Weddin Whispers Bulletin

90TH BIRTHDAY: The family of Rita Page gathered at the Albion Hotel on Saturday January 27 for lunch to celebrate her 90th birthday. Present were children Matthew and Jane son in law Stephen Ryder and daughters in law Margaret and Rosie Lynch, four of her grandchildren and partners and her six great grandchildren. A great meal was enjoyed followed by a beautiful birthday cake. Absent were daughter in law Leonie Lynch grandchildren Tom and Elle Lynch and Chris Lynch and wife Zoe who are expecting great grandchild number seven in three weeks and Jenny Lynch. Congratulations Rita.

NAMING DAY: On Saturday January 13, about 50 family and friends gathered at the Raiders Club Canberra for the Naming Day of Lydia Margaret Clarke. Lydia is the daughter of Joseph Clarke and Kimberley Robson, and granddaughter of Debbie Clarke and Laurie Rolls, Brett Robson, Phillip Clarke and Steph and Mark Daniel. Lydia’s middle name Margaret is after her late Great Grandmother Margaret Eppelstun.

A great afternoon was had by all to celebrate the naming day with a beautiful service, finished off with a delicious cake cut by Lydia’s parents. Lydia’s godparents were also present with Jake Taylor and Jordan Barclay from Grenfell and Kim’s brother Ethan and sister Bethany Robson who live in Canberra.

WELCOME VISITORS: Paul and Robyn Bateman enjoyed an evening out to dinner at the Railway Hotel with their visitors - daughter Mandy and her husband Cameron Wilson along with Kristie and Luke Armstrong, Graham Eppelstun and Chad White. Mandy and Cameron, and their daughter Chloe and boyfriend Chris (not pictured) live in Horsham Victoria and were up visiting family for the Christmas holidays.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:  Steven Carroll and his son Pip travelled from Canberra to celebrate his birthday in Grenfell with his parents Terry and Deidre on Thursday January 25.  Steven’s wife Esmee was in the Netherlands visiting her mother who has not been enjoying the best of health. Their daughter Sanne had Christmas in the Netherlands and toured Europe and the UK and will travel home with her mother this week.

Whilst at dinner Steven caught up with the wonderful Australia Day Ambassador Sandra Ireson and her husband Matt who were enjoying a welcome dinner at the Railway Hotel with the Mayor Mark Liebich and his wife Bronwyn, General Manager Glenn Carroll and his wife Liz, Economic Development Officer Auburn Carr and her husband James Hetherington and Councillor Paul Best and his wife Natasha.

Steven, a teacher at Daramalan College in Canberra has taught nieces and nephews of Sandra and Matt and have many friends in common.

Sandra and Matt also caught up with friends Christine Cuddihy and her family and Fiona Kemp at the Australia Day Celebrations.

SURPRISE VISITORS: Last weekend we had a surprise visit from former resident Allan and his wife Carol Cluff from Townsville.

Allan’s parents are Merill and the late Lance Cluff. Lance was Stationmaster in Grenfell during the 1960’s through to the early 1970’s.

A feature of the Grenfell Railway Station was the magnificent garden which surrounded the station and nearby residence.

Allan and Carol had been visiting Merrill in Cowra and Carol’s family the Pettit’s in West Wyalong.

They were both very impressed with the restoration of the Railway Station precinct and were seeking memorabilia/photos of same. Naturally we put them on to Lawrance Ryan at Cowra, who we believe had many of the photographs etc of the station and surrounds.

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

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.