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    Corporate dinner at Cessnock Show


    2018 - 11.16

    EXCITEMENT: The 2015 Cessnock Show is coming up on February 27.Cessnock Show major sponsor East Cessnock Bowling Club is calling on the local business community to support the show by attending a corporate dinner at the show on Friday, February 27.
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    “ECBC are a major sponsor of Cessnock Show and we are more than happy to support this fabulous community event,” the club’s marketing and promotions manager Amanda Barrass said.

    “Unfortunately due to limited funding the show is in need of further support.

    “On top of our support for the show we have organised a corporate dinner to raise additional funds for the show.”

    Tickets for the corporate dinner, overlooking the track, are $75 per person and will include sparkling wine and canapés on arrival, a three-course meal and drinks. Canapés will be served from 6pm.

    Lucky door prizes and raffles will be drawn on the night.

    A limited number of seats are available – call Amanda on 4990 1444 or 0457 708 826 by Monday, February 23.

    The show will kick off at 7am Friday, February 27 with the camp draft (all day), with horse class and dog show competitions to start at 9am.

    Pavilion judging for the flowers, vegetables, home craft and cooking competitions will be held.

    Branxton stock and station agent Neil Thomas has once again donated shields for the schools sections.

    The official opening will take place at 6.30pm Friday, and an outdoor cinema screening of Smurfs 2 will be held on the track from 8pm.

    Then on Saturday, the horse class competition is on all day, with trotters and mini-trotters and animals from Hunter Valley Zoo also on show.

    Saturday afternoon will feature motorbike displays by the Freestyle Kings, followed by a demolition derby from 7.30pm, and wrapping up with a fireworks spectacular at 9.30pm.

    Rides and amusements will be provided by the Showman’s Guild and the popular Rexie the Dinosaur will also make an appearance.

    For more information, call the showground office on 4990 1181.

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    Cessnock girl named in Australian futsal team


    2018 - 11.16

    RISING STAR: Kirstie Power-Walford celebrates a goal in the semi-finals of the national futsal championships in November. Photo by Joel Fuhrer.For Cessnock girl Kirstie Power-Walford, life has been all about football, for as long as she can remember.
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    She has had a dream to play for the Matildas at the 2020 Olympic Games since she was four years old.

    Now almost 13, Kirstie will make her debut in the green and gold a little sooner – in the sport of futsal – in Barcelona, Spain in November.

    It’s a huge achievement, considering she only took up the indoor game in 2014.

    Kirstie and eight of her Hunter Hawks teammates formed a futsal team with their coach Danielle Redding in the off-season, and played in a boys’ competition in Maitland.

    The girls were selected in the Northern NSW under-12s team for the national futsal championships, which were held in Penrith in November, where they made it to the semi-finals.

    Now Kirstie and several of her Northern NSW teammates (including at least four other Hunter Hawks) have received the exciting news that they have been picked for the Australian 12-13-years girls’ team to travel to Barcelona for a tour in November this year.

    The Australian Futsal Association has sent tours to Barcelona for the past five years. Teams compete against representative teams from Catalonia, and receive training from Spanish coaches and Australian coaches to help improve their skills, game play, team work and futsal knowledge.

    “I am excited and overwhelmed to think that I could wear green and gold in a foreign country, representing Australia, the Hunter and Cessnock. It’s magic,” Kirstie said.

    Kirstie first took up football with Cessnock PCYC when she was six years old, then was selected for the Hunter Hawks Elite Football Academy from ages 10 to 12, and now plays for the Thornton Redbacks under-14 girls in the Women’s Premier League.

    She represented the Hunter Hawks EFA and Cessnock East Public School at regional and state levels for the previous two years.

    Now a scholarship student at Hunter Valley Grammar School, Kirstie will be accompanied on the trip by her grandmother Robyn Power, who has hit the ground running to raise the funds to help Kirstie achieve her Barcelona dream.

    The PCYC and Sportspower Cessnock have offered to help her and with fundraising.

