Ag society scholarship winners

February 08, 2018

Local newspaper writer and photographer Diane Grant donated her newspaper cuttings of news pertaining to Nagambie to the Nagambie and District Historical Society’s President Russell Turner and member Trish Seenan for posterity.

[Left to Right] Tony Wallis, Olivia Aquilina, Richard Wallis, John Dalziel, Daniel McLarty, and Jason Ronald, from the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society.

Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship winners, Olivia Aquilina of Broadford and Daniel McLarty of Seymour.

Olivia is studying for a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University in Wagga; and Daniel is doing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at La Trobe University.

The scholarship was established by Seymour Agricultural Society to encourage young people who will contribute to the rural community.

As always the selection was difficult with several worthy applications being received.

Olivia said, in expressing her warmest thanks to the society, ‘‘I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the scholarship which will assist me in my studies at Charles Sturt University this year.’’

Daniel said he hoped to be able to give back in some way to all who pushed him down the path of agriculture, such as his parents and those for whom he worked over the years as he was growing up.

The scholarship fund has always been generously supported by many people from our area, who can feel proud of their role in sponsoring young people to have a future in rural Australia.

— John Dalziel, Seymour

Kindness evident

St Vincent de Paul Society Seymour says thankyou to the people of the Seymour district for making Christmas bearable and happy for people in need in our community.

A big-hearted response from St Mary’s Catholic Parish and Catholic College provided hundreds of foodstuffs and delights for the society’s Christmas hampers which go to many of the 210 needy clients they have helped throughout the year. The society’s Assistance Centre in Anzac Avenue was overflowing with gifts.

Mr Michael O’Sullivan of Ray White Real Estate once again enthusiastically invited the public to support the work of the society through its A Little Ray of Sunshine program. The agency provided abundant beautifully wrapped gifts for children of all ages and the generosity of the staff who assembled the presents was outstanding.

A special thanks, too, to the staff and students of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Nagambie who donated numerous gifts.

For the many sleeping rough or temporarily without a home, thanks to the support of Mitchell Shire and a local laundromat, the Society’s Personal Hygiene Program provides showering vouchers for the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre (at non-peak times) and coupons for washing and drying at the Anzac Village Coin Laundry.

The always thoughtful and generous Country Women’s Association offered to help the society’s homeless initiative by providing toiletry bags with a towel, face washer, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and tooth brush.

In addition vouchers are offered for clothing to be collected from the Seymour Vinnies shop.

We are always seeking new members to help us with our work — we only have enough members to open 9am to 1pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I can assure you it is a satisfying feeling to be able to help our fellow human beings who have fallen on hard times.

The St Vincent de Paul Society motto is giving people a hand up, not a hand out — and it does not receive any government funding.

The Seymour Assistance Centre helped 164 families, including 311 children, last year with funding from the Vinnies shop and donations.

For more information on becoming a member please contact president Paul Fleming via email on [email protected]

— Paul Fleming, Seymour

Support brigades

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will have a sponsored stand for the CFA and will include some space for the Trawool Fire Brigade, which is holding the Art For CFA exhibition this Easter.

This is a fundraiser for the smaller local brigades who do such a wonderful job helping to keep us all safe. It has been going now for six continuous years — a great event.

The CFA has kindly allowed us a spot, so we hope people will come along and pick up an invitation for the Easter show and support us in our efforts to keep these small brigades flourishing.

— Lee Stephenson, Trawool Fire Brigade

Help Nagambie celebrate

I was a major mover and shaker for Avenel and Seymour’s 150th celebrations and made sure I recorded these events in the papers, as I did for Avenel’s 175th.

I have spent months collating news articles that I have written since 1984. I handed over the Nagambie files to the Nagambie and District Historical Society on Wednesday, January 24, to be stored as part of the town’s historic collection.

I hope they can be used as part of a display celebrating Nagambie’s 150 years this year.

I would like to call upon Nagambie folk to contribute memorabilia, historic items, photographs or other things that may be able to be used for a display.

If so, contact Nagambie Historical Society.

— Diane Grant, Nagambie

Thank you

On January 25 about 10.15m lightning started a fast-running grass fire on our properties.

The Tahbilk group of fire brigades responded quickly. With all the group brigades and private units the fire was quickly extinguished.

We thank you all for an outstanding effort by our CFA volunteers.

— Nola Palmer, Avenel

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