Open for fun in the hol­i­days

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Lo­cal young­sters, and vis­i­tors, can go to school dur­ing the hol­i­days with­out hav­ing to un­der­take lessons.

A gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive has seen Mathoura Pub­lic School throw open the gates at the school and in­vite ev­ery­one to ‘Share Our Space’.

All out­door ar­eas and fa­cil­i­ties will be open for use in­clud­ing the bas­ket­ball court, foot­ball oval, sand­pit, play­ground, line mark­ing games, hop­scotch, shape twis­ter, cricket pitches and more.

The area will be mon­i­tored from 8am un­til 6pm on week­days un­til Jan­uary 25.

The Mathoura dis­trict com­mu­nity is for­tu­nate to have ex­cel­lent early ed­u­ca­tion staff and fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to it.

How­ever, these things don’t just hap­pen, they are the re­sult of the ef­forts of a dili­gent and hard work­ing com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for the ma­jor de­ci­sion mak­ing, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, in­clud­ing fundrais­ing, staff re­cruit­ment, man­age­ment and ap­praisal.

The preschool is seek­ing in­ter­est from par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers will­ing to de­vote time and en­ergy to en­sur­ing a healthy fu­ture for the lo­cal fa­cil­ity and those it serves.

It en­cour­ages any­one in­ter­ested to at­tend its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing to be held at the preschool on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 4 at 6pm.

Aus­tralia Day in Mathoura will get un­der­way with a bang — and will also end that way — thanks to the Pas­toral Ho­tel.

The ho­tel will host an­other great show by Shades of Grey.

The team will have the joint jump­ing from 7.30pm.

You can go along, tuck into a great gourmet bar­be­cue and fresh sal­ads meal and en­joy the show. But book­ings are nec­es­sary so call the ‘mid­dle’ on 5884 3201 and en­sure you don’t miss out.

Con­do­lences are ex­tended to the fam­ily of for­mer lo­cal woman, Dawn Gilpin.

Dawn, who passed away on Jan­uary 3 at the age of 85, is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Jen­nie, Pat, Robert, Kim, Dar­ren, Peter and Brett and their fam­i­lies.

Her hus­band, Bob, pre-de­ceased her many years ago.

A ser­vice to cel­e­brate Dawn’s life was held yes­ter­day in the Joyce Chapel at Fawkner Memo­rial Park and is to be fol­lowed by a pri­vate cre­ma­tion.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held in Mathoura at a date to be set.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mathoura Bowl­ing Club’s Sin­gles Cham­pion, Mark Quor, on his per­for­mance in the Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Dis­trict Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons com­pe­ti­tion.

Rep­re­sent­ing the lo­cal club Mark won his first game, putting him into the semi­fi­nal against Ash Vesty from Rochester (now that name is fa­mil­iar).

Both bowlers pro­duced high qual­ity bowls dur­ing a closely fought game which saw Mark progress to the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion against Brett Reiner from City of Echuca.

Brent started off well but Mark fought back to make a real game of it but even­tu­ally went down by nine shots.

The club is proud of his ef­forts and is sure he will rep­re­sent it again in the fu­ture.

Find­ing tele­phone num­bers for lo­cal res­i­dents is now much eas­ier, thanks to Mathoura Mat­ters.

The group’s lo­cal phone book is avail­able for pur­chase and as well as phone num­bers, it has heaps of great in­for­ma­tion about our area.

So if you are like me and hate hav­ing to troll through tiny print in the nor­mal phone books, head to the Post Of­fice, Newsagents, Gen­eral Store or Cal­tex Ser­vice Sta­tion to pick up your copy for just $5.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the MM group on such a great achieve­ment, and to Zowie Crump on such a bril­liant cover pho­to­graph.

If you like fish­ing — or would just like to be in­volved in a great lo­cal fish­ing event — the Mathoura Fish­ing Clas­sic Com­mit­tee would like to hear from you.

The an­nual Mathoura Fish­ing Clas­sic is a huge and pop­u­lar event which con­tin­ues to grow each year.

But it doesn’t just hap­pen, even though it ap­pears that way dur­ing the event!

There is much to be done to seek spon­sors, alert peo­ple to the event, in­vite and ac­cept en­tries, ar­range for cater­ing, bar ser­vices and or­gan­is­ing mar­shals.

The com­mit­tee is keen to at­tract some new blood to its group and en­cour­ages in­ter­ested peo­ple to at­tend a meet­ing on Tues­day night.

The meet­ing will be held at Mathoura Bowl­ing Club, start­ing time will be 7.30pm.

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