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Commens elected South Pacific head

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CONGRATULATIONS: Gail Commens, ACWW South Pacific Area President, presents the trophy for international needlework to Alison Lehmann, Dirnaseer branch.
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NEWLY elected president Tina Billing welcomed all to the Hume Group CWA Council meeting and Land Cookery day at Temora.

Gail Commens was congratulated on her election as the ACWW, South Pacific Area President. Gail invited members to New Zealand in April for their conference.

Ellen Williams, Hume Group representative, gave her executive report and reported on the wonderful Material Aid packages that were forwarded from the branches.

Agricultural officer Sue McDonald gave a talk about the quandong, a native plant, not often found in Australia and used for jams and jellies. There is a tree in Ungarie!

Handicraft officer Ann Pratt, discussed entries for the handicraft day in Junee on March 8, 2017.

Land Cookery officer Nicole Hamilton thanked those who exhibited for Land Cookery. Marlene Clarke won the Dolly Andrew’s trophy with her fruit cake and Margaret Smith won the Beverly Martel trophy for the highest point score.

CWA of NSW have donated $50,000 from the disaster fund to the New Zealand earthquake victims.

A guest speaker from the Nurses Association spoke on staffing in Residential Care, with the need for CWA to support and lobby for better performance in that area.

PRIZE: Tina Billing presents a trophy to Cootamundra President, Gloria Schultz, for the branch’s highest attendance at meetings.

“Get Engaged, Spread the word, Building Community Awareness.”

CWA will also establish a relationship with the Australian “Stop Osteoporatic Secondary” and the prevention of osteoporosis.

Members were interested to hear of the work and support the CWA State Hospital Committee give to different organisations, including Ronald McDonald House, women’s refuges and church groups.

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Essential Energy begins job cuts

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United Services Union (USU) general secretary Graeme Kelly considered the timing of the job cuts – just weeks before Christmas – heartless. Photo by freeimages南京夜网, Joe Zlomek.An Inverell Essential Energy employee is one of 36 around the state to have been made redundant, as the electricity distributor commences its plan to axe 600 workers by 2018.
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Just weeks before Christmas, Essential Energy notified workers in 23 locations around the state that they no longer have a job.

The United Services Union (USU) general secretary Graeme Kelly slammed the timing as heartless, accusing Essential Energy management of treating loyal workers with contempt.

“How incredibly insensitive and out of touch can management at Essential Energy be if they think that it is acceptable behaviour to ring workers just weeks before Christmas to tell them that — despite years of loyal service — they’ve no longer got a job,” Mr Kelly said.

“Workers at this publicly-owned company are still in shock that management was granted approval last month to axe 600 jobs by 2018, and up to 1,000 more in 2019, but that emotion is turning to anger as they see the heartless way colleagues are being treated when they are notified of their termination.

“The information pack that is sent to workers after they get the phone call helpfully suggests they call Lifeline, which appears to be an admission the company knows just how devastating this kind of news is, particularly to people living in regional areas with limited alternate employment.

“This is a company that is 100 per cent owned by the NSW Government, so it seems incomprehensible that this approach is occurring without the oversight and approval of the Liberal National Government.”

Mr Kelly called on regional MPs, particularly National Party MPs who are part of the Government, to demand an immediate halt to these forced redundancies until after the Christmas New Year period.

“It seems like common sense that a decent government and a decent employer would wait until after the holiday period to provide this news,” he said.

“The NSW Government should also ensure there is a greater level of support put in place for workers who are seeing their lives turned upside down.

“This weekend, 400 Essential Energy workers and supporters marched through Dubbo to demand action to protect regional jobs, but so far all they have received from the National Party is silence.”

USU said those made redundant so far included electrical technicians, powerline workers, operations managers, senior customer service staff, meter readers, engineers, administration workers and specialist tradespeople.

