Girls Shed craft day tomorrow

February 01, 2018

Andrew Blackburn and Mark O'Hora enjoying Australia Day celebrations.

Tocumwal Girls Shed starts a new year of crafting tomorrow.

Go along and be part of an adventurous group who enjoy learning to sew, quilt, dye and print fabric as well as some knitting and crochet and mixed media crafting.

Girls Shed and Tocumwal Sew ‘N’ Sews co-host the worthy Very Snuggly Quilt Project on September 24 as they make quilts for sick kids in the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, where all our sickest children go.

Girls Shed has a ‘getting to know you’ offer of a free day of crafting and morning tea.

Bring your own lunch and have a good day crafting and sewing.


The Foreshore Committee and the Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce turned on a spectacular day for all the family at the Foreshore on Australia Day, January 26.

Friday dawned very warm after a light rain shower overnight but with lots of promise for a fun day ahead.

For those with an appetite there was plenty to satisfy their hunger from a big breakfast egg and bacon roll to hot waffles and maple syrup.

Coffee was served from the cutest little van and had a long line up of caffeine seekers most of the morning at its window.

Tiny tots waited patiently for the face painter with the cool blue ‘Frozen’ theme being the most popular for the little girls but the boys seemed to have a variety of themes going on throughout the morning with bugs being very popular.

Nathan Haley hit the nail on the head with his choice of music for the morning.

Nathan played easy listening music which did not get in the way of conversations on the day and was much appreciated by the stall holders and patrons alike.

Members of the Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce were flat out writing tickets for the Lucky Ducky race which splashed off at 10.30am.

At that time a haze of yellow could be seen on the water near the new boat ramp by the ardent watchers on the riverbank.

It was amazing how fast the little floaters got down to the finish line but just as strange that there were three little ducks which were distinctly first, second, and third, swimming out from the pack.

To those of you who may be wondering about added plastic in the river, please rest your minds as all duckies were recovered and sent back to Echuca where they will be used again later this year.

The ducks have already been used so like the bags and ceramic mugs they are classed as reusable and are environmentally friendly.

Watch out for the next event organised by the Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce which will have paper lanterns as its main theme and of course will be in a cooler less fire prone time of the year.


Mr Bowman pulled off another fabulous Foreshore Market with a big crowd along Deniliquin Rd and Anzac Ave.

There were cars parked down Murray St as far as the Boomerang Caravan Park and back towards the highway which is a good indication of a record breaking attendance. And the vendors were there with fine fare and a great variety of goods for sale.

The food vendors were doing a great trade, especially the boys and girls from Tocumwal Rotary who had the orange juice machine going gang busters crushing local oranges into golden liquid full of health giving vitamin C, naturally. The Rotary crew sold out 20 boxes of Smithers Orchards’ fruit before lunch.

It was another safe dog free market thanks to Berrigan Shire regulation; one would not know there had been a market on the site by 3pm as the place was as clean as before the crowds came.

Thanks to vendors and patrons for their good tidy habits.


Many families took this last long weekend to camp on our beautiful river before we have a change in the weather.

Easter is the next big event for the Tocumwal tourist calendar and the Easter bunny comes early this year with Good Friday on March 30 and Easter Sunday on April 1.

Starting on Good Friday there will be footy and netball at the Tocumwal grounds as we host our old rivals Berrigan.

After a long hot summer without footy and netball, get back in the swing of things by attending and cheering on our very competitive teams.

Easter Saturday will be a big day at the races and the Tocumwal Race Club suggests you get in now and book your marquees and get your glad rags sorted for the fashion awards. Ladies’ hats are the go not just for fashion but to keep the sun off your lovely complexion.

Courtesy buses running as in previous years to keep you and the law happy.

Easter Sunday is the only time we have a Sunday Foreshore Market, and will see a colossal turnout by stallholders from far and wide.

But remember Tocumwal has some very fine speciality shops and cafes permanently serving you the best food, fashion and homewares.


Your fire service wants to remind you the risk of fire doesn’t stop just because the long weekend has passed, so whether you’re packing up the car for a camping trip with the family or cleaning up the backyard for a barbecue with friends, be prepared and stay aware of potential fires and hazards for the rest of the summer fire season.

Those living in southern Australia can expect hot and dry conditions for some time yet. With that in mind, you are urged to check the Fire Danger Rating for this area and/or for any area you are travelling to and stay informed for any emergency warnings, information and potential Total Fire Ban days.

If you are firing up the barbecue, check there aren’t any weather based restrictions in place. Also, make sure your barbecue and gas hose are in good condition and check connections and fittings are tight. More information about barbecue safety can be found on the fire service website.

If you are going away camping, please do not underestimate the dangers of camp fires and fire pits. Do not use accelerant, especially petrol, to start fires.

Too often our firefighters are called to incidents where people have been seriously injured after getting too close to or falling into campfires and fire pits as well as burns from flashbacks.

Even once extinguished, campfires and fire pits can be incredibly hot and cause serious burns. Please ensure you extinguish these fires properly, keep a safe distance and always watch children around an open flame.

Tocumwal’s fire services urge you to stay safe this summer.

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