HAPPY START: Sharon Arthur with son Luke and daughter Ruby, all set for Luke's first day of school on Monday.
HAPPY START: Sharon Arthur with son Luke and daughter Ruby, all set for Luke's first day of school on Monday.

Big smiles herald a new school year at Widgee

THE school year started well at Widgee with several new enrolments and while there may have been a few tears, many faces lit up with excitement as they were led into the classroom for the first time and given a desk and chair.

Awestruck eyes surveyed the room that would begin their travel into the as-yet unknown world of education and all the wonders ahead.

Widgee State School has ample room and can cater for more students, with a marvellous team of experienced and awe inspiring teachers and experienced support staff.

The school has a reputation for excellence and high achievement, due also to the wonderful rapport between teachers, students and families.

If you're still looking for a suitable school to for your child, then come and check out the facilities at Widgee State School which offers close proximity to Gympie precincts but within a clean and healthy country environment, spacious grounds, air conditioned classrooms, library and music room and a great new sports oval for track and field.

Offering vacancies from Prep to Year 6, the school also encourages parents with pre-school age children to join their playgroup every Wednesday morning in the library.

Inquiries to principal Matt Elson 5484 0888.


WIDGEE Indoor Bowls Club members were back on their beloved greens on Monday.

Shots were well placed, as players vied to out manoeuvre one another.

Final scores were fairly low due to very tight finishes, but the games were exciting to watch.

Topping the ladder this week was Jeanette with 49 points, with Gail and Russell tying for second spot with 47 points each. Mavis crept into third place with 45 points while Di was fourth with 44.

New players are welcome at Widgee Indoor Bowls Club so why not pop on down to the Memorial Hall on Monday? Play begins at 9am with a cuppa break around 10. Inquiries Dianne Lhotka 5484 0286.


WIDGEE Hall & Rec volunteers will be donning their aprons this weekend, cooking up some of their favourite meals at the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen.

Meals are served from 6.30-7.45pm Friday and Saturday nights while the bar opens from 3pm on Fridays and about 4pm on Saturdays.

Plenty of off-street parking and room for the youngsters to run and play makes the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen ideal for family dining. Inquiries to the hall during opening times hours 5484 0282.


IT WAS a great night of music and melody last Saturday with the Widgee Country Music Club's Jammin' session attracting some fantastic talent to the Bushman's Bar.

Patrons enjoyed free entertainment while club members and invited artists enjoyed doing what they do best, playing their music and singing their favourite songs.

The club has several Jammin' weekends lined up for the year, hoping to attract more members and build their numbers.

Inquiries Karen 0448 148 699.


FANTASTIC February is the theme for the first Widgee Markets for 2018 on Saturday, February 3 in the grounds of Widgee General Store.

Stalls will offer a wonderful variety of goods including plants, books, clothing, bric-a-brac, furnishings, games and puzzles, linen, fresh and local fruits and vegetables, kitchenalia and more.

The sausage sizzle will be manned by members of the Widgee War Memorial Committee, raising funds for this year's free Anzac Day breakfast.

There's plenty of parking and spaces available for more stalls, so why not load up the car with all those boxes from the garage and join the fun at Widgee?

The markets run from 7am-12 noon and you can book a site by contacting Lyn 5484 0102 or 0408 734 478.


AFTER another successful Probus function last week, Widgee Craft Group members will now focus on this year's cancer morning tea in May.

There's lots to do and plenty of work for the group over the weeks ahead, beginning with table decor which they began on Wednesday.

The group meets every Wednesday from 9am-12 noon. If you'd like more information contact president Alice Burke 5484 9156. Visitors are always welcome to come along and enjoy a cuppa with the crew.


LAST Saturday's Kilkivan Great Horse Ride annual general meeting heralded a full committee comprising Steve Horseman as president, secretary Rosie Fitzgerald, Bob Thomson treasurer and Julie McSweeny trail co-coordinator.

Sherie Atherton was elected fifth member.

With 2018 being the inaugural year of the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride Festival, the KGRH Committee is looking to local communities, including Widgee and Woolooga, to continue their wonderful support even though the three riding and carriage trails announced for this year will all begin and end at Kilkivan.

Secretary Rosie Fitzgerald hopes the community spirit shown in past years will continue and strengthen the ties throughout the region.

Inquiries Rosie 0407 399 620.

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