Bega District Diary, March 17

ZANY FUN: Bermagui and District CWA members dress up for the Mad Hatters parade at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.
ZANY FUN: Bermagui and District CWA members dress up for the Mad Hatters parade at the Bermagui Seaside Fair.

CWA Mad Hatters

The Bermagui Seaside Fair was a wonderful opportunity for the Bermagui and District CWA ladies to display their creative flair dressing up as multiple “Mad Hatters” (pictured). Some people in the crowd were lucky enough to receive decorated patty cakes as part of the party theme.

Octogenarian Hilda Mardell had the crowd chuckling with her depiction of the Queen of “Tarts” towing a giant teapot behind her gopher. Nancy Whackett as Alice and Norma Reid as The White Rabbit completed the “We’re All Mad Here” scenario.

Free blood pressure tests

First-year medical students from the ANU will be in Bega next week, getting a feel for practising medicine in a rural area. Among other activities and tasks, the students will be in Sapphire Marketplace on Friday, March 24, offering free blood pressure screening. Head along between 10-11.30am, no bookings necessary. 

Organised through the ANU Medical School in Bega and Bega Rotary, the blood pressure screening – part of a week-long tour – is an opportunity for the students to chat with people in regional areas and try out a basic service in only their 7th week of study.

Youth of the Year

It is with much pride the Bega Lions Club congratulated Sapphire Coast Anglican College student Roslyn Love Meyer on her achievement as runner-up at the district level final of the Lions Youth of the Year competition, held at Narooma Golf Club recently.

She competed against students from Wollongong, Ulladulla, Goulburn, Campbelltown and Belconnen ACT.

It was very tough but close competition. Ava Del Tufo from Ulladulla was the overall winner. All students are to be congratulated of their efforts.  

Seniors festivities

The 2017 Seniors Festival week has afforded much pleasure for members of the Bermagui and District Seniors’ Social Club.  Attending the Bermagui Country Club for a morning of bingo run by the Bermi RSL with lunch to follow on Monday, this was followed up on Tuesday with a bus trip to On the Perch, which was very impressive for bird lovers. 

The bus then continued onto Bega for lunch.  Members then prepared for a visit by residents and carers from Hillgrove House for a lunch and entertainment organised by Lori Hammerton on Friday, which was held at the Bermagui Country Club.  This annual event week is very important, fostering the social companionship of seniors in our community.  Thank you to all who contributed in such a positive way.   

Multicultural lunch

CWA Bega Branch is celebrating our region's rich cultural diversity. Branch members look forward to hosting and welcoming our region's multicultural community to a Harmony Day lunch next Tuesday, March 21, from 11.30am until 1.30pm at the CWA Hall, 31 Church St, Bega.

It promises to be a tasty event as members and visitors are invited to bring their favourite dish to share and celebrate Harmony Day. TAFE students will be joining in and assisting with the lunch.

Social angling weekend

Members showed a great response in attending the Bermagui Social Anglers Club fishing comp weekend barbecue on Sunday.  The camaraderie makes for a relaxed get together.  This, coupled with the off shore winner Ian Reid and on shore winner Ron McGlashan, a birthday celebration and raffle winners Robert Brown, Don Rumball and Denise McGlashan, the club surely leaves its mark.

President Fran thanked everyone for a great day, especially Ron the chef.  Next month the comp is over the weekend of April 14-16.

Free tech training

Free computer and technology training at Tura Marrang Library and at Bega Library will help local residents become familiar with a wide range of technologies.

Bega Valley Shire Council programs and partnerships officer Scott Baker said that the sessions are easy-paced and fun with the emphasis on group learning.

The training covers a range of technology topics including Introduction to Computers,  Basic Internet, Internet Tools and Tips, Email, Privacy and Cybersafety, Social Media, Online Shopping & Banking, Introduction to iPads and an Introduction to Android Tablets.

People can select a combination of sessions to suit their needs or attend the classes sequentially. Sessions run for two hours from 10.30am until 12.30pm. All classes have limited places. To book online go to, telephone Bega library on 6499 2127 or Tura Marrang library on 6499 2340.

Bega Library also offers one-on-one technology help for specific issues every Tuesday with ‘Tech Tuesday’ from 10am until noon and it’s free!


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