Weddin Whispers Bulletin

WEDDING BELLS: Simon, only son of David and Anne Hill, and Hope, only if daughter of Darcy and Maree Irving of Canberra, were married on Saturday, December 3 at “Ravensthorpe” on the south coast (Albion Park) witnessed by family and friends who travelled from Grenfell, Canberra, Sydney, North Queensland and his sister Elyse jetted in from the UK for the special day.Simon’s best man was Karl Makin of Grenfell. Simon’s grandfather Dave Hill was Karl’s grandfather Max Makin’s best man 60 years ago.Highlight of the night was Simon’s three sisters, Kristen, Laura and Elyse, being MC’s.Simon and Hope are planning a delayed overseas honeymoon.
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FAST4 TENNIS: Dominique Mitton, daughter of former residents Andrew and Fran of Bathurst, together with Jacob Bicanic, made the cut to become two of the few ball kids selected to take part in the Fast4 Tennis recently.

The shortened format – Fast4 featured some of the world’s best players in action.Neither Dominique or Jacob are strangers to tennis’ big stage in a ball kid role with Jacob having Australian Open and Dominique having Davis Cup experience but the Fast4 party atmosphere became another fun event to add to their list.Dominique’s father Andrew who runs Bathurst Tennis Centre said it is an experience to savour for the pair. “The experience of being on the court with the players is great for them. They have got the best seats in the house.”

He said “It is great for them because even though they are volunteers they get looked after every day. Of the 170 kids who tried out they were part of the last twelve chosen.”Dominique’s proud grandmother is Judy Mitton of ‘Tabor’ Grenfell.

Please see photo in Tennis news on Page 11.

OBE: Geoff Gravenmaker celebrated his OBE “Over Bloomin’ 80’ birthday on January 25.Geoff was pleasantly surprised when his daughter Pam Mitton travelled all the way from Urunga for his special day.Pam cooked Geoff a beautiful birthday cake and with BevWilliams took him to dinner at Fettlers.

Geoff had been to Canberra earlier to celebrate with his other daughter Karen.


TOGETHER: Last weekend the Hampton family enjoyed a family get-together in Grenfell. Betty Hampton and her partner Arthur from the Central Coast and her sons Murray from Mareeba near Cairns and Allan from Sydney visited the boys’ father George.

George’s sisters Joan McSpadden and Shirley Hazelgrove from Young met at Fettlers Restaurant for dinner.

Shirley’s husband Barry, Joan’s daughters Jenny and her husband Ian Armstrong were in attendance.

Murray’s son Ben who was born February 29 1992 is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the North Queensland Cowboys

Ben, who was born in Wagga, grew up in Temora where he played junior league for the Temora Dragons. When his family moved to Mareeba in North Queensland, played his junior football for the Mareeba Gladiators. Ben made his NRL debut with Melbourne Storm in Round 15 of the 2013 NRL season against the Gold Coast Titans, where he scored the Storm’s two tries.

Murray was known for his musical prowess growing up in Grenfell and by the way, he still enjoys playing.

VISITING FROM QUEENSLAND: Dion Troy and his son Jakub from Flaxton on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland were in town last weekend.

Dion and Jakub had a great time catching up with their mother and grand-mother Julie Wood and Col and enjoyed and evening out to dinner on Friday.

VALE VICTOR LAMKIN: Residents are saddened to learn of the passing of former resident and local farmer Victor Lamkin.Victor, who moved to Nowra some time ago, passed away on Saturday, January 28, aged 94 years.

Victor and his wife Audrey (nee Simpson) had two daughters; Mandy and Annabelle (Lavender) and is the brother of Ron Lamkin.The Lamkins will be remembered as owning the property “Cartreff” on the Forbes Rd.

Sympathy is extended to the families.

(L-R) Murray, George, Betty and Allan Hampton.

Simon Hill and Hope Irving on their wedding day with David and Anne Hill. (Contributed)

Geoff Gravenmaker celebrated his 80th birthday with his daughter Pam Mitton.

Julie Wood with her grandson Jakub (L) and her son Dion when they were visiting from Queensland.

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