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Legacy

ROSEMARY FOR LEGACY NOT REQUIRED

Merriwa has for many years been known as ‘The Rosemary town’ since John Penninger started supplying Rosemary to be worn on lapels of those marching in the Anzac Day march in Sydney each year, for over 25 years. This has raised thousands of dollars for the egacy charity.

Last year due to Covid 19 there was no march and hence no requirement for our Rosemary. This year the Anzac day march will go ahe d, but in a far reduced capacity and hence I have been informed that Rosemary from Merriwa will not be required. However, it is important to keep your Rosemary bushes healthy by regular trims and I encourage you all to give the plants a good cutting back at this time of year, why not enjoy a good lamb roast garnished with Fresh Rosemary!
Annie Rodgers

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St Joseph’s Primary School

ST JOSEPH THE WORK DAY/OPEN DAY – APRIL 30

On Friday April 30, St Joseph’s will be hosting an OPEN DAY to celebrate the feast day of St Joseph the Worker. St Joseph is Jesus’ Stepfather and supported Jesus and his mother, Mary by working very hard to provide for the both of them.

As we celebrate this traditional feast day of our special saint, we will be having many fun activities throughout the day and will be celebrating workers in the Merriwa community.

Students will be asked to attend school on this day in clothes representing a profession of their choice. Asking your child, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” might assist you in making the clothing choice for the day!

We will also be having guest speakers from special occupations in the Merriwa community.
So far we have:
• Paramedics
• Fire fighters
• Post officers
• Police officers

This is an opportunity for any member of the Merriwa Community, who loves their job and would love to share their expertise and skills with our students, to contact Mr Borg at the office either on 6548 2035 or ashley.borg@mn.catholic.edu.au We would LOVE to hear from you and have you showcase the great work you do in the community with our students!

This special day will also be showcasing St Joseph’s in the community. We encourage all prospective families, who are considering a change, or new families to the area to come and join us from 9.30am on Friday April 30, to attend our Open Day and see the wonderful work that goes on each and every day at JOEYS.

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Merriwa Tennis Club

Merriwa Tennis Club is introducing more sports for 2021. Netball for Juniors and adults. Futsal for Juniors and adults.

For more Info contact Michelle Loft on 0425 216 505.

Michelle Loft 

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Legacy

ROSEMARY FOR LEGACY NOT REQUIRED

Merriwa has for many years been known as ‘The Rosemary town’ since John Penninger started supplying Rosemary to be worn on lapels of those marching in the Anzac Day march in Sydney each year, for over 25 years. This has raised thousands of dollars for the Legacy charity.

Last year due to Covid 19 there was no march and hence no requirement for our Rosemary.

This year the Anzac day march will go ahead, but in a far reduced capacity and hence I have been informed that Rosemary from Merriwa will not be required.

However, it is important to keep your Rosemary bushes healthy by regular trims and I encourage you all to give the plants a good cutting back at this time of year, why not enjoy a good lamb roast garnished with Fresh Rosemary!

Annie Rodgers

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Trinity Markets

From March 30, Trinity Markets will again be opening Tuesdays.

New opening hours will be:

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9.30am to 2.30pm
Wednesday – 9.30am to 1.00pm
Saturday – 9.30am to 12.00noon

As many Covid19 restrictions still apply donations can only be accepted on Thursdays and are not to be left in the doorway.

Watch out for our End of Summer Sale commencing this week.

Summer clothes – why not fill a bag full!

Shoes $2.00 a pair

Books $1.00 each.

See you in trinity Markets where you can “Dress for Less”.

Beatrice Voysey

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ANZAC Day Commemorations

SUNDAY APRIL 25

The Merriwa RSL Club Sub Branch will commemorate ANZAC Day this year with a Dawn Service at 5.40am and the main service at approximately 10.40am, proceeded by a march along Bettington Street to the Cenotaph commencing at 10.30am.

Mary O’Neill

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Merriwa Red Cross

The members of Merriwa Red Cross unfortunately were unable to draw the winners of the 100 Club and Raffle held on March 26 in aid of Red Cross Calling.

