Free ac­tiv­i­ties for Na­tional Chil­dren’s Week

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK - Anne Jones

This week is Na­tional Chil­dren’s Week. To cel­e­brate, the Ber­ri­gan Shire will be once again be host­ing Kids Fest.

Each of the shire’s li­braries will be host­ing an af­ter­noon of fun and free ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren to en­joy and par­tic­i­pate in this week.

There will be sci­ence in the park, out­door games, face paint­ing and a sausage siz­zle with special guest, Tim Cred­i­ble.

Tocumwal’s cel­e­bra­tion is to­mor­row, from 4pm to 6pm.

Ba­rooga will be host­ing this year’s Mud Run at the Ba­rooga Recre­ation Re­serve on Fri­day.

All chil­dren are wel­come to join in and have some fun in the mud, with a sausage siz­zle af­ter­wards.

Re­mem­ber to bring a spare pair of clothes to change into so the fam­ily can stay and watch the Aus­tralian Masters Cricket Tour­na­ment start­ing at 6pm that night at the same venue. En­try is free.

Tocumwal’s com­bined church ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties are de­vel­op­ing very well as mem­bers get to know each other through monthly ser­vices and reg­u­lar shared din­ners.

The Angli­can, Catholic, Pres­by­te­rian and Unit­ing churches held a street stall on the long week­end in Septem­ber to sup­port the drought re­lief ap­peal. It was a won­der­ful com­bined ef­fort and it raised $1350.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who pro­vided goods for sale, those who worked on the stall, the cus­tomers who bought goods and those who gen­er­ously gave dona­tions of money.

A special thank you to IGA for do­nat­ing a won­der­ful ham­per, won by Rose­mary McCaw from Fin­ley.

Com­ing events will in­clude the monthly shared din­ner this Satur­day at 6.30pm at the Angli­can Church Tocumwal, and a com­bined ser­vice on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 at 9am in the Pres­by­te­rian Church.

We would like to give a warm wel­come to Tocumwal to Ten­nyson Vance who is work­ing at Tocumwal Pub­lic School over the next five weeks. Mr Vance is com­plet­ing place­ment dur­ing his fi­nal year of his teach­ing de­gree from Charles Sturt Univer­sity.

He will be work­ing closely with Mr Ha­ley on the Year 6 class help­ing teach the stu­dents on a daily ba­sis.

Tocumwal Pub­lic School’s P&C has or­gan­ised a su­per Billy Cart af­ter­noon of fun for the whole fam­ily, to be held at the school this Fri­day from 4pm.

There will be a bar­be­cue, dunk­ing ma­chine, Ninja War­rior course, jump­ing cas­tle as well as the pizza oven raf­fle draw.

Reg­is­tra­tions for ju­nior cricket will con­tinue to­mor­row at the Tocumwal cricket nets from 4.30pm, with the Tocumwal Cricket Club tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions for all pri­mary aged chil­dren.

They will have boys and girls teams as well as Ju­nior Blaster, which will be re­plac­ing Milo Cricket.

Reg­is­ter at the cricket oval on Tues­days and Thurs­days from 5pm or call Paul Man­gion for more in­for­ma­tion on 0458 744 884.

Thanks to lo­cal Tocumwal golf pro­fes­sional, Rod Booth, chil­dren in Year 6 have been given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a five-week golf clinic held at the Tocumwal Golf Course.

The chil­dren had their first visit last Fri­day.

The Tocumwal Rocks Alice team in the Masters Games has al­ready col­lected a cou­ple of medals.

In to­tal, the Tocumwal Rocks Alice team won eigh­teen medals by the time the Masters Games wrapped up on Satur­day evening.

This is an amaz­ing re­sult for a town of less than two and a half in­hab­i­tants.

Read more about it in to­day’s sport.

The Op­ti­mists lun­cheon was held Oc­to­ber 18 at the Tocumwal Golf Bowls Club, with guest speaker Mar­garet Ry­ing shar­ing her ‘Travel Tales’.

Mar­garet has spent many years as a world travel guide with Cathay Pa­cific and hear­ing her travel sto­ries was al­most as good as be­ing there.

Once again won­der­ful cater­ing by the club, made for a lovely day for the ladies turned out in their spring wear.

To­day is por­trai­ture class for the Tocumwal Arts group.

You are wel­come to pop in, but please note that ac­cess when they re­turn to life draw­ing it is par­tic­i­pants only.

There will be signs on the door of the Tocumwal War Memo­rial Hall ex­plain­ing which ses­sion is in progress.

Fr Stephen Onyek­were con­firmed 11 young peo­ple dur­ing evening Mass at St Peter’s Church in Tocumwal on Satur­day.

Stu­dents from Sa­cred Heart School and the Cat­e­chist class at Tocumwal Pub­lic School re­ceived the Sacra­ment as their par­ents, fam­i­lies and friends watched on in a packed church.

