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News of the communities of the Paterson and Allyn River Valleys

May 2013

Some of the Billycart Derby crew, from back, Josh Evans, Scott Lawrence and Ken Chandler, with the Grand Champion perpetual trophy. photo: Brian Doherty

Easter Billycart Derby


veryone was a winner at this year’s Billycart Derby. There were more people having more fun then ever before. There were more billycarts entered and the weather was glorious. The stallholders and Gresford organisations had plenty of eager customers and the Billycart Derby organisers look like having around 20% more funds to distribute to local organisations this year. Check out the winners and Derby highlights inside.

The Gresford News is a Gresford Community Group project. Circulation 800 – Donations appreciated and most welcome. Thank you! Are you getting the News? The Gresford News is delivered free to households with a roadside mail box in the Paterson and Allyn River valleys through Australia Post. If you haven’t received your copy, please call Brian Doherty (0412 372 687) so we can rectify the problem. This applies particularly to residents of Lennoxton Rd, Fisher’s Hill Rd, Summer Hill Rd, Horns Crossing Rd, View St and Wakaya Close, Vacy.

The Gresford News Community Diary Sat 4 May Functional art exhibition, Gresford Gallery, Therese Doyle Community Hall, 3.00 - 7.00pm Sat 11 May Landcare working bee, swimming hole, Gresford camp ground, 9.00am Sat 11 May Trivia Night, Gresford Bowling Club, hosted by Gresford Public School P&C Association Sat 11 May Public meeting for the new Dungog Film Festival, James Theatre Dungog, 4.00pm Tues

14 May Paterson Allyn Garden Group meeting, 10.00am

Tues 14 May Gresford School of Arts meeting, School of Arts (AGM and ordinary meeting), 7.30pm Tues 28 May CWA Gresford Branch – International Day (Morocco)

Burr Cutter’s Ball, Hotel Beatty Gresford Public School P&C Association major fundraising theme night. More details to come Sat-Sun 19-20 Oct Allynbrook art show Sat 1 Jun Sat 19 Oct

1st Mon each month

Gresford Community Group Meeting, 7.30pm, Hotel Beatty, all welcome! (not Jan) 1st Tues each month Gresford District Landcare Group Meeting, Hotel Beatty, 7.30pm (not Jan) 1st Wed each month Gresford Rural Fire Brigade meeting, station, 7.30pm 1st Thurs each month CWA Gresford Branch Meeting, CWA rooms, East Gresford, 9.30am (not Jan) 2nd Mon each month Gresford Historical Society Meeting, RSL Rooms, 11.00am (not Dec, Jan or June) 2nd & 4th Mon each month Family & Child Health Clinic, Paterson school of Arts Hall, 4932 9768 for appt’s 2nd Sat each month Book Club, CWA rooms, East Gresford, 3.00pm (not Dec or Jan) Gresford Public School P&C Meeting, school library, 10.00am 3rd Fri each month 3rd Sun each month gresford Community Market, ‘Clevedon’, 9.00am to 2.00pm (not Dec, Christmas Fair 1st Sat) Last Thurs each month Gresford District Agricultural Society Meeting, Showground Luncheon Pavilion, 7.30pm Every Wed, Fri & Sun Gresford Bowls Sport & Recreation Club Raffles, from 6.30pm Every Mon & Fri (school terms) Gresford Pre-School, Gresford Community Hall, 4938 9288, 9.00am Every Thur Happy hour and free pool and jukebox at the Hotel Beatty Every Fri Cricket Club Raffles at the Hotel Beatty Every Fri (school terms) Yoga for active bodies with Donna Cavanough, Therese Doyle Youth Hall, 9.00 – 10.30am Every Wed Gresford PlayTime, children 0-5 & carers, Gresford Community Hall, 4992 2401, 10.00am Every Sunday The Gresford Congregational Church welcomes you, 10.30am

To contact Gresford News email or call Brian Doherty on 0412 372 687. Postal Address: PO Box 99 East Gresford 2311. Deadline for stories and ads 20th of the month. With the newsletter now so large, we struggle to meet copying deadlines when items arrive after the 20th. Please use the box at East Gresford Post Office or, even better, email to the above address. For text – Word format preferred. For pictures – .jpg format preferred. Please keep us informed about activities in the area – a paragraph or two and photo.

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Letters Giving Back Hi there, I just thought I would send you something, just in case it may be newsworthy to you. My daughter Emma Hooper fell seriously ill here at our home\business, The Lostock Dam Caravan Park, late last year. She ended up on life support at the John Hunter Hospital. She is only 12 years of age and was a Gresford Public student at the time, and now she attends Dungog High School in Year 7. Since that episode Emma vowed to help the Children’s Hospital at the John Hunter. On Easter weekend we were booked out at the caravan park, and Emma arranged raffle prizes including a BBQ for first prize. Her cousin Ellen Hodges walked with Emma through the campgrounds for hours over the weekend and sold tickets. Emma raised $1000 for The Childrens Hospital at the John Hunter Hospital. I think that this is an amazing effort, and it is nice to make mention of the good things that young children do.

Janet Hooper

Please send letters to: The Editor, Gresford News PO Box 99, East Gresford NSW 2311

Secretary needed The Gresford Community Group will need a new secretary as from its October meeting as Fr. Stephen Moore will be retiring after a long and successful term in that job. The duties involve attendance at the monthly meeting, preparation of minutes, correspondence and such other tasks as the secretary may choose to take on. If you would like to contribute to the well being of Gresford, please apply in confidence to Martin Addison (4938 9424).

