VALUED MEMBER: Bill Chad with the Don Bellamy Memorial Award he won for being club member of the year. Photo: Adam Hourigan
VALUED MEMBER: Bill Chad with the Don Bellamy Memorial Award he won for being club member of the year. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Good turns garner trophy

WOODWORKER Bill Chad last year helped craft a trophy in honour of his late friend Don Bellamy, the Northern Rivers Woodworking Association's former president.

Fittingly, Mr Chad was yesterday awarded the trophy he helped make.

The inaugural Don Bellamy Memorial Award was presented to Mr Chad for being club member of the year.

Mr Chad was at the club's annual Jacaranda exhibition of fine woodcraft at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club yesterday.

"I've been involved in the running of the club for 13 years now," he said.

"When our past president and real stalwart of the club - Don Bellamy - died, his wife wanted to have some sort of trophy in his honour.

"That's how it came about and last year myself and another bloke helped make the trophy and we helped clean up his stuff for his wife."

Mr Chad has also been helping the club to get its health and safety charter on track as, without it, the club will be unable to provide lessons.

None of this has stopped the members from having an exceptionally productive year, much to the dismay of members' wives.

There are more than 1700 items either for sale or on display at the club, which organisers reckon is 300-400 more than last year.

Club president Ron Moore said the response had been excellent, with visitors particularly enjoying the live woodworking demonstrations.

The number of entries in the school section swelled from six exhibits last year to 38 this year.

"The South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club has been outstanding and gave $1500 worth of presentation money for the schoolkids," Mr Moore said.

"We hope to keep growing it."

The exhibition will run until Sunday and is open 9am-5pm every day for the public to view and purchase from the extensive range of items on display, made from local and exotic timbers.

Winners

Jeff Poetschka - 1st , free expression

Jeff Poetschka - 1st, jacaranda timber

Roy Ellery - 1st, turned article

Ron Moore - 1st, small article

Dennis Dougherty - 1st, novice

Bill Andrews - 1st, furniture

Best School - South Grafton High

Do you have results from your Jacaranda Festival event? Send them to newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au and we will print them in a future edition.



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