Fabulous Festival: Congratulations to all concerned for a fantastic Henry Lawson Festival. From all reports good numbers were at all events over the weekend. Unfortunately when you are volunteering at various functions, it is almost impossible to attend everything.
Weatherwise we were fortunate as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after huge frosts it turned out to be beautiful, crisp days. Monday left a bit to be desired, but we were so much better off than other parts of NSW with very a heavy rainfall and blustery conditions.
Festival Visitors: A regular visitor to the festival, Ern Rushton from the Central Coast returned with his daughter Maree for the weekend. Ern a teacher at The Henry Lawson High from 1967-1975 had a number of paintings in the Festival Art competition.
Ern and Maree caught up with Hugh Moffitt and his daughter Stephanie from Dulwich Hill and were joined by Sue and Justyn Armstrong for dinner on Thursday evening. Stephanie sang the National Anthem at the Official Opening of the Festival on Saturday.
A few weeks prior to the Festival Caroline Short, a Palliative Care Nurse from Cessnock had a stop-over in Grenfell enroute to a seminar in Griffiths.
Having a coffee at the Loaded Dog Cafe and met up with Clemence Matchett who was out organising some festival activities.
After chatting for a while Clemence said “Why don’t you come back for the festival?”
And that they did – they were fortunate enough to get accommodation at the Railway Hotel. With her husband Kerry and good friends and Ellen and Darrel Poile from Buff’s Point, they arrived Friday afternoon and stayed on till Monday morning. They were seen at almost every venue and activity at the festival and vowed to return again one day.
Pam Pearce was delighted to have her daughter Kathy and her husband Tom Byrne from Hervey Bay Qld visit her for the weekend.
They thoroughly enjoyed being home and had a great weekend at the festival.
Festival Entrants: The five Queen candidates, Courtney Hunter, Holly Bowerman, Rachael Eppelstun, Danielle Schneider and Vicki McIntyre met with the judges on Thursday evening prior to the Official Opening of the Festival Art.
Judy and Darrell Penfold from Cowra enjoyed dinner with the entrants and Queen Co-ordinater, Juanita Meiers at the Thai Today Restaurant.
Congratulations to Danielle Schneider representing the Grenfell Lions Club who was announced Festival Queen at the concert on Friday evening and to Vicki McIntyre representing the Grenfell Public School who was announced as Charity Queen at the Festival Awards evening on Saturday.
Double Celebrations: Rod Walsh and his daughter Madeline celebrated their birthdays on Thursday evening at the Thai Today Restaurant.
Joining them for the celebrations were Vicki Walsh, Lorene and Tim Hazell, Don, Val and Freuin Forsyth and Madeline’s boyfriend Jeremy D’Obrain.
Engagement: Erin Taylor, daughter of Ian and Kathy Taylor from Rouse and Alex Fensham announced their engagement recently in Paris.
Erin and Alex were home for the birthday celebrations of Erin’s Grandmother Agnus Taylor.
Erin is also a niece of Graham and Ginny Taylor, whilst Alex is a nephew of Pam and Chris Fletcher.
Pre-School says thank you: The Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Centre received a letter confirming the Grain Corp Community Funds award for the Weddin Mobile Pre School Service.
Sharon Grant, Director of the Pre-School and Long Day Care Centre said that they would like to acknowledge the work that Grain Corp do in helping services like theirs.
“We are sincerely grateful for their employees, David Walsh, and Greg Fanning - Grenfell, Craig Dowsett - Quandialla, Glen Miller - Caragabal and Paul O’Brien – Bribbaree for supporting our application.” Sharon said.
The Weddin Mobile Preschool Service is a new service and is going extremely well and with help from Grain Corp they are able to buy equipment to create a more functional area to assist with the development of skills for the children and promoting wellbeing activities for all.
The Weddin mobile Preschool operate Mondays and Wednesdays at Quandialla and Tuesdays and Fridays at Caragabal.