Blayney Rotary's thank you morning tea.

When Di Shepherd took on the role of president of Blayney Rotary, one of her goals was to host a function and thank all the ladies, past and present, who have worked tirelessly for different volunteer organisations in the Blayney shire.

Rather than just hold an afternoon tea, the decision has been made to add a bit of fun and interest to the occasion, by presenting a selection of vintage wedding gowns, worn by local brides.

That special free afternoon tea, which is an open invitation to all the ladies of any of the shire’s volunteer organisations, is to be held at the Golden Memories Museum in Millthorpe on Saturday February 24 at 3pm.

One dress in particular has seen four members of the one family stride down the aisle in it.

“My mother Helen Meyer wore it when she got married in 1938, I wore it in 1967, my cousin Agnes Bennett also wore it as did my daughter Sarah Shepherd in 1995,” Di Shepherd said.

Mrs Shepherd said that the organisers will welcome any local gowns worn by the members of volunteer groups.

“The museum has some very old dresses that will be on display, but we would also like to include other local gowns that have been worn by by members or their families,” she said.

Blayney High School girls will be asked to model the gowns, but if the dress is deemed too fragile, the museum can organise a mannequin and will display it on that.

This event will also raise money for one of Rotary’s overseas projects.

“Blayney Rotary is committed to raising funds for a mobile, mammogram unit to detect early breast cancer in rural communities in north western Bangladesh,” Mrs Shepherd said.

Mrs Shepherd encourages anyone with a gown to share or wishes to come along to RSVP before February 17.

“And we’d like everyone to wear a hat or dress that they wore to a wedding,” she said.

Contact Di Shepherd on 0428 465 521 or Iris Knowles on 0402 106 213.