Regarding the 2013 Vacy Village Country Carnival Due to the committee members having other commitments for 2013 and our unsuccessful attempts to recruit new committee members, the Vacy Village Country Carnival for 2013 had been postponed. Look for us in 2014 with a bigger and better carnival. Thank you for your past support. Rgds Diane Denton, Coordinator

Gresford News Notices

School Trivia Night May 11: Trivia Night, Gresford Bowling Club, hosted by Gresford Public School P&C Association, tables of eight ($10/person), book with Ange Kelehear on 4931 7196.

Talk+Folk/Bluegrass Concert by social entrepreneur, Lucie Bruvel, will present her inspiring concept for contemporary village life in an agricultural landscape starting here in the Lower Hunter. Followed by the concert of world-class musicians: Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club Comes To Woodville Fri 17 May, 6.30pm Woodville Hall, $28 at door. Bookings: Lucie Bruvel 4938 5880, (SMS) 0412 355 63

Did you get your RSA before 2007?

You need to update your certificate by end of June. RSA course in Dungog Thurs 30 May 9.15am-4.15pm, 4992 1133

Functional Art exhibition

furniture, clothing, homewares, jewellery and more Saturday 4 May, 3 - 7 pm Gresford Gallery, Therese Doyle Community Hall Please join the artists for drinks and discover art you can use, made locally, not in China! Works by Robyn & Eric Werkhoven, Bernie Meyers, Dawn Thompson, Jane Richens, Misha Moon, Sherrel Flack, Darrell Meyers, Donna Cavanough, Con Detterer, Laura Jefferson

Trivia night at Glendon Brook Hall

Come & join us on Sat 25 May 7pm for our annual Trivia Night. Tables of 8: $10 adult, $5 school children Quizmaster: Danny Thompson. Lucky door prize, great raffle prizes & table prizes. Bring gold coins to win more prizes. BYO Drinks, nibbles & supper (tea & coffee provided) Bookings: Maureen 6577 6110

Landcare working bee Join Landcare members to improve the Swimming Hole below the Gresford Showground Sat 11 May 9am

Lawrence reunion Gresford Showground 9 June 2013 BYO everything, contact 4938 9589

St Helen’s Catholic Parish Gresford WEEKEND MASS TIMES St Helen’s Gresford Saturday Vigil 6.30pm Local contact 4992 1477 Chisholm Region Office Contact 4933 8918

Gresford District Bushman’s Carnival Association Inc

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for a local charity or kiosk operator to run the kiosk at Gresford Campdraft And Rodeo 30–31August 2013

ALSO LOCAL CHARITY BENEFICIARY Please apply in writing to the secretary Tracy Merchant PO Box 67 East Gresford NSW 2311 Applications close 1/6/13

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Gresford’s First Rhee Taekwondo Black Belt Gresford has its first Rhee Taekwondo black belt. Twelve year old Jamie Hickey from Parks Creek Road was awarded his Junior Black Belt on Sunday 28th April by World Master Chong Chul Rhee after a grueling 15 minutes of free sparing both junior and senior black belts two at a time. In addition to sparing, Jamie also performed four board breaks using a side kick, a back kick, a downward knife hand strike and a flying side kick over 3 junior colour belts. Jamie’s family was in the crowd to see this amazing achievement along with other parents from Gresford, Jamie’s Rhee Taekwondo class mates & his instructor Kwan Jang Nim Quendon.

Jamie Hickey of Gresford with Rhee Taekwondo World Master Chong Chul Rhee and class instructor Kwan Jang Nim Quendon Clibbon at the Action Day in Maitland Sunday 29th April 2013.

Jamie’s talent & dedication to the art of Rhee Taekwondo has shone ever since he started with instructor Kwan Jang Nim

Quendon at the Gresford class back in September 2011. Currently there are 12 students attending the class with Jamie at Gresford Public School on a Monday afternoon at 4:10pm with another class about to commence in Dungog on Friday 3rd May at the Baptist Hall starting at 4:30pm. All Rhee Taekwondo classes are open to everyone including children, adults, parents and grandparents. Rhee Taekwondo is a great way to learn selfdefence and keep mentally & physically fit at the same time. If you would like more information visit the website www. or come along to the Gresford class at 4:10pm on a Monday afternoon. Well done Jamie….we are so proud of you!

Sharon Lawrence

MAY SERVICE TIMES Sunday Mornings 5 12 19 26 St Anne’s, Gresford 7.30 9.30 7.30 8.30 St John’s, Vacy 9 St Paul’s, Paterson 9.30 9.30 Anglican Parish of Gresford Paterson St Mary’s, Allynbrook 10.30 Glendonbrook Road St John’s, Lostock 11.30 Gresford NSW 2311 St James’, Martin’s Ck 8 Telephone (02) 4938 9313

Weekday mornings St Anne’s, Gresford at 7.30am [Check weekly pew bulletin]


Have a nice lunch at the pub and relax and listen to a great afternoon of music.

SUN 12th, book a table for mothers day lunch – a free glass of wine for mum SAT 18th, LENNIE, singing starts 8pm till late. Rock on with Lennie. AUSTAR AT THE FARMERS Come and watch any of your favorite sports on our 3 tv’s We also have the FOOTBALL CORPERATE TABLE, where you have the best table in the house, to watch your favorite game of free to air or FOX FOOTY. $50.00 per head that includes 8 schooners and finger food. A minimum of 4 people.

We now have a courtesy bus that will pick you up and drop you home, so just ring the Pub.

