Town Beach al­ready a ‘se­cond home’

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

The fore­cast for Tocumwal Easter weather is for warm days and cool nights, so this will es­pe­cially please our vis­i­tors from down south who have ex­pe­ri­enced colder times re­cently.

This will make camp­ing very pop­u­lar as it’s the last chance for many to get away be­fore the win­ter sets in.

More than 50 car­a­vans, tents and mo­tor homes have al­ready been mak­ing Town Beach their home for the first week of the Vic­to­rian school hol­i­days.

We hope they stay on to en­joy some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that Tocumwal has in store for the tourists and lo­cals for Easter.

As you have been told be­fore it is all hap­pen­ing in Tocumwal over the long Easter week­end

As an added ex­tra on the art scene, there is an artist’s col­lec­tive now open in Tocumwal

The Tocumwal Art and An­tique Gallery, a com­mu­nity run group, will be open for busi­ness on each day of the Easter week­end from 10am to 2pm.

Pay a visit and meet the artists who will be man­ning the gallery.

This is an ex­cit­ing time as TocArts will also be dis­play­ing some of their life art sketches and will have some pieces for sale.

It is great that the dif­fer­ent gen­res can be dis­played in one place for your view­ing plea­sure.

Along with new ex­hibitors and new paint­ings, there will be plenty of va­ri­ety for the dis­cern­ing art lover in­clud­ing tex­tile art.

The artists are very pas­sion­ate about their works and it is re­flected in the won­der­ful dis­play on show now in our new­est gallery in De­niliquin St in the old bil­liard rooms.

Also have a look at the Co­bram and Dis­trict’s An­nual Art Show in the Tocumwal War Me­mo­rial Hall which will be run­ning for the four days over the break.

It opens at 10am on Good Fri­day and runs each day un­til clos­ing at 3pm on Mon­day.

This show brings to­gether the work of the Co­bram and Dis­trict artists and cov­ers many styles and gen­res with scenes of the beau­ti­ful Mur­ray River at all times of the day and sea­son be­ing very pop­u­lar with view­ers.

Make sure you take a ticket in the paint­ing raf­fle as it is al­ways a su­per col­lab­o­ra­tion of CADA’s tal­ented artists.

A gold coin do­na­tion at the door is all that is asked, so you can spend time brows­ing and pos­si­bly buy­ing lo­cal art.

Good Fri­day will see the fifths mini foot­ballers run onto the ground at 9am, start­ing off a day of foot­ball and netball with a real coun­try flavour.

Corey Herezo has a team of boys and girls who are learning the fun­da­men­tals of the game and who love hav­ing a run on the big field and they play the game with a pas­sion.

Take a look at our un­der 11 net­ballers who also start early over on the netball courts.

If you have city vis­i­tors take them along to see foot­ball played by peo­ple who play it for the love of the game rather than big money and take a look at the net­ballers as well, plenty of speed and vigour there too, for the love of the game and pride in the club.

And like most footy/netball in the coun­try there is an army of work­ers be­hind the scene, cooking hot­dogs, mark­ing lines, wav­ing flags, and do­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive work, so you can go along and en­joy watch­ing the games, even if you go at 9am when the dew is still wet on the ground.

On Satur­day the horses re­turn to the Tocumwal Race Club for their an­nual lo­cal out­ing.

The course is look­ing the best it can be with reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing by the hard work­ing com­mit­tee. The shrubs around the perime­ter fence have grown and will soon be a fea­ture of the area.

Tocumwal Race Club brings you a six race card and lots of other fun on the day. There will be mar­quees, Fash­ions on the Field, on course book­ies and TAB bet­ting.

Lots of things for the kids to do too. You can take the bus from town to and from the course and save hav­ing a date with the law.

The big­gest mar­ket in the area re­turns on Sun­day — the only time in the year the mar­ket is held on Sun­day.

And it will be huge with well over 200 stalls al­ready booked.

