JB’s World: We can all be proud of our GC2018 competitors

WE CAN all be proud of the achievements of our competitors at the Commonwealth Games currently under way on the Gold Coast.

None more so than  our local gold star hockey players heading for Gold again with kookaburras captain carrying the Australian flag at the opening ceremony and our Ryde local Gold Medal winning athlete Evan O’Hanlon.

Congratulations all round.

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HISTORIC “ADDINGTON” Open Day this Sunday April 15 from 2pm to 4pm will feature a cheque presentation of $2,700 to the Moocooboolah District Scouts Camp Windeyer by representatives of the Baden-Powell Scout Guild and St George’s Guild for replacement fridges at the Berowra creek campsite.

District Commissioner and Camp Windeyer camp warden Cameron Jessep will accept the cheque on behalf of the camp committee.

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AS PATRON of Ryde-Hunters Hill Panthers Hockey Club I am unashameably delighted with the kookaburras’ winning ways at the Commonwealth Games and hopefully taking out Gold again, particularly with two of our local Ryde boys Tom Craig and Lachlan Sharp playing starring roles.

The Kookaburras are already on track for the finals on this Saturday having already soundly beaten South Africa and Scotland to be followed by Canada and New Zealand before the semi finals on Friday.

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SAD TO report the passing of DOROTHY KENNING of North Ryde last Wednesday and her funeral yesterday Tuesday April 10.

Dorothy was active in Guiding and GFS and a Church Missionary Society employee for 24 years and an Anglicare volunteer for a similar time.

Also the passing of JENNY Bull ARMSTRONG originally of Ryde and lately of Caloundra Queensland. Jenny was the sister of Maureen Simpson of Epping who attended yesterday’s funeral service on the Sunshine Coast where Jenny’s favourite nephew and JB’s Godson John L Simpson sang her favourite song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Rest in Peace girls.

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ANNE BRYCE CEO of Achieve Australia Foundation heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List celebrating today same day as former Top Ryde Shopping Centre manager Nathan Vincent faces 44 candles on his birthday cake today.

Thurai Thuraisingham parties tomorrow same day as Peter Hansen in Denmark and Patrick and Yvonne Longfield celebrate 15 years wedded bliss.

Alan Jones of radio broadcasting fame and coach of the all conquering Wallabies of yore and a stint with Balmain Tigers rugby league as well as a former champion tennis player and would be concert singer (?) celebrates three quarters of a century on Friday and we wish you well AJ. And many more hanging out the pollies to dry.

Cath Lynch is back min town and celebrates here birthday Friday also as does Victor Taffa while Thelma and Harold Latham of West Ryde celebrate 55 years wedded bliss and Dennis and Carol Leach of Roden Cutler Lodge Gordon celebrating 30 years.

Sue Sweet Byrne who as a five year-old was flower girl at the wedding at St Phillip’s church Eastwood of her auntie Margaret Barnier to JB’s twin brother Dr Peter Arthur Booth celebrates Sunday and hosts a surprise birthday party for her mum Maureen Barnier Sweet Devereaux the day before at her Pymble home.

Alfred James and Loretta Kay McDermott celebrate 58 years on Monday same day as Vickie Burgess of Epping and Stephen and Josephine Hantos.

Anastassia aughteer of Dr Miriam Kapel and Dr Stephen Zafiriou turns seventeen on Tuesday while on Wednesday Ron Taffa of Taffa’s Mitre 10 hardware fame West Ryde celebrates a golden 90 with better half Margaret and kids Anthony, Julianne and offspring.

Brian McErlane of West Ryde turns 83 on Wednesday celebrating with better half and keen golfer Sue while Merete Dahl celebrates in faraway Denmark. Happy daze all.

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BUMPER STICKER: There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking.

It’s called marriage!

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Keep Smiling!

– JOHN F BOOTH