BISTRO HOURS Thursday Night 6.00 tILL 8.30pm Fri & Sat Lunch 12.00 till 2pm Dinner 6.00 till 8.30pm Saunday Lunch 12.00 till 2pm Sunday Night Pizzas from 5.30pm

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Gresford Community Group – April meeting Gresford Community Markets Judy

by Glenda Smith

Life Is So Good

– George Dawson/Richard Glaubman When George Dawson decided to learn to read at the age of 98, after a lifetime of labouring jobs and simple family life, he came to the notice of American society in a way that a poor black man never normally would. Born in 1898, he was the eldest of a large family, and missed the opportunity to go to school as his younger brothers and sisters did because he had to help on the family farm. At the age of twelve he was hired out by his family as a farm labourer, and this set the course of his life of hard toil. Dawson was philosophical and optimistic about the nature of life, saying at the end of the book – Be happy for what you have. Help somebody else instead of worrying. Dawson took advantage of an adult literacy program that was offered to him, and inspired Richard Glaubman, a primary teacher, to help him write his story. Glaubman prefaces each chapter with a cultural or historical reference, which helps shape the narrative.

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Frequently Dawson was oblivious to the historical markers because his circumstances were so limited, but occasionally they impacted on his world. He and his brother were keen baseball players, and the breaking of the colour bar into professional baseball by Jackie Robinson was a significant event...there ain’t no black man in America that was alive then would ever forget Jackie Robinson. Glaubman used a tape recorder to document Dawson’s story, which allows Dawson’s voice to come through in a very authentic way. What emerges is the portrait of a diligent, likable, patient and clever man who saw much of his country from freight cars between sojourns on the family farm and whatever work he could pick up. The book begins violently, with a travesty of justice because of racial hatred, but ends with two men from different walks of life coming together to tell an inspiring story of change and development.

Grant spoke of her interest in taking on the role of co-ordinator of the community markets as her recognition of the Doyle family’s contribution to Gresford. Moved that Judy be engaged as the voluntary co-ordinator and the Therese Doyle Hall be the venue for future markets. There is interest from the tennis club in running the BBQ. First market date: 19 May and continue each third Sunday. Proposed that the net income from the markets be allocated to maintenance of the hall.

Skate park developments/roofing There was a discussion about personal liability issues regarding erection of skate park shade. Resolved to establish status of liability from DSC.

Other reports The CWA had indicated it would sponsor a meeting to discuss a community kitchen. Letter of resignation David Wells tendered his resignation. Received with regret. Also noted acknowledgement of David’s contribution with appreciation. Mobile coverage Discussion on the need for telephone coverage in the Upper Allyn. Letter to R. Baldwin, MHR to be drafted.

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Gresford on the Cricket Winning List The name Lawrence & Gresford Cricket I am sure would go back to the very first game played. This season was no different. This Season Col Lawrence once again prepared the wickets at Gresford sporting Complex. Col was rewarded for his efforts on presentation night with a gift from the Club to say thank you for preparing wickets in Gresford since 1972. Peter Lawrence was president, Dane treasurer & player, and Rosalie doing a lot of organising behind the scenes.

Batting Agg & Ave Martin Osmond 493 runs at 164.3, including two centuries, one of those centuries included a partnership with his brother Will who made a 100 in the same game. What an outstanding achievement. Bowling Agg Matt Gehrig 29 wickets.

A Grade finished fourth for the season . They then won every game in the final series to take out the premiership . An outstanding effort. It’s been a long time since a Gresford Team has won the A grade A difficult season, with a lot of forfeits Grand Final with the last time being 1996. & rainy days. Gresford started the season Let’s hope we can field a similar team next with 3 teams and fifty players’ names on season and take out the Trophy again. the books but it soon became apparent C grade finished 5th out of 6 teams. that two teams would be all we could Junior Tom Everett also received a trophy achieve on the park each week. from Dungog Association for outstanding There seems to be a drop in player numbers batting .Playing against Farmers C grade everywhere with Gloucester & Maitland Tom opened the batting and batted comp down a number of teams from last through to within a couple of overs of season. Juniors seem to have too many the end of innings making 92, I’m sure choices these days, however we did have that 100 will come next season. All in all 15 milo cricketers turning up on Saturday Gresford Cricket is looking quite healthy. mornings to learn the basics of the game. Enjoy the Winter break; spring will soon At Dungog District presentation Gresford come around and we will hear the sound was well represented with Will Osmond of leather on willow again. named player of the year & also took out Dennis Collison, the bowling average 23 wickets at 8.48. Secretary Gresford Cricket Club

Gresford Cricket Club Trophies 2013 C Grade Batting Average Andrew Muddle Bowling Average Kenny Cullen Jnr Most Consistent Player Thomas Hojer Team Player Mitchell Rumbel

A Grade Batting Average Martin Osmond Bowling Average Matt Gehrig Most Consistent Teejay Hoch Team Player Cary Graham Match Ball Trophy William Osmond 7/25 Matt Gehrig 6/21, 5/37, 5/23, 5/8

Perpetual Trophies Gresford Meats – Player with the Most Potential – Thomas Everett Barry Cowley Memorial – Best Bowling Performance – Matt Gehrig Wiblim - Atchinson Trophy for the Most Outstanding Performance – Martin Osmond 136 N.O. C Grade Cricketer of the Year – Andrew Muddle Hotel Beatty Cricketer of the Year – William Osmond Rocka Cup – A-Team 2012-2013

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reetings to Gresford News readers. Culture Vulture art news and interviews are now nine years old, commenced in September 2004. One of the first artists to be interviewed was sculptor Michael Garth from Butterwick Road Paterson. Since 2004 Michael has been exhibiting his work widely in the Hunter Valley and nationally. He currently works at Newcastle University, where he oversees the use of traditional sculpture techniques including wood carving, casting and welding. He also manages the University Foundry, which is the only Foundry in a tertiary NSW educational institution. Michael has commissioned works in Ube Park Japan and Eden Gardens North Ryde, Sydney and Vietnam Veterans’ War Memorial Dubbo. Michael and fellow artist Peter Joass collaborated on a modern sculpture for the historic walkway along the Maitland River. In 2006 his work was selected for the UWS Sculpture Award, held at Campbelltown Campus. In 2010 a collaborative sculpture, with artist Giselle Penn, Spanning the Void

NEWS finished object than the materials used. My current work is wood carving and cast bronze with the subject matter exploring observation in society and how I can voice an opinion within a single object. Objects carry their history and I try to make my object show a story with an element of truth.’ Michael is a highly skilled and innovative sculptor; it is a delight to view his unique artworks, which often display a sense of playfulness and offbeat humour.

