Coastal Lions see impacts of drought first-hand on Forbes visit

A contingent of 13 Lions from the coastal town of Gerringong paid a visit to Forbes and were hosted by Forbes and District Lions Club.

The group wanted to see the effect of the drought on rural communities and came armed with some generous donations for the local community.

On Friday the group were hosted to a luncheon by the Forbes CWA ladies and heard from Rural Advisor Robert Muffett.

This was followed by a visit to a local dairy farm where owners John and Cherylin Cole spoke to them about their hardships and the group got to experience one of our dust storms for real. That evening the group enjoyed fellowship with the local Lions during a dinner at a local hotel.

Saturday morning the group was let loose in the Forbes CBD, with some distributing vouchers to local hairdressing salons.

Lunch saw a visit to Carrawobbity Homestead, where they were hosted by owners and local Lions Monica and Ken Wren.

Monica gave a talk about the history of the house and their efforts to restore it.

This was followed by luncheon and a further visit to the neighbouring property of Sue and Claude Robinson to see more of the drought.

The visitors enjoyed free time for the rest of their stay in Forbes with visits to the Baby Boomers Music Festival, Car Museum and Winery on their agenda.

A big thankyou to the group and we hope you enjoyed your stay.

The Oak Flat Lions Club recently contacted local Lions to offer some books for distribution locally.

The Oak Flat Lions operate a bookshop as part of their fundraising in the Wollongong area and had surplus stock.

Forbes was happy to accept the offer and arranged with Nell's Pantry to distribute these.

Oak Flats also arranged for the purchase of Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings which will also be distributed from Nell's Pantry in the lead up to Christmas.

Nell's Pantry for farmers, supported by donations such as this one, is open on Tuesday afternoons.

Farming families are welcome to come along to St John's Anglican Church and fill two reusable shopping bags at the pantry.