The con­gre­ga­tion cel­e­brated with a light tea and cut­ting of the Con­fir­ma­tion cake.

Won­der why your li­brary is hurt­ing? Re­cent fund­ing com­mit­ments from the ma­jor par­ties fall short and do not pro­vide a long-term so­lu­tion to fund­ing for NSW pub­lic li­braries.

This is hurt­ing small shires es­pe­cially ours.

The peo­ple of NSW need both par­ties to com­mit to ‘fill the shelves’. Sign the pe­ti­tion at http://ow.ly/Yhfm30m.

Ruth White Sil­vester, chair of the Tocumwal Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, urges peo­ple prone to res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions to take ex­tra care as the start of the thun­der­storm sea­son ap­proaches.

Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­trict’s Tracey Oak­man has ad­vised to avoid be­ing out­side dur­ing thun­der­storms over the next four weeks where pos­si­ble.

Par­ents should be vig­i­lant and keep chil­dren in­side dur­ing storms, with the doors and win­dows closed.

Any­one with di­ag­nosed asthma should carry their med­i­ca­tion with them at all times dur­ing this high risk pe­riod. Friends and fam­ily mem­bers should also be aware and know asthma first aid. If there is no im­prove­ment, dial 000.

Charles Sturt Univer­sity has set up an SMS alert sys­tem when the pollen counts are high and thun­der­storms are pre­dicted. To reg­is­ter go to http://ow.ly/ePLL30mi­apN.

My Golf Ju­nior Clin­ics started this month and run un­til Novem­ber 4. They are open to all school aged chil­dren.

All equip­ment is sup­plied and tu­tor­ing is free. Book at the Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Pro Shop or call the club­house.

Per­mits are needed for all fires lit in the Ber­ri­gan Shire, since the bush fire sea­son started on Oc­to­ber 1.

Don’t be a dill and get caught with your boots on fire, be­cause you will be fined for light­ing fires with­out a per­mit.

The open­ing of the Ret­ro­spec­tive Art Show by Monash stu­dents and Straw­berry Fields in the Tocumwal War Memo­rial Hall was on Sun­day.

The main hall of the com­plex was given over to card­board, a prod­uct we use ev­ery day but which we may not think of as an ar­chi­tec­tural medium.

Fi­nal year stu­dents from Monash Univer­sity’s ar­chi­tec­ture depart­ment joined with Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val Inc. to pro­duce ar­ti­cles of furniture and shel­ter that would be light to freight, easy to lift, easy to erect, be re­silient on site and then would be eas­ily re­cy­cled, ei­ther back into more card­board or could be used in com­posted prod­ucts.

On show in the hall you will see how they have made a card­board dome and filled it with func­tional but very com­fort­able loung­ing chairs, made a wall of rack­ing to dis­play a ret­ro­spec­tive col­lec­tion of fes­ti­val pho­tos, and a re­cep­tion area with desk and pi­geon holes, and much more.

It is the metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail that is amaz­ing in such an or­di­nary prod­uct.

Ladies, there is an­other chance to dress up and en­joy your­selves.

Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Club’s Ladies Oaks Day is not to be missed if you love fash­ion and fun.

Start­ing 11.30am on Novem­ber 8 you will be served a two course lunch, have entertainment by Mark Haze. On of­fer are $1200 in prizes for Clas­sic Lady of the Day, Best Head­wear, and Con­tem­po­rary Lady of the Day.

Tocumwal’s Aimee Snow­den is in the fi­nal eight young peo­ple to kick start their lead­er­ship jour­ney with the Aus­tralian Ru­ral Lead­er­ship Foun­da­tion.

She was one of 100 peo­ple who demon­strated a pas­sion for ad­vanc­ing Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture.

The first phase of train­ing con­sisted of a four day pro­gram in Tharwa, a small vil­lage in the ACT.

Dur­ing this work­shop the par­tic­i­pants gained an un­der­stand­ing of ethics, val­ues, and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship think­ing for now and into the fu­ture.

From this work­shop the eight have de­vel­oped a project which they will be work­ing on to­gether.

The sec­ond phase of the pro­gram in Can­berra last week gave the young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in in­dus­try, com­mu­nity and re­gional net­work­ing while they rubbed shoul­ders with in­dus­try lead­ers of the present.

Boomerang Bag mak­ing is this Sun­day, but there has been a change of venue to the Lions Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (the old Bowlo).

Start time is 10am and it would be good if you can bring along your sewing ma­chine and some lunch. All other re­sources and morn­ing tea is pro­vided.

Norma McQuil­lan, great bowler and cham­pion smiler, is 92 years old, this com­ing week­end.

The birth­day girl will cel­e­brate with her fam­ily and friends and have a grand old time.

Char­lie Haynes, Char­lie John­son and Lyla Haynes at the Straw­berry Fields Ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion.

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