The number of confirmed job cuts by regional depot are: Inverell 1; Bathurst, 2; Bega, 1; Blayney, 1; Broken Hill, 8; Buronga, 2; Coffs Harbour, 1; Coonamble, 1; Dubbo, 2; Forbes, 1; Grafton, 1; Mclean, 1; Murwillumbah, 1; Nambucca Heads, 1; Narrabri, 1; Orange, 1; Port Macquarie, 3; Queanbeyan, 1; Sydney, 1; Tamworth, 1; Taree, 2; Tweed Heads, 1; and Wellington, 1.

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The countdown is on

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COUNTDOWN: Tamworth Festival manager Barry Harley with country stalwart Max Ellis at the local launch. Photo: Gareth Gardner 071216GGB13IT COULD be the summer heat, the music or the lyrics – But for whatever reason,2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival are the words on everyone’s lips.
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The stars and industry elite gathered in the city on Wednesday where the local launch of the January festival was held with an aim not to make the festival bigger –but better than ever.

As the countdown continues, with under 50 days to go,it was a celebration of country music all around withstars including Travis Collins in town to pay homage to theevent that has seen their careers skyrocket.

Collins spoke of his journey to Tamworth, as a young boy who scrambled for change to buy fuel to get to the Festivaland now years later could take home six golden guitars.

The launch happened just a few hours after international country superstar Keith Urban declared he was keen to returnto the Country Music Capital where his stellar career began.

The former Toyota Star Maker winner is in Australia for his Ripcord tour but did not hide his love for our city.

‘‘I would love to do it. I would particularly like to take Nic (wife Nicole Kidman)because she’s never been and the kids. It’s such a huge part of my youth,’’ he told media in Sydney.

Wednesday’s event was held in conjunction withTamworth Country Connect – Tamworth’s country music industry group.

Fairfax Rural Events group manager Kate Nugent said the festival would be a big onewith 2741 official events on the official list.

“That is certainly not taking into account the many other activities that we have associated with our festival,” she said.

“(There are) 583 official acts, but that does not include all our entrants for talent quests, our musicians in all the bands and of course our buskers, so effectively we are looking at over 700 artists, once again that will be here showcased at this incredible festival.”

Festival manager Barry Harley paid tribute to a strong team of marketing and events officials who worked year round to make the festival one to remember.

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Roma calves hit 428c/kg​

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A total of 7500 head of cattle were consigned at Roma’s Store Sale on Tuesday.
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Weaners under 220kg topped at 416c/kg and averaged 377c/kg, while weaner steers 220-280kg reached 414c/kg and averaged 382c/kg. Steers 280-350kg reached 398c/kg and averaged 367c/kg, and steers 350-400kg reached 390c/kg and averaged 349c/kg. Feeder steers 400-550kg topping at 354c/kg and averaged 331c/kg.

S & M Russell, Wodonga, Mungalalla, sold Charolais-cross steers to 412c/kg for 221kg to return $910/head.

D & L Kallquist, Pinegrove, Taroom, sold Santa-cross steers to 410c for 276kg to return $1133.

D & N Chandler, Cobbadah, Injune, sold Droughtmaster steers to 400c for 251kg to return $1004.

C Flower & Co, Condamine, sold Santa-cross steers to 398c for 304kg to return $1213. The Santa heifers sold to 354c for 287kg to return $1019.

Neslo Enterprises, Windy Ridge, Hivesville, sold Angus-cross steers to 396c for 298kg to return $1183.

Douglas Cattle Co, Verniew, Mitchell, sold Santa-cross steers to 392c for 327kg to return $1286.

G & M Scott, Ruby Farm, Wallumbilla, sold Santa-cross steers to 380c for 317kg to return $1207.

Tullamore Park Pastoral Co, Canberra, Roma, sold Santa-cross steers to 355c for 345kg to return $1227.

Wondolin Pastoral Co, Surat, sold Angus-cross steers to 354c for 379kg to return $1344.

Yackatoon Grazing Co, Langrantha, Wandoan, sold Droughtmaster steers to 344c for 439kg to return $1513.

