Peterborough to host Rural Women's Gathering

CELEBRATION: Maureen Need, left, Shirley Dearlove and Moira Lawler were all smiles about Peterborough's hosting of the next Rural Women's Gathering.
CELEBRATION: Maureen Need, left, Shirley Dearlove and Moira Lawler were all smiles about Peterborough's hosting of the next Rural Women's Gathering.
TOAST: Moira Lawler, left, of Peterborough, Margaret Howie, chairwoman of South Australian Rural Women's Gathering Association, and Leonie Broadbridge, of Strathalbyn, offered a toast to Peterborough.

TOAST: Moira Lawler, left, of Peterborough, Margaret Howie, chairwoman of South Australian Rural Women's Gathering Association, and Leonie Broadbridge, of Strathalbyn, offered a toast to Peterborough.

Next year's Rural Women's Gathering will be in Peterborough.

This was revealed at a gala dinner at this year's gathering in Strathalbyn last month.

The event will be on October 23, 24 and 25.

Peterborough chairwoman Moira Lawler and group member Shirley Dearlove were at the dinner as special guests when the announcement was made.

Moira and Shirley stayed overnight with Maureen Need, a former Peterborough resident, and came away with a better understanding of the gathering, some "do's and don'ts" and some brilliant ideas for Peterborough's event.

They were unable to attend the handover after the dinner because of commitments so a presentation showcasing Peterborough was provided by Shirley, who is also acting manager of Steamtown in Peterborough. Once the event was announced, accommodation bookings in Peterborough began which the organisers say is "fantastic". Margaret Howie, chairwoman of the South Australian Rural Women's Gathering Association, visited the Peterborough group on October 23.

During the visit, she answered questions about holding the gathering.

A group of local women, 21 in total, has been formed to set up the event.

"We hope to attract and cater for 350 women on the three days," Moira said.

For additional information about the gathering: Event, Moira on 0447 140 542; accommodation, Shirley on 0414 230 388. "In the 23 years this event has been running, some women have not missed a gathering which is amazing," Moira said.

The event will consist of guest speakers, workshops, walks, tours, Friday night dinner and a gala dinner on the Saturday.

It is a time for the country women to get together, share ideas enjoy good company, make new friends and have a break from what can be a stressful time, particularly during the horrendous drought, according to Moira.

"Peterborough gets the opportunity to shine once again," she said.

Despite gatherings being held in recent years in Jamestown, Melrose and Port Pirie, the event has not been in the area for some time.

"We are quite excited that is it actually up this way again because women have had to travel long distances to get to the previous gatherings," she said. "They are quite happy because Peterborough is central."

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