The formidable Forbes Magpies faced off against the Cobar Roosters on Saturday July 18. The First Grade team put on a powerful show and won their game with a score of 56-32. The League Tag team had a tight match, but won the day with a score of 14-12. The Reserves won their game with a score of 44-14 and the Under 18s team had a bye.
The rain was welcome by many, but was not so enjoyable for the golfers at Forbes. Very wet conditions before the weekend caused the cancellation of Saturday competition golf, but a sunny Saturday afternoon enabled some play on Sunday. On Saturday it was quite disturbing to see golfers yelling “I want to play” being dragged off the course, but they were very keen. I am careful to add that no children or animals were harmed during those events. The scene
across the course was one of casual water in many places and a very soggy ground. Best to wait until it improved.
Saturday’s competition was to be the first round of the Mens Foursomes Championships. These will now be held on 29-30 August, replacing a stroke competition. This may not suit all, but with other commitments this is the next available weekend. Sunday’s 18 hole Stableford Medley was like a godsend to those who need their weekly dose. A field of 35 players was a testament to the desire by all to enjoy some wonderful balmy conditions. The winner on the day was Steve Uphill, with 40 points, on count back from Laurie O’Connor (40). It was interesting that groups in which these front runners played had difficulty in identifying their own ball.
The Ball sweep went to 35 points and included: 39 – A Dukes, B Carpenter, 37 – B Webb, 36 – P Dawson, 35 – B Shine, P Maher, P Nixon. Yep, it was certainly a day for the big hitters!
The NTP’s went to – 9th: P Grayson, 18th: R Williams. There were only two 2’s, one on the 3rd and one on the 18th. I presume that despite the sun the air was pretty heavy and there was very little run, thus making it difficult to judge the correct shot. Any excuse to help out a golfer.
This week the schedule is for a 12-hole event at Parkes, on July 23. It is the usual gathering at 12:30 am for a 1:00 pm start. Bring your snorkel and flippers, just in case. In November Forbes GC holds the Nissan Classic weekend, with this year being the 25th staging of this event. This has become a primary calendar event, with many players
from a range of clubs stencilling this into the diaries. To ensure continued success we need to have a vibrant Committee.
The Classic organisers have scheduled an open meeting to garner support to organise this event. The meeting will be held on Thursday 30 July at the Sportsman’s Hotel, commencing at 6 pm. If anybody is interested in helping out, or just interested to find out more, please attend the meeting. Our golfer’s ability spreads far and wide.
Not only does King John ply his golf skills in Pennants in Sydney, but other members cast a shining beacon wherever they go. Sue Shine recently had some time at Port Stephens, and enjoyed some golf. Every course Sue played she easily scored 35 points or more. Such versatility and consistency was marvellous. In order to keep up, Barry Shine had to do something spectacular, as his golf was pretty ordinary. And that he did – he scored a Hole-in-One at the Palms course. It was a classic controlled shot against the breeze, always on target, and judged to perfection. Forbes players shine again.
It’s crystal ball time: Saturday 25 July is the 4BBB Stableford Multiplier, sponsored by Ace Machining. Choose a steady partner with plenty of patience as this could be quite traumatic. In fact it would be ‘real ace’ to score points on
every hole. Sunday 26 July is the Stableford Medley.
By Short Putt.
How are you keeping warm this winter?
“Going to Outback Qld for a fortnight, glorious weather and great fishing for yellowbelly in the Diamantina River” – Jean Hodges
“By my One Teaspoon Defender Jacket (as worn above)” – Kaitrin Lovell
“Playing footy, a wood fire and cuddling my girlfriend Jess” – Ben Robinson
As part of an initiative of the Forbes Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber invites local businesses to portray their business, their challenges and what their plans are for the future. This week it was Linda Rees turn from Esme’s Coffee Shop which she has owned for 15 years after purchasing it from the Curry’s in November 2000.
Linda said she “thought it would be an easy job”. It has turned out to be very labour intensive, and particularly with her food, as everything is home cooked. She concentrates on ‘plain’ home-cooked food and admits they do very well with this type of food. It is particularly appreciated by the older clientele who visit regularly. The biggest change in her business has been the uptake in coffee sales. When Linda changed her brand of coffee to Bills Beans she saw an immediate rise of approximately 25% in sales. Esme’s is the fastest growing coffee reseller of Bills Beans in the Central West. Bills Beans would only allow her to sell their coffee if she agreed to make it the way that they wanted her to make it, as they didn’t want people having coffee served which wasn’t up to their standard. And it has
obviously worked for her with sales improving each month.
“One of my main challenges, as I am sure is the same with most businesses is finding, training and keeping the right staff. A surprising number of people, either through absent-mindedness or some other motive, also simply forget to pay. We have put in new technology and this is helping us streamline how we operate.” If you are looking to take over a great business in Forbes, this business is up for sale, but if you are simply looking for a great cup
of coffee then head to Esme’s.
Schools Celebrate Local Heroes
Between Monday 27 and Friday 31 July, Education Week is a major event on the NSW public schools calendar and this year the theme is ‘Celebrating Local Heroes’. During Education Week, schools and learning facilities across the state organise and take part in a range of activities including performances, exhibitions, competitions and sports events.
“Education Week is a time to celebrate the achievements and successes of our students, teachers and support staff across all NSW public schools,” says NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli. Several special events have been planned in conjunction with Education Week to highlight the quality programs available at Forbes North Public School.
