Supermarket shoppers snap up Boomerang Bags

May 18, 2018

Aaron (back), Lachlan and Chelsea Coulson after the Mother's Day Classic.

Anne Jones with her grand daughter Imogen Jones at Mother's Day afternoon tea.

Christine Tuck at Chrissie's Book Lounge.

Liz and Ian Lang collecting their Boomerang Bags.

The Boomerang Bags Group gave away 120 bags on Saturday from a stall outside IGA.

Why? Because very shortly the supermarkets are doing away with single use plastic bags for carrying the groceries home.

A Boomerang Bag, so named because it keeps being reused, time and time again, will fill that gap.

If you are a big shopper you may need more than one.

This Sunday in Memorial Hall at 10am-3pm, the little group of people behind the making of the Tocumwal bags will be hard at work again, making more bags to give away.

The people of Tocumwal know a great product when the see it and many people gave donations to ensure the group could procure more resources to continue this worthwhile work.

Come along and join them, you do not need a sewing machine, but if you have one please bring it.

There are many other jobs that need to be done to ensure the bags look their best for the next offering.

Depending on how many bags can be made on Sunday, there will be another stall outside IGA one Saturday soon.


Farewell to another set of local business owners who have also just celebrated their 10th anniversary.

Carl and Clare Cummins have sold the newsagency but are staying in town for the moment.

The community thanks them for their wonderful service through the agency and all the community roles they have filled and still following.

We welcome the new owners when they take over soon.


There are five businesses run by women in Deniliquin St, Tocumwal and on Mother’s Day most of them were busy making sure other mothers enjoyed their special day with flowers, fashion or fabulous food.

The hairdresser put in long hours on Saturday to ensure her clients looked their best for the big day, while the dress shop, florist and the two coffee shops were open.

Serina Drury was barely able to get through her small shop on Saturday evening as it was filled with flower arrangements awaiting delivery on Mother’s Day morning and Lynn George was there delivering teas and yummy goodies from her tearooms.

One of the coffee shops, Chrissie’s Book Lounge, actually celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend as it was 10 years ago on the Mother’s Day weekend that Christine Tuck opened her book and coffee lounge to the public.

Serving customers on Sunday, Chris took time to talk to your correspondent about what the last 10 years has been like.

She described her menu as nutritious and sometimes naughty and what her customers liked.

After 10 years she had plotted the foody trends and outlasted a few of them and now has a well-loved offering.

Her greatest joy, Chris said, was being able to train young people in the food industry and as baristas. For some of these young people it was an after school job, or in their gap year.

Many of these employees became students, who were able to gain hospitality work during their university course due to having their working experience in Tocumwal.

Christine now describes these employees as friends and they were there on Saturday evening when she threw open her doors to celebrate the 10th anniversary with her customers.

These young friends pitched in and made sure the night was a great success.


Wow, how lucky was ‘Mr Foreshore Markets’ Bob Bowman last Saturday!

After a bitterly cold and wet couple of days, the sun shone a treat on the Tocumwal Foreshore Markets.

Plenty of people came along to enjoy the market and to pick up a last minute gift for Mother’s Day. And it was surprising how many people came up Deniliquin St to continue to browse and shop.

The ladies on the Boomerang Bag stall met people from Queensland, Maryborough, Seymour and from our nearby neighbouring towns.

The Foreshore Market brought the crowds to town and the op shops were doing a roaring trade after people had spent time browsing the market stalls.


Is there nothing the Knitters and Knatters won’t turn their hands to in a crisis? Recently they heard that the premature baby nursery at the Wodonga Hospital had run out of mini beanies and jackets.

Stocks had fallen to desperate levels and more were needed to protect the tiny babies.

So the lovely Knitters and Knatters heard the story and turned their hands from knitting and crocheting squares for the annual Wraps for Love, to making baby wear.

Sixty items were packaged and sent off to the hospital, thanks to these amazing people.

A huge thank you to these generous ladies for their time and work.


Remember the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on May 24 from 10am to 1pm. Hosted by Tocumwal Op Shops in Murray St, it’s a $5 donation for morning tea to the Cancer Council.


Students from the Junior Room at Sacred Heart School have been invited to attend this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime on Monday.

This year’s book is ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood.

The event is being organised through the Tocumwal Library and will be held at Tocumwal Preschool.


Sacred Heart’s annual school cross country carnival will be held on Friday, May 25 at the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve. The students have started training as part of their fitness sessions.


After recess last Thursday, Sacred Heart School P&C provided students with the opportunity to purchase a gift for their mums or that special person in their family.

At 2.30pm mothers, grandmothers and significant others were invited by the school to partake of afternoon tea and a small presentation by the students.

The seniors and then juniors sang a song about mum and then the infant school spoke of why they loved their mother and a few of her favourite things (chocolate seemed to be favoured by most of them).


National Walk Safely to School Day is this Friday. This annual event encourages all primary school children, their parents and carers to walk and commute regularly and safely to school.

Remember, until they’re 10, children must always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.


Once again the Mother’s Day Challenge walk and run was a great success with more than 150 people taking to the running track to Town Beach and around the Foreshore to support research into breast cancer.

The weather held out for another fine day for Mother’s Day across the region and supporters of the challenge had a lovely time walking and running the course.


Tocumwal Preschool is running its popular movies night next Wednesday. You can pay in cash at the preschool or ask them for the BSB number for payment.

Your entry fee will get you delicious nibblies and a drink on arrival at the Mulwala-Yarrawonga Golf Club. Movie starts 7pm.

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