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2016 Christmas carnival

The Grenfell Lions and Rotary Clubs advise that the date for the Combined Service Club Christmas Carnival has been set for Friday December 16, the official last day of school, commencing at 6.30pm.
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The carnival will be held in Vaughn Park – next to the Skate Park.

The Rotary Club will be cooking up a storm on the barbecue to satisfy the hungry and will have cool drinks for sale.

The Lions Club will be operating a jumping castle and their famous merry go round for the younger members of the community at a very reasonable price of just $2 per ride.

Other activities will be available on the night such as face painting by members of the THLHS Leo Club and the Hospital Auxiliary members will conduct a trading table and a raffle, the local Rural Fire Service have asked to have an information stand and will have some fun things on offer, others will be advertised as groups indicate that they will be participating.

The Lions Club will run the chocolate wheel, where hams, turkeys, chickens and Christmas cakes and puddings will be up for grabs.

Tickets to visit Santa will be available from 6.30pm from the Lions Club members for just $2 – Just look for the Santa sign under the old BBQ area. Remember to buy your ticket before Santa arrives in the big red fire engine, courtesy of the NSW Fire and Rescue – Grenfell. Each child will receive a bag of sweets from the jolly old man in red who should arrive around 7.45pm.

Santa tickets also include a can of soft drink from the Rotary Van.

The Grenfell Town and District Band will entertain the partygoers throughout the evening with Christmas Carols to add atmosphere to the evening. The SES will provide lighting for the area and for this both clubs are very appreciative

Stall holders are most welcome to attend –please phone Terry Carroll on 6343 1574 to book a spot.

The Christmas Lights/Display winners will be announced with prizes being “Why Leave Town – Grenfell Go Card” for first, second and third.

The Christmas Lights/Display for Grenfell and the country/village competition will be advertised shortly

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Bay festival a success

SUCCESS: Celebrity chef Jay Phao-Chinda, left, and Ryan Palmer from Tomaree Business Chamber. Picture: CDP Photography
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More than 15,000 people flocked to the Tastes at the Bay Food Wine and Jazz Festival in Port Stephens on November 5 and 6.

“It has been a great success with traders in the Nelson Bay CBD and marina receiving great exposure to the large crowds,” Tomaree Business Chamber presidentRyan Palmer said.

“This event is run for the local traders to increase business now and into the future. We have some wonderful businesses in the region and it was great to showcase them to the large crowds. We look forward to an even bigger and more popular event next year.”

Mr Palmer said the Progressive Jazz Cruise, which included stops at Salamander Shores and The Point Restaurant, was a sell-out while the music acts and cooking demonstrations were also well received.

Celebrity chef Jay Phao-Chinda shared her skills and knowledge, Paul Miranda from Hunter TAFE whipped up several of his decadent desserts and visitors were shown the best way to shuck Port Stephens oysters thanks to Tony Caske from Diemars Oysters in Port Stephens.

Local restaurateur Alex Carbonaro from Sienna’s Restaurant also demonstrated how to make delicious, home-made gnocchi.

Destination Port Stephens manager Danny Eather said Tastes at the Baywas an effective way to showcasethe fresh produce and abundance of seafood Port Stephens is quickly gaining a name for.

“The festival’s resounding success this year underscores the passion local culinary and tourism businesses invest into their quality product and also the way in which Nelson Bay at the heart of Port Stephens can host such major events in such a beautiful setting composed of pristine beaches, dolphin-filled waters and bushland,” he said.

Weekend awayIf you feel like a weekend away, Port Macquarie’s Cassegrain winery is launching its summer menu on December 2 at a special dining event. Seasons Cafe-Restaurant overlooking the vines is hosting a five-course degustation with matching Cassegrain new release wines. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample current vintage wines straight from the tank and barrel.Phone 6582 8320 or [email protected]南京夜网419论坛. The cost is $95 per person.

Monthly dinnerBolton St Pantry owner Zach Levien has extended a warm invitation to Herald readers to attend the next monthly dinner at his Newcastle cafe. The cost is $45 per person for an entree and main, and Bolton St Pantry’s chefs will be preparing a choice of three entrees and five mains. Wineand a desert menu willalso be available. To attend one of two dinners this week (Friday, November 18 or Saturday, November 19)phone 4048 1344.

Baking funCake Craze at Warners Bay is having an Open Day on November 26, with cake decorating demonstrations and free classes,prize draws, giveaways and specials on the day. The fun begins at 9.30am at 48A Medcalf Street, Warners Bay, and concludes at 2.30pm. Children are more than welcome.

Esca experienceA handful of tickets are still available to Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant on Saturday night (November 19)when legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez headlines A Day On The Green in the Hunter Valley, also starring Xavier Rudd,Archie Roach, Russell Morris and Mark Wilkinson. For $250 you receive a GA ticket, a four-hour beverage package, an arrival buffet, seated main and a supper buffet. Phone 4998 4666.

