Great festivities, but then fire emergency
CHRISTMAS eve and day celebrations in Jamieson were very happy events, with Santa and his elf being kept busy.
They arrived at the corner of Nash and Perkins streets, at the Courthouse Hotel with sweets for the large crowd of children and those not so young at 6pm.
Following the excitement in Jamieson, Santa arrived at the Jamieson Brewery to the delight of the children who came to meet him there with their parents.
THE two church services in Jamieson were well attended on Christmas eve.
The Eucharist service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church was held at 7:30pm, celebrated by Rev Paul Dalziel from Alexandra, who is caretaking the Mansfield parish.
The mass service, at St John the Apostle Catholic Church, was celebrated by Fr. George Feliciouz at 8pm.
THE warm weather drew a large crowd of visitors and local residents to the Jamieson River over the holiday period.
There were groups of friends enjoying the cool tree shade on the river banks at the various vantage places on the reserves.
THE New Year’s Eve celebrations were many and varied with the Courthouse Hotel, Jamieson Brewery and Kevington Hotel, all serving meals and refreshments to their guests.
There were entertainers at various venues.
Denis Tucker, who was joined by his musician friends, entertained family and friends at the riverside family home in Kevington.
There were many family parties at various holiday homes in the valley.
OUR heartfelt thanks goes to our CFA volunteers who worked tirelessly over the last few weeks, especially during the one just gone.
Jamieson CFA members have given their time to travel and serve the communities interstate, firefighting and supporting members in need of relief.
One group of Jamieson firefighters spent two days, including New Year’s Eve, in Tallangatta where they were supporting the call for help.
TOM Bennett, proprietor of the Jamieson Caravan Park, was superb during the weekend addressing the needs of his clientele.
He met with all of his guests and advised them of the possibility of extreme conditions on Saturday, January 4, and told his clients to leave as a safeguard and travel early to a safer location.
Many travelled to Mansfield and were accommodated overnight and Tom with his family closed the caravan park once everyone had left.
His care was paramount and brought to the attention of the community when the guests returned on Sunday.
THE Jamieson CFA members were on duty call all Saturday, and monitored the state of the fires and the expected extreme wind changes. A big thank you to all.
THERE is a meeting scheduled for 3pm Monday, January 13, at the Jamieson Memorial Hall being conducted by the Game Management Authority GMA and co-ordinated by local resident Russell Bate.
The subject of the meeting is the illegal deer hunting in the area and the state of detection.
THE Jamieson Community Group have co-ordinated a bushfire fundraiser and will hold a video screening of ‘Jamieson a Town for All Seasons’, which was filmed by local resident and film maker, Freddie Leong.
The video honours and celebrates the work and efforts of the volunteers in Jamieson.
The video will be shown at 2pm (arrive 1.45pm) on Monday, January 13, prior to the Game Management Authority meeting.
A donation of a gold coin would be appreciated by the community group.
The film will be followed by tea and coffee prior to the meeting at 3pm. All welcome.