Ear to the ground

After 19 years in business in Byron Bay, Glenda James or 'Mrs Cheekies' has called it a day.

As the owner of Cheekies Design in Marvel Street, Glenda has seen many, many changes in the town.

"It's very, very busy now," she said.

"But, it's time for a change and semi-retirement."

Glenda is looking forward to travelling and spending more time with her eight grandchildren.

"I am really going to miss the shop and the people I have met over the years," Glenda said.

"I would like to say goodbye to all my customers and encourage them to come in to the shop and meet the new owners."

New owners Joanne and Katie Doyle formerly of Victoria have taken over the shop.The Scout wasn't invited to last weekend's 'celebrity' wedding at The Beach Hotel so he can't tell you a thing about it. But he did see James Packer, looking pretty fit in his budgie smugglers wandering around Wategos Beach on Sunday morning with his young lady on his arm. The Scout also saw rugby league player, Luke 'Ricko' Ricketson, wandering the streets. However, he didn't see Virgin boss, Richard Branson, at Wategos on Sunday, but plenty of others did. Members of the Byron Bay Malibu Club, who were enjoying their monthly comp at the beach, offered him a beer and a club T-shirt. Apparently he knocked back the offer of a sausage sambo.

The Commonwealth Youth Games at Bendigo recently had a good representation from Byron Shire. Hurdler Adam Szlezak won bronze in the men's 100 metre relay, Petria Thomas was the manager of the Australian team of 102 athletes and Commonwealth Games medalist and professional lawn bowler Cameron Curtis man- aged the lawn bowls team.

Watching the murals go up on the Byron Bay Community Centre wall on Saturday morning, The Scout couldn't help but wonder what the fuss was all about. There were no great dramas getting them up and they look pretty good.

St Martin's Anglican Church at Mullumbimby will be the venue next Tuesday night for traditional carols. Based on the Celebrations of Nine Lessons and Carols by Kings College Cambridge, the concert has been arranged by Lismore organist, Warren Whitney, who lead singers from St Carthage's Cathedral and St Andrew's Anglican Church Lismore. The evening will include readings tell- ing the Christmas story.

Rotarians are not the sort of people who would let a wind storm get the better of them and plans for their annual carnival at Brunswick Heads. When the Picka-Prize tent was blown away last week in the stormy weather, they rallied and have set up this popular part of the carnival in the main housie tent, as usual in Banner Park. And according to Phill Jackson, Rotary's man on the scene, the housie tent will be operating from tomorrow night (Friday), from 7pm till 10pm every night until Sunday January 16.

Ocean Shores will again take its place in the line-up of shire communities celebrating Australia Day next year. Charmain Cornell is hard at work organising a family afternoon at the New Brighton oval, and she would like to hear from entertainers who can add their name to the program. It's all for love, not money, and anyone wanting some practice in front of an audience can call Charmain on 6680 2011.

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