Volunteers help with history of Foundry
Last week I had the greatest pleasure of assisting with the sorting, cleaning and archiving of letters, documents, photographs and many other wonderful interesting pieces of Finley’s Close Family Foundry and history.
This event of historical value to Finley’s industrial life took place in the School of Arts hall.
Interested members of the public and the descendants of John Thomas Close, Foundry owner and operator.
The task at hand was to collate, catalogue and preserve documents, letters and business paperwork of the Foundry with this first stage covering the years between the late 1800s to 1940s.
The vision and plan to create a working museum “Finley Working Foundry and Museum”.
The sorting started last Tuesday with Cathy Close, Peter Hamilton and the group of eager volunteers along with Ms Margot Jolly a museum consultant for the remote and regional sector and her colleague Kim Biggs guiding them through the arduous but amazing task.
Margot was thrilled with the support, enthusiasm and amount of work carried out by these volunteers.
The next step now is for Kim to go through the collection at hand in an assessment of significance and select the best items to pull the story together.
This will be followed by Roselyn Russell who will evaluate the collection and its historical significance.
This was step one in an ongoing story and I for one look forward to discovering more about this remarkable man and his contribution to the growth of Finley.
The Finley Swimming Pool committee need volunteers to complete the cleaning of the pool surrounds in readiness of the coming season.
If you can spare an hour or two, please come to the pool at 9am on Saturday.
Open day will be Saturday, November 11, time to be advised.
The Finley School of Arts and War Memorial Halls committee have purchased a defibrillator after receiving a grant from the NSW Department of Sport.
Seth Howell from the Finley Basketball Association applied for the grant as one of the user groups of the hall and the committee paid the balance.
A facilitator from Allen’s Training from Leeton gave 15 keen participants training in basic first aid and the correct use of the defibrillator on Monday last week.
The defibrillator will be housed in the foyer of the War Memorial Hall.
The RS Club Finley are holding a raffle night with fundraising going to Can Assist Finley Branch on Friday.
Tickets sales start at 6pm and the draws begin at 8pm.
Come along and join in and help raise funds that stay local to help those having treatment for Cancer.
It’s time again for another delicious street stall at 8.30am pm Friday.
The Save the War Memorial Hall Commit- tee will be holding their last stall for the year.
Come along and support the group with the purchase of some delicious cakes, slices or biscuits, perhaps maybe you prefer homemade pickles, jams or curds they’re all available as well as plants and craft items.
Mark the date in your diary and stock up for the weekend.
Jenny Tarrant and Jean Williams host the annual Pink Ribbon Day event at the shop from 9am to 3pm on Tuesday, October 30.
Activities and speakers have been arranged as well as morning and afternoon tea.
Lunch will also be available for sale, orders can be made by calling Jenny.
Everyone is welcome to come along and have a laugh, a chat and maybe get some support or advice.
For further information call Jenny 0447 370 070 or call into the shop.
On Sunday 16 young people from St Mary's Parish received the sacrament of confirmation.
Family and friends joined them afterward for a delicious morning tea.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day come together.
Finley Regional Care Auxiliary recently held a successful Blooms Fashion afternoon and would like thank all who joined in the fun.
A raffle was held during the activities with the lucky winner being Jean Pyle, there was also two Blooms vouchers won by Elain Anderson and Pam Harding.
Congratulations to these three lucky ladies.
Another great opportunity at TAFE NSW Finley is coming soon.
Starting Thursday, November 8 an introduction to Building Skills course will be delivered from 9am to 3.30pm two days per week for six weeks.
If you would like a career in the building industry or just an introduction to what that involves then sign up now.
This course covers measurement, calculation, levelling procedures and use of construction tools and equipment.
The Laughter Liaison Group will be meeting again at 10.30am in the Library on Friday.
As they say laughter is the best medicine.
Why not come along, bring a friend, a clean joke or story and laugh your troubles away.
Finley RSL Sub-Branch wishes to advise members and the general public that the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice (Remembrance Day) November 11, will be commemorated at the Digger Park Memorial, corner of Dawe St and Donaldson St, forming up at approximately 10.40am.
The next general meeting of the SubBranch will be Wednesday, November 14 at the Finley RS Club Board Room commencing at 1900hrs (7pm).
If you have any queries please contact Warren on 0457 472 685 or e-mail email@example.com or FinleySB@rslnsw.org.au
At the sacrament of confirmation are (back, from left) Sarah Bauer, Cutta Dundon, Kellie Grenier, Max Coupland and Makayla Culhane; (middle) Erin Chesworth, Wispa Brain, Naomi Haynes, Father Stephen Onyekwere, Charlotte Hurlston and Alison Kleinschmid; (front) George Koschel, Isaac Lunn, James McNamara, Destanee Miaoudis, Chelsea Singleton and Harry Taylor.
Margot Jolly, Suellen Staff and Jan Hornerman packing and cataloguing some of the items.