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Money-spinning ball attracts at least 800

Last weekend saw Jerilderie Apex Club run another very successful Round-up Ball after a hiatus of a couple of years, due to COVID.

More than 800 young people and their utes turned up from Friday, to take up position at the racecourse for a very long, loud weekend.

The Round-up crowd is always well looked after, with Apex involving other local organisations to help with gates, feeding, and general oversight of behaviour and safety.

It is a great money spinner for our town.

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Sympathy is extended to members of Chrissy Ellis’ family and her friends, following Chrissy’s death on Sunday.

Chrissy had been unwell and a patient in Wodonga, and then Albury Base Hospital for the past month or so.

She will be sadly missed.

Chrissy was involved in a number of local organisations, holding executive positions in many.

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The Jerilderie Hospital Auxiliary AGM and July monthly meeting were held at the CWA rooms last Thursday.

It was attended by 10 members, two reps from LHAC, Health Service manager Fran Langham, UHA regional representative Pam Ellerman, and Mayor Ruth McRae.

Like a lot of volunteer organisations, the auxiliary is finding it difficult to get people to stand for executive positions, as pointed out in President Joy Knight’s address to the meeting.

Joy also decried the push for technology, when a lot of members don’t have the skills or the equipment to comply.

Pam is mindful of the reluctance of older people to take on ‘modern technology’, which is being pushed by the UHA head office, and government.

But she said if someone in the group can use a computer that is a start.

A small laptop is being supplied by head office to some branches, but that is also not without its difficulties.

Small rural branches would like to keep things simple. Fran gave a comprehensive report on the last three difficult years at the MPS, praising the dedication of her permanent staff through all the COVID dramas.

Anyone visiting the MPS would have noticed a lot of work going into a new ‘homely’ garden space for the residents at the front of the hospital.

A re-vamped dining area is also on the agenda, with a grant received for the work which will be involved. Our Mayor gave an outline of the place of council in discussions on renewable energy.

During Local Government Week, this week, council will be engaging young people in a discussion on what they would like for the future.

The proposal for a three bin recycling system for Jerilderie in 2023 was also discussed.

Ruth was asked a question about the proposal for construction of another fuel outlet on the corner of Bolton and Jerilderie Streets.

She pointed out that this was a private application for work on private land, and had not come from council.

She said council would go through ‘due process’ when considering the development application, which required input from Services NSW, and police on any potential safety concerns.

A large number of community objections have been received about the proposal.

For the present, the Jerilderie auxiliary will remain as Joy Knight as president, Judy Ryan as secretary, and Maree Thomas as assistant treasurer.

The auxiliary mourns the loss of their treasurer and friend, Chrissy Ellis, who died on Sunday.

Changes will be necessary in the near future or Jerilderie MPS might be without an auxiliary.

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The Jerilderie Lions Club Junior Public Speaking competition was held on July 25.

Winner of the Year 3/4 section was Lexie Bryce from St Joseph’s Catholic School. The Year 5/6 winner was Tye Irvine from Jerilderie Public School.

Finals of the Zone Public Speaking competition will be held in Yarrawonga Showgrounds this Sunday.

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St Joseph’s Social & Fundraising Committee is selling Funky Socks at $6 each.

Contact Cath Rorato if you would like some comfy socks to wear.

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Plans for the proposed Debutante Ball for 2023 have been cancelled due to lack of interest (and maybe COVID fears).

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Keep August 27 free for the Ferret races at Monash Park.

This is another initiative of the St Joseph’s Social & Fundraising Committee.

Apparently the ferrets are a trained bunch, and will come with their owner/trainer on the day.

There will be five races on the night. You can back a ferret of your choice, and hope it wins.

Gravy rolls, kids meals, and drinks at bar prices will be available, with raffles prizes and of course the ferret races. Starts at 6.30pm.

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Members of the Healthy Hearts Seniors exercise class enjoyed a Christmas in July luncheon at the Royal Mail Hotel on Tuesday, July 26, with all the trimmings.