Vale Peter Birchall

Peter Birchall receiving his Bothwell LionsClub life membership last year. WELL-KNOWN former Derwent Valley and Central Highlands police officer and community worker Peter Birchall died earlier this week, aged 73. A long-serving policeman at New Norfolk and Bothwell, his bravery was officially recognised by Tasmania Police after he and wife

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Maydena remembers its Victoria Cross hero

Percy Statton VC MM A COMMEMORATIVE service and morning tea will be held at the Maydena RSL Club tomorrow (Sunday) at 10.30am to mark the 100th anniversary of local man Percy Statton being awarded the Victoria Cross. The highest award in the honours systems of Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New

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Vale Belle Pearson, 1923-2018

LOCAL musician and educator Belle Pearson has died in her 95th year. Well known to generations of Derwent Valley residents through her work in local schools, in her retirement Mrs Pearson was one of the founders and key supporters of the Derwent Valley Concert Band. Mrs Pearson arrived in New

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Farewell tea for Mrs Thorley

The late Eileen Thorley, left, dressed as the Easter Bunny,with Lydia Graham at an event at the Old Colony Inn. FORMER New Norfolk shopkeeper Eileen Thorley will be remembered by friends at an afternoon tea on July 13. Mrs Thorley, who operated her Pennyworth bric-a-brac shop for about 20 years,

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Crash on Boyer Rd

6.15PM UPDATE: The road is now open to traffic.EARLIER: POLICE have advised that Boyer Rd is closed until further notice tonight, from both the New Norfolk and Bridgewater ends. Emergency services are at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the area and police have advised motorists to avoid the area. Social media commentators say the crash

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Remembering dressmaker Elaine O’Neil

Bridesmaids Helena O’Neill, left, and Edna Gill, 9, with19-year-old bride Elaine Gill. AT the first anniversary of the passing of Elaine O’Neill (nee Gill), her sister the well known local artist Edna “Gillem” Reid wonders know how many people living in the Derwent Valley and surrounds may have memories of

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Ex-servicewoman leads local Dawn Service

Today’s Dawn Service at New Norfolk. ONLOOKERS burst into a round of applause as a parade of about 100 veterans and community members approached the New Norfolk Cenotaph this morning. The New Norfolk RSL Club’s Anzac Day Dawn Service attracted a crowd of several hundred which started to gather around

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Gretna chief’s half-century celebrated

Peter Rainbird, left, receives a certificate for 50years of service to the Gretna Cricket Club fromsecretary Rhys Browning. A REMARKABLE record of 50 years service to the Gretna Cricket Club by its president Peter Rainbird was acknowledged at the  club’s annual dinner and trophy night last Saturday. Rainbird’s contribution to

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Farewell to Rose

IT wasn’t just about cricket at Gretna last Saturday. Sadly during the preceding week, 17-year-old Rose Lillie Ackerly — sister to Gretna Cricket Club member Jackson Ackerly — lost her long battle with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer. Finding out that Rose was very passionate about raising awareness of

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Farewell Judy Bromfield OAM

A GRAVESIDE funeral service will be held tomorrow (Thursday) morning for former Derwent Valley councillor Judy Bromfield OAM. Mrs Bromfield passed away on Saturday morning following a long illness. Originally from the Huon, Mrs Bromfield lived in New Norfolk for most of her life and was well known as an

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Vale Sybil Churchill

WELL-KNOWN former community nurse Sybil Churchill passed away on Christmas Eve, aged 73. Mrs Churchill was the sister-in-charge of the New Norfolk Community Health Service for a number of years following her arrival in Tasmania in the 1980s. She brought many innovations to the district nursing service including the introduction

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New roles for youth worker

Matt Hill, centre, with D’FAT members at their AGM last week. OUTGOING Derwent Valley Council youth and community participation officer Matt Hill says he will stay involved with many of his project groups despite parting ways with the council from today. Leaving the council after nearly 15 years service, Mr

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