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Talk of the Town - What's Happening in Teesdale

What a tremendously sad month in Teesdale with us having to say final goodbyes to Murray Walker of Tombstone Country.

In honour of his character and the wonderful work that he and Jess have done over the years, a beautiful service was held at Tombstone where the sheer number of attendees was, in itself, a fitting tribute to a remarkable man who will be missed terribly. 

However, it is also important to note that the tradition of fundraising and charity (along with fun the fun and frivolity) is still going strong with the regular ‘Last Sunday of the Month’ events continuing in the hands of Murray’s son and the strong dedicated Tombstone team. Please say a prayer for Murray’s family and get along to support the work they do.

Tombstone Country – Sunday 25th October
12pm BBQ – Music from 2pm

While we’re talking community, other community events and news include:

CWA meetings at the school’s mudbrick building: Activities on Tuesday 6th October and a general meeting on Tuesday 20th October, both at 7:30pm. New members are always welcome and can share in all sorts of traditional crafts, guest speakers and yummy CWA fare. 

Teesdale Country Markets begin again in October (Sunday 25th) at the Teesdale Hall with both indoor and outdoor stalls to wander and enjoy. Twilight Market and Christmas Carols (proudly supported again by PIKE TRANSPORT will still be held at Turtle Bend on 22nd December. If you would like to be involved in the markets and/or Christmas Carols, please get in touch, we would love some more help to be able to keep up and build on the success of our first season. We are now accepting applications for stallholders for all markets. Remember to get in early for Christmas Carols as we filled very quickly last year and with a growing attendance that exceeded 2000 people in 2014, we anticipate that 2015 will be even more profitable for stalls.

Have you heard about the drumming revolution that is happening through the Mud Brickies? What a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. If you are interested in African drumming for any reason, but mostly to relax, let your hair down and enjoy the company of friends whilst making some awesome rhythmic music, please contact Claire Whitely via the school to find out dates, times and requirements for getting involved.

Twilight at Turtle Bend returns this month also with an impressive line-up of renowned musicians taking to the stage to entertain our community for FREE. Scheduled for Saturday 31st October at Turtle Bend, the annual primary school lantern parade will also be returning so make that note in your diary and prepare to bring the family along for what is always an enjoyable evening.

Well…this is the first month in a long while that there has been nothing much to report on the home property front. All is going well with the lambs, the chooks are happy and healthy and the weeds…they’re STILL growing but the weather is now being more kind with regard to eliminating them so hopefully some time soon I will be able to see the trees again. I did happen upon a couple of the newly planted freesia bulbs springing to life last week amid the waist high grasses so I hope to be able to enjoy more of them as the sunshine warms the ground further. 

For those wondering about the caravan. Unfortunately, for personal reasons I have had to abandon the project for now and offer my apologies to those regular customers who were popping in for eggs and produce. I will let you know if I am able to resume my plans shortly.

Finally, the country market committee do really need some help. If you have even a couple of hours a month to spare, PLEASE let us know.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Spring and don’t forget to start preparing for summer and the coming fire season.

For further information on any of the news in this column, you can contact me personally at or on 03 5281 5265. 

And if you have any news you would like to share in future columns, I’d love to hear it.