Weddin Whispers: A new Lions district governor

VISITING GRENFELL: The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack and his wife Catherine were in Grenfell last week as guest of and to meet with members of the Grenfell Branch of the NSW Nationals.

They enjoyed an informal dinner at the Grenfell Bowling Club.

Immediate Past Electoral Chair for Steph Cooke (Member for Cootamundra and Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister) Maurice Simpson, former Mayor of Weddin Shire was in attendance and was photographed with the Deputy Prime Minister.

LIONS DISTRICT 201N4: On Saturday evening the annual changeover for Lions District 201N4 was held at Young, where former Grenfell/Weddin Shire Resident Lion Stuart Freudenstein was inducted as District Governor for 2020-2021.

Stuart was born in Grenfell in 1947 and along with his three sisters attended school at Greenethorpe Primary and The Henry Lawson High in Grenfell.

Farming was the family business which he continued to do after leaving school.

Stuart and Lyn nee Napier were married in 1970 and they have two children and three grandchildren.

They continued farming between Grenfell and Young and in February 2008 moved to Young.

Stuart has been involved in community organisations over the years including Local Government where he was Councillor and Mayor of Young, Young Show Society - President, Young Bowling Club - Chairman, Young Uniting Church - Parish Councillor and farming groups.

He and Lyn joined the Lions Club of Young in 2014 where he has held the positions of Vice President, President and Membership Chair and at District level 2nd and 1st Vice District Governor.

Unfortunately, his induction as District Governor which was to take place in Singapore at the 2020 International Convention was cancelled as was the MD Convention in Adelaide owing to the Covid-19 Virus. Stuart's induction was done via a Zoom Meeting.

Adhering to strict Covid-19 conditions Cabinet member were also inducted to their various positions on the board for the next twelve months.

Steph Cooke MP Member for Cootamundra, who is a member of the Parliamentary Lions Club proposed the Toast to Lions International.

Immediate Past District Governor Lion Peter Bright presented his awards and conducted the Changeover.

CECIL DYKES. Residents will be saddened to learn of the passing of former resident Cecil Dykes.

Cec grew up in Pinnacle and worked with his father on the mail run between Forbes and Grenfell.

He lived and worked around the Grenfell area and married Ella Simpson before moving to Fairholme to work with Frank and Bill Dun on 'The Island'.

After leaving the farm, Cec and Ella built a successful bus and coach business in Condobolin and went on to do the same in Gerringong.

Ella Dykes Said "Both the Dykes and Simpson families have a long history with Grenfell and appreciate this forum to let their many friends know of Cec's passing."

Cec's funeral was held in Kiama followed by internment at Gerringong yesterday.

BEAUTIFUL RAIN: At long last the countryside looks amazing following the beautiful rain.

In July we recorded (at home) 68 mm.

Water restrictions have been lifted in Weddin Shire and are now Level 1 where gardens and lawns are able to be watered between 6am-10am and 4pm-10pm daily with micro sprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers, or hand-held hoses only.

Frosty, foggy mornings and some evenings are all part of winter and it will not be too long before it warms up.

The beautiful green grass and the Canola starting to bloom makes it a picture postcard.

Company Dam is almost full, and the wildlife and birds are really enjoying the change.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Last month Samaritan's Purse members came to Grenfell to drop off the pre-printed shoe boxes for the annual Operation Christmas Child Project.

If anyone is wanting a shoe-box, please contact Joyce Baker on 6383 3529 or 0439 832 825. Boxes are also available at the Christian Bookshop.

WEDDIN WHISPERS: If you have any social news you wish to have published in the Record please contact me on 6343 1574 or 0403 480 729 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., particularly during this "stay at home' time.