Another CMA AGM. Another excuse to tour around and see more of NSW. Excellent.

I took the long way from Wollongong to Harden, (via Nerriga, Crookwell and Boorowa) staying at the iconic Light Horse Hotel despite the fact that I don’t have a light horse. It’s quite possible to get from Wollongong to Griffith in one day but that is too much like hard work and means you’ve no time for sight-seeing.

After eating a plate full of quite a few different animals for dinner I retired to my Victorian era pub room with open fire place and ornate ceilings.

Next morning was cereal and toast because there was nothing open in town. I took a detour southwards to Cootamundra and Junee where I met Brian with his Ukulele and harmonica where I was entertained for 40 minutes with a selection from the “Forgotten Tunes for the Uke” songbook. Northwards to the Temora Aviation Museum where they have two airworthy  Spitfires.

I eventually arrived at Griffith where there was great food and hospitality supplied by Grace Church people. I was taken on a private tour of the new church facilities by Les showing all the wonderful work done by the congregation/volunteers.

The Coro Club Motel was a great recommendation by Barry Day, while others used The Grand in town or slept in the church on airbeds.

After breakfast on Saturday we had Devotions and a tour to the Hermit’s Cave and other things of a sculptural nature followed by lunch at Coro Club.  The afternoon was taken up by the AGM which was well run with most members keen to continue in roles. The bike riding, scenery and great Christian fellowship makes it easy to forget that the reason we’re meeting is for the AGM!

NSW/ACT Committee for 2024:
President:- Graeme Bingham
Vice Press:- Dan McGinty
Sec/Treasurer:- Ian Dodd
Members’ Reps:- Terry Beavan, Grahame Bertram, Max Merritt

A BBQ dinner was supplied by the church with excellent steamed pudding and junket which I had not eaten since I was little.

Sunday church had an excellent talk by Barry on Friends as well as a talk by member of the congregation about how God answers prayer in ways that we sometimes don’t really appreciate until we see the big picture.

Travelling home via the Boorowa Hotel and their Special Mango Chicken Curry with chips on Sunday was fun, but a bit warm. Onward through Young, Crookwell and Goulburn then home to good old Wollongong. 1,364 km of fine biking and fellowship!

by Graeme Bertram