Bega District Diary

Birthday calls

Happy birthday to Tom Stephens, Christie Ahkin, Amber Steward, Cheryl Lucas, Clare Finucane, Bill Hibburd, Toni Cremerius, Sam Kennedy, Leanne Cochrane, Jessica Sheehan, Pam Black, Sam Kennedy, Matthew O'Neill and Sandy Sturah who have all celebrated a birthday during the week.

Holt-Edwards Wedding

Zeb Holt and Kristy Edwards were married at the Moruya Golf Club Gardens on Saturday, July 14.

Zeb is the son of Tim and Robyn Holt of Bega and Kristy is the daughter of Daffey and Donna Edwards of Congo.

Kristy's bridesmaids were Nadine Grant and Meagan Mackie.

Flowergirls were Paige Edwards, Ella Grant and Kaylah Edwards.

Zeb had Mark Irvin and his brother Abe as groomsman and pageboys were Brayden Holt, PJ Grant and Brock Edwards.

The service was performed by Zeb's uncle, Peter Holt.

Zeb and Kristy were pleased that Zeb's grandfather Reg Channon was well enough to attend the happy occasion.

Some 100 family and friends partied the night away after travelling from Sydney, Melbourne, Molong and the Gold Coast to attend.

Zeb and Kristy have made their home in Chisholm, ACT.

Evening VIEW

The Bega Evening VIEW Club's Christmas Dinner meeting will be held at the Merimbula RSL Club on Thursday, December 13, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Please take along a gift to share.

There will be no bus but there are spare seats in cars so phone Vicki if you require transport.

The Viewpoint this month is "A Christmas Angel in my life".

There will be no January meeting so the first meeting for 2008 will be Thursday, February 14, at the Bank Hotel.

Membership subs of $10 will be due then.

Visitors and new members are always welcome at VIEW.

Phone Vicki Kennaugh to book for the Christmas dinner on 6494 1343 before Monday evening, December 10.

Old Time Dance

The Bega Old Time Dance Club will hold its annual Christmas Dance tomorrow, Saturday, at the Bega RSL Club.

Dancing commences at 8pm to the music of Black Rose.

There will be the usual Monte Carlo and lucky spot dances as well as a raffle, proceeds of which will go to the Bega Hospital Auxiliary.

Admission is $6, take your own supper to share.

Everyone is most welcome.

Toy run

The Sapphire Coast branch of the Ulysses Club will host the motorcyclists' toy run for the Salvation Army tomorrow (Saturday).

They will be collecting donations of money and toys and conducting an auction of goods donated by local and national sponsors.

There will be a sausage sizzle and face painting and other entertainments for all the family.

Members of the Bega Heritage Motor Club will also be there with some of their vintage and classic vehicles.

All motorcyclists - whether members of the Ulysses Club or not - are invited to meet at Cobargo or Merimbula for a 10am departure, or at Kisses Lagoon, Bega, at 10.45am, before moving to Littleton Gardens where the fun will begin at 11am.

Items up for auction will include Draggin Jeans, Sydney Bridge Climb, Honda Jacket, Stay Upright, Super Off Roader Driving Lamps and many other items. There will be trophies for best decorated vehicles and best dressed participants.

All riders will receive a showbag including a copy of Australian Road Rider magazine and a Radguard Stubby holder.

Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the entertainment and look at the colourful motorbikes and classic cars.

There will be lots of prizes to be won and bargains to be bought.

Quaama Church centenary

The Quaama Church centenary raffle was drawn on Friday, November 23.

All prizes were donated by local businesses: Sports Power, Bega; Fletchers Fotographics, Bega; South Coast Leather, Cobargo; the Candelo Bookshop, Bega; Fruit Ballad, Quaama; Bega Cheese; Magpie Music; the Cobargo Co-operative Society; Betta Electrical, Bega; Retravision, Bega; Chemworld Pharmacy, Bega; Priceline Pharmacy, Bega; Bangles Gallery, Cobargo; and the Quaama Store.

The prizes were won by Nannette McDougal, Brett Horne, Sandra Hale, Mal Dunnett, Judy Weber, Jan Whyte, Norma Lucas, Pat Bragg and Joan Horne.

Thank you to those who sold raffle tickets and set up for the Quaama Centenary Ball which was a great success.