Burgers on moveNewy Burger Co. is shutting up shopat the Cambridge Hotel and will be moving to a site close to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre, at 459 Hunter Street. The team are busy fitting out the new premises and hope to be open soon.

Lunch optionsThree Bears Kitchen, just off Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall, is encouraging city workers to stretch their legs and grab lunch on the go. Any meal on the menu can be packaged for take away. Phone ahead to order on4929 4477 or go to the “Hey YOU”app.

In a pickleMoorebank Private Vineyards now sells delectable condiments, made on site by Debra Moore using predominately organic, estate-grown fruits and vegetables. No flavour enhancers, artificial colours, preservatives or food additives are used. The range includesa spicy grape sauce, an orange and chardonnay spread and a country garden pickle paste. Email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or head along to 150 Palmers Lane, Pokolbin.

Bouncing backMurray’s Brewery is a hive of activity despite the fire that destroyed the popular destination’s cellar door and restaurant last month. This Friday, November 18, the brewery’s summer specialty, Watermelon Wheat Beer, is being made. It is brewed using about 100 fresh local watermelons which are cut up, pulped andthen added to the base wheat beer. The end product will be ready for pouring and drinking in a couple of weeks’ time (Food & Wine is told Saturday, December 3). A range of fruit beers will be poured thissummer, including a Mango Berliner Weisse, Blood Orange IPA and even a Cranberry Pilsner.

And, on November 26, a milestone in the rebuilding of Murray’swill be reached – the official opening of their new Pop Up Restaurant and Bar. A full summer menu will be offered for the first time since the fire, as well as a full beer bar and cider service. The basics, like coffee and beer scones, will return, along with additional undercover seating.

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Celebrating 18 great years

Raymond TerraceMarketPlace has extended an open invitation tothe Port Stephens communityto head down to the centre and join in onits 18th birthday celebrationson Thursday 24 November from 4pm to 8pm.
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A packed line up for the evening is in store for visitorswith meet and greets from MarkeeP, Angry Bird and Kung Fu Panda, along with a live performance by the Christmas Divas andRed Hot Specials by retailers, all set to mark the occasion.

Customers can also expect to indulge ina slice of birthday cake too.

There will bebirthday money up for grabs with the final VIP Members draw for the yearand all jackpots must be won and claimed.

Eighteen years on: Outside the current MarketPlace Raymond Terrace entrance.

Centre Manager Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz said MarketPlace Raymond Terrace had continued to evolve and develop since it first opened its doors onNovember 29, 1998. During that timeitsprimary focus hasalways been on the community through variouspartnershipswith local organisations, and its contributionto the local economy by supporting more than 680 jobs.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes here at the centre and althoughitis totally leased, it is important that we not only keep up with our customers’ expectations of modern shopping, but we continue to enhance theexperience that they have when they come here,” Ms Mulholland-Ruizsaid.

“It’s also important to us that we partner with the local community, to help to deliver positive outcomes for the people of Raymond Terrace and surrounding areas.

“We are really proud of the relationships that the centre hasdeveloped with a range of local organisations includingtheLions and Rotary clubs, NSW Police, NSW Fire & Rescue, NSW Rural Fire, local schools, the Leukaemia Foundation, the Salvation Army, Men’s Shed, Irrawang Drum Corp, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Muree Golf Club and Port Stephens Council.”

Their efforts have been rewarded, with MarketPlace Raymond Terrace recognised witha numberof awards including various Cleaning Industry Awards, a Regional Youth Services Award in 2012 for the most Youth Friendly Business, and twice voted the best Shopping Centre or Retail Precinct in Port Stephens. The centre was also presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Services by the Lions Club International Foundation in 2015.

MarketPlace Raymond Terrace has become central to community life in Port Stephens during the last 18 years; with the annualSanta’s Arrival event, school holiday entertainment, VIP Jackpot nights and initiatives such as the Positive Behaviour Learning programme which runs in conjunction with five local schools. The programme rewards students with a certificate and MarketPlace gift voucher for doing something rewarding within either their school or the community.

“MarketPlace is more than a place to shop. It’s a place to meet and build new friendships, a place to eat and a place to come and be entertained,” Ms Mulholland-Ruiz said.

“We’ve been there in times of fire, floods and charity and have given back thousands of dollars to the community over the last 18 years.”

“Thank you to all of our customers and the people from all the community groups, services, schools and businesses for their ongoing support.

“We look forward to continuing to build on the relationships we’ve established to support the community well into the future, and can’t wait to see what the centre will look like in another 18 years.”

Join the birthday celebrations: head down to MarketPlace Raymond Terrace, Thursday November 24 from 4pm and enjoy a great line up of entertainment.

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World events add to White Ribbon cause

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Tricia Currie shows her support for White Ribbon Day with a cup of coffee. Picture: EMMA D’AGOSTINORELATED:
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Public art to encourage people to take action2015 Bendigo Walks Against Violence | Video, PhotosAs Americans protest the election of a leader who boasted about grabbing women by their genitals, the region prepares for White Ribbon Day.

