On September 30, Bowning Pub will hold a Campfire Cook Off, thanks to some locals boasting about the sumptuous meals they eat while camping.
From 10am, campfire cooks can start making fires down side of pub. They must bring all their own food, with no pre-cooking allowed, and can cook whatever they want – damper, stew, roast or something else.
At 3pm, a winner and runner up will be chosen by the judges, while those who have bought a $10 plate can vote for the people’s choice award. Budding chefs pay $10 to enter, and there will be jumping castles and other attractions of the day. Money raised will go to support the Bowning community hall.
Anchor Books and the Gunning and District Historical Society held a very successful launch of a book on Samuel Clayton, with Mayor Brian McCormack OAM doing the honours. Clayton was transported to Australia in 1816