As this is my last presentation of From Finley, I would like to introduce Beth Beresford who will be your future correspondent.
Beth and her husband Graeme came to Finley about three years ago, when Graeme was appointed as a maths teacher at Finley High School.
She is originally from England and, at the age of eight, migrated to Australia with her parents and three brothers.
A sister was born to complete the family after their arrival.
Beth is a retired teacher and librarian having taught at Tarrawanna near Wollongong. She and Graeme have two sons, Richard and Timothy, and a daughter-in-law Jess.
However, it is their dog Roan who really keeps them on their toes.
Beth is extremely interested in books, movies, antiques, knitting, sewing and cooking and is looking forward to becoming involved in local groups where she can put these passions into practice.
She is excited to be taking on this column and I ask that you extend to her the assistance and courtesy you have given me over the past nine years.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this column during my time with the Southern Riverina News.
It has been a wonderfully fulfilling and rewarding experience for me and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be included in the lives of so many.
It is the people who give so freely of their time to the many charity groups and those who support the volunteers who make this such a wonderful community to belong to.
I would particularly like to thank management and staff of the Southern Riverina News for allowing me to be part of such a professional organisation.
The students of Finley’s St Joseph’s Primary School were fortunate to win a Strawberry Fields grant and also received a donation to install a dishwasher in the school cooking space.
Money donated has been put to purchasing seedlings and resources for Joey’s Patch, the garden area established to enable students to follow the process from garden to table.
With this in mind, it was decided to invite volunteers who have assisted the school in so many ways to an afternoon tea which was held last Friday.
The students spent a large amount of time preparing for the occasion under the careful guidance of Rosemary Tilley, who runs the kitchen garden program.
They looked extremely professional dressed in their newly acquired aprons and head coverings — donated by the P & F committee — as they welcomed and entertained the visitors with poems, singing and expression of their appreciation.
As not all volunteers were able to attend the event, the students would like to following to be included in this report.
“A message to Finley Volunteers from the Future Community Leaders.
This afternoon is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing volunteers that we have in the Finley community.
We do this not just as students of St Joseph’s but on behalf of the whole town.
We are able to put on this event with thanks to a grant we were successful in receiving from Strawberry Fields. When we told them we wanted to thank our volunteers and bring the community together, they agreed it was a cause worth supporting.
Our grant has assisted in gaining additional seeds and seedlings to grow food for today as well as purchasing equipment to cook with and a brand new dishwasher to wash up all of the plates when we are done! We are especially excited about this new addition.
Students will be available to take you on a tour of our garden with its Menshed garden beds, the chicken coop built by Apex and the kitchen fundraised for by our P&C volunteers and the St Mary’s community.
We are really pleased to be able to host this afternoon tea.
We hope you enjoy eating the wide variety of food we have here today. We have harvested silverbeet, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and herbs to cook with.
We collected eggs from our chickens and lovingly prepared food for you. We have some kinder students who will hand menus around so that you can see the delicious food we have on offer.
Now, back to the reason we are here — volunteers.
We are only young but we are learning every day how to be better people. We learn not just from our parents, grandparents, carers and teachers but we learn from the examples set by others. The example set by people like YOU — the volunteers of Finley.
The volunteer work you do is a selfless and kind act made to improve our town and the lives of those who live in it. Whether your particular volunteer calling is in helping kids learn how to play footy, soccer or netball, or teaching them how to swim or beat their personal best in athletics, you are helping to create a positive community.
Some of you give your time to the elderly, the sick or the young — we want you to know you make a difference.
Others generously share your expertise in building, plumbing, electrical skills mowing or driving a bobcat.
Many more come and help out with reading in schools, coaching teams, running Scouts or volunteering in Kitchen Garden programs.
Some clean churches or community facilities so that we can join together in public spaces.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses for their generosity and ongoing support of our school.
The bottom line is ... things get done around town by people like you.
People who manage to juggle their own busy lives and family and yet still turn up to serve others. People who are often on more than one committee or wear many different community volunteer hats.
We’d like to say a special thanks to Rosemary Tilley who does so much extra work outside of school hours.
Today is the day we say to you all, ‘Stop, catch your breath and enjoy the afternoon’. Today we serve you and say thank you!
We want you to know how much you are appreciated. Thank you for all that you do to help make our community great. Your service to others is an inspiration to us.”
The Finley Show Society members would like to remind the community of the dog trials taking place from this Thursday, June 7 through to Monday, June 13 at the showgrounds.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be available each day.
There has been much preparation taking place at the venue over recent days and this is always a very interesting event to attend and spend time with family and friends.
Connie Close was the lucky recipient of the Finley Lions Club wood raffle last Saturday.
The committee would like to thank all who support this great fundraiser.
Registration is still being taken for new Tai Chi classes for beginners or those with some experience which will be starting at the Finley RS Club on June 14 at 11.15am. Cost is a gold coin donation.
To register and obtain more information, please call Veronica on 58834438 or 0413678389.
The CanAssist Finley Branch would like to thank all those in our community and beyond for supporting its latest raffle.
A thank you also must go to those who donated the lovely prizes.
First prize, a painting by local artist Druscilla Morgan, was won by Connie Close.
Shirley Gray won the second prize hamper and the doona cover set third prize was won by Betty Maslin.
CanAssist Finley Branch will hold a raffle night fundraiser at the Finley Bowling Club on Friday, June 15.
Raffle sales start at 6.30pm, and the draw from 7.30pm.
Please come along and be part of the next fundraising event and take a chance at winning one of the wonderful prizes.
CanAssist gives valued assistance to local residents affected by cancer.
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