Talkback: Sell out rush on masks, school’s back, Reading adventure and more

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

There was a rush on handmade masks at the Naponda Community Store in Deniliquin yesterday.

Prompted by the mandate that all Melburnians must wear masks in public from this week, the store was inundated with customers in search of personal protective equipment.

Over the corse of the day, almost 100 masks were sold.

While it sells some clinical KN95 masks, it was the charity store’s fabric masks which were most popular.

Volunteers said there were some small bulk orders in the sales, with local businesses and truck drivers among the customers.

Others were buying masks to send to their Melbourne-based family members.

Those who missed out on the fabric masks have placed orders, and they numbered about 30.

It meant all available Naponda members were on the tools overnight to keep up with demand.

Social hit replaces comp.

The Deniliquin Badminton Club has been forced to call off its competition this winter, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To enable players to maintain their fitness, badminton courts will still be opened on Mondays from 7pm for social games.

Existing players and newcomers are invited — all ages and abilities welcome.

Social play started from last night.

No more Best Battles

You may notice a popular new inclusion missing from our sports section this week.

For the past 15 weeks the Pastoral Times and other McPherson Media Group journalists have been bringing readers the Murray League and Picola & District League Best Battles in the absence of the regular footy season.

With junior competitions around the region returning and with fixtures now seeing a double up in clashes that have already been reported, it has been decided that Best Battles will no longer continue.

Thank you to our loyal readers who enjoyed the series.

We can all look forward to some fresh junior results in the coming weeks.

Reading adventure

We may be edging toward another period of lockdown with further social gathering restrictions being put in place, but there’s an easy way for younger community members to beat the boredom.

The MS Readathon starts soon, and there is still time to join up.

Don’t miss your chance to go on an epic reading adventure, reading all you can for this incredible cause.

It kicks off on August 1 and wraps up on August 31. 

Children can register with their school (teachers, you can register your class) or individually at

Funds raised from the MS Readathon will help fund vital support services, like the special MS Family Camps.

Searching for Deni contestants

The team behind the match maker reality TV show Farmer Wants A Wife are dipping their toes back in the Deniliquin waters.

They have approached the Pastoral Times asking that we help them put a call out for farmers looking to find love as part of their 2021 show.

The program, which is returning to the airwaves this month after a brief hiatus, has had two Deniliquin contestants in the past — Jon Gatacre and James Rae.

Males and females looking for love are encouraged to apply.

Apply at or email [email protected].

School’s back

It’s back to the classroom today for NSW students after a two week break.

That means 40km/h speed limits surrounding schools have also resumed.

It’s the final term in the classroom for Year 12 students, who are in the final leg of learning before they sit their HSC exams.

Term three ends on September 25, and term four will resume from Monday, October 12.

HSC exams will start with English on October 20.

Handmade display

The Deniliquin Menshed has refurbished a range of second hand furniture, which is now on display in the empty shop on the corner of Cressy and Hardinge St, Deniliquin.

And everything you can see is for sale, with all funds going straight back into the Menshed.

‘‘We have not set a price, so all reasonable offers will be considered or accepted,’’ Menshed president John Tonkin said.

‘‘The funds will go towards the maintenance of our tools and equipment, which is what all our fund go towards.

‘‘We need an income to pay our rent, and because we have not had any income in the past two months, rent has been an out of pocket expense. So we have to make that up.’’

Items for sale include a variety of chairs, a CD holder, coffee tables, piano stool, a high chair, bench seat, doll cradle, tables, chest of drawers and even a cane lounge.

Drop by the shopfront at 397 Cressy St, Deniliquin or visit the Menshed behind Agspares on the Barham Rd on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am and 4pm.

Lloyd returns

Sam Lloyd made a strong return from his shoulder injury in the Western Bulldogs’ scratch match against Essendon on Friday afternoon.

The former Deni Rams premiership player was injured in the Bulldogs’ win against Sydney in round four, but has made a sooner than expected comeback.

The 30 year-old was among six individual goal-kickers for the Bulldogs, who went down to the Bombers by two points.

Lloyd caught the attention of forward coach Daniel Giansiracusa, who coached the Bulldogs reserves side on Friday, who said it was all about getting through the game without injury.

‘‘That was probably the key to his day, he tested the shoulder out a couple of times which was good,’’ Giansiracusa said to

‘‘That’ll give him confidence and he’ll be better for the run. He definitely got through and it’s good to have him available.’’

Lloyd will be pushing for senior selection for the Bulldogs when they take on the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.