Wingham Wrap: May 23

A brekkie wrap of the latest local news in under five minutes.

Elands by Carl Muxlow

Elands by Carl Muxlow

No service: OPTUS has apologised to customers after many were unable to access voice and data services on Wednesday in Wingham and Taree. Yesterday an Optus spokesperson advised The Manning River Times that customers were "affected as a result of a third party accidently cutting an Optus fibre on Wednesday".

Storyteller: Zambian migrant Dorothy Makasa spoke with students at Wingham High on Thursday as part of the Africa comes to the Manning festival. Students from years seven, eight and ten were invited to join in the storytelling to learn the craft of telling and writing great stories.

Shortbread: On Friday May 30 the Wingham CWA’s annual shortbread baking competition will be held. As part of the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, the competition attracts entrants of a high calibre all vying for a coveted ribbon. Entry forms are available from the Wingham Chronicle office, museum and Bent on Food.

100 yrs of fashion: Manning Valley Historical Society volunteers are hard at work preparing for this Saturday's fashion pageant. After an exhaustive sort through all the historical garments held at the Wingham Museum, the final selection has been made. With so many items to prepare the volunteers called on local fashion store Ashlea Road Boutique to borrow a hand steamer to make the job a little quicker.

Costumes: Preparations continue for Isabella the Play. The much anticipated production by Maggie Young looks set to be a dazzling affair with some wonderful costumes already in the pipeline. Assembled at the Town Hall on Wednesday were a few members of the cast in readiness for a Focus Magazine photoshoot. The Chronicle was able to get a sneak peak of the cast all dressed up.