Wel­come lun­cheon for new res­i­dents

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Mar­i­anne Whe­lan

The An­nual Wel­come to Ber­ri­gan bar­be­cue will be held on Au­gust 28 from noon till 2.30pm.

This lun­cheon is for any­one who has moved to Ber­ri­gan or district over the past five years and has not pre­vi­ously at­tended.

Please come along for the meet and greet af­ter­noon and meet new peo­ple. Lunch is pro­vided and drinks are at bar prices.

RSVP to Mar­i­anne Whe­lan at the newsagency or phone 5885 2084. This is an ini­tia­tive of the Ber­ri­gan & District De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ge­orge and Leila Bat­ten had a sur­prise visit from their son Chris, who lives in Nowra.

They also met up with friends from the Ford­son Trac­tor Club of Aus­tralia. The club is based at Bendigo and Ge­orge and Leila have been mem­bers for sev­eral years, at­tend­ing meet­ings all over Victoria.

The Ny­ora Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade held their AGM on June 16. The meet­ing started with a bar­be­cue lunch.

Cap­tain Robert Smith wel­comed Chris Bar­ron who has re­tired from Mid-Mur­ray Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

Chris has been at­tend­ing meet­ings and train­ing days for over 20 years.

Sec­re­tary Ge­orge Bat­ten made a pre­sen­ta­tion and thanked him for his at­ten­dance over the years.

Our com­mu­nity has been rocked by a num­ber of deaths over the last two weeks.

This col­umn has spo­ken of the late Ian Fuz­zard and the won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion he made to this com­mu­nity in many ar­eas.

At his fu­neral last Mon­day, Ber­ri­gan Shire Mayor Bernard Curtin and Max McLough­lin spoke of his unique par­tic­i­pa­tion in the many ar­eas in which he was linked. Un­doubt­edly we as a com­mu­nity have lost a real his­to­rian.

St Columba’s church in Ber­ri­gan was packed to ca­pac­ity last Fri­day for the fu­neral ser­vice of Terry Whe­lan, son of Irene and the late John Whe­lan.

Terry was a pre­mier­ship player in 1968 and shortly after he joined the Army and be­came a highly re­spected mem­ber of the De­fence Force serv­ing in a num­ber of bases in Aus­tralia and over­seas.

At his fu­neral ser­vice, men who had worked with him in the De­fence Force spoke highly of his con­tri­bu­tion as a lec­turer at sem­i­nars and his won­der­ful knowl­edge in tu­tor­ing young Army re­cruits.

Most of our com­mu­nity would have had no idea of his knowl­edge and sought-after ad­vice and guid­ance in the De­fence Force. Terry was laid to rest in the Fin­ley ceme­tery.

Last Fri­day at the Ber­ri­gan Spor­ties a me­mo­rial ser­vice was held in mem­ory of the late Clive Fankhauser who passed away sud­denly in his home town of Bund­aberg.

His sis­ter Dawn spoke of her youngest brother and of his en­thu­si­asm to­ward what­ever he en­tered into.

Foot­ball and bas­ket­ball were great pas­sions for him as well as his ser­vice to the lo­cal Fire Bri­gade. His widow Donna spoke on be­half of their fam­ily and was sup­ported by his great friend Lau­rie Way.

Tom Ryan, an­other his­to­rian of our com­mu­nity, passed away last Satur­day at Ama­roo Hos­tel.

Tom, who would have been 96 next month, was the last of the Victoria Park Ryan fam­ily who have been long time res­i­dents of this district.

He was well known for his knowl­edge of this district over his life­time and was a loyal con­trib­u­tor to the Ber­ri­gan Foot­ball Club, serv­ing as pres­i­dent in the 1965 pre­mier­ship year and de­vot­ing many years to the foot­ball com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing the club as the league del­e­gate at Mur­ray League level.

Tom was a life mem­ber of the Ber­ri­gan Foot­ball Club.

He was also a life mem­ber of the A&H So­ci­ety.

Our sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to his son An­thony and daugh­ter-in-law El­iz­a­beth and their fam­ily.

To hon­our the mem­ory of these four peo­ple a minute’s si­lence will be held prior to the com­mence­ment of the game against Blighty this Satur­day and the com­mu­nity are all wel­come to at­tend.

The Ber­ri­gan Foot­ball Club in­vite the com­mu­nity to its an­nual Foot­ballers’ Ball this Satur­day. Tick­ets are $40 pre paid up un­til 5pm to­day or $60 at the door.

A two-course meal will be served and en­ter­tain­ment for the evening will be band Fallout.

The next Ber­ri­gan road­side clean up will be held this Sun­day from 9am to 11am. Meet­ing place is the Car­a­van Park.

The Rive­rina High­way and Co­bram Rd will be the ar­eas for clean-up, which is a great out­door ac­tiv­ity for the whole fam­ily.

Please bring with you a wa­ter bot­tle, gloves, com­fort­able footwear and a smile and a friend.

Morn­ing tea will be served at the com­ple­tion of the clean-up.

This is a project or­gan­ised by the Ber­ri­gan Con­ser­va­tion and Tidy Towns Group.

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