'Heard it through the Grapevine'

30 YEAR SCHOOL REUNION: The class of 1987 of THLHS held a reunion in the courtyard of the Railway Hotel on Saturday afternoon/evening.

Their last reunion in Grenfell was held in 2013.  A number of reunions have been held at various places since the group finished school.

Rhonda O'Brien (L) and Carole Baldwin (3rd L) were presented with flowers by the former school captains.

Rhonda O'Brien (L) and Carole Baldwin (3rd L) were presented with flowers by the former school captains.

Former students travelled from Sydney, Canberra, Murrumbateman, South Coast, Blue Mountains and Brisbane, to meet up with the Grenfell connection.

Fun and fellowship was the order of the day with many stories and memories relived throughout the day.

Ex-students (and some partners) of the HLHS Class of '65.

Ex-students (and some partners) of the HLHS Class of '65.

The courtyard was decorated in school colours with many photographs lining the walls.

THLHS class of of '87 enjoying their  30 year reunion  in the courtyard at the Railway Hotel.

THLHS class of of '87 enjoying their 30 year reunion in the courtyard at the Railway Hotel.

The group enjoyed finger food early in the afternoon, followed by a beautiful meal provided by Carol Logan.

Many speeches were made; Joyce Minette (Matthews) thanked everyone for attending and for their input for the successful day.

(L- R) Michael, Georgia, Kaitlin, Helen and Alex Reidy.  Absent Scott Reidy.

(L- R) Michael, Georgia, Kaitlin, Helen and Alex Reidy. Absent Scott Reidy.

James Ingrey and Joyce Minette were called upon to cut the reunion cake depicting the school colours made and decorated by Sharyn Bradtke.

BAPTISM: Congratulations to Hannah Elizabeth daughter of Jeremy and Erin Ray who received the sacrament of baptism during Mass on Sunday morning with Father Paletasala (Pale) Leota officiating.

The Rays who now live in Dubbo returned to Grenfell for the baptism as their first child Mitchell was baptised in St Joseph’s.

Jeremy Ray, Nichole Clark, Erin Ray and baby Hannah, Mitchell, David Gablonski, Melissa Ray and Greg Dial.

Jeremy Ray, Nichole Clark, Erin Ray and baby Hannah, Mitchell, David Gablonski, Melissa Ray and Greg Dial.

Godparents are Greg Dial, Nichole Clark, David Gablonski and Melissa Ray.

Hannah’s grandparents are Stephen Ray, Gaye Jones, and Tom and Colleen Gablonski and proud great grandmother is Carol Jones.

Hannah Elizabeth Ray held by her mother Erin being baptised by Fr Pale.

Hannah Elizabeth Ray held by her mother Erin being baptised by Fr Pale.

Following the baptism, family and friends met at the Grenfell Motel for a light luncheon and celebration.

WELCOME BACK: Michael and Helen Reidy and their family Georgia, Kaitlin and Alex returned to Grenfell over the long weekend. Whilst home they visited the family home at “Woodville” Bribbaree and enjoyed a visit to the Bribbaree show.

Helen’s father, the late Arch Caldwell was a former resident at the Grenfell MPS. The Reidy family, who lived and worked in Doha in the Middle East, now reside at Roseville Chase in Sydney whilst Helen's sister Kathy Harding lives in Port Macquarie.

James Ingey and Joyce Minette cutting the 30th anniversary reunion cake.

James Ingey and Joyce Minette cutting the 30th anniversary reunion cake.

CLASS OF '65:  “The third Class of 65 HLHS“ reunion held at the Grenfell Country Club was a huge success over the October long-weekend!

The first reunion was held in 1992 with 114 former students attending and local band, "The Uncalled Four" re-forming for the night to provide age-appropriate music!  

The second was held in 2000 and 51 ex-students attended, and in 2017 there were again 51 students in attendance. School friends became re-acquainted, with many stories from the past being told. (And some of them were even true!) Thanks must go to the organisers of the weekend, Carole Baldwin, Rhonda O'Brien and Gail Smith for their months of hard work leading up to the weekend as well as their efforts on Saturday and Sunday, ex-captains Lyn Hoy and Max Hall presented Rhonda and Carole with flowers in appreciation.

Thanks also to Harvey Mathews for his extremely efficient MC'ing of the evening. Ex-students travelled from Sydney and the North and South coast of NSW, Vic, ACT and Qld to attend, ending the weekend with a barbecue which everyone agreed was a fitting end to the best reunion so far!

GPS

SESQUICENTENARY: The GPS will be celebrating 150 years of public education in Grenfell over the weekend of October 13 and 14. Why not come and take a trip down memory lane. On Friday the school fete will be held under the COLA from 3.30pm till 6.30pm. On Saturday there will be open classrooms from Kinders to grade 6. 10-2pm food and refreshments will be available. The Official Opening is at 11am with student performances with a BBQ lunch available from 11.30am.

12.00 noon will see the burying of time capsule with letters from students to be opened in 50 years. At 1.30pm the opening of the newly built pergola and the unveiling of the “Peta Moffitt Secret Garden” sign will take place, followed by old fashioned games on the oval, damper demos, Circus Art workshop, old school plays and videos will be running on the big screen and closing of event will take place at 3pm.  Everyone is invited to Official Dinner at Country Club at 7pm – bookings essential $35 pp must be paid for at the office by Tues October 10.

VALE: Sympathy is extended to the family of former Grenfell resident Alan Victor Chambers, husband of Beryl and father of Wayne, late of Sanctuary Point who passed away on August 17. A memorial service will be held in the Holy Trinity Church tomorrow Saturday October 7 at 11am. Alan was the last of a generation of ten brothers and sisters.