Glen Wilson, Yacca, Injune, sold Charolais-cross steers to 340c for 423kg to return $1438.

Wardsdale Grazing Co, Wardsdale, Charleville, sold Droughtmaster-cross steers to 338c for 500kg to return $1691.

Clinton Melcer, The Long Paddock, Roma, sold Charolais-cross steers to 324c for 531kg to return $1723.

Heifers 350-450kg reached 344c/kg and averaged 300c/kg. Heifers 280-350kg topped at 356c/kg and averaged 324c/kg. Heifers 220-280kg topped at 364c/kg and averaged 339c/kg, while heifers under 220kg topped at 374c/kg and averaged 334c/kg.

Doce, Pleasant Hills, Wallumbilla, sold Angus-cross heifers to 362c for 280kg to return $1014.

P & D Leahy, Felicia Park, Wallumbilla, sold EU Angus-cross heifers to 356c for 334kg to return $1191.

Tigrigie Cattle Co, Moorabinda, Taroom, sold EU Angus-cross heifers to 354c for 298kg to return $1057.

Ian Brumpton Holdings, Oaklands, Roma, sold Angus-cross heifers to 346c for 274kg to return $948.

G & C White, Marionvale, Surat, sold Charolais-cross heifers to 322c for 297kg to return $959.

Cows over 500kg sold to 281c/kg and averaged 245c/kg, while cows 400-500kg reached 259c/kg and averaged 232c/kg. Cows 300-400kg sold to 239c/kg and averaged 213c/kg.

Cows and calves hit $1425/unit.

Bulls up to 400kg reached 428c/kg and averaged 323c.

The last Roma cattle sale of the year will be on December 13

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Prime lamb down in north

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SOLD: Peter Mellington with Warren Hall from Burrumbuttock, who sold 135 shorn lambs at $153 at Corowa. Like many markets to the north, numbers there were down significantly and quality varied throughout the sale. The past few weeks has seen a significant shift in supply trends, spurred on by a couple of factors. The most obvioushas been the drop in prime lamb numbers at northern selling centres.
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A direct result of the substantial decline is attributed to harvest and new season lambs supplies now almost at an end. A prime example was Griffith, where only 1300 lambs were penned.

In contrast, southern Victorian numbers continueto climb. Ballarat’s sale was close to a record numbers, with more than 50,000 penned. Lamb prices continued to firm last week, as is traditionally the caseleading into the Christmas break.

With three weeks left of sales, the national trade lamb indicator is 17¢ up on last year and 11¢on the previous calendar year record set in 2011, averaging 561¢/kg. Heavy lambs averaged 565¢/kg cwt, up 17¢ year-on-year and 36¢ from 2011.

At the close of markets last week, the eastern states trade lamb indicator had lifted to 526¢/kg cwt.

At Hamilton on Monday, medium and heavy trade lambs accounted for the bulk of the better finished lambs. They held firm to average 496¢/kg cwt, selling at $112-$140. Heavy 4 score export lambs sold to softer trends of $3-$4, making from $135-$172. Restockers and feedlots dominated these categories. Light immature lambs fetched $71-$88 while well-bred lambs with weight and frame sold at $103-$116 to average $113.80.

Bendigo’s market opened $1-$5 weaker on Monday, a combination of hot weather and scarcity of quality meant priceseased.Although the market was softer for lambs showing dryness and lacking finish, where the market settled was still very good. The best quality heavy shorn trade lambs reached 550¢/kg cwt, with many sales at $111-$135.Most buyers had a preference for shorn lambs, with National Livestock Reporting Service notingthat longer woolly lambs were presenting drier in the skin.

Heavy lambs failed to attract steady competition as export processors begin to wind down. Heavy lambs topped at $170 to average 509¢/kg cwt. Restocker and feedlot competition put a floor in most sales of secondary light weight lambs, selling mostly at $70-$115.

