'Heard it through the Grapevine'

OBE: Congratulations to Patricia Reid who celebrated her OBE “Over Bloomin’ Eighty’ birthday with a ‘girl’s night out’ at Fettlers Restaurant on Thursday September 07.

As well as the regular ’birthday girls’ who enjoy a night out once a month, many of Patricia’s bowls friends, former squash and tennis players, neighbours, family and friends were in attendance to celebrate this milestone.

Coral Mitton who made the beautiful birthday cake welcomed all and gave a review of Patricia’s involvement in Grenfell and the organisations to which she belongs.

Wayne Heathcote (L) with his daughter Sarah and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2014.

Wayne Heathcote (L) with his daughter Sarah and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2014.

Patricia thanked everyone and said she looked forward to the next decade of her life.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: Brother in laws Glen Ivins and Ian ‘Inky’ Armstrong both celebrated birthdays this month. Ian enjoyed a birthday dinner at Fettlers and a few days later Glen was treated to a birthday dinner at the Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant.

Patricia Reid (C) celebrating her 80th birthday with Amber Atkins (L) and Belinda Power.

Patricia Reid (C) celebrating her 80th birthday with Amber Atkins (L) and Belinda Power.

ANGLICAN PARISH FETE: Come one come all to the Anglican Parish Fete tomorrow Saturday September 16.

The fun will get underway around 10am in and around the Parish Hall in Middle Street.

Friends all born in 1937 Faye Hancock, Meg Makin, Pat Reid, Robyn Logan, Joan Eppelstun and Jan Gavin.

Friends all born in 1937 Faye Hancock, Meg Makin, Pat Reid, Robyn Logan, Joan Eppelstun and Jan Gavin.

No need to cook lunch, as there will be steak and sausage sandwiches, hot scones, tea and coffee available to satisfy the hungry.

The Lions Club jumping castle will be there to entertain the youngsters while their parents browse the many stalls of books, bric-a-brac and plants,

Patricia Reid cutting her 80th birthday cake with good friend Coral Mitton.

Patricia Reid cutting her 80th birthday cake with good friend Coral Mitton.

A new item on the agenda this year will be an expert bicycle mechanic, Brian who will be checking and doing a free safety checks on bikes and helmets.

All funds raised go towards the running of the Anglican Parish in Grenfell.

CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP: Everyone is invited to the general meeting of the Bookshop on Saturday September 16 at 10am. Items on the agenda will be a Street Stall and the Bookshop birthday. Apologies or enquiries to Jan Wallace.

GRENFELL JOCKEY CLUB: The Grenfell Jockey Club’s Henry Lawson Loaded Dog and Cup Day will be held on Saturday September 23.

This year marks the sesquicentenary (150 years) of racing in Grenfell.

Many descendants of committee members of the early years of racing will return to Grenfell for this historic occasion, including members of the Griffiths, Fountain and Knight families.

The track and surrounds are in a magnificent condition, with a beautiful crop of Canola in the centre and around. Members of the Jockey Club, the Trust and wonderful volunteers have been working hard to make sure everything will be spot on for the day.

As well as racing there are many prizes up for grabs with fashions on the field.

QUANDIALLA SPRINGTIME BALL: The Quandialla community will be conducting a Springtime Ball fundraiser for Macey Yerbury in the Memorial Hall on Saturday evening September 23 from 6.30pm. Music by “Nuttin 2 Serious”, dress is semi formal and there will be prizes for “Fashions on the Field”, BYO drinks and nibbles. Pies, Sausage Rolls and Tea/Coffee will be available for purchase on the night.

Tickets available Tin Cupboard Grenfell, Quandialla Post Office, M & M Music Young - also in Temora, West Wyalong and Forbes. Steve Doney and Allan Brien assembled a utility cart to donate to the monster raffle (See picture) a great cart to bring in the wood or use when gardening.

Phone or email Ruth on 0408 381 380 - millara1@bigpond.com for more info about Macey’s Spring Ball - she's doing an amazing job of organising the ball and coordinating all the prizes for the monster raffle. Community spirit is alive and well in the small community and it's a credit to people like Ruth.

Men’s Breast Cancer Ride:  On Saturday September 30, Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote (the famous Guinea Pig Racing Family) and around 14 push bike riders will arrive in Grenfell after a seven day trek from Templestowe Melbourne to raise awareness of Menes’ Breast Cancer.

The groups will arrive around mid-day and will ride up the Main Street and onto the cemetery for a memorial service.

Most people aren’t aware that breast cancer can affect both women and men.

This truth became known to Wayne’s when his dear friend, Andrew Lynch a former local, who still has family in Grenfell, told him he had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Andrew fought bravely before losing his short battle and passing away in November 2010. This loss was heartbreaking to Andrew’s family and friends.

The riders will be seeking donation along the way and when they do a pub crawl/walk down the Main St in Grenfell.

Please be generous when you see these folks in Lycra walking the Main.

Double trouble - brothers is law Glen Ivins (L) and Ian Armstrong celebrating their birthdays.

Double trouble - brothers is law Glen Ivins (L) and Ian Armstrong celebrating their birthdays.

Steve Doney and Allan Brien assembled this great cart to donate to the Macey's Springtime Ball fundraiser. (C)

Steve Doney and Allan Brien assembled this great cart to donate to the Macey's Springtime Ball fundraiser. (C)

Tony Abbott, Angus Taylor and Wayne Heathcote during their stopover at Caragabal Public School in April 2016.

Tony Abbott, Angus Taylor and Wayne Heathcote during their stopover at Caragabal Public School in April 2016.