Megan’s ride with the Prime Min­is­ter

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Megan Jones Kinder, daugh­ter of Tocumwal’s Colin and Robyn Jones, had an awe­some start to the day on Sun­day, go­ing for a bike ride with Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott.

Megan now lives in Sin­ga­pore, where Mr Ab­bott has been vis­it­ing.

She said the PM even ar­ranged a rolling road clo­sure and shouted her a cof­fee af­ter­wards.

‘‘It’s not ev­ery day you get a po­lice es­cort and rolling road clo­sures to ride un­in­ter­rupted for an hour through Sin­ga­pore,’’ Megan re­ported home.

‘‘Man­aged an av­er­age 35.6km/h cour­tesy of the po­lice es­cort.’’

Megan was down­play­ing her role in the event as she has been work­ing for months to pull off the early morn­ing bike ride with the PM through Sin­ga­pore.

This meant in­ter­act­ing with the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice and the Sin­ga­porean se­cu­rity forces to en­sure the Prime Min­is­ter’s safety.

A short clip of the event even ap­peared on ABC TV Sun­day evening.

Megan works as a free­lance jour­nal­ist in Sin­ga­pore, where she lives with her hus­band and two chil­dren.

She is a triath­lete and reg­u­larly un­der­takes in­ter­na­tional triathlons, which might come as a sur­prise to her old mates at Fin­ley High School where she was more book­ish than ath­letic.

Knit­ters and Knat­ters are in full swing, knit­ting and cro­chet­ing squares for Wraps with Love.

Only prob­lem is, they are run­ning short on sup­plies.

Any yarn is ac­cept­able, though eight ply is best.

You can drop yarn you wish to do­nate through the book chute at the Tocumwal Li­brary.

If you are keen on knit­ting squares at home, the mea­sure­ments are 10 inch squares.

They must be handed in by the end of July to be in the count for the Liz Claudine Rose Bowl Tro­phy, which Tocumwal holds at present and would dearly love to re­tain.

That com­pet­i­tive spirit re­sults in more wraps be­ing made avail­able for peo­ple in Aus­tralia and over­seas.

The Knit­ters and Knat­ters have an an­nual win­ter raf­fle to raise money to buy more re­sources to make more wraps. Tick­ets are $2 each or three for $5. There are many prizes to be won. First prize is a beau­ti­ful hand knit­ted rug, sec­ond prize is a knit­ted bag and scarf and then smaller items too nu­mer­ous to list.

All mon­eys raised will be used to pur­chase more wool to make more rugs and knit­ted squares for the Wraps with Love pro­gram 2015.

The school hol­i­day pro­gram called ‘won­der­ful ways made with wool’ will be on to­mor­row, and again on July 9, at the Tocumwal Li­brary be­gin­ning at 10.30am.

Kids can make pom­pom an­i­mals, a plaited oc­to­pus, but­ter­flies and more.

Reg­is­ter your in­ter­est to­day.

There will be a Catholic Women’s League meet­ing to­mor­row, at 10am at the Sa­cred Heart school meet­ing room.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the en­ter­pris­ing and more im­por­tantly, kind, stu­dents Skyla, Holly and Sarah at Sa­cred Heart School who thought up and or­gan­ised a char­ity film af­ter­noon.

The to­tal amount raised for The Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion was $60.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the SHS rep­re­sen­ta­tives James, Sarah, Zan­der and Skyla for your par­tic­i­pa­tion in this year’s Li­ons Pub­lic Speak­ing fi­nal.

Un­for­tu­nately, they did not take the sil­ver­ware this time.

The fi­nal, which also in­cluded chil­dren from the pri­mary school, was held last Thurs­day night.

Win­ner of the Year 3/4 sec­tion was Macken­zie Loughridge, with El­iz­a­beth Locke run­ner-up.

Sascha Jones won the Year 5/6 sec­tion, with Rose Cham­ber­lain run­ner-up.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all stu­dents for your won­der­ful speeches.

