Vol­un­teers help with his­tory of Foundry

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Beth Beres­ford

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 war­reng@in­ter­vi­sion.net.au 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.

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