Re­union of nurses at the Deni Races

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.

Com­mu­nity con­certs

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.

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