On May 18th till August an exhibition of his work opens at Maitland Regional Sculpture by Michael Garth Art Gallery. 230 High St Maitland. Further information please contact was selected for the prestigious Gallery phone – 4934 9859. Sculpture Walk by the Sea at Bondi, ART NEWS: Sydney. Over the last couple of STUDIO LA PRIMITIVE – years he has done educational sculptures Eric & Robyn Werkhoven for Stockland and numerous Latest collaborative drawing, painting private commissions. and sculptures by Eric Werkhoven. Michael talks about his present work Exhibition at Art Systems Gallery till 12th May ‘In the past I relied on the form of a 40 Annie St Wickham, Newcastle Hours found object to dictate the art work, this Fri – Sun 12 – 4pm Phone: 0431 853 600 came with the tag of being a recycle artist. While I do work with found Contact Robyn Werkhoven with Art News objects my work is more about the – email:

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tremendous crowd this event continues to draw and the weather was just perfect. Our stall was hugely successful and for making it so we thank everyone who donated cooking, jams and relishes, sewing, craft, bric-a-brac and everything in between. Our tables were groaning under the weight of it all. Thank you everyone. The raffle was won by Gemma Dooley – congratulations Gemma.

Craft Open House We are off and running, our first Open House was well attended - a couple of hours thoroughly enjoyed by all. You don’t need an invitation nor do you need to be a member of the CWA, just come along. 1.00pm, CWA Rooms the first Thursday of the month.

May 18 to Marie Loveridge on 49389441 or

International Day is Tuesday, May 28.

Next Meeting Thursday, May 2 at 9.30am. Jan’s saying for the month.

Program commences at 10am and there will be Cultural, Ag\Environmental and Handicraft Displays and the Gresford School, “Kingdom of Morocco” Project entries. Guest speaker is Chris Shoji. We will have a ‘trading table’, raffle and lucky door prizes. Our Moroccan Luncheon is $13 per person. RSVP by

A satisfied customer chatting to CWA members Margaret Dent and Marcia Francis

New members are always welcome. You will find us at 12 Durham Rd, East Gresford (next to the Police Station).

Book Club meets 2nd Saturday of the month at 3pm in the CWA rooms. Next meeting is May 11 and the book for April is Educating Alice by Alice Steinback.

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PATERSON-ALLYN GARDEN GROUP Jane Chandler We wandered into the forest looking at giant brown beech, stunning lace bark trees and amazing examples of epiphytes (orchids and staghorns). It’s a long time since I’ve had to bend my neck back as far as it will go to search for the top of a tree. We stepped over and under countless wandering vines and trudged up an exquisitely beautiful creek bed to arrive at a waterfall... dry at the moment but hopefully not for long. There was a soft light that filtered down to the floor of the rainforest and with such a heavy canopy in parts it was easy to imagine that we were in another world! Quite frankly it took our breath away. So much beauty on our doorstep and how sad that there is today so little of it. Coming up: May meeting is at Louise and Noel Brown’s on the Allyn River. It The Garden Group among Giant Stinging trees (Dendrocnide excelsa) and Strangling Figs at Tabbil Forest. is a stunning part of the world and the Thanks to photographer David Oliver work that they have put into their home, stables and gardens in such a Our April walk and talk was one that most of us will remember forever. We are so short time is incredible. This is a must fortunate to have on the edge of Gresford one of the largest rainforests in our area. see and do hope that you can come on Thanks to Jane Richens and Brian Doherty who have owned their property for over 13 Tuesday 14th May at 10am (NB this years, Tabbil Forest will remain forever a protected wildlife refuge. Jane and Brian are doing a remarkable job educating themselves and others with knowledge of the countless meeting is the 2nd week of May rather than the 3rd). Contact Jane Chandler for species growing within the 200 acre forest. Geographically, it lies at the northern most details on 4938 9189. and southern most edge for many species and is therefore a unique wilderness.

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Mt Rivers bloomed for the Day in the Roses


ould there be any better way to enjoy our wonderful autumn weather than to spend a day in a sublime country garden amongst roses, hedges and native plants learning about roses. More than 40 rose lovers made their way up through the Paterson River valley to Mt Rivers north of Gresford, to do just that.

plantings, shaping and pruning and keeping an eye on the threats. He was also brave enough to give participants the opportunity to prune roses in his garden – under supervision.

Dungog Community College chose Leon and Marisa Groves’ rose garden at ‘Sardinia’ Mt Rivers to run four workshops celebrating the rose.

Andrew Williams, a Hunter Valley Rose Society member and judge talked about the arcane science of showing roses. He explained how to best prepare blooms to peak at just the right time, how to choose and cut blooms and how to choose a class. And of course the most important thing… what the judges look for.

Landscaper and rose grower Leon Groves presented “Cultivating Roses” where he revealed the secrets to achieving an abundant rose garden. It all starts with the soil, then choosing and timing the

And for those who just love looking at roses local artist Christine Pike presented “Sketching Roses” where she helped budding artists explore the beauty of the rose through line, texture and emotion.

