Finley public wins regional award
Finley Public School principal Todd Potter is very proud of the efforts of all his students at the swimming carnival in Cobram recently.
Ben Ashley-cooper was successful in taking out the junior boy championship.
Johannah Tessier and Nick Burns were the girl and boy 11 year champions and Eli AshleyCooper was the senior girls runner-up.
Added to this was the overall point score trophy which was proudly brought home by the school.
The support of parents at the carnival was very much appreciated by Todd and the students.
Following this success, 16 students will now be moving on to represent the Riverina Zone. Well done, everyone.
●●● Finley’s Murray Hut Branch of the CWA of NSW would like to extend an invitation to all women in the community to come to the Finley Bowling Club on Tuesday March 6 at 7pm.
There will be an opportunity to hear Perrin Davey, policy officer with Murray Irrigation Limited.
Perrin will be presenting interesting facts and information about the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about and ask questions of this important pending event.
The evening will be a dinner gathering with a charge of $15.
For catering purposes it would be appreciated if attendance could be advised by calling 0439 996 626.
All women are welcome - come along and bring a friend!
●●● Family and friends of Nancy Hodgson gathered at the Finley Bowling Club on Saturday to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Nancy’s son Ashley and his wife Kate together with daughters Eliza and Isabel travelled from Adelaide.
Daughter Lorraine Kefford, her husband Craig and their two children Bryce and Emily came from Whitton.
Daughter Christine Bowman travelled from San Diego California, however her husband Christopher was unable to attend.
Nancy’s nephew Wayne Donaldson and his wife Jennifer came from Sydney and niece Sandra and her husband Jim Macklin travelled from Tuross Heads.
Nancy is the daughter of early local pioneering family Allan and Beatrice Donaldson and grew up on the family farm ‘Nariel’.
After marrying Cyril Hodgson, Nancy lived in Howe Street and since February 2009, has resided at the Ulupna Lodge in Finley.
She was the Treasurer of the Ulupna Lodge Auxiliary for many years.
Nancy would like to thank everyone for attending her special day.
●●● Jane Rennie received a surprise while celebrating her 90th birthday at the Uniting Church hall on Saturday when the Finley District Band put in an appearance.
A devoted fan of the band, Jane tapped along to the great performance provided.
Brothers John (Greenacre) and Jim Bartlett (Deniliquin) were among the many family and friends who travelled long distances to be with Jane on her special day.
Now a resident of Caradon Lodge, she enjoyed catching up with many relatives she has not seen for some time.
Festivities continued in the evening with family members gathering at the Hong Loch restaurant for dinner and, not prepared to miss anything, Jane was at the home of daughter Maureen Shalders on Sunday morning where a farewell breakfast was held for the visitors.
●●● The annual Finley Show and Shine was once again held on the Sunday following the Tractor Pull with over fifty cars and twenty three motor bikes attending from Jerilderie, Berrigan, Tocumwal, Yarrawonga, Deniliquin and Finley.
Organiser John Milne would like to thank the Finley Museum members and volunteers for their assistance on the day. It was very much appreciated.
Best Ute award went to Jack Vogel’s HL Holden ute which has been in the family since new.
Best Classic went to Col Sweeny’s Ford GT Capri.
Best Custom was Greg Robinson’s 46/47 Ford.
Peoples Choice went to Chris Braybon’s red LX Torana.
Best Sports Bike was Steve Clancy’s old No.6 and Best Cruiser was John Bunnet’s Pan Head.
The raffle proved very popular with first prize of a BP $50 fuel voucher going to Lloyd Alward.
Second and third prizes of a car care kit went to David Nolte and Cheree Jenkins.
Proceeds from the day went to Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
John is also busy organising the annual Dilliwarrah Dice Run. This will take place on Saturday, March 10 leaving Finley Bowling Club at 10am.
Cars, bikes and rods are welcome and if sufficient numbers are interested, a coach will be organised for anyone without a vehicle wishing to take part.
A predetermined route will be followed with lunch on the run and a barbecue will be held at the conclusion of the day.
Tickets are available at $20 with a small charge for those using the coach.
Again, proceeds for the day will go to Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
Further information can be obtained by calling John on 0432 713 847 or 5883 1359.
●●● Table tennis will once again be held in the Finley School of Arts and will commence on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm.
Anyone interested in this great sport are most welcome to attend.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Maureen Shalders on 5883 1676.
●●● The next Finley Farmers Market will take place this Saturday with the theme ‘Health and Lifestyle’.
By popular demand, Catherine Macnamara and Veronica Braybon will be making a return performance to entertain those attending.
Anyone interested in singing or playing at the markets is welcome to apply by contacting the market co-ordinator on 0466 966 150.
New stall holders are always welcome and can obtain an information pack by calling the co-ordinator.
●●● Finley Probus Club members have enjoyed a year of entertainment and activities under the skilful leadership of Captain Faye.
The Club was formed on April 24, 2010 and regularly has in excess of 110 members.
The Club is a friendship club which offers the opportunity for people to meet monthly and also to be able to participate in organised trips and tours.
Interesting guest speakers are organised and they cover many interesting items, events, places and experiences.
The Finley Club has really upheld its banner - ‘‘Lets get excited and be involved’’.
Jan has been busy organising trips and the ones available soon are:
Annie, a musical in Melbourne; Grace Kelly Exhibition in Bendigo on March 29; a visit to Botanical Garden in Ballarat and then, a ‘Boat and Tram’ journey sometime soon, in Melbourne.
In addition to this, Irene Shaw, 5883 3045, has arranged a Terranova Tour to Gosford/port Macquarie/ Sydney, over seven days and this still has four vacancies available.
An invitation is extended to friends of members to join in any of these organised trips.
At the February meeting, John Bolitho gave an address covering his recent invitation to visit South Korea in commemoration of the war which involved the death of his brother, Harold.
His son, Harold, named after his brother, accompanied him on the trip.
The annual meeting of the Club will be held on Tuesday, March 7.
All members are urged to attend and become involved in the activities.
●●● The Finley Show Society will be holding a poultry auction on Saturday, March 24 at the showgrounds.
Birds are to be penned from 8.30am, with an auction which will start at 10.30am.
All enquires and bookings to Gordon on 5883 1985 or 0417 279 102.
Morning tea and barbecue lunch will be available.
●●● Items for ‘From Finley’ may be submitted by phoning 0428 293 922 or email anne.free[email protected]pond.com or left at the SOUTHERN RIVERINA NEWS office.
Jane Rennie (far right) with daughters Margaret Cartmel, Maureen Shalders, Alison Wilson and Ruther Whittaker.
Nancy Hodgson with daughters Lorraine Kefford and Christine Bowman and son Ashley Hodgson