'Heard it through the Grapevine'

HANCOCK REUNION:  On Saturday evening June 10 members of the Hancock family enjoyed an amazing reunion at the Grenfell Country Club. Around 90 people were in attendance for the dinner. Every sibling from Ma and Pops family represented Maine, Bill, George, Eva, Len, Earl, Cliff, and Sylvia were in attendance. If it was not their children, it was grandchildren. People travelled from Cairns, Townsville, Melbourne and everywhere in between. It was a great weekend to have it, as it was Festival weekend and family member enjoyed the activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and caught up with not only family but many friends.  Annette Hazell, Ronette Hancock and Noelene Brandt cut the beautiful cake made and decorated by Sharyn Bradtke.

Pictured in the 3rd generation photo are (L-RF) Noelene Brandt, Annette Hazell, Suzie Collins, Dale Young and  Donna Kennedy (B) Trevor Hancock, Kevin Hancock, Lyn Carr, Carol Allen, Kay Hancock, Dawn Richards, John King, Brett Hancock, Carl Allen, Kay Hancock, Dawn Richards and Jill Harry.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Monica Joyce celebrated her birthday at Fettlers Restaurant on Tuesday June 13 with her husband Danny and their children Abbey and Hannah.

CATHY WIEGOLD

MEMORIAL FUN RUN: Thank you so much for the team who put together the Kathy Wiegold Memorial Fun Run as part of the Henry Lawson Festival.

My mother, Lyndal Holland (née Lee) was born and bred in Grenfell and I still have lots of family in the area. As a child I loved coming “home” on the long weekend to experience some country hospitality and the buzz of festival weekend. That joy is something I love being able to replicate now by bringing my own three children “home”. This year my brother Bradley Holland came with me and my three children Eli, Allegra and Cooper. We spent the long weekend staying with our Aunt and Uncle - Phillipa and Garry Baker. In the last few years I have taken up running and despite living in Sydney have run in events up to half marathon distance in Canberra, Carcoar and the Gold Coast under the banner of my amazing running group Running Mums Australia. So it was with much excitement that I discovered that the festival included a fun run. The 7.5km event started and finished at Lawson Park and took in a beautiful route out of town via Walsh’s Lane and the Quondong Road. We had some tarred road and dirt road, as well as a few hills. It was the perfect morning for running and the small field were all very friendly. There was a great atmosphere with so many volunteers out to guide and support us. I highly recommend the Fun Run as an awesome way to start festival weekend (and prepare for all the treats you can eat later on). You’ve got a year’s notice so why not start preparing now so that next year we can have an even more amazing event. Megan Gibson.

FESTIVAL VISITORS: Greg and Maree Parker were home from Mudgee for the Festival weekend to visit Greg’s family, Kath and Barry Parker.

Lola Madden also welcomed a visit from her daughter Helen Cooper and her children Nicola and Martin from Exeter in the Southern Highlands. The family arrived too late for the fun run on Saturday and Martin who is a runner and was out for an early morning run and missed out on the photo. Peter and Judy George returned to Grenfell over the festival weekend and spent the weekend with Penne and Keith Starr. Originally the Peter and Judy were to do a house sit in Grenfell, but due to an unfortunate mishap by the owner of the house, who was unable to travel and this did not happen. Peter will be remembered as the Manager of the CBC Bank (now the NAB) in Grenfell in the 1980’s. Peter and Judy thoroughly enjoyed the festival and caught up with many over the weekend. They were spotted at the Art opening, the Awards evening and on the very busy Saturday of the festival.

Competitors at the start of Cathy Wiegold Memorial Festival Fun Run.

Competitors at the start of Cathy Wiegold Memorial Festival Fun Run.

The steep climb on the fun run.

The steep climb on the fun run.

Lola Madden (C) with her daughter Helen and granddaughter Nicola Cooper.

Lola Madden (C) with her daughter Helen and granddaughter Nicola Cooper.

3rd Generation Hancock family at the reunion.

3rd Generation Hancock family at the reunion.

(L-R) Peter and Judy George with Penne and Keith Starr at the Festival Awards dinner.

(L-R) Peter and Judy George with Penne and Keith Starr at the Festival Awards dinner.

(L-R) Kath, Greg and Maree Parker.

(L-R) Kath, Greg and Maree Parker.

Annette Hazel, Ronette Hancock and Noelene Brandt cutting the reunion cake.

Annette Hazel, Ronette Hancock and Noelene Brandt cutting the reunion cake.

 (L-R) Danny, Abbey, Monica and Hannah Joyce at Monica's birthday dinner.

(L-R) Danny, Abbey, Monica and Hannah Joyce at Monica's birthday dinner.