Further tickets will be sold on April 9, 2021 when the winners will be announced. Many thanks to those who have already purchased tickets.

Cheree Walmsley

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Merriwa Rotary

HEY! HAY!

By the time this Ringer hits the streets, the planned Rotary Merriwa Haylift will have delivered…… Hay from Merriwa donors supplied to embattled farmers in the Manning….sometimes literally in the Manning.

There will be a spirit of satisfaction in being able to return the favour to communities which helped ours in the drought/ bushfire challenges of last summer.

WHERE IS ROTARY MERRIWA GOING?

Answer – Nowhere but maintaining our determination to continue the 50 year plus tradition of doing everything we can to assist our community, there are ideas being examined of setting up a circuit for teaching our very young …on bikes and on foot….the rules of the road.

Like all the community, we are looking forward to the post Covid days when NORMAL is the NEW NORMAL.

WHAT DOES ROTARY MERRIWA WANT?

More than anything, we would like an upswing in our membership numbers. All ages are welcome! Twenty one is not too young! Men and Women are equally welcome in Rotary.

People who walk irregular hours are welcome. Come when you can, it is the way Rotary thinks these days.

Our meetings are relaxed and informal….Where else but in Rotary Merriwa would you have your Secretary turn up in (stylish) thongs?

Crrently our managing trio are Col Bates, Will Mulligan and Mark Inder. Robert Goodear will take over the Presidency in July.

ROTARY MERRIWA would be strengthened by new members…..Please give it some thought.

Have a good holiday all you hard-working teachers and staff. I am sure that there is an abundance of potential Rotarians, full of new ideas, in your numbers. 

Mark Smith

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Merriwa RSL Club

The Friday night Members Lucky Badge 7.00pm draw for $460.00 was not won the number was 660, this week it jackpots to $480.00.

The 8.30pm Members Badge draw worth $1300.00 was not won the number was 722, this week it jackpots to $1350.00.

The 9.00pm Members Badge draw for $120.00 was not won the number was 329 this week it jackpots to $140.00. LTPS/19/36118

The Sunday Morning Members Badge Draw for $850.00 was not won last week the number was 142, this week it jackpots to $900.00 and will be drawn between 11.30am and 1.30pm and you must be present to win the money. LTP/19/36118

Members must be present to claim any of the draws and present their current membership card upon request. It is an offence to NOT have your membership card on your person when on the premises.

A reminder that the club will be closed on Good Friday, raffles this week will be on Thursday April 1 2021.

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff would like to wish all our valued members and guests a safe and Happy Easter

Wednesday Nights from 6.00pm – $6.00 PINTS. For every pint sold between February and June 30, the RSL Club will be donating $1.00 to help with Miranda Boland’s recovery, and after 5 weeks we are at $463.00.

Entertainment – Friday March 26 live entertainment in the main lounge from 8.30pm.

Saturday nights – free juke box, pool comp $100.00 first prize, $5.00 schooners and House spirits. From 6.00pm till 10.00pm.

Courtesy Bus – the clubs courtesy bus if available for pickups on Friday’s from 5.30pm (you must book by ringing club), with drop offs at 9.15pm, 10.00pm and 11.30pm.

HAPPY HOURS

Friday 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Sunday 11.30am to 12.30pm

Bistro hours – lunch Thursday – Sunday 12.00/2.00pm, Dinner Monday – Saturday 6.00/8.00pm

Matt Morgan

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Merriwa Sports Club

EASTER – Merriwa Sports Club Directors and staff would like to wish our members and guests a happy and safe Easter. Please note that we will be closed Good Friday but will be operating as normal every other day this weekend.

SATURDAY NIGHT RAFFLES – Raffles are still on this Saturday, 10 meat trays and 5 fruit and veg trays up for grabs. The trays have been looking amazing, thanks to Max’s Country Cuts and Merriwa IGA. Raffle begins at 7.30pm. The members draw was drawn on Saturday night, member number 19 was not present so the badge draw jackpots to $425.00 this week. Drawn anytime between 6.30pm and 8.30 pm, you must be there to win.