There were positive trends at Ballarat, with competition solid for better quality new season shorn or grain fed lambs. Select pens of extra heavy lambs made $145-$185 to average 497¢/kg.

Top quality drafts of young lambs 20-22kg cwt pushed values over 540¢/kg cwt, but such sales were isolated.

A smaller than usual mixed selection of lighter weight lambs suitable for restocking sold to strong competition, with prices generally unchanged. Lambs returning to the paddock sold at $76-$123.

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Apprentice jockey grabs a hat-trick

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Horse racing.Sydney apprentice jockey Blaike McDougall made the best of a rare visit to Bushland Drive Racecourse with a winning treble, dotted by narrow margins, at Taree Wingham Race Club’s TAB meeting on a good track on Tuesday.
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He had head victories on Professor Marx ($4.40) and Money Ad ($10 to $6.50) and a long neck win on Touch Sensitive ($2) in a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentice jockeys.

It was a good day out for stand-in strapper Rachel Northam with Scone trainer Rodney Northam winging it to Hong Kong for some recreation for Professor Marx and Touch Sensitive were under her care.

“Rod has gone away for a few days… I certainly have been impressed with Blake,” she said.

Four-year-old gelding Professor Marx did best in a three-horse duel over the concluding stages to score at its first run since July in a track record for the unusual distance of 1005m of the Radio 2RE Class 3 Handicap.

“He is a stable favourite and doesn’t know how to run a bad race…he’s all heart,” said Northam.

“He was nice and fit for a first up run.”

Second was Gosford mare Run Sally Run ($3.40), which tried to lead all the way, a half-head in front of $2.40 favourite, Warwick Farm mare Phoebe’s Lass, trained by Gregory Hickman.

Touch Sensitive was always in the leading division and had something in hand in beating Taree mare Capital Magic, trained by Bob Milligan and ridden by Mikayla

Weir in the Santa Comes Early!-On December 18 Class 3 Handicap over 1257m in a track record.

Northam praised McDougall for his “cool head” ride.

Milligan had better luck with five-year-old mare Money Ad coming from back in the field and wide out to snatch victory on the line in the Harrington Cup Day—January 5 Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1408m.

All of Money Ad’s five wins in 32 starts have been at this track.

Another track record was set with Taree four-year-old mare I’ll Take Money ($17), trained by Ross Stitt and ridden by local jockey Scott Thurlow, scoring by just under a length in the MNCRA Championships Heat—February 25, 3YO,Upwards Fillies andMares Maiden Plate over 1308m.

Stitt said the mare was only small but she’s “got a bit of speed.”

He said track rider Cecilia Reid had a lot to do with her preparation.

Six of the races were won by visiting gallopers, one of them being Gosford four-year-old gelding Mr Pretty Boy ($4.80), trained by Gregory McFarlane and ridden by Adrian Layt, in the 2017 Special Events At The WPFC Maiden Handicap over 1005m.

McFarlane said he was confident of a win after applying blinkers to his galloper.

“He travelled lovely.. the blinkers did the trick,” said Layt.

Some nice bets were landed ($15 to $10) when Coffs Harbour four-year-old gelding Boncosta, trained by Brett Bellamy and ridden by Raymond Spokes, scored a head win in a track record at only its second start in the XXXX Gold 3yo, Upwards Entires and Geldings Maiden Plate over 1308m.

“This horse had 12 months off but has done everything right on the track since,” said Bellamy.

The easiest of wins, by seven lengths and could have been more, was recorded by four-year-old Newcastle gelding Calypso Bay ($1.45), trained by Kris Lees and ridden by Aaron Bullock, in the Wingham Beef Exports Country Class 1 over 2012m.

It was only having its fifth start and had won previously at Wyong.

Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer, a regular visitor to Taree, finally had some luck with four-year-old gelding Zigamore ($3.20), ridden by Chad Lever, scoring by 1.25 lengths in the Saxbys Soft Drinks Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1609m.

