Day: May 16, 2018

Grenfell Squash Report

This week’s game results: Line 1- Matty Clarke beat Crutch 3-0 with some awesome squash to watch, Phillip proved too strong for Cott winning 3-0 and Dooley beat Murray 3-2 with Murray winning more points. Line 2- Browny beat Stef 3-0 and Browny subbed for Brett and beat Spock 3-2. Line 3- Graham beat Gussy 3-2, Jono was in form and beat Mark Whatman 3-0. Line 4- The old dog, Leeroy beat his niece 3-0. Line 5- Mitch was on the wrong end of the score with Adrian beating him in 3 and Tracey beat Luke 3-0.
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For all those games that haven’t been played, try to get them done this week so your team score isn’t affected. This is the last week of this comp and there will be 2 weeks of finals, semi on the 21st and final on the 28th. The format is 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3.

The new name sheets are up for the next comp which is the Trevor Norrie. This comp will start on the 12th July. Be sure to get your mates and put your name down.

Cya on Thursday

Long game.

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Blake slowly climbs to the top

Blake Bradtke and Trent McGuire of Dubbo with their bronze medals for third place in the State CHS lawn bowl pairs championship at Warilla. Blake competing in a pennants game recently in Grenfell.
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CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDER

This coming Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, is a most significant time for the district Grade 3 champions of zone 5.

The reason for this is that they will come together for the play-off period to decide the zone champion for 2012.

These zone play-offs are scheduled to be contested at the Grenfell Bowling Club, and so the local club should be in for a very busy weekend of bowls and associated activity.

What makes these zone play-offs very important for the local club is that it has a grade 3 team involved in the play-off competition.

The Grenfell team selected for the weekend round robin of bowls comprises Brenden McAlister, Ross Hunter, Keith Brus, Graeme Hunter (skip), Tim Fowler, Bradley Galvin, Sam Brown, Stephen Galvin (skip), Dylan Troy, Matthew Reid, John Joyce, Andrew Brown (skip), with the reserve players being Blake Bradtke, Rodger Baker and Barry Jones.

The first matches of this play-off series will commence at about 9am on Saturday, June 16.

Following these there will be further play on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, June 17.

At the completion of matchplay on Sunday, zone 5 will have a new grade 3 champion for 2012.

This team will then be entitled to go on to contest the state play-offs, staged at the end of July, to determine which club will be the State grade 3 champion for 2012.

Visit the Bowling Club on the weekend and support the local boys.

BOWLERS JACKPOT

The jackpot has been permitted to increase in size again because it failed to go off at the draw conducted on Monday, June 11.

The required elements produced by this draw were (i) an odd rink, (ii) end number 17, and (iii) plus nine shots.

A big ask for this one to go off!

To stand any chance of winning this, you had better play social bowls this afternoon, Wednesday June 13.

Friday might be a difficult option because green space will be required for zone play-off practice.

CHS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The week commencing Monday, June 4 saw the NSW Combined High Schools Bowls Championships conducted at Warilla Bowling Club (Note: Warilla is a coastal suburb of Southern Wollongong and is in close proximity to Lake Illawarra).

A number of Grenfell Bowling Club’s junior bowlers competed in this prestigious event.

These included Dylan Troy and Blake Bradtke.

The only results provided to the writer were those of Blake Bradtke.

He managed to finish in tenth position overall in the state CHS singles event.

A big improvement on his 26th position in 2011.

In the pairs section of the bowls programme, Blake teamed with T McGuire from Dubbo.

This proved to be a highly successful pairing because these lads finished with bronze medallions for third placing in the event.

Blake, you should take lots of heart out of this because your results are very encouraging.

Be seeing you at the local Bowling Club for the zone 5 grade 3 pennants play-offs this weekend.

