Last week, Grenfell welcomed a group of walkers from Coff's Harbour. I believe this group was to visit the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland but owing to border closures Queensland's loss was Grenfell's gain.
The walking group aged 70+, walk together every Wednesday, through the Coffs Harbour coastal environs, for most of the year.
A few times a year they organise a group camp out for a week. "Being hosted by the Weddin Wanderers in Grenfell has been a highlight this year." they said.
One of the group, a former resident was Bronwyn Nicholson (née Mannell), daughter of Betty and Marshall.
"We are very grateful to Wendy and Brian Johnson and Keith Starr and their helpers who created a truly memorable trip.
"As a group, over two and a half days, we did a town bus tour, Eualdrie Trig, Lynch's Loop, Ben Halls Cave and Seaton's Farm as well as visits to two local gardens.
"Other local attractions were visited individually. We look forward to our return visit early next year," Bronwyn said.
The group of around 30 stayed at various locations in town including the Grenfell Caravan Park, Lions Park at the Railway Station, the Motel and various B and B's in town.
18TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:
Mea O'Byrne who turned 18 on October 16, celebrated with family and friends over three days with lots of surprises.
Mea's school friends joined her on Friday evening for celebrations at Gooloogong.
SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTY:
Leo, son of Sam and Emily Brown and big brother to Olivia turned two on October 16.
Leo celebrated with a small party with family on Saturday.
As well as family in Grenfell, other families travelled from Canberra and Canowindra to celebrate his special day.
The Lions Club's jumping castle was a great hit and kept Leo and his cousins and friends entertained for the day.
FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:
Courtney who is the granddaughter of Peter and Sylvia Butcher and Rhys Clark celebrated their first Wedding anniversary on October 19.
Owing to the current pandemic they were unable to join them to celebrate.
"It hardly seems like a year has passed since their wedding day. It has been a hard year for everyone, with COVID-19," Peter said.
One year on Peter and Sylvia had their own little celebration and to help celebrate they had a cup of tea and shared the 'Thank You Cookie' from Courtney and Rhys' wedding day.
They send love and best wishes to Courtney and Rhys and hope they have many more happy years together and they look forward to being able to visit soon. - Nan and Pop.
SPECIAL VISITORS STOP TO UNWIND IN GRENFELL:
Last Friday Unwind cafe said:
"What a great morning we've had with the lovely group from Canberra/Queanbeyan travelling with Potter Travel in the purple bus where they had a stopover in Grenfell for morning tea.
"They loved Grenfell and the shops and tourist attractions and all said they will be back.
"A huge thank you to Will at the Albion Hotel for allowing us use the Beer Garden."
It was certainly a great way to adhere to COVID-19 distancing rules.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR A GRENFELL WOMEN'S SHED:
An expressions of interest meeting for the Grenfell Women's Shed will be held at 10am on Monday October 26 at the Community Hub.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions numbers will be limited.
To register your interest please phone Katie Mitton on 0488 558 354 before October 22.
SINCERE SYMPATHY TO SEVERAL LOCAL FAMILIES:
Sympathy is extended to families who have lost loved ones recently including:
- Gwyneth "Gwen" Whitechurch,
- Alexander "Alex" Chalmers Kinnear and
- former resident Rodney Arthur Graham, whose funeral will take place on Friday, October 23 at 12pm at the Grenfell Lawn Cemetery and
- former resident and business owner Noreen Fester. Noreen will be remembered as the owner of "Wagon Wheel" Fashion in Main Street Grenfell. Noreen's funeral will take with a graveside service on Monday October 26 at 11am.
REQUESTS FOR EULOGIES
I have had a request in regards to printing Eulogies.
As it has been difficult for many to attend funerals during the isolation/numbers period and you would like to have the eulogy of your loved one printed in the Grenfell Record, just email/contact me and I will forward it to the Record for publication or journalist Rebecca Hewson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAY FAMILY FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN:
Mitchell is the eldest son of Jeremy and Erin Ray. Jeremy grew up in Grenfell and still has lots of family in town.
Mitchell was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Neuoblastoma in January this year and has since progressed to palliative care and undergoing treatment at Westmead to give the family precious extra time with him.
Jeremy and Erin have a little girl Hannah and baby Connor who was born four days after Mitchell was diagnosed. Connor also has had to undergow treatment for severe Laryngomalacia.
Grenfell Meat Barn have donated a whole dressed lamb for a competition to assist the Ray family.
Tickets are $2 each or three for five dollars and are available at the Meat Barn and most businesses in Grenfell - wherever you see the posters displayed.
The competition will be drawn on Friday November 13.
SCAM WARNING FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS:
Residence please be aware, there are numerous scams hitting locals:
Phone calls to landlines and mobile phones advising that your credit card is being used, others saying that you owe money to the tax office and that you will be arrested or many from those who do not speak English and others telling you that someone is using your computer.
Do not give any information or go online to these scammers.
If you are concerns, phone your bank or credit card holder.
When I mentioned to one of them that I would ring the fraud office, they just hung up.
You can report scams to Scamwatch by jumping online and visiting www.scamwatch.gov.au and clicking on Report a Scam, you can also find information on where to seek help if you have fallen victim to a scam.
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Many residents use Facebook to let their friends know their good news stories, but many older people do not have that privilege and love to read the news in the local paper. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information
GRENFELL RECORD CONTACT: Rebecca Hewson (Journalist) Rebecca may be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile 0436 000 660.