The Manning Community News

Sharing community news and views

Profiles of local people and businesses


More Than a Business

Belinda Messer had always wanted to run her own business but, sadly, it wasn’t til her mother died and left her a little bit of money, that she was able to create a place ‘that my mother would have loved’. ‘I thought about it for over 12 months, wanting something Wingham didn’t have, and this is what I came up […]


One Never Knows . . .

Survivor speaks out. One never knows what can happen, or has happened, behind closed doors in a quiet street in a nice little town. His voice on the phone was quietly firm and confident. ‘I have a story to tell. My story. I want to share it. To help others. My name is Ricky Gilfillan. […]


Stan Talks and Many Listen

Journalist/TV presenter Stan Grant is carving a new position for himself in the psyche of the Australian public. He is now standing up and claiming his identity, his culture and his future. His recent passionate speech about racism, his embracing and acknowledgement of his heritage and people, his desire to help black and white Australians […]


Straight Down the Middle

  When you live in a small community you recognise the locals even if you don’t know them. A nod, a smile, a greeting in the street might be all you exchange. In the Wingham supermarket, must customers would know the smiling face and cheerful demeanor of Katrina Greenaway. Sometimes you see her photo in […]


The Good Old Days of Early Television

Our first female Gold Logie Winner reminisces      by Hazel Phillips OAM ‘Write me something nostalgic,’ suggested the Editor on the phone. ‘Nostalgic!’ I replied to my friend Di (Morrissey), at my age, what else is there?’ Funny that. The older you get, the more the past impinges on the mind, and scenes you had forgotten […]


Voices of the Future

The current Captains of Wingham High School, Grace Callaghan and Jai Harrison, share their thoughts on living locally, their future and where the world is going. Politicians please take note! Jai and Grace met when they played music together in their school production of Romeo and Juliet. They teamed up and formed a musical duo […]


T’was ever thus?

John Albert Revitt, known in Wingham as “Jack Revitt” was a great reader which he passed onto his children, and granddaughter, Di Morrissey. Following his harrowing service as a stretcher bearer at the Somme and Flanders in WW1, he escaped with a book on the long voyage home in May 1919 while at sea on the transport ship, “Wyreema.” The book was “The Soul of […]


A Dream to Save our Planet

He’s a gentle man, softly spoken, with warm humorous eyes. Just the sort of person you can imagine as a kid growing up in Armidale who loved bugs, the bush and collected stamps. Now he lives quietly, adores visit from his grandkids, and appears to be enjoying retirement on his property at Bootawa. Yet Jim […]

Beyond the ValleyBooksPeople

Renewing Towns and Cities

Our southern neighbour, Newcastle, has transformed itself from a grungy coal city on the coast to a buzzy, thriving, booming and popular destination. There are many reasons, but there’s one story of man who has played a vital role. Marcus Westbury looked at his home town with fresh eyes and had an idea. The results […]


Further Crowdy Memories

I was very saddened to hear that Crowdy Head School has closed as my father, Kevin Leitch, taught there in the 1940s and early 1950s and he just loved his time there. My father- kevin John Leitch (1928-2004) was a born teacher. He trained at Armidale teachers’ college in the mid 1940s, where he met […]


Just keep dancing!

There are some people you meet who make you laugh and smile. Neville Munro is like that. Maybe it’s the show biz in him. He’s a dancer – Gene Kelly eat your heart out! And dancing is his life. Australia and overseas, Neville settled in the Manning in 1974 to devote himself to teaching dance. […]


Catching the collector’s bug!

  Do you ever wonder what some men keep in their big sheds at the back of the house? You see them as you pass farms and homes and imagine they house machinery, an old car, some stored feed and grain or paraphernalia from an abandoned hobby perhaps. An invitation from Don Schmitzer and his […]