New caravan club is a Bonney idea
Do you have a caravan in the back yard which only gets used on rare occasions? If so, how does the idea of a Caravan Club sound?
Col Bonney of the Finley Caravan Park is looking for expressions of interest in forming such an organisation from the surrounding communities of Finley, Tocumwal, Berrigan, Barooga and Jerilderie.
Its purpose would be to organise trips away for a few days each month to experience some of the wonderful areas surrounding our locality.
If sufficient interest is shown, longer trips of ten to fourteen days would be investigated once or twice yearly.
Col, with wife Fran and daughter Elna, came to Finley two years ago with extensive ex- perience in running caravan parks.
Col and Fran are now looking at leaving the park in the capable hands of Elna and forming a caravan club which will be affiliated with the Australian Caravan Club.
More information and details can be obtained by calling Col on 5883 1170.
●●● A large number of family and friends travelled from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland recent- ly to help Ryan Mcgrath celebrate his 21st.
Ryan is the son of Michelle and Michael Mcgrath.
Special guests for the occasion were grandparents Judy and John Smith who travelled from Holbrook and godparents Gary McDougall and Vickie Watson.
Friend Jess Walker and sisters Yasmin, Heidi, Jacklyn, Georgia and Mollie assisted with the decorations at St. Mary’s Parish Hall which helped make the evening so enjoyable.
●●● News has come to hand of Marcus Macdonald-camden having received an invitation to trial with the Gold Coast Suns development program.
Marcus is the son of former Finley resident Jaki Macdonald now living in Emerald, Queensland and grandson of a very proud Joyce Macdonald and the late Rex Macdonald.
The Year 12 student will attend the Suns’ Country Trials in Airlie Beach early next month and is looking forward to the opportunity to show his football prowess.
He has the full support of his family and is reported as saying ‘‘Mum’s pretty keen. Coming from NSW she has always been a bit of an AFL freak’’.
If successful in Airlie Beach, Marcus will trial with the Suns’ Country Academy against the Metro Academy for a place on the club’s 2012 academy side, taking on the best of the Brisbane Lions Academy this year.
●●● Robyn Ryan of The Vault Clothing in Finley is very concerned with the rumour circulating that the business is closing down and would like to reassure customers that this is not so.
It will be business as usual with new stock slowly coming in for autumn.
Opening hours are prominently displayed and further information can be obtained by calling Robyn on 0401 694 124.
Everything will be in the capable hands of Melanie should Robyn not be in attendance.
However, Robyn is planning on spending time visiting children and grandchildren in Queensland in the not too distant future and with this in mind, has put the business on the market.
●●● The Finley Show Society is planning to produce a calendar for 2013 and, to do this, will need old show memorabilia and photos of past Senior Showgirl winners.
All money raised from the sale of the calendars will assist the Society in improving conditions for the show which is held in September each year.
Community support would be very much appreciated.
Memorabilia can be sent to and further information can be obtained from the Secretary Carol Kennedy by emailing finleyshowsociety[email protected] or by post to PO Box 40, Finley 2712.
Copies can be made and originals returned if required.
●●● The second-hand book market at the last Finley Farmers’ market was a resounding success and certainly proved to be an efficient way to recycle good books.
Some of those left over were donated to Rotary Geelong Branch and will be sent to PNG, Fiji or Samoa.
The next market which will take place on Saturday, March 3 has the theme of ‘Health and Lifestyle’.
Along with all the healthy produce from around our region there will be a Tai Chi demonstration at 10am, a reflexology stall, a hand/ foot massage stall and much more.
Continuing with the health theme, the market will include delicious fruit salad on the breakfast menu.
Due to popular demand, Catherine MacNamara and Veronica Braybon will be making a return performance at the March market. Their wonderful voices certainly create a great atmosphere for those attending.
The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have given their time to entertain at the markets.
Past entertainers include Dan Wark, Max Whittaker, Peter Salt DJ, Brooke Morham and Jessica Cassanova. They are all looking forward to returning to the market in the near future.
Anyone interested in singing or playing is welcome to apply. Simply contact the market co-ordinator on 0466 966 150.
New stall holders are always welcome and can obtain an information pack by calling this number.
●●● An invitation is extended to the many friends of Nancy Hodgson to help her celebrate her 90th birthday this Saturday, February 25 at the Finley Bowling Club. Festivities will commence at 2pm and all are welcome.
●●● A reminder that Jane Rennie will also be celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, February 25. Jane’s family would like to invite friends to join them at the Finley Uniting Church hall between 1.30pm and 4pm.
●●● A reminder to anyone interested in going on the bus trip to visit Bernie Ryan`s garden at Waaia on Saturday March 31- bookings can be made with Mary Beattie on 5883 1267. The cost of $50 includes the bus, lunch, plus garden and gallery entry. All proceeds will be used to benefit Berriquin Nursing Home and Ulupna Lodge. SOUTHERN RIVERINA NEWS office.
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Elna, Col and Fran Bonney at Finley Caravan Park.