Weddin Whispers: Friday February 19, 2020 | Preparing to bag a bargain

GRENFELL ART GALLERY: A reminder to all that the current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery "The Art of Lockdown" by Grenfell Artists Inc is a brilliant exhibition not to be missed and is on display till Mar 03.

The next exhibition at the will be "A Colourful Palette" by Paul McKnight. The opening is Friday March 05 from 5.30pm - 7pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the gallery is limited to the number of people who may attend the opening, making RSVP's essential.

Please RSVP should you wish to attend by Wednesday March 03 to Claire McCann, Art & Tourism Officer at Weddin Shire Council Tel: (02) 6343 2059 or email claire@grenfell.org.au

The gallery is open daily Monday to Friday 10am -4pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 2pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: February is a popular month for family birthdays. Adrian Shaw celebrated his 18th birthday on February 12. His good friend Tim Brown celebrated his 19th birthday on February 8, Tim's brother Will also had a birthday on February 9 and their mother Carly celebrated her birthday on February 4, whilst Carolyn Shaw celebrated her birthday on February 1. I am sure they all celebrated in style.

GRENFELL DRAMATIC SOCIETY: Members of the Society conducted a working bee at the "Little Theatre" Rose Street Rooms and surrounds (Also known as the Grenfell Community Arts Centre) last Saturday morning following major restorations of the complex including the Grenfell Artists Inc group rooms.

Many may have seen some photos posted to Facebook re the restorations.

Local builders Daniel Lennane and Phillip Napier were commissioned to do the upgrades following a grant funded by the NSW Government.

The grant was to replace the entire roof, replace the floor in several termite damaged rooms, repair the entrance shelter area and install termite traps to protect this much loved building from future attacks!

Whilst these upgrades were being done, the Grenfell Dramatic Society also contributed by installing insulation in the ceiling and other items not covered in the grant.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke thanked the builders for their hard work and dedication to this project and several others including the Grenfell Racecourse and said she cannot wait to join the community to celebrate its completion.

The Grenfell Artist Inc have also had a working bee and commenced in their newly renovated and upgraded rooms last Monday.

THLHS CLASS OF 1987: Ex-students of THLHS 1987 gathered in Grenfell recently for a weekend catch-up and some fun.

As I was not able to use all the photos last week. I have included some more today.

The purpose of the get-together was to organise a reunion in 2022 to coincide with their 35 years since finishing school at THLHS in Grenfell.

SMOKE ALARMS: The risk of a fatality in a home fire is halved if there is a working smoke alarm in a residential dwelling.

Did you know it has been over 10 years since smoke alarms became law across NSW... and... most smoke alarms do not last 10 years

A big shout out to the Grenfell Fire and Rescue crew from Grenfell 308 - who came and replaced two new state of the art smoke alarms at our and our neighbour's homes last night.

It is the law to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home.

Are you fire safe? Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working - test them monthly.

If you are unable to maintain your smoke alarms, contact your local fire station. Firefighters can assist elderly residents who live by themselves and need smoke alarms installed and batteries replaced.

For assistance with the installation of smoke alarms and changing their batteries contact your local fire station and organise to have a Safety Visit conducted.

A special happy birthday to fireman Peter Keppie who turns the big 60 this week. I imagine he will set the world on fire at his birthday bash.

VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE: Finally, after twelve months of wondering (owing to the Covd-19 restrictions) when the Voices Against Violence Grenfell "Bag a Bargain" day, could be held a date has been set for Saturday March 20.

Members of the community are reminded to declutter their wardrobes and drop their unwanted good quality clothing up to Community Health where Elly Schiller and her group of volunteers are waiting to sort them for the big day. Volunteers from local organisations are most welcome to assist.

WEDDIN WHISPERS: Please contact me on 6343 1574 or 0403 480 729 or by email at carrollt@tpg.com.au.