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We had an outstanding time of singing on this very cold morning in Narromine.
We had members from Dubbo, Narromine, Peak Hill, Trangie and Bathurst join together in song as we lifted the roof of Wesley Church Hall. Thank you to our Conductor Marg Nicolson and Accompanist Sharon Simons who never cease
to inspire me with their enthusiasm and energy.

Michele Peak
Sing Australia Dubbo Leader

Comment: Thanks Michele. So pleased it all went so wonderfully well. It would have been a real treat for everyone and just what is needed with times being so tough again. Great to have Marg and Sharon running the music. You couldn't fail. So nice that Bathurst members could make the trip. A big thanks to the Leader of Sing Australia Narromine , Pamela Lister and all her helpers for hosting the morning event. Of course a special thanks for everyone going with the morning event to enable Marg and Sharon to fulfil their Eisteddfod commitments in Dubbo in the afternoon. Congratulations to all of you. It was pretty bracing in Texas as well but our hall was nicely heated.
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The Regional Gathering on 23 June was held in Texas, Queensland

Texas is 4 hours south west of Brisbane. The nearest towns are Inglewood (41 minutes), Stanthorpe (1hour 15 minutes), Goondiwindi (1 hour 18 minutes). Every which way you approach Texas you run the gauntlet with Kangaroos. Margaret and I travelled from Stanthorpe on Saturday morning and we had to drive at 80kms an hour. I think this is the worst road according to the locals. However, the point of mentioning this is that it is always best to travel to Texas in the middle of the day but importantly it is so worth it. What you get when you arrive in Texas is amazing hospitality and the warmest of welcomes. Our wonderful network was at its best on the weekend. Members travelled from Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy, Brisbane and Toowoomba. Because of the distances travelled it meant an overnight stay either in Texas or Inglewood. It was such a wonderful show of support for our Texas group, which is now approaching 4 years. The Texas group is an extraordinary group. They have now attended two National Gatherings and they have attended Regional Gatherings. It was so nice to be able to bring to their town a real sense of the friendship of our network. The first event was the Gathering on Saturday afternoon, which was held in the Town Hall. The members of the Texas group decorated the stage with a floral representation of the area. We had a huge afternoon of singing which I had the privilege of conducting and Liz Whitaker, the accompanist from Carina in Brisbane played brilliantly on the pretty old upright but still pretty serviceable piano. It was such a fun afternoon. The acoustics in the Hall are very good and so the singing from the 55 present sounded wonderful. After 2 hours of singing we were treated to a very generous and delicious afternoon tea very kindly provided by members of the Texas members. A former Leader of the Toowoomba group, Majella Albion, informed us that her Grandfather was a Police Sergeant at the Texas Police Station in the 1930s so at the conclusion of afternoon tea a good many of us walked up the main street and sang outside the Police Station in memory of him. We sang ‘Somewhere out there’. It was a great thing to do.
Many of us then attended the 5pm Catholic Worship service where one of the SA Texas leaders, Bernadette Guymer played the organ. We all contributed very robustly in the singing of ‘Let there be peace’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’.
In the evening we gathered back in the Town Hall for a first class 3 course buffet dinner provided by a local catering firm ‘Texas Treats’. This provided a perfect time for socializing and with the help of a DJ we even did some dancing. It was a lovely night and a perfect celebration of a great day.
On Sunday morning a number of us attended the Anglican church service at 8am. Marina Rollins, a member of SA Texas, conducted the service that gave us all an opportunity to mobilise our vocal chords early in the morning.. This was followed by a morning tea of pumpkin scones, jam and cream, sponge cake and slices. Some of our members then visited the Rabbit Museum before leaving town. This is an excellent museum and definitely worth a visit.

This was a most memorable Regional Gathering and the Leader of the Texas group Anne Donges and temporary Leader Bernadette Guymer and all the members of the group and in some cases their partners did a magnificent job in preparing the venue and organizing the afternoon tea and dinner. We are all very thankful for the warmth of their hospitality and their great organizing skills. It was indeed a huge success and we will return. Proudly - Colin and Margaret.
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