All aboard for big plans

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Beth Beres­ford

Last week I was in­vited to a meet­ing of the Fin­ley Pioneer Rail­way.

Be­ing a bit of a train lover and a his­tory nut, I at­tended the meet­ing and fell in love with the site and its story.

The sta­tion has been un­der the cus­to­di­an­ship of Marie and Al­lan Mathe­son for the past 20 years. They have main­tained the build­ings and gar­dens beau­ti­fully dur­ing this time.

The group has a vi­sion for the fu­ture of the sta­tion with lots of projects al­ready steam­ing along. And, oth­ers sit­ting on the boiler, stoked and wait­ing to be­gin.

It is en­vis­aged that within the next few months, Her­itage Rail will ap­prove these and with the guid­ance of the her­itage ar­chi­tect they will pull out some pretty amaz­ing sights, sounds and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Keep an eye on the SRN for group ac­tiv­i­ties.

Meet­ings are held the fourth Tues­day of each month, mak­ing next month’s meet­ing Fe­bru­ary 26 from 2pm at the sta­tion. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

A re­minder to all mem­bers of Fin­ley Gar­den Lovers’ Club that the first meet­ing for 2019 will be next Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 4 from 2pm at the Unit­ing Church Hall.

The first meet­ing will have a theme: ‘Beat the heat in Fin­ley’.

Mem­bers are asked to share ideas that have worked for them.

And also, if we could come up with a list of plants that have not burnt dur­ing our spate of for­ties.

New mem­bers very wel­come.

Fe­bru­ary sees the re­turn of Fri­day af­ter­noon movies for adults at the Fin­ley Li­brary.

The first movie for 2019 is ‘Tea with the Dames’, a unique cel­e­bra­tion of the lives and ca­reers of four world fa­mous ac­tresses — Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Mag­gie Smith. It will be screened this Fri­day at 1.30pm. Ev­ery­one is wel­come and the movies are free.

Any queries feel free to call Ros Rowe, 5888 5182, on Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days.

The Fin­ley Show So­ci­ety will hold its an­nual Poul­try Auc­tion on Satur­day, March 23 and Sheep Dog Tri­als on June 6 to 10. The show will be on Septem­ber 1 and the rose show in Novem­ber.

To keep up to date with Show So­ci­ety ac­tiv­i­ties check out their web­site — www.fin­leyshow­so­ci­ — or keep an eye on the SRN.

A re­minder to all Fin­ley Probus Club mem­bers that meet­ings for 2019 re­sume Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 at 10am at Fin­ley Bowl­ing Club.

Al­ready trips are be­ing planned for this year so come along and join us.

We hope to see you at our next meet­ing.

Tai Chi classes start again from to­mor­row at 9.30am and 11.15am, and on Fri­day from 9.30 am.

Classes are held at the Fin­ley RS Club and are for one hour.

Tai Chi for health is for men and women and cov­ers arthri­tis, di­a­betes, os­teo­poro­sis, en­ergy and two new forms — Tai Chi for mem­ory and Tai Chi for heart.

Peo­ple from sur­round­ing towns are also wel­come.

Phone Veron­ica on 0413 678 389 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Look­ing for­ward to an­other year of good health and fun with Tai Chi.

The Hospi­tal Op Shop win­dow looked won­der­ful and ex­tremely Aussie for the 2019 Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions. Nice work Les­ley Wil­son. Les­ley also had a bit of a com­pe­ti­tion run­ning to find out if any­one (par­tic­u­larly the chil­dren) knew the name of the Swag­man in the song Waltz­ing Matilda.

Up to this point no one has come forth with his name.

I am as­sured it is there if you sing the song and not read the words; it’s all a mat­ter of ar­tic­u­la­tion.

So as a lit­tle side to Les­ley’s com­pe­ti­tion if you know his name, drop me an email.

The Hospi­tal Op Shop is of­fer­ing a great bar­gain for these long hot sum­mer days.

Why not grab a book or a bag full of books from the shop for a mere $5 a bag?

By do­ing this you get a great bar­gain or two and leave a smaller foot­print on the world by re­cy­cling.

Don’t for­get ‘Bingo at the Bowlo’, next Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 5. Eyes down is at 12.45pm.

There will be an af­ter­noon tea break and sec­ond round of games and raf­fle to fol­low.

Can As­sist Fin­ley Branch and Fin­ley Bowl­ing Club in­vite all mem­bers and guests to come along and have a laugh and maybe win some great cash and raf­fle prizes.

Trans­port is avail­able by call­ing the club on Tues­day, be­fore 12pm, and leav­ing your name, num­ber and ad­dress.

Thank you to all who con­trib­uted to this week’s ‘From Fin­ley’.

Please feel free to con­tact me with your news, sto­ries and pho­to­graphs and re­mem­ber I am al­ways will­ing to at­tend your event.

Phone 0401 318 263 or email beth­fromfin­[email protected]

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