The real surprise of the day was a workshop on “Cooking With Roses” presented by Marisa Groves. The dishes included a rose and semolina yoghurt cake, sugared rose petals, rose champagne jelly and a savoury quinoa and rose petal salad. It proved to be a delightful day. Apart from the workshops there was time to chat with friends over Devonshire teas and ploughman’s lunches set on long tables and to just enjoy yourself in the peaceful and beautiful garden lovingly created by the Groves’. Several people came from as far as Gloucester and the Central Coast especially for the day.

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Community feature

...story and photos by Olivia Richardson

Showing off their winnings... Back: Harrison Elloy & Melonie Shelton. Front: Rhys Carter & Hayley Boon

Agriculture in the Big Smoke…

Sydney Royal Easter show takes place each year for two weeks in arrangement with the Easter break. Each year the displays get bigger and better and the competition gets tougher.

Whether you find the Woolworths Food dome or the show bag pavilion and side show ally the best place to be, the horse

sports and eventing in the main arena or needed a truck not only to cart their the dog pavilion, the array of events and exhibits down to the show, but to haul their swag of ribbons and trophies home sights to see is certainly not limited. as well. Dungog High School found themselves amongst the midst of the competition at In order for exhibitors to compete the ‘hard yards’ must be done sometimes this year’s show and prizes at that! The months prior to the competition. For Mr Agricultural department, led by Mr Young and his team consisting of Shayne Lawrence and Mr Steve Young

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Community feature various egg classes as well as two certificates for excellent participation. These achievements are highly commendable as the competition is amongst the highest levels state wide, giving sincere recognition to the small country school that Dungog is. Big congratulations to Mr Young and his team!

Hayley Boon (DHS) and her friend Rex

Harrison Elloy, Rhys Carter, Melonie Shelton and Hayley Boon, their poultry exhibits certainly did not disappoint. All the washing, drying and oiling and the monitoring of each bird daily to maintain their individual progress was no waste of time. At a formal presentation during the show, Melonie and Hayley proudly accepted awards sponsored by Steggels for Champion and Overall Champion Pair of Meat birds, first place and Most Successful Exhibitor in the Hy-line School Egg Laying Competition backed up with a number of second places in

Dungog High School’s Cattle Show team consisted of Erin Saunders and Calvin Vogele (Yr 11), Kadesha Lawson, Caitlin McDonald and Stephen McLaughlin (Yr 10) and Rebecca Hudson (Yr 9) who took 3 steers to this year’s competition with the help and support of Bry ce and Diane Whale of Glenliam Murray Grey Stud. Bryce and Diane kindly donated ‘Skitt’a purebred Murray Grey steer to Dungog High School, entered into the School Steer and Carcase Competition. In return these students assisted them with their 22 head of cattle; proving to be a strong and consistent show team once again this year. ‘Dusty’ and ‘Rusty’ were the High Schools two other steers; both Charolais X Hereford purchased from Mr Charlie Miller of Wallarobba which were entered in the Trade Hoof and Hook and Carcase competition.

The team were provided with onsite accommodation adjoining their cattle, sleeping in swags for six long days; starting as early as 2:30am, working through to 9:00pm. School steer, ‘Skitt’ competed in class two of the Middleweight section and although he did not place in either the Hoof or Hook, Woolworths purchased him at auction for $3.50 live weight and therefore returned a pleasing $1650 to the school. The prize money will help assist the purchase and upbringing of another show steer in the future. Steers ‘Rusty’ and ‘Dusty’ both competed strongly in the Trade Hoof and Hook competition amongst 52 other entrants. Both steers received a silver medal for consistency in meeting Market Specifications; Sustainable Meat Yield and Eating Quality as well as placing 15th and 6th up against the 52 entrants. Dungog High may be a small town school, but with the support from community members and organisations they have proven they can really ‘stir the pot’, so to speak, through their involvement with agriculture in the big smoke.

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he 12th annual Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair was blessed with perfect weather and the largest crowd to date. Record entries in races and fully booked stall sites helped to make the day so exciting.

“It is fantastic to be able to offer families a wholesome fun day out in the country.” said Ken Chandler who has been has been leading the Billycart organising committee over the last few years. The Derby started in 1999 and was developed by Sharon Lawrence over many years to be a major focus for community fundraising. It has proved to be a very successful model for involving both locals and tourists in a wonderful country experience while supporting local community organisations. The Derby attracts sponsorship from throughout the Hunter Valley and each year the organising committee divides the profits from the day between worthy charities and local groups who contribute to the event. All of these groups also raise their own funds by setting up stalls and selling their products to the large crowd who gather. Ken Chandler is keen to see the event continue. “It is a fabulous event for this community and I can see it developing further. But as with all committees it needs new people to step up from time to time to take it forward. I would welcome new faces at our meetings.” If you want to be part of the Derby Team for 2014 you can call Ken on ph 4938 9189 or mob 0427 663 766. View highlights of 17 of this year’s races on YouTube – use the link from the website

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q Gresford District Historical Society r ‘Gerald’ from Carrabolla

Left: Gerald and guitar Above: Orchard at Yellow Rock


ery few working men and women take the time and trouble to write their autobiography. Many would think their life was just too ordinary to be recorded, but the reality is that their life story is often far more interesting and fulfilling than the many celebrity autobiographies we see on sale in the bookstores.

he had written and compile these with supporting photos into a completed autobiography titled, “Lookin Back”. We also have to thank Diane because she has generously provided a copy of all photos used in the autobiography and much supporting information on the Capararo family to the Historical Society.

