"Heard it through the Grapevine"

Are we scary?

Are we scary?

OBE: Graham and Margaret Spratt from Quandialla and Jill and Allan Hodgson from Grenfell enjoyed a trip on the Ghan to celebrate Graham’s ‘Over Bloomin’ 80th birthday. Graham cut his cake, made by the caterers on the Ghan in the Queen Adelaide Car.

Mayor Mark Liebich and GM Glenn Carroll with Steph Cooke MP at the launch of "Sunshine on the Peaks".

Mayor Mark Liebich and GM Glenn Carroll with Steph Cooke MP at the launch of "Sunshine on the Peaks".

The group spent three nights in Darwin after flying from Sydney, three nights on the train and another three nights in Adelaide. Side trips to Katherine Gorge, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy were part of the train experience. The highlight in Darwin was the ‘hop on hop off bus’ enabling the visitors to see many of the city’s attractions. In Alice Springs a visit to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame was top priority, followed by catching up with relatives. At Adelaide, Jill and Allan chanced upon the display of solar cars that had just completed the Darwin to Adelaide challenge – they’re certainly different. A tour to the Barossa Valley and Hahndorf completed their sight-seeing.

Trick or treat?

Trick or treat?

HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY: Brian Nowlan celebrated his 80th birthday at the family farm “Moroak” Bimbi on Sunday October 29. His children James and his son Thomas, Catherine and David and Lucy and Michael Kemp were in attendance but unfortunately Robert was unable to attend. Brian’s sister Helen Mulcahy as well as friends and neighbours also enjoyed the day.

Brian Nowlan celebrating with his family his 80th Birthday at his home at "Moroak" Bimbi. Contributed.

Brian Nowlan celebrating with his family his 80th Birthday at his home at "Moroak" Bimbi. Contributed.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD: George Patrick Holmes was born October 19 2017. George is the second child for Jessica Lambert and Jack Holmes of Cootamundra and a little brother for Layla.

Bev Lappan' and her prizewinning painting "Grazing Cattle, Hill End". Contributed.

Bev Lappan' and her prizewinning painting "Grazing Cattle, Hill End". Contributed.

Delighted grandparents are Prue and Craig Lambert (Cootamundra) and Isabel and Gary Holmes (Grenfell).

CONGRATULATIONS: On Friday evening October 27, Bev Lappan of Grenfell was awarded the major prize at the Harden Art Show. Bev’s painting “Grazing, Hill End” won the Kruger Memorial prize for the most outstanding painting in the exhibition. A number of Grenfell’s Art group were in attendance for the announcement. Well done Bev.

SUNSHINE ON THE PEAKS: The Launch of “Sunshine on the Peaks” took place last week at THLHS. Congratulation to all involved in this outstanding song-writing Wellbeing Program, focussing on mental health. Many people worked on this production including Students and staff of THLHS, Arts Out West, The Grenfell Men’s Shed, Councillors of the Weddin Shire, community members and Abbey Smith. This has received great publicity on radio and TV.

HALLOWEEN: On Tuesday evening October 31, we had a number of young people (with their parents) tricking or treating. They were very excited.

Luckily we had some treats for them. As they were all dressed up, I did not get their names. They will know their photographs.

NEW AQUATIC CENTRE: Almost four months ago Katrina Hodgkinson (former Member for Cootamundra) and the Deputy Premier John Barilaro were in Grenfell and announced that a grant of $950,000 had been received through Club Grants  from NSW Government for the amenities block at the pool. On this day it was also announced that the pool would be finished on November 01.  On Wednesday November 01, Weddin Shire Council received the keys to the new Grenfell Aquatic Centre from the contractors ICON Building group Pty Ltd. The facility will be open to the public this Saturday November 04, 2017. I believe the Mayor Mark Liebich and Miss Roma Sinclair will take to the water at 6am on Saturday.

Graham and Margaret Spratt and Jill and Allan Hodgson in the Queen Adelaide dining car on board the Ghan. Contributed.

Graham and Margaret Spratt and Jill and Allan Hodgson in the Queen Adelaide dining car on board the Ghan. Contributed.

MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON: The Australian Red Cross Grenfell Branch will be hosting their annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon at the Grenfell Country Club on Tuesday November 07. This is always a very popular day with a meal served.

There will be competitions, sweeps and you can watch the cup in the comfort of the Country Club. Tickets are on sale now at CJ Andersons, Loxley Salon, Tammy’s Hair Design and Louisa’s Locker.

CAN ASSIST YELLOW DAY: Come along and join Rowie at the Can-Assist Melbourne Cup Yellow Day at the Criterion Hotel.

Michelle has organised a monster raffle with lots of prizes – tickets $5 each or 3 for $10 as well as a 100 club with prize money of $500 with tickets at just $10 and sweeps and there will be a prize fir the best “yellow outfit”.

Can-Assist Grenfell Branch will also be hosting the Melbourne Cup Calcutta at the Grenfell Bowling Club on Sunday evening from 6pm where tickets will be on sale.  The Bowling Club Bistro will be operating on Sunday evening.

WELCOME: New born George Patrick Holmes with his sister Layla. Photo: Contributed.

WELCOME: New born George Patrick Holmes with his sister Layla. Photo: Contributed.

GALVIN FAMILY: The families of the (late) Leo and Mena Galvin will be holding a get together in the Supper Room (Grenfell Showground) on Saturday 11th November to mark 100 years since Leo and Mena were born. Members of the Grenfell Community who are known to the family are invited to join us for afternoon tea from 3.30pm.