Yours in bowls,

“Possibly worth a thought: If the green is OR seems heavy, play weight to an imagined object behind the jack”, with “Keep Rollin’”

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VALE – Laurel Walter 16.06.1919 – 10.05.2012

Mum was born in Grenfell on June 16, 1919, the only child of George and Bertha Graham, George was a bit of an entrepreneur I think, owning both the local newsagency and tea rooms. They had a lovely home in East St in Grenfell where George grew beautiful flowers and fruit and vegetables, a talent which he passed on to Mum, and now to grandaughter Kylie. The ownership of the newsagency became very handy when I was doing a school project, as if I ran out of sticky tape or glue Mum would simply get on the phone to Harry Nicholl who leased the newsagency for many years, and request that we come through the back door on a Sunday afternoon and purchase whatever was needed. Harry musn’t have minded too much as when Peter and I married he loaned us his car for the bridal party and also gave us a copy of the very first Margaret Fulton cook book which I still have.
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At some point in Mum’s childhood, the family moved to Moss Vale where again they ran the newsagency, But Grenfell called them back, and they remained there for the rest of their lives, where Bertha passed away in 1960 and George in 1966.

Mum completed her schooling in Grenfell – apparently she was quite academic and a talented sportsperson. Although she and Dad went to the same school they insist they did not really meet until they had both left school and met at a local dance. Those of you who know how small Grenfell is may find this difficult to believe – I for one always have!

They married during the war years in Grenfell in 1942. Dad was a civilian plumber attached to the military during the war and they moved around quite a bit, spending time at Bathurst and also at Harris Park in Sydney. They were in Sydney when the Japanese mini subs crept in and Mum has a photo of Sydney Harbour on that day. Dad was then moved to Queensland attached to the US forces there and at this time Mum moved back to Grenfell to sit the war years out with her parents, helping out in the newsagency and tea rooms.

Dad came back to join his father in the plumbing business and Mum became the receptionist, book keeper and debt collector for some 40 years until they both retired in 1985.

I was born in 1948, carrying on the tradition of being an only child. We lived with Mum’s parents in East St until 1953, when we moved into the typical 3 bedroom 3 fronted fibro and tile house in Warraderry St. typical of those which sprung up all over the country after the war. The flower, fruit and vegetable garden was quickly established, and many were exhibited with great success in the annual Grenfell show.

In 1958 Mum and Dad bought a cottage in the holiday resort of Long Jetty. The family had been caravanning at Blue Lagoon, and renting other people’s garages and verandahs for some years when this decision was made. The house was fitted out courtesy of Mum and Dad’s efforts at the chocolate wheel and Housie at The Entrance. We would go down every night and return with armfuls of canisters, tea sets, saucepans and so on. Setting up the garden was quite a challenge, working with black sand and tank water! However a couple of frangipannis eventually were coaxed into flourishing. Retirement to the coast was always going to be an option, and even though it took much longer than expected this was eventually Mum’s decision.

Some of the best times I enjoyed with Mum were our annual visits to Sydney. The main purpose of this was to have her eyes tested and her hair permed. We would stay with relatives in Leichhardt, and take in a pantomime or other live show. On the way home I had to endure the smell of the perming lotion on her hair! She was still having her hair and nails done up until last week. Thanks so much to Sue for helping Mum to keep looking glamourous!

Mum was never an instigator but she was a great supporter. When Dad decided to reform the Swimming Club after it had folded during the war years, Mum was there. He was president and she was secretary, handicapper and general dogsbody for many years. Meetings were held around the family dining room table. Raffles were organised and cakes were baked. Interclub visits were organised and buses booked. When there were too many for the bus, Mum would drive the family car, and as the swimmers were old enough to drive, allowed them to drive the car back to Grenfell after the carnivals. She would pile almost half a school hockey team in the car to take us to carnivals as far afield as Orange . It didn’t occur to me until much later that we were one of the few families with two cars and that mum was one of the few mothers who could drive. She used her cookery skills to benefit the local school fete – lovely healthy food like toffees, marshmallows and coconut ice came from the kitchen, along with pikelets and passionfruit sponges. She taught me to drive in the 1963 Valiant station wagon– out on the country roads we would go, following the school bus routes. This was before I even had my L plates, and on one memorable afternoon, I almost demolished the fence at the front of the house while trying to get the car into the driveway.

