16 June, 2023
St Joseph’s P&F Debutante Ball 2023
‘A night at a County Fair’
The annual St Joseph P&F Debutante Ball was
held at the Gilgandra Shire Hall on Saturday, March
Five young ladies made their debut, Sarah
Temple, Molly Wilson, Layney Godber, Jade Elsom
and Kate Woollams, ably escorted by their partners
Rye Heffer, Darcy Neeves, Kyzack Corcoran, Blair
Keogh and Luke Nalder.
The young ladies looked beautiful displaying a
bouquet of fresh flowers created by Amy Naef at
They were presented to Parish Priest Father Greg
Kennedy and Matron of Honour Mrs Zeny Manks.
Accompanying the debutantes and their partners
were the adorable page boy Alfie Mudford, and
flower girl Claire Barry.
The night was compered by Mrs Alison
At the completion of speeches, the beautiful cake
generously made and donated by Rochelle Easman
The ball this year was headed by a new ball committee,
Tracey Riley, Rebekah Howard and Sarah
It was a challenging task but with the guidance
and knowledge from outgoing committee Mandy
Musgrave, Merilyn King and Melissa Welsh a successful
Debutante Ball was put together.
The Debutante Ball is one of the P&F’s major
fundraisers for St Joseph’s school. Funds raised will
be returned to the school.
This could not happen
without the help from volunteers, their time and
effort was very much appreciated.
Special thanks are extended to Lloyd and
Rosemary Duncan and Brianna Murray who gave
up their time for six weeks to teach the debutantes
and their partners the dances for the night.
danced wonderfully and did their teachers proud.
Thanks also to Lib and Ash Walker who
arranged the bar and the catering. Wes and Simone
Sandry who helped man the bar all night.
Geremy Ryan and Zac Ferguson who helped create
and dismantle the backdrop for the stage and to
The Gilgandra Weekly who kindly donated the
To the parents and grandparents from the school
community that gave up their time to help set up and
clean up the hall, donate slices, work the bar on the
night, man the ticket sales at the door and assemble
many a decoration.
Thankyou also to the Gilgandra High school students
that volunteered their time to help in the
kitchen and serve the food.
The night was beautifully captured by the super
talented and lovely photographer Kirsty Fisher from
Kirsty Fisher Photography.
We look forward to next year!
Any young ladies turning 16 or in Year 11 in 2024 and are interested in making their debut keep an eye on Facebook and in The Gilgandra Weekly for expressions of interest.