There will be all your old favourites and many new stall own­ers get­ting a chance to show their wares at this fa­mous mar­ket, which starts at 8am and goes through un­til af­ter lunch.

Re­mem­ber this is a dog free mar­ket. Leave your fur ba­bies at home, a stress­ful crowded mar­ket is no place for a dog.

Thurs­day May 23 — keep this date free for a very wor­thy cause and a great so­cial out­ing.

Get a group to­gether and have a fun time while rais­ing fun for cancer re­search.

Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea will again be hosted by Hunters Haven An­gli­can Op Shop and the Tocumwal Com­mu­nity Op Shop.

The venue to is be ad­vised.

The Shabby Chic Art Show is back again this May, open­ing with a pre­view evening on Fri­day, May 17.

The show will run over the week­end of May 18 and 19 from 10am un­til 4.30pm.

This is a show for pre-loved and orig­i­nal art­works.

There will be a show­ing of oil paint­ings, wa­ter­colours, and some prints as well as a few pieces of an­tique fur­ni­ture.

The pre­view night will fea­ture a wine tast­ing and light sup­per as well as get­ting first chance to snap up an art­work.

A bit later in the year — in Septem­ber — Tocumwal will be host­ing an Air Show.

The skies of Tocumwal will once again be filled with the sound of World War II air­craft for the Tocumwal Air Show which will be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 14 .

It will be a great day out for the fam­ily, with more than four hours of breath­tak­ing fly­ing dis­plays, hot rod, cus­tom, and his­toric ve­hi­cle dis­plays, mar­ket stalls, food trucks, joy flights and so much more!

More de­tails to come as plan­ning and prepa­ra­tions con­tinue dur­ing the year.

The au­tumn weather is very con­ducive to get­ting out and about in the sun­shine be­fore the grip of win­ter hits us soon.

So it was no sur­prise to see some ‘yummy mum­mies’ get­ting their Vi­ta­min D with their off­spring in tow, or rather in their jog­ging strollers.

Alisha Mat­ters and her son Harry, Carly Al­mond and her daugh­ter Poppy and Lisa Far­rell and her boys Billy and Tom were out and about be­fore 9am last Thurs­day, crunch­ing the kilo­me­tres, while their kids got plenty of fresh air and sun­shine.

These young ladies say they do this ex­er­cise most days but their hus­bands are doubt­ful.

Well doubt no more fel­las, be­cause we now have pho­to­graphic proof of their ex­er­cise ef­forts.

The com­bined churches of Tocumwal held their monthly ser­vice in the An­gli­can Church on Sun­day.

Al­though a few peo­ple were away, there was still a good num­ber in at­ten­dance. The ser­vice was led by Rev Stephen Davis.

On Good Fri­day there will be a com­bined ser­vice at the An­gli­can Church at 9am.

There will be Street Stall run by the Unit­ing Church on April 26, at 9am, in front of IGA.

The next monthly com­bined ser­vice will be held at the Pres­by­te­rian Church at 9am on Sun­day, May 12.

St Peter’s Catholic Church Easter Ob­ser­vances are as fol­lows:

Good Fri­day Ceat 3pm, Easter Sun­day Mass at 8.30am, Con­fes­sions in Holy Week from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Mem­bers of all con­gre­ga­tions pray that you will have a safe and blessed Easter.

It would not be Easter with­out the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal fundraiser, and our lo­cal NSW Fire & Res­cue team help­ing them out.

If you hear reg­u­lar sirens on Good Fri­day, it will be the vol­un­teers go­ing around the streets col­lect­ing do­na­tions.

Tocumwal and its vis­i­tors are al­ways very gen­er­ous to this cause be­cause that is where our sick­est chil­dren go, and we must help to en­sure it has the high­est health care for our kids.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the re­cent sunny weather were (from left) Alisha and Harry Mat­ters, Carly Al­mond and Lisa Far­rell with Billy and Tom.

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