Weddin Whispers | annual Combined Churches Dinner

COMBINED CHURCHES DINNER: On Thursday, September 26 St Joseph's Parish hosted the annual Combined Churches Dinner at the Grenfell Country Club. In a change from the traditional Men's Dinner, this year both men and women were invited to attend. About 50 people from the various Grenfell churches were able to enjoy a delicious two-course meal and listen to guest speaker Vanessa Gibson, who spoke about her role as Deputy Chair of the Catholic Education Commission for the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese.

Vanessa is the only representative residing outside of Canberra on the Commission. As part of her role Vanessa was given the opportunity to travel with a team to Rome to meet with other Catholic education representatives from around the world. A highlight of the trip was a group audience with Pope Francis. Vanessa accompanied her very informative talk with a PowerPoint presentation of photos from her trip. Those who attended agreed that it was a very interesting talk and a great night of fellowship.

FAMILY FUN DAY: It was a great day for a Family Fun Day, the sun was shining, and people arrived in groups to attend the free community event that the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre coordinated.

Over 200 people attended the event to ride the bucking bull or jumping castle, play games with their families and socialise with other community members.

Many thanks are needed to ensure such a successful event. The Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre partnered with Western Plains Regional Development Inc as well as the ever-trusting Lions Club of Grenfell to bring the community together for a great day. We must also thank the Weddin Shire Council for allowing us to host the event in Vaughn Park. Our goal was to get as many families and community members to attend and we are were more than thrilled with the turn out on the day. It was lovely to see families engaging in play, challenging each other to tug of war battles and some adults may have enjoyed a slippery dip or two more than the children. Such events are valuable in small communities and we look forward to hosting more like this into the future. (Contributed by Natalie Rush - Client Services - CINC)

WELCOME ALEXANDRA: Alexandra Kump fmueller arrived in Australia from Austria in January this year. Since her arrival she has been working in rural areas as an Au-Pair. When school resumes Alexandra will be working with Rob and Suz McLelland.

Alexandra who enjoyed an evening out to dinner at the Railway Hotel with Jan and Ron McLelland is looking forward to her stay in Grenfell and meeting the locals.

BRIBBAREE SSCHOOL CENTENARY: Helen Reidy and her children Alex and Georgia from Sydney and her sister Cathy Harding and her husband Steve returned to Grenfell to attend the Bribbaree Show and the Bribbaree Public School Centenary.

Helen and Cathy were regular visitors to Grenfell and Bribbaree when their father the late Arch Caldwell was a resident at the Grenfell MPS.

Both girls and their father were students at Bribbaree School.

PINK UP QUANDIALLA: Congratulations to the wonderful Quandialla community for their outstanding contribution to the McGrath Foundations Breast Care Nurses.

The girls dressed in pink enjoyed a lunch and decorated their town in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month and whilst doing so had a lot of fun.

Ana Katona said, "Despite this drought - we have a gorgeous community spirit when it comes to things like this."

Check out Annette Katona's wonderful photos on Facebook.

Quandialla will be running this campaign throughout October and if you wish to contribute please contact Narelle Gault on 6347 1294.

UNITING CHURCH: The Uniting Church Ladies Fellowship will host the Combined Churches of Grenfell Women's Social Event on Saturday November 02 in the Uniting Church Hall at 2pm.

All ladies are invited to attend and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea with guest speakers and Christian Fellowship.

Wear Red or Green for a Christmas Theme. RSVP To Diane Skelton 63432115 or Coral Mitton 6347 8118 by October 28.

WELCOME FR JAMES: Fr James Onoja officiated at his first Mass in Grenfell last Sunday.

Fr James will be officially inducted into his appointment as Parish Pastor of the Young Mission (Young/Grenfell/Boorowa) on November 03 by Archbishop Prowse.

The African community of Canberra have accepted to be part of the liturgy at Mass where everyone will be treated to some African liturgical music.

OPEN GARDENS: Grenfell Garden Club Open Gardens will be held this weekend October 12 and 13 from 10am - 4pm with seven beautiful gardens to visit - $2 per garden - all close to town. Morning tea, afternoon tea or lunch will be supplied by the Grenfell Red Cross ladies at Bernadette Dykhoff's home 62 Goolagong Road, where a plant stall and raffle will be available. Native Garden Plants will be available at Garden 1. Don't forget to call in and pick up your brochure from the Tourist Information Centre