Welcome home to popular locals Michael and Leanne Crowe, who recently returned from a marvellous caravanning holiday to Queensland. Leanne, the lovely lady who looks after us at the Cootamundra Butchery, reports they spent time in seaside spots such as Nelsons Bay, Crescent Head (one of my very favourite spots) and Yamba.
They were away close on three weeks, and the highlight for Michael was swimming with the whales in Hervey Bay - an experience he will long remember.
Many locals will be sad to hear of the passing of two former Cootamundra men.
Don Forsyth (son of the late Syd and Nan Forsyth, who once ran a farm machinery business in Wallendoon Street) passed away at his Nelsons Bay home early last week. His farewell was held on Friday last, attended by a number of his old Cootamundra High School friends from the class of '59.
Phillip Gould passed away suddenly on September 30 at his Gold Coast home. He was aged 75 - his wife Joan when informing Coota friends commented "a son of Cootamundra". Also surviving him is his sister Lynette (Canberra) and brother Graeme (Albury).
The EA Southee Public School 50-year celebration dinner takes place on Saturday, November 2. Past and present staff, students and family are warmly invited to attend to mark this milestone.
It's to be held at the Cootamundra Ex-Services & Citizens Club; RSVP by October 19 to Barry Cant on 6942 2938 or email Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org
Already, a number of former teachers and students have indicated their delight in returning to town for this top-notch evening out.
The local bike riding group known as the Bugs do so enjoy their twice weekly ride. Recently, they set off on a 81km ride, a much-belated 80th birthday celebration for a very fit gentleman, Don Christie. The day out saw them travel through Stockinbingal, Grogan and other roads out that way, culminating in a long lunch.
The Bugs ride each Wednesday and Saturday, leaving from the post office at 8.30am. Anyone interested is welcome to join them.
Don and his wife Viv are about to set off for Darwin where they will see their grandson compete in sporting events up there.
This Sunday is shaping up to be a splendid day out for those who will be in attendance at the Quasqui centenary luncheon - the 125th anniversary of the proclamation of Wallendbeen.
They are expecting more than 140 guests who will sit down to lunch at long tables set up in the street, with many former district residents set to return.
Jim Smith, his wife Tracy and their three children will be returning, as well as Jim's mother Margaret Smith.
The school reunion set to take place at the Coota Country Club on November 8 and 9 is shaping up to be bigger than Ben Hur.
It's organised by Janet Alexander (nee Coggan) of Canberra and Peter Coggan of Malua Bay - school captains of Cootamundra High School in 1961.
They have been in touch to say this reunion will be a big inclusive difference extending to any former Sacred Heart students and De La Salle students from that era most welcome to attend (a number have already indicated they will be in attendance)
Former Cootamundra residents indicating their return are Chris Lord, Peter and Patricia Callaghan, Krisanthy Theodore, Neil Pether, Ken Lucas, Bethea George (remember her family owned the Roxy Theatre?), Sue Morrison (Ballard), Heddy Harton and Garry McCullough. At last count, Janet and Peter had 50 guests registered.
Details are: Saturday, long buffet lunch at the Country Club, arrive 11.15am; Friday evening, early bird meet/greet, also at the Country Club. Inquiries to Peter on 0428 369 006 or email email@example.com
Next Wednesday at 2.30pm, the Cootamundra U3A branch will welcome Maggie Duff, who will chat on her time spent as a volunteer in a refugee camp in northern Greece earlier this year. She was also instrumental in establishing the Dignity Day Centre for Syrian refugees on the island of Cyprus.