Gunning News | October 13

80 YEARS YOUNG: Doreen Hansen (nee Pye) seated at front on right next to balloon with her extended family, celebrating her recent 80th birthday. Photo: Lawrence Pye.
80 YEARS YOUNG: Doreen Hansen (nee Pye) seated at front on right next to balloon with her extended family, celebrating her recent 80th birthday. Photo: Lawrence Pye.

Doreen Hansen’s many family members came from far and wide to celebrate her recent 80th birthday at St Matthew’s Hall, Dalton.  Congratulations Doreen and many happy returns!

GARDEN CLUB VISIT

Bob and Rosemary Spiller hosted Gunning Garden Club members last Sunday where their lovely, mainly native, garden spoke volumes for what dedication – plus plenty of mulch and compost –can do with very unpromising soils. A Preston Tree Frog made its presence known and Bob quipped that is best to check under the lid before taking one’s seat in the smallest room of the house as they do love a toilet bowl!

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Rosemary Spiller named her garden's roses (ancient and modern) to Anne Holmes, Penny Leah, Suzanne Thompson and Ros McLoughlin (obscured) during the Gunning Garden Club's recent visit to the Spiller home on Iron Mines Road.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Rosemary Spiller named her garden's roses (ancient and modern) to Anne Holmes, Penny Leah, Suzanne Thompson and Ros McLoughlin (obscured) during the Gunning Garden Club's recent visit to the Spiller home on Iron Mines Road.

FIRST SUPPORTED CYCLE TOUR

Late September saw the arrival of the first cycling group on a Mulga Bicycling Tours Capital Country Tour. They started in Kingston, ACT and made their way to Gunning through Sutton and Gundaroo.

They overnighted at the Gunning Motel and had dinner at the Telegraph Hotel where they shared in some local history and information. After breakfast next morning at the Merino Café they headed off to Crookwell on a lovely sunny day. 

ON THE ROAD: Cyclists stayed overnight in Gunning recently, part of a spring tour by Mulga Bicycling Tours that offers supported cycling holidays. Photo: Bernie Boyce.

ON THE ROAD: Cyclists stayed overnight in Gunning recently, part of a spring tour by Mulga Bicycling Tours that offers supported cycling holidays. Photo: Bernie Boyce.

BIKE RACE THIS WEEKEND

The ACT Veterans Cycling Club is holding a two day race meet on the Cullerin Road between Breadalbane and Gunning this weekend. Lunch is being catered at Breadalbane on Saturday and Gunning PA&I Society is catering for the presentation lunch on Sunday.

Organisers have been asked to ensure that competitors are mindful of vehicular activity on roads and to urge their competitors to cycle with consideration and safety in mind during their warm ups.

AM I AN AUSSIE?

Given the dramas now before the High Court over dual citizenship of some parliamentarians, I am glad that I had already taken out Australian citizenship. Otherwise I might have failed the language test that recently tripped up the young Irish vet despite her completing two degrees in English!

Shortly after our marriage there was a census with a question on citizenship. Was I an Aussie as I was married to a dinky-di one or having not yet taken out Australian citizenship, was I still Irish?  

After several unsatisfactory calls to the help line, my exasperated spouse blurted out “My wife’s Irish”. The response from the ABS was “Mate, we’ve all got our problems!” Incidentally the answer was “Irish”.

For council elections, the Electoral Commission NSW notes “Anyone who is entitled to vote at an election for a council is eligible to stand for election as a councillor ...(and)... must be at least 18 years old and an Australian citizen (or a British subject on an Australian roll on 25 January 1984).”

SAVE THE DATE

Pack Xmas Child shoe boxes Friday 13/10 Anglican Hall 10am (48451102); Gunning Cemetery Spring Walk Saturday 14/10 10am; U3A Shower Singers Tuesday 17/10 4.30 Foley Centre (0408433847); Gunning District Association AGM Wednesday 18/10 7pm Foley Centre.