Widgee Pony Club members riding in the march past at the Gympie Gymkhana.
Widgee Pony Club members riding in the march past at the Gympie Gymkhana.

Widgee riders put in a top effort at gymkhana

THE Gympie Gymkhana held last Sunday was a great day for Widgee Pony Club.

With just a small number of members available to compete they were tested against several local clubs including Gympie Pony Club who entered over 100 riders.

For such a small group Widgee outdid themselves taking third place in the march past with only five riders, plus winning 28 ribbons in the various events.

The club is going from strength to strength this year, having a friendly family atmosphere and new committee members who provide tremendous encouragement, helping riders achieve their goals. Parents, friends and supporters, along with their new chief instructor Craig Johnson, were all very proud of their outstanding results last weekend.

The club is holding a Muster this Sunday at the Widgee Showgrounds.

Inquiries Jim 5486 1180 or Lisa 0437 840 439.

Ted turns 85

ANOTHER milestone for Widgee's Ted Senior who turned 85 years young on Wednesday and celebrated the momentous occasion with several friends at the Widgee Store.

With blue eyes twinkling, he was surrounded by a bevy of lovely ladies and sported a huge grin throughout the morning, receiving oodles of birthday wishes from all and sundry.

A qualified coach builder from days of old, Ted is a marvel with wood while restorations are another enjoyable hobby. For many years he has donated beautifully hand-crafted items to numerous causes, helping raise many thousands of dollars.

These include Gympie Meals on Wheels, Widgee Fire Brigade, Widgee Hall & Rec, the Community Complex and the Country Music Club. Widgee Craft Group has also been very fortunate with the wonderful prizes he donates for their annual cancer morning tea.

The Widgee Community pays tribute to Ted for his continued good works and wishes him good health and many more birthdays ahead.

Widgee markets

DON'T forget the Widgee Mother's Day markets tomorrow, with loads of goodies for bargain hunters.

Running from 7am-noon, the markets are held in the grounds of the Widgee Store. Come along and grab yourself a coffee and yummy breakfast.

There'll be lots of great gifts for Mum as well as plants and books, pre-loved clothing and linens, some absolutely fabulous kitchenalia, delicious home-made ice cream and much, much more. Don't forget the sausage sizzle, raising funds for Widgee Pony Club.

Sites are only $5 each and there's loads of off street parking. Inquiries Jim Clune 5486 1180. All proceeds to Widgee Pony Club.

Big Rosella Festival

IT'S ON again, the second Big Rosella Festival on Saturday, May 13 at Petersen's Farm, 2 Reilly Rd, Woolooga from 9am-4pm.

This year's event will be even bigger and brighter again offering walking farm tours, Cooking demos by Matt Golinksi and Greg Barrett, cooking tips from CC Diaz, lots of delicious food stalls, CC's Kitchen products, Petersen's Farm produce and face painting for the youngsters.

Entry is $5 for adults and the over 12s, free entry for children 11 years and under.

Come on out to Woolooga and enjoy the food and the farm, taste award winning products from CC's Kitchen and have a wonderful experience.

Inquiries CC 0411 624 648. Tickets available from www.gympieboxoffice.com.au or at the gate.

Bushman's Bar

HALL & Rec volunteers are on roster at the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen this weekend. The Bushman's Bar & Kitchen offers great family dining in a soothing, country atmosphere with plenty of parking and room for the young ones to run and play. Inquiries to the hall during opening hours 5484 0282. Meals are served from 6.30pm while the Bushman's Bar opens around 3pm today and 4pm on Saturdays.

Koala Action Group

LAST Friday's Widgee Koala Action Group meeting drew people from across the area, interested in helping preserve and increase our koala population.

Councillor Hilary Smerdon was also there and will keep the council informed of any outcomes and liaise on behalf of the committee.

Maya the scat dog demonstrated her ability to track and find koalas to the delight of locals, with a number of sightings recorded.

Maya was attended by her handlers Natalie Dowling and Mikayla Martin from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Natalie and Mikayla were thrilled with the number of koalas in the vicinity and hope to return to Widgee very soon for further tracking and confirmation of koala habitats and trails.

Anyone interested in joining the Widgee Koala Action Group can contact Kath O'Donnell 5484 0089.

Widgee Craft Group

TIME'S of the essence now with only eighteen more sleeps until the big day, their annual cancer morning tea at the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen.

With flying feet they're busy with table decor and organising all the little bits and bobs that go into making the event such a success, not only for the group but for Cancer Council Qld.

This year promises to be bigger and brighter than before, with Karen Thomsen once again at the helm, aided and abetted by the U3A Retro Juke Box Singers.

Not to mention all those wonderful prizes to be won in the major and multi draw raffles. Plus there's the lucky door, the lucky spot, the best dressed lady & gent prizes, not forgetting this year's theme Hats On to Fight Cancer and another prize for the best sun hat on the day.

Widgee Craft Group's reputation will be maintained with the ladies providing a delicious morning tea with endless tea and coffee plus lots of entertainment to keep everyone on their toes. Just $10 will get you through the door on Wednesday, May 24, from 9.30am. But this year bookings are essential so phone Margaret Fittler on 5484 0420 or email to widgeecraftgroup@southernphone.com.au.

The ladies are once again hoping to send a huge amount to the coffers of Cancer Council Qld, raising funds for research and to help cancer victims and their families. Bring your hearts, bring your money and looking forward to meeting you on the 24th.   

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