Santa receives help from firies
Santa was busy last week calling on children at all the schools, and again on Friday evening when he hopped aboard the fire tanker with his mates from the Tocumwal Fire and Rescue Service.
Santa and his friends wandered the streets handing out icy poles and bags of chips to children before putting the big red truck back in its shed.
It was brought out again on Sunday night to deliver Santa and bags of lollies to the children who attended the Carols on the Riverbank.
Tocumwal’s brand spanking new Splash Park opened on Friday with a free sausage sizzle for all, and lots of water play and mayhem.
Kids came by the dozens, big ones on their push bikes and little ones in the care of parents and grandparents, who watched on smilingly as their charges had heaps of fun.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matthew Hannan declared the park open and the water was turned on. The kids erupted in squeals of delight as all sorts of water jets began to spray in every direction.
Little kids seemed to like the water mushrooms — for want of a better description — and looked like small pixies hiding under toadstools.
The big kids loved the water cannons which they could direct at and spray their mates, laughing and screaming all the time.
Every now and then the big bucket in the red plane filled up and dumped buckets full of water on those below. Not that they were unsuspecting victims, as they were eagerly waiting for it.
The nose cone of the land-based plane is a good place to hide and get wet with your mates.
This will be a great way for local and visiting kids to cool off in the hot weather that has been forecast over summer.
Thanks to the Berrigan Shire and the Tocumwal Foreshore Committee to have had the foresight to build such an attraction.
It is nice to see Tocumwal’s WWII aerodrome getting some recognition, even if it is 73 years after the war, in the theme of a Liberator bomber as the basis of the park’s design.
The town entry signs also bring this history to the fore with people being reminded, every time they pass, about Tocumwal’s previously secret history.
All we need now is a purpose built attraction so Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum may show off its treasures of that time to the public.
Anyone who has been to Lake Boga can see what their Catalina flying boat museum has done for that region and we could replicate that in Tocumwal for an aerodrome which was once the largest in the Southern Hemisphere but barely known outside the town.
Sacred Heart would like to thank the Tocumwal Foreshore Committee for its generous donation of a free sun shirt for all students.
To celebrate the opening of the splash park, each child in both schools got a free sun shirt with logo.
Committee member Judy Carlon presented a card to every student to take to the Tourist Information Centre to choose their preferred shirt.
Wednesday saw community minded people from all over the Southern Riverina meet at Deniliquin’s Multi Arts Centre in the Waring Gardens for the launch of the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network’s Murrumbidgee Community Grants scheme.
The day was opened by Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, and there were guest speakers from the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts.
They outlined the grants and their availability for local community groups.
Tocumwal LHAC will be making an application for funding for a grant to help with drought relief and mental health issues in conjunction with another community group.
The final of the Tocumwal Golf and Bowls club mixed pairs was won by Lou Richards and Nola Paterson who defeated John Jones and Glennys Pate 22-16.
It was played in ideal conditions on Friday December with an early 8.30am start to escape the heat of the day.
Well done Lou and Nola.
Best wishes to Don Bagley who is recuperating in Shepparton Private Hospital, after surgery in Melbourne.
Don enjoys having visitors but hopes to be home with his loved ones for New Year.
All the best for a speedy recovery, Don.
(From left) Alison Kleinschmidt, Sarah Bauer, Greg McNamara, Wispa Brain and Sarah Haynes.
Chelsea and Lachlan Coulson were happy when Tocumwal Fire and Rescue firefighter Lynsie Reid came calling on Friday evening with icy poles.