2nd December 1964 the Hayling Island Section of the Catholic Women's
League based at St Patrick's Church began. To mark this special
occasion over the weekend of the 29th and 30th November the Golden
Jubilee was celebrated. On Saturday 29th Canon Mahy, who is the
Chaplain of the Portsmouth Branch - of which Hayling is a part - of the
CWL concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with Fr Abraham to which
Branch officers, and past and present members were invited. Following
the Mass everyone enjoyed a celebratory tea party in the hall. June
Brunswick and Nelly Chester who were both founder members and still
part of the section today cut the beautiful celebration cake. June said
a few words about how it all began. Sheila Butler, the present Chairman
acted as MC for the afternoon and also spoke of the various activities
and Pauline Brice, the present Secretary told how things are now. All
present enjoyed the afternoon and seeing the Display depicting 50 years
of CWL activity at Hayling. The afternoon ended with a toast of
alcoholic and non-alcoholic "bubbly" and a slice of the lovely cake.
The following day after the
usual 10 am
Sunday Mass which was offered for deceased members of Hayling CWL, all
parishioners were invited into the hall for home-made cake with their
coffee and to see the display.
Some photos of the celebration follow.