“It is probably more important than ever in our communitiesthat we are able to articulate that it is gender equity that prevents violence against women,” said Women’s Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Tricia Currie.

“We need to change the story.”

White Ribbon Day, November 25, aims to prevent men’s violence against women.

It falls on the same date as theInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the start of theUnited Nations’ 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Tricia Currie, City of Greater Bendigo mayor-elect Margaret O’Rourke and Bendigo TAFE’s Abhishek Awasthi have a cup of coffee to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor-elect Margaret O’Rourke encouraged all residents, but especially men, to show their supportby participating in Bendigo Walks Against Violence.

The event, staged in the city’s streets and public spaces, will be one of many taking place throughout Australia on White Ribbon Day.

“The statistics around domestic violence are shocking: on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence, while domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and their children,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.

“This is unacceptable. It’s important that men in our community take the lead on this issue and help change attitudes towards violence and promote respectful relationships.”

Steve Abbott of the City of Greater Bendigo, Abhishek Awasthi of Bendigo TAFE, Abby Ross of Bendigo Bank, and Tricia Currie of Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, promote White Ribbon Day.

Ms Currie said its was important gender equity wasseen as everybody’s business.

Gender inequality underpins violence against women, with men the main perpetrators.

Some Bendigo cafesare using White Ribbon Day sleeves on their takeaway cups, to raise awareness for the campaign.

Nadine Parry, the co-owner of Pall Mall Cafe, jumped at the opportunity to spread the message.

“Knowing how important White Ribbon Day is, we’re only too happy to get involved,” she said.

Violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness of women aged 15 to 44 years.

The new route for the walk. Picture: WHITE RIBBON BENDIGO

New route for growing walkBendigo Walks Against Violence willtake a new route this year, as the event gains momentum in the community.

The walk will start at noon on November 25atUlumbarra Theatre and traverse Park Road to Bridge Street, nearRosalind Park.

It will continue on to Pall Mall, towards the Alexandra Fountain; travelling up Mitchell Street to Hargreaves Mall, and finishat theBendigo Library Gardens, where there will be a free barbecue and entertainment.

Between 700 and 800 people participated in last year’s walk.

The City of Greater Bendigo expects this year’s event to be even bigger.

Author J M Yates andpsychotherapist Hugh Martin will open the event by addressing the crowd.

If you are experiencing violence, phone1800 RESPECTon 1800737732.

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League’s April kick off

THE final decision of the format of the 2017 Group Three Rugby League competition is expected to be made after the Country Rugby League representative program is released.
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This should be at the East Coast Dolphins Regional meeting next Saturday or the CRL’s annual conference the following weekend.

This was determined at the group’s annual meeting held at the Wingham Services Club.

Clubs considered two draws –one from the group and the other from Port City.

“The clubs favoured Port City version,’’ Group Three chief executive Barrie Smith said.

This will involve an April 22 kickoff after Easter, with the grand final to be played on Sunday September 3. There will be two rounds of home and away games with two spare weekends.

However, Mr Smith said the draw doesn’t factor in the annual representative fixturebetween Group Two and Group Three. Group Two will host the match next year.

Mr Smith also has concerns at clash with the group’s major semi-final and the Taree Gold Cup meeting in late August. He believes this would have an impact on gate takings ifthe major semi was played in the Manning or Great Lakes area.

“The draw’s about 90 per cent in place,’’ Mr Smith said.

“But I think the clash with the Taree Cup is a problem.’’

The group’s board will meet to finalise the draw once the CRLrepresentative program has been announced.

Bridge chairman of the boardGROUP Three Rugby League now hasa chairman, two deputy chairmen and a chief executive after a new constitution was adopted at the annual meeting held at the Wingham Services Club.

The new constitution which necessitated the change in management was an initiative from the Country Rugby League.

East Coast regional manager Kevin Hill explained the new constitution to clubs at the meeting. Mr Hill also conductedthe election for the board of directors. There were nine nominees for the eight positions, with Port Macquarie’s Dave Henry and Greg Medhurst from Forster-Tuncurry tied on the same number of votes. Mr Medhurst was then successful following a secret ballot.

The board then met to elect office bearers for 2017. Former president Wayne Bridge from Wingham is the chairman with Barrie Smith (Cundletown) the chief executive. Mr Smith was previously the secretary/treasurer.

Kevin Hardy (Taree) and Geoff Kelly (Port Macquarie) are the deputy chairmen. Warren Blisset (Forster-Tuncurry) is the registrar with Warren Kimberley (Taree), Greg Medhurst (Forster-Tuncurry)and Ian Andrews (Taree) the directors.

Wingham Rugby League Club was represented by Scott Blanch (president) and Craig Martin (treasurer) at the meeting.

Wingham president Scott Blanch at the annual meeting.

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