CARAGABAL PIONEER GRAVES: Maureen Mitchell from Melbourne and her brother John Mitchell from Canberra met with the Weddin Shire Council's Heritage Advisor, Sue Jackson-Stepowski in February. She visited the gravesite to assess its heritage value for possible placement on NSW Heritage list. The lone graves located on a Caragabal farming property, owned by Adrian Taylor, need to be restored. Maureen and John are descended from convicts Peter and Charlotte Kelly (nee Gilbert) who are buried there. There is also a facebook page called Caragabal Pioneer Graves.
PERTH VISITORS: Faye and Joe Sivwright from Dianella, Perth WA had a stop-over in Grenfell last week to visit Faye’s uncle Bill and his wife Margaret Cuddihy. They were photographed enjoying a night out to dinner at the Railway Hotel. The Sivwrights who are on a caravanning holiday were last in Grenfell in May 2017.
CANNING STOCK ROUTE: Saturday night at Fettler's Restaurant saw the lively reunion of friends who last July, journeyed together down the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia. The group consisted of Terry and Denise Galvin, John and Jenny Hetherington (Grenfell), John and Janet Hetherington (Gulgong), Glenn and Jenny McDonald (Gooloogong), Wayne and Janelle Brooks (Cessnock) and Ed and Kay Kilby (Cowra). The laughter was loud as stories (some true) brought memories flooding back of the ups and downs of their epic trip through the remote deserts of Western Australia.
WELCOME BACK: Gino Gigliotti – Managing Director, Angelo Spina - Supervisor and his wife Rachel, returned to Grenfell for the official opening of the Grenfell Aquatic Centre on February 16. Gino and Angelo from the ICON Building Group were the contractors who built the state of the art pool at Grenfell. When they arrived in 2016 to commence the work, Grenfell recorded a massive amount of rain as did everywhere else. We recorded 166mm in June, 101mm in July, 60mm in August and 252mm in September. Hence when worked commenced, Grenfell had a big pool of water within the worksite for many months. This did not deter the team too much, as it was completed on the set date. It is an aquatic centre that is the envy of many surrounding towns. As Rachel had not been to Grenfell, Angelo took the opportunity to show her the beautiful countryside west of the mountains. Enroute they enjoyed a stopover in the quaint village of Carcoar and thoroughly enjoyed their stay at Number Eight in Forbes Street. We had the pleasure of their company following the opening and Business House Relays. Angelo said he should commence another project in Grenfell, as he thought we needed some rain.
PROPERTY CONSULTANT: Congratulations to former Grenfell resident, Michael Harris who was awarded ”Property Agent of the Year” in Melbourne on February 23 at the annual awards night for "Rate My Agent". Michael said, “I was so honoured to be named Agent of the Year for Newtown, 4th year running, putting me in the top 7% of agents across Australia”. Michael is the son of Colleen and Doug Harris of Grenfell.
CWZ ROTAVANNERS: You may have noticed that the Grenfell Caravan Park is inundated with vans from all over. I had the privilege of meeting this group on Tuesday evening. The Central West Zone Caravanners first rally was held by a group of Rotarians at Wyangala Dam in January 2001 with locals Trevor and Chris Lobb and Greg and Jan Madden in attendance. The idea was born to enlarge the group to the 9700 Rotary District Conference held in March in Orange in 2001. The Caravan and Camping Club was established within the Rotary District as a means of providing fellowship for Rotarians and friends through a common interest in caravanning and camping.
A couple of traditions have already been established that is “Happy Hour” and joining together for an evening meal. The club membership is increasing every year, with their first meeting held at Bedgerebong Racecourse and Show ground complex (known as the little Randwick of the West) and situated 32ks north of Forbes in August 2001. This was to be the start of over 10 years of meeting every August as what has become known as our “Spiritual Home”. The group have 41 people on this trip from Mildura, Shepparton, Cobram, Culcairn, Ariah Park, Bathurst, Orange, Lithgow, Dubbo, Forbes, Wagga and Leeton. They usually have three – four trips a year; at Bedgerebong, Ariah Park and their next trip will be to Narromine. Although many of the group are Rotarians or past Rotarians, all caravanners are welcome to join. Whilst in Grenfell on their 4-5 days, the group have so far had an evening meal at the Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant, The Railway Hotel and a Pizza night at the Bowling Club. They have visited Jan Wallace’s Sculpture Garden, the Art Gallery and many other spots around the town and district.