Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Register for Xmas comp

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Christmas is coming and you’re being urged to put a ring around Sunday, December 5 on your calendars.

That’s the date for Mathoura’s annual Carols by Candleligh­t (albeit it with battery operated candles).

The free event will be held in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens from 6pm until 8pm, kicking off with a barbecue and wrapping up with a visit from Santa.

In between there will be performanc­es by the Echuca Salvation Army’s musicians and singers.

All attendees will be asked to do is to bring along their chairs — and insect repellent — along with a gold coin to thank the Salvos for the work they do throughout the entire year.

In the meantime you’re encouraged to decorate your house and garden and enter the Christmas Lights Competitio­n.

There will be $100 up for grabs for the best decorated house and garden as well as the best decorated business.

The only requiremen­t is that you must register your address with Eileen Day on 0427 843 526 or by email to eileenday1­212@gmail.com to be eligible.

Last year a number of businesses decked their premises out for Christmas and looked really great, but sadly neglected to lodge their entries.

Consequent­ly the first and second placegette­rs in the house and garden category each received $100.

Mathoura Football Netball Club is back on track with it’s presentati­on events for both seniors and juniors.

The junior presentati­on will be held at the clubrooms on Sunday, November 7 from 11am.

Family and friends are being encouraged to attend and help the kids celebrate. Lunch will be provided.

The 2021 Senior Presentati­on Night will be held at Mathoura Bowling Club on Saturday, November 13 from 6pm.

Tickets will be $40 and will include finger food and dinner. RSVP by November 6.

Neat casual dress must be worn.

The forests around Mathoura are home to a huge variety of birds, so it is not surprising that people are being asked to take part in the ‘Aussie Backyard Bird Count’ to discover the number and species of our feathered friends they can see in their back yards.

Students from Mathoura Public School will be among those undertakin­g the 20 minute count, so it will be interestin­g to see what they come up with.

I guess not everyone can be as lucky as Annie Robertson to have a unique black kookaburra as a regular visitor, but you just never know what is around.

The Campaspe District pennant bowls competitio­n is scheduled to start next month.

Mathoura bowlers are keeping their fingers crossed that COVID will not cause any delays, with mid-week due to start Friday, November 12 and the weekend comp on Saturday, November 13.

Bowlers are reminded that to be eligible to participat­e they must be double vaccinated and be able to show proof of it.

The club’s next tournament will be the Mathoura Open Fours on Friday, October 29 – 10am start.

The event will have $2,000 up for grabs (depending on entries).

COVID rules apply.

If you have heard shots coming from the forest this week, there would have been a good reason for it.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has had an aerial shooting operation scheduled between October 18 and 23.

The aim has been to rid the forests — including Murray Valley National Park, Gulpa Island, Millewa and Moira precincts — of vertebrate pests including feral pigs and feral deer, in a bid to minimise the adverse impacts of pests on biodiversi­ty, cultural values, neighbours and the community.

We may be a long way from Sydney, but when it comes to getting the government’s message about the importance of vaccinatio­n to avoid the worst of what COVID-19 can dish out we’re right on the money.

This week we are sitting equal first in the NSW vaccinatio­n stakes with 95 per cent double vaccinated.

We share the honour with Sydney suburb Camden.

Anyone for tennis?

Well, if you want tennis, you need to have a committee to organise it.

Mathoura Tennis Club will be holding its AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 27.

The meeting will be held in the tennis clubrooms at the recreation reserve and everyone is welcome.

All ideas on ways to improve tennis in Mathoura will be appreciate­d.

Local bowlers can now enjoy mixed social bowls at the club each Tuesday.

Entries must be lodged with Rod on 0408 568 338 or the club on 5880 3200, by noon for a 1pm start.

Neat casual dress and flat soled shoes must be worn, and participan­ts must be able to provide proof that they are double vaccinated.

Happy bowling everyone!

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