Pre­pare for bush fire sea­son

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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.

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