Bridge Banter: Our member Jennifer Calvert played her last game before moving to Orange. Jennifer has always been a joy to play with or to play against at a bridge table and she will be sorely missed, especially by her long-time partner Dawn Phipps. We bid our farewell to Jennifer after ten years. All of us at Parkes Bridge Club wish Jennifer the very best in this new chapter of her life and we hope to see her again someday at the bridge table. ‘Bridge is a wonderful game,’ said Jennifer, ‘and I have enjoyed learning and playing with the wonderful people at Parkes Bridge Club.’ Winners last week were Tuesday Val Worthington and Bev Laing; Thursday Louise Payne with Peter Quin north/south and Margaret Hawken with Joan Reilly east/west and Monday Gary Somers and Greig Ball. New players are welcome on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Lutheran Church Hall. Go to https://www.parkes.bridge-club.org or call Greig Ball 0429621712 or Bev Laing 0418114826 for more information. By Beth Thomas
Bogan Fest: Fat Pizza and Houso’s star Pauly Fenech will open this year’s Australia’s Biggest Bogan Festival from 11 – 13 June at Bedgerabong Racecourse. He will do a stand-up set, interviews, shooting clips for his shows and having a crack at the record for thonging most people (bogans) at one time and place. “There’ll be a car display, food vendors, cold beverages, lawnmower racing, mullet haircuts, promotions, comedy, activities and inevitably the crowning of Australia’s Biggest Bogan by Chris Franklin and defending champ Ryan ‘Bogan’ Edwards,” said Luke Acheson, co-founder of Australia’s Biggest Bogan Festival.
“Studio 10s Daniel Doody (Channel 10) will also be in Forbes on Thursday, 10th June from 8am-12noon doing live crosses from Acheson’s Mitre 10 and we encourage all locals to get in the Bogan gear and come down,” he said. Find tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australias-biggest-bogan-festival-tickets-93021733509
Cycle of Inspiration: Royal Far West’s seventh Ride for Country Kids was a huge success for kids needing support in rural and remote communities. A total of 79 riders cycled from Dubbo to Cobar, via Narromine, Warren and Nyngan, on a three-day, 400km fundraising adventure. Royal Far West’s Executive Director, Business People and Culture Jacqui Emery said: “The fundraising target for the Ride was $450,000, so we were thrilled to reach $535,000.