Round the town with Nola – November 1

Fiera

Collie Italian and Sporting Club is holding a Fiera on Saturday, November 3, from 10am to 2pm. Fiera is Italian for fair, and everything looks set fair to be a good day. There will be a variety of market and food stalls, and a car boot sale. Look out for the amaretti and other Italian delicacies. For more, call Greg on 0402 041 375.   

Garden Open Day

Our Community Garden is holding an Open Day on Saturday, from 1.30pm to 4pm. They have arranged plant, preserves and food stalls, and a number of community groups to be on hand. Afternoon tea will be on sale, and the $5 price includes a ticket in the raffle. There will be activities for children, with a project to build a bird house, and sand pit activity. There will be live music from local Caddam Wood and former Collie resident Jo Foster.

Garden lovers

Keen gardeners may like to visit Fern Bank in Donnybrook for their annual open day on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, from 10am to 4.30pm. There will be morning and afternoon teas and lunches, market stalls, plant sales, live music and wine tastings. Entry is $6 for adults, children free, but no dogs please. Proceeds go to the Children's Leukaemia & Cancer Foundation.

Country market

The Country markets will open on Saturday from 8am to 12pm at Wallsend Grounds.

Shelby shines

Shelby Bailey, daughter of former Collie residents Maureen and Trevor Bailey, and granddaughter of local, Iris Swallow, was named the Australian Young Professional of the Year at this year's AMMA Industrial Awards held in Melbourne recently. Shelby is currently senior consultant for industrial relations with Atlas. She was recognised for her outstanding contribution in the areas of enterprise bargaining, redundancy processes and unfair dismissal. 

Remembrance Day Service     

This year marks the centenary of the Armistice ending WW1. On  November 11, 1918, hostilities ceased on the western front, and the "War to end all Wars" was over. In honour of those 129 "Collie Boys" who gave their lives in that war, the Collie Cardiff RSL Sub Branch will be conducting a Remembrance Day Commemoration Service on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The Service will commence at 10.30am, at the Soldiers Park Cenotaph. Poppies will be on sale outside Mick Murray's office on Friday, November 9 from 9am. They are available for a donation, with proceeds going to support veterans through RSL headquarters.

Seniors lunch

Each year, the Shire of Collie holds a function during Seniors Week to recognise the contribution local seniors have made to the town. This year, there is one small change - it will be held on a Wednesday, instead of a Thursday. Mark the date on your calendars, Wednesday, November 21, at the PCYC section of the Margaretta Wilson Centre. Doors open at 11.30am for a 12 noon start. All are welcome.

Dinner dance

Collie Probus and the Collie Italian and Sporting Club, have teamed up with the South West Dance Group to present a dinner dance on Friday, November 9 at the Italian Club. Dinner is from 6pm to 7.30pm, with home made pasta. The cost is $10 for Italian Club members and $15 for non-members. Children are welcome at the dinner.

The dance is from 8pm till late, with music by Brian Keally of the Harvey Dance Group. Tickets for are $10, and you are asked to bring a plate supper and pay at the door. Dancing will be a mixture of old time, new vogue and sequence dancing. The bar will be open from 6pm. Rsvp to 0408 940 168, or 9734 4777 by November 4.

Swimming club

It is not too late to register for the swimming club. You can find them at the swimming pool on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5.45pm.

The club has an inclusion policy, all welcome, and four coaches are on hand to help you improve your strokes and times. You are required to purchase a season pass to the pool. For more information, phone Wayne Bentley, 0439 556 653 or email collieswimmingclub@gmail.

Junior tennis

The Collie Tennis Club is offering coaching for juniors from the age of five years upwards. If your children are interested, you can take them along to the tennis club, off Roberts Street, on Saturday morning between 9am and 11am.

Share the dignity

Drop off points have been organised for people wishing to Share the Dignity with other locals who are going through a hard time.

Mick Murray's office and Woolworths will each have a big pink bin to receive items. If you can spare a handbag or two, they will be filled with goods such as toiletries, a brush, a comb, tissues, sanitary items, incontinence items, scarves, shampoo, conditioner, socks, and deodorant. Handbags and items can be left for the next six weeks, and they will be distributed locally. Contact Raewyn on 0497 172 808 for more details.

St Vinnies

St Vinnies is appealing for items of food and/or toiletries, as their stocks are running low. Donations can be left at St Vinnies in Steere Street on Mondays until 1pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Retired Miners

The Retired Miners will be going on a Mystery Tour on Monday, November 5, leaving at 9.30am. This is the scheduled meeting day, but because of the tour, there will not be anyone at the union office.

Send it in

Items for not-for-profit organisations are welcome for this column. You can email nrg@highway1.com.au by 5pm on Mondays, or drop at 87 Jones Street. Please include a contact name and number in case I need to check information.