Welcome luncheon for new residents
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.