Stations of the Cross will again be held at Old Bar.
The crucifixion of Jesus will be commemorated, commencing at 10am this Friday, Good Friday, at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Hall Street, Old Bar.
Weather permitting, the majority of the event is held outside in the grounds of the church.
Traditionally, all denominations of Old Bar have joined to mark this special time in the Christian calendar. It is a public event, so all in the community are very welcome.
School observes Anzac Day
Last Friday, Old Bar Public School took the time out to recognise the spirit of Anzac.
As they do every year, the students hold a very special service in the assembly hall, completely led by the school leaders. This showcases what great leadership we have coming through our school system.
The service consisted of tributes, songs and prayers and wreath laying.
Members of the Old Bar Beach RSL Sub-branch were special guests of the school and were very impressed by the professionalism and behaviour of the students and the wonderful singing.
Sub-branch members were treated to morning tea after the ceremony and had the opportunity to interact with the leaders.
Easter church services
Catholic: Good Friday 10am Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of Fatima Church; Easter Day 7.30am Mass.
Anglican: Good Friday 10am join with other denominations for Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of Fatima Church; Easter Day 10am Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of Fatima Church; Easter Day 10.30am Holy Eucharist at St Mark's, Mitchell's Island.
Council feedback as promised
True to their word, MidCoast Council staff have responded with answers to all the questions asked at the Local Community Consultation held at Club Old Bar on March 26.
All participants who registered an email address have been provided with a succinct and honest response, along with the list of topics that the group selected as the most pressing for our community.
Anzac Day next Thursday
The Dawn Service will be held at the Old Bar Soldiers' Memorial Hall commencing at 5.30am and including wreath laying. At the conclusion, a light breakfast will be provided.
The Anzac Day march has been cancelled for this year. The Anzac service and wreath laying ceremonies will start at approximately 12.15pm and finish at about 1pm.
The Manning Valley Concert Band will be assisting with the service and providing entertainment in the club afterwards. You are also invited to a free sausage sizzle in the club after the service.
Raffles and then two-up to commence at 3.30pm. Because RSL sub-branches in NSW are currently prevented from carrying out any fund raising, the proceeds from these activities will be for the benefit of the Old Bar Soldiers' Memorial Hall, which is not an RSL entity.
BCA to push for foreshore rejuvenation
Members of the Old Bar Manning Point Business and Community Association met last week at Flow Bar.
Apart from the normal business matters discussed, it was determined that the Old Bar beach reserve rejuvenation should be a major focus of our efforts this year.
Given that this reserve is now on council's radar, since the change in responsibility for management of State Trust/Crown Lands now passes to council, we can expect to see some consideration and planning for improvements.
It was an issue selected by one of the groups at the Local Community Consultation and will be impacted by the development of the Coastal Management Plan, a topic selected by the group as one of the six issues of greatest concern to the community.
The area affected is not just the picnic and play area. It encompasses the caravan park right through to the surf club and includes the swimming pool and Rushby Casino.
Council has already advised that they intend to re-purpose play equipment from Fotheringham Park, Taree to this area and provide shade for the play areas.
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