Finding Christmas spirit: Word in the Streets

Don't be a Scrooge this year, go forth and spread good cheer this Christmas.
Don't be a Scrooge this year, go forth and spread good cheer this Christmas.

As we build up to Christmas, why not spend tonight taking in the M&D Choir presenting their annual ceremony of lessons and carols. This year the celebration is to be held in St John's Anglican Church, as stated, tonight December 19 at 7.30pm.

The format for this type of service developed in England in the 19th century and consists of musical pieces sung by the choir and congregation interspersed with Christmas relevant Bible stories/readings.

The M&D Choir asks you to join them in celebrating this Christmas musical tradition.


A meeting in Harden early last week saw a good roll up of people keen to discuss Harden's merger into what is now Hilltops Council. Feeling was very strong in the meeting to demerge and re-establish an independent Harden Council.

Gundagai, Cootamundra, Tumbarumba and other councils are also disenchanted with their mergers with feelings they were thrust into these arrangements without consideration of due democratic process. I wonder how long it will be before a meeting is called here in Boorowa.

I don't want to dampen the enthusiasm of these councils jumping up and down demanding Councils be de-amalgamated, but a lot of money has been spent establishing these amalgamations, I , regrettably, feel the State Government has painted itself into a corner, with very little chance, at this stage, demands for the reversal of these amalgamations being upheld.

My views may be a little pessimistic, but all those Councils seeking de-amalgamation, remember, 'The squeaky wheel gets the most oil'.


We here in Boorowa all loved Robert Corkhill, the "Bard of Boorowa". The family have produced a book of his favourite poems, Apples Will Grow Again! The book is now available and would make a great gift at $25 email Frances Corkhill to secure your order:


Sarah, a young American newlywed, called her mother in tears, she sobbed, "Richard doesn't appreciate what I do for him."

"Now, now," her mother comforted, "I'm sure it was all just a misunderstanding."

"No mother, you don't understand. I bought a frozen turkey roll and he yelled and screamed at me about the price."

"Well the nerve of the lousy cheapskate.' Says the mother, "Those turkey rolls are only a few dollars."

"No mother, it wasn't the price of the turkey. It was the aeroplane ticket."

"Aeroplane ticket ... what did you need an aeroplane ticket for?"

"Well mother, when I went to fix it, I looked at the directions on the package and it said, 'Prepare from a frozen state', so I flew to Alaska."


Disney's 'A Christmas Carol', which stars Jim Carey, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the world's worst miser. Scrooge wants nothing to do with the good cheer and charity traditionally associated with the Christmas season, but, after a visit from three ghosts on Christmas Eve, he wakes up a changed man.

Charles Dickens wrote the story of "A Christmas Carol' in 1843, which was also the year that the first Christmas card was sent and three years before Queen Victoria and her family introduced the Christmas tree to Britain.

Buy a tree, send our greetings, go forth and spread good cheer. Merry Christmas.