Mu­ral trib­ute to ho­tel’s former owner

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Free­stone

A new land­mark in Fin­ley which is cre­at­ing a great deal of in­ter­est for lo­cals as well as vis­i­tors to the town is the won­der­ful mu­ral sit­u­ated on the side of the Tup­pal Ho­tel build­ing.

This is the ‘brain storm’ of Michelle and Greg Brain who pur­chased the busi­ness some 18 months ago and the hand­i­work of artist Damien Mitchell from New York, a long time fam­ily friend.

The plan­ning has been in hand for the past 12 months and came to fruition last week.

The mu­ral de­picts the work­ings of the his­toric Tup­pal Sta­tion in­clud­ing a ram for which the sta­tion is fa­mous and ir­ri­ga­tion that has en­abled the lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity to be so suc­cess­ful.

Damien’s artis­tic abil­ity is also demon­strated in­side the ho­tel with a paint­ing of well known lo­cal iden­tity Tom Ryan.

Tom, who passed away in re­cent years, was the brother of former Tup­pal Ho­tel owner Kevin Ryan and was re­port­edly a ho­tel groom for more than 35 years.

Damien was able to use a photo of Michelle and Greg’s daugh­ter Car­rissa with Tom to cre­ate his pro­file.

There have been many im­prove­ments to the Tup­pal Ho­tel since the Brains’ pur­chase with the ma­jor changes com­ing to a head soon with the in­stal­la­tion of a pool ta­ble in the newly es­tab­lished games room.

This ho­tel has enor­mous his­tor­i­cal value in the town of Fin­ley and lo­cal his­to­rian Peter Hamil­ton has many in­ter­est­ing news items and pho­tos which will even­tu­ally be dis­played in the games room.

With Peter’s help, it is ex­pected that some of the his­tory will be in­cluded in this col­umn at a later date.

An open in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to all mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to at­tend a farewell func­tion for Fr Martin Cruick­shank on Sun­day, October 22.

There will be a special mass at St Mary’s church at 10.15am, fol­lowed by a fin­ger food lunch at the Fin­ley Bowl­ing Club to start about noon.

No RSVP is nec­es­sary; how­ever, an in­di­ca­tion of at­ten­dance would be ap­pre­ci­ated for cater­ing pur­poses.

Veron­ica Bray­bon can be con­tacted on 0409 044 848 or Aileen Phe­lan on 0427 132 713.

There will be a ‘wish­ing well’ avail­able for those who wish to ex­press their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Fr Martin’s friend­ship and ex­tend best wishes.

Fr Martin has served the Fin­ley and Tocumwal catholic com­mu­ni­ties for the past 18 years and has touched many lives in­clud­ing those in the wider com­mu­nity.

He will take up the po­si­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tor of Sa­cred Heart Parish, North Al­bury in De­cem­ber.

As the warmer weather is fi­nally with us, the Fin­ley Pool com­mit­tee is seek­ing help with the an­nual pool clean up to take place on October 14 and 15 to get the pool up and run­ning for an­other great sea­son.

Those able to as­sist are asked to bring along a pair of gloves and, if pos­si­ble, a pres­sure washer which would be an enor­mous help. It is not a hard job but many hands make light work.

The Fin­ley Pool com­mit­tee has meet­ings at the Fin­ley RS Club on the first Tues­day of each month at 7.30pm.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the group would be most wel­come to at­tend, in­clud­ing new mem­bers.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers are happy to hear the com­mu­nity’s thoughts on what can be done to im­prove the pool and sur­rounds.

So keep the week­end of October 14 and 15 free and go along to the pool to lend a hand.

Those ladies who have booked to go on the Fin­ley Re­gional Care an­nual gar­den trip to the Al­bury area on Novem­ber 11 and 12 are ad­vised to please con­tact Mary on 0400 032 973 to ar­range full pay­ment of costs by October 15.

Book­ings are still be­ing taken for this very in­ter­est­ing trip and Mary can be con­tacted for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pro­ceeds from the fundraiser will ben­e­fit the res­i­dents in Fin­ley Re­gional Care fa­cil­i­ties.

Res­i­dents of the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties are ad­vised that the monthly Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket will not take place this Satur­day.

In­stead, it will be held as part of the Fincity Food and Mu­sic Fest to be held at Rail­way Park on Satur­day, October 14.

There will be a twi­light farm­ers’ mar­ket on this date and lo­cal retail busi­ness stalls as well as lots of food stalls oper­at­ing be­tween the hours of 5pm and 9pm.

There will be mu­sic from lo­cal mu­si­cians, singers and bands so be sure to take part in this great evening which will have en­ter­tain­ment for all ages.

Items for ‘From Fin­ley’ may be sub­mit­ted by phon­ing 0428 293 922 or email­stone@big­ or left at the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS of­fice.

Tup­pal Ho­tel owner Michelle Brain with the newly painted mu­ral.

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