• AFTER the ongoing success of Mona Mahamed’s Village Pantry, which stocks gourmet chilled food, long shelf life items and perishable fruit and veg and feeds up to 500 vulnerable people a week, the hunt is on for a new venue. “We were hoping there may be someone in the community that has an empty warehouse for our not-for-profit organisation or possibly, the council may have an unused site where we could operate from,” Ms Mahamed said. If you can help, get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
• A TODDLER sitting in a trolley at a Bankstown shopping centre was keeping busy by sounding an alarm to let people behind his dad know when he thought they were getting too close. “He kept making this siren sound whenever people got a bit too close, it was hilarious,” his mum said. “We might not feel able to say someone is too close but he has no filter and is happy just to yell out.”
• OUT driving in the Blue Mountains over the weekend, a dad was forced to stop the car when his children spotted a dog sitting alone in a shopping trolley. “We checked its tags and called the owners who were already out looking for him,” he said. “They told us that whenever he escapes, he finds a trolley and sits in it to wait to be found.”
• A KEEN reader joined an online book club during lockdown and says it has been great fun. “I’ve tried the normal in-person book club and never stuck with it, but doing it online has been great,” she said. “I don’t feel as pressure for some reason and that makes it easier to read the books without all the stress. It also helps being able to google things when I don’t understand what someone is talking about.”
• CONCERNED that her eyesight was diminishing at the rate of knots, a caller was pleasantly surprised to discover she had been driving at night with only her parking lights on. “It was such a relief as I had been avoiding driving at night for the last few years since I’ve had my latest car; it was only when I turned my lights on the other day in front of reflective glass that I noticed I had been driving with the parking lights and not the full driving lights,” she said.
• IN welcome news for foodies, families looking for fresh produce and those in search of a multicultural feast, Bankstown Sunday Markets & Bargain Bazaar returns this Sunday, July 5, to Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Condell Park, 9am-3pm. With plenty of parking available, you can choose from the many culinary and bric-a-brac treasures at affordable prices. For further info, call the Paceway on 9708 4111.
• THE riders of two high-powered motor bikes couldn’t wait with the rest of the traffic in peak hour last Friday night and drove along the footpath on Canterbury Road from Clements Ave to Fairford Road. While the second rider appeared hesitant to the follow at first, they both took to the footpath to overtake the traffic.
• FEELING more like a dinosaur than a 70-year-old, a woman from Georges Hall is upset that the only way to contact a lot of companies these days is via email. “They keep forgetting that Australia has an ageing population and there are far more seniors in the community than young people but these companies only seem to cater now for those that have computers or are ‘tech savvy’,” she said. “It’s almost impossible to even get hold of an accurate printed TV guide; it’s just one disappointment after another.”
• A LOAD of soil was dumped in the Torch driveway over the weekend by a “scumbag” who may have assumed because some building is happening on-site that no-one would notice. One staffer who arrives at work before the sun comes up, said she almost ran into the pile of dirt as she turned into the driveway in the dark on Monday.
• THIEVES may be in for some bad karma after stealing a small Buddha statue from a front garden in Revesby. “What kind of person does something like that,” asked the resident. “It wasn’t expensive or anything but they would have had to lean over the fence to grab it or go through the gate and come onto the property. What a low sort of person they must be.”