Taking a local look back

FEBRUARY 1977

Robert Ellmore, newly graduated from St Johns College Morpeth, replaced Rev Phillip Hanlin as Parkes Church of England minister.

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The introduction of two hour parking in Parkes has gained the support of 99% of the population.

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The St Joseph’s Infants School in Court Street is no longer used by the school. The school has now been moved to the premises formerly used by Our Lady of Mercy College. They now have an assembly hall, multi purpose art and craft rooms as well as the usual class rooms. Mrs June Baker is the principal.

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Mr Ron Watts is made a life member of the Parkes Trotting Club.

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This weeks guest hostess is Mrs June Baker of “Dellwood” Parkes.

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Mr and Mrs Des Cheney of “Velvedere” Parkes and Mr and Mrs W.H.J. Norris of Peak Hill celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries.

JANUARY 1997

Mr John Turrell donates 1000 trees to Landcare with the intention of beautifying the town.

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District farmers are urged to be aware of the risk of a mice plague after a great cropping season.

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Little Pattie is recognised on the Elvis Wall of Remembrance at Kelly Reserve for her deeds for Australian Rock n Roll.

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Some outstanding results in the 1996 HSC include - Robert Taggart with 99.6, Geoff Draper with 99.05 and Lisa Noonan 95.7.

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Miss Judy Thornton has retired after 20 years of service to the Parkes Library and its borrowers. Mr John Scott is now chief librarian.

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Year 2 students at Parkes Central School held a pet show as their end of year activity. Wade Cannon brought Goldie the fish and his pet spider, Hannah Farrant Jayet brought Jessie her dog, who won the best dressed category and William Nunn brought his dog Jive.

DECEMBER 2006

Parkes Christian School receive a government grant of $120,000 for installation of covered ramps and pathways to provide access to all parts of the school and car park for disabled persons.

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Tongans came from far and wide for a traditional hungi and get together at Kelly Reserve in Parkes. Local Tongan Heamani Lavaka joined the children on the wonderful facilities at the park.

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The former Parkes cinema at the Parkes Services Club closes due to lack of visitors.

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