Women’s group celebrates 80 years of friendship

Norma Jarmyn with Jennifer McGreevyThe Bayswater Uniting Church Friendship Circle celebrated a new milestone this month with its 80th anniversary.

The women’s social group, originally known as the Ladies’ Guild, was formed by a group of Methodist women back in 1935.

On Thursday 15 October, the Friendship Circle commemorated the anniversary with a special party and afternoon tea. It was an ecumenical celebration that involved congregation members from Uniting Churches in Knox, as well as representatives from other denominations in the area. A highlight of the celebrations was a sing-a-long accompanied by the Upwey Baptist Church choir.

Bronwyn Mitchell, secretary of Bayswater Uniting Church, said attendees included members present at the inaugural gathering eight decades ago.

“One lady, Doreen King from Scoresby, recalled that she was a “babe in arms” when her mother took her to the first meeting of the Guild, in the days when orchards surrounded Bayswater,” she said.

Following the sing-a-long, an afternoon tea was served with a cake cut by the oldest member of the group, 90-year-old Norma Jarmyn. The above photo shows Norma Jarmyn (left) with Jennifer McGreevy, leader of the Friendship Circle.

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