The Walcha Mayor looks back on November

Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes with his wife Sheree and Barbara Jamieson at the recent Tia Reunion
Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes with his wife Sheree and Barbara Jamieson at the recent Tia Reunion

Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day

Walcha’s Remembrance Day Ceremony was once again a time of reflection, respect and appreciation for those who have fought for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted today.  The presence of a piper and bugler made the ceremony even more poignant.  The position of Walcha’s Cenotaph must rival any about with the view and gardens making it an appropriate place for this solemn occasion.

Descendants of Tia

We are all probably a little bit parochial about where we spent our formative years.  Mine were at Tia.  Being involved in the formalities at the Tia Church earlier this month when MP Kevin Anderson dedicated this building, in its 100th year, to become a War Memorial was a honour.   The vision of former resident Ross Hoy and his committee to achieve this, along with the reuniting of former students of the Tia School brought back memories, old friends and taught many much about the history of the area.  The dedication at the cemetery on Sunday was made extra special by the presence of a bugler.  I have heard the bugle played at many ceremonies, but in the open paddock at Tia Cemetery was spine tingling.  The display of memorabilia in Don Noakes’ woolshed was viewed by over 400 people and celebrations apparently went long into the night.  (Apparently too long according to some wives).

WCS mentoring

I had the pleasure recently of being involved in a mentoring program at WCS along with three other community members.  The maturity shown by the students being tutored and others who gave their time to be involved with their projects was a credit to the youth of today.  Anyone who believes media that ‘millennials’ are selfish and spend too much time staring at screens should take some time to interact with them.  They are a great group.  Thomas Micallef took his project to the finals in Sydney last week.