'Heard it through the Grapevine'

JUST TOURING: Last week I caught up with a delightful couple (retired schoolteachers) Caroline and Max Mulvey from Ulladulla.

Through Wikicamps they discovered the beautiful camping spot at the Lions’ Park at the Grenfell Railway Station complex and wish to thank the Lions Club, the Weddin Shire and the Men’s Shed for the outstanding area. 

Debbie Williamson with her fantastic birthday cake.

Debbie Williamson with her fantastic birthday cake.

Max and Carolyn Mulvey on a recent stop over in Grenfell.

Max and Carolyn Mulvey on a recent stop over in Grenfell.

Although these camps are free, they said, most tourists leave a donation, spend money in the town, and buy meals and petrol which in turn assists the community. They said they would be recommending Grenfell as a stop over to all their friends.

The Mulveys have been on a three month tour up through the Kimberly Ranges and were heading home.

(FL) Debbie Williamson and Sharon Eppelstun (BL) Jeanie Light-Murray and Bronwyn Liebich.

(FL) Debbie Williamson and Sharon Eppelstun (BL) Jeanie Light-Murray and Bronwyn Liebich.

When Caroline noticed I had a Parramatta windcheater on, she told me her grandfather Jim Parsons was the first Secretary Manager of Parramatta and he toured with the 1952 Australian team to the UK.

Jim’s one ambition before he passed away was to see Parramatta win a premiership and this they did in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1986.

Karen Makin, Coral Pace, Julie Smith, Karen Burn, Margaret Anderson and Leonie Pye.

Karen Makin, Coral Pace, Julie Smith, Karen Burn, Margaret Anderson and Leonie Pye.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: Joan McSpadden celebrated her 86th birthday on July 26 with her family Jenny and Ian Armstrong and their son David and Tracie and Glen Ivins.

Carol Logan presented Joan with her own very special birthday sweet with one candle.

Joan McSpadden.

Joan McSpadden.

Debbie Williamson was also treated to a night out for dinner for her birthday.

Among those helping Debbie celebrate were Jeannie Light- Murray, Sharon Eppelstun, Bronwyn and Mark Liebich, Graham Eppelstun and John Carter. A very special birthday cake – tiers of patty cakes was made by Jeannie Light- Murray and enjoyed by all.

 Kathy Taylor and her daughter Sally Taylor-Phillips from NZ.

Kathy Taylor and her daughter Sally Taylor-Phillips from NZ.

Both these birthdays were celebrated at Fettlers.

LIONS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Congratulations to Hugh Moffitt who was awarded the Grenfell Lions Club Citizen of the Year at the annual changeover on Saturday evening.

Thank you to Hugh’s family and friends who helped in a devious way to get Hugh to the dinner.

It was a very special evening with Hugh’s daughter Stephanie, his son Alex and his wife Ava, his sister Jenny and her husband John Hetherington and their son James and his wife Auburn Carr and great friends from various organisations in town – Penne and Keith Starr, Justyn Armstrong and Judy Mitton who were in attendance for the surprise. Of course his other great friends Honorary Lion Bill and Marie Rudd were there as well.

VISITING HOME FROM NZ: Kathy Taylor’s daughter Sally Taylor-Phillips was home in Grenfell on short visit recently. Sally had a work conference in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday and asked for the Friday off so that she could visit her mother and family over the weekend. Her husband Ben and son Cooper remained in New Zealand while Sally was in Australia. Sally enjoyed her time in Grenfell and Caragabal.

BON VOYAGE:  Karen Makin, Julie Smith, Margaret Anderson, Coral Pace and Karen Burn, friends of Leonie Pye gathered at Fettlers Restaurant to bid her farewell prior to her trip to the UK on August 9 where she will spend three weeks visiting her two grandsons. They also took time to wish Karen Burn a belated happy birthday.

DIARY DATES: Grenfell is a very busy place with many events coming up including;  August 05-06 - Active Festival, September 01-02 - Grenfell Show, 09 - Caragabal Sheep Races, 23 - Jockey Club’s Sesquicentenary (150 years) of Racing,  24-29 - Weddin Mountain Muster, October 07 -  Business Under the Stars, 14-15 - Public School Sesquicentenary (150 years). The GPS is seeking memorabilia from members of the community for this weekend

WEDDIN WHISPERS: Following the change to NBN Broadband  my home phone and internet are now both back on line. Contributions may be emailed to carrollt@tpg.com au. Or contact me on 6343 1574 or my mobile 0403 480 729. 

(Bl-R) Glen and Tracie Ivins and David Armstrong (F) Jenny Armstrong, Joan McSpadden and Ian Armstrong.

(Bl-R) Glen and Tracie Ivins and David Armstrong (F) Jenny Armstrong, Joan McSpadden and Ian Armstrong.

Hugh Moffitt with family and friends at the 2017 Lions Changeover.

Hugh Moffitt with family and friends at the 2017 Lions Changeover.