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Lockdown can’t stop the Woodies THIS Christmas looked like being a sad affair when the first and second COVID-19 lockdowns caused the Southern Peninsula Woodworkers workshop to close for 29 weeks. But nothing could deter the enthusiasm and dedication of Gaven Davis and his team of toy makers. For more than 20 years the Woodworkers have made toys for charities on the peninsula and, despite being without the extensive facilities of the club’s workshop, they decided to make toys at home.

When the club reopened recently the toy makers and their wives had produced 631 toys, including mattresses and blankets for cradles and prams. Other toys included dolls’ houses with furniture and scooters and small racing cars. Unfortunately, the pandemic still impacted the celebratory handover to charities Food for All, Western Port Community and the Salvation Army, but the club was still able to pass over the toys in time for them to prepare for Christmas gift giving.

Handmade delights: Toy Makers of the Southern Peninsula Woodworkers Gerry Gilliland, Bert Bartlett, Gaven Davis, Noel Archdall, David Taylor, John Feeley, David Spring, David Palmer, Anne Miller, Janice Rickard and Tim Rickard display some of their 631 toys. Picture: Barry Irving

Rye Gift takes a breather Winning feeling: Junior gift runners pose with their 2020 sashes.

community. Some of the supporters have been involved for all of the 46 years. While the clubs will not benefit from the proceeds of the 2021 gift, planning is already under way for the running of the 2022 gift on the second Saturday in January 2022. Major sponsors include Bendigo

Bank Rye Dromana and Rosebud Community Bank Branches, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Rye RSL, Rye Hotel, Wittingslow family, Boneo Maze and Mini Golf, Jennings Garden Supplies, Peninsula Bulk Meats, Maw Civil Group, Hillview Quarries, Jim’s Test and Tag and Paint Place Rosebud.

DOGS have a good run on most Mornington Peninsula beaches, but not all. At some beaches they are prohibited and at others they must be leashed. Mornington Peninsula Shire is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and local committees-of-management to encourage residents to better manage their dogs’ behaviour at certain beaches and foreshore and parks reserves. These include those at Balnarring, Capel Sound, Dromana, Point King, Point Leo, Shoreham, Somers, and Whitecliffs-to-Camerons Bight. Signs there aim to educate dog owners on their responsibilities. The shire says its officers will be patrolling regularly to ensure dogs are leashed in all public areas (unless in

a designated area), that owners carry bags to collect their dog’s litter, that owners have their dogs under control in leash-free areas, and that their dogs are not on beaches when not permitted. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “Together with DELWP and local committees-of-management, we share a commitment to improving community safety and the enjoyment of our beaches by our residents and visitors. “We hope locals and visitors have an enjoyable time this summer when visiting our beaches. “Please treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you.” To see leash free areas on the peninsula, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/leashfree

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Story and photo by Barry Irving THE Rye Gift and family gathering held annually on the second Saturday in January has had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. The 2021 gift was to have been the 47th running of the annual event which started back in 1975. The board of the Rye Sports and Social Club, along with the six sporting clubs which run the event, are said to be “extremely disappointed to have had to make this decision”. Sponsors, advertisers and members of the public have been the backbone of the popular event which has resulted in thousands of dollars being returned to the six sporting clubs and benefitting junior sport in the

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9 December 2020

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