Zigamore had been no further back than fifth, with three third placings, at its past five starts and was overdue for the win in beating Taree grey Clune’s Rocket ($16) which should win shortly for trainer Michael Byers.

Racing returns to Taree on December 18 for the big Christmas TAB meeting featuring Santa and giveaways for the kids.

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Narrandera’s AFL pre-season game confirmedPhotos

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Narrandera SportsgroundAFL football will return to Narrandera Sportsground for the first time since 2010 in February.
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As revealed by The Daily Advertiser last month, a pre-season AFL game will be held at Narrandera Sportsground next year.

The AFL confirmed on Wednesday that Greater Western Sydney (GWS) will play West Coast Eagles at 2.05pm on Saturday, February 18.

It will be a homecoming for Narrandera’s GWS-listed footballers Zac Williams and Matt Flynn.

Riverina football fans are fortunate enough to be treated to a game between two top eight teams from last year.

The Eagles, grand finalists in 2015, were knocked out in the opening week of finals this year by eventual premiers Western Bulldogs.

The Giants were also ousted by the Bulldogs, in a classic preliminary final.

The switch back to Narrandera ends Wagga’s run of AFL pre-season games.

Robertson Oval has hosted games three times over the past four years.

Narrandera ShireCouncil applied to host the game and have been busybuilding coaches boxes at the Sportsground, that will be ready in time for thegame.

The council is also confident the ground will be in good condition, after being overlooked for this year’s Riverina League grand final.

Albury will also host a pre-season game with Sydney Swans to play St Kilda under lights at Lavington Sportsground on March 12 at 7.10pm.

Narrandera’s AFL pre-season game confirmed | Photos Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

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Ararat’s big challenge

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FOCUSED: Crowlands’ Kate Vance follows through after a return during the 2015-16 season. Picture: Peter PickeringThe top two teams will battle it out with Ararat hosting Crowlands in theArarat and District Tennis Associationon Saturday.
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Both teams are level on points with Crowlands holding a slight percentage lead against Ararat.

The two teams have only faced each other once this season so far in round four.

Crowlands dominated the scorecard in the match-up claiming eight out of a possible 10 points, only dropping the mens pairs.

This time it will be different with Ararat unable to field a full team in round four with only two ladies in the team.

Since then the Ararat team has won the ladies pairs in all of its matches.

Crowlands had the bye on Saturday, so will need to get into rhythm on court quickly to match it with Ararat.

Landsborough will hostthird-placed Elmhurst under lights on Friday night.

The home team will have the chance to close the gap to fourth-placed Buangor after a strong performance in round eightlosing by just two games.

The win should give the team plenty of confidence ahead of the match and give the team something to build on.

Elmhurst is in the middle of the ladder and will stay in third spot no matter the result in round nine.

It is 28 points behind the top two teams and hold a 16-point buffer ahead of Buangor.

Despite the result having no implications on the ladder, there will still be plenty to play for with teams out to try and build momentum with more than half of the season completed.

Only seven rounds remain before finals, so the ladder will start to play a bigger part during the final rounds.

Buangor have finished for the year a week earlier than the other teams with the team set for a bye on Saturday.

Round nine is the finalround before teams take a break over December and January.

The first round back after the Christmas break will be played on January 28.

Ararat will not be back on court until February 4 after the teamis set foran extra week off courtesy of a bye in round 10.

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Glory for Winston Hills

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National medals: Winston Hills Little Athletics’ (left-right) Lachlan Wood, Audrey Nadaya-Harb, Patrick Spence, Clare Grubba and Vanessa Apel all earned medals at the national athletics championships. Picture: Andrew McMurtryFive representatives from Winston Hills Little Athletics Centre have wonmedals at the School Sports Australia national athletics championships.
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The team was led by shot putter Patrick Spence,who claimed two gold medals in the 12-year-old shot put and multi-event categories.

His throw of 15.10m to win shot put gold was a new personal best.