When Dad decided to become a Lion, Mum became a Lioness. When Dad became a Rotarian, Mum was there beside him. They hosted many exchange students, as after I had left home, my bedroom became the guest room.

When I left Grenfell to go to Teachers’ College, Mum and Dad took up travelling. They started small, with a cruise to Singapore in 1969, and over the next 10 or 15 years took in New Zealand, Tasmania, the US, Japan and Britain and Europe. As they got older they joined Probus and enjoyed the many trips offered by the club.

Mum loved her sport. She was a keen supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and followed them keenly. We watched a match only a couple of weeks ago. She would sit up late at night listening to Test Cricket matches from England, and when television came to town she was able to comment on every missed ball. As she would condemn the unfortunate player, Dad would often say – so do you think you could do better?

Mum’s parents owned a 1948 Ford. It was a monster of a car. We would all pile in of a weekend and follow the local Grenfell football and cricket teams all over the area. That was the time when the car was nosed onto the edge of the field and horns were blown loudly when a try was scored or a 4 was hit.

Mum also loved animals, particularly cats. She had two cats, Henry and Snorkey who lived with them at the newsagents. For my 6th birthday I was given Tibby, a beautiful grey and white kitten who was so wild that he was locked in the back room for days. He became the most loving cat, and even though he was officially mine, it was Mum who provided the chuck steak and kidney for breakfast and dinner plus the numerous treats. It Mum who cared for him when I moved out, and later arranged his burial in the back yard. She then became mother to Lucky, and foster Mum to Hamlet when I was unable to keep him in one of my many moves. She rescued and found homes for three orphan kittens abandoned in the vacant block next door. At our home for Christmas in 1986, she spent almost the entire day sitting on the lounge in the same place so our very young ginger kitten, Bandit could sleep the day away, on her lap, undisturbed. She was also an avid supporter of Guide Dogs and was rewarded for her support when in 2007 she was invited to the Graduation Ceremony at the Guide Dog Training Centre at Glossidia near Windsor. The fact that I was still teaching, that it was a school day, and that I ran into one of my students who happened to be one of the graduating dog’s family all seemed unimportant given the pleasure she received from this experience. Having seen the conditions under which these dogs live, I think Mum would consider returning to earth as a Guide Dog a good idea.

Mum and Dad lived next door to a government house which over the years was home to mainly teachers and other government employees. She adopted them all, and their animals, becoming feeder and dog walker when the owners were away. One little dog, Goldie, became so attached that when her owners moved up to Rose St, she still kept coming back to visit Mum. When Goldie and her owners moved to Sofala near Bathurst, Mum and Dad went to visit the dog! At the village at Point Clare she quickly became a favourite of the live in village dog.

Mum took great delight in her three grandchildren, Chris, Kylie and Andrew. Even though distance prevented a really close relationship with visits being based around school holidays,she never forgot a birthday, and we enjoyed alternate Christmas gatherings in Grenfell. I assume she and Dad eventually forgave Chris for destroying a cassette tape when he got up early one morning and decided to investigate the tape player, and for helping in the garden by pulling out the potatoes and daffodils. When she moved to Point Clare she and Kylie shared their love of gardening, one small pot plant mushroomed into several – she then extended into the garden, and even got the staff involved with the planting and feeding of her plants. We were able to enjoy outings with fish and chips anywhere being a particular favourite. The birth of her great grand daughter Emily in 2004 brought great excitement, especially as she was able to see her just after her birth.

