* Beautifully written, a lovely nostalgic story of an age of innocence.
* An excellent social commentary of life in 1950’s, both in Ireland and America.
* A novel of emotional power.
Helen Simonson – “The Summer before the War”
We are looking for sponsors and market stall holders, so if you have a product to sell and wish to help get this premiere event up and running, then please click on the link to download the Market Stall Booking Form. Non-powered sites are $15 and Powered Sites are $20.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the evening, then please contact Kirsty Fisher on
(02) 6825 1828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A successful evening means more events for the future - so please give it a go.
The Daily Liberal has done an article of the event, which we thought our followers might like to read.
We have attached the link for you to see some pictures and read the article.
A full wrap up of the event and an extensive photo gallery will follow shortly. So "Watch This Space!"
We would like to thank Cheryl Ryan for providing a write up of the Awards Recipients.
Congratulations to all who won awards at Gulargambone Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Australia Day
Citizen of the year was Alan (Rev) Walker
Young Citizen was Kiara Reid
Achievement in sport was Marshall Ryan
Community Event went to the ANZAC Centenary Exhibition
Community Group of the year went to the Gulargambone Rural Transaction Centre.
Congratulations to Colin Ryan on your well deserved Order of Australia Medal this Australia Day.
Colin has been a volunteer and driving force for two eight two eight, and many other community groups in Gulargambone. Colin can always be counted on for a great community spirit, good ol’ conversation and to lend a helping hand. We love the work you do Col, and the next coffee is on us!!
A great morning was had by all who attended, and A Big Thank You to Coonamble Shire for putting on the breakfast, to all our helpers and to our Ambassador, Ben Steel.Thank you to Jenet Stewart for sharing her photos from Australia Day with us.
Each month's meeting is held at two eight two eight, sharing our thoughts and views on the current book.
We always enjoy a lovely meal with tea and coffee (and sometimes a nice bottle of wine!)This month's read was:-
Susan Abulhawa – “The Blue between Sky & Water”
Amazing insight into the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from a view point rarely heard.
A moving read that rated well.
Our next read will be:-
Isabell Allende – “The Japanese Lover”
Claire Wright – “The Rebel of Eureka”
Alyssa Palombo – “Violinist of Venice”
Hanya Yanagihara – “A Little Life”
Our guests of honour were welcomed to two eight two eight by the wonderful teachers and staff of Gulargambone Central School, who decorated the hall in green, blue and silver balloons; candles; glitter and table menus.
It was a wonderful night for the students and their families, who enjoyed a meal of roast chicken or beef, baked vegetables, and greens served with a bread roll.
Speeches were then made by Michael Spora, the Principal and other staff members, with a response from James Knight on behalf of both Brooke and himself. And what a wonderfully elocuted speech. His family should be very proud, in fact, both of their families should be proud.
A choice of dessert of either Berry Meringue or Chocolate Mousse, was then served.
This was followed by a powerpoint presentation collated by Mrs Renee Ryan and Ms. Lynda Cody and other staff, depicting James' and Brooke's school years. From Kindergarten to Year 12. There were laughs and tears all round.
To end the evening, the students proudly cut the cake made for them by the staff and coffee and drinks were served.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful evening with two eight two eight, and once again we wish you both the very, very best for your future.
Wow! What a busy month at two eight two eight. Aside from all our lovely regular visitors and our friends from the Caravan Park, we had three bus groups come for lunch.
The Mendooran District Landcare Group came to lunch on the 4th June led by Michael Yeo. What a wonderful group of twenty or so people they were and they enjoyed Burgers, Pumpkin Soup with Homemade Bread, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Creamy Chicken Mushroom and Leek Fettucine, and Fish and Chips.I would like to thank Michael Yeo and the Mendooran Landcare Group for choosing two eight two eight and also for being such terrific customers.
Here is a photo of the group outside two eight two eight, provided to me from Michael Yeo.
Carewest Community Group also enjoyed a leisurely lunch of sandwiches, scones and cakes with tea and coffees on the 11th June. This is the third time the group has come to two eight two eight, and what a lovely group of people. Next time, and I’m told there will be next time, they are going to order meals from the café menu.Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre Inc group came for a leisurely lunch of Shepherd’s Pie, Cheesecake and Chocolate Pudding with tea and coffee on the 26th June. This was a lively and friendly group of 23 people and what a great time was had by all. They watched the two eight two eight movie, bought up big from the craft shop and talked and laughed for a couple of hours. They truly made it a very special day at two eight two eight, for all of us.
In a write up in their community paper it says, “Thumbs Up to Café 2828 at Gulargambone for serving a welcome two-course lunch for 23 people on the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre trip from Dubbo, to a standard which would give Dubbo outlets a run for their money. Great coffee too! Plus a range of craft-shop items to tempt the purse! Hats off to the Gular community for the hard work it’s thrown into the 2828 enterprise.”
Here is a picture of the group outside two eight two eight, provided to me from Zillah Iwikau.
Thank you to all our visitors this month. We couldn’t keep going without your support and encouragement.