News

Vale Nancy Bain: Maclean won't be the same

FINAL JOURNEY: Nancy Bain's coffin is carried from St James Church in Maclean.
FINAL JOURNEY: Nancy Bain's coffin is carried from St James Church in Maclean. Adam Hourigan

LOOK at any power pole in Maclean, and you will find just a small part of Nancy Bain's legacy in the tartan patterns that brighten them.

At the Herb Stanford Park the Scottish Cairn; another distinctive contribution to the place she called home.

It is these physical reminders and more that the Maclean icon will be remembered by, after being farewelled by family and friends at a funeral service at the Maclean Anglican Church.

There, a lifetime of achievements was disclosed, as well as the revelation that when she was born in 1928 in the small village of Kirknewton, Scotland, she was known to all as Annie Sargent Greenock.

 

 

COMMUNITY-MINDED: Nancy Bain.
COMMUNITY-MINDED: Nancy Bain.

The nickname Nancy, as most people know her, came when she went to school with four other girls named Annie in the one class.

Her name changed once more when she met her husband, Hugh Bain, and in the early 1960s they left Britain with three young children for the unfamiliar shores of Australia.

After a short stint in Dapto they moved to Maclean, and to the delight of all those who knew them, never left.

"They tried the 'farming life' for a few years, but eventually decided that there was too little return for the hard work involved," Mrs Bain's son, David, said.

"So they took on the catering contract at the Bowling Club, as you do. They subsequently established The Tartan Lounge Café, which they operated together, for a number of years."

As a highly-valued member of the community, Mrs Bain held several positions over the years with committees, boards and organisations, including the Scottish Town Association and the Clarence Coast Cultural Committee.

In his eulogy, her son David summed it up best when he said it might have been easier to list the few organisations she was not involved in.

And for her contributions, she was nominated for and awarded significant honours, including The Centenary Medal for community work through charity, Maclean Shire's Citizen of the Year, D.Ua. (DuineUasal) - For Service to Celts, and the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community.

Surfing the Coldstream founder Dom Ferry, who worked with Mrs Bain for many years, said without Nancy the festival would never have come to pass.

"Nancy was an amazing force in the community and she did things way beyond the call of most people," he said.

"She was always there for the community and full-on in her support."

Her daughter, Fiona, echoed that sentiment.

"Our Mum led by example, helping and supporting her community over many years - and she has passed that baton on to all of us."

Mrs Bain died on October 9, aged 88.

Topics:  funeral maclean scottish



Shoppers hit Prince St over holiday period

Noel Smith of Low Pressure Surf Co in Prince St, Grafton. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner

A fruitful holiday season for Grafton's main street.

The scary reality behind Australia's heatwaves

A new report found 2016 was the hotter year yet.

YOU think the weather is bad now? It could get a whole lot worse.

Clarence full of golden grains of coastal goodness

Sand is fascinating if underrated.

Tribute to an undervalued natural resource

Local Partners

Pool upgrades a positive for community

New facilities at the South Grafton Pool improve access for all members of the community was officially opened by the Minister for Disability Services


Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

See the historical heritage horses

OPEN DAY: Enjoy a day out learning or finding your next dream horse from the Guy Fawkes River National Park.

Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association Inc. open day.

Clarence full of golden grains of coastal goodness

Sand is fascinating if underrated.

Tribute to an undervalued natural resource

Scriven's self-taught guitar playing wins over audiences

Adam Scriven will play Yamb'a Pacific Hotel next Wednesday night.

Multi-instrumentalist's self-taught approach wins over fans

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Dating between the sheets on national TV?

Singles meet for the first time in their underwear in the SBS TV series Undressed.

NO shortage of singles willing to get Undressed with a stranger.

Clarence claims our First Lady of Blues

Catch the incredible Fiona Boyes live at Yamba's Pacific Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

Claiming the First lady of Blues

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!