One Gresford man who did take the time to write his story was Peter “Gerald” Capararo, a real character with old fashioned charm and a laconic sense of humour. It is also especially fortunate that his niece (Diane Galligan) was able to locate the numerous pieces of paper

I only came by a copy of “Lookin Back” in recent years and although I had the privilege of knowing the man I was never aware of the extent of his accomplishments. What I discovered was a wonderful insight into a life and times in the upper reaches of the Paterson

valley that few can now recall. It is also a remarkable story of a humble and modest working man who rose to national prominence on the fiercely competitive rodeo circuit as a “rough rider”. This is arguably the toughest rodeo category as (using American naming patterns) it includes the events of bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer and bull riding and “dogging” (i.e. steer wrestling) These rodeo events have a huge following in Australia and in the US and in a later article, (with more research) we may be able to more adequately feature Gerald’s rodeo achievements. Gerald’s story begins on the upper reaches of the Paterson River adjacent to the Mt Royal forest. This area goes by the name“ Carrabolla” and it was to this mountainous valley that Gerald’s grandfather, Antonio came when he migrated to Australia from the little village of Capararo in Northern Italy. Subsequently in the early 1880s Antonio


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married into the Jollife family and later purchased the property “Yellow Rock” which adjoined the Joliffe holdings at Carrabolla.

Gerald was born in the Gresford hospital (Clevedon) on 24 July 1931 and reared on the family property at Carrabolla which at that time had been acquired by his father – Peter. In those days (19301940’s) Carrabolla was effectively as remote as the far side of the moon and the independence this fostered along with his constant contact with horses and cattle no doubt gave Gerald the skills and confidence he was later able to display in rodeo competition. As you can see from the photo of Yellow Rock the family had an extensive orange orchard which supplemented their income from beef cattle. When his family moved to Gresford, Gerald although still a very young man was an accomplished horse breaker who was in considerable demand and he was also achieving limited success at local shows and rodeos. Needing a steady job he was recruited to work on the milk trucks and this led to a 45 year truck driving career. Gerald’s rodeo career then took off, assisted as it was by the cooperation of his boss and workmates who would work shifts around him.

leaving them only about 2 inches long” and also recalls that the ground in the arena was as “hard as a misers heart”. Gerald could rightly boast of winning or placing in the finals of all rodeo events over the years, but boasting was not something Gerald ever did.

Later when he gave up riding he was invited to return to Sydney to judge at the Show and this was no doubt a reflection of the respect in which he was held by officials and competitors alike. It is perplexing to know that Gerald is not listed in the Stockmen’s Hall of Fame and this seems to me to be an oversight that needs redressing. He is however in the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association hall of fame. His home town of Gresford is also yet to officially recognise his achievements with a memorial or place name and this is a matter the community may wish to consider.

In his retirement years Gerald was still busy with his leather work, his guitar and his bush poetry. He liked to recite and with his casual drawling style was in some demand. Mostly I recall his laconic humour and before I let Gerald have the last word I am reminded of the hot Saturday afternoon when Gerald brought in a load of logs to the Allynbrook mill on Gordon Clement’s truck. Gerald was driving for Gordon at the time By the early 1960s Gerald had and while he was expert at carrying achieved national prominence. cattle he was still a novice with Hoof and Horns magazine (May logs. We went over to operate the 1965) did a feature story on him winch and after he was unloaded noting that he was the present Australian (ABCRA) Champion All and the logs were booked in, my father said, “Gerald, I know the Round Cowboy. They also noted property where these came from that in 1961 he had won the and it’s pretty steep. How did you (ABCRA) Australian Bareback crown, and in 1963 he had carried get on”? “Steep”, drawled Gerald “I’ll tell you how steep it was”. “I off the trophy for the Champion Buckjump rider. He was reported as had to be towed up behind the also winning the Bulldogging title Caterpillar and as I was going up I for the last 2 years. looked out and saw a big old land goanna on the side of the track. He Gerald was selected to ride for 13 looked at me and you know what years straight at the Royal Easter it was so steep the poor old devil show. This was solely by invitation had lost his grip and was sliding with only about 30 riders and 12 backwards”. doggers selected on merit being allowed to compete. He recalls And now we can let Gerald have dogging on steers at the Sydney the last word with a poem he show that were, “wild thick set wrote about the greatest Devons with a neck as thick as it workhorse he ever knew – was long and with horns cut off Gameboy.

Gerald in action with air under his trousers

“Gameboy” the horse Once there was a mighty horse “Gameboy was his name And it really is this country’s loss that he’s not in the hall of fame Bought in the Maitland saleyards when he was young and bold We kept him for a life time till he grew very old His colour was deep chestnut two white hooves were at the back Would work in plough or buckboard was a perfect village hack When yarding brumbies or cattle his mane would be soaked with sweat And as he could move like lightning he was never beaten I’ll bet If ridden by a learner or a child that was only small He was always very gentle would really only crawl When he stepped out in the show ring he was always spruce and gay And won a lot of ribbons when jumping came his way When in a flooded river that horse could really swim And many noted bushmen really owe their life to him When challenged by a race horse there is no need to skite He was home and been unsaddled before his rival came in sight Now he’s gone where the grass grows greener The creeks run full I’m told His bridle is made of silver And his saddle is trimmed with gold

Please keep those stories coming because it is YOUR stories of characters, identities and events that add the human factor to our history. Remember the “bounty” for every story we publish in the Gresford News is now $20. So, please send your story in to the Gresford District Historical Society Inc., P.O. Box 96 East Gresford. Note our new meeting time is 11 am, so our next meeting is Monday, 13th May at 11 am in the RSL rooms.

