25 members in selling the branch’s best batch of scones at this year’s first major fundraiser.
“We’ll have at least 500 scones for sale on Saturday,” she said.
“As you know, the CWA is famous for its scones so we’re hoping to raise some much-needed funds.”
At 30, Jessica is the branch’s youngest member.
Club president Shaleigh Lennox, herself just 40-years-old, says traditional CWA stereotypes are a thing of the past.
“Being Newcastle’s only evening branch means we have members who might work during the day or are busy doing other things, and so they enjoy meeting in the evenings,” she said.
“It’s not just about baking, we’ll study different topics and learn about other countries and cultures as well as fundraise to help improve the lives of women and families in rural and remote areas.
“We also have a voice in parliament so, although we aren’t a political group, we can have a say in trying to improve the lives of women.”
Formed in 2003, Newcastle Evening CWA meets on the fourth Monday of every month at the Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club at Bar Beach.
The branch’s usual fundraising events were cancelled when COVID-19 struck earlier this year.
“It’s been a challenging year,” Shaleigh said.
“But our jams and preserves and the support of our sponsors has helped us through.”
The CWA aims to support women, children and families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia through creating a network of support, lobbying for change, and fundraising activities.
The scone sale will take place at Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club from 8am to 11am.
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