Mas­sive Easter ap­proach­ing

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

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.

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