Churches combine for farewell
Sunday was a day of mixed emotions for the Tocumwal Uniting Church, with people from Jerilderie and Finley attending a farewell service for Alf and Ruth Green.
It was great to meet together but sad that Ruth and Alf are leaving our town to go to Melbourne, where they will be closer to family.
Ruth has been a member of the Tocumwal Uniting Church since 1984 and during that time has served as a member of the Parish Council and secretary and treasurer of the Congregation.
Ruth has also carried out many other pastoral duties and has been ably supported by her husband Alf.
The service was conducted by Wendy Frazier and Myra Cowell from Finley.
Coming events for the group will be the Combined Church Service at the Uniting Church on Sunday, December 9 at 9am.
The Christmas Day combined service will be in the Anglican Church at 8.30am.
Members of all churches wish the people of Tocumwal and visitors a peaceful and blessed Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.
Tocumwal Public School’s P&C had its AGM last week and they have elected a new committee.
President is Maggie Booth and vice president is Sophie Walsh.
Secretary is Jane Bourchier, Andi White is treasurer and Leonie Dawes is the public relations officer.
Congratulations to all the office bearers who have stepped up to continue the great work of the TPS P&C.
This year’s Sacred Heart School graduation mass will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 9.30am.
The graduation dinner will be held at the Golf Club that same night, at 6pm.
Year 6 students together with their parents will be invited to the dinner.
Presentation night will be held in Week 9, on Tuesday, December 11.
This year the awards will be held in the School Hall at 6pm.
A shared barbecue will follow in the school grounds.
The Sacred Heart Tocumwal Community Calendar for 2019 is hot of the presses and now ready to pick up at more places than ever.
This year it has been distributed to a few more businesses in town.
The main places the calendar can be collected from include newsXpress Tocumwal, Tocumwal Post Office, Haynes Butcher and Tocumwal Pharmacy, and of course the Tocumwal Information Centre has a pile waiting to be picked up .
This week’s Berrigan Council local work will include road works re-commencing on Tuppal Road, Tocumwal to move the road off the levee bank.
There will also be more footpath repairs throughout Tocumwal township.
And have you noticed the waratahs which were planted in Ingo Renner Park on Friday?
If you noticed the planting, you surely will have seen the huge progress the contractors have made on the Splash Park which is growing bigger and more exciting by the day.
The body of the plane and the wings are now in place and you can get a good idea of how the project will look when finished.
What a great asset this structure will be to Tocumwal and the people who come to visit us during the year.
We just need some decent toilets down that end of the Foreshore.
Are you looking for a space to host a Christmas event? Well you can stop looking!
Tocumwal Football Netball Club’s room upstairs is the perfect place to hold your special Christmas event.
Host your clients, your staff or even your family and friends in this great space overlooking the river through the tree tops.
The venue also has catering options to suit all occasions.
Please contact Leah on 0417 743 883 for further information.
Students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Tocumwal Public School participated in a district sporting gala day at the Coreen Recreation Reserve, which is 10km north of Lowesdale, on November 16.
Students competed in a variety of sports including Cricket Blast and Ultimate Frisbee.
The day involved mixing with other school children within our district and having a fun day.
The school had wonderful parental support with the teams on the day and they want to say a big thank you to the parent helpers for their fantastic support.
The kids and the school love to have parents involved with the teams whenever possible.
TPS Year 3 and 4 students headed off to Harrietville for a two night excursion last week.
One would expect to experience lovely sunny days, but the kids headed into almost freezing conditions with temperatures down to 2°C at one point.
They had three jam packed days full of fun and challenges that saw them having a wonderful time.
About the only adventure they could not do was rafting the waterways.
They arrived back home in Tocumwal on Friday evening tired but very happy with their experiences.
Tocumwal Public School’s Student Representative Council is getting ready for another fantastic term of fun.
They have decided to have a special dress up day to raise money for some very worthwhile charities.
For the first fundraiser for Term 4, they will be dividing the proceeds collected between the ‘Find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease’ and the ‘Save the Bilby’ charities.
This Thursday the SRC will be asking everyone to come to school with either a crazy hair style or a moustache — or you could do both.
The SRC will also be running a stall in the playground for those who do not come to school fully prepared.
Members of the SRC are asking everyone to please bring a gold coin donation.
Cobram Community House is now taking bookings for the Christmas Day lunch for older people who may otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. It will be held at the Cobram Bowling Club This low cost, gold coin donation event is generously supported by local businesses, the Cobram Bowling Club and the Cobram Hospital.
Please ring 5872 2224 to enquire or book.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Tocumwal Local Health Advisory Committee are urging asthma sufferers and people with breathing problems to take extra precautions during thunderstorm weather conditions.
‘‘Where possible avoid being outside during thunderstorms,’’ director of public health Tracey Oakman said.
‘‘Parents should be vigilant to keep their children inside during storms, with the doors and windows closed.
‘‘Anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high risk thunderstorm period.’’ First aid steps to remember are: sit the person upright; give four separate puffs from their reliever puffer;
wait four minutes and if there’s no improvement, give four more puffs; and
if there’s still no improvement, dial 000. Breathing difficulties can be life threatening.
In the event of an asthma emergency dial triple zero (000) immediately and follow the operator’s instructions.
Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles which can be inhaled deeply into the lungs, causing even more people to wheeze and sneeze.
Additionally, the damaging winds can cause additional dust particles to be in the air, if inhaled they can trigger breathing problems
Nominations for Berrigan Shire Council’s 2019 Australia Day Awards close this Friday.
If you know someone who goes above and beyond in giving back to our community, nominate them today.
Nominations are open for the following awards: Citizen of the Year (open age). Junior Citizen of the Year (21 years of age and under). Sportsperson of the Year. Junior Sportsperson of the Year (21 years of age and under).
Team or Community Organisation of the Year.
Don’t miss out on gaining recognition for the wonderful volunteers who make Tocumwal the place we love to live.
Nominate one or more now before time runs out.
Nomination forms are at the library or on the Berrigan Shire website.
Seymour Heritage Railway will be making a heritage train trip to Tocumwal on December 15.
The train will consist of blue and gold locomotives, bringing the Spirit of Progress steel and wooden carriages.
The beautiful 111 year-old Yarra Carriage with viewing platforms will be a highlight of the journey.
Travellers are also being offered extra water packages of trips on a Paradise cruise on Lake Mulwala or a trip on the paddle boat Cobba from Cobram.
You can take a look at the train when it arrives in Tocumwal about midday on Saturday, December 15.
The Boomerang Bags gang met for the last time this year at the Tocumwal War Memorial Hall.
Bag making will recommence in the New Year. More bags will be made to replace the now defunct one-use plastic supermarket bags.
The group of crafty stitchers has given out 680 bags over the last nine months, all sewn locally.
A big thank you to these ladies who have helped in trying to save the environment by replacing plastic with fabric bags.
The fabric has been donated by the local op shops, which means fabric which might have gone to landfill is also being reused.
Grab a bag from outside Miss Daisy’s Shop.
The cotton fabric bags are longer lasting than the synthetic type of bags too and they are free but a donation would be nice to help with threads, power, and labels used to make the bags.
Construction of the Tocumwal Splash Park is coming along nicely.