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Freemasons help needy

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140 years of service: Freemason members (from left) Ron Maybour, Frank Ingersole, Charles Bardwell, Les Rowan, Ken Cowling, Bruce Sharp and Tony George.FREEMASONS have been dedicated to helping the community of Liverpool for more than 140 years.
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Liverpool Lodge member Tony George said that assisting the community and its charities was a core value of the Freemasons.

“Freemasonry is an organisation that tries to promote moral and personal development,” Mr George said.

“The values we have include caring, helping and practising charity to those who are in need.”

He said Freemasonry lodges across NSW had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity.

“Lodge Liverpool, alongside lodges within the district, have been actively working to raise money for the Cancer Council,” he said. “For the past six years, we have been active participants in the Run for Life campaign for those who are suffering or are survivors of cancer.

“We also assisted in raising money to assist a young wrestler to attend the last Olympic Games.”

Mr George has been a member for about 10 years.

“I was looking for an organisation that would accept good men and make them into better men,” he said. “I wanted to be be part of an organisation that does provide charity to those who are in need.

“New members usually make inquiries either directly through lodge Liverpool or by contacting the grand lodge.

“If anyone is interested they can contact me on 0425 239 570.”

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What’s on in Macarthur

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Jacki O is a sweet Maltese-cross female who is about two years old. She is available for $350 to cover the costs associated with registration, vaccination, desexing, heartworm and worming treatments. Details: Renbury Farm Animal Shelter on 9606 6118 or visit www.renbury南京夜网.au.

This week

■Saturday, September 6: Campbelltown District Family History Society monthly meeting, Campbelltown Library, 1.30pm. Details: 4621 1321.

■Saturday, September 6: The Country Women’s Association of NSW Picton District Branch Awareness Day stall, inside Picton Mall, 9am-1pm. Includes home-made goods and Father’s Day raffle. Details: Frances Taylor, 4683 3662.

■Saturday, September 6: Macarthur Textile Network meeting, noon, at the CWA rooms, Camden. Guest speech by Jill and John Grant on vintage Japanese textiles and clothing. All welcome with gold coin donation. Details: Carmen Hannan, 4648 0958.

■Monday, September 8: Camden VIEW Club meeting and lunch, 11.30am, at Camden Civic Centre. Guest speech by Robyn Bible on geraniums and pelargoniums. Details: Lyn, 4655 7389.

■Tuesday, September 9: Camden District Care Inc annual general meeting and planning day, 9.30am. Details: Susan, 4654 6066.

■Tuesday, September 9: Appin Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting, 6.30pm, office bearers will be elected. Details: 0477 300 768 or [email protected]南京夜网/

For your diary

■Wednesday, September 10: Ingleburn Horticultural Society and Garden Club meeting at Ingleburn Baptist Church, Cumberland Road, 7.30pm. Special guest Peter McCormack will speak on the art of bee keeping. Details:

A. Davies, 9829 3223.

■Wednesday, September 10: Camden Historical Society meeting, 7.30pm, at the Camden Museum, 40 John Street. Dr Ian Willis speaking on Camden and the Great War followed by supper. Details: John, 4655 9210.

■Wednesday, September 10: Stop CSG Macarthur annual general meeting, 7.30pm, at the Court Tavern, 101 Queen Street, Campbelltown (enter via Railway Street). Details: www.stopcsgmacarthur.org.au.

■Thursday, September 11: Campbelltown and District Orchid Society Spring Show until Sunday, September 14 at Macarthur Square, ground floor near the ABC Shop. Orchids and raffle tickets for sale. Details: Neal Chiddy, 0427 504 181.

■Saturday, September 13: St John’s Anglican Church Camden Spring Fair, 9am-noon, at the church grounds, corner of Broughton and Menangle streets. Details: camdenanglican.org.au or 4655 1675.

■Saturday, September 13: Wollondilly Arts Group creative get together, 1pm-4pm, Thirlmere Scout Hall, Mason Street. Members $3, guests $5. Local Birds theme, own materials and notification of attendance required. Details: Janet, 4681 8579 or [email protected]南京夜网.au.

