Locals enjoy time at Lions camp

February 01, 2018

Jonathan and Joanne Dewar with organiser Bill Rowlands at the Driver Reviver site on Murray St.

Veggie sales at the Men's Shed.

Many children from this area have benefited from attending the annual Lions Club camp held at Licola with six Finley youngsters attending this year’s camp from Sunday January 14 until Friday January 19.

The township of Licola is owned entirely by the Lions Clubs of Victoria and southern New South Wales with the greater part of the town occupied by the Licola Wilderness Village, where Lions Clubs have run these camps for over 40 years.

Purtill’s coaches collected children from Finley, Tocumwal, Nathalia, Tongala, Echuca, Rochester, Tatura, Wallan, Officer and Traralgon with another coach collecting from Albury, Wodonga, Chilton, Wangaratta, Benalla and Brandon Park.

The Finley group of Amiliah and Destanee Miaourdis, Robert Gowans, Ariarna Barker, Jessica Andrews and Logan Bannister was supervised by Jamie Rowlands and coach captain John Milne.

All reported having had a great time and expressed a wish to attend future camps if possible.

Finley Lions Club organisers would like to thank Purtills Bus Service, coach captain John Milne as well as Tuppal Dairy and Fruitologist who supplied drinks and fruit for the trip.


Members of Finley’s RSL Sub Branch and women’s auxiliary were saddened to hear of the passing of Betty Bevan recently.

Betty was a Life Member of the Finley Branch and has been a constant supporter since joining the group in 1953. She was awarded Life Membership in 1992 as well as a Service Award in 1995 and Certificate of Merit in 2005.

Betty was well known for her skill with flower arranging and was responsible for the majority of wreaths laid at the War Memorial Park on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day over many years.

Both the Sub Branch and Auxiliary members would like to express their deepest sympathy to Betty’s children and their families as well as her many surviving brothers and sisters and friends.


The Finley RSL Sub Branch would like to advise that the annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday February 14 in the board room at the Finley RS Club at 5.30pm.

This will be followed by dinner in the blue room including a free drink. The normal monthly meeting will be held at 7.30pm.

New members are always welcome and further information can be obtained by contacting Warren Grant on 0457472685.

Current members are reminded that 2018 membership is now due and can be paid at reception of Finley RS Club. 2018 diaries are also available.


Members of the Finley RSL Women’s Auxiliary will be holding a meeting at the Finley RS Club on Tuesday February 13 at 10.30am to discuss the future role of the auxiliary.

It would be appreciated if as many current members as possible could attend this important meeting.


It was interesting to catch up with former Finley residents Peter and Faye Mansell while they were in town recently for Betty Bevan’s funeral.

Faye (nee Cowie) and Peter left the area some time ago, however they still have family connections and fond memories of Finley.

Faye went into the nursing profession and Peter is well known for his ability with sign writing.

He told of his experience of working with the Finley Mail back in the days when the district had four newspapers published once a week.

They were Finley Mail, Tocumwal Guardian, Berrigan Advocate and Jerilderie Herald.

The four papers merged and became the Southern Riverina News during Peter’s time with the paper and he is extremely proud of the fact he designed the current masthead.

The couple spent several years in northern New South Wales and Queensland and are now residing in Cobram.


Many organisations are now resuming meetings for 2018 and Finley Garden Lovers Club will hold its first for the year on Monday February 5 at 2pm in the Uniting Church Hall. Regular competitions will be held with this month’s special categories being a summertime arrangement and a hanging pot (or basket) of foliage.

The judges will be Dawn Baxter and Kate Parkin.

Afternoon tea will be in the hands of Lesley Wilson and Bernadette Gray.

There will also be a special segment on ‘How to beat the Heat’ so be sure to take along all your tips.

New members are welcome and anyone interested in gardening is invited to attend.


Finley Amateur Swimming Club will hold its annual swimming carnival on Saturday February 10.

This will be a twilight carnival starting at 3pm to allow children to compete in their regular Saturday morning sporting activities.

This is a ‘have-a-go’ carnival and is open to all children, whether they are involved in a swimming club or not.

There are many events with varying styles and distances to cater for various ages and abilities so everyone is encouraged to take part.

The meet will conclude with the handicapped ‘Dash for Cash’ where $400 in cash prizes is on offer.

The pool kiosk will be open for cold drinks and snacks and onsite catering will be provided by Finley Little Athletics with a barbecue. J. & N. Teapot Café’s mobile coffee van will also be in operation.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Jenny Isedale, FASC president on 0412 727 367.


Finley Probus Club members are reminded that monthly meetings will resume on Tuesday February 6 at the Finley Bowling Club at 10am.

Plans are already underway for trips to be held throughout the year as well as other interesting activities. New members are welcome to attend the meeting and join in the fun.


Jonathan and Joanne Dewar were delighted and relieved to receive a cup of coffee from Bill Rowlands who was on duty at Finley’s Driver Reviver post on Friday.

They were travelling back home to Melbourne after spending a month up north and expressed their appreciation of the break as they found there were few driver reviver stops open.

Bill Rowlands and his band of volunteers do a great job conducting this service at the beginning and end of Victorian holidays and are to be congratulated on giving their time to promote the wonderful facilities available in Finley.

Toll Transport is the major sponsor of driver reviver services with additional help from Arnotts and Bushells and all play an important part in reducing the number of road accidents.


Finley Men’s Shed would like to remind older residents in the town of the great facilities and activities carried out at the centre in Murray Street. Many men have benefited mentally and physically from joining this group with mateship the core of the organisation.

The group has taken on a role for a trial period of three months with Finley’s IGA to assist with the collection of aluminium cans and plastic bottles marked with the recycled insignia.

All cans and bottles must be clean and in original shape (not crushed).

Another role recently taken on by the group is assisting those in need at no charge, particularly the elderly, with small jobs around their homes.

Anyone needing this service can contact Graeme Falconer on 5883 1454 or Bill Rowlands on 5883 1354.

Fresh vegies are always on sale, good used furniture is most welcome for restoration and raised garden beds can be made to order.

The Finley Men’s Shed is open to all between 9am and noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The organisers would like to express their appreciation for the continuing support of the community as this is then returned back to the community.


This year marks 125 years since Finley was named, having previously been known as Murray Hut. Finley Chamber of Commerce has already begun making special plans to celebrate the occasion.

Close Engineering will be opening its Foundry Museum with Sussan Ley carrying out the official duties on March 10/11 and a Close Reunion will be held in conjunction with the event.

Chamber is getting behind this by including a ‘Back To’ celebration.

It is expected the log cabin museum and railway station will be open and hopefully the Country Club as this is an original building as well as the Finley Op Shop.

Many other activities are still being organised for this weekend and further information will be available soon.

Other plans underway for the area are the Finley Autumn Cup on Saturday March 17; Monster Garage Sale weekend Friday April 13 to Sunday April 15 and Feel Good in Finley – Health, Beauty and Wellbeing weekend Saturday and Sunday May 19/20.

Anyone who would like to be involved in any of these activities or who would like more information can contact Sue at Murray Hut Clothing on 5883 1310 or 0408 831 309.


Finley Show Girl Maicie Close will attend The Land Showgirl Zone Final at Hay this Saturday.

Maicie, her parents and Finley Show Society representatives will attend a dinner attended by showgirls and supporters from about 16 show societies.

Three young ladies will be chosen to attend the Sydney Royal Show in April.

Before the dinner Maicie will attend a luncheon and an interview with judges.


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