Art show, market and a massive breakfast
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.