Busi­ness to celebrate 125 years

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Free­stone

There is much ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place at the his­toric busi­ness of JT & EN Close, as its 125 years in busi­ness celebrations draw closer.

This event, to be held on Satur­day, March 10 be­tween noon and 4pm, is cre­at­ing a great deal of in­ter­est as the long stand­ing black­smith, wheel­wright and coach­build­ing works and foundry is well known with or­ders re­ceived from all parts of Aus­tralia and over­seas.

There is an amaz­ing amount of his­tor­i­cal ma­chin­ery housed in the build­ing and this, as well as dis­plays on the street, will be open to the pub­lic.

Wol­la­mai Street, be­tween Mur­ray and Deni­son Streets, will be closed on the day to al­low for the dis­play.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est is a forge, one of five that ex­isted in a row in the early years which em­ployed three men for each unit.

At one time, the foundry was the main source of em­ploy­ment in the town.

The fam­ily tra­di­tion con­tin­ues with the re­turn to the busi­ness of Amanda Tay­lor (nee Close) and her hus­band Dar­ren.

The cou­ple and their three chil­dren — Harry, Ruby and Oliver — were pre­vi­ously living in Yep­poon where Amanda was oc­cu­pied with hair­dress­ing and Dar­ren was em­ployed in the mines.

Both are now learn­ing the trade un­der su­per­vi­sion of Amanda’s dad Graeme, and Amanda has taken on the role of fit­ter and turner — a huge change from hair­dress­ing.

An in­vi­ta­tion is ex­tended to the pub­lic to at­tend the celebrations and re­visit some of the early his­tory of Finley.

Finley Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try & Agri­cul­ture has a busy sched­ule ahead with the Finley Au­tumn Cup tak­ing place on March 17.

This will be fol­lowed by the Mon­ster Garage Sale Week­end in­volv­ing Finley and Ber­ri­gan, to take place from Fri­day, April 13 to Sun­day, April 15.

Any­one wish­ing to book a sale site can do so by con­tact­ing the SRN of­fice.

Then there is the Feel Good in Finley – Health, Beauty and Well­be­ing week­end, to take place on Satur­day and Sun­day May 19 and 20 at the Finley RS Club.

The or­gan­is­ing group is look­ing for in­ter­ested stall­hold­ers to take part in this very im­por­tant event.

Fur­ther de­tails can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Sue Hill on 0408 831 309 or Cathy Close on 0407 098 483.

With the 2018 golf­ing sea­son soon to be­gin, there has been a great deal of work car­ried out by the many vol­un­teers at the Finley Golf Club.

New car­pet is to be laid on Mon­day, March 3 and the week lead­ing up to this will re­quire lots of help to re­move the old floor cov­er­ings and all the lit­tle jobs as­so­ci­ated with this.

There has also been a huge im­prove­ment in the front gar­dens with Peter and his merry helpers putting in a lot of time and ef­fort.

The ladies’ golf sea­son opens on Wed­nes­day, March 7 with a nine holes two per­son Am­brose event with a 9am for 9.30am start.

Mem­bers are re­quested to bring a plate of meat, salad or dessert to share for lunch.

En­tries can be made at the club and new golfers are al­ways wel­come as all lev­els are catered for.

The com­mit­tee ladies are al­ways happy to take new golfers out to fa­mil­iarise them with the game. En­quiries can be made by call­ing Anne on 0427 839 208.

The an­nual World Day of Prayer will take place in Finley at the Pres­by­te­rian Church hall on Fri­day, March 2, com­menc­ing at 10am.

The coun­try of Suri­name will be topic of dis­cus­sion, un­der the ti­tle ‘The Divine Gift’.

Suri­name is a small coun­try on the north east­ern coast of South Amer­ica. It’s de­fined by vast swaths of trop­i­cal rain­for­est, Dutch colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture and a melt­ing-pot cul­ture.

The meet­ing will be fol­lowed by morn­ing tea and all are wel­come to at­tend.

A ser­vice to recog­nise the role of a school chap­lain, scrip­ture teach­ers and Sun­day school teach­ers will be held in the Pres­byter-

ian Church hall this Sun­day com­menc­ing at 11am, fol­lowed by lunch.

This is an op­por­tu­nity to put be­fore the con­gre­ga­tion those who are tak­ing on these im­por­tant roles in the lives of our chil­dren.

Messy Church is prov­ing very pop­u­lar at the Finley Unit­ing Church with sev­eral chil­dren and adults at­tend­ing the event on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 11. Messy Church is a fun kind of church and it is hoped that, if enough sup­port is forth­com­ing, this will be held once a month.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Wendy on 0427 423 101 or Myra on 0428 826 338.

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. Please in­clude a con­tact name and phone num­ber.

Dar­ren and Amanda Tay­lor are ex­cited to be back and learn­ing the fam­ily busi­ness at JT & EN Close, in time for the 125 year celebrations for the busi­ness.

Pip, Tommy, Lochie and Mitch Bain, Lind­sey Mathe­son, Amalie Arm­strong and Indie Mathe­son en­joy­ing ‘Messy Church’ re­cently.

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