by Ian Dimmock
Good news from the RSL
Old Bar Beach RSL sub-Branch president, Jeff Early, provided some good news to the first sub-Branch meeting of 2021.
He advised that he has applied to NSW Police and MidCoast Council to hold an Anzac Day march and then a ceremony at Club Old Bar.
Obviously both will have to be held with whatever COVID restrictions are in place at the time.
He has also applied to the RAAF at Williamtown for a flyover, which the town has not had for the last few years. Unfortunately, the military cadet units are not able to participate this year.
Pending permission being granted, preparations can proceed and there are some things being considered that will make both events a little different this year.
More advice will be provided when arrangements are confirmed but it can be announced that a field of poppies will be displayed at Club Old Bar.
The Old Bar Men's Shed have made 200 wooden crosses on stands which have been painted white and these will be adorned with poppies kindly made by the Craft@Old Bar ladies.
This should be quite spectacular.
Some of the members have been undertaking a walk each morning and others are now invited to join in.
Meet in the car park at the rear of Old Bar Gourmet Meats at 6.30am, seven days a week for a walk of about 5km.
Come as often as you like. Neville Pollitt is the driving force behind this initiative.
Hall Committee member, Peter Vidler, advised that he would like to have a working bee at the Soldiers' Memorial Hall on the first weekend in March to complete the cementing of the rock wall before the concreter lays the concrete path leading up to the war memorial and flag pole.
If you are able, please put that in your diary.
Our next workshop on Wednesday March 3 is knitted slippers. Requirements include 1 x 50g ball 8 ply yarn, 4.5mm knitting needles and a blunt end tapestry needle.
Many thanks to those members who have assisted with our poppy project. We have had a wonderful response. Please remember to bring all completed poppies to our next meeting.
Want to know more? Further information available from 0438 655 005.
World Day of Prayer at Old Bar
World Day of Prayer is celebrated every year in Old Bar, this year hosted by the Catholic congregation. It will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Hall Street, Old Bar at 7pm on Friday, March 5.
The theme this year is "Pray for Vanuatu" and the program is put together by the women of that nation. Women and men of all denominations traditionally attend this service and all are welcome.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice.
It is run under the motto "Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action," and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March.
The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common day of prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.