Jenny and War­wick’s birth­day char­ity gift

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Free­stone

Jenny and War­wick Dou­glas re­cently cel­e­brated their 70th birth­days at the Fin­ley Golf Club where they were joined by ap­prox­i­mately 75 fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Guests trav­elled some dis­tance in­clud­ing from West­ern Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria and north­ern New South Wales.

Ev­ery­one en­joyed the af­ter­noon in­clud­ing the en­ter­tain­ment by ‘The Hoff­mans’ group.

Jenny and War­wick in­sti­gated a unique idea with ref­er­ence to gift giv­ing. They con­sid­ered them­selves to be for­tu­nate enough to have lit­tle need of presents.

How­ever, Jenny has had oc­ca­sion to re­quire as­sis­tance from the lo­cal com­mu­nity nurses re­cently and there­fore has been in a po­si­tion to en­counter their need for ad­di­tional equip­ment.

With this in mind, a col­lec­tion was or­gan­ised dur­ing the gath­er­ing with an amount of $550 be­ing raised.

The Dou­glas fam­ily was de­lighted with the re­sult and would like to ex­press their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to every guest for their gen­eros­ity.

Com­mu­nity nurse Deb­bie Mur­phy-Rid­dell was over­whelmed with the do­na­tion which will be used ex­clu­sively to pro­vide ad­di­tional equip­ment and would like to add her thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Should any other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity wish to adopt Jenny and War­wick’s idea they can rest as­sured fur­ther do­na­tions would be most gra­ciously ac­cepted.

News has been re­ceived that Fin­ley’s John Hand has been in­volved in a ‘‘spec­tac­u­lar Tour De France style crash’’, to quote his daugh­ter Dr Clare, while cy­cling in France.

He is in ICU in Toulouse for a few days; how­ever, the ICU con­sul­tant Clare has spo­ken to is qui­etly con­fi­dent John will be okay.

John suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries which will re­quire mon­i­tor­ing to en­sure a speedy re­cov­ery.

Clare has trav­elled to Toulouse to sup­port her mother and as­sist with prac­ti­cal­i­ties.

Hope­fully the fam­ily will re­turn home in a few weeks when it is ex­pected John will be in­un­dated with well wishes.

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing for the Bi­ralee Preschool ‘Danc­ing With The Stars’ to take place at the Fin­ley RS Club on Au­gust 12.

Book­ings can be made and tick­ets pur­chased at Murray Hut Cloth­ing at a cost of $65 which in­cludes cham­pagne on ar­rival, nib­bles and a two course meal.

There are five cou­ples un­der in­struc­tion by Vicki Ack­ers to un­der­take the Tango, Jive and Pa­sodoble to name just a few gen­res.

The dancers are train­ing hard and it is a real con­test to see who will be the best dancers for 2017.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are wel­come to call into Fin­ley Newsagency and sub­mit as many votes as they wish for the cou­ple they would like to win the view­ers’ choice award ($1 equals one viewer vote).

This year the won­der­ful War­ren Lang will be host­ing the event along with the ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous Colleen Rock­liff which prom­ises the evening will be one to re­mem­ber.

Bernie Rogers was the win­ner of last Satur­day’s Fin­ley Lions Club wood raf­fle.

With still a few weeks of win­ter re­main­ing, this is prov­ing to be a pop­u­lar fundraiser for the club.

Lo­cal golfer He­len Was­tle has been miss­ing from the ladies’ weekly com­pe­ti­tion re­cently and for very good rea­son.

She has been en­joy­ing a cruise on the Car­ni­val Spirit to the South Sea Is­lands vis­it­ing the Isle of Pines, Li­fou, Noumea and Mare and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the lovely warm weather.

He­len was ac­com­pa­nied by her daugh­ters Ka­t­rina and Alana, their hus­bands and chil­dren, and fam­ily friend David Agnew.

The fam­ily en­joyed spend­ing time to­gether and all had a great break.

Some con­cerned mem­bers of the Friends of the Scots Pres­by­te­rian Church As­so­ci­a­tion at­tended what was ad­ver­tised as a “wind up meet­ing” at the Fin­ley RS Club last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

How­ever, Mr Norm McAl­lis­ter as­sured those present that it was sim­ply an in­for­mal get-to­gether to bring mem­bers up to date with pro­ceed­ings of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The group was orig­i­nally formed to save the nearly 100 year-old Fin­ley Pres­by­te­rian Church build­ing from be­ing de­mol­ished to make way for a new com­plex. It would appear that this has now been ac­com­plished with a sur­plus of funds on hand.

It was agreed that a gen­eral meet­ing be held at a fu­ture date to be ad­ver­tised to de­ter­mine the dis­tri­bu­tion of these funds.

Deep­est sym­pa­thy to Mau­reen Shalders, Ali­son Wil­son , Ruth Whit­taker and fam­i­lies, on the death of their sis­ter, Mar­garet Cart­mel of Shep­par­ton on Fri­day, July 14, 2017.

The Fin­ley Show is now only 47 days away. The sched­ule is avail­able on the show’s web­site, and hard­copies will be avail­able soon.

To cel­e­brate the 100th show organisers are putting to­gether a his­tory book and will have a dis­play at the show.

They are in­ter­ested in old pho­tos or film which can be copied, par­tic­u­larly footage of the old show­grounds. Please con­tact the sec­re­tary if you can help on 0417 868 468 or fin­leyshow­so­ci­ety­[email protected]

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.

ABOVE: Danc­ing With The Stars con­tes­tants Michael Lit­tle­john and Di Gray. RIGHT: Jenny and War­wick Dou­glas cel­e­brat­ing their 70th birth­days.

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