Red Cross to host zone conference

Red Cross to host zone conference

Wolumla Branch of the Red Cross is hosting the 2018 Zone Conference at Wolumla Hall on Monday, September 3, 10am registration, for 10.30am start. Cost; $20; morning tea and lunch, included.  Guest speakers will include Barry Irvin, Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese, and Judy Slatyer, CEO Red Cross. RSVP with any dietary requirements to Pat Johnston, 0428 507 629, or

Parkinson’s Support Group

The Bega Valley Parkinson Support Group held their August meeting at the Bega Golf Club with Martine Mathieson, Health Promotion Officer for the Bega Valley, as guest speaker. Martine gave the  group members plenty to think about with her presentation and her many handouts which can help the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers.  Several members plan to follow up with Martine in the hope that they can improve their lifestyle.

The president informed the group that his application for a Clubs grant had been successful and that he had received a cheque for $1000. These funds are to be used locally where possible. The Pambula Merimbula lady golfers have also been very generous with the group by giving funds raised on special golf days to the group.

Actor Alan Alda has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the support group meeting saw three new members attend, two with Parkinson's and a carer.

The next meeting will have consultant pharmacist Tania Dwyer from Seeto, Dodd and Dwyer as guest speaker. Tania always has a powerful message for the group.

The next meeting will be held at the Bega Golf Club on September 3 starting at 10.30am.

Geneology Society

All those attending the next meeting of the Bega Valley Genealogy Society can look forward to an enthralling talk titled Mrs Livingstone, I Presume to be presented by Meg Ward. Mary Livingstone suffered hardship and danger and had six children as she accompanied her husband on his journeys of exploration through the interior of Africa from 1853. Meg hails from the same area in Scotland where the famous David Livingstone was born.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, August 26, at 2pm at The Old Courthouse and Police Station, Toalla St, Pambula, one block west of the town roundabout. Please linger for a chat and cuppa following the meeting.

Bees workshop

The Bega Valley Beekeepers Inc. will be holding a One-Day Beginning in Bees workshop on Saturday, September 22 and again on Sunday, September 23, from 9am to 2pm, in the Historic Old Bega Hospital grounds, Corkhill Place, Bega. The workshop will be led by an experienced beekeeper, and will benefit anyone wishing to learn the basic skills and knowledge to get started in beekeeping.  

It includes a morning of theory covering safety, protective gear, essential equipment, lifecycle of a bee, components of a hive and, obtaining bees. Lunch will be followed by the opening of a hive with a demonstration and guided hands on experience with bees. The cost is $40 (BVB Ordinary members) and $60 (BVB Associate Members and non-members) and includes morning tea (BYO lunch). 

Enrolment and payment can be made online through For more information about the workshop or for alternative enrolment options please contact, or Sandy Farrell 0407 959312.