Finally the lucky winner of the now famous rocking horse, Murrumbateperson Jenny Lancaster was presented with her trophy at a small gathering at the Menshed recently. Craftsperson Jack Price who skilfully made the horse, along with Terry Hunt, president of the Shed handed the horse over amidst much laughter to a very appreciative Jenny and her husband and were assured that it was going to a good home and would be cared for.
In its construction Jack inserted under the saddle a receptacle into which photographs of construction and a small history were placed. He hoped that this custom would be continued so that this unnamed horse would have provenance to appreciate.
The final meeting for this group was held on Thursday December 20 where those attending were given plenty to think about. Matters which arose for discussion included:
* Christmas Carols – the unfortunate last minute cancellation of the 2012 event due to threatening weather was a disappointment and a cost to the many who were involved in the organisation. It was suggested that in future an alternative site with cover be chosen for this popular function.
* President Ray Cameron in his report mentioned the need for a representative from Yass Valley Council to sit with MABPA leadership team as a conduit to council partnership in what has become the largest event in the shire – the annual Field Days – which is virtually a showcase for the shire.
* Major problem – and one mentioned before are the much used toilets in the Rec Grounds. These toilets have become the most easily accessible for travellers on the Barton Highway and are proving quite inadequate
* Meetings, which are now held each month, could handle business bi-monthly if this is agreed to at the April AGM when any changes may be made
* Finances – generally were discussed and management has agreed that no further development be undertaken on the Rec Grounds however maintenance of what is now in place will continue
Manager Kim Williams presented a proposed budget for the 2013 event and mentioned at the same time the changing idea of the Field Days from the predominantly rural focus it once had.
In 2012, 435 sites were allocated to exhibitors, which is a 10 per cent increase and an amazing number of 760 volunteers assisted. Costs for services such as traffic management and insurance are significant and admission prices could see some adjustment.
Has changed their date to September 23 in order to avoid clash with Moving Feast.
Volunteers have done 120 hours mowing in and around the Rec Grounds making good use of their new mower
Volunteers continue to handle ever increasing volumes of parcels generated by online shopping.
Once again there was inconclusive discussion as to the provision of a post office for Murrumbateman and the recognition that an increase in parcel post is inevitable.
A farmers market has been approved by council and is to take place on the Rec Grounds every second week. The first was on December 29 with 18 stalls.
Have you made your resolutions for this brand new year? Most of us become enthusiastic about re-organising our lives as an untouched year spreads before us but how many of the plans made are put into place and continue? Each year I promise to finish UFO’s and eat less chocolate but now, after my personal 2012 ‘annus horibilis’ will stick to what I know I can do; value friends and family and make the most of each day. A Happy, healthy and fruitful New Year to all!