Souvenir centenary wine glasses are still available from the Quaama Store

Respite Care

Respite Care Bega Valley is running a Christmas raffle with six prizes to raise money for renovations at the respite holiday house in Merimbula.

The house is used by people with disabilities and allows their carers to have a break.

The house is in need of new bathroom facilities to accommodate individuals in wheelchairs and to be more user-friendly.

Tickets will be on sale in front of the Bega Newsagency tomorrow (Saturday).

Harmony choir

The Valley Harmony Choir will perform at the Tathra Public School hall next Tuesday, December 11 at 7.30pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation and supper wi.

The program will include umbers like ‘What'll I Do’, ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Stormy Weather’ and medleys from Cole Porter, Abba and the Beatles.

For more information about the performance or if you have an interest in joining a choir, phone Kath Shanahan on 6494 1773, Teresa Taylor on 6494 1748 or Mary Twyford on 6492 1850.

Gardens and friendship

The Cobargo Garden and Friendship Club will meet for the December meeting and Christmas party on Monday, December 10, at Foxglove Spires open garden at Tilba Tilba.

Arrive at noon and take a plate of salad or sweet to share.

All the main food and drink will be provided.

Many thanks to Madeline and John of Bermagui for their hospitality last month.

For more informtion phone Robyn on 6493 8324 or Margaret on 6493 6461.

Gingerbread houses

About 60 women and a few brave men made gingerbread houses on Monday evening at Bega Baptist Church.

The hall was full of fun and laughter as everyone built houses made of ginger bread for Christmas and smothered them in lollies.

Ros Raward compered the evening and Debbie Lausch demonstrated how to build the houses.

Wendy Jamieson from Batemans Bay came to share a few thoughts on what Christmas means to her.

The delicious gingerbread was made by the award winning Jordan’s Cake shop in Riverstone, near Sydney.

Some people built houses to give as presents, others built a house to decorate their Christmas dinner table, while many built a house just to enjoy eating it.

Everyone who attended was very creative and they made some mouth watering creations.

One of the women who attended said the evening was the highlight of her year.

Organiser of the workshop, Margy Gilchrist, said the gingerbread house evening was very popular.

“Unfortunately we only had enough gingerbread to make 50 houses and all our tickets were sold out by Friday last week.

“The evening was so popular we hope to run it again next Christmas,” shey said.


The Thomas More Christian Montessori School fundraising committee ended its fundraising efforts for 2007 with a successful street stall and end of year raffle.

The street stall, held at the Church Street kiosk last week, raised more than $300 and all plants and baked goods were sold.

Raffle tickets were also sold at the stall, to shop proprietors and in the street.

Many parents of children at the school assisted in either providing plants, baked items or selling of tickets.

Prizes for the raffle, drawn at the school Christmas concert on Wednesday night, were a handmade quilt donated by Elaine Crisp, a decorated gingerbread house donated by the Christison family and a $20 gift voucher from Target.

The fundraising committee thanks the public for its support of both the street stall and raffle.

Bemboka carols

Bemboka Public School will host a Carols by Glowstick free community evening on Saturday, December 15, from 5.30pm onwards at the school.

Last year's Carols by Glowstick was enjoyed by many and it's hoped more will attend and enjoy the event again this year.

Glowstick candles, bracelets and the like will be on sale together with hamburgers, sausages, drinks and a variety of snacks.

Santa will make an appearance during the evening courtesy of local fire brigade transport.

Entertainment during the evening will consist of the Bemboka School Choir, Tim Bevitt leading the Christmas carols and the band, Once Bitten.

It will be a great night and everyone is welcome so take along a picnic rug or a chair and enjoy the Christmas spirit in Bemboka.

For more information phone Bemboka Public School office.

Quest for Fin

A special talent quest was held at Cobargo School of Arts hall last Saturday to raise funds for the family of a local girl called Fin who has cancer.

The event was called "Fin's Quest for Talent" and was held in two parts - one that started at 4pm and went to 7pm which was for children aged to 12 years and the evening session for older young people.

It was organised by James and Belinda Peel who said they did it because Fin’s parents, Jen and Nick, were friends and they wanted to help out.

Performances included singing, piano playing and comedy acts and there were raffles and other fun activities throughout the show.