Finley’s St Mary’s Catholic Church was filled to capacity on Christmas Eve for the children’s mass which started at 6pm.
The excitement and anticipation on the faces of the children was a sight to behold.
It was a fitting tribute to Fr Martin Cruickshank to see so many families at this, the final celebration in the parishes of Finley and Tocumwal before his departure to take up his position at Sacred Heart Parish, North Albury.
The true spirit of Christmas was very evident when the community came together at Finley Railway Park for the Fincity Xmas Xtravaganza last Wednesday evening.
MC for the event was Ross Whittaker who capably brought the program together.
Singers, dancers, choirs and hoola hoop experts all kept the large crowd entertained.
People of various ages made themselves comfortable in chairs and on rugs on the grass for what was truly family time.
There were food and drink stalls as well as side shows to keep the young (and not so young) entertained.
The time and effort extended by so many, not least the management and staff of Finley’s Betta Electrical and Gray’s Transport for the stage and sound systems, is a credit to each and everyone involved in organising this wonderful event.
Plans for next year are already underway.
Well known volunteer Marj Maxwell was hard at work selling tickets for the wonderful Christmas raffle being conducted on behalf of Finley Regional Care at the Fincity Xmas Xtravaganza.
There were 21 lucky winners and a full list will be published in the new year.
The five major prize winners were: a Webber barbecue, two banana lounges and table – Kimberley Schumack; Trolley of goodies – Carol Kennedy; Scan pan and decanter – Jack Sexton; Golf bag and box of wine – Vanessa Yeebes; Platters, chocolates and two bottles of wine – Maureen Whitty.
The organisers would like to thank all donors, ticket sellers and the community for the great support given to this major fundraiser.
The 2018 year will see Biralee Preschool and OOSH adopt a recycle and renewable community initiative within its organisation.
Finley community members are encouraged to drop off recycled goods such as bottle tops, caps, boxes, screws, bolts, wood etc. that can be recycled and reused as part of the Biralee curriculum.
There is a small cart located out the front of the service and families are encouraged to place the items in this for collection.
All of these items will be used by the children in craft projects while teaching them to be part of a sustainable community.
Further information can be obtained by phoning Biralee director Jessica Williams on 58831609.
A major fundraiser raffle being conducted by the Save The Finley War Memorial Hall committee was drawn recently.
Winners were: $100 IGA grocery voucher – Rochelle Bickley; $100 meat voucher from Ashley Haynes Butchery - Shirley Gray; crockery and cutlery settings - Marie Quirk.
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