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Gresford Vacy Football Club Inc GRESFORD BILLY CART DERBY “GUM BOOT TOSS” The annual Gum Boot Toss conducted at the Gresford Billy Cart over Easter failed to produce any new records. The event attracted over 240 participants, with throws of just over a metre to over 34 metres. The record of 40.2 metres, set in 2012, still stands. The Ladies Throw was again won by a former Gresford cricketer, Gemma Dooley, who had come especially to defend her 2012 title. Darryl Hodely took out the Gentleman’s Throw with a toss of 31.70m with a particularly heavy boot and Rigby Vane-Wood (15-18years) threw 34.42m to record the best distance of the event. All ten Age Champions faced off in the final toss to win the coveted “Golden Gum Boot” with the winner being selected on the highest % increase on their Age Championship throw. The trophy went to Thomas Wright (11-14years) who improved on his initial throw of 27.4 metres. His throw of 29.24 metres in the throw off secured him the Golden Gum Boot. The event was hosted by the Gresford Vacy Football Club and they wish to express their sincere thanks to the organisers for the opportunity to run the event and support the Derby.

VERY SUCCESSFUL SOCCER GALA DAY Gresford Vacy’s Annual Invitational Soccer Gala Day was conducted at the Gresford Sporting Complex in early April. The event was strongly supported with 48 teams from Dungog, Clarence Town, Gresford Vacy and Seaham Bowthorne soccer clubs attending. Over 500 players and more than a thousand spectators attended throughout the day.

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under lights well after the sun had set. Whilst there were winners and losers nobody seemed too concerned. The overall pervading feeling was one of fun and good sportsmanship. GVFC Committee worked hard to get the grounds and facilities ready for the trial and were rewarded with a flood of positive comments about the fields, the food and the smoothly run competition. Cyril Redhouse, President of GVFC, and his crew had spent the end of that week dodging the showers to mark out the fields and make sure everything was in order. “The playing surface is a credit to the labour of groundsman Dave Crouch who, together with the Sporting Complex Committee, has worked really hard to develop the grounds,” said Cyril “his dedication to improving the grass coverage is obvious to all! Jim Doyle and Mick Atkins have done a great job in organising the Gala Day and teams are already asking to return for next year’s comp.”

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Bob Corbett’s choice of the Hunter Valley as the first leg of his Roo Grass Band’s Lucky Country Hall Tour turned out to be inspired for both audience and band. The small venues lent themselves to ‘unplugged’ band members mixing it with those who came to see them – at one point giving true surround sound with a band member in each corner of the hall. As Heather Ranclaud of Murrurundi said, “there was such a lovely atmosphere in the hall with a small group ... almost like our own little party!” It’s the familiar and family focus of the Roo Grass Band that suits them to the community of towns such as Gresford and Paterson where they played on the hall tour. Some of those who saw the band at Paterson on the Thursday night came back to Gresford for the Sunday afternoon show and brought lots of friends with them. At Paterson, Sharon Hallinan said, “My friends and I had an absolute ball. Can’t wait to see him again.” Gloria from Gresford said that Bob made her day. “He lifted my spirits especially when he sang his song ‘Monkey’.” And from Kel Merriman, “It was a great show. People who did not attend but now wish they had are asking ‘when will you be able to return’ either in Gresford or somewhere nearby. For Bob Corbett, it was “by far the most heart-warming and real musical experience I’ve ever had”. “It’s hard work to make a tour like this come to life but I am finding that the rewards are bigger than I had ever anticipated. I can’t wait for the next leg where I’m sure we will learn even more about the joys of country halls and their people.”

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Dungog – Gresford Hoof & Hook Competition Results 2013 from 3 day sickness which was rampant in the area although it is very difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of dark cutting even after many years of research. The presentation night dinner was held at the Gresford Recreational Club and it was great to see 90 producers, sponsors and locals in attendance to watch the awards of championships chaired by Ian Blackwood who always does an excellent job with his knowledge of the cattle industry. Champion Steer under 425kg on the hook was won by Peter & Rosalie Lawrence with At the saleyards, from left: Norm Kirkwood (sponsor), Peter Lawrence, an angus entry and the Champion Heifer Mick Taylor presenting Cains family (sponsor), James Bird and judge James Laurie went to Don Cant of Vacy with a charolais/ Perfect weather conditions at Dungog Sale Class 6 Steers over 425kg. The Reserve angus / simmental entry - well done with Champion was won by Peter & Rosalie yards on the Sunday morning for guest only one animal in the competition. judge James Laurie, well known local beef Lawrence, with their angus steer also The winner of the Grand Champion producer and cattle judge from Gloucester from Class 6 and winning the Champion Trophy on the Hook was taken out by Pen of Two Steers on the hoof and the facing the difficult task judging 90 top Julia Wokes of Paterson with a charolais champion heifer under 500kg - a very class cattle in this year’s hoof & hook cross angus entry from the Pen of Two good day at the hoof judging for the competition. Some classes needing to be scoring a total of 86.566 points. Although split into three due to the large number in Lawrence’s. Julia Wokes, Paterson, won Julia has been a member of the group for the Champion Steer under 425 kg, with the class to give James space to view the some years this was only the second time her charolais/angus entry cattle fairly. Some classes took quite a she had entered cattle and was thrilled while as judging was difficult due to the MSA carcass judge Mark South, Primo with the win. She also took out the Most high standard of the cattle in the ring. said the carcasses were of a high standard Successful Exhibitor on the Hoof & the across the board but unfortunately we The Grand Champion on the Hoof was Hook making it an exciting and rewarding awarded to Ian & Narelle Bird, Allynbrook had more dark cutters than previous years evening for her and Chris. Closely behind and it was attributed to animals suffering was James Bird with a charolais cross steer with a charloais cross angus steer from