■Sunday, September 14: Buxton Public School car boot sale, Hassall Road, Buxton, 10am-2pm, gold coin donation on entry. Features market stalls, sausage sizzle, demonstrations, Devonshire tea and children’s entertainment. Details: [email protected]南京夜网.

■Wednesday, September 17: Jobsupport information day for people with moderate intellectual disabilities in Macarthur looking at pathways to employment, 10am-2pm, Rydges Campbelltown. Details: Kerri Sommerville, 9150 8888.

■Saturday, September 27: Wollondilly Arts Group Ingrid Spole mosaic workshop, 10am-4pm, Thirlmere Scout Hall, Mason Street. Bookings required. Details: Janet 4681 8579 or [email protected]南京夜网.au.

■Tuesday, September 30: Picton VIEW Club fashion parade, Picton Bowling Club, 10am, $8 entry including morning tea. Funds are going to the Smith Family Learning for Life Program. Clothes provided by Stafford Fashions. Details: Julie Bacon, 4677 2829 or 0412 913 636.

■Saturday, October 11: Camden High School 50-year reunion, leaving class of 1964 and intermediate class of 1962, all past students and teachers welcome. Details: Pam Rogers, [email protected]南京夜网

■Saturday, November 22: Wollondilly Arts Group Wollondilly Inspirations — annual members’ art exhibition, Shire Hall, Argyle Street, Picton, until Sunday, November 30, 10am-4pm every day. Details: Janet, 4681 8579 or [email protected]南京夜网.au.

What’s back?

■Australians In Retirement Macarthur: Meet at Camden RSL Club on the third Friday of the month, 10am. Details: David, 4647 4303 or [email protected]南京夜网.

■AGLOW International Australia: Camden branch meets to help people grow in their faith and love of Jesus Christ, 10am, third Wednesday of the month at the Red Gum Room, Narellan Library. Cost $10. Details: Sue, 4633 8261.

■Camden Community Connections — Connecting Women: Will hold expressive art therapy workshops Wednesdays, 10am-noon, from October 8 until November 26. $10 registration and $5 a class. Details: Sue Robinson, 4647 1283 or 0448 267 580.

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A Wizard of a production

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In the seventy-five years since the film debut of The Wizard of Oz, countless children have watched (and watched again) Judy Garland and her three inadequate henchmen battle the Wicked Witch of the West. How much the songs and many of the lines of this musical are part of our collective memory, was brought alive for me on Saturday night by the lively and responsive laughter of the audience for the Braidwood Central School production of Oz.
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And what a production it was, full of real verve, enthusiasm and confidence. The striking achievement of the drama/music faculty and its students at BCS, and the broad community that so vigorously supports them, is the overall spirit and commonality of purpose that was so clearly revealed in every detail of their work, from set and costume design, to the large number of students taking part, to the quality of the choreography, lighting and sound. The singing and particularly the character acting often had real flair, even flamboyance – Izzy Vella made a truly terrifying Witch of the East, Isobel Merriman a deeply menacing Wicked Witch of the West, Lily Munnings a serene Glinda the Good Witch, Rah Karaitiana a deftly morose Tin Man, Drew Tisdale a marvellously timid Lion, Romney Smith a naturally comedic Scarecrow, Keaka Dennis a commandingly verbose Wizard, and Georgina Campbell a captivatingly innocent Dorothy.

And how topical is the simple parable at the heart of The Wizard of Oz, that pretension and puffery are everywhere. At least here, in the world of this musical, our three simple and honest heroes break through the false pretences of the Wizard and become fully human. A production like this, which offers an experience that both augments and goes beyond academic achievement, helps develop the young people of our town in a similarly humanising way.

Special mention must also be made of the tireless work of the director, drama teacher Elisa Bryant, and also the other staff who assisted closely in the production: Katherine Firman, Trish Sargeson and Ross Waples. Thank you Braidwood Central for a wonderful telling of this story, and thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make it happen.

A Wizard of a production Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

Isobel Merriman as the Wicked Witch, Georgina Campbell as Dorothy, Lily Munnings as Glinda the good witch & Talitha Mann as Toto.

