The week in photos, January 8, 2016 | photos Jan. 8, 2016, 6 p.m. We're into a new year and there's been no let up in events attracting interest around our region. The week in New England & North West | Photos Music City has met the Country Music Capital with four interns from Nashville making their home in Tamworth for three weeks. The Kurrajong Re-enactment committee erected more than 100 small crosses at Kurrajong Park on Wednesday. The committee are preparing for the re-enactment march on Sunday. Goondiwindi brother and sister, Sam and Bonnie Jessen, are tackling the senior course of the CMAA Academy of Country Music. The Peter Brock of Goondiwindi, Paul ‘Zoomer’ Zacka was laid to rest on Friday. Job Placement Consultant Sarah White, Men’s Shed Treasurer John Urqhart, Lewis Haynes, Aaron Langer, Employer Relationship Manager Katie Spry and Andrew Funnell. The Glen Innes men’s shed has commended the dole participants for their recent work. Tamworth kids are leaving their electronic toys at home and throwing themselves into a holiday program where it’s all about being active. Guyra Rugby League Club starts 2016 in a stronger position following a successful annual general meeting. A state government scholarship program that assists in developing emerging artistic talent has helped Glen Innes artist Ashley Hansell kick-start her new business. A Tenterfield High student has become the lucky beneficiary of a donation after the local branch of the CWA gifted the Year 7 student with an educational grant. Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has visited Moree to hand over a $17,000 cheque to the local PCYC for repair work. The Glen Innes Severn council unanimously voted to become a refugee welcome zone at their most recent council meeting. A wall of blood red poppies has greeted Inverell library goers for the past week as part of two reverent displays remembering the sacrifices of local World War I volunteers. Moree’s Amaroo Tavern has gifted one lucky local with a brand new vehicle. Colin Hinds with winner Anne King (centre) and Moree Plains Shire Council mayor Katrina Humphries. Bushrangers still roamed the countryside when Wallabadah’s iconic pub was first established, but the Marshall McMahon Hotel now has a new lease on life. Inverell’s Mark and Peter Lane at home at the Nullamanna feedlot. The Lanes received the Woolworths 2015 Beef Supplier of the Year Pat Dempsey Memorial Trophy for their Nullamanna Feedlot. A generous donation has come the way of the Tenterfield cancer support group after the Tigers Rugby League Club donated funds from a one-off day. Gunnedah representatives will be at a “critical meeting” to help rid the region of the drug ice in the community on Wednesday, January 13. A Sydney family visiting local relatives were the first to give birth at the Glen Innes and District hospital in 2016. Tamworth’s Piper St veterinarian Dr Rhys Duncan looks over Spud the dog and said prevention was best as snake activity across the region rises with warmer weather. Most people spent Christmas morning unwrapping presents from loved ones. Clinton Horridge and his mum, Faye, spent it searching for anything that had been left unscathed by a fire which gutted the 40 year-old's home in Goondiwindi. Moree’s own Melanie Schubert was honoured with the state’s Winter Volunteer Sporting Spirit Award. Gunnedah’s annual National Tomato Day has gone into the compost this year, with organisers deciding not to hold the event. Jockey Jake Pracey-Holmes rides Blu Boy Jag (centre) home to win the 2016 Somerton Cup at Gunnedah's Riverside Racecourse. Member for New England Barnaby Joyce could be the new Deputy PM within weeks if he gets his wish. Mr Joyce says he’ll ‘throw his hat in the ring’ if current Deputy PM Warren Truss stands down. The boys of Tilbuster Station will be hitting the pavement on two wheels thanks to one man’s donation. The new equipment was donated by Uralla resident Paul Simmons who gifted the 12 bikes to the disadvantaged youth farm. The Australian Quarter Horse Association has secured the opportunity to run the American Quarter Horse Association International Youth World Cup in June at Tamworth’s AELEC. Tenterfield artist Rod McIntosh has churned out another symbolic work which has been donated to St Joseph’s school. It’s a new year, and it’s time to start the year off in the right way by taking a stand against violence. The people pictured here are some of the first in a Gunnedah campaign to say no to violence in 2016. He is one of the city’s most familiar faces, but now Armidale elder Steve Widders will be recognised all over the state in the new Guide Dogs calendar. The creative juices have been flowing at Tamworth’s Loft Art Studio this week thanks to a series of workshops involving some of the area’s youngest art aficionados. Warra-Li business manager Craig Cox and e-waste project manager Niel Barry. Aboriginal job seekers throughout the New England North West are set to benefit from an E-waste facility to be built in Inverell this year. Glen Innes Examiner journo Georgina Bayly has bid farewell to Glen and is heading to Jimboomba. People living with a disability will gain more independence with two new group homes now open in Armidale. Adam Marshall, Steve Widders, Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka, support worker Kerry Power and resident’s mother Ellen Widders were on hand to open the new homes. It took 40-years of waiting but a cherished watch has found its way home to Tenterfield man John Flint unexpectedly. It’s a long way from Weipa to Tamworth, but it’s the journey Emma Dykes has taken to get to the CMAA Academy of Country Music. Emma received some helping hints from guest speaker Kasey Chambers. Armidale Dumaresq Council ranger Daryl Kliendienst with two puppies searching for a new home. The Armidale shelter has seen an influx of new dogs come in since Christmas. Tom Kowalski, Tommy Kowalski (Jnr), Adam Ha, Brett Wright, (front) Kenny Wright and Mathew Urquart made up Moree’s Shamrocks who took out the local futsal competition. In winter its ‘Hats Off’ in Tamworth, but in January its hats on for residents to show their local pride in the lead up to the Country Music Festival. TweetFacebook of ╳exitThe week in New England & North West | PhotosSwipe from right to left or click the right arrow.