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In two years’ time we mark the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli by ANZAC forces. We will remember with greater poignancy on this anniversary what the ANZACs did in war, and what they achieved to shape our nation in peace. They taught us to regard Australia and nowhere else as home; all of us remember, because all of us inhabit the freedom the ANZACs won for us. This is the legend of ANZAC, and it belongs to every Australian. from left: Lance Smith, Hunter Rural (sponsor), Winner grand champion Hook Julia Wokes, David Cains (sponsor)

scoring 86.216 points taking out the Reserve Champion and as is often the case in hook competitions the scores were very close. Most Improved on the Hook was won by Suellen Dunlop from her Vacy property with four charolais/ angus /tuli entries with the biggest improvement in the overall score from last year’s competition. This was Suellen’s first major win and it was great to see after efforts each year to better her results. This year we were pleased to have a couple of new beef producers entering animals - the Owers family from Marshdale and Josh Evans, Vacy. Also the return of Tim Capp following some years and we look forward to seeing them return next year and welcome any new producers. Thanks must go to all sponsors, committee members and workers who contribute to this competition making it possible and we look forward to another successful year in 2013.

How do you think our community should remember and commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing? The Gresford sub-branch of the RSL*, which draws its members from the Paterson and Allyn valleys, is asking for your ideas on how this occasion should be marked. Our guidelines are that the project should be a reflection of the values of ANZAC; be community-spirited and identifiable with our district; and that it be an enduring tribute to those local men who enlisted in the AIF and all who served in later conflicts. Send your suggestions by no later than 31 May to either– Robert Richardson Rob Tremethick Fr Stephen Zoltan Lyall * In conjunction with Gresford Community Group and Paterson Progress Association

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Film Festival may be renewed by locals

Future Bright for Therese Doyle Hall

To borrow from a great author and raconteur, news of the demise of the Dungog Film Festival might not only be premature but very far from the truth. Once it was known that the previous organisers would not be holding an event this year I arranged a meeting between people I knew to be interested in continuing the festival and giving it a better and brighter future.

If the enthusiasm of the individuals who attended the public planning meeting in mid April is any indication then the future looks bright for the Therese Doyle Community and Youth Hall.

They included Amelia Olsen, to whom I had been talking about the James theatre and the film festival since meeting her on the Mumford and Sons weekend. Amelia has previously worked at the Dendy Group in Sydney and now works as a programmer for the Sydney Film Festival. She has local ties, as her father Carl has a property at Salisbury and she is very interested in seeing a thriving James Theatre, with the film festival being one of a number of events that she sees as being viable. The meeting was held with very short notice on Easter Saturday. Representatives from the Friends of the James Theatre, the Chamber of Commerce, Dungog Community Centre, Dungog Community Radio, and local film makers were present. Others, from Dungog High School and tourism groups gave in principle support but couldn’t attend. There were some positive outcomes from this meeting, with overwhelming interest in running a festival, albeit slightly different to the festival of previous years. It was agreed that having a start date later in the year in 2014 would be the right timing. The festival should be held after the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Sydney and Melbourne ones. According to Amelia this would give us access to more good quality films. This idea will only work if we have community support from the whole of Dungog Shire. We want your input. Please come along to a public meeting to be held at the James Theatre Saturday 11th May at 4pm. Tracy Norman


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Around 15 people took time out to contribute their ideas about how the hall could be developed and the type of activities they would like to see facilitated at the hall and grounds. One important development is that Judith Grant has taken on the task of restarting the monthly Gresford Market and the Therese Doyle Hall will most likely be the new location. That would get the ball rolling with some initial repairs and a spruce up of the toilets There was advocacy for extending the hall to accommodate the Gresford Historical Society and also a strong lobby to extend sporting activities into the grounds. This led on to seeing the development of a larger community precinct through cooperation with the sporting associations. Peter Doyle, who originally purchased the Hall to keep it as a community asset, was keen to see youth activities continue at the hall and supported sporting activities for young people. There were a lot of ideas put forward over the one and a half hour meeting. Now it will be up to the Community Group to set priorities and find the resources to implement them. But it is not too late to have your say. Send your ideas to the Gresford Community Group, PO Box 99, East Gresford, 2311

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Do you have a healthy heart?

Have you ever been told that you or someone you know has high blood pressure? World Hypertension Day was held this month on 17 May. Hypertension is a term used to describe high blood pressure. It is the most common cause or risk factor leading to an abnormal heart beat and it significantly increases the risk of stroke! Complete the check list below to find out how healthy your heart is.

1. Do you eat 2 pieces of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day? (1 serve = 1 piece of fruit, ½ cup cooked veggies, 1 cup of salad veggies) Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables gives our bodies vitamins and minerals to help us stay healthy and to fight off winter bugs. They also give us lots of fibre which helps to lower our blood cholesterol levels as well as keep our bowels healthy.

2. How often do you eat processed foods, cook with oil and add salt to meals each week? Processed and fried foods including fast foods, ready to eat packaged foods and restaurant foods are usually very high in fat, sugar and salt! Eating too much fat, sugar and salt often contributes to raising our blood pressure. So try to limit these when you cook at home as well as eating out. Also take the salt shaker off the table once meals are served.

3. How often do you eat fish each week? Fish contains Omega-3’s which are beneficial for protecting your heart and reducing total blood cholesterol levels. It is good to aim to have fish twice a week! Other factors that increase our risk of developing hypertension include smoking and alcohol. Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting alcohol to no more then 1-2 standard drinks per day. As well as following the nutritional tips above, try to be physically active for approximately 30 minutes each day. Exercises such as walking, gardening and doing housework help to keep both your muscles and your heart fit and healthy. If you would like to learn more about healthy eating or eating for your medical condition, contact the local Health intake centre on 4931 2003 to arrange an appointment with the Dungog Dietitian. This service is free to residents of the Dungog LGA at the Dungog Community Hospital. April 2013 crossword answers

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