High tea celebration for suburban club Women’s Day


When the Nelson Suburban Club was opened in 1970 women had to be accompanied by a man to enter. 45 years later, and with it’s first female president, the club will play host to an International Women’s Day high tea.

The high tea will feature talks from prominent Nelson women including Tasman councillor Judene Edgar, World of Wearable Art international project manager Alison Boswijk, CEO of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Dot Kettle, Nelson College for Girls principal Cathy Ewing and Independent Nursing Practise director Annette Milligan.

Club president, Leigh Bromell, says she is impressed with the calibre of the guest speakers.

“We are so lucky in the Nelson Tasman region to have women that inspire and give back to their community, and that’s what this day and our event is all about, women celebrating and supporting one another.”

She says it’s really important for the club to mark the International Day,

“when the club was founded women could not enter on their own. Thankfully we’ve come a long way since then, and women now make up a large percentage of our membership.”

The high tea will feature a charity auction and proceeds from this, and the tickets, will go towards three charities. The Nelson Regional Breast & Gynaecological Cancer Trust, The Nelson Women’s Refuge and The Nelson Women’s Centre.

International Women’s Day has been around since the early 1900’s, however it has gained considerable momentum since 2007 with greater media attention.

The charitable high tea takes place on Saturday 7th March at The Nelson Suburban Club. Tickets are $5 and available from the Nelson Suburban Club or Eventbrite.