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Hume MP Angus Taylor reflects on Bolton family and Great War

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Time for reflection: Fred Bolton (back row, second from right) in Egypt before sailing to Gallipoli. Annette Murphy, great-niece of Fred Bolton, with Angus Taylor.
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As we approach the centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, it is a good time to stop and reflect on Australia’s courageous contribution to the Great War. One hundred and twenty thousand men from NSW enlisted in WWI. Twenty-one thousand were killed. A further 50,000 were wounded. In a series of short stories about Hume and the First World War, Hume MP Angus Taylor will be reminding us all of the indelible impacts of the war on local families, the regional economy and our national identity.

PART of my own family’s story of the Great War is the pain of one brother dying while the other survived.

My grandfather William Hudson (1896-1978) served on the Western Front when he was 17 and was badly injured in a bayonet attack at Bullecourt. He always had a limp.

My great-uncle Athol, his brother, was killed.

It was a tragedy many families experienced.

At the age of 25, when Private George Frederic ‘‘Fred’’ Bolton from Young enlisted in October 1914, he was already an experienced horseman.

He was attached to the Light Horse regiment as were many young farmers because they could ride and shoot.

Fred grew up on the family property, Spring Farm, off Monteagle Road. He was one of seven children of Agatha and George Bolton.

Fred missed the Gallipoli landing by three weeks but remained in Gallipoli and Palestine for the duration of the war.

His younger brother Harry, inspired by his brother’s efforts, enlisted in Cootamundra in 1916 at the age of 21.

Harry Bolton

Harry was attached to the 20th Battalion, 14th Reinforcements and served for two months in England before proceeding to Etaples in northern France.

Both brothers were fighting — in different parts of the world — when Harry was killed in 1917.

He died as a result of his generosity: he had offered to carry food rations to men in the trenches and was hit by a shell.

Fred Bolton

Fred, aged almost 30, returned home to Young on Boxing Day 1918. He took up farming again at Little Vale in Woodhouselee, just outside of Goulburn, where he remained until his death in 1957, aged 69.

Like the Boltons, many families struggled for generations with the sacrifice of one brother over another.

My great-uncle was a sniper. I have his army-issue sniper binoculars in a leather case, engraved with his initials — all the more treasured because they were returned to his family by the Germans after the war.

As we approach the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, I will be writing about other Hume families and the broader involvement of our district in the Great War.

Fred Bolton (front row, second from right) outside Young flour mill before he enlisted.

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Dungog PedalFest loves the locals

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The nineteenth annual Dungog PedalFest is off and away this coming weekend.
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All roads will lead to Dungog this weekend for the annual PedalFest bike ride

DungogShire residents wishing to register for the whole weekend are urged to enquire at the Dungog Visitor Information Centre for the locals’ special registration rate.

Three events on the weekend have particular appeal for participants from the local community.

Friday afternoon’s Kids & Cobwebs charity ride gathers at 3.30pm at Dungog Public School in Chapman Street for a 4pm kick-off.

Typically 200 or more riders of all ages complete the six-kilometre circuit incorporating some lesser-travelled sections of the town.

Three dollars takes you on the road and wins a sausage sandwich at the end.

Saturday morning’s Fosterton loop ride pulls in the hardy locals who are up for 22 kms of ups and downs around the shire’s most scenic circuit.

But the James Theatre plays its partin PedalFest too, and the can’t-stop-your-feet-tapping musical ‘Sunshine on Leith’ (PG) is screening at 2.30 on Saturday afternoon and 5pm on Sunday featuring lots of Scottish accents and the well-known music of The Proclaimers.

Saturday night features the great PedalFest tradition of Mulga Bill’s family bush dance at the Bandon Grove Hall.

It runs in family friendly hours – 6pm – 10pm – and the bush band Bushfire features world-class musicianship.

$50 gets the family in the door and sausage-sizzle-fed as well and proceeds help both the rescue helicopter and hall maintenance.

PedalFest is a home-grown event run by a dedicated local team raising money each year for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter that the local community so depends upon.

So ring up family and friends, check the websitewww.pedalfest.org.au and be a part of the celebration of the scenery and community friendliness of the beautiful Williams River valley.

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