'Heard it through the Grapevine'

ADELAIDE TO LAWSON: Mary O’Brien travelled from Adelaide to Lawson in the Blue Mountains to celebrate with her sister Pam Cooley’s 70th birthday.

The Grenfell Jockey Club in the early days of racing.

The Grenfell Jockey Club in the early days of racing.

Myrl Reeves.

Myrl Reeves.

The sisters, who were both born in Gooloogong called into Grenfell on their way back to Adelaide and as part of Pam’s birthday surprise, Mary booked them into Grenfell Hall B and B.

Nicola Mitton (C-F) Celebrating her 50th birthday with her friends and family.

Nicola Mitton (C-F) Celebrating her 50th birthday with her friends and family.

Their grandparents David McDougall and his wife Mary (nee Flynn) were born in Grenfell and married in St Joseph’s Church around 1906.

Judy and Nicola Mitton and Mary Copps at Nicola's 50th birthday celebrations.

Judy and Nicola Mitton and Mary Copps at Nicola's 50th birthday celebrations.

Sharing the driving the sisters will spend three weeks together before Pam returns home.

(L-R) Mark Breed, Libby Impey, Pauline Thompson, Monique Joyce and Desiree Bottilier.

(L-R) Mark Breed, Libby Impey, Pauline Thompson, Monique Joyce and Desiree Bottilier.

Because of their love of Henry Lawson, their one ambition is to return to Grenfell for the festival.

SISTERS: Desiree Bottilier recently welcomed a visit from her two sisters Libby Impey from New Zealand and Pauline Thomson from Melbourne.

Karen Burn and Josh Dawes celebrating their birthdays.

Karen Burn and Josh Dawes celebrating their birthdays.

Libby arrived in Sydney and caught the XPT, whilst Pauline caught the XPT from Melbourne.

The girls met at Cootamundra Station and caught the Countrylink bus to Grenfell.

(L-R) Maddison, Denise, Penny and (F) Riley Martin at the double birthday celebrations.

(L-R) Maddison, Denise, Penny and (F) Riley Martin at the double birthday celebrations.

Last week the visitors, Desiree and her children Mark Breed and Monique Joyce enjoyed a night out to dinner at Fettlers.

MYRLS 90TH: This snap is of Myrl Reeves who was celebrating her 63rd Mother's Day at the village of Greenethorpe. Enjoying a beautiful lunch at the Circa 1935 with family.

But the thrill is to be the celebration of Myrl’s 90th birthday this August.

Sisters born in Gooloogong, Pam Cooley (L) and Mary O'Brien on a recent stopover in Grenfell.

Sisters born in Gooloogong, Pam Cooley (L) and Mary O'Brien on a recent stopover in Grenfell.

Hence Myrl's families are extending an invitation to all to an Open House at the Trinity Church Hall in Middle Street on Saturday August 12 from 10.30 am till 4pm.

Please join them in celebrating this wonderful and exciting birthday. For all those who would like to be present that is the present by request. Finger food, tea coffee will be provided over the day. Looking forward to an enjoyable day.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Nicola Mitton celebrated her 50th birthday on July 21 at Fettlers. Nicola’s mother Mary Copps travelled up from Penrith for the special occasion. Nicola’s mother in law Judy Mitton and school colleagues and friends Carol Hargrave, Margaret Lynch, Megan Crossley, Lyn McCulloch, Elaine Dumbrell and Monica Joyce were all in attendance to celebrate this milestone.

The following evening Nicola was treated to another birthday celebration in Forbes with her family from Grenfell, Bathurst and Penrith.

DOUBLE CELEBRATIONS: Denise Martin and her granddaughter Maddison celebrated their birthdays with a family dinner at Fettler’s on Tuesday evening. Maddison’s parents Daniel and Ashleigh, her sisters Riley and Penny as well as her grandfather and Denise’s husband Graham enjoyed the night out.

MORE BIRTHDAYS: Karen Burn and Josh Dawes also had a combined birthday dinner celebration at Fettlers on Tuesday evening with their extended family and friends.

GRENFELL JOCKEY SESQUICENTENARY: In September 1867 a meeting was held in Yeo’s Hotel to organise and conduct a race meeting to be held in November that year and adopt the AJC rules.

The stewards were instructed to inspect the country between Grenfell and “Seven Hills” and choose a suitable site for the race meeting. The first meeting was held in November at a site about a mile out of Grenfell towards Young.

In the 1870’s the racecourse was shifted to another site and by 1878 was moved to the present site on Holy Camp Rd. The Grenfell Jockey Club Sesquicentenary meeting will be held on Saturday September 23. More history/information will be forthcoming in the sports section of the Grenfell Record leading up to this historic day.

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