1963 Wodonga (Part 2)

Continuing our journey through 1963 as reported in the Wodonga and District Express.

In March the Wodonga and District Horticultural Society was formed at a meeting chaired by the Shire President Cr. A. G. Richardson.

It was hoped that sufficient volunteers could be found for a lunch time roster at the High School to sell ice creams to the students.

A clash of dates, with the Wodonga Show and Albury Floral Festival being held on the same day, resulted in reduced participation in both.

It was reported that 18 minutes was too long for the band to be playing and the marching girls to be doing their thing at the Show.  The cornet players got sore lips.

Wodonga Apex conducted a successful charity paper drive.  Newspapers to be bundled and tied with strong twine and left near your front gate. 23 tons of paper was collected.

In April a tender had been let for 10 brick veneer houses to be built for the Housing Commission at a cost of £35,488.

With the exception of a few small stores most others would close for the four day Easter break.

St Luke’s church in Church Street celebrated its centenary.  As the church had become too small for Wodonga’s growing population funds were being raised to build a new one.

The Wine Café which had been started by Costa was to close by the end of May when licences would no longer allow over the counter wine drinking unless it became a restaurant.  The property was to be sold to expand the adjoining Woolworths Food Fair premises.

The “Market” building housing an arcade of small shops was being demolished.  It had originally been a blacksmith shop then Buntz’s garage.

Checkers opened next to Wiltshire and Rattray, with the liquor licence having been transferred from Hicks & Sons.

Willing Shilling Week commenced where Girl Guides and Brownies door knocked seeking jobs suitable to their age and a request to be paid accordingly.  Suggestions were cleaning the silver or dusting.  Funds would be divided between headquarters and the local company.