“It was agood experiencemeeting all the best athletes in Australia,” Patrick said.“I was very fortunate to win gold in both the events I came for.”

In thecombined event, Patrick, who is inyear 6at Northmead Public School,beat three PBs in the 100m, 800m and improvedhis shot put mark to 15.15m.

“There were three of the four events I didn’t find too challenging–the 100m, long jumpand the shot put,” he said.

“I didn’t too well in the long jump but if I did a bit better I might have broken the national record -I was 20 points off it.”

It was a strong meet across the board for the Winston Hills Little A’swith Audrey Nadaya-Harb winningsilver in medley relay and bronze in long jump, Clare Grubba finishingsecond in discus andVanessa Apel claiming bronze in high jump in the 10 and under girls class.

Lachlan Wood also finished with bronze in the 11 years boys800m, edging Victoria’s Wolfgang Cotra-Nem by 0.01 seconds, while just missing out on a medal in the 100m and 200m events.

Patrick said it had been a great meet for the club.

“I was happy for everyone getting a medal,” he said.

“I thought we might be lucky if one or two of us got a medal but we all ended up with medalsand some of us ended up with more than one so it was a good experience for Winston Hills.”

The under-11s age manager at Winston Hills Little Athletics Centre Fiona Nadaya said the club was “so proud” of their performances.

“We’ve had the same age group for six years now and the girls have carried through from Tiny Tots to under-11s so we’re so proud,” she said.

“We can’t believe it and they’re all champions.”

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Singers prepare for Christmas concert

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CONCERT: Naracoorte Singers conductor Erika Vickery (left), accompanist Marion Orrton, narrator Dick Baylis, soloist Robyn Zerk, narrator Wayne Corker, soloist Otto Modra and narrator Oriel Martyn at a recent rehearsal.
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With December 25 only a few weeks away, the Naracoorte Singers have been getting into the festive spirit in preparation for their annual Christmas concert.

This year’s performance is set to be held in the Naracoorte Church of Christ at 64 Jenkins Tce on December 11 at 7.30pm and the whole community is invited to come along.

Naracoorte Singers’ publicity officer Helen Keatley said the group will be presenting a Christmas cantata called ‘Night of the Father’s Love’ by talented composer Pepper Choplin.

“Small solo parts will be sung by Robyn Zerk and Otto Modra and there will also be narration throughout the performance by Dick Baylis, Wayne Corker and Oriel Martyn,” she said.

“The cantata tells the story of Christmas and includes quite a number of songs, some of which include ‘The coming of the Lord’, ‘The Shepherds’ Song’, ‘Fall on your knees’ and ‘Christ is born Nowell’.”

People are asked to donate a gold coin at the end of the concert,which will go towards Christian mission organisation ‘Global Mission Partners’ to facilitate life-changing partnerships between churches and agencies overseas.

At the end of the Christmas concert, Mrs Keatley said people are welcome to stay for supper.

“We will also have supper and would like to invite everyone to join us if they are able to,” she said.

The Naracoorte Singers have several other upcoming performances including the Christmas cantataat Longridge Aged Care in Naracoorte on December 12 at 6.30pmandCarols in the Square in Naracoorte on December 18.

“Family members and friends are welcome to come along and join us as well,” Mrs Keatley said.

Mrs Keatley said the group has had another very successful year with good attendances and appreciative audiences.

“We’d like to say a special thanks to Erika Vickery and Marion Orton for all their effort the have put in over the year,” she stated.

“They have put in a tremendous amount of work into the choir and we really appreciate them –without their efforts we simply wouldn’t be a choir.”

The Naracoorte Singers recently held their annual general meeting and all office bearers remained the same. Rodger Henschke is the group’s president, Lee Castine is secretary and Lyn Schinckel is treasurer.

After the Christmas break, the Naracoorte Singers will startpractices again in early February next year.

The musical group are always open to new members. To find out more information, contact Mrs Keatley on 8762 3085.

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