Business to celebrate 125 years
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.
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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.