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The 2015 Mardi Gras looms rapidly.
The 2014 'All Stars' Mardi Gras
was an outstanding success thanks to the
wonderful contributions of so many in our
community this year.
Who can forget the 55 entries in the
parade on that beautiful summer's day in
A large number of energetic ambassa-
dor entrants (three seniors, three ambassa-
dors and eight juniors) raised in excess of
$16,000 all of which, in July, was distrib-
uted to 13 community projects.
Well done Loxton.
In contrast, for the 2015 Mardi Gras, we
have only two seniors, one ambassador and
four juniors to date.
Ambassador entrants into all three cat-
egories are still open and would be very
The fundraising aspect is not of overrid-
Only the highest fundraiser in the two
adult categories have the amount dis-
The fun of participation and personal
development gained, along with benefit to
the community, are the rewards. Not forget-
ting this is one of Loxton's major events.
We would be delighted to hear from any
perspective entrants as soon as possible to
join in Mardi Gras 2015 with the theme
'Back to the Future'.
The Ambassador co-ordinators would
welcome any enquiries: seniors, 50 years
and over -- Yae 8584 4602; ambassadors,
18-50 years -- Pam 0447 525 822; and
juniors, school years 5-7 -- Tracy 0468 463
Your support would be greatly valued.
Loxton Mardi Gras Committee
Loxton is renowned for its generous
Almost every week there is something
to attend, raising money for one deserving
cause or another.
This Sunday, November 16, there are
two events worthy of note for their simple
enjoyment, little cost, good causes and it
will be easy to attend both.
Any time between 11am to 4pm you may
'come and go' to a garden party at 'Gums
and Roses', 327 Mackey Road, Loxton.
The $10 entry fee entitles you to coffee
and scones and the ambience and serenity
of a beautiful garden.
You may also partake of the sausage
sizzle lunch available at extra cost.
Tickets are available from Rose Auricht,
phone 8584 5375. All proceeds will go to
Riverview Rest Home.
At 2.30pm there is a musical afternoon
at St Albert's Parish Hall, Owen Street,
We have little opportunity for this kind of
enjoyment in Loxton.
Alison Botting, as musical director of
Opera et Cetera, promises a fun program
of songs in A Carnival of Animals.
You may also be surrounded by animals
(painted or stuffed) adding to the atmo-
Afternoon tea will provide time to chat
with the artists and a 'retiring offering' will
go towards the new kitchen at the hall.
Lest We Forget
We must never forget
That the freedoms we hold
Were defended with courage
By those who were bold.
Their young lives they gave
Dying in lands far away,
And so we honour them all
On our Remembrance Day.Andrew Guild
Croydon South, Victoria
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago,
Thursday, November 19, 1964
Berri's second ferry arrived at noon Wednesday,
November 11, after leaving from the shipwright
yards in Morgan.
40 years ago
Wednesday, November 13, 1974
Work has begun on installing a swimming pool
at the Brown's Well Area School.
30 years ago
Wednesday, November 14, 1984
Loxton North gave a dismal performance in
Riverland A grade cricket on Saturday, dismissed
for just 48 runs in a batting debacle on the hard
wicket at Waikerie.
20 years ago
Wednesday, November 16, 1994
The Vickers Vimy replica aircraft, which was
flown from England to Australia to re-enact the his-
toric flight of Keith and Ross Smith in 1919, landed
at the Loxton airfield yesterday.
10 years ago
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
The Loxton Hospital will retain its current ob-
stetric and surgical services, after the Riverland
Health Authority (RHA) last week rejected a con-
troversial clinical services review.
FROM THE BIBLE...
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at
peace with everyone.
-- Romans 12:18 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Ed Trotman and his WWI medal. Inscribed, "For valor in his country's need -- from
residents of Paruna, 1919", the medal was awarded to Edward Kinsey Trotman, son of
Edward Henry and Maria Hane (née Kinsey), from Paruna. In June, 1916, Ed enlisted
with the 5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 5, which embarked from Adelaide on
board HMAT A73 Commonwealth in September, 1916. He and other Australians fought
for 21 months on the front in France. At the end of "the torture", Ed was the only survivor
of his original group of 20. He returned to Australia in July, 1919, and was granted a
soldier settler block eight miles (13km) from Paruna in the Hundred of Kekwick. To get
water, he had to walk 11km and back from his home. He grew wheat, but the harsh
conditions prevented him making a decent living. In 1927, Ed married Eva Thome and
they were blessed with three daughters and a son. Ed and Eva spent 13 years at Paruna
before moving to the SE transporting a house from Paruna, reconstructing it at Keppoch.
Lest we forget.
-- photo and information from the Trotman family
Loxton Senior Citizen News
The seniors club has been busy over the last
The clubs 41st birthday was celebrated on
Tuesday, October 21. This was attended by 30
members and four guests. The cake was cut
by Elva Koch. Entertainment was provided by
Barbara Prior and club members.
On Tuesday, November 4, 22 members and
one guest enjoyed a Melbourne Cup lunch.
