Jenny and Warwick’s birthday charity gift

July 21, 2017

Jenny and Warwick Douglas recently celebrated their 70th birthdays at the Finley Golf Club where they were joined by approximately 75 family members and friends.

Guests travelled some distance including from Western Australia, Victoria and northern New South Wales.

Everyone enjoyed the afternoon including the entertainment by ‘The Hoffmans’ group.

Jenny and Warwick instigated a unique idea with reference to gift giving. They considered themselves to be fortunate enough to have little need of presents.

However, Jenny has had occasion to require assistance from the local community nurses recently and therefore has been in a position to encounter their need for additional equipment.

With this in mind, a collection was organised during the gathering with an amount of $550 being raised.

The Douglas family was delighted with the result and would like to express their appreciation to every guest for their generosity.

Community nurse Debbie Murphy-Riddell was overwhelmed with the donation which will be used exclusively to provide additional equipment and would like to add her thanks and appreciation.

Should any other members of the community wish to adopt Jenny and Warwick’s idea they can rest assured further donations would be most graciously accepted.


News has been received that Finley’s John Hand has been involved in a ‘‘spectacular Tour De France style crash’’, to quote his daughter Dr Clare, while cycling in France.

He is in ICU in Toulouse for a few days; however, the ICU consultant Clare has spoken to is quietly confident John will be okay.

John suffered multiple injuries which will require monitoring to ensure a speedy recovery.

Clare has travelled to Toulouse to support her mother and assist with practicalities.

Hopefully the family will return home in a few weeks when it is expected John will be inundated with well wishes.


Excitement is building for the Biralee Preschool ‘Dancing With The Stars’ to take place at the Finley RS Club on August 12.

Bookings can be made and tickets purchased at Murray Hut Clothing at a cost of $65 which includes champagne on arrival, nibbles and a two course meal.

There are five couples under instruction by Vicki Ackers to undertake the Tango, Jive and Pasodoble to name just a few genres.

The dancers are training hard and it is a real contest to see who will be the best dancers for 2017.

Members of the community are welcome to call into Finley Newsagency and submit as many votes as they wish for the couple they would like to win the viewers’ choice award ($1 equals one viewer vote).

This year the wonderful Warren Lang will be hosting the event along with the absolutely fabulous Colleen Rockliff which promises the evening will be one to remember.


Bernie Rogers was the winner of last Saturday’s Finley Lions Club wood raffle.

With still a few weeks of winter remaining, this is proving to be a popular fundraiser for the club.


Local golfer Helen Wastle has been missing from the ladies’ weekly competition recently and for very good reason.

She has been enjoying a cruise on the Carnival Spirit to the South Sea Islands visiting the Isle of Pines, Lifou, Noumea and Mare and experiencing the lovely warm weather.

Helen was accompanied by her daughters Katrina and Alana, their husbands and children, and family friend David Agnew.

The family enjoyed spending time together and all had a great break.


Some concerned members of the Friends of the Scots Presbyterian Church Association attended what was advertised as a “wind up meeting” at the Finley RS Club last Friday afternoon.

However, Mr Norm McAllister assured those present that it was simply an informal get-together to bring members up to date with proceedings of the association.

The group was originally formed to save the nearly 100 year-old Finley Presbyterian Church building from being demolished to make way for a new complex. It would appear that this has now been accomplished with a surplus of funds on hand.

It was agreed that a general meeting be held at a future date to be advertised to determine the distribution of these funds.


Deepest sympathy to Maureen Shalders, Alison Wilson , Ruth Whittaker and families, on the death of their sister, Margaret Cartmel of Shepparton on Friday, July 14, 2017.


The Finley Show is now only 47 days away. The schedule is available on the show’s website, and hardcopies will be available soon.

To celebrate the 100th show organisers are putting together a history book and will have a display at the show.

They are interested in old photos or film which can be copied, particularly footage of the old showgrounds. Please contact the secretary if you can help on 0417868468 or [email protected]


Items for ‘From Finley’ may be submitted by phoning 0428293922 or email [email protected] or left at the Southern Riverina News office.

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