WINNER: Albert Irons with his Judges' Choice winning Orchid in January.
WINNER: Albert Irons with his Judges' Choice winning Orchid in January. Picasa

VALLEY ROUND UP: This week in Community

Maclean View Club

Wishing all our members a Happy New Year hoping your Festive Season was very enjoyable.

We start our first meeting for the year, on Thursday, February 16. It will commence at 10am with Morning Tea, our meetings are held at the Maclean Bowling Club, every third Thursday of the month.

This will be The AGM, all Committee positions are vacant for the election of a new committee.

Anne Dinham Zone Councilor will preside over the Elections.

A reminder Ladies: subs are due $15.

View is a valued part of The Smith Family and VIEW stands for: Voice, Interests and Education of Women.

Maclean View, raises monies for a Learning for Life Program. This goes to educate disadvantaged Australian children.

New members would be made very welcome to our happy, friendly club. Inquires to President, Evelyn Lockhart on 0439 909 506

Apologies for February meeting: by Monday 13th, to June Riggall on 66455648 also any dietary requirements.

Maclean & District Orchid Society

At the New Year Meeting in January, 67 quality plants were benched for assessment and to admire.

Judges' Choice Orchid winner being Peter Zylstra's orange Vanda Su-Fun Beauty, while the Popular Vote went to Albert Irons' Paphiopedilum, the classic St. Swithin 'Jill.' Brian Donaghy got the Judges' Choice Flower and tied for the Popular Vote with the unusual Cockscomb, along with Gwen Gerard's Heliconia, another unusual beauty.

President Terry Bird gave an interesting and beautiful power-point presentation on recent State Award winners.

At our next Meeting we will welcome our Guest Bob Wilson, Far North Coast Regional Judge. So do come along and learn more about Orchids! Meetings are on the third Saturday of each month, the next one being February 18, at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Church Street, Maclean.

The Lord's Taverners' Raffle is now closed and will be drawn on Feb 22. Plants are benched at 1pm. The meeting begins after the judging at 1.30pm. Lucky Door and Raffle prizes are included, plus afternoon tea.

Frends luncheon

Frends ladies luncheon group will be meeting at the Yamba Shores Tavern on Tuesday Febraury 14 at noon.

New and old members are most welcome.

For further details phone Margaret Kable on 66463141.

Yamba Seniors

A good group turn up for our social morning on last Wednesday with lots of talking and laughter and a few had lots of wins at Hoi waiting to see how they go next time? Tickets are now on sale for our Seniors day on Sunday March 5 - you can pick them up at Bowling Club.

Our trip on Thursday February 23 leaving Bowling Club at 7.30 am with cost $40 for show and bus - pay to Janette if you like before or on day.

If your name is down and you do not cancel you still have to pay $10.

There are still a few seats left if interested, ring Janette 66468262 as soon as possible - pay for your own lunch on day.

Tickets are now on sale for Dean Doyle show and lunch support your club which supports us.

Next meeting day Friday February 24.

Guest speaker will be Rob Weey from Cardiff Alpacas stud farm and there will be a display of goods they make and sell before meeting and at meeting we will work out day and time for going to farm end of March.

Light Up The Darkness

Light Up the Darkness committee is supporting the 'Community Support Skills' training session to be held on Thursday February 23 at 4.30-6pm at the Yamba Community Health Centre.

This short 1.5 hour course will give community members skills in identifying signs that someone may not be travelling well and how to provide simple and helpful support.

Light refreshment will be provided so please RSVP to Samantha on 6641 8250 or Samantha.osborne@ if you are interested in attending.


Croquet is back in full swing with attendance in the high twenties each week.

We are an enthusiastic bunch enjoying the company, all pitching in to collect the trolley full of gear, set out corner pegs and hoops, Morna's the treasurer, John marks out the boundaries, Richard is our rules guru, presenting a board with rules for the week.

We start at 7.30am and usually have at least four teams of four on the court by eight.

Most play four games, it's said you walk 1.5 km during each game, so we get a good work out. Our three adjacent courts are marked out on the AFL area at Yamba Sports Fields in Angourie Road, Yamba, and after almost a year the playing surface while not competition standard is improving with constant mowing. Three courts allow six teams to play at once, different coloured balls avoid confusion.

The setting is very pleasant with a backdrop of the rain forest, an ever present chorus of cicadas and views of wildlife, there's always a refreshing sea breeze.

Our club house is the Raymond Laurie Centre, where the gear is stored and we enjoy the coffee and cool drinks at Kai Reka after the game. When we started I never imagined it would be so successful, we've bought all necessary equipment and most have their own mallets. Eva Fischer our octogenarian instigator still drives down from Coraki to play. New members will be welcomed with a smile, so if you fancy a new challenge with a fun group, please come and join us anytime between 7.30 am and 11.30 every Tuesday. If you're not a member of CRU3a you can visit for a maximum of three games before you need to join.

Visitors and holiday makers are welcome.

CRU3a is a selffunded, not for profit community group for the over 50's, retired or semi retired. Cost is $5, all equipment provided, comfy clothes, a hat, closed shoes and a water bottle is all you need.

Ring Ros on 6646 0235 for further information. Poetry Plus recommenced on Feb 2. The group is mourning the loss of our dear friend Roger Joseph who died last week. Roger joined us a couple of years ago and became a valued member. His poetry inspired us, he wrote from the heart. Deepest sympathy to his family.

The Yamba Book Group recommences this Friday 10 AM at Yamba Golf Club.


Feb 14: Grafton Seniors general meeting.

Feb 14: Frends luncheon, Yamba Shores Tavern.

Feb 16: Probus Club of Grafton meeting, South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club

Feb 16: Maclean View Club meeting.

Feb 20: Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary meeting.

Feb 20: Lower Clarence Laurel Club meeting, Maclean Services Club

Feb 23: Light Up The Darkness Community Support Skills training, Treelands Drive

Feb 24: Yamba Seniors Meeting

Feb 25: Quota Lower Clarence Friendship luncheon, Roundhouse Palm Lake Resort

Feb 28: Grafton View Club meeting, GDSC

Mar 1: Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary 60th anniversary, Maclean Services Club

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Big problem with new pension pay rise

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Debbie the second most costly cyclone in Australia's history

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