Community News

Members at the new Grafton bridge site. Image: Contributed.

Grafton Probus visit new bridge

One of the highlights of the year for our club will be our 400th meeting to be held on June 20 at South Grafton Bowling Club. It will be an event not to be missed. Any members, who are yet to confirm their attendance should do so immediately by contacting Fay See.

May’s mid-day luncheon was certainly different to the norm in that we paid a visit to the Coutts Crossing Croquet Club for a day on the croquet greens. This game is definitely not for the faint hearted, as demonstrated by some of our more experienced members. You need to be calculating, devious and have no qualms to succeed at this sport; many thanks to the members of the Croquet Club for morning tea, lunch and their assistance in ensuring a memorable day for our members.

Our next luncheon will be part of our day trip to Eatonsville, where we will visit “Remember When” and have morning tea. Then it will be on to Copmanhurst for lunch at the hotel and return via Seelands. Members not on the trip are invited to join us for lunch at Copmanhurst. The bus will leave at 9.15 from the library and 9.30 from South Grafton Services.

Forty members and five visitors attended our May meeting at South Grafton Services Club. We received a report of the latest bridge walk, and many were surprised at the internal size of the bridge below the roadway, which could one day be used for infrastructure services crossing the river.

The ‘five-minute speaker’ at the meeting was Paula Payne, who described her childhood in a household with a Maltese background in Merrylands, being the first of her family to attend university, her experiences as a teacher and principal. Paula also talked about her attendance at the Grafton Men’s Shed and showed two of her restored pieces of furniture to the group.

Kate Nightingale was our guest speaker, which was appropriate since it was Palliative Care Week.  Kate is one of three people, who work in palliative care in the Clarence. She spoke about the need for an Advanced Care Directive and how this differed from Enduring Guardian and Power of Attorney. She also spoke about the ability for people to stay in their homes at that stage of their lives. Kate answered many questions that arose in an honest and interesting manner. The club would like to thank Kate for her presentation.

Ron Payne