Sun, com­mu­nity out for an­nual fete

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Free­stone

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.

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