Last Thurs­day the tal­ented and hard­work­ing TPS SRC mem­bers put on a great day to raise funds for the Give Me Five for Kids ap­peal, which sup­ports chil­dren in our com­mu­nity who are un­well.

The SRC asked ev­ery­one to bring a gold coin do­na­tion and to dec­o­rate their hands in some way.

Some ideas were to wear gloves, bracelets, fin­ger pup­pets or nail pol­ish.

The win­ners of the colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion were also an­nounced.

The chil­dren also par­tic­i­pated in a lunch time hand­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Alex Laker and Macken­zie Loughridge will travel to Wer­ribee Park this week to com­pete in the Vic­to­rian In­ter­school Cham­pi­onships that will be held at the Na­tional Eques­trian Cen­tre.

The two girls will com­pete with other rid­ers in their age group in a range of dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing handy mount, dres­sage, show rid­ing and show jump­ing.

We know the girls will have a great time, bat­tling the very cold weather at Wer­ribee and we are look­ing for­ward to hear­ing their re­sults.

In­tereach’s Fam­ily Links is a fam­ily fo­cused ser­vice that re­sponds to the iden­ti­fied needs and goals of each fam­ily.

The pro­gram works with the aim of build­ing the ca­pac­ity and re­silience of fam­i­lies through ac­cess to in­di­vid­ual and group based ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port.

Fam­ily work­ers are also avail­able to help fam­i­lies ac­cess sup­port and on­go­ing in­volve­ment with other rel­e­vant ser­vices where re­quired.

The Fam­ily Links pro­gram is avail­able for fam­i­lies with at least one child aged 0 to 8 liv­ing in the Ber­ri­gan, Jer­ilderie, Corowa, Urana, Lock­hart or Greater Hume Shires.

If you want to speak with a links worker, please call 5890 6200.

The three year old class from Tocumwal Preschool made a visit to the Tocumwal Li­brary last week and read the book the

with li­brar­ian Leanne Waldron. Af­ter­wards they were able to make their own hats.

Very Snug­gly Baby Quilt-in co­or­di­na­tor Marie Lee has said she plans to visit us in Au­gust.

‘‘I have re­turned from our hol­i­day, had a won­der­ful time in Canada and Alaska, and now back to work,’’ she wrote to

‘‘Yes, I am plan­ning on be­ing in Tocumwal on Au­gust 17.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to another great day with your ladies.’’

Many ladies are al­ready un­der­tak­ing to make lit­tle quilts for the day.

More in­for­ma­tion at a later date.

River lev­els are fall­ing due to the emp­ty­ing of Lake Mul­wala for main­te­nance but there is still plenty of wa­ter to float your tin­nie, just not the big ski boats.

Quite a few snags have been re­vealed by the drop in wa­ter level .

Be­ing school hol­i­days in both states there are quite a few fam­ily groups camp­ing on the river.

Many grey no­mads head­ing north for the win­ter are also drop­ping in for an overnight stay .

Well Shirley Fuller did not take out the hat­trick at the Tocumwal Li­ons weekly raf­fle on Satur­day.

She was pipped at the post by Greg Wat­more, another pro­lific ticket buyer.

It’s lovely to get to the newsagents early Satur­day and have a lit­tle chat with the ticket sell­ers who are part of Tocumwal’s won­der­ful vol­un­teer brigade.

And while you are there next Satur­day for your ticket, take note of the beau­ti­fully re­fur­bished street seats, cour­tesy of the en­ter­pris­ing chaps at the Men’s Shed in Hen­nessey St.

The fel­lows meet twice a week at the shed — Tues­days and Thurs­days.

Sue and June, re­cent man­agers of the Tocumwal Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, en­ter­tained the cen­tre’s vol­un­teers at the Tocumwal Rail­way Tea­rooms on Tues­day.

They thanked the ladies for all the help they have given over many years which had made the info so suc­cess­ful in giv­ing the per­sonal touch to vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike.

All en­joyed the won­der­ful cui­sine pro­vided by June and had a won­der­ful day.

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