Prepare for bush fire season
A bush fire might seem to be a highly unlikely event as we shiver through this cold, frosty weather, but winter will pass and we will face hot and dry conditions soon enough.
With this in mind, local people are encouraged to attend a meeting in the Civic Hall on Wednesday, August 5, starting at 7pm, to discuss the formation of a Community Protection Plan and preparations for the event of bush fires.
The invitation has been issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service, with members of the Mid Murray Bush Fire Management Committee, who wish to work with Jerilderie residents to form a Community Protection Plan.
So go along, ask questions and be informed.
Sympathy is extended to Elsie Hawkins and her extended family following the death of Elsie’s grandson Joel Hawkins on June 28.
Joel is the elder son of Les and Liza Hawkins, brother of Kane, 15, grandson of Elsie and Ted (dec) Hawkins and of Pat and Jeanette (dec) and Sandy Pepicelli.
Joel was training on his bicycle on June 17, when he was hit by a car.
He had been training with the Mornington Cycling Club for three or four years and was dedicated to the sport.
His ambition was to one day ride in the Tour de France.
Joel’s funeral was held at Mount Martha on July 7, and was attended by around 600 people, including all of Les’ family and close friends with Jerilderie connections.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Amy Gillett Foundation which promotes the safe driving message ‘A Metre Matters’.
The Red Cross annual general meeting will be at the Community Centre on Thursday next week, starting 2pm.
Jerilderie Red Cross will celebrate 100 years with a luncheon at the Colony Inn Hotel on Thursday, August 13, starting at noon, at which Laurie Henery will be guest speaker. Cost of the luncheon is $20. Please ring Lucy Sweeney on 5886 1568 if you would like to attend.
The Jerilderie Fishing Club raffle will be drawn at the Sports Club this Friday following the club raffle draw.
Tickets are still available at the bakery, the Shire Office and from any fishing club member.
First prize is a fridge freezer, second a generator, third a Webber Baby Q, and fourth a $200 Myer voucher.
The Sunday service at St Andrew’s Uniting Church on July 19 provided an opportunity to farewell a long-serving parish member, Joy Sturrock.
Joy has been part of the Jerilderie community all her life, and was very involved in Presbyterian/Uniting Church activities.
She was church treasurer and involved with Fellowship activities, including the annual Flower Show and preparing the church and hall for services and functions.
Family involvement in the church goes back a long way, as Joy’s mother, Rita, was church organist for many years prior to her death.
Joy had also been an honorary auditor for many charitable and volunteer organisations in town, flowing on from many years of service in the ANZ Bank, prior to retirement.
Friends from Sing Australia and other churches were also present at the farewell, and took the opportunity to offer their thanks and best wishes to Joy.
As a parting gift, the church community presented a house portrait of Joy’s Jerilderie St home, by Helene Mortlock of Jumptree Studios.
Next Wednesday, Joy will depart for Ballarat where her sister Annette lives with her family.
Joy will be moving into a modern unit with a small garden area, which will give her plenty of time to pursue her love of golf. We wish her well. At the same church service, Maxine Harris regaled the congregation with an amusing and interesting account of her recent trip to East Timor with other senior students from Finley High School.
The Jerilderie Hospital Auxiliary’s AGM will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in the Community Centre.
State president and regional representative Marion Dickins will be a special guest.
Afternoon tea will be shared after the meeting.
Schools are back and have hit the ground running, with excursions and preparation for the Lions’ public speaking program on the agenda.
Students from both schools will participate in the Lions’ public speaking evening at the Jerilderie Hotel next Monday, starting at 6pm.
Years 3/4 will speak on ‘Our Helpers’ and Years 4/5/6 on ‘A Major Natural Disaster’.
Years 5/6 from St Joseph’s will travel to Phillip Island Adventure Resort for their excursion from July 29 to 31.
A drug information evening will be held next Wednesday at the Sports Club, starting at 6.30pm.
Families and community members are invited to this important session.
Happy birthday to Rebecca Doyle for July 11 and to Mathew Sleeman for July 26.
The Jerilderie Cricket Club’s AGM will be held at the Sports Club on Wednesday, August 5 at 7.30pm.
Jerilderie Apex Club held its 47th annual handover dinner on Sunday with lunch at the Jerilderie Sports Club. Membership stands at 26.
The incoming Board for 2015/16 was elected with Brendan Lawton taking on the role of president, Steve Dalgleish and Lachlan Crowley as secretary, and David Munnis and Ignatius Crittenden as treasurer.
The 1000th dinner was celebrated earlier in the year, the annual Working Dog Auction in February was a great success, and September promises to be a busy month with the 54th B&S Ball, the Jerilderie Races and other projects in the pipeline.
Apex also provided bar service at the St Joseph’s Deb Ball.
If you would like to join Apex, contact a member of the board or any Apexian.
People with tickets for the CWA High Tea with Rosalie Ham are reminded that it is on this Sunday, staring at 2pm, at the Civic Hall.
Rosalie, author of The Dressmaker, which is due for release as a film in October, and the film’s producer Sue Maslin, will be special guests.