Sun, community out for annual fete
Rev Stephen was right — the Anglican Church of Finley, Tocumwal and Jerilderie does have connections in high places.
Last Saturday dawned as a perfect spring day for the annual fete held in the church grounds in Finley.
There was much to see and entertain with stalls of home cooked cakes, produce and craft on offer. There was also a stall with plenty of activities for the younger fete goers.
The organisers would like to thank its members, church friends and supporters from the community who made the day such an amazing social and financial success.
The main raffle winners were Mrs D Jewell (dressed lamb), Mrs J O’Neil (dressed lamb) and Mrs B Rookes ($100 Outdoor & More voucher).
Rev Stephen would also like to thank the local businesses and individuals who donated gifts and prizes for the various sections of the fete and to the Southern Riverina Vehicle and Machinery Club for the display of vehicles.
It was encouraging to encounter 16 yearold Shane Jenkins as part of the vehicle display with his dad’s 1971 XY Ford Falcon carrying his L plates.
Shane attends Finley High School and is following in the footsteps of his father Cory and grandfather Ken with his love of cars.
During a very interesting conversation, Shane expressed his disappointment with the recent closing of the Ford construction facility in Broadmeadows, Melbourne.
Let’s hope there will be more young men like Shane joining the local car club.
Anyone entering the Finley Second Hand Shop last Friday would have had the experience of being greeted by two lovely young local girls, namely Riley Kleinschmidt and Mackenzie Hannan.
Riley and Mackenzie offered their services to the shop as part of their community services requirements after being confirmed recently.
They were so appreciative of the organisation allowing them to participate they composed a lovely letter of thanks and provided home baked morning tea for those on duty at the time.
The Finley Second Hand Shop committee welcomed the young ladies and is hopeful it might lead to more of the younger generation becoming involved.
This group is a not-for-profit organisation which contributes to so many charities in the local area and is run soley by volunteers for the benefit of the community.
Goods can be left at the shop as a donation or to be sold on commission. New members are always welcome.
Finley has many important fundraising activities coming up in the near future, one of which is the St Joseph’s 2016 Dinner Dance to be held this Saturday from 6.30pm at the Finley Recreational Reserve.
Tickets are $60 per person with a three course meal provided. Drinks will be at bar prices.
Table bookings are still being taken and for this and other information, Gabrielle can be contacted on 0407 262 780 or Sherry on 0411 256 206.
Funds raised will contribute to providing extra facilities for the students of St Joseph’s School.
Joanne Dean’s final Cancer Council breast cancer research fundraiser will be a community morning tea to be held Tuesday, October 18.
Everyone is invited to go along to the Teapot Cafe´ between 9.30am and 11.30am to enjoy a cuppa and scones.
The raffle will be drawn, with some really great prizes on offer.
Another exciting event on the horizon is the Melbourne Cup Luncheon to be run by Murray Hut CWA ladies.
Bookings are open and those who would like to be part of this fun-filled day are advised to go along to Murray Hut Clothing and purchase a ticket at a cost of $40 per person.
It is not necessary to book a whole table; single bookings will be well catered for.
The day will commence at 11am with a complementary drink and canape´s.
Lunch and lots of fun awards will fill the day, not to mention sweeps and the Cup.
Lady of the Day, Young Racegoer and the Millinery Award will be the highlight of the day for some.
The organising committee would welcome guests from around the district.
So get out your finest, grab a hat or a fascinator and go along to the Finley Golf Club for a great day out on Tuesday, November 1.
Bookings close at Murray Hut Clothing on Monday, October 24 for catering purposes.
Just a reminder of the country concert to be held at the Retreat Hall this Sunday, October 16.
Commencing at 1.30pm, local musicians Ray Macartney, Danny Wark and Craig Hendy will provide a program of Australian country music for everyone to sing along to or just sit back and enjoy.
The 90 minute performance will be followed by afternoon tea.
All this for a cost of $10 per person, which also includes entry for the door prize.
Tickets will be available at the door and a raffle will be conducted as well.
The Finley Lions IGA Grocery Grab was drawn at IGA last Saturday and the committee would like to congratulate the winner, Vicki Rodger.
The organisers would like to point out that it would not be possible to conduct this fundraising effort without the Lions extensive network of clubs, with many of them participating in the Grocery Grab in Victoria and NSW.
It also means that expensive administration costs can be avoided so most of the money raised gets to the actual project.
The purpose of this fundraising is so the Lions Cord Blood Foundation can pay for the collection and storage of cord blood and help develop a suitable data base for the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Sydney Blood Bank and the Murdoch Children’s Institute.
The cord blood is processed for stem cells to fight and save children from leukaemia and other blood disorders.
Half of the money raised stays with the participating Lions Club for its local community projects and Finley Lions Club would like to thank the generous local community and the great support from Finley IGA to conduct this program.
The actual grocery grab will take place in the near future at a mutually agreeable time with the winner and the club.
Local history enthusiast Peter Hamilton is about to release his second DVD containing many excerpts of moving pictures from the earlier days in Finley.
During his research, Peter has uncovered many interesting pieces of information including the following from an edition of the Finley Mail in 1942.
Air Raid Shelters – construction at local schools commence.
Following the decision of the Parents and Citizens Association to construct air raid shelters at the Public School, the committee appointed to arrange the work met the next evening at the school grounds and selected sites for six shelters. The shelters will be about 30ft wide and vary in depth from 5ft to 6ft.
Each will hold approximately 30 children. A start on the shelters has since been made by several gangs of willing workers and despite a few blisters and aching muscles (most of those forming the gangs are a little out of condition) good progress has been made. Some of the trenches are down to a depth of 2ft 6 inches.
It is understood that Henry Matheson can vaguely remember this happening.
The Finely Swimming Pool committee wants feedback from the community about a proposal to have morning swimming sessions two days a week — between 7am and 8am.
You can provide your feedback on the committee’s Facebook page — ‘Finley Swimming Pool’ — or contact Kate Armstrong on 0417 751 029.
Usually the pool is open only in the afternoons. Swimming season is expected to start in the second week of November.
Items for ‘From Finley’ may be submitted by phoning 0428 293 922 or email anne.free[email protected]pond.com, or left at the SOUTHERN RIVERINA NEWS office.
Shane Jenkins with his dad’s 1971 XY Ford Falcon at the fete.
Riley Kleinschmidt, Joyce Thomas and Mackenzie Hannan at the Finley Second Hand Shop.
IGA manager Trevor McCaw, Finley Lions president Greg Brunt and Peter Martin at the 2016 Grocery Grab draw.
Naomi Haynes, Niamh Mason and Sarah and Harry Haynes at the Anglican fete.