    Donations can be made at any Westpac branch (BSB 032516, account number 276258). Cheques must be made out to “K.P. Road to Barcelona”.

    Kirstie says she will represent her sport, Cessnock, the Hunter Region and Australia to the very best of her ability.

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    An offer of help


    2018 - 11.16

    ON Thursday, January 22, a group of about eight 13-15 year olds broke into and entered one of our buildings.
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    Then it appears that they did more things that are illegal, some things that are immoral and some things that are inconsiderate and belligerently selfish.

    The police were called, names were given and finger prints taken.

    The police have spoken to at least two of the boys.

    It seems to me that these young people are like many of us are or have been. A bit lost, a bit out of control, having little self-control and feeling like nobody is really going to help them. Perhaps they feel that their life is going to be a waste. It is interesting how it is that we hurt others when we are at our lowest/bleakest.

    The slightly amusing thing about all this is that we would have let them into that building, provided some food and drink and wanted to talk with them about purpose and life. Jesus, who was a teenager himself at one point in time, knows the purpose God has for each of us. He knows and will help with the best way to follow that purpose. He has come to us to make us not only feel clean but to actually provide purpose and love.

    Young people if your reading this, or your parent(s) are, then know that the offer to negotiate with us is still open.

    The building may well be available to you sometimes (when it is not being used for other purposes) but we will expect you to do nothing illegal in it, do nothing immoral in it, respect other people’s things, tidy up after yourselves and talk with us honestly about the big things of your life.

    Peter Huxley

    Wauchope Presbyterian Church

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    Disappointed with christmasefforts


    2018 - 11.16

    I REFER to Doug Sutton’s letter (Who Stole Christmas?) that appeared on January 22, 2015.
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    I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with his comments.

    I was actually going to write something along the same lines.

    When I moved here in 1997, the streets were decorated with bunting and lights every year. I’m afraid I can’t remember when it stopped, as I normally go to family at Christmas, but this year was absolutely pathetic.

    I don’t know about the other small towns but Wauchope was certainly lacking. In fact, the only real effort seemed to be the Co-op Department Store and I couldn’t believe it when I heard some people actually giving adverse comments about that display.

    There were a couple of small stores who made an effort but really, how expensive is it to do a small display?

    You can always re-use it again and again with a bit of creativity – after all don’t we all do the same?

    Even Port Macquarie was unbelievable – a few sad looking flags on the street poles and a Christmas tree that was only half lit up.

    I thought it was a very poor show on the part of the council. I had interstate visitors over Christmas and they were amazed at the lack of some reasonable effort by them.

    To be quite honest, I think there were quite a few home owners who had better displays. I live out of town and my small street definitely had more decorations than High Street, Wauchope.

    Politically correct or not, this is Australia so let’s get out and celebrate the way we’ve always done – with decorations!

    Y Davidson Wauchope

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    LETTER: Country towns need trains too


    2018 - 11.16

    Iain Fyfe shares his views in this letter to the editor.
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    Dear Editor,

    As the election gets up a head of steam, it’s becoming clear that people, not only in the Goulburn electorate, but in many areas across the State, think rail services are important outside Sydney too.

    People in regional areas are dismayed by the lack of priority given to it by our current politicians. Meanwhile, rail infrastructure becomes increasingly out-dated and timetables for existing services are being diminished or being rendered impractical for many people who depend on them. The only discernible government strategy for the long-term appears to be to reduce staff, prepare for privatisation, close rail lines and decommission rail corridors.

    The NSW government’s strategic thinking is all the more difficult to comprehend when you consider its plans to rip up the existing Epping to Chatswood rail line in Sydney. This line was just completed in 2009 at the cost of 2.4 billion dollars and serves that community well. The government is putting billions into converting it into a single deck shuttle service and gifting it to a private operator. The shuttle is unintegrated and even has a tunnel too small to ever carry a high capacity double deck train.

    The people of NSW must be left wondering as the government privatises and cannibalises our transport system. What we want and need is an expanded and integrated world class transport system that is publically owned and operated.

    Sincerely,

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