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Brigid’s reign opens new opportunity



When the news that Singleton Show would not go ahead this year, there was a wave of disappointment across the community.  The tradition of the show is something the community just loves.  The Hunter River Times decided it should not pass by without giving recognition to the band of volunteers who deliver this wonderful event to the community and what better way than to celebrate the champions of the show, the ribbon winners. 


Brigid Thomas maybe the only Singleton Showgirl who will hold the title for two consecutive years after winning the title last year.  While it has been disappointing not to have had the opportunity to do all she had hoped, she says the extended time will allow her and the showgirl organisers to re-group for a bigger and stronger year in 2021.

Being crowned Singleton Showgirl 2019 was a thrill for Brigid Thomas but what she thought would be an extremely busy year with the title, turned into anything but.

She is grateful she had the opportunity to take part in the zone weekend event in Glenn Innis but her community involvement came to a crushing halt with covid.

She says while she didn’t place at zone, she was really looking forward to being involved in the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and to look at it from a new, showgirl perspective.  She was also looking forward to showcasing the Showgirl title at local community events.

“I haven’t really had the opportunity to do very much at all but what I will say is that the additional year will allow me more time to work on next year’s process,” Brigid said.

She added that her showgirl experience made her more self-aware of how she portrays herself, how she interacts with others, delegates and officiations.  The zone final also gave her more public speaking confidence which is a skill she will put to good use working in the beef industry and eventually teaching.

She says she can’t thank the show committee enough for the work and effort they put into presenting the annual event which brings so much pleasure to the community.

She is looking forward to the opportunity to guide other showgirls, to teach them the skills she has learnt and most importantly, to watch them overcome their fears and to guide them through the process.

So look out for Brigid’s input into Singleton Show 2021 which, from all accounts, will be a huge community celebration with a showgirl component ready to raise the bar.


HRT Weekly Update

Hunter River Times Weekly Update, 21 October 2020




In this Hunter River Times weekly update, the voice of the Hunter Di Sneddon urges the community to buy local this Christmas. Local athlete Emily Lambkin wins the NSW Strongman competition and people are encouraged to support Legacy Australia which helps care for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women.

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Garden brings joy to generations





Many of us struggled to find something to do during the periods of isolation, but not Beryl and Jim Hartin of Muswellbrook.

Their love of gardening has had the opportunity to bloom since they moved into the home they built themselves 58 years ago.

From the vegetable patch that has fed many neighbours and friends, to the flowers that entice birds and bees there is always something to do according to Beryl and Jim.

Beryl and Jim Hartin love nothing more than sharing their garden with family, including great granddaughters Addison (3) and Isla (1) Hartin.

“It’s keeping us healthy, especially this year when we haven’t been able to go anywhere,” Beryl said.

“We just love it.”

For a time there was a pool in the yard but it has since been removed and replaced with a fernery, and the playroom used by the couples four children is now a sewing room with a picturesque outlook.

They have planted large trees to give birds somewhere to nest and they enjoy spending afternoons sitting amongst them listening and watching the wildlife.

On any given evening Beryl and Jim can be found pottering around in the yard where they are often joined by their great granddaughters who live next door.

There is no other way to describe their yard than as a labour of love, but they would not have it any other way.

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House fire in Muswellbrook




Emergency services were called to a house fire in Muswellbrook on Friday morning.

Members from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook and the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen were called at 5:54am, arriving shortly afterward to find a house alight.

“On arrival, we found large amounts of smoke and flames issuing from a house alight and got to work,” a Muswellbrook firefighter explained.

“Crews in breathing apparatus entered the house to confirm there were no occupants and extinguish the fire.

“The house has been fully destroyed internally as a result of the fire.”

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