Weddin Whispers | A special ANZAC ceremony | Photos

ANZAC DAY: Kathleen Smith, OAM, aged 99 and currently the oldest resident at the Grenfell Multipurpose Service, was the Guest Speaker at an Anzac Service organised for the residents on Anzac Day.

The service was also attended by Keith Engelsman, on behalf of the Grenfell RSL sub-branch, Grenfell RSL Chaplain Margaret Knight and Cadet Riley Gray. (See photo)

Kath is a WWII veteran, serving in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) from 1942 to 1945, joining at 20 years of age.

She ended up serving as a Sergeant at Deniliquin with the Advanced Flying Refresher Unit where Noel Smith was a Flying Instructor.

Despite restrictions on Officers fraternising with Sergeants, romance blossomed and Noel and Kath were married just before the war ended in 1945, with a lovely marriage for 63 years.

In her speech, Kath shared many interesting details, both sobering and humorous, of her three years in the Service where she made life-long friends, all of whom are now deceased, and she is grateful to be as well as she is, with the excellent care received at the MPS.

NOSTALGIC VISIT: Former resident Billy Pearson and his daughter Joey Smail rode their Honda Postie Bikes from Hall, Canberra to Grenfell for an overnight stay.

It was a short getaway for dad and daughter while Joey is home from her work in Washington DC at the Australian Embassy.

Billy's parents are the late Alf and Grace Pearson.

A fun time was enjoyed by Billy and Joey.

I believe it was much more fun than being in fourteen days quarantine when she returned to Australia in early April.

90TH BIRTHDAY: Congratulations to Mabel Ryan formerly of Quandialla who celebrated her 90th birthday on April 19.

Mabel Ryan nee McNamara was born and raised in Quandialla, along with her twin sister Muriel and their siblings on the family farm "Richmond".

It was a happy time with the twins excelling in tennis.

The girls would play each other most days and played in many tournaments with successful results.

Mabel married Trevor Ryan in 1966 and made their home at "Caroma" Grogan where they welcomed their daughter Genevieve in 1967.

Following the death of her husband in 1968, Mabel and baby Genevieve returned to Quandialla and made their home at "Richmond", where Mabel welcomed her son Trevor in 1969.

Mabel remained in Quandialla until recently when she moved to Young for health reasons.

Mabel who is photographed with her twin sister Muriel in the garden at "Richmond" was treated to a lovely afternoon tea with family at Wallendbeen, organised by her daughter Genevieve.

Thank you to Quandialla Idle Chatter and Sarah Ryan for this information and photos.

REMEMBER WHEN: Passing through Grenfell this week were Russell and Alison Napper.

Alison was born and raised in Grenfell; her father, Cyril Coleman, ran a tyre service operating from or near the block of premises where the Happy Inn Chinese Restaurant is now.

While here, Alison kindly called into the Grenfell Visitor Information Centre to drop off a couple of photographs taken by her dad back in the 1950's.

Photo 1 - shows a line-up of trucks on West Street, taking grain to the Grenfell silo; photo 2 - presents us with a day at the Grenfell Show.

The photographs will be donated to the Grenfell Historical Museum.

FAREWELL: Joey Dunbar who has been in Australia for the past two years and living and working in the shearing sheds around Grenfell for the past seven months said goodbye to friends prior to her departure home to Yorkshire in the UK.

Work friends as well as others joined Joey for farewell nibbles and drinks.

Joey enjoyed her last few days in Australia sightseeing around Sydney and its beautiful beaches.

Joey said, "It was the best last day I could have ever imagined."

PLAY READINGS: The Grenfell Dramatic Society held play reading on Wednesday evening April 28. Author is Darryl Knapp. Darryl has written 3 or 4 short plays, based on stories by Hector Hugh Munro (Saki). Pitched for family level audience. Casting info will be advised, should these plays reach production stage.

The Society will be holding a quiz night on Friday May 7. The quiz will have an "Entertainment" theme. Venue and time to be advised.

A date for your diary is the annual "Poetry by Firelight" at the Rose Street Rooms on Wednesday June 9. $5 donation includes light supper.

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