Monaro Service Award
On Friday 18th May, 2018 Rae and Ian Blyton, joined by family & friends, received the Monaro Service Award at a ceremony held in Cooma for their commitment and passion for the Nimmitabel Community.
Nomination Letter from Vickie Pollard
Ian and Rae’s dedication and outstanding contributions over the years, not only for their local community of Nimmitabel but for the numerous committees they individually worked with throughout the Monaro have not gone unnoticed. I first met Ian and Rae Blyton when our family moved to Nimmitabel and we became involved in numerous committees together. One of the committees was the 1st Nimmitabel Cub Scouts, I was the Scout Leader for 10 years and during that time their youngest son, Peter became a Cub Scout member, and both Ian and Rae were active volunteers within the group.
Ian Blyton’s Community Involvement:
- Attended many working bees for various community groups. In the 1950/60, Ian helped escort the buckjump horses up from Bemboka on horses, for the Nimmitabel buckjump.
- Life member Nimmitabel Show Society, President through the difficult period when the shed collapsed. Throughout the 1960/70/80 involved in stewarding the horse section. Attended many a working bee.
- During the 1970s Ian coached most football age groups at various times, worked on both Nimmitabel Football/Netball Committee, as well as the Bombala & District Football Committee and was awarded Life Member of Bombala District Schoolboys Football.
- 1980-1990’s, I worked with Ian while we were both members of the Nimmitabel Football/Netball Committee, as well as the Bombala & District Football/Netball Committee.
- Volunteered for many years on St Joseph’s school and church committee. In 1982 wrote a booklet about the 75 years of The St Joseph School.
- Life member of the Nimmitabel Bushfire Brigade, Captain/President for two stints, Deputy Captain, served as Equipment Officer at various times. Over 50 years’ service.
- Award for 50 years’ of service to the Nimmitabel Hall Committee. Various positions including a long stint as President.
- Justice of the Peace
Rae Blyton’s Community Involvement:
- St Joseph’s school and church committee for many years.
- Played hockey in the 1960/70, tennis after and was involved in the committees for those groups. Tennis was strong in Nimmitabel in the 1960/70.
- Life member Nimmitabel Show Society, Secretary for many years, Steward in the pavilion for many years.
- 1980-1990’s, I worked with Rae while we were both members of the Nimmitabel Football/Netball Committee on Canteen Roster
- Nimmitabel Hall Committee for 50 years, Secretary for many years.
- Nimmitabel Bowls Committee and a player over the past 20 years.
- Co-Editor and compiler of the Nimmitabel Newspaper for many years.
- Co-Editor and compiler of the 2 volume books, Back to Nimmitybelle.
- Involved in catering many events within the town over the years, including weddings and funerals.
Ian and Rae Blyton raised and educated eight children, worked the family farm and still found time to contribute to their community through volunteering on numerous committees. I feel proud to have been given the chance to work alongside them both. Ian and Rae are both inspirational role models for the community of Nimmitabel and the Monaro Service Award is an honourable way to recognise their outstanding contributions they have made for 50+ years to the local community.
April 2018 When selecting eight even fleeces for their southern district exhibit at Sydney Royal, a fleece from the commercial flock of John and Jenny Alcock of Greenland stud, Bungarby, they thought was a little broad ended up gaining 98 points and awarded grand champion fleece. It is believed to be the first time a show fleece has won grand champion award. “It’s off a wether from ‘Greenland’, Nimmitabel, where the stud was established,” Mr Alcock said. “He’s homebred from within the 1500 ewe commercial flock where the Alcocks also run 250 wethers for wool production.” The Greenland fleece of 17.9 micron, weighing 3.6 kilograms clean after yielding 78.5 per cent was entered in the Royal Agricultural Society/Agricultural Show Societies Country Show Champion Class.
Congratulations to James Gilmore from group 14 for winning the Merino Fleece State final! 2nd Sarah Blyton, 3rd Emma Jane Lovell, 4th Miranda McGuifficke and 5th Clarissa Peasley.