• Jo Aubrey, Joan Harkness and Raewyn Bastion

    Jo Aubrey, Joan Harkness and Raewyn Bastion

  • Margot Prout, Air Commodore Christine Tolson, Beryl White and Gwen Kirk with behind Jeanette Plowright and Viki Fox

    Margot Prout, Air Commodore Christine Tolson, Beryl White and Gwen Kirk with behind Jeanette Plowright and Viki Fox

  • Dawn Laing, Les Bienkiewicz and Annette Sadler

    Dawn Laing, Les Bienkiewicz and Annette Sadler

  • Les Bienkiewicz and guest speaker Pat McCabe

    Les Bienkiewicz and guest speaker Pat McCabe

  • Kathryn Spurling

    Kathryn Spurling

  • Peter Eveille and Maelyn Wishart

    Peter Eveille and Maelyn Wishart

  • Kathryn Spurling, Diana Kearns, Barbara Wain, Elaine Pennock,Commodore Paul Kinghorne,Pauline Gribble, Gail Jameson and Trish Goddard

    Kathryn Spurling, Diana Kearns, Barbara Wain, Elaine Pennock,Commodore Paul Kinghorne,Pauline Gribble, Gail Jameson and Trish Goddard

  • Barb Edward, Brigadier Jane Spalding, Trish Adams and Denise Bird

    Barb Edward, Brigadier Jane Spalding, Trish Adams and Denise Bird

  • Jeanette Hebden and Sandy Oxley

    Jeanette Hebden and Sandy Oxley

  • Pat Bourke, Gerda Allum, Les Bienkiewicz, Evelyn Austin-Flannery and Judith Avery

    Pat Bourke, Gerda Allum, Les Bienkiewicz, Evelyn Austin-Flannery and Judith Avery

Defence Widows Group: Annual Lunch

15 September 2016

The Defence Widows Group held their annual lunch at Yowani with familiar faces and new groups invited to attend. As a regular with this energetic bunch of women I have over the years come to know them and thoroughly enjoy their company, admire their efforts in lobbying for better services and love to hear of their exploits and stoicism as they live life to the full, accepting that getting older doesn’t limit their involvement in many and varied activities.

Their social lives have not diminished, they care for the younger widows in practical ways and are well informed on the increasing number of women joining the defence forces and achieving high ranks. And their guest speaker Pat McCabe presented an informative and well researched address into just that, making comparisons with the then and now of the slow but steady increase in number, and issues these women can relate to.

The focus this year was on the ex-service women and some wonderful stories, photographs and a display from the indefatigable Gwen Kirk. The ‘girls’ all gathered for a team photo with their banner, just a little faded but still to be treasured by these women.

With the lighting of the commemorative candle by Kathryn Spurling, the quieter moments of reflection were soon replaced by happy mingling and another year to reflect of the past and wonderful memories, with more to come.