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Tony Hughes points to the "pixie hat" tree which has intrigued motorists in Coghlan Road Cowes for the
past three years. As well as the pixie hats, there are reindeer horns and even Easter Bunny ears.
Pixie hats up a gum tree!
HAVE you ever wondered about
the gum tree in Coghlan Road
Cowes that sprouts Christmas
hats all year around?
Well wonder no more!
There's quite a simple explana-
tion behind this very quirky twist
It all began three years ago.
Tony Hughes of Wimbledon
Heights unwittingly started what
has now become a tradition, and
an intriguing point of interest for
those heading out of Cowes and
across the island.
So taken by the growing popu-
larity of this event was he that he
decided to put pen to paper and
create a story for his young grand-
children who were visiting at the
Tony has agreed to share this
"pixie" story with our readers and
to help explain this festive phe -
Here is his story:
One afternoon at the start of
2012 Christmas school holidays
Mummy, the three boys and Nan-
ny decided to walk from Cowes via
Wimbledon Heights to Amaze "N
There the grown-ups could have
a cup of tea and possibly the boys
an ice cream each.
Grandad, who was busy in the
garden, promised to also walk
there as soon as he was finished.
Being old and a little crafty
Grandad thought that a better way
was to walk there was via Coghlan
Whilst nearing the top of the hill
he noticed a Christmas hat lying in
the dust, and dead gum leaves at
the edge of the road.
He thought this was a sad sight,
being so close to Christmas, so he
picked it up and hung it on a near-
by gum tree.
Imagine his amusement and
delight some days later when he
noticed the original hat had been
joined by several others.
By the end of the holiday period,
as many as 13 hats decorated the
There they stayed until the fol-
lowing August when they suddenly
However, here is the fun part!
The following Christmas, and
without any effort by Grandad
this time, a flurry of Christmas
hats appeared on a tree in almost
the same location along Coghlan
And that is the start of what is
now an annual tradition.
Similar collections of Christmas
hats appeared over Christmas
2013 and then again in 2014.
And they are still arriving at the
tree this year, to celebrate Christ-
mas and the end of 2015.
Farm wedding for Island couple
JULIE Forrest and
Adam Knight were mar-
ried on December 14,
A small gathering of
family and friends cel-
ebrated their special day
surrounded by the beauti-
ful scenery of the Forrest
farm on Phillip Island.
Julie and Adam first
met as 10 year olds hav-
ing spent their childhood
years on the Island.
Later, after a 25 year
gap, they reconnected and
have been together ever
A relaxed cocktail style
reception was enjoyed at
the Shearing Shed, in Gap
Road after the ceremony,
followed by an extended
family and friends cele-
bration the next day at the
The happy couple are
currently enjoying a hon-
eymoon at Palm Cove.
RIGHT: Julie Forrest
and Adam Knight have
been honeymooning in
Submissions on mobile
coverage gaps invited
RESIDENTS frustrated with
poor mobile phone coverage across
the Mornington Peninsula, Western
Port, Bass Coast and Phillip Island
are invited to make a submission
to the Mobile Coverage Program.
Federal MP for Flinders Greg
Hunt advises that nominations for
Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot
Programme are open until Decem-
"The Commonwealth Govern-
ment has committed $60 million
to improve mobile coverage in the
electorate," Mr Hunt said.
Both Phillip Island and the
Mornington Peninsula are popular
destinations for tourists during
the peak summer season, which
increases the pressure on mobile
"I have had many residents
come to me with concerns over
inadequate or non-existent mobile
phone coverage, especially dur-
ing the holiday period. "This is an
opportunity for people to make a
submission about why their area
should be prioritised for network
"I strongly encourage residents
to nominate a mobile black spot
Locations nominated as mobile
black spots will be added to a na-
tional database, which will inform
mobile service providers as part
of a competitive selection process,
where operators will be required
to nominate sites where they would
build new or upgraded base sta-
The Coalition invested $100 mil-
lion under Round 1 of the pro-
gramme, which will see an addi-
tional 500 mobile base stations
Mr Hunt said this is the biggest
one -time increase in mobile cov-
erage from a single funding pro-
gramme in the history of mobile
telecommunications in Australia
Nominations for Round 2 of the
Mobile Black Spot Programme
in the bay
THE LPG tanker Syn Zube ar-
rived in Western Port from Bris-
bane on Monday, December 14 and
departed the next day, bound for
Arriving on Christmas morning
from Port Kembla will be the steel
carrier Berge Hakodate which will
depart at a date to be determined.
Silver Emily, an unleaded petrol/
diesel tanker, will arrive from Bota-
ny on December 28 and depart two
days later on December 30 for a
destination to be advised.
can be made online at www.com-
can be emailed to Mr Hunt at greg.
firstname.lastname@example.org by December
Saying goodbye to the Cowes Children's Centre at the end of the month,
and getting ready for school next year, are kinder friends from left - Marlie
Wilkinson, Ava McBean, Emma-Lee Hylsop, Vivienne-Rose Vance, and Makay-
CHILDREN at Cowes
Children's Centre cel-
ebrated their successful
graduation from the ear-
ly education program.
Children at the Centre
who are moving on to
school were delighted to
be presented with their
Emma Denham said the
marked a very special
milestone for the kin-
"The graduation cer-
emony demonstrates to
students just how im-
portant the early educa-
tion program is to help
launch their schooling.
"The program pro -
vides a solid founda-
tion for children's future
education by fostering
a positive approach to
learning, early literacy
and numeracy skills,
building their confi-
dence in social situa-
tions and developing
their emotional inde -
pendence," she said.
"At the same time, this
year's students have had
an enormous amount
of fun and developed
strong friendships with
their classmates, which
will no doubt continue
as they move into pri-
Emma described the
event as a very spe-
cial day for parents,
who were treated to a
wonderful display of
what the children have
learned throughout the
Emmit Cavanagh, pictured with his mum Jane,
is about to say farewell to the Cowes Children's
Centre. Emmett, with the rest of his kindergarten
class, is off to school next year.
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