Winning streak

After winning the ‘Fine Lace’ category and the ‘Margot Chick Award’ at the Sydney Royal Agriculture Show, Gemma Braiding’s gorgeous traditional Shetland Lace shawl was selected to be displayed in the ‘Cabinet of Excellence’. After seeing the shawl, it’s not surprising that Gemma placed first in the ‘Cabinet of Excellence’ also, winning the most prestigious award in the knitting community. Gemma said she felt very emotional about the award and noted that the “Sydney Royal Agricultural Show is the pinnacle we all aim for” and that it was very “humbling” to be chosen over the over exhibits.

Gemma knitted a Heliotaxis pattern, but added her own oak leaves and acorn patterns using Shetland Gossamer Lace. The seven feet in diameter shawl took a staggering 2km of yarn and over 300 hours of diligent knitting to complete. Gemma has been knitting for over 20 years but is adamant that knitting is only a hobby.

She also expressed the importance of entering locals shows, stating “it’s incredibly important to support our local shows. It encourages people and shows the diversity of talent in the local area.” Congratulations, Gemma! You’ve done our community proud! 

Support Local: Gemma currently managers the Convent and Chapel Wool Shop in the Bridge View Inn at Rylstone with shop owner and close friend, Margot Palk.

Support Local: Gemma currently managers the Convent and Chapel Wool Shop in the Bridge View Inn at Rylstone with shop owner and close friend, Margot Palk.

Emotion-fuelled game for the Waratahs and Bears

Goal in Sight: The trophy will stay between the two clubs and be awarded to the club who wins the first match of the season.

Goal in Sight: The trophy will stay between the two clubs and be awarded to the club who wins the first match of the season.

This week’s New Era Cup game was between Kandos Waratahs and Lithgow Bears at Waratah Park. Both teams eager to win the first match between the two clubs, as well as winning the first game for the Nathan Boundy Memorial Shield. The shield was founded by the Lithgow Bears club as a memorial to Nathan Boundy. Nathan started playing for the Kandos Waratahs in 2006 and played for the Lithgow Bears in his final season. The Kandos Waratahs won the first game and the trophy, 36-32.  

Kandos Fire Station Open Day: This Saturday, May 20, between 10am -2pm, at 26 Rodgers Street, Kandos. The Station, firetrucks and firefighting and rescue equipment will be on display, as well as handy fire safety and fire alarm information will be available. Kids will have the opportunity to dress-up as a firefighter and get some adorable photos, try out the hoses and take home some educational goodies! There will also be a sausage sizzle at 12pm. More information, call 0427 827 775. 

Rylstone Air Park Open Day and BBQ: This Saturday over 70 aircrafts expected on the day. At 12pm and 1pm, the ‘AOPA  Freedom to Fly’ aerobatic team, the very best of Australian aerobatics, will be holding demonstrations and between 2.30pm-3pm, aircrafts will fly out from the airport.  The local VRA will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ, so please, bring the whole family to support this amazing event in our community. More information, call Rob 0411 816 300.