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Central West Women’s Forum Leadership Series: Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley

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You are invited to attend our next Leadership Series (lunch time) online event on Tuesday, 18 May at 12noon.

The Central West is again fortunate to have the calibre of Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley as our next speaker.

“Celebrating Achievements of Women in Regional Australia”

Join us for an interactive session to hear about the achievements and successes of other women in Regional Australia.  Her Excellency will share some experiences that will inspire and motivate women in our region who are recovering from (or still impacted by) the severe drought, bushfires, pandemic and floods.  Mrs Hurley will also share her experiences, hear about some of the challenges we are facing in our community and add her thoughts to what we can be doing to better support women in our region.  The session will be facilitated by Mary Brell, Chair of CWWF.

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More about Mrs Linda Hurley:

Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley (nee McMartin) was born and raised in Sydney. She was educated at Kingsgrove High School and went on to become a teacher, commencing in 1976. She married David Hurley in 1977.

In the course of their married life, Mrs Hurley has supported her husband throughout his career on a wide variety of postings in Australia and overseas, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia.

Mrs Hurley’s own career in education has been in both the public and private school systems, until her retirement from full time teaching in July 2011. She has been an active member of the community as a Pastoral Carer at the Canberra Hospital and Hospice. Mrs Hurley holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra.

Mrs Hurley has an interest in the Arts, especially music. She is passionate about singing, and showing how singing, especially in a group, can have a positive impact on individuals and the community.

Mrs Hurley is dedicated to championing causes that are developing new technologies to recycle rubbish, and ways to reduce our use of plastic, particularly plastic packaging and plastics used for single use items, which are not only harmful to the environment but add unnecessarily to landfill sites.

Exhibition Opening: ‘Pat Ford – Pride of Orange’

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The Mayor of Orange, Councillor Reg Kidd, invites you to the opening of ‘Pat Ford – Pride of Orange’

In 1947, 16-year-old Pat Ford stepped into the ring at the newly established CYMS boxing club in Dalton’s Mill. By 1950 he was the Australian Amateur lightweight champion. Going professional the following year, Pat rose quickly to claim the Australian and Empire (Commonwealth) lightweight titles, before retiring to run his own butchery in 1955.

Celebrating the life and career of a remarkable Orange sportsman, this exhibition features rarely seen photographs, film footage and sporting memorabilia.

6pm for 6.30pm

FREE, all welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a COVID safe event. Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.

Image: Pat Ford in training at Alexander and Rowley’s gymnasium in Melbourne, 12 February 1953 (detail). Photograph by News Ltd. Image courtesy Newspix

Festival of Small Halls – Bloomfield Hall, Orange

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Festival of Small Halls have announced that feel-good ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu and two-piece indie pop-rock band This Way North will feature on their upcoming Autumn Tour 2021: New South Wales, kicking off on 7 April and concluding on 2 May 2021.

With a dedication to getting off the beaten track, the not-for-profit music tour celebrates the time-old tradition of gathering in the local small hall for a special night of live music, storytelling and community connection.

Presented by veteran festival producers Woodfordia Inc, twenty halls of all shapes and sizes will throw open their doors, from the rolling green hills of the Mid North hinterlands, to the dry bush of the Central West, from goldrush country to the fertile Southern Tablelands; from the golden sands of the south east coast, to the majesty of the Snowys.

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Orange on Sunday 25 April.

Older, Wiser, Safer – NSW Senior’s Festival Presentation

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Do you know how to protect yourself from scams? Stay physically safe? Recognise elder abuse? Be financially secure? Appoint a Power of Attorney? Improve communication or pursue mediation?

Join us at Orange City Library for Older, Wiser, Safer and hear from the following panel of experts:

  • Jill Marshall, Legal Aid Solicitor, in relation to phone and internet scams
  • Melissa Smith, Aged Crime Prevention Officer, in relation to physical safety and prevention of abuse
  • Sue Field, Adjust Professor, in relation to financial safety and power of attorney
  • Christine Wright, Financial Information Service Officer
  • Jane Atkinson, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Hosted by The Central West Region Collaborative for the Prevention of Abuse of Older People.

Refreshments will be provided at 5:00pm. The presentation will start at 5:15pm.

Book a spot for yourself, or a table for a whole group. All welcome.

Orange City Rugby Club Home game

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Come down and watch the mighty Orange City Lions take on the Dubbo Roos in a great day of Rugby Union. We will be hosting our annual Ladies day and it’s also our opening game of the 2021 season. Support community sport by joining us! Main game kick off is 3.15pm.

LEGO Club – School Holiday Workshop

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Join us for some LEGO fun in the Library.

We are running two sessions of this activity:

  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 – 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday 15 April 2021 – 10:00am-12:00pm

Please only book each child into one of these sessions, as numbers are limited.

This activity is designed for children aged 6 and over.

Tickets available for registration Monday 29 March 2021 at 7:00pm

Should you have any queries, please contact us on 6393 8132 or by email at

Gardening – School Holiday Workshop

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Join us for a School Holiday activity in the brisk Autumn air as we plant a garden of winter vegetables in the Library Garden.

This is fun but it could get messy, so wear old clothes!

This activity is designed for children aged 8 and over.

Tickets are available for registration on Monday 29 March 2021 at 7:00pm

Should you have any queries, please contact us on 6393 8132 or by email at