Around the Town with Nola - August 1

Wonderful gift: The front gates of St Brigid's Church, created by the talented Sergio Amadio. Photo: Supplied.

Wonderful gift: The front gates of St Brigid's Church, created by the talented Sergio Amadio. Photo: Supplied.

Vale Sergio: The legacy the late Sergio Amadio left St Brigid's Parish in Collie is easily seen with a visit to the church in Atkinson Street.

He was responsible for the metalwork at the church, including the front gates, the doors, the candles and the metal artwork for the interior, including that of Jesus being pierced by the sword and the Washing of the Feet.

Together with Nick Smargiassi who supplied the materials and Peter Pardini who assisted with the labour, Sergio erected the bell tower alongside the church.

He also created the cross for St Brigid's school. His artwork also features at the Collie Italian and Sporting Club, with his metal sculpture of the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, being suckled by a wolf.

He was a life member of the Collie Heritage Group, and was generous with his talents, and always willing to help others.

His art lives on.

Friends of the River: There was a good turn-out for their event on National Tree Day last Saturday.

With many willing hands at work, the planned planting was soon accomplished.

Thanks to all those who are helping improve the appearance and health of our river, which is so important to Collie.

Thanks to Rotary, Shire of Collie and Donna for co-ordinating the effort.

Country music: The Collie Country Music club is having an "away" day for their August function, at the Donnybrook Memorial Hall on August 18, from 1-4.30pm.

Rock Island Line will provide the music. Entry is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.

Looking back: During our working lives, we spend a lot of time with colleagues and fellow workers, but after retirement, you can lose touch with people.

A recent reunion of medical staff from the Permanent Care Ward of the Collie Hospital attracted more than 60 people.

I am told it was a wonderful event, with lots of reminiscing and anecdotes from past years. Congratulations to the organisers for this happy event.

Looking forward: This year's Vietnam service on August 17 will be a very special one for Collie. The town will host the South West Vietnam Veterans' Day service.

Two young Collie men lost their lives in Vietnam, so the remembrance service is always significant for local people.

A march of ex-servicemen and Vietnam veterans will proceed from the RSL in Lefroy Street, along Forrest Street to Steere Street and Soldiers' Park, where the ceremony will begin at 11.30am.

There will be a flyover by the RAAF, and speeches from Mick Murray and former Collie boy Darryl Lovell.

Darryl served 26 years in the military, including a tour as a platoon commander in Vietnam, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

He was educated at Amaroo and Collie Senior High School. Following the ceremony, there will be fellowship at the RSL premises.

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