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Knatters are busily knitting for Love

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July 14, 2017

Knitters and Knatters are on the homeward stretch to carry off the Liz McLaurin Rose Bowl for making the most squares in the four Berrigan Shire towns.

Squares are mounting up by the hundreds, but this has not stopped them putting the pedal to the metal to ensure people in dire straits have something to wrap around them in this terribly cold weather.

The organisation behind the push is Sydney-based Wraps with Love.

Thankfully the Tocumwal Rotary Club has been able to take the haul of squares from the Berrigan Shire to Wagga each year to be transported to the state capital.

Many thanks to Col Jones and Tony Fulton, two more volunteers who keep the wheels turning so others may enjoy a better life.

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With winter well and truly upon us, and up to 20 heavy frosts recorded, it has made our mornings rather difficult to handle.

Generally once the frost lifts we are witness to some spectacular winter days on the golf course, the bowling greens, along the river and around town.

Due to the heavy frosts, all couch lawn surfaces are now dormant and the town’s lawns look a bit worse for wear.

However, with the shortest day of the year now passed we will start to see the sun return.

The cold weather has also produced some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

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The Winter Golf Tournament at the Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club was a great success, with full fields over each of the three days.

Members from 37 clubs across Victoria and NSW participated in the tournament, which was supported by K&A Foods Finley, Gapsted Wines and Tocumwal Hot Bread.

Saturday started the tournament with Canadian Foursomes won by Peter Jaegar and Dianne Kemp from Tocumwal with a score of 73.62.

The runner up was Tocumwal’s Caleb Bovalina and Rosanna’s Allison Southwell with a score of 74.

Sunday was a fun day with free wine tasting, a barbecue and cheese and biscuits available on course.

It also saw participation from the bowlers for the first time.

A great day was enjoyed by all, with special thanks to the volunteers who helped cook the snags and pour the wine. The raffle raised about $500.

Where would we be without all the great things Tocumwal volunteers do for our town?

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On Saturday, June 10, winners from the Golf on the Murray tournaments gathered at Rich River Golf Club to contest the Champions of the Murray.

A cold foggy start turned into a beautiful sunny day, which gave great conditions for golf.

The event was very well organised and everyone was treated to a great time.

Although Tocumwal Golf and Bowling Club teams did not bring home the trophy one of the team members, Pauline Wilson, won the ladies longest drive. Well done Pauline.

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Many of TG & B Club’s bowlers have left Tocumwal for warmer weather up north or overseas, but there have been reasonable attendances at the two weekly social afternoons on Wednesday and Saturday.

If you would like to join in, be there at noon for a 12.30pm start.

You don’t have to be an experienced bowler to come and join in, and the afternoons have been sunny and pleasant on the greens.

Call in or phone reception at the club to book a spot.

The club is very fortunate to have coach Chris Philpot providing free lessons and guidance to bowlers on Sunday mornings from 10am.

Even if there is frost on the greens, they still run very well.

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Each year Bowls Victoria presents the Volunteer of the Year award to one person who has been nominated by their club.

The bowls committee from TG & B Club decided this year’s nominated volunteer would be Alan Jones, and the necessary paperwork has been sent to the region secretary for processing.

Alan is a very worthy nominee who has contributed a huge amount to the former bowls club in Adams St, and in the transition to the Barooga Rd site.

The club will be advised in due course of the successful person selected from clubs all round Victoria and along the border.

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Tocumwal War Memorial Hall will receive NSW Government funding as part of a commitment to honour Australia’s servicemen and women.

The Tocumwal War Memorial Hall will receive $4000 for a conservation assessment of the hall, prior to electrical upgrades and restorative cleaning.

The NSW Government has allocated more than $129,000 to fund 26 projects across the state, and Tocumwal is very grateful to be on the list of successful applicants.

The Community War Memorials Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 for the protection and conservation of war memorials, including statues, memorial gates, halls and honour rolls.

Tocumwal’s War Memorial Hall ticks two boxes in this category, as there is a viable well-used hall which has a beautiful honour roll at the main entrance fronting Deniliquin Street.

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A certain number of Tocumwal’s gentle folk seem to be having trouble seeing the new double lines up the middle of Deniliquin St.

Now, this would not be too bad except the rest of the townsfolk are obeying the rules and not expecting drivers to cross the double lines.

One day soon someone will come to grief as they back out from the kerb, not expecting someone will be doing an illegal U-turn behind them.

It will be the person completing the U-turn who will face the full force of the law with fines and demerit points.

Perhaps a few people need to consult their driver’s licence manual about dealing with double lines.

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If the number of caravan and motor homes parked nightly on Town Beach is any indication of the number of grey nomads heading north to get away from the southern cold, then there are thousands on the move.

One morning last week your correspondent counted 40 caravans, motor homes and converted buses enjoying our hospitality and friendly frosting.

These wandering folk are an asset to our town, calling in to get a coffee or supplies and rely heavily on the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre for news about their journey.

Have you considered being a volunteer at the centre and assisting the travellers on their way, and to tell them what we have of interest in our town and local area?

Call into the centre and have a talk to the staff about joining and helping out.

You meet some wonderfully interesting people in this volunteer position which is very rewarding.

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All the schools are now in their second week of holidays and tomorrow is the final day of the Berrigan Shire Library school holiday program at the Tocumwal library.

All primary aged children are welcome to join, including visitors from interstate.

Be at the library by 10.30am for a morning of interesting activities.

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