‘Back To’ marks Close anniversary

February 08, 2018

An advertisement by JT & EN Close circa 1908 from Peter Hamilton’s historical collection relating to the long-running business.

Finley Log Cabin and Museum president Henry Matheson, vice president Chris Braybon, secretary Maureen Bevan and treasurer Ray Koschel prepare to host the Veteran Car Club of Australia rally participants next month.

Graeme Close of JT & EN Close with the Hornsby engine which will go on display to mark the local 125th anniversary of the business, as part of the 'Back To' celebrations.

Excitement is building as JT & EN Close prepares to celebrate 125 years of business in Finley.

Current manager Graeme Close is extremely proud to advise that a fifth generation of the Close family is still carrying on this important industry in the town.

Celebrations to mark this historic occasion will take place on Saturday, March 10 between the hours of midday and 4pm and is the foundation of the ‘Back To’ planned for Finley over that weekend.

Wollamai St, between Murray and Denison Sts, will be closed on the day and machinery dating back to the early days will be on display in the surrounding area.

Graeme is extremely proud of the Hornsby charcoal gas engine which will be part of the display.

This engine left England in 1911 and arrived in Finley in 1913.

It was turned off in the early ‘50s, however was restored by Chris Braybon, Colin Bruce and Henry Matheson for the 100 years celebrations.

It had not been started for about 12 years when Graeme decided to give it a run just recently, and it needed no encouragement having started within minutes.

The engine is now running on petrol.

Another item of interest is that JT & EN Close is the longest serving business at the Finley Branch of the National Australia Bank, and originally held client #7.

Part of local historian Peter Hamilton’s collection is copies of advertising placed in the local newspaper by the company.

Circa 1908 advised the public that ‘‘JT Close has put in an extensive machinery plant and can do all sort of work that is required in the district’’.

Another, circa 1910 about buggies ‘‘I make them all and build them to last’’.

There will be further information on this important event and the Finley ‘Back To’ in coming editions, so be sure to keep the weekend of March 10 and 11 marked in your diary.


Members of the Finley and District Cancer Support Group would like to remind people of the meeting being held today at Intereach, Central Arcade at 1pm.

An invitation is extended to all to join the group for an interesting and informative afternoon, followed by afternoon tea.

There will also be a Cancer Awareness evening held in Finley on Tuesday, March 13, at 6.30pm at the Bowling Club.

This meeting is open to all members of the community and will include local guest speakers, as well as others travelling from various organisations in NSW.

With cancer rates on the rise, it is planned to provide information to assist in the prevention of some cancers and to offer resources to help those already in need of support.

This group has also formed a committee to establish a co-op store in Finley.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the co-op — to sell homemade, home grown products or to volunteer some hours to work in the store — is asked to contact Colleen on 58834231 or 0413963299.

Donations, no matter how small, can also be given by contacting Colleen.


The Friendship Morning at Finley Uniting Church will start for 2018 tomorrow at 10am and will end with a light lunch.

The weekly Beehive Craft Group is on again and is held each Tuesday afternoon at 2pm.

Both of these events are held at the Uniting Church hall, Coree St and all are welcome to attend and join in the activities.


The Finley Uniting Church Worship Centre will start Messy Church at the church hall in Coree St on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

Messy Church is for families and people who may not find other forms of church appealing, or who don’t yet belong to a church.

It is typically held once a month and includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal.

Messy Church is not a new form of Kids Club or Bible Study. It intentionally welcomes and provides for people of all ages, with adults and children encouraged to come together to enjoy the family atmosphere and encounter Jesus.

On arrival, all are welcomed and encouraged to participate in get-to-know-you time and a cuppa.

Then there is a creative time to explore, through craft activities, the theme and possibly getting messy.

A short celebration time follows which will involve a story, prayer, song, games and more.

The evening will conclude with a sit-down meal together, which will be provided.

Further information can be obtained by calling Wendy on 0427423101 or Myra on 0428826338.


Members of the Finley Log Cabin and Museum Committee are busy preparing for the rally of the Veteran Car Club of Australia and Two Cylinder Club on Sunday, March 17.

Arrangements are being made to cater for about 120 people and a suitable parking plan for the many different models within the collection.

This promises to be a great assembly of cars and will create a vast amount of interest for the general public.

There are plans in progress for other activities at the museum, and all events are open to the residents of Finley and district to come, inspect and enjoy the special assemblies.


Just a reminder that the Finley RSL Sub-branch will be holding its Annual General Meeting 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 then take place at 7.30pm.

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

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


Don’t forget the Finley Amateur Swimming Club’s annual swimming carnival to be held this Saturday.

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 all ages and abilities so everyone is encouraged to take part.

The meet will end 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 FASC president Jenny Isedale on 0412727367.


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