Merimbula community notices

Writers celebrate

The Writers of the Far South Coast successfully held their AGM on Saturday staving off fears the group may fold. The new committee is as follows: President: Amanda Dalziel, Vice President: Peter Armstrong, Secretary: Mary-Ellen Turbet, Treasurer: Denise Burdett, Ordinary Members: Angelika Erpic and Liz Bellette-Stubbs, Public Officer: Loretta Ashby.

Writers of the Far South Coast celebrate the new committee.

Writers of the Far South Coast celebrate the new committee.

Volunteers valued

The Old School Museum is offering interesting positions to volunteers.  If you have an interest in history, research, conservation of artifacts, handyman skills, management skills, computer skills, gardening, cataloguing or practically anything else you can think of call us.

We particularly need Museum Guides at the moment and provide full training and support. The Museum opens Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1.30pm until 4pm and as little as one day per month would be valued. If you can join us please give Don a call on 6495 7034 to discuss the possibilities or come along to our meeting at the RSL on Monday, June 26 at 2pm in the William Dawes Room.

Pambula Hospital Auxiliary

On July 1 changes are occurring within the local Ambulance Service, which will affect services to Pambula and Merimbula residents. These changes have been instituted at very short notice, but we are hoping it will be possible for someone to address our next meeting on June 28 to explain to members how this will impact health care in this area.

The Auxiliary is in serious need of more younger members to carry on the work of supporting Pambula Community Health Centre and the services at Pambula Hospital. Community Health provides a wide range of services, from physio, occupational and speech therapies to dieticians, podiatrists, dental and mental health, breast care nurses, audiologists, aged care assessment, rehabilitation, family services and home nursing service. 

The hospital continues to deliver patient rehabilitation, palliative care and aged/dementia services and the  ATC (Assessment and Treatment  Centre); and with the expenditure of $1.6 million, more services are envisaged at the completion of the renovations which are currently under way.

June 28 is the only remaining meeting before the AGM in July, and all who value the above services should attend that meeting to show your support. During the renovations at the Hospital the Auxiliary is using the meeting room within the Mental Health Department. Meetings start at 10am on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Parkinson Support

The June meeting of the Bega Valley Parkinson Support group was well attended and those  present were treated to a CD on the work being done with stem cells. The research  using stem cells gave the meeting some reasons to anticipate that we could find a cure in the future and also help in the management of Parkinson Disease.

For the July meeting  a presentation by a speech therapist has been arranged. Speech is a common problem with Parkinson sufferers. The next meeting will be held on July 3 at 10.30 at Bega Golf Club.

Rotary Local Heroes

This week on Rotary Local Heroes, following news round-up with Gav and Colin, well-travelled community gardener Karen Wright will tell us about her fascinating life journey. Karen will be followed by Pip magazine founder Robyn Rosenfled and later, writer and naturalist John Blay will talk about the Bundian Way, among other things. Joined us on 97.5 FM from 8:30am every Friday for great radio.

Open Rehearsal

The Sapphire Coast Concert Band will hold an open rehearsal on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Pambula Public School Hall. Anyone who plays a wind, brass or percussion instrument is invited to come and play along with the band during a working rehearsal. All ages welcome. Refreshments provided. For more information: 0401 618 540. 

Garden Club

The Merimbula and District Garden Club will hold its next meeting  on Saturday, June 24, at 10.15am at the RSL Club in Merimbula. Our usual meeting room is being renovated so we will be upstairs in the Lantern Inn this month.

Nomination forms will be available for the election of office bearers and committee members so please consider whether you would be interested in supporting the club in this way. The AGM will be in August.

This month’s speaker is a representative from the "From Little Things" park lands, who are creating an exciting project that will greatly enhance the Merimbula Creek. We welcome visitors and new members, so join us and get some goodies from the Trading Table, have some morning tea, and maybe win the raffle prize.

Wyndham Village Market

First time stallholders will be welcomed free of charge this Sunday at the friendly Wyndham Village Market on Sunday, June 25. Gather with friends and family in the warmth of the supper room filled with the nostalgic smell of hot scones as they emerge freshly baked from the oven to your plate. Or perhaps a bacon and egg roll, sausage or burger from the outdoor barbeque is more to your liking, all to benefit the local Rural Fire Brigade.

Grab a coffee and fill your bags with all your favourite organic, locally grown and produced goods, homebaking, items handmade with love and more. Held in and around the historic Wyndham Hall, this all-weather market operates from 8.30 to 1pm and is followed by the sounds of Jingera Rock Music at the Sportsground.