Did you pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup?
“No, didn’t pick the winner. I backed Trip to Paris – it had a good trainer and thought I thought it may have been a surprise packet.” – Sue Uphill
“No, not even close. I backed Big Orange – it matched my outfit.” – Veronica Rebellato
“I have also wanted to go to Paris so I picked Trip to Paris.” – Debbie Tilley
“Yes, it was a lucky joint decision that we backed the winner. Bronte picked Prince of Penzance in a trifecta and I thought I would put an each way bet on one and chose the right one.” – Kylie & Bronte Watson
Ninety people attended the Melbourne Cup Luncheon at Forbes Services Memorial Club, with all proceeds going to the Forbes Breast Cancer Support Group, a community organisation providing support for community members who have been diagnosed, treated or are recovering from breast cancer. Coleen Clifton won best hat or fascinator, and Karen Betland won best dressed. Raylene and Lindy were instrumental in the event’s success.
Unite to Light the Night on Sunday 22 November in Victoria Park from 5:30pm to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Register today at www.lightthenight.org.au
The fifth Rotary Ipomoea Christmas Tree Festival is coming up and Forbes Rotary Ipomoea is inviting everyone to enter with a Christmas tree or Nativity scene. Your tree can be made and decorated using bought or recycled materials. Register your entry by Friday 27 November by contacting the Festival Committee on 6851
5197, 6851 4930 or by emailing email@example.com
Free community Tai Chi lessons are on offer until Tuesday 17 November at Forbes Town Hall from 10am to 11am. For people aged 16 years and over, Tai Chi is an empowering but gentle form of low impact exercise. Wear comfy clothes, flat shoes and bring a water bottle. No registrations needed, just turn up and demonstrations will be provided. Morning tea will be provided after class.
The Forbes Fashion and Homewares Market, now in its third year, will be held at Forbes Town Hall this Saturday, with all money donated to Angel Fight. This is the first year the market has combined fashion and homewares, bringing a larger variety of stalls for shoppers. Like the Forbes Fashion Markets on Facebook to stay updated.
Movember is back for the 13th year this month, flying the flag for men’s health and recruiting Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to join the good fight. By committing their top lip for 30 hairy days, Mo Bros can effectively become walking, talking billboards and through their Mo growing efforts, raise vital awareness and funds for prostate cancer,
testicular cancer and mental health. If you or someone you know is taking part in Movember 2015, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Threatening clouds did not deter people attending the annual fete at Jemalong Residential Village on Sunday. Fran Higgins, fete coordinator, was very pleased with the number of people attending and was comparable to previous years.
Residents, family members and guests all enjoyed the regular attractions and stalls and the inclusion of a Jigsaw Stall this year proved very popular. Children were also well catered for with a free Jumping Castle and Face Painting. Many friends of the Jemalong Residential Village work tirelessly throughout the year to provide handicrafts, soft toys, plants and much more of the highest quality to sell at the various stalls.
Funds raised from events like this provide valuable support and resources to the residents at the facility. Resources and equipment purchased for the Activities Shed provides residents with a wide variety of activities to keep their minds and bodies active and items produced are often sold at the fete. In previous years profits have been used to improve the common room sound system and provision of musical therapy for dementia patients.
Fundraising also supports day trips to events and activities within the community such as Day Time Concerts and Seniors Week Events which gives residents a change of scenery and increases opportunities for social interactions.
Fran is extremely grateful to everyone who volunteers their time to make events, such as the fete, possible. Volunteers are usually connected to the village in some way but there are a number who regularly volunteer who do not have a friend or family member residing or working there. Fran would like to encourage anyone with a spare half an hour to volunteer as a companion to residents who may not have the luxury of regular visitors. Social interactions are extremely important to the health and well-being of the residents and are of huge assistance to staff.
The fundraising committee would like to thank the Forbes community for supporting the Jemalong Residential Village and allowing them to supplement the services this facility provides to the community.
Forbes Golf Club stalwart Beryl Roberts has been honoured with life membership of the Lachlan Valley Men’s Golf Association. While it is a first for Beryl it is also a first in New South Wales, as no other lady across the state has received this honour.
Beryl Roberts is all golf. She was club champion in 1989, received life membership to the local club in 2007, has served as Ladies and overall Club Captain, served on the board of the Forbes Golf Club. Today she is involved with Lachlan Valley Vets and is secretary/treasurer of the $5000 Frank Spice Nissan Classic.
