"Heard it through the Grapevine"

 Girls Night Out (L- R) L Pye, J Smith, C Pace, K Burn, M Anderson and K Makin.
Girls Night Out (L- R) L Pye, J Smith, C Pace, K Burn, M Anderson and K Makin.

ITALIANO: Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Grenfell on their wonderful International evening featuring Italy.

Fun, fellowship and beautiful Italian cuisine was the order of the night plus three wonderful speakers to entertain the audience.

The Grenfell Bowling Club was decorated with an Italian theme and place mats depicted the outstanding menu of Bolognaise arancinis with carrot and pernod puree, Insalata caprese with pomegranate glaze, Ricotta and kale cannelloni with cherry tomato and pea sugo, regiano, Pork belly with wet saffron, blue cheese polenta, wild mushrooms ragu, Deconstructed khalua tiramisu pannacotta and Cheese plates.

The chief organisers of the themed evening were Rotarians Jill Hodgson, Roma Sinclair and Sue Armstrong.

The brilliant guest speakers were Roma Sinclair who spoke on Dr Quinto Ercole and his family (reported in Grenfell Record on Wednesday), Mary Dodd from Harden, an Australian born Italian who spoke of her life and only speaking Italian till she attended school and our own Jenn Graham who gave an interesting talk on her trip to Italy as young tourist.

Visiting Rotarians, Friends of Rotary, Probus, members of the Lions Club and local guests enjoyed the evening.

Rotary President Rev Ross Craven thanked the guest speakers and organisers and presented them with an appreciation gift.

CHRISTMAS GET

TOGETHER:

The English/History faculty team of Maree Sutor, Loren Wilkinson, Tracey Cartwright, Emma Griffin, Sarah Higgs and Marg Lynch from The Henry Lawson High School enjoyed a pre-Christmas evening at Fettlers on Friday evening December 01.

Also enjoying a night out wining and dining celebrating someone’s birthday were Roslyn Whitechurch, Katie Blair, Emily Brown, Francesca Taylor and Hilary McKellar.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT:  The heavy deluge on Friday evening did not deter Leonie Pye, Julie Smith, Coral Pace, Karen Burn, Margaret Anderson and Karen Makin.

Each year the great friends enjoy a pre-Christmas dinner and exchanged gifts. Naturally they could not go home early, as it was too wet!

FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Siblings George Hampton, Joan McSpadden and Shirley Hazelgrove organise a family pre Christmas dinner each year.

George’s son Allan and his wife, Joan’s daughters Jenny and Tracie and their husbands Ian Armstrong and Glen Ivins and Joan’s grandson David Armstrong and Shirley’s husband Barry all were in attendance at the Railway Hotel for this special get together.

FRONT PAGE FLASHBACKS: In the Grenfell Record Millennium Feature dated February 4 2000, some of the top stories from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s included these headlines:-

November - $750,000 High School project, 1973: New high school handed over to Principal Ron Carr, 1974:  January – Civic reception for British Empire Medal recipients, Mrs Grace Cramb and Mr Duncan Simpson, March – RED grant for Company’s Dam, August - Rail passenger service closes, 1975: January - One of the districts worst bush fires burns in the Weddin Mountains, July- the Municipal Council amalgamated with Weddin Shire Council, 1976: April - Grant for $15,000 for Tennis Centre, November – Royal Theatre to close, 1977: April – McCabe Complex opens with more than 3000 spectators attending, September – First woman councillor for Weddin Shire, Mrs Leah Griffiths, December – District farewell to Sisters of Mercy, 1978: February - $130,000 Bridge completed, joining Weddin and Burrangong Shires. 1980: March – Senior Citizen’s Units officially opened, October – Train services to cease, 1981:  July - Myers store to close. 1983: August – Museum officially opened by the Hon George Freudenstein, November – Reduction in beds in Quandialla and Grenfell Hospitals. 1988: Opening of O’Brien’s Lookout.

Weddin Whispers: If you have any social news you wish to have published in the Record please contact Deidre Carroll on 6343 1574 or by email at carrollt@tpg.com.au

News of special occasions (weddings, anniversaries and birthdays), holidays, visitors, new babies and achievements of family and friends would be greatly appreciated.

 Information should be brief and concise and good quality photos (with names) of any occasions will also be accepted.

Copy/ photos to be published Friday must be received by Tuesday mornings prior. Information may also be left at the Grenfell Record.

Many residents use Facebook to let their friends know their good news stories, but many older people do not have that privilege and love to read the  news in the local paper. 

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(L-R) M Sutor, L Wilkinson, T Cartwright, E Griffin, S Higgs and M Lynch from THLHS.

(L-R) M Sutor, L Wilkinson, T Cartwright, E Griffin, S Higgs and M Lynch from THLHS.

Rotary's International night organisers Jill Hodgson, Roma Sinclair and Sue Armstrong. Contributed.

Rotary's International night organisers Jill Hodgson, Roma Sinclair and Sue Armstrong. Contributed.

Celebrating birthdays are (L-R) R Whitechurch, K Blair, E Brown, F Taylor and H McKellar.

Celebrating birthdays are (L-R) R Whitechurch, K Blair, E Brown, F Taylor and H McKellar.

D Armstrong, G & T Ivins, B & S Hazelgrove, I Armstrong, J Armstrong, G Hampton, J McSpadden and A Hampton.

D Armstrong, G & T Ivins, B & S Hazelgrove, I Armstrong, J Armstrong, G Hampton, J McSpadden and A Hampton.

Siblings George Hampton, Shirley Hazelgrove and Joan McSpadden.

Siblings George Hampton, Shirley Hazelgrove and Joan McSpadden.

Jenn Graham and Mary Dodd being thanked for their talks at the Rotary Club's International night. Contributed.

Jenn Graham and Mary Dodd being thanked for their talks at the Rotary Club's International night. Contributed.