Ararat, Stawell, Avoca, Beaufort and Lilyana Country Women’s Association members stepped up to the Vice Regal challenge on Wednesday with a last-minute catering request.
CWA Beaufort group regional president Barbara Blamey said 12 members were able to provide sandwiches, scones and refreshments for the function to welcome Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AC, to Ararat.
“Government House contacted me and we went from there. Originally it was 150 people at two day’s notice before the event and it ended up with more than 220 guests.” she said.
“We got it all done. It was very hectic. We got there at about 8.30am and we left well and truly after 4pm. It was a long and very productive day.
“We had to go and make extra 200 or so scones as well, which is a great mainstay of the CWA.”
All of the multiple rounds of scones were polished off by the Governor’s guests at Alexandra Oval Community Centre.
Ms Blamey said it was exciting to cater for the Queen’s representative in Victoria.
“We did meet the Governor and she is a patron of the CWA. We had a photo with her and quite a long chat. She’s very nice, bubbly and cheerful,” Ms Blamey said.
Ms Dessau also thanked Ararat College, the CWA and Central Grampians LLEN for helping with service at the reception during her speech to guests.