Old Bar community news

Bluehaven Drive: 50kph speed signs have been erected. See story below.

Bluehaven Drive: 50kph speed signs have been erected. See story below.

Membership Officer, Susan Lathwell advises that Old Bar Lions Club welcomed three new members at their dinner meeting on August 29 at Club Old Bar.

Joining the club are Carolyn and Ian Hoye and Jim Deguara. They were warmly welcomed by members and we wish them well in their new adventure.

Everyone adds something very special when they join, from their skills with the barbecue, financial expertise, technology skills or excellent people skills. We know our newest members will display some or all of these skills over the coming time.

These skills were of great value on the Saturday of the Garage Sales-R-Us. The day was a great success and raised $1041.76 for the Lions club farmers appeal. What a great effort.

This money helps our farmers in our district from Willow Tree in the south to Narrabri, Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell and surrounding areas.

This money, along with a sizable donation from the club, will assist farmers with practical help, pamper packs, food and household items, that are one of the first things families do without in time of financial stress.

A lot of planning and organisation will be required in the next few weeks in preparation for the Old Bar Beach Festival this year. Don’t forget it will be running over the long weekend on September 29 and 30.

Thousands of visitors will visit Old Bar to view our fabulous area and partaking in all the festivities organised.

The Lions will again be providing their highly prized barbecued foods, cooked with great care, to assist them to raise money for the local communities. Please make sure you and your families support their cause.

The Lions Club of Old Bar is still selling  extra large eggs outside the Old Bar pharmacy on Saturday morning. Great eggs at a great price. Keep your eyes peeled for these eggs at $6.60 for a tray of 20.

For information concerning the Old Bar Lions Club, please call Susan Lathwell on 6553 3947 or Robyn Robertson on 6553 7146.

Old Bar Manning Point association

The annual general meeting of the Old Bar Manning Point Business and Community Association (OBMP BCA) will be held at the surf club at 3pm  next Sunday September 23.

New members are welcome. Not only businesses are encouraged to join, but members of the community with an interest in progressing our town are now actively sought.

This meeting will be your best opportunity to hear firsthand what the OBMP BCA has achieved and some of the things that it is working towards.

Bush dance this Saturday

Have great fun and help raise funds for a worthwhile charity at the same time. Linda and Mike Norris of Old Bar are on the management committee of the charity Humanitarian Projects International (HPI) and have organised a local fundraiser.

This Saturday, September 15, a bush dance will be held at Old Bar Public School from 7pm to 11pm. This is a family event and children are most welcome.

This charity raises funds for overseas projects with the main focus on support for poor communities in repairing or building facilities, in particular educational and community facilities, for vulnerable children and families.

Projects in East Timor, the Philippines and Uganda are underway at the moment and projects in South Africa have been completed.

All funds raised will be applied to projects, in paying for building materials, equipment and wages for local builders.

Tickets are available from Linda or Mike on 0408 077 089 or at LJ Hooker, Old Bar. Admission includes tea, coffee and supper. BYO alcohol of desired. Soft drinks and juice available for purchase on the night.

There will be bush dancing, a mega raffle, games, buy-a-brick, Tombola and prizes. So join in for a worthy cause and have some great local fun at the same time.

Craft at Old Bar

Wednesday, September 19  brings third term to an end.  Take the opportunity to use our stamps in a creative way with Angela guiding us through creating artistic backgrounds for much of our paper craft  –  cards, tags, scrapbooking pages, etc.  Don’t forget your craft kit, cardstock and a plastic sheet/bag to work on. 

Craft is then in recess until fourth term, which commences on October 17,  2018. 

Craft@Old Bar meets at the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Hall Street, Old Bar, 11am until 2pm first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month, school holidays excepted. 

Bring your lunch, tea and coffee provided.  Further information is available from 0415 785 608 or 6553 2500.

Forest Lane - 50kph signs have been erected at both ends of the lane.

Forest Lane - 50kph signs have been erected at both ends of the lane.

Persistence pays off

After long negotiations by some Old Bar residents, MidCoast Council and the RMS have now placed 50kph speed signs in Forest Lane (both entrances) and Bluehaven Drive to remind people of the Old Bar speed limit.

Residents welcome the news due to the fact both streets carry a large amount of traffic.

The unsealed section of Forest Lane has caused dust problems for residents and Bluehaven Drive has large volumes of traffic, especially on weekends, to and from the E G Trad sporting fields, where there are numerous driveways where people have to reverse out. There are also adults and children riding their bikes in the area.