Dad passed away in 1999, and Mum stayed on in Grenfell, continuing on with her many activities including Probus and Gunyah where she sold flowers and vegetables. In 2003 she phoned me and said – do you still want the ottoman? Which I should explain is a big blanket storage box which I had always said I would like. When asked why, she said – because I’m selling the house. When asked where she was planning on living she said she didn’t really know. As the house was sold within a week, decisions had to be made quickly, and thus she decided to move into the self care accomodation at the Aubrey Downer Memorial Homes at Point Clare. This brought her close to myself, her grandchildren and soon to arrive great grand daughter Emily. Mum spent 5 very happy years there until a fall in 2008 resulted in a broken hip. After a total replacement she was up and running within 3 weeks. When Mum turned 90 in 2009, she celebrated with two of her cousins and their family as well as her grandchildren and partners. Lunch at Mingara turned into a wonderful afternoon of reminiscing as memories of the good old days were enjoyed. Mum’s last few years were spent at Jeffress Hostel at Point Clare, where she remained until 5 days before her passing.

We are very grateful to the all carers who looked after Mum, both at Aubrey Downer, with special thanks to Judith ,Denise, Sue and Lori and to Maria who helped Mum produce such wonderful craft items. Thanks also to those at Legacy who showed such compassion – Greer, Marilyn, Robert, Julie and Sandi – her stay was brief, but the care shown was great. We know she is peaceful and happy now, gone travelling with Fred.

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Last chance to see “Dangerous Corner”

The main players in Dangerous Corner (l/r) Katherine (Belinda Wilson), Robert Caplan (David Knapp), Miss Mockeridge (Cherylene Miller), Charles Staunton ( Peter Cochrane), Freida Caplan (Denise Yates) with Betty and Gordon Whitehouse (Marion Knapp and Jesse Friend) wrestling with the age old dilemma at Saturday night’s performance.With performances at the Uniting Church Hall on Saturday evening, 16/06/12, at 7.30 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, 17/06/12 at 2 p.m., this weekend will be your last opportunity to see Grenfell Dramatic Society’s production of the J.B. Priestley play, “Dangerous Corner”. Amateur dramatic groups have a lot of advantages compared with professional groups, the most obvious being that if a production doesn’t quite “come off”, the players can still eat, because they have day jobs. All the local actors in this latest offering from our Dramatic Society, which, by the way, is 55 years old this year, lead full lives offstage.
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Reading from the top of the program, David Knapp, who plays Robert Caplan, is a Contract and Private Gardener, and is studying a Theology course online. Denise Yates is in business as a professional Photographer, and as well as her Studio in Main Street, travels quite a bit, even interstate, to fulfill commissions. Married to Michael and mother to Lila, she has still found the time to learn the quite demanding part of Freda Caplan in this play. Marion Knapp is very involved in (Presbyterian) Church matters, in Leisure Group, in what used to be called “Christmas Child”, in the Quilting Group, and in a lot of other organizations which need a helping hand. In this play she plays the role of the rather volatile Betty Whitehouse, and young Jesse Jenkins-Friend, who is doing a course at TAFE, portrays her husband Gordon. Belinda Wilson is Katherine Peel, but when she’s not on stage, works full-time as a Registered Nurse, gives her husband Anthony a hand on the farm when necessary, and is the caring mother of four children. Peter Cochrane, the son of our Lights man, George, and brother to Sound Person Belinda, works on the family farm and is active in the Rifle Club. Cherylene Miller is supposed to be retired, but is one of that under-recognised but increasingly essential band of Volunteer Drivers which makes life easier for residents of the Weddin Shire. Director Peter Soley is the Editor of “The Grenfell Record”. Darryl Knapp is mentioned in the program as Producer and Set Designer; he also painted and dressed the set, did the programs and the tickets, is on the door and just about everywhere else, in addition to being very involved in the Presbyterian Church.

The Society is proud of this production and feels that it has “come off”; we hope that you will see for yourselves at the week-end. Tickets are available at C.J. Anderson, or at the door, for $15, and a light supper is served with tea or coffee at interval.

A REVIEW BY ROBYN RYAN – COWRA MUSICAL & DRAMATIC SOCIETY

An intriguing play in three parts that at the end of each act keep you wondering what was next?

