Open invite for festival tour, dinner

November 02, 2017

Organisers of the Strawberry Fields Festival invite you to a free community barbecue and tour of the festival site on Wednesday, November 15 — the evening before the festival officially opens.

Open to all ages, the afternoon will be a great way for locals to get an insight into all the hard work that goes into holding the event each year.

There will be guided tours by the festival directors — Tara Benney, Billy Staughton and Elliot Rothfield — who will be on hand to meet and greet all who attend.

They will show them around the world-class design of the festival site and the festival layout, and answer any questions about the festival.

A gold coin donation for the barbecue is welcomed, with proceeds going directly into the Strawberry Fields Community Fund which is then distributed locally.

It will be held from 5.30pm to 8pm at the Lower River Rd festival site (gates before Taylors Rd). Ample parking space will be provided.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions, feel free to phone Strawberry Fields media officer Sophie Burge on 0428381269 or email [email protected]


Two weeks ago, Toc Tells ran the following message:

‘‘Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed to deliver meals in Tocumwal once a month.

‘‘Due to a recent drop in volunteer numbers, new volunteers are needed to fill the roster and ensure the continuation of this valuable service.

‘‘If you would like to volunteer please call 58832044 to register your interest.”

Thanks to our wonderful readers, two lovely people have come forward. But two more are needed to fill the roster.

Can you do it? It’s only once a month.

Ring Kim Arnold on the above number.


Tocumwal’s Big Weekend starts early this Friday with the opening and preview of the Shabby Chic Art Show, on at 6pm to 8pm in the Tocumwal War Memorial Hall.

There will be drinks and nibbles, a silent auction and live music.

RSVP to Lynne George at Tocumwal Antiques and Tearooms, on 58742336.

As the Shabby Chic Art Show proceeds into Saturday it will be accompanied by live music from Zafra, who will be playing improvisational blues funk fusion music in the main hall.

These young players are music students from Sydney so come in and meet the band and hear this talented group play and give them a warm country welcome. The Art Show is on Sunday as well.


Be at the Tocumwal Foreshore on Saturday for Mr Bowman’s latest offering in his series of Foreshore Markets.

It is sure to be a blockbuster to match the last market on the October long weekend.

Here is your chance to do some Christmas shopping or perhaps select some plants to get your garden looking great for Christmas which is only seven weeks away.


And come back to the foreshore by the stage on Sunday morning to join in the Big Breakfast.

In previous years a record 780 people sat down to munch on breakfast foods provided by Tocumwal’s finest volunteers representing sporting clubs, schools and auxiliaries.

There will be Mad Hatter characters mingling with the diners and a wonderful storyteller for the young ones.

And Zafra will be playing their special kind of blues funk fusion music.

Bring a chair or hire one for the morning for a gold coin donation


Then after a lovely breakfast make sure you visit the Lions Club Hostel Fete in Adams Street for more fun and bargains.

They always have the best cake stall as well as bric-a-brac, books and the plants are the cheapest anywhere with a lot of popular succulents.

For lunch there is a barbecue and pancakes and a spinning wheel which is a lot of fun and the prizes are grand.

This is a short fete so don’t be late.


Congratulations to Ron Haley who has been inducted into the Murray Valley Cricket Association’s Hall of Fame.

Ron has given much to community cricket over many years and it is nice to see his contribution acknowledged.


Thanks to the help of four members and two husbands, the Tocumwal Girls’ Shed managed to move their store of resources into a new site within the old Bowls Club.

This has come about since the east end of the building has been rented which is a very exciting occurrence, as it means the building will be getting more use.

Other areas of the building are available for rent by contacting the Tocumwal Lions Club.

Tocumwal Girls’ Shed members had a very successful dyeing day on October 26 at the home of Joy and Max Palmer. Eleven participants undertook low water immersion dyeing and made some very colourful samples for their future quilts.

After lunch they tried shaving cream marbling and then when the sun came out they used solar dyes to good effect.

Everyone who was there had a wonderful time and decided to ensure they made something with their creations very soon.


A lady found a blue tie on Hutson’s Road, which is continuation of Hennessy Street to the aerodrome, and it can be picked up at the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre during opening hours.

This tie is possibly a school tie, but not from a local school.


Tocumwal Lions donated a state of the art cardiac defibrillator to the community and ran an information and training night at the railway station on Thursday.

There was a capacity crowd there to hear and learn from Bronwyn McKenzie of Extend Medical Training, on how to use the machine.

The defibrillator — which will be kept at the IGA in Deniliquin St — is an extremely intelligent machine which tells the operator what to do and anyone can use it.

After the training the attendees were rewarded with a famous Lions Club supper.

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