Old Bar community news

Old Bar RSL sub-branch: Stewart Handsaker, Rodney Handsaker, president Geoff Gillard and secretary Howard Kerrsmith with Doreen Prebble OAM seated.
Old Bar RSL sub-branch: Stewart Handsaker, Rodney Handsaker, president Geoff Gillard and secretary Howard Kerrsmith with Doreen Prebble OAM seated.

Old Bar’s annual Christmas Bazaar is on Thursday, December 21, from 5.30pm.

Come along to the Old Bar shopping precinct and enjoy the extended hours shop trading, market stalls and live entertainment. Invite your family, friends and customers.

The Lions Club of Old Bar Beach will be having a barbecue, Mr Whippy will be there as well as singers, ukulele players and dancers.

Surfin' Santa will be arriving at 6pm to give out gifts to children.

Old Bar/Mitchells Island Christmas worship

Anglican: Old Bar - Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of Fatima Church 10am on Sunday Christmas Eve, no service on Christmas Day; Mitchell’s Island – Holy Eucharist 10am at St Mark’s on Christmas Day.

Catholic: Old Bar - normal 7.30am Mass on Christmas Eve, 7.30am Christmas Day Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church.

Beachside Church: 4pm service Christmas Eve at Old Bar Public School. No service Christmas Day.

RSL Christmas festivities

Another well attended Old Bar RSL sub-branch Christmas dinner was held last Wednesday for members and guests.

Stewart and Rodney Handsaker were presented mementos for conveying veterans in their Jeeps on many Anzac days over the years and Doreen Prebble OAM was awarded for all her efforts in fundraising over many years.

There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will be 2pm Tuesday, February 20 and will include the annual general meeting.

Some of the members and guests enjoying themselves at the RSL Christmas dinner.

Some of the members and guests enjoying themselves at the RSL Christmas dinner.

Winners of 2017 Keith Marchant Trophy

Keith Marchant was the founder of Old Bar Bridge Club which was formed in 1990, with the aim of promoting the game of bridge and continuing the spirit of camaraderie engendered by Keith and his wife Eileen.

Keith and Eileen were awarded life membership. Keith was always an active person who chose to pursue the fascinating, consuming, frustrating game of bridge.

Old Bar Bridge Club would not have existed if not for Keith and Eileen and the members will be eternally grateful. The Keith Marchant Trophy is played for each month in memory of Keith and all that has been achieved for the Old Bar Bridge Club.

This year’s winners are Marlene Morrison first, John Pettifer second and Jan White and Laurie Lopez tied for third. Congratulations to these members and a big thank you to all members who competed in the competition.

Winners of 2017 Keith Marchant Trophy: Jan White, Laurie Lopez, Marlene Morrison and John Pettifer.

Winners of 2017 Keith Marchant Trophy: Jan White, Laurie Lopez, Marlene Morrison and John Pettifer.

Old business, new owner

Old Bar Quality Meats is under new management. From Thursday November 23, experienced butcher, Doug Johnson, has taken over the reins as owner/manager.

Doug underwent his apprenticeship in Taree before branching out on his own to purchase Cundletown Gourmet Meats and Chicken, which he has operated for some time.

He has now expanded to Old Bar, while retaining the Cundletown shop under a manager. Doug has just settled his lease arrangements at Old Bar so is now looking to build and expand the business.

He advises that he will continue to offer traditional butchery lines but wishes to add more gourmet  and meal-ready options. Many in Old Bar are looking forward to a return to a great butchery service and wish Doug all the best.