'Heard it through the Grapevine'

REMEMBERING

HENRY BOOTH:  Henry Booth was killed in action 100 years ago in France and is buried in the Adelaide Cemetery near Villers Bretonneaux.

(L-R) Hugh McMurtrie with Chris Hodges and Isaac Watt from Greenethorpe.

(L-R) Hugh McMurtrie with Chris Hodges and Isaac Watt from Greenethorpe.

To mark his historic occasion members of the Grenfell RSL Sub Branch were present when his niece Kathleen Morton (Wagga) and his nephew Ron Booth (Grenfell) placed a wreath at the Grenfell Memorial Gardens Cenotaph on June 7 2018.

Norma Smith with her three sons, Darryl, Clyde and Athol at her 90th birthday celebrations.

Norma Smith with her three sons, Darryl, Clyde and Athol at her 90th birthday celebrations.

RSL Chaplain, Margaret Knight led the service.

Henry Booth - No 2683 – 38th Regiment, was born in Grenfell and his name is on the WW1 Memorial in Grenfell.

(L) Kathleen McCue (Patina Gallery) with Paul and Robyn Doust from Jemelong.

(L) Kathleen McCue (Patina Gallery) with Paul and Robyn Doust from Jemelong.

Kathleen’s mother Ella Norris nee Booth was born in Grenfell and lived for almost 70 years on the Bimbi Road, living to the grand old age of 101, passing away three years ago. Ella vividly recalled the telegram arriving with the news of Henry’s death.

The Booth family lived out at Quandong before moving into town and settling down on a small acreage next to the cemetery. Ron Booth, Kathleen’s cousin resides where the family first set up residence when they moved to town.

(R) Kathleen Morton and Ron Booth with members of the Grenfell RSL Sub Branch at the Wreath Laying.

(R) Kathleen Morton and Ron Booth with members of the Grenfell RSL Sub Branch at the Wreath Laying.

FOOTY FASHION: Following training at Rugby Union on May 31, Hugh McMurtrie, Chris Hodges and Isaac Watt spent a relaxing evening and enjoying some farewell drinks at the Railway Hotel. Hugh, who enjoyed his stay in Grenfell, has now returned to the UK. Obviously a chilly evening, Isaac donned his favourite fashion of socks and thongs to keep his ‘little tootsies’ warm.

FESTIVAL SUCCESS: Former Grenfell Resident Gwen Bullock was delighted to be awarded a ‘commended’ with her entry “Equine Action” in the Henry Lawson Festival Open Pastels section, sponsored by the Grenfell Lions Club at the Henry Lawson Festival Art Competition.

Gwen who now lives in Wagga is the daughter of Sid (Dec’d) and Doris Matthews and a sister to Michelle, Sid, Greg and Joycie. Gwen was absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition of her artwork. Gwen said "The award of commended is very special, I have won many awards at the annual Henty Ag Show, however, it is my first award at a dedicated Art Exhibition and I could not be happier that it has happened in my childhood home town of Grenfell.”

May Suzuki drawing the Lions wood raffle with Cathie Logan and Terry Carroll, Julie Condon was the winner.

May Suzuki drawing the Lions wood raffle with Cathie Logan and Terry Carroll, Julie Condon was the winner.

Gwen is an Australian realist, impressionist artist working with pastels, watercolour and acrylics. Subjects include nature and human connections.  I caught up with Gwen chatting with the art judge Glen Morton and his wife Fiona.

90TH BIRTHDAY: Norma Smith who celebrated her 90th birthday on May 24 with her family was treated to another birthday celebration again with some family and neighbours and friends on June 06.

Gwen Bullock (L) with art judge Glen Morton and his wife Fiona.

Gwen Bullock (L) with art judge Glen Morton and his wife Fiona.

Helping Norma celebrate at the Railway Hotel were her three sons Athol and his wife Robyn from Forbes, Clyde from Sydney and Darryl and Julie from Grenfell, neighbours Rob and Beth Taylor and Peter and Judy Spedding and good friends Teddy Simpson, Kath Smith and Meryl Reeves. A great night was enjoyed by all.

VISITING PATINA:  Robyn and Paul Doust from Jemalong/Forbes journeyed to Grenfell on Monday to visit the Grenfell Art and Patina Galleries. They were very impressed with the Art and Porcelain on show at the Grenfell Gallery and enjoyed the ambiance and Devonshire Tea at Kathleen McCue’s Patina Gallery.

CHRISTIAN BOOK SHOP – The Christian Bookshop will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 10 am in the shop, 52 Main Street on Saturday July 14. This will be followed immediately by a General Meeting.

Gwen Bullock's Painting. (Cont)

Gwen Bullock's Painting. (Cont)

Items for the Agenda maybe placed on Volunteer Noticeboard in backroom of shop. All are welcome to attend. It is very important that all Grenfell Churches are represented at these meetings.

ART GALLERY 

EXHIBITION:  The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Commonality” by local artist Brent Logan and is on display until July 22.   

Brent’s work aims to explore the human condition in an ever changing society through environmental portraiture. He uses photography as a story telling tool to showcase diversity throughout the community, but most importantly to show the common goal of acceptance and inclusion to all that emerges through our differences.

Brent is overseas at the moment and wishes to thank his mother Cathie, his fiancé May Suzuki and Mary Moffitt and Carly Brown who assisted with the hanging of the exhibition. 

The photographs have been taken whilst on his overseas trip and are a delight to see. Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the Art Gallery to view the exhibition.

Following the opening of the exhibition May Suzuki (Lions Festival Charity Queen) was on hand to draw the final raffle in her fundraising – a load of wood, with the happy winner being Julie Condon.