Forbes North are inviting all parents, carers and family members to visit the classrooms on Tuesday 28 July to see first-hand the quality learning undertaken each and every day. Classrooms will be open from 11:50am until
12:30pm. Afterwards, a special Education Week assembly will be held in the school hall which will include performances by the school choir and the presentation of Bronze I-Con Certificates to the children who have
earned these this year.
Everyone is then invited to enjoy a community sausage sizzle lunch prepared by staff from Forbes North’s Community Business Partners Ray White Rural. Traditional Education Week church services will be held on Wednesday at Northside Chapel and on Thursday there will be a disco in the school hall for Forbes North students from 5pm to 6:30pm.
Also as part of the Education Week activities, students from Forbes High School’s Creative and Performing Arts classes will visit Forbes North on Friday July 31 to present a concert to all students from K-6. At Forbes Public School, students learn in a stimulating and challenging environment with a 21st century approach to schooling.
To celebrate Education Week, the school has organised many activities including an Open Day at Forbes Public School on Monday July 27 between 10:15 and 11am, as well as a Book Fair in the school library from 8:30am to 3:30pm. A community morning tea will be served in the nature area from 11am to 11:30am.
The Forbes Preschool Kindergarten welcome everyone for their individuality, for their ideas and their contributions, believing that for children, Preschool is about fun, love, laughter, friends, learning, exploring and excitement. Every child deserves a beautiful start to a life of education and the staff at Forbes Preschool are proud of what they do showing pride in their roles. For parents and families the Preschool is a comfortable place that they can visit anytime and feel a sense of belonging and pride. They offer a range of resources including traditional, symbolic and
STORK NEWS Congratulations to proud parents Gabe and Brad McMillan on the arrival of Robey John Miller McMillan. Robey was born on Tuesday 13th July 12.32pm weighing 8lb1oz.
Congratulations to the lucky winner of our first Forbes Phoenix competition! Marie Lambert has taken home a family pass to Taronga Western Plains Zoo for two adults and two children.
Riding for the Disabled: The first local volunteer training day for Riding for the Disabled will be held at Sahara Park Riding School — 79 Amaroo Lane, off Bedgerebong Road — on Wednesday 22 July at 10am, followed by a sausage sizzle. Volunteers are urgently needed to instigate this valuable opportunity in Forbes so that our disabled children can experience the benefits that horse-riding has proven capable of bringing them. Even if you’re not a horseperson you can still help with other jobs such as cleaning and fitting helmets and boots for the riders, making and serving refreshments and many other support roles. The training day is necessary for volunteers to learn how to assist in all safety aspects required to get these children safely prepared and mounted on the horse. For more info, please call Veva MacCullagh on 0427 511 770 or Helen Morris on 0407 863 464.
If you’re into a leisurely sip of red or white, put August 28 into your diary and head out to the Forbes Youth and Community Centre from 6.30-8.30pm to taste the best entries in the 2015 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show. You’ll have the chance to taste some of the best wines produced by the state’s smaller winemakers, and believe us, tasting their best tipples is worth much more than the $25 entry fee.
Annual Astrofest and Conference will be held in Parkes on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July. Enjoy a host of lectures and an astrophotography exhibition for astronomers. For further information phone 02 6861 1777.
Mark Pietsch, who runs Logical Lifestyles on the corner of Rankin and Battye Streets, knows first hand just how tough life can be. His mum died when he was six and he grew up the hard way, becoming what he describes as a bad person without a great deal of selfconsciousness.
Mark damaged his back at 17 and over the pursuing 12 months put on a lot of weight as a result of the medication and his mental state. But he had the inner strength to work his way through the problems, both physical and psychological, and at one stage shed 78 kilos weight in just over seven months.
So when he met a street kid doing it rough, living by the seat of his pants by breaking and entering to feed himself, Mark didn’t hesitate in opening up and offering the chance for the young guy to turn his life around. The result is that he’s become a youth worker for some 60 kids and runs a gym that he prefers to think of as not really a gym at all.
“Many people, especially young people, see gyms as intimidating places that make them uncomfortable,” said Mark. “I prefer to see Logical Lifestyles as a place where people can be more relaxed and talk about things as well as doing the physical bit.”
These days he divides his life between three passions: caring for his group of young people; being involved with the Generocity Church; and running Logical Lifestyles as a business that can help him pursue his other goals.
BreastScreen NSW Greater Western has launched its new mobile breast-screening unit, servicing women across the Western NSW Local Health District. The unit is part of a NSW Government investment of $8.8 million to upgrade the existing BreastScreen NSW fleet with state-ofthe- art vehicles and screening technology.
The Federal Government contributed $4.4 million. Enhancements in the new vehicles include:
• Upgraded digital mammography equipment.
• Secure wireless communication system for instant transfer of diagnostic images to the statewide BreastScreen service for analysis by radiologists and breast physicians.
• Improved air-conditioning and wheelchair accessibility.
The mobile unit will visit Parkes, Forbes, Tottenham, Tullamore, Trundle, Peak Hill, Narromine, Molong and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service between now and the end of the year.
It will be in Forbes from August 17 to September 28 in Victoria Park, behind the Cenotaph on Harold Street. “A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in NSW today has among the highest chances of survival in the world,” said Sarah McGill, Director Cancer Institute NSW. “However, we know that early detection is the key to survival.”
“It is vital for all women aged between 50 and 74 to have a mammogram every two years at a BreastScreen NSW clinic. It is a free service that could save your life. Women should call 132 050 to book a breast screen today.”