The Nissan Classic on November 14, 15 is sure to keep Beryl busy. The major event has already attracted close to 180 players for both the fourball on Saturday and the individual Stroke competition the following day.
“Naturally we are expecting a full field of over 200 with close to one week before a ball is hit,” classic chairman Randal Grayson said this week. “Prior to the classic itself this year we have two additions a welcome
competition on Friday then on Saturday evening after the fourball we will be conducting a Calcutta involving the top 24 players on handicap.”
“These will be drawn into pairs with the combined best nett scores declared the winner. We feel this will only add to what many tell us is one of the best major tournaments in the country.” “While we already have good numbers
there are a few vacancies. I suggest you contact the Pro Shop on 6851 1554 now to get into the draw.”
“Before the rain this week the course was the best it has been for decades, so with the showers this week it will only get better,” Randal said.
Forbes was a hive of activity last week with the 2015 Kalari River Arts Festival. The biennial community celebration provided a variety of activities over three days at various locations and did not disappoint.
Thursday night, the Forbes Golf and Sportsman’s Hotel hosted the first official function for the event with the Sir Francis Forbes Dinner. Guest speaker, Rob Willis, gave an enlightening presentation on Forbes and guests were entertained by local performers including Barbara Bruce, Luke & Erica Byrne, Last Call and Forbes Dancers.
Peter Ashcroft and his team catered the dinner and the organisers were blown away with the menu. Guest speaker, Elizabeth Rogers (CEO of Regional Arts NSW) shared her knowledge at the Regional Arts Symposium on Friday
before the Kate Kelly Exhibition was opened at McFeeters Motor Museum. The Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre then took the spotlight with the amazing Welcome to Country ceremony.
Children from all of our local schools came together, and although nervous, delighted crowds with their cultural performances. The Festival was officially opened on Saturday morning by Member for Orange, Andrew Gee. Mr Gee was excited by the program and expressed the importance of arts and culture to local communities.
All three areas, Arts Alley, Zen Zone & Frog Hollow provided non-stop entertainment and activities throughout the day which culminated in the Grand Finale Spectacular featuring a Combined Regional Choir, River Arts Big Drums, Dancers, Bedgerabong School Merimbas and Magical Lantern Parade complete with the incredible Brolga and Crane Lanterns circling the sky above. The weather, although threatening, held off for the weekend ensuring the success of the event.
Vice President and Artistic Director, Rosalie Burns, was pleased with attendance figures estimated to be in the vicinity of 5000. This data will now give the committee increased opportunities to access funding for future event. Rosalie was grateful to the amazing festival committee and the many volunteers for the phenomenal effort they gave to make the event so memorable.
The committee have earned a well-deserved break but will soon be commencing plans for the 2017 event.
MINOR PAIRS There were two Minor Pairs matches played this week and the next is the final. Bobby Grant and John Kennedy played well to score a 25:12 win from John Williams and Grant Lambert. Billy Adams and John Bentick also must have played well to end up 24:13 in front of Cliffy Nelson and Elwyn Pavey.
WEDNESDAY AT ONE Fred Vogelsang and Alf Davies had a 20:10 win against Col Breaden and Ray Dunstan.
Both Ray and Alf had their first turn at being skip. Peter Greenhalgh and Rob Priest managed to take an 18:17 win from Ken Rodwell and John Gorton. Next door Cliff Nelson and Ray Drabsch were doing battle against John Baass and Don Drabsch.
THURSDAY ARVO The winning draw went to Robert Spackman and Scott Kelly who had a 21:18 win over Graham Ruge and Merv Langfield well done gents. The runners up draw went to Peter Tisdell and Elwyn Pavey who had a lucky 23:18 win over Wayne Moon and Lyall Strudwick. Clem Hodges and Grant Lambert scored a 30:18 win over The Rooster and Peter Hocking. Cliffy Nelson and Glen Kearney were too good with a 25:19 win over Billy Adams and Darryl Griffiths. Then Ernie Egan & John Kennedy had a 26 all draw when they played John Mraz and Graham West.