A cracker of a set by Darryl and beautiful set pieces helped to represent the “Art Deco” style of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s.

The costumes instantly made you aware that the period was indeed set in those decadent times.

Dinner suits and evening dresses the order of the day and the cast looked very comfortable in their environment.

Denise had the ice-cold queen technique down. A controlled performance.

I could have sworn she’d watched a few Alfred Hitchcock films to get it right.

Peter was suave and debonair and acted like the proper scoundrel.

Belinda had a quiet grace that proved very useful as secret revelations evolved throughout the play.

Cherylene made me think of a more stylish/devilish Agatha Christie (if she’d ever been on the stage).

It was a shame there wasn’t more for her character to do.

Jesse had a difficult job playing a partner in a publishing firm and husband to cougar Marion.

An “interesting” pairing.

Both Marion and Jesse seemed both to enjoy the ride as each had their own secrets to disclose.

The stand-out was David. I have watched him for many years and this is the first dramatic adult-situation I have seen him in and he handled it like a pro. His stoic performance as the husband, bereaved brother and partner was of a high standard.

Congratulations again for a entertaining afternoon.

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Wotzon in Grenfell

Wednesday – June 13
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Men’s Shed Open – next to Railway Station – 10am till 3pm – for access by arrangement for all other times ring 0427-317-902

Grenfell Playgroup – Grenfell Public School – 10am till 12noon – Call Emma 6343 -1717

Combined Pensioner & Superannuants Association meeting – Melyra St Rooms – 11am

Rotary Meeting – Bowling Club – 6pm

Thursday – June 14

Leisure Group – Uniting Church Hall – 10amWeek till12noon – all welcome –

for further information ring Norma Walker on 6343 1809

Healthy Heart Group – at Bowling Club – 11am

Yoga Classes – CWA Rooms – 5.30pm – 7pm – 6343 3232

Town Band rehearsal – Band Hall – 7.30pm

Friday – June 15

Bingo – Country Club – 10am

Indoor Bowls – Bowling Club – 7pm

Saturday – June 16

Museum Open – Camp St – (next to Council Chambers) – 10am till 3pm

Sunday – June 17

Social Golf – Country Club – 8am

Monday – June 18

Museum Open – Camp St (next to Council Chambers) – 9am till 11am

Probus Club meeting – Bowling Club – 10am

Grenfell Cadets Unit – Showground – 6pm till 9pm –

Martial Arts – rear of IGA – 6.30pm till 8pm

Tuesday – June 19

Pole Walking – Showground – 9am

Museum Open – Camp St (next to Council Chambers) – 10am till 30pm

Yoga – CWA Rooms – 5.30pm till 7pm – Sonia 6343 31232

Upcoming Events:

Friday – June 22

Australian RED Cross meeting – CWA Rooms – 2.pm

June 30 and July1

Bob Hinde Go-Kart Memorial weekend – Bogolong Kart Track – Henry Lawson Way – from 9am – both days

Wednesday – July 4

Royal Far West meeting – Bowling Club -2pm

Thursday – July 5

CWA Day Branch meeting – CWA Rooms – 1.30pm

Saturday – July 7

Grenfell Music Club Wong Family Concert – Uniting Church hall – 2.30pm

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Paul Harris Fellowship awards for 2 local Rotarians

(From left:) Grenfell Rotary Club President David Jones, with that Club’s two newest Paul Harris Fellows Sue Armstrong and David Dixon.  These two Rotarians were taken completely by surprise at the June 6 meeting when their own Club bestowed this very high honour upon each of them for their excellent contributions to their club and, therefore, their community.At the Rotary Club of Grenfell’s June 6 meeting, Rotarians Sue Armstrong and David Dixon were each awarded the very special recognition by their own members, who bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships upon them.
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In each of their names, the Grenfell Club donated $US1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation, which creates the award. As a result, many underprivileged individuals in the world will benefit from the aid these donations will bring.

Just a few examples of what $US1,000 can do is: to provide clean water for an Indian village of 300 people; contribute school supplies for 1200 Guatamalan children; and provide Polio vaccine for large scale immunization of children in the last pockets of the disease remaining.

Neither Sue nor David had the slightest inkling that their efforts were to be acknowledged in this way.

Club President David Jones firstly made the presentation to David Dixon, who, as all members know, is one of the Club’s “quiet achievers”. “He doesn’t say much, but he does a lot,” noted President David.

A lifetime resident of Grenfell, David was a farmer before putting himself through TAFE and now runs a very successful building business.

A member of Rotary since 2005, he was the Club’s Community Service Director for two consecutive years and is always around when the heavy lifting needs to be done.

“He’s helped to put up the community road signs, move playground equipment and he’s a barbequer extraordinaire,” President David said before making the presentation.

Sue Armstrong was then caught by surprise as details of her Paul Harris Fellowship award recognition were read out.

“Our second PHF award tonight goes to a lady, in every sense of the word. She has been a member of Rotary for 14 years.

“Hard working, totally committed to the ideals of Rotary, she is dedicated to helping those whose needs are greatest.

As a teacher at Grenfell, Bribbaree and Caragabal, Sue works with children who need extra help. Her caring nature also extends beyond her line of work.

President David said Sue adds warmth and humour to every task, even when it comes to buttering endless loaves of bread!

“She is our most frequent international traveller and is our loyal and efficient Club Secretary.”

Sue has also variously and many times been a member of the Board either as Secretary, or as International and Youth Directorships throughout her 14 years of membership of Grenfell Rotary.

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Tech Tips with Josh Dawes – The Grenfell Community Technology Centre

Prepare for End of Financial Year
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With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching it is a perfect time for small businesses, including farms, to purchase items that may be claimed. These items may include equipment such as new computers, laptops or printers, consumables such as inks, toners, DVDs and flash drives, services such as repairs and upgrades and software such as AVG Internet Security.

The Grenfell Internet Centre stocks a large variety of ink and toner cartridges and other consumables. We stock a range of the most popular models and we can order in most other cartridges, in many cases over night. We keep DVDs and flash drives in stock at competitive prices.

Slow computers can be frustrating. If you would like to speed up your computer the Internet Centre offers a service which removes junk files that inadvertently build up while you are browsing the internet. Another problem which can also slow down your computer is your files becoming fragmented. We can also offer a ‘defrag’ service which will allow your computers speed to return to normal. If neither of these two services lead to the speed you desire, another option is increasing the RAM (random access memory). A RAM upgrade is one of the cheapest options to help improve the performance of your computer.

Viruses, malware and spyware can also slow down a computer, as well as causing a range of other problems. I recommend using AVG Internet Security as your first line of defence. AVG is available from the Grenfell Internet Centre for $70 for one year of $108 for two years, for a single computer.

Backing up files is important especially if you are running a business. Backing up to a flash drive, DVD or an external hard drive in combination with backing up online, ensures you will always have an up-to-date backup file. Backups should be done regularly. If you were a larger business working with a lot of files, daily backups would be important.

For a smaller business weekly backups may be sufficient. The more backups you have the better. If you need assistance with your back up system the Internet Centre will be able to help with a range of devices to suit every budget.

In addition to computer services and advice we can custom build new computers and supply laptops to your specification. We build computers to suit your exact needs with the best quality parts to ensure value for money and a quality product. Being a local business means that if you experience any problems or have any questions, a real person is only a phone call away or you can drop into the Grenfell Internet Centre on your next visit to town.

Tax returns can be lodged online simply using E-tax. E-Tax is a free download available from the ATO website. Lodging online can make tax time an easier process for those who lodge their returns themselves using a TaxPack. Longing online also leads to a faster refund so there are multiple reasons to consider lodging your tax refund online.

If you are experiencing a slow computer, need ink, or wish to use our computers to lodge a tax return in early July, pop in and see Josh or call on 6343 1720. You can also find the Grenfell Internet Centre or Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Our Festival Queens 2012

Danielle looks a radiant and happy winner after being crowned in front of Friday night’s sold-out Festival Concert at the high school auditorium by the reigning Festival Queen Sammi Wood and the Festival Queen Quest coordinator Juanita Meier. The Charity Queen (the most successful fundraiser), Vicki McIntyre, who represented the Grenfell Public School at this year’s quest, was announced at another sold-out function – this time on Saturday night at the Festival Short Verse, Story and Photographic Awards and Statuettes Presentation Night at the Grenfell Bowling Club.
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The new reigning Festival Queen is Danielle Schneider, who represented the Grenfell Lion’s Club in the Festival Queen’s Quest 2012. Danielle comes from an old Grenfell family and is presently a school teacher at Grenfell’s St Joseph’s School.

The Charity Queen (the most successful fundraiser), Vicki McIntyre, who represented the Grenfell Public School at this year’s quest, was announced at another sold-out function – this time on Saturday night at the Festival Short Verse, Story and Photographic Awards and Statuettes Presentation Night at the Grenfell Bowling Club. Vicki conducted several successful functions for her charity fundraisers including a Bingo Night, an Outdoor Movie night and a Seafood Smorgasbord night at the Golf Club. This awards event was very casual although there was not a spare seat to be had in the house – even after extra tables and chairs were brought in to the room to seat all the eager guests who wanted to share the sheer joy that this year’s Festival has generated. The Festival Queens and their fundraising efforts can claim some credit for the success of this year’s event. It was certainly one of the biggest attended Festival’s for many years and it is hoped that the new committee will return next year and continue on with the good work.

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Lock the Gate protest greets Tony Abbott

Lock the Mid North Coast supporters ‘greet’ Tony Abbott. Photo Linda SchofieldOpposition Leader, Tony Abbott and local MP, Luke Hartsuyker were greeted by a peaceful and colourful anti mining protest as the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge came off Lavenders bridge in Bellingen.
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As the teams made their way over the Bellingen River they heard chants of ‘Lock the Gate, Lock the Gate’ from about80 local protesters, many of who are members of Local the Mid North Coast.

Lock the Mid North Coast is a recently formed community group which is opposing several large scale antimony and gold mining projects on the Dorrigo plateau, and in the Nambucca and Bellinger valleys.

Spokesperson for Lock the Mid North Coast Glen Schaefer said: “We wanted to take the opportunity to let Tony Abbott know that the Bellingen and Nambucca communities are strongly opposed to any form of mining in our catchment areas that could potentially contaminate the Macleay, Nambucca, Kalang or Bellinger Rivers, or harm our prime agricultural lands”.

“If you would like to be involved, or if you are concerned about mining in your area visit the Lock the Mid North Coast web site for more information:

www.lockthemidnorthcoast南京夜网.au

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Lock the Gate protest greets Tony Abbott

Lock the Mid North Coast supporters. Photos: Linda SchofieldOpposition Leader, Tony Abbott and local MP, Luke Hartsuyker were greeted by a peaceful and colourful anti mining protest as the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge came off Lavenders bridge in Bellingen.
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As the teams made their way over the Bellingen River they heard chants of ‘Lock the Gate, Lock the Gate’ from about80 local protesters, many of who are members of Local the Mid North Coast.

Lock the Mid North Coast is a recently formed community group which is opposing several large scale antimony and gold mining projects on the Dorrigo plateau, and in the Nambucca and Bellinger valleys.

Spokesperson for Lock the Mid North Coast Glen Schaefer said: “We wanted to take the opportunity to let Tony Abbott know that the Bellingen and Nambucca communities are strongly opposed to any form on mining in our catchment areas that could potentially contaminate the Macleay, Nambucca, Kalang or Bellinger Rivers, or harm our prime agricultural lands”.

“If you would like to be involved, or if you are concerned about mining in your area visit the Lock the Mid North Coast web site for more information:

www.lockthemidnorthcoast南京夜网.au

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