Men mark Finley’s 100th with cake

By Southern Riverina News

Local centenarian Finley Dawe was still celebrating his special birthday last week when the Finley Menshed organised a cake for this much loved gentleman.

The cake was beautifully made, decorated and donated by the Finley Bakery and was enjoyed by the large number of men present.

James Ogilvie and Simi Naicori from the bakery were present to make sure Finley had a wish as he cut the cake.


The Finley Lions Club has been conducting the annual winter wood raffle over the past few weeks with proceeds being used to assist the community and those in need.

Winner of last Saturday’s raffle was Ken Gray with the previous two weeks’ winners being Lorraine Burt and Greg McNamara.

This is a great fundraiser conducted by the Lions Club and a wonderful opportunity to win a load of wood for the winter while supporting this organisation.


The Finley Uniting Church Fellowship is assisting the local branch of Can Assist Cancer Assistant Network and will be holding a fundraising evening on Friday, May 25 at the Uniting Church hall, Coree St.

The evening will be a Pasta and Fun Night starting at 6.30pm.

There will be lots happening over a two course meal such as a silent auction, raffle and entertainment.

There will also be a lucky door prize. The evening is an alcohol free event.

The Finley Cancer Branch Can Assist and the Uniting Church Fellowship invite the community to go along and join in this fun evening.

Bookings are essential and tickets can be obtained by contacting Jan Horneman on 0439830218 or Colleen Bender on 0413963299.

Cost is adults $20, pensioners $10, children 12 years and under $5, children under five free.


Due to other events happening in the community on May 10, the Uniting Church friendship morning has been cancelled. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience this could cause to people who usually attend. The next friendship morning is scheduled for June 14.


Plans are well underway for this year’s annual two day garden bus trip fundraiser in aid of Finley Regional Care. The date has been brought forward to September 22/23 to enable a visit to Tesselaar’s tulip farm at Silvan and to join in their Dutch tulip festival.

As usual, there will also be other gardens and places to visit. Bookings can be made by contacting Mary Beattie on 0400320973. A $50 non-returnable deposit will be required upon booking.


This coming Sunday the Anglican Church will gather with the Presbyterian and Uniting Church at the Presbyterian Church in Barooga St, Tocumwal.

This gathering, which will start at 9am, is a special occasion as the three churches are building relationships as they gather together on the second Sunday of each month. An invitation is extended to everyone in the community to attend.


Plans are well underway for the St Joseph’s Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Parish combined fete to be held in the school grounds on Sunday, May 20.

There will be the usual variety of stalls and entertainment for all ages and the ever popular spinning wheel will be in operation. It is expected the wood auction will start around 1pm as usual.

Fr Martin will be sadly missed on this occasion as he is always so involved with the spinning wheel.

As yet, there is no official word of when a replacement permanent priest will be appointed to the combined parishes of Finley and Tocumwal.


Just a reminder that there will be plenty of activities taking place in Finley for the ‘Feel Good in Finley’ expo to be held at the RS Club over the weekend of May 19 and 20.

Feel Good in Finley is about looking after your health and wellbeing.

There will be an opportunity to book in for a massage or facial, have a look at the many interesting stalls or take part in the inspirational seminars, have a tarot cards reading and even a psychic reading.

Things like feeling good, looking and eating well, self care, mental health and other therapies will be the focus of attention.

The organisers are hoping to give the community the opportunity to access as much information as possible to get the best out of life.

Entry is by gold coin donation, however individual stall holders may charge a fee for services provided.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Susan Hill on 0408831309 or Cathy Close 0407098483.


This Saturday is the first of three weekends that Finley hosts Cobram Junior Soccer.

The canteen and a barbecue will be running throughout the morning at the showgrounds.

Action kicks off at 9am until midday. All welcome. The two other dates of Junior Soccer will be June 30 and July 14.


Currently there is a greater effort by various groups to find a cure for cancer.

There will be a street stall on Friday, May 11 with funds going to the NSW Cancer Council for the research into this disease.


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