Biggest Morning Tea at Preschool

June 16, 2017

At the Lions event were (from left) Carol Wigg, Lidy Soule, Barbara Bell, Hellen Beer, Gail Bourke, Cheryle Townsing and Glennis Polhner.

You are invited to a Biggest Morning Tea, Sunday, June 18 from 2pm to 4pm at Tocumwal Preschool.

The afternoon includes cooking stations where you will have all the ingredients to make incredibly healthy and scrumptious food and drinks, such as vanilla wet chai and sweet potato slice.

Plus, you will be able to take some food home to share and enjoy.

Bring the kids and they’ll be able to create some amazing food.

Spaces are limited and must be booked by June 16.

Book and pay at the preschool or call Kat on 0428861819.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea.

The cost to attend the cooking class-style fundraiser is $30 for adults. Kids can attend for free, with an accompanying adult.


Don’t forget the Tocumwal Farmers’ Market being held this weekend.

We have some making up to do as the last market was washed out.

The sellers will be keen to make up for missing your custom a month ago.

Come along, bring your reusable bags and coffee mugs and have a warming breakfast with your friends.

Call your friends and make it a date for breakfast!


More than 100 people fittingly turned out to celebrate the centenary celebrations for the Lions Club of Australia last week.

The Tocumwal Lions Club hosted a morning tea, featuring goodies from the famous Tocumwal Lions Club bakers.


Tocumwal LHAC president Elaine Cox wishes to advise that NSW will be the first state in Australia to remove sugary drinks from health facilities when it launches a healthy food and drink policy aimed directly at its own ranks.

Sugary drinks with no nutritional value are set to go as NSW Health leads by example with its new Healthy Choices in Health Facilities policy framework launched in Sydney on June 8.

The drinks will be phased out by December 2017.

The policy is designed to support its Make Healthy Normal campaign and support NSW Health staff and visitors by increasing the availability and choice of healthy foods and drinks in NSW Health facilities.

Healthy choices will make up at least 75 per cent of the offering.

NSW Health chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said vending machines, cafes and catering services were all earmarked to offer more healthy options for staff and visitors.

Some local health districts have already set the pace. Murrumbidgee Local Health District removed sugary drinks last December.

More information on the policy — Healthy Food and Drink in NSW Health Facilities for Staff and Visitors Framework — and tools and resources to support implementation can be found at


Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club will hold a three-day bowls carnival from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27 this year.

For each day of bowls, competitors are asked to arrive by 10am for a 10.30am start.

Nominated teams or single entries are accepted, by contacting the club, and bowls uniforms must be worn.

Morning tea will provided, with players and spectators invited to order their lunches before start of play.


There has been an enquiry about the figurines atop the Memorial Hall.

A photo of the façade of the Tocumwal War Memorial Hall published in the Back to Tocumwal booklet in 1929 shows the front of the hall to be much as it is today, with only four statues in evidence.

The hall was started after the First World War to honour the fallen sons of Tocumwal and their names are on the memorial at the hall’s entrance.

After starting out with a bang and big plans, and despite being gifted land by the PMG’s Department, the building committee ran into funding trouble. They called upon the School of Arts Committee and the Mechanics Institute to amalgamate with them and eventually completed the hall on a smaller scale and at about half the cost, for the use of all members and the townsfolk.

And due to rating scales at the time, if a building was uncompleted it was rated on a lower scale, hence the two missing figurines, meaning it was not completed and paid less rates. There is no record of what the two statues were meant to represent, but what we have now are two lions and two owls and several pieces of reinforcing rod either side of the top arch over the main door.

The present hall committee is seeking funds to refurbish the façade of the original brick section of the hall and the Memorial Plaques. They plan to restore them to their original state by repainting the brickwork and removing inappropriate lighting and intrusive wiring and removing countless layers of cream paint from the plaques.


Over the past few months your correspondent has been encouraging people to try to live without single use plastics and other non-recyclable items at home.

This has been received well by the readers who have requested more on the topic. And the popularity of the ABC TV show about how much we waste has prompted many to make a change.

Some ways you can help the planet include thinking globally but shopping locally — getting fresher produce from local stores and markets.

Buy the ‘funny fruit’ that’s not quite the right shape and size — it’s cheaper and may go to waste if not sold.

Take your reusable cup with you when you order coffee and save that take-away plastic covered paper cup going to landfill.

Shop vintage because new is not always the best — Tocumwal has three super op-shops to choose from for your next purchase.

And if you use them consider doing away with wet wipes for they are slow to break down and can cause blockages in sewer pipes.


Here’s a workshop for those who like something different.

This fantastic basket making workshop, taught by Ruth Woods from Craft School Oz, is suitable for beginners or for those who are more advanced.

The workshop will cover getting started and making a small basket and then how to construct different shapes using the coiling method.

You will learn how to incorporate a variety of materials including raffia, and other plant materials, yarns, thread and cord into your work. You will also learn how to make your own cordage from several sources.

Materials are supplied but if you wish to bring along fabric scraps or plant material, feel free to do so.

It takes place on Saturday, July 8 at Deniliquin Library, from 10am to 3pm.

Cost is $50. As limited places are available, bookings are essential by calling 58983100 or email [email protected]

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