Big birthday bash for Susan
Family and friends travelled from near and far to help Susan Arnold celebrate her 50th birthday recently.
Celebrations took place at the Finley Golf Club on Saturday, July 7, amid much merriment and memories shared. Among those present were her brother, Colin Hill, who travelled from Tasmania and her sister Marg, together with brother-in-law Dennis Geeves who travelled from Barrack Heights for the occasion.
Susan is a great supporter of many community organisations in Finley and best wishes for another 50 years are warmly expressed.
●●● What a great way of promoting the wonderful facilities Finley has to offer, to both locals and visitors, the Finley Farmers’ Market is becoming. Last Saturday saw another wonderful display of many types of local products and talent. One stall attracting a great deal of attention was the cup cake decorating stall. During the morning, many original creations were developed by both young and not-so-young artists. Sonali and Jeevan Kagithala, together with Kiarni Jones (pictured) produced cup cakes almost too good to eat.
●●● Last Saturday’s Finley Farmers’ Market saw the introduction of the project to share gate donations with not-forprofit organisations in the local community. The organising committee is happy to announce that the winners of the July Gate For Growth Promotion, unbelievable as it seems, are both the Finley Public School and Finley High School who tied for first place. Both these groups had exactly the same number of votes with the Berriquin Toy Library/ Finley Playgroup running a very close second.
There were many new stalls and the market, though quiet, was again a success. Entertainment was provided by Rob Sneddon who is quickly becoming a popular performer in this region. Many visitors travelled to Finley to attend the market including Di Mitchell from Jerilderie.
●●● The Finley Farmers’ Market, along with the Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Murray and Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA), are combining to conduct a workshop for anyone wanting to have a stall at a market and not knowing where to start. The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 2 from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Riverina Institute of TAFE Finley Campus. Lunch will be available.
The aim of the workshop is to help anyone with the difficult concept of promoting oneself to customers. The manager of Country Store Online will give a talk with ideas on effective packaging and help with developing ‘‘your story’’.
Potential stallholders, as well as those currently running a market stall, are invited to attend. Places are limited and are filling up fast. Register your interest with the market coordinator on 0466 966 150 or email finleyfarmersmar[email protected]mail.com for more information.
●●● Long time ex-Finley resident Ethel Maher will celebrate her 93rd birthday in Wagga Wagga next Thursday.
Her son Ted will travel up from Finley for the occasion. Family members and friends will attend a birthday dinner at Wagga RSL Club. Ted said she is as ‘sharp’ as she has ever been, still living on her own and lives an active life. Ethel has many colourful stories left to tell. Happy Birthday Ethel from all your Finley friends.
●●● Due to unavoidable circumstances, Finley Lions Club members were unable to conduct the wood raffle last Saturday morning. However, they will be up and running this Saturday and look forward to meeting up with all members of the community who continue to support this fundraising venture.
●●● 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.
Sonali and Jeevan Kagithala with Kiarni Jones (centre) and their cup cake creations at the Finley Farmers’ Market.
Jerilderie’s Di Mitchell places her vote for a community group at the markets.