Art show, mar­ket and a mas­sive break­fast

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

As any­one who was around over the week­end knows, we had a mas­sive week­end in Tocumwal.

The new Op­ti­mists group started the fes­tiv­i­ties off with a bang!

Their pre­view of art­works in the Shabby Chic Art Show was a successful evening and the in­ti­mate space of the Tocumwal War Me­mo­rial Hall’s sup­per room was the ideal venue.

Guests sipped and dipped on the fine fare the Op­ti­mists are so fa­mous for pre­par­ing.

The art show con­tin­ued over Satur­day and Sun­day with very good pa­tron­age and looks like be­ing an an­nual event. Lucky raf­fle win­ner of a beau­ti­ful Ja­panese maple was Christine Philpott.

All Bob Bow­man’s prayers to the weather gods have paid off once again. After a light shower of rain on Fri­day, it was feared the weather would spoil the Fore­shore Mar­ket.

But Satur­day’s sun­rise al­layed Bob’s fears and put a big smile on many a face, espe­cially the stall­hold­ers. There were so many of the old favourites and new stalls to see.

The ‘ no dogs’ mes­sage has not got through to all as yet but it’s a big im­prove­ment on ear­lier mar­kets.

By 3pm no-one would have known that a mar­ket had been held on the site as the area was pris­tine.

On Satur­day after mass 10 parish­ioners took re­liev­ing priest Fr Jim Vic­tory out to din­ner at the Tocumwal Golf and Bowl­ing Club.

Fr Jim reg­u­larly fills in when Fr Martin is on hol­i­days and is a most wel­come vis­i­tor. Fr Jim was par­ish priest in Deniliquin for many years.

Sun­day also dawned fine and bright, which was a great re­lief to the Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce. Last year driz­zly rain spoiled the Big Break­fast, but not in 2017.

A big crowd of over 500 peo­ple spent the morn­ing in com­mu­nal in­ter­ac­tion, eat­ing, drink­ing fine or­ange juice and cof­fee, chat­ting and lis­ten­ing to the up tempo beat of the fu­sion band Zafra from Syd­ney.

Granny An­nie had the lit­tle ones in awe as she read them sto­ries and Donna Bear spent the morn­ing paint­ing tiny faces.

The ladies from Alice in Won­der­land added colour to the day and break­fast go­ers could even meet their new Mem­ber for Mur­ray, Austin Evans, who is mar­ried to a lo­cal girl, Demelza Evans.

Maria Mer­ring­ton won the raf­fle.

After the break­fast there was the Lions Club Com­mu­nity Hos­tel fete which is al­ways a ball. This fete is run su­per-fast and all over by 1pm.

The spin­ning wheel was run­ning hot and the Sut­ton fam­ily were at their spruik­ing best sell­ing tick­ets for fun prizes.

The well-stocked stalls saw a good num­ber of cus­tomers get­ting ab­so­lute bar­gains and the plant stall was a sellout as they had the best plants at dirt cheap prices.

One lady who had bought a quilt for $50 was so happy that she was giv­ing it to her grand­son for Christ­mas.

After a big day of set­ting up in the Yar­roweyah Me­mo­rial Hall on Fri­day the Co­bram Quil­ters opened their bian­nual quilt show to the pub­lic on Satur­day.

With over 200 ar­ti­cles on show there was plenty for peo­ple to see, as well as buy, from the traders who spe­cialise in quilt­ing re­sources.

Lo­cal quil­ter Joy Palmer, a mem­ber of Tocumwal Girls Shed, was a prize win­ner with her vi­brant quilt made for her hus­band, and the raf­fle quilt was won by Au­drey Nielsen of Tocumwal Sew ‘n’ Sews. Well done to the hard work­ing Tocumwal vol­un­teers, you did us proud!

Tocumwal Pub­lic School’s Macey White has been in Mait­land the past week par­tic­i­pat­ing in the NSW PSSA Girls State Cricket Cham­pi­onships.

The cham­pi­onships are held over four days with up to eight 50-over games be­ing played by Macey.

Her Rive­rina team has been play­ing against the best pri­mary aged stu­dents from pub­lic, catholic and in­de­pen­dent schools across NSW.

The Rive­rina team has won all four of their games so far and are ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions and are on top of the lad­der.

We wish Macey and her team well for the re­main­ing games.

For the Probus meet­ing this week the guest speaker will be Jamie Haynes of Trig­ger Gym.

Here is a chance to learn about how im­por­tant it is to main­tain core body fit­ness and bal­ance as we grow older to pre­vent falls. Po­si­tions are avail­able in a Wed­nes­day ses­sion at 10.15am to do that.

Probus is at the Tocumwal Foot­ball Net­ball pav­il­ion at 10am to­mor­row for all re­tirees and friends

Think­ing about falls pre­ven­tion? As we get older there can be a de­cline in core strength if we al­low it to hap­pen.

But you can pre­vent that and in­crease your abil­ity to stay on your feet and not have falls.

Light core strength ex­er­cises are within ev­ery­body’s reach when you have a gym in town. Join the Golden Se­niors group on a Wed­nes­day at 10.15am.

This group is open to males and fe­males who want to main­tain bal­ance.

Do your­self a favour and call 5874 3251 and get set for an im­prove­ment in your health.

Ber­ri­gan Shire is to be com­mended on its tree plant­ing pro­gram within the town bound­aries espe­cially along Dean St, Deniliquin Rd and Mur­ray St out to the Tocumwal race­course.

And another group who gets a men­tion is the Race Club, whose mem­bers have planted na­tive shrubs along the course fence. Th­ese have grown enough in the past year to now be seen against the chain mesh.

Over the years Tocumwal has lost many of its older trees to hous­ing de­vel­op­ment so it is nice to see some green­ery be­ing re­turned to our streets.

This Sun­day lo­cal Tocumwal girl Liz Hoban from Sangkem Loungewear will be show­ing her col­lec­tion, made by the ladies of Cam­bo­dia to help them bet­ter their lives.

Ev­ery­thing is for sale and all pro­ceeds will go to the mak­ers.

This will be held in the Lions Care Cen­tre (the old Bowls Club) from 1.30pm to 4pm and Liz and her mother Anne will be there to as­sist and an­swer ques­tions.

Ad­mit­tance will be gold coin do­na­tion and ladies a plate for af­ter­noon tea.

Barb Bell, An­nie McLeod and Glen­nis Pol­h­ner at the Lions Hos­tel fete plant stall.

Joy Palmer with her win­ning quilt.

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