SUNDAY MORNING BOWLS (By Ron Gooder) The four good bowlers on Sunday were John Stringer, Fred Vogelsang, Peter Corliss and Col Breaden. The winners draw went to Brian Joliffe and Dale Barker, a bowler from Bourke; they defeated Barry Anderson and Alison Cutcliffe. In the other matches Rodney Howarth & Russell Hodge defeated Col Breaden & Alan Smith. Peter Corliss & Fred Vogelsang defeated John Cutler & Scott McKellar by one shot. Peter Tisdell & Les Cannon defeated John Lasker & John Stringer. The Bakehouse Event leaders are Brian
Joliffe and Dale Baker on 15 points. They are followed closely by Rodney Howarth and Russell Hodge on 14 points.
How long have you lived in Forbes? I was enticed by a farmer to move to Forbes in 1993, 22 years ago.
What do you love about Forbes? Apart from the community, I love the beautiful historic buildings in the town and the picturesque Victoria Park and Lake area.
What are your hobbies/passions? My love of horses is an inspiration for my artwork which is my passion. Graphic design is my profession, and more than a job to me. Another interest I have is decorating horses.
Who would you love to have dinner with? John Fairfax – I would love to discuss culture and art promoting rural towns and communities. Coming a close second and third are Ed Sheeran and Matthew McConaughey.
Describe your dream holiday: Get a group of like minded friends together and go horse riding in the Australian Highlands for a week.
What is the biggest change you would like to see in the world? To let every child born in the world have access to two poems: “The Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann and “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr Suess.
Forbes Shire Council held a community meeting at the Council Chambers on Monday night with over 150 community members attending. “I will take up the fight in Macquarie Street for Forbes Shire Council to stand alone, if that is what the ratepayers want and it is the wish of the Council,” said Member for Orange Andrew Gee. “I will do this in the strongest terms.”
There was an overwhelming show of support for Forbes Council to stand alone, and this was reinforced by the Micromex Research Survey conducted with 304 residents. 72% of those surveyed said they supported Forbes Council standing alone, compared to 28% saying they wanted to merge. Mayor Phyllis Miller gave an overview of where the Fit for the Future Plan was at, outlining reasons why Forbes was declared ‘unfit’.
This revolved around the population of the Forbes Shire as it applied to scale and capacity. Mayor Miller commented that the figures, taken from 2013, were incorrect and that this matter of population has been an ongoing battle and discussion with the Department of Planning. Forbes Shire Council has discussed the possibility of merging with surrounding Councils, including Cabonne, Weddin, Lachlan, Parkes and Cowra, but none of these Councils want to merge with Forbes.
The NSW Government can force Councils to amalgamate under the Local Government Act, however Council has until 18 November to respond. Andrew Gee said that a final decision will hopefully be made before Christmas, after
the NSW Government responds to IPART. “There is no question it will be a tough fight,” said Mr Gee. “Politics is about taking up the difficult causes. It’s certainly not about running up the white flag and blindly accepting a report written by Sydney bureaucrats against the wishes of the community.”
Mayor Miller reiterated that the Councillors will always strive to do what is best for the ratepayers who have elected them to this Council. As one attendee commented, “if it’s not broken, why fix it?”
Young All Western Breeds Association (YAWBA) based in Forbes held their Lope for a Cure Show to raise money for breast cancer research. Set in a beautiful setting amongst the trees and fresh green grass is the undercover arena located in Young. The warm, sunny Saturday set the tone for the day, with excited and beautifully decorated horses and rider handlers.
Members attended from all over NSW and ACT, and the YAWBA team were both honoured and proud to announce that they raised over $1,200 for research to find a cure for breast cancer. YAWBA ran their normal program, with the
inclusion of four specialty pink classes.
“We would like to thank the following sponsors: Stallions Southern Cross Appaloosa’s, Craiglea Paints, Iron Horse Stud, Ellenjai Dun Dreaming, Ziggi Jones, Kathie Garner Cakes, Thomo’s Camping, Pops Fudge factory, Dakota Gorrie Cowgirl Creations, Jewelz n Things, Kinloch Park, Giddy Up Gags & Bits, Afternoon Delight, Skipamaxistar, Brumby Horse Wear, Green Partnership Forbes, Amber Helwig, John Evans, Zelvin Creations, Samantha Cameron, Bette Thatcher, Amanda Madden, Guyson Ranch, Tuff Rugs Australia, McDonnalds Saddlery, Debbie Taylor, Zelvan Photography, Peasley Haulage, Young Pony Club, Sammy C Designs, Ronarker Chaff Mill Forbes, T&G Horse Rug Repairs, Eveready Performance Horses, Green Partnership Forbes, Wind Roper Saddlery, Amanda Madden, and Chris and Jennifer English.”
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