Once again as summer nears we remind ourselves that
the festive season is fast approaching. Then we ready ourselves for
the annual Country Music Festival for 2017, and the many thousands
of visitors who arrive for the 10 days of fun and music.
Our primary water supply, Chaffey Dam, has been
raised in height by some 8.5 metres increasing its’ capacity to 100
mega litres. Towards the end of winter good rains fell in the
catchment and as the 30th September the dam was at 90 per cent
capacity, and with the further rains, still increasing. This should
solve the towns water supply problems for quite some time.
Our members meet monthly for a social luncheon at
the Kootingal Bowling Club.
Retired Police Day on the 1st September was again
held at the North Tamworth Bowling Club, which is an excellent venue
as there are a number of separate areas for private functions. The
day was very well attended with a number of Retired Police
Association members being presented with their National Police
Service Medal by Inspector Geoff BUDD, the Acting Superintendent,
National Police Remembrance Day this year was held
at Walcha. A number of our members attended. During the Prayers of
Intercession Mrs Janet Dunbar, a resident of Walcha, gave the
address, “In Thanksgiving for all Departed Officers”. This was most
appropriate as her father was Sergeant Adam Boland SCHELL who was
fatally wounded by gun fire on the 8th October, 1968. Even more
remarkable was that the Probationary Constable who was with Sergeant
SCHELL on that fatal night, was also in attendance. That Probationer
is now Retired Detective Inspector Richard Letchford. Mrs Dunbar was
presented with a plaque by Inspector Kylie Endemi to honour this
Wishing all Retired Members, Good health.