Megan’s ride with the Prime Minister
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.