Pony Book Sell-out Success

Pony Book Sell-out SuccessWell known Hills/Barossa artist Ros Dickenson and author/publisher Glenda Couch-Keen have successfully sold out, in less than a year, their sunshine happy pony book Penny Down Under- Australia’s Tribute to Thelwell. Launched by Olympic equestrian Gillian Rolton at the Adelaide International Horse Trials last November, all but a few of the one thousand hand signed limited edition hard cover copies have gone ‘to good homes’. Continue reading Pony Book Sell-out Success

Local Breeders Show Southern Success

Local Breeders Show Southern Success StoryLocal cattle stud, Gathbodhan Cattle, from Kersbrook, had great success at this years Strathalbyn Show, and showed the Southern Hills region just how good it is in the North.

Taking both Male and Female Champions in the Highland Classes, they then also moved on to the Interbreed section and came home with Reserve Champion Interbreed Male, Reserve Champion Interbreed Female and Champion Interbreed Pair. Continue reading Local Breeders Show Southern Success

Gumeracha Primary School 150 year Celebrations 1857 – 2007

Gumeracha Primary School 150 year Celebrations 1857 - 2007The Gumeracha Primary School will kick off its 150th Celebrations on Friday, October 19th, 2007, with a School Open Day starting at 11am. Assembly will be at 12.30pm for a parents, grandparents, old scholars and friends tour of the facilities and special student assembly with presentations by classes.

The Celebrations will continue on Saturday, October 20th, with a Reunion Programme commencing at 11.30am and running to 3.30pm. The Programme will include old scholars registration, the 150 years commemoration ceremony, a B.B.Q. luncheon, school visit and roll call, a display by the Gumeracha and District History Centre Inc. and orders will be taken for a special commemorative edition of the Torrens Valley Historical Journal devoted to the Gumeracha School. Continue reading Gumeracha Primary School 150 year Celebrations 1857 – 2007

Birdwood wins Grand Champion Carcase

Birdwood wins Grand Champion CarcassBirdwood High School won seven ribbons recently in the Schools Led Steer competition at the Royal Adelaide Show.

Two ribbons were won in the show ring: On the Hoof; the Limousin steer winning a fourth place ribbon and the Murray Grey winning a fifth place. But the Limousin scooped the pool to win 5 ribbons in the carcase competition including the T&R Pastoral Prize for Champion Domestic Carcase; Highest Scoring Domestic Carcase in both schools and open breed and the T&R Pastoral Trophy for the Grand Champion Carcase of the show. Continue reading Birdwood wins Grand Champion Carcase

‘Back to Back’ Challenge Raffle Results

‘Back to Back’ Challenge Raffle ResultsWinners of the jumper raffle for the ‘Back to Back’ Challenge which was held on September 2nd and drawn by Michael Willoughby (pictured) at the Heart of the Hills Market were: 1st prize winner, M. Walker of Woodville; 2nd prize winner, Nicola of Kingswood and 3rd prize winner, B. Noack of Ridgehaven.

The jumper raised $230.00 for cancer research!

The ‘Back to Back’ Challenge was held earlier in the year and the Gumeracha Spinners’ team ‘Gumeracha Gumknutters’ made a new club record by spinning and knitting the jumper in 7 hours, 55 minutes and 48 seconds!!

The sheep were shorn by Frank Jacob of Littlehampton using blade shears. The Gumknutters now have a real challenge on their hands to try and beat this time next year!!

Sterling work done by the Gumeracha Community Op Shop

Sterling work done by the Gumeracha Community Op ShopSince the Gumeracha Community Op Shop Inc. (GCOS) opened in February this year, over $7,000 has been raised and distributed back to Community Groups. Proceeds have gone to: Gumeracha – Tennis Club, History Centre, Hospital Auxiliary, Uniting Church and Medieval Fair. CFS – Gumeracha, Forreston and Group Cadets. Torrens Valley – Childcare Centre, Soccer Club and Lions Club. Schools – Birdwood High School and Gumeracha Primary.

The Op Shop’s policy is; the hours worked by a Volunteer, are calculated as a percentage against net profits which is distributed to the Charity or Group that the Volunteer nominated. So if anyone would like to help fundraise for a Community Group, this is a easy way to do it! Volunteers with a CentreLink commitment are welcome. Continue reading Sterling work done by the Gumeracha Community Op Shop

Kersbrook Retiree Conquers the Kokoda Trail

Kersbrook Retiree Conquers the Kokoda TrailIn June this year, 61 year old, Mary Cook from Kersbrook, and an Original Bootcamp recruit, took on the challenge of walking the Kokoda Trail. Mary is now one of the oldest females to have ever successfully completed the Trail.

Mary said, “this was a physical challenge that I really wanted to prove to myself that I could do, and I was successful due to a very strong mental attitude and the help of the wonderful porters who make it their responsibility to get you to the end no matter what. This 96km trek in 7 days through pristine jungle will remain as one of the most moving and memorable experiences of my life. Continue reading Kersbrook Retiree Conquers the Kokoda Trail

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