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.
More than 60,000 Australians were among the millions who had lost their lives.
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.
You are reminded that it is not appropriate to applaud at Commemoration Ceremonies.
Following the commemoration service the RSL premises are open to the public for viewing.
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.
There's some excellent displays in the Museum connected to the war service of the Collie Boys.
The memorial plaques which originally were placed under rose bushes in Soldiers' Park are on display.
They were removed when the rose beds were moved to a sunnier spot in the park, as the trees at the perimeter were shading them too much.
There is a bugle used in the Great War, and a framed silk shawl sent home from Egypt.
It is well worth a visit as we prepare to celebrate the centenary of the cessation of hostilities.
Back to Worsley
The Friends of Worsley Community Group are holding their annual Back to Worsley day this Sunday at St Davids Catholic Church in Gastaldo Road.
Morning tea will be served by the group at 10.30am.
A Remembrance Day tribute will be played in the lead-up to 11am, followed by a church service and mass.
BYO picnic lunch, meet old friends and reminisce.
Two local groups, 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 courtesy of the Italian Club fantastic cooks.
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 the dance are $10, and you are asked to bring a plate for a shared 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 till late.
Each year, the Shire of Collie holds a function during Seniors Week to recognise the contribution local seniors have made to the town over their lifetimes.
This year, the function is on again, with one small change - it will be held on a Wednesday, instead of a Thursday as has been the case for some years.
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.
Come along, bring your friends, enjoy the company, good food and music.
All are welcome.
Fun golf day
Ladies who would like to have a go at golf will have the opportunity to sample a taste of the game at a Fun Day at the Collie Golf Club on Sunday, November 18.
From 2pm there will be chipping, putting, and then more activity in the Clubhourse.
Golf sticks and snacks will be provided, and the cost is $10.
For more information, ring Bev on 0410 062 228.
The railway station is now offering its summer menu from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
On Thursdays and Fridays, the special is a 2meat salad plate, bread and butter, cake and tea or coffee at $10.50 per person.
On Sundays, from 8.30am to 11.30am, a cooked breakfast of bacon, sausage, egg, tomato, toast, juice, tea or coffee for $10.50 per person.
With Christmas approaching, the station offers a range of gift items, including coal figurines, and lay by is available.
The electric train set is getting a face lift, and Thomas the Tank has been joined by friends Annie and Clarabelle.
Volunteers are sought to help keep the station open, especially with the school holidays approaching.
If you can help, phone 0457 912 296.
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.
Any of these items can be donated to help make the day a bit brighter, and restore the dignity of those doing it tough.
Giving even a little can make a big difference.
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.
Big Fat Quiz
Have you been paying attention to events this year?
The last quiz organized by the Library this year will be held on Saturday, November 24 from 6.30pm.
It will feature questions based on events this year locally, Nationally and World wide, in politics, entertainment and pop culture.
The cost is $5 per person, and tables of 4 to 6 can be booked by calling 9734 9042 or on Facebook.
Six weeks to Christmas, and there's a few dates you can lock in to your calendars.
Carols in the Park will be held in Central Park on Sunday, December 9.
The Cheerio Club's Christmas party will be held in the Miners' Institute on Thursday, December 13.
Has your business, club or organisation plans to enter a float in this year's Christmas Pageant?
If so, you will probably need to start planning now.
There are good prizes for the most impressive floats - but even without it, it is great fun to be part of the big parade.
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