'Heard it through the Grapevine'

Rick Rutherford and Jan Parlett at their Christmas in Winter promotion.
Rick Rutherford and Jan Parlett at their Christmas in Winter promotion.

CHRISTMAS IN WINTER: Rick Rutherford travelled to Grenfell at the weekend to reunite with great friend and ‘partner in crime’ Jan Parlett for Christmas in July. Rick will be returning for the annual November/ December Christmas celebrations to present with Jan the best Yule fest celebrations and what is shaping up to be Australia’s biggest Christmas showcase ever! Jan and Rick started the Rick Rutherford’s Country concept store in Lawson NSW in October 2007. Rick said, “It was with Jan’s encouragement, professional guidance and love that I continued on alone when she left me to return home to Grenfell, purchasing the old Exchange Hotel in Main Street and turning it into what can best be described as Australia’s most unique and enchanting vintage country department store … within a heritage hotel”. Rick has written ‘Rick Rutherford’s Country Christmas at Wroxton’, Magazines and his second coffee table book ‘A Christmas Memory...Wroxton Revisited is presently in production and will be on sale by early September this year.

Helen Garner with her 90th birthday cake. (Cont)

Helen Garner with her 90th birthday cake. (Cont)

THREE WISE MEN: Tim Makin, visiting from Perth WA enjoyed an evening out with his dad Max and nephew Karl. The boys participated in the Lions’ meat raffles at the Railway Hotel on Friday and no doubt solved the world’s problems during the night.

 (L-R) Tanner O'Sullivan, Leanne and Cooper Massey, Betty Johnson and Jenny Rolls.

(L-R) Tanner O'Sullivan, Leanne and Cooper Massey, Betty Johnson and Jenny Rolls.

90TH BIRTHDAY: Helen Garner, the only daughter of Isaac and Helen Wood was born on July 05, 1928. On Saturday, July 07 some of her family including three children, as well as grandchildren and great grand children gathered at the Railway Hotel for a memorable 90th Birthday lunch party. Eldest daughter, Lynne Lemon and husband Ron, drove from Port Macquarie, while son Richard and partner Karen travelled from Canberra. Not to be outdone, granddaughter, Trisha Michelmore surprised everyone and drove from Adelaide, arriving on the special day. Helen was delighted to find out that Richard’s son Joel (also from Canberra) had only that week announced his engagement to Stephanie. Fellow Grenfell resident, Liz O’Byrne (Helen’s daughter) did a wonderful job in organising the event, and Helen loved catching up with family members she had not seen for some years.

VISITING HOME: Dawn McKay from Cowra and her daughter Joanne Comerford from Dubbo enjoyed a visit to Grenfell on Wednesday. Dawn and Joanne had a great time checking out the wonderful specials on sale in Louisa’s Locker. Earlier in the week they had been to Sydney to farewell Joanne’s son as he jetted out to the USA. Dawn’s father is the late Claude Mendham, former Mayor of Grenfell.

J Hodgson, E Kearnes, R McClelland, DG G Weston, President R Craven, S Armstrong & J Walmsley.

J Hodgson, E Kearnes, R McClelland, DG G Weston, President R Craven, S Armstrong & J Walmsley.

Also enjoying a nostalgic visit during the week were former Grenfell residents Betty Johnson from Menai and her sister - Sister Jenny Rolls now of Forbes. Jenny and Betty’s brothers are Tom, Tony and Barry (all deceased) and the youngest brother Ken lives in Melbourne. Betty’s daughter Leanne Massey and her son Cooper and his cousin Tanner O’Sullivan were also enjoying the visit. They were very impressed with then the restorations and Lions Park and amenities at the Railway Station. In the early days Betty and Jenny’s father purchased the home on the corner of Grafton and Brundah Streets, diagonally opposite the Rugby grounds so that the family had somewhere to stay when they came into school from the farm at “Deloraine”.

Helen Garner with her children (L-R) Liz O’Byrne, Richard (standing) Helen and Lynne Lemon.

Helen Garner with her children (L-R) Liz O’Byrne, Richard (standing) Helen and Lynne Lemon.

ROTARY CHANGEOVER:  The 71st Annual Changeover of the Rotary Club of Grenfell was held at the Bowling Club on Wednesday June 20. Master of Ceremonies Peter Moffitt called upon ADG Julie Poplin to welcome Rotarians and friends. PP Jill Hodgson led the Rotary Grace and proposed the Toast to Rotary International. DG George Weston suitably responded. During the evening the Senior Music Students from THLHS provided entertainment led by their teacher Brodie McKnight. President Ross Craven presented his report and was re-inducted as President for 2018/19 by DG George Weston.

Helen Garner at home on her 90th bithday on July 05 (Contributed)

Helen Garner at home on her 90th bithday on July 05 (Contributed)

Joanne Comerford and her mother Dawn McKay.

Joanne Comerford and her mother Dawn McKay.

(L-R) Tim, Karl and Max Makin enjoying a catch up when Tim was home from WA.

(L-R) Tim, Karl and Max Makin enjoying a catch up when Tim was home from WA.