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Spectrum Theatre Group's new committee following the recent AGM.

Spectrum Theatre Group's new committee following the recent AGM.

Parkinson Group

Shirley Bazley and Don Bretherton of the Historical Society with their new projector.

Shirley Bazley and Don Bretherton of the Historical Society with their new projector.

The Bega Valley Parkinson Support Group held their first meeting for the year on the February 5 at the Bega Golf Club. The president opened the meeting and gave all those present the opportunity to tell the group how they had spent the holidays and how they were managing their Parkinson disease.

The group were advised of the forthcoming luncheon at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the support group.

The luncheon is being sponsored by the Pambula Merimbula Ladies golfers to the extent of $500, this money being raised from a raffle held on opening day.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 5 at Bega Golf Club, at 10.30am.The guest speaker will be Sharon Bowen-Smith, manager of Grand Pacific Health in Bega.

Garden Club

The Merimbula and District Garden Club will hold its first meeting for 2018 at 10.15am on Saturday, February 24 at the Merimbula RSL Club.

This month the committee will provide morning tea and we have invited Brenda and Jan from the Merimbula Beautification Committee to speak to us.

Visitors and new members are always welcome. We will have our usual plant sale and raffle so come and grab a bargain or maybe win a prize.

Historical Society

Thanks to a grant for the Mumbulla Foundation, the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society has purchased a new projector.

The projector takes the place of a previous one that broke and will be used to display photos at meetings and events at the Old School Museum. The society is also developing a schools program which will also involve the use of the projector.

Currently showing at the Old School Museum is a display of Australia’s conversion to decimal currency including some interesting coin specimens and photographs.

The next meeting of the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society is on Monday, February 26 at 2pm in the Merimbula RSL Club. Society member, Andrew McManus, will speak about Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

Community radio

On this week's Rotary Local Heroes with Colin Dunn, at 09am Colin's first guest will be Liz Bellete-Stubbs, a new Pambula Rotary member, followed by Barbara Jones, from the Far South Coast Bird Watchers group at 10am. Tune in to Sapphire FM 97.5, your local community radio, for great conversation and music.

Spectrum Theatre Group

Spectrum members have appointed a new committee, president Sam Roberts, vice president Greg Whitby, treasurer Donna Cotter, secretary Robyn Whitby with committee members John Fraser, Amber Little and Diane Johnson. The committee is working on the next production Aladdin Junior opening in May 2018.

Hospital Auxiliary

The Pambula Hospital Auxiliary committee has been grateful for the opportunity to run regularly meat tray raffles at the Royal Willows Hotel, Pambula from 4.30pm every Friday afternoon for the months of January and February.

The auxiliary encourages everyone to go along to the Royal Willows and support their work of helping to fund much-needed equipment for Pambula Hospital.

Next meeting of the auxiliary is on Wednesday, February 28 at 10am at the Community Health Centre Pambula opposite the Men’s Shed.

Education scholarships

Bega Valley Shire Council is throwing its weight behind the region’s young people and calling for nominations for this year’s round of Further Education Scholarships.

The annual scholarships program (formally Tertiary Scholarships) supports young people seeking professional qualifications and careers while living in the Bega Valley.

A total of $5000 will be awarded to local students, allowing for five grants valued at $1000 to be awarded.

The scholarships are targeted at those studying full or part time (including online) with a University, TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.

Applicants need to be living in the shire, aged between 17 and 26, not in receipt of another grant or scholarship and experiencing financial barriers.

Mayor Kristy McBain said she is committed to seeing our young people reach their potential and sometimes it’s that helping hand along the way that keeps people going and headed in the right direction.

“I’d encourage anyone to make an application for one of these scholarships and see where it can take you.”

More information can be found on and applications close on March 9.