Massive Easter approaching
Now we have the Victorian Labour weekend out of the way, it is time to look forward to the next big event in Tocumwal — the four days of Easter.
With the long range forecast promising fair weather, we can expect an influx of visitors in the thousands swelling our beaches, filling our club and hotels and attending our sports meetings.
Tocumwal is up to the challenge by having plenty for the visitors and locals to do over the extended long weekend.
Starting Good Friday, there is a day of footy and netball when Tocumwal host neighbours Berrigan in the opening match of the season.
This promises to be a good day with the new coach wanting to show off his new team and everyone just rearing to go.
The netball girls will not be denied either, and they have also been training hard.
So get down there and throw your weight and voice behind our players on the field and on the courts, and take your visitors to see some real country football and netball.
At about the time the fourths footy team is taking to the field on Good Friday, the artists from the Cobram and District Art Society will be opening the doors to the Tocumwal War Memorial Hall for their annual Art Show.
They are in for the long haul and will be open from Friday to Monday afternoon for your artful pleasure.
A gold coin donation will allow you a day of viewing art, talking with the artists and snapping up handmade art greeting cards.
And they always have a wonderful art raffle.
Easter Saturday is Tocumwal Cup Race Day — time to put on your glad rags, and dress up to enter the Fashions on the Field.
Boys and girls can go stylish and take out the coveted prizes on offer, and punters can have a flutter on the horses.
Book a marquee or stand on the fence, but whatever you do use the free bus if you intend to drink so you do not have to continue the party under blue lights with lollipops and straws.
There are plenty of pick up spots around town for the bus so check them out before then.
Easter Sunday is Foreshore Market Day — possibly the biggest market of the year.
Other towns are jealous of how Tocumwal draws all the best stalls for Easter Sunday Market.
All it needs is for you to be there. Please leave your fur babies at home as this is a dog free market for the safety of the canines, as well the customers.
Talking about art, remember that TocArt meets at the Tocumwal War Memorial Hall every Wednesday for life drawing.
Sometimes they have nude models, and out of respect for their privacy the hall door will be closed.
If you wish to attend, knock and the door will be opened.
The combined service was held in the Uniting Church on Sunday, March 10.
The service was well attended and led by Claire Perston. The address was given by Steve Nonneman.
Claire and Steve are both members of the Uniting Church.
Steve and his wife Anne spend their time between Melbourne and Tocumwal so we were very pleased that Steve could take part in the service.
Morning tea was served at the conclusion of worship. Once again it was good to gather over a cuppa and catch up with fellow Christians.
The next service will be held April 14 at the Anglican Church in Finley St at 8.30am. All welcome.
Tocumwal Public School’s Gardening Club has had a very busy two weeks planting vegetables and putting mulch onto their garden beds.
There is now a Monday and Wednesday group and the groups take turns to do the watering can duty at recess.
Big thanks to Sophie Walsh for her generous donations of beautiful seedlings last week.
Mrs Gastin cashed in the recycled cans and clear drink bottles and made a wonderful amount of $22.90.
Big thanks to everyone who has been bringing them in. Keep them coming, because it is much better than littering our beautiful town streets.
Five Tocumwal Public School students have been selected to play in the Western Zone AFL trials in Leeton tomorrow for the Finley Zone team.
It represents half of students from the school who competed in trials at Berrigan earlier this month.
Each had to confidently display the fundamentals of kicking, bouncing, handballing, tackling and shepherding as part of the trials.
All 10 of the boys from Tocumwal PS performed well. Students going to Leeton this week are Rory Shepherd, Liam Sutton, Will O’Connell, Charlie Locke and Logan White.
Seventeen Tocumwal Public School students qualified for the Regional Swimming Carnival to be held in Albury last Wednesday.
Congratulations to Mia Owen, Ashton Desailly, Molly-Mae Ruigrok, Heath Mansell, Alex Booth, Remmi Wardlaw, Adrienne Jones, Indiana Bear, Cooper Quick, Abigail Walsh, Tully Jones, Taylor Waldron, Charlie Locke, Will O’Connell, Cody Palmer, Jett Parker and Logan White.
All did their personal best.
A round of the Brian Taber Shield cricket competition was played in Deniliquin yesterday. Toc Public’s team travelled to Deniliquin to take on Deniliquin North School.
Results were not available at the time of going to print.
Toc Public participated in Clean Up Australia Day activities last Friday.
Thank you to all of the children for taking special care of their school and the surrounding environment.
Hey kids want to do something creative during the upcoming Easter school holidays?
The library is running workshops on April 16 and 23 for string ball and button bowl making.
Ask for more info at the library.
Needs some new chooks? Finley is having a fowl auction on Saturday, March 30, at 10am, at the Finley Showgrounds.
The Australian Aerobatic Club’s Victorian chapter will be holding a competition at the historic WWII Tocumwal Aerodrome from March 28 to 30. There will be training from March 25 to 27 inclusive.
This exciting event brings pilots and planes from all over Victoria to our airfield.
During the time they are here they use accommodation in the town, eat out and there is an opportunity for a community group to cater for morning and afternoon teas plus light lunches.
Most of all, our aerodrome is being used and kept open for that most important plane of all — the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which no-one really wants to have to use but it is nice to know it can land on a well maintained field in an emergency.
There must be an election coming up! We have had visits and promises by politicians who, at other times, hardly know we exist.
While the federal election date has not been announced, there is a NSW election this Saturday.
So to avoid giving the NSW Government an involuntary donation, please remember to vote this Saturday.