HAPPY HOURS – Friday – 5.00-7.00pm
Saturday – ALL DAY! That’s right, all day happy hours. $5.00 schooners, house spirits and wine. ALL DAY. “Happy Satdy” everyone!

RACE NIGHT – When the Merriwa Races finish on April 24 why end the good times there? We have secured a band for the race weekend, come along and dance the night away with Carrot Bowen and the Collective. Don’t forget that it’s Happy Satdy all day and night.

POOL AND DARTS COMP – Join us for pool and darts on Thursday nights. Names in by 6.00pm. $5.00 entry for each competition, winner takes all.

CLUBS OPENING HOURS – Monday to Friday 3.30pm. Saturday 12.00pm. Sunday 3.00pm

RSA AND RCG COURSES

The RSA course is on Tuesday April 27 and the RCG April 28. If you have put your name down to do the course please pay at the Club, $185.00 for the RSA and RCG is $135.00, before April 13.

Honki Haus Restaurant – Honki Haus now doing lunch time specials on a weekend. Come on in for a delicious meal, whether it’s for lunch or dinner. Honki Haus Restaurant closed Mondays and Tuesday. Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday 4.30pm to 8.00pm. Sunday dinners 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Open for lunch Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 2.00pm.

For bookings and take away – 0460 817 606

Brendon Cowell

 

 

 

 

 

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Merriwa Red Cross

The members of Merriwa Red Cross unfortunately were unable to draw the winners of the 100 Club and Raffle held on March 26 in aid of Red Cross
Calling.

Further tickets will be sold on April 9, 2021 when the winners will be announced. Many thanks to those who have already purchased tickets.
Cheree Walmsley

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Merriwa Bushmans Campdraft

Merriwa Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association are holding a meeting Wednesday March 31 2021 at 6.30pm at the Merriwa RSL Club to finalise the organisation of the May event.
Kellie Porter

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Helping Hands

During this period of uncertainty as COVID continues to impact our lives, some are finding it really difficult to stay at home, stay safe and stay connected. Not everyone has the internet, a smart phone or access to social media. Not everyone has family or friends nearby to assist with everyday things like shopping or paying the bills.

Helping Hands is a volunteer network to help those who need it most in our community extending across the old Merriwa Shire boundary. By staying in regular contact with local businesses and services, Helping Hands can help you stay connected with what’s available in Merriwa from the safety of your own home.

We can let you know what services are available and help you to access them. We also work with other charities and community organisations to help distribute donated items such as food hampers, gift cards, clothing even occasionally the odd bale of mulch hay for the garden!

We would love to hear from you if you are a senior, living with a disability or someone doing it tough in some other way. There will be more donated items and groceries coming into the district over the next few months so if this is something that could make a difference to you or your family, let us know.

In keeping with Covid restrictions, we can only assist people who have registered with Helping Hands and given us permission to contact them.
To go on the register call (m:) 0499 377 284 Monday to Friday during business hours. Leave a message and we will get back to you! You can also call this number if you’d like to be a volunteer yourself.
Tash Taaffe
Helping Hands

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Merriwa Surgery

Dr Emad Jasem
Dr Adrian Plaskitt (3 days a Month)
For all your medical needs
Opening hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am- 2.00pm
Closed for lunch 2.00pm to 3.00pm daily
For bookings please call the surgery on 02 6548-2305

COVID – 19 INFORMATION FOR MERRIWA
SURGERY PATIENTS

We are asking that patients who have respiratory symptoms of Corona Virus (COVID – 19) or similar, Please DO NOT present yourself to Merriwa Surgery. If you are a patient with respiratory symptoms, we ask that you, in the first instance call the healthdirect hotline on 1800 022 222, prior to calling the surgery.

Presenting yourself to the surgery could result in the surgery being closed and quarantined, leaving the Doctor and staff also quarantined and preventing healthcare to the community. Please think of others during this time.

A phone consult can be arranged for those with symptoms following contact in the first instance with the healthdirect hotline as above. For up to date information on COVID – 19 please visit www.health.gov.au

Dr Emad Jasem

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Merriwa Parkrun
WEEKLY FREE 5KM TIMED RUN

What is Merriwa parkrun? It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.

When is it? Every Saturday at 8.00am.

Where is it? The event takes place at Rotary Park, Telfer Street, Merriwa, NSW 2329. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.

 

Merriwa parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers – email merriwahelpers@parkrun.com to help.

We are friendly! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Sansko café – please come and join us!

Ashleigh Golden

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Non Emergency Medical Transport

We are required to give Area Health at least 48 hours notice of planned trips. To do this we need Clients to make their booking with us in that time.

Telephone 6548 2653 or Office, Bottle Museum, between 9.30 and 2.30 weekdays.

Lorna Parnell
Office Manager

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My Merriwa Local Investment Gift Cards

These are a great way to support local businesses, as it ensures that the money stays within the Merriwa community. Stay up to date by following the My Merriwa Facebook Page

The Local Investment gift cards can be purchased from:
Merriwa Home Hardware
Merriwa Pharmacy
newsXpress Merriwa

These can be redeemed at any of the following participating businesses

Eat @ 153

Merriwa IGA

Twisted Takeaway

Cassilis Post Office

BP Service Station (Cross Country)

Di’s Clothing Patch

La Scaletta Pizzeria

Nutrien Ag Solutions

RM Property & Livestock

Sansko Cafe & Restaurant

St Joseph’s Primary School

Wayne Smith Automotive

Welderup MWA Pty Ltd

Elders Rural Services Australia

Merriwa Petroleum & Ag Supplies Pty Ltd

Merriwa Tourist Welcoming Centre

Merriwa Tyre & Service Centre

McConnell’s This ‘n’ That

Honki Haus Restaurant

Max’s Country Cuts

Merriwa Cafe & Bakery

Merriwa Home Hardware

Merriwa Pharmacy

Merriwa Post Office

Merriwa RSL Club

Newsxpress Merriwa

Royal Hotel Cassilis

Please note that the “Upper Hunter We Live Here” Cards can now also be redeemed at any of the above participating businesses. 

Gift cards are available for purchase instore or online. So even if you yourself are not a local, you can still purchase them as gifts, and send them to locals.

https://www.whyleavetown.com/purchase-online

#merriwansw #supportinglocal #shoppinglocal #whyleavetown #whyleavetownmerriwa#WLTMerriwa

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Upper Hunter Shire Council 

FESTIVALS’ NEW FLEECE OF LIFE FOR 2021!
Due to the constantly changing nature of the pandemic the Festival of the Fleeces organising committee have unanimously agreed that the event, as it has traditionally been delivered for 29 years, cannot be held in a manner that is safe and economically viable in 2021.

The Festival of the Fleeces is adapting and the committee has gotten ‘COVID-creative’ for 2021. Designed to embrace and capture the same community enthusiasm and spirit that this event is known for, the hybrid version will be experienced through a mix of activities.

There will be a showcase of Merriwa from the main street, to the storefronts, to the footpaths, and to front yards. Visual displays and tributes to the history of the festival will lead up to a festival first – an online digital display that brings together two icons of the town – silo art and the traditional running of the sheep.

“We are looking forward to presenting a scaled down digitalised event that still captures the great spirit of the festival of the fleeces. The committee acknowledges the support of the UHSC in running this signature event at Merriwa.” Cr Campbell said.

Upper Hunter General Manager Greg McDonald, was informed of the committee’s decision and understands the position taken. “it is the committee and the  community that guides and leads the organisation of Festival of the Fleeces and I know they have the best interests of the event at heart.”

“The support Council has provided for the event in the past as part of the chartered agreement will continue this year and into the future.”

Mayor Collison said “I recognise the value of this festival to the Merriwa Community not just in financial terms but in bringing people together to celebrate all that is great in the Australian Wool Industry. I can understand residents may be disappointed that we are not yet able to  return to ‘life as normal’ and have the festival as we want it in 2021, but we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and as such I respect  the committee’s decision to scale down the event in 2021.”

“I encourage you to support the event in 2021, and look forward to attending the Festival of the Fleeces, in all its red sock and sheep glory in 2022.”

Maurice Collison
Mayor

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Merriwa Cup Race 2019

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Timelapse Painting Merriwa Silos

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