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Sapphire Coast Bridge Club

Festive cheer: Sapphire Coast Bridge Club members Vicki Fell, David Fell and Helen Belsey at their Christmas in July celebrations.

Festive cheer: Sapphire Coast Bridge Club members Vicki Fell, David Fell and Helen Belsey at their Christmas in July celebrations.

The Sapphire Coast Bridge Club had fun celebrating Christmas in July.  The delicious luncheon was organised by the committee members and included baked, glazed ham on the bone, roast turkey and vegetables, and trifle for dessert.  The luncheon was held in the club rooms at Shop 9 Tura Beach Village shopping centre, and was enjoyed by 50 members.  After the eating and merriment was finished, it was down to an afternoon of Bridge Competition play.

Competition bridge is played on four afternoons every week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with play commencing 1pm.  Visitors are welcome.  For those members of the community who are considering taking up Bridge, a course of lessons for beginners will start in August - if you would like to register for lessons, please contact the secretary, Dianne Hinde on 0427 466 626.

Merimbula Evening VIEW

Merimbula Evening VIEW Club is holding it’s monthly meeting at Club Sapphire on Tuesday, August 1, 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Guest Speakers will be Colin and Gail Gould who will be sharing stories of their recent trip to Scotland. VIEW supports the Smith Family, their Learning for Life Program and the Bega Refuge Centre who will be collecting donations of toys for our local children for Christmas soon. Members and guests are warmly welcomed.

Bimbimbie Auxiliary

Brrrr its cold. Head to the Bimbimbie Op Shop and browse through the winter stock. The shop, located within Bimbimbie Park, Merimbula, is open to the public Tuesday to Friday 11am – 3pm.

We are looking for some extra volunteers to join our team. Upon joining you will paired with an experienced volunteer to assist during the opening hours. Please contact our Shop manager on 0418 609 046, our Auxiliary Secretary on 0400 030 553, or the Vice President on 0415 461 427. Anyone with a few hours to spare once or twice per month, would be welcomed and much appreciated.

The Bimbimbie Auxiliary holds their monthly meeting on the 1st Monday of each month at 1.30pm at Bimbimbie Park. Our Bimbimbie Auxiliary craft group meets in the centre each other Monday from 9.30am – midday. Items are on display and available for purchase. All visitors are welcome to join our craft group, have a chat and some morning tea. Items created by the craft group are also on display and can be purchased from the Sunset Kiosk at Merimbula Top Lake.

Historical Society

The next members meeting of the Merimbula Historical Society will be on Monday, July 31 at the Merimbula RSL at 2pm our guest speaker will be Elaine Cozens daughter of Claire and Jack Lynch who was principal of Merimbula Public School. Any old students may like to attend it is open to the public.

A reminder membership fees are now due. For those interested in History there will be a Family Expo held at Club Sapphire on Saturday, August 12, free entry to all between 10am – 4pm. All the museums from Bermagui to Mallacoota and to the mountains will be participating along with the Bega Valley Genealogy Society. Here will be speakers and tips and advice about finding out about family history and a bush poet Peter O’Brien. There was one held about two years ago which was a great success. For more information contact

Rotary Local Heroes 

This week Colin and Gav check out local events in the News Weekly ahead of another great line-up of conversation and music. At 9am, Mandy Siegel, CEO & Founder of Voice of Life: the Power to Speak, Sing and Be Heard; 10am Doug Reckord from Bournda Environmental Education Centre will join us, and rounding out the morning at 11 will be Mission Australia's SE Region area manager, Daniel Strickland. Tune in to 97.5 Sapphire FM every Friday from 8:30.

AGLOW Merimbula

AGLOW Merimbula’s next meeting will be one with a difference, as we invite you to view a short film from the 40 Indigenous Stories project. Come and hear the testimony of Bill Towns, a descendent from the Kamilaroi Aboriginal tribe, who resides in Cargo, as he speaks of how Jesus’s love transformed his life. A God-inspired horse ride across Australia from Geraldton, WA to Moruya has been an integral part of his personal journey of healing and restoration. Now Bill is planning a 600km ride from Pilliga (where he was born) into Canberra to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Beersheba Cavalry Charge by ANZACS on 31 October 1917. This charge by Light horsemen - including Indigenous and other Australians led to the liberation of Jerusalem.

Be inspired by Bill’s miraculous story of freedom and redemption. All are welcome at our monthly Aglow Meetings and we look forward to welcoming you. Thursday, August 3 at Merimbula RSL. Morning tea at 10am, entrance $7.  Further Enquiries: Shanne Fanning 6495 2220