'Heard it through the Grapevine'

Ray and Rosemary with good friends Bob and Kaye Nebauer, Kaye was Rosemary's bridesmaid.
Ray and Rosemary with good friends Bob and Kaye Nebauer, Kaye was Rosemary's bridesmaid.

THE SNOWY RIDE: The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW since 2001 and has helped the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) raise in excess of $6 million for research into a cure for childhood cancer.

Ray and Rosemary Walter with family and friends at their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations.

Ray and Rosemary Walter with family and friends at their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations.

All monies raised by SWCCF go to childhood cancer research programs and support of children with cancer.

The aim of the Snowy Ride was to involve the motorcycle riders of Australia into raising money for research into childhood cancer and its side effects and to give the local volunteer organisations of the Snowy mountains area the chance to raise money for their own communities.

Ashleigh Leibick, Leanne Staunton (Grenfell) Anglina and Katt Hancock (South Coast).

Ashleigh Leibick, Leanne Staunton (Grenfell) Anglina and Katt Hancock (South Coast).

Another highlight from Snowy Ride 17 was the presentation from Gabrielle Curtin from Snowy Hydro, who spent a lot of time getting to know the wonderful families in the Snowy Hydro Family Program, and also handed over a massive $100,000 to Sue Walter CEO of Steven Walter Children's Cancer Foundation.

Over 2500 bikes from NSW and Victoria participated in the 2017 ride with and entry of $60. Honda donated two bikes to the cause as well as a racing bike.

An offshoot of this weekend ride (courtesy of Gavin Johnson) arrived in Grenfell on Sunday afternoon and stayed at the Railway Hotel.

The group attended the Can-Assist Melbourne Cup Calcutta at the Grenfell Bowling Club.

Keith Ritchie and Marlene Harris enjoying the Ranch Sorting at the Grenfell Racecourse complex.

Keith Ritchie and Marlene Harris enjoying the Ranch Sorting at the Grenfell Racecourse complex.

We met with this group and found that Peter Losh a former Jockey (now from the Central Coast) had ridden in Grenfell many times at the Jockey Club Races and also in the Grenfell Guineas.

We knew Peter’s father in law from Cullen Bullen many years ago.

Another rider Emilio Pirozzie worked in Grenfell building stables at George Hampton’s.

He told about an accident when he broke Murray Hampton’s arm  when he was only a little fellow.

Another rider Paul Harding from Silverdale is a great friend, as we are of Ian (founder of CareFlight) and Margaret Badham.

The boys had a great night and supported the Can-Assist to the hilt.

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:  Congratulations to Ray and Rosemary Walter of Grenfell who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Grenfell Bowling Club on Saturday November 04.

As well as being surrounded by friends and family, also in attendance were Ray and Rosemary's good friends Kaye and Bob Nebauer, Kaye was Rosemary's bridesmaid.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Jai Purdie celebrated his birthday with a dinner at the Railway Hotel on Friday evening. Helping Jai celebrate were his mother Marina Dykhoff, Grandmother Bernadette Dykhoff, his sister Tahnee, his brothers Lleiton Purdie and Nicholas Penfold as well as Natalie Hayes, Jeremy Bell and Terry Hancock.

RANCH SORTING: The Weddin Mountain Performance Horse Club conducted a very successful two day programme at the Grenfell Racecourse complex last weekend.

Ranch Sorting takes place in two pens 18m across with a 4m opening where they join. Two riders on horseback sort as many (maximum ten) head of numbered stock in numerical order from one pen to the other in an allotted time.

Ranch Sorting caters for riders of all abilities from beginners to expert horse persons all competing at their own level. Many local riders competed at the event.

TOURING HOLIDAY: Kelvin, Linda, Geoff and Rosemary Berry from Windsor Downs had a stop-over in Grenfell at the Caravan Park last week.

The Berry’s travelling with two vans were on their way home following their five-weeks touring holiday to Victor Harbour, Mt Gambia, Portland and Port Fairy (SA),  The Grampians, Hall’s Gap, Horsham and Hopetown.

They enjoyed their stay at the Caravan Park and the hospitality and meal at the Railway Hotel.

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 November 11 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 them for afternoon tea from 3.30pm.

Former Priest at St Joseph’s Fr Kevin Flynn will also be in Grenfell for the reunion and will be celebrating Mass on Sunday morning at 9.30am.

Following Mass Fr Kevin will officiate at the baptism of three descendants of Mena and Leo.

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Tomorrow’s Grenfell RSL service will be held in Memorial Park, where RSL members and family representatives, Army Cadets, Town Band Buglers, students from local schools and members of the public will be in attendance. 

This will be followed by a “Dining In Night” at the Grenfell Bowling Club.

The boys from the Snowy 2017 Ride with Gavin Johnson at the Cup Calcutta for Can Assist.

The boys from the Snowy 2017 Ride with Gavin Johnson at the Cup Calcutta for Can Assist.

Kevin, Linda, Geoff and Rosemary Berry enjoyed a stop-over in Grenfell.

Kevin, Linda, Geoff and Rosemary Berry enjoyed a stop-over in Grenfell.

Jai Purdie (B-L)  with family and friends to celebrate his birthday.

Jai Purdie (B-L) with family and friends to celebrate his birthday.