Involving, Progressing and Developing the Community for Future Generations!
Who is the Progress Association?
The Tailem Bend Progress Association is a volunteer-based community organisation that seeks to promote the township of Tailem Bend (SA) and encourage improvements that will enhance the lifestyle, quality of life and bring benefit to the community.
Our key projects and activities include:
- Tailem Bend Christmas Parade – a fun affair for the whole family
- Tailem Topics – Tailem Bends community magazine distributing over 2000 copies a month.
- Christmas Parade CABARET - A great night out, fantastic band, exciting prizes, entertainment galore!
If you would like to get involved with the Tailem Bend Progress Association or the Tailem Bend Christmas Parade Committee please Contact Us to found out how!.
Christmas Community Tree Event 2023
A Giant Granny-Square Christmas Tree
From a casual chat with a friend about crocheting squares for an Adelaide Hills community project, Tailem’s Giant Granny-Square Christmas Tree was born – currently on display at Tailem Bend Hardware, 105 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend, it is strong testimony to the power of friendship.
After the chat with her friend, Annette Burt of Tailem Bend, found herself Googling concepts as she became totally captivated with the whole notion of the project.
“It wasn’t long before I realised that a Granny-Square Christmas Tree would make a magnificent community project - and once Christmas was over, we could use the granny squares to make rugs and blankets to donate to local organisations and charities,” Annette said.
Annette approached the Tailem Bend Progress Association, who quickly supported the project resulting in an article requesting registrations of interest, being published in their community magazine, Tailem Topics.
“The response to our call-out for crocheted Granny-Squares was amazing to say the least, hundreds began to arrive,” Annette said. “Some donated by local women, some from women who previously lived in or had family members living in Tailem – some even sent Granny-Squares from interstate and we also had women passing through the town in their caravans, donating them.”
With all the donations sorted by colour and size, a small group of dedicated Grannies gathered over several lunchtimes, at the Tailem Bend Hotel, to bring it all together.
“What a sight, a group of Grannies crocheting in the local pub, it was a sight to be seen, we truly created some shock and curiosity for Frank’s regular patrons,” Annette said.
“My husband, Allen, built the tree’s framework from recycled materials, he did an excellent job given the vague instructions we gave him,” Annette said. “I would also like to thank Jenny from Tailem Bend Hardware for her generous offer to display our tree in their front window.”
Annette and her band of dedicated Grannies would like to see this project become an annual event with next year’s tree being supported by an aluminium foldable framework designed by another Granny’s husband, Geoff Nicholls of Tailem Bend.
“We would like to invite other local community groups and organisations to join in the fun and help us decorate the Christmas tree every year.”
Annette finds herself humbled and extremely grateful for the overwhelming response to the project.
“So many people have helped us make this project a success, and as Hellen Keller says, ‘Alone, we can do so little, but together, we can do so much more,’” Annette said.
Story and images by Glenn Power, Murray Bridge News, Tailem Bend