Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Ben farewells his dreadies

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It’s not every day a staff member gets their head shaved in the car park of the local Mitre 10, but Ben Leetham was the exception on Monday.

He plonked himself in the barber’s chair to lose his full head of chest-length dreadlocks for charity.

Mr Leetham was ‘‘very nervous’’ ahead of the big shave, but knew it would be worth it to donate the $2600 (and growing) in funds he raised for local cancer support organisati­on, Can Assist’s Deniliquin.

Pick up a copy of this Friday’s PASTORAL TIMES for the full story.

Eye-catching costume

When it comes to costume parties where prizes are involved, having a theme can make you stand out to the judges.

At the Deniliquin Rovers Football Netball Club’s matching trackies family night on Saturday, that’s exactly what saw Natalie Sampson claim best dressed female.

Her rainbow unicorn tracksuit and matching colourful make-up was a crowd pleaser.

Best dressed male went to Rhys McCulloch in a red Wu Tang number.

Best dressed couple were Adam Bodey and Mollie Leetham, in parachute tracksuits straight from Adam’s normal wardrobe.

And the best dressed family went to the Glowreys — John, Alex, Hazel and Nina — who wore vintage Rovers tracksuits. Daniel Mison, who wore a similar vintage tracksuit, was made an honourary member of the family to share in the award.

■ More photos from the family night on page 6.

More Deni Block connection­s

Promos for the long awaited return of the popular reality show The Block have been teasing a country star making her renovation debut, and one with a Deni connection at that.

Kirsty Lee Akers has featured at our annual Deni Ute Muster in the past.

This means there are now multiple ‘Blockheads’ with a connection to Deniliquin, including former Conargo man Nick Benson who has been employed as a contractor on the show.

Nick left Deni for Melbourne to start his contractin­g business — Benson Plumbing and Excavation. He found a place on the show through a friend who worked on it in a previous season.

Mr Benson is working with twins Josh and Luke Packham of Love Island Australia 2019 series fame, along with a whole team of contractor­s.

Blighty v Blighty

As COVID continues to wreak havoc on regional sporting, the Blighty Football and Netball Club found a creative way to let the show go on last weekend.

The club held intraclub matches for its football and netball teams, which predictabl­y led to chaos and fun on the field.

‘‘Blighty took on Blighty today in what was undisputed­ly the season headline match,’’ the club said via social media.

‘‘Huge congrats to all footy participan­ts from the fifths, fourths, thirds, and the senior squad.’’

Send your Census

It’s Census night. Every household should have received Census instructio­ns — including an online code and password — in the mail in the lead up, and completed forms must be lodged by August 12 or expect a follow-up reminder or visit.

While it might be tempting to set the info aside and not bother, the Census plays a vital role.

The data you provide is used by the powers that be to make decisions for our regions.

Away for Auskick

A group of kids from Deni Auskick took the chance to partake in a sports day in Rand at the weekend.

The carnival, held at Rand Public School, featured a round robin of both football and netball with a focus on skills developmen­t.

Under 8s and under 10s team from Deni took part in the fun and action, having a blast on the field.

Thanks were given to Dimity and Leigh Strongman who organised the occasion for the Deni kids, as well as appreciati­on to volunteers on the day.

 ??  ?? ■ Rovers matching trackies night best dressed winners Rhys McCulloch and Natalie Sampson.
■ Rovers matching trackies night best dressed winners Rhys McCulloch and Natalie Sampson.

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