Each member brought savoury and sweet fin-
ger food to share, before watching the running
of the cup. Congratulations to Carl Vogelsang
on his 80th birthday. Carl was joined by
members for lunch at the Loxton Hotel where
he was presented with his OBE (Over B*****
Jean James has been confirmed as secretary,
following the unexpected passing of late secre-
tary, Pam Fife. Pam will be missed by the com-
mittee and club members.
Loxton Legacy Widows Meeting
The meeting will be held on Monday,
November 24, at the Loxton RSL Hall. It will
be a Christmas morning tea and members are
asked to please bring a small plate to share.
The guest speaker will be Gail Bell.
LOXTON HIGH SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD
FORMAL/PROM SURVEY RESULTS
Towards the end of last term we
conducted a prom/formal farewell
survey, with access details provided
in the newsletter. Thank you to
those students and parents who
took the time to complete the
In response to the statement "a
formal (year 12) farewell should
replace the prom and graduation
dinner", 75 per cent of respondents
'strongly agreed' and 25 per cent
Here are some of the comments
that best reflected the views of the
"I believe that there should only
be one event to celebrate the end
of the year for senior students. I
don't find it necessary to attend
a prom in year 11, it should just
be a privilege and celebration
in year 12 after a whole life of
education with the people who
have been there with you along
the years. Combining the prom and
graduation to one event will make
the celebration more meaningful."
"This will also be a cost saver
for many families who simply can't
afford all of the expenses attached
to graduation and prom nights.
"The financial pressure on
families at that time of the year is
incredible if your child has prom,
graduation, Melbourne volleyball
and don't forget Christmas and
perhaps there are other children
in the family wanting experiences
Next year a formal farewell
will be trialled, the make-up of
which will be determined by
representatives from the 2015 year
12 cohort and interested staff.
CATASTROPHIC BUSHFIRE DAYS
Loxton High School will be open
if the Riverland fire ban district is
classified as 'catastrophic' by the
Bureau of Meteorology. However,
no school buses will run.
School responsibility -- in
the event of the likelihood of a
• 1: Families will receive a
letter from our school 24 hours
in advance notifying them of this
• 2: The bus contractor and all
local schools will be contacted by
phone and/or email.
Parent responsibility -- after 5pm
on the day immediately preceding
the potential 'catastrophic day'
• 1: Listen to 1062 ABC Radio.
• 2: Phone the Bushfire Parent
Hotline (1800 000 279).
• 3: Visit the Bureau of
Meteorology website (bom.gov.au).
• 4: Visit the DECD website
• 5: Visit the CFS website (cfs.
sa.gov.au) to find out whether
a 'catastrophic day' has been
declared and therefore school
buses will not run.
Given the size of our school it is
impossible to contact every family
in person. Therefore it becomes
the parent/carers responsibility
to confirm whether that day (and
subsequent days) have been
Staff and local schools'
responsibilities -- It is staff and local
schools' responsibility to listen to
ABC local radio etcetera after 5pm
on the day immediately preceding
a possible 'catastrophic day' to
ascertain the fire danger rating for
Conclusion -- We acknowledge
the co-operation of parents, local
schools and bus contractor. The
safety of our students is our first
GOVERNING COUNCIL NEWS
Our annual general meeting is
to be held on Tuesday, December
2, in the library at 7.30pm. We will
be looking for six new councillors
on the night. The period of service
is two years and below we have
some comments from existing
councillors that may encourage you
to generously donate your time to
"It was important to me to be
part of my children's secondary
education, being part of the
governing council offered me just
this experience. By being involved
with GC, it gave me the chance
to experience information first
hand and how it would impact
on my children's secondary years
and learning. I have enjoyed
the relaxed, open and friendly
atmosphere the meetings offer, as
well as meeting new people."
"I joined Governing Council
because I hold Loxton High in
such high regard and am forever
grateful for the high standards and
commitment to our children and
opportunities that are offered.
I wanted to offer the wonderful
staff whatever support I could
and 'pitch-in' to help ensure the
standards are maintained and the
positive culture of the school is
recognised and staff and students
feel that the community is beside
and behind them all the way.
Loxton High has given our children
such a wonderful, confidence
building experience which has
valued them for who they are and
encouraged them to reach their
potential. Serving on governing
council is my way of saying 'thank
COMING EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER
• 12: Chemistry exam, 9am.
• 13: Physical education exam, 9am.
• 14: Specialist maths exam, 9am.
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Gallery seeking help
to secure its future
The Loxton Terrace Gallery Committee
is calling for new members to help
secure the future of the community art
Several current mem-
bers are stepping down
from their positions on
the organisation and if no-
one is found to fill those
'holes', the committee is
"at risk of not being able to
Currently the committee
organises monthly exhi-
bitions in the gallery, co-
ordinates the Loxton Art
Trail which showcases art
year-round in seven Loxton
businesses, and is a key sup-
porter of the town's SALA
"We are seeking artists and anyone interested
in art and helping to ensure that Loxton con-
tinues to have public exhibition of art," said
member Julie Noble.
"We need a new secretary, and we would love
the input that new interested people could offer
the committee and the work we do."
An annual general meeting is being held next
Monday, November 17, at the Loxton Club.
For more information call 0431 044 790.
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