Reunion of nurses at the Deni Races
A reunion of former and current Deniliquin Hospital nurses was held at the Deniliquin Caulfield Cup Race Day on Saturday.
Former Deniliquin nurse Margaret Villella came up with the idea to hold a reunion of the nurses she worked with during her time at the local hospital from 1993 to 1997.
Deniliquin Community Health integrated care coordinator Francine Wade, who helped Margaret organise the races marquee, said it was a great way for everyone to catch up.
‘‘Margaret wanted to get in contact with some of her former workmates and the race day was the best opportunity to do so,’’ she said.
‘‘We sent out emails and letters with about 60 people invited.
‘‘In the end we had 33 come for the day with some travelling from Darwin, Yamba, Orange, Melbourne, Wagga and Albury.
‘‘It was great to re-kindle the friendships and share our stories with each other of our time working together.
‘‘There was a great mix of people, with some who were only in their early 20s back in 1997 and others who were a bit older at the time, that made it to the reunion.’’
Those in attendance were treated to some delicious food, with the nurses getting to relax and have someone else cater for them for a change.
First Spend draw today
If you have collected any Spend & Win promotion entry tickets this week, make sure you get them in the entry boxes or barrel by midday today.
We’ll draw our first weekly winner at 3pm today, with the owner of the ticket winning a $200 Deni Gift Card to spend at any participating business.
The PASTORAL TIMES’ shop local promotion started on Monday, with a ticket earned for every $10 you spend at a participating store (up to $200 in any one purchase).
Simply fill it in and place it in the box or barrel at the business.
The total prize pool up for grabs this year is $4600 — eight $200 weekly draws starting today and a $1000 and $2000 Deni Gift Card for the final two draws.
The grand prizes will be drawn at the Edward River Council Christmas Party to be held in the Waring Gardens on December 16.
All entries stay in the draw for the major vouchers. Only original entry tickets will be accepted.
Major sponsors of the promotion are Central IGA, Josh’s Bakehouse and Cellarbrations, and platinum sponsors are Deniliquin Business Chamber, Deniliquin RSL Club, Intersport Bennett’s and Harvey Norman.
All other participating businesses are be listed in the ad on page 4 today.
Deniliquin band Gomer & The Girl will make two special appearances in Deniliquin this weekend in an effort to support the community.
Tonight, the trio will feature at a fundraising tapas night at The Crossing Cafe in Deniliquin.
The event supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Tomorrow, the band will give a concert at Navorina Nursing Home for residents and staff and their family and friends. The one-hour set will begin at 1.30pm. Gomer & The Girl — consisting Ricky Bond, Andy Pearn and Jackie Rayner — have been performing in one form or another for 15 years, from big event festivals like the Deni Ute Muster to private parties.
Their music has been described as eclectic, original with hints of alt-country, dirty folk, indie, pub and punk rock.
They cover everything from the Stones, The Beatles, Divinyls, Paul Kelly, Tom Petty, Hot Chocolate and Nancy Sinatra, and also write plenty of their own tunes.
‘Unsafe’ yard fire
Local residents are reminded that the Bush Fire Season started on October 1, and permits are needed for all outdoor fires.
It comes after Deniliquin Fire & Rescue were called to a yard fire in north Deniliquin on Wednesday night.
Captain Martin Smith said neighbours reported the smell of smoke.
At about 10.51pm, two trucks and nine fire fighters pulled up at the Davidson St home and allegedly found the blaze unattended.
Capt Smith said as the blaze was ‘‘deemed unsafe’’, it was extinguished by firefighters.
The nurses at the reunion (back, from left) Barb Telford, Laurel Dunmore, Sue Nisbet, Dawn Hall, Kerrie Ellis (behind), Shana Hetherington, Cheryl O’Donnell, Jacqui McBurnie, Francine Wade, Margaret Villella, Kathy Steyger (back), Michelle Bridges, Cassandra Biggs, Callie Learmonth, Sara Rose, Marj Rae, Bronwyn Chappell, Di Rinaldi, Pat Seignior, Kylie Stringer, Pam Larcombe, Rosie Swainson and Jill Fawns; (front) Lynnette Laker, Rhonda Dixon, Natalie Maher, Tracey Douglas, Marie Crosskell and May Rapley. Absent: Angela Maddison and Di Gardiner.