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( B-l-r)  Good friends – Sami Timbs, Emma Heatley, Julia Clapham, Rochelle Cawthorne and Emma Amery and (F) Sarah Heatley, Grace Walker and Alicia Walsh enjoying a fun night out prior to Christmas.OBE: Congratulations to Wilfred Jackson who celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday November 24.

Family members celebrated with Wilf at a luncheon at Fettlers Restaurant.

Wilf and his wife Ruth, their four children Anthony (The Oaks), Jenny (Bligh Park), Susanne (Muswellbrook) and David (Brisbane) and brother-in- law Ian Shepherd and wife Linda from Freeman’s Reach, enjoyed a lovely lunch and happy time celebrating this special occasion.

Amazing Grace: Bertha Bush and her four daughters, Nola Nobes, Rhonda O’Brien, Sandra Davis and Glenda Johnson, all from Cowra together with Dawn Anderson and Joan Eppelstun from Grenfell travelled to Bombala for a very special occasion.

A sprightly Grace Eppelstun who lives at the Currawarna Hostel in Bombala was pleasantly surprised when the group arrived to celebrate her 104th birthday with her on December 11.

The very gracious Grace who has a wonderful sense of humour and a magnificent memory also welcomed her daughter Jean and son in law Tony Cooney from Sydney.

Grace is the aunty of Bertha and Dawn (nee Eppelstun) and the late Cliff, Arthur and John Eppelstun.

The family enjoyed a great afternoon and the special birthday cake made in Grace’s honour.

Double Celebrations: David and Norma Walker travelled to Wollongong last week to attend the graduation ceremony of their son Mitchell, who has just completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wollongong. He intends to study for one more year to complete a Diploma of Education (English/History).

It was a week for double celebration as their other son Stuart also completed his Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Environmental Management) at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Stuart’s graduation ceremony will be held early next year.

Retirement/Christmas Party: Last Saturday night, past and present members of The Henry Lawson High School celebrated the teaching career of Barry Jones.

All guests were asked to come attired in red and white, the colours of his much loved St George Dragons football team.

The Grenfell Racecourse was selected as the venue because of his love of racing and involvement in the Grenfell Picnic Race Club.

Barry’s teaching career spans 37 years, twenty of those being at The Henry Lawson High School as a Head Teacher and Deputy Principal.

Retirement plans are still being formulated, so in the short term he plans to do ‘very little’ and simply enjoy life!

Welcome to the World: Welcome to Jack Edward Franks born November 25 at Wodonga.

A son for Kelly Gatt and Joel Franks and brother for Brooke and Bailey.

A most welcome Grandson for Ted and Di Franks and Frank Gatt (deceased) and Carol Shannon.

Sincere Sympathy: Sincere sympathy is extended to all who have lost loved ones during the year and especially to the families of the recently deceased, Peg Anger, Jim Birch, Muriel Bristow, Dorothy Phillips, Fay O’Brien, Michael Corkery, Jennifer Jean Grimm of Millthorpe and formerly of Grenfell and Ada Livingstone(nee Loader) of Inverell and formerly of Grenfell.

Christmas Day Church Services – the reason for the season: See today’s Classifieds in the Grenfell Record for Christmas Day and normal Sunday Church services.

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas: For the past month or more many members of the community have come together to celebrate the festive season. This week I photographed three of these groups enjoying an evening out relaxing prior to Christmas.

On Sunday evening a group of lady bowlers got together and enjoyed an evening meal and on Monday evening the Grenfell Book Club members and some of their husbands dined out having fun and singing some Christmas Carols.

Girls Night Out: Sami Timbs, Emma and Sarah Heatley, Julia Clapham, Rochelle Cawthorne, Emma Amery, Grace Walker and Alicia Walsh also enjoyed a night out. The girls met up several times throughout the year to go out and have fun. This was their little Christmas get together. The three groups met at Fettlers Restaurant.

Happy Christmas: Best wishes to all members of the community for a happy and holy Christmas and a great New Year.

Once again thank you to all the contributors, for without you there would not be a column.

If you are travelling over the holidays, please drive carefully and I look forward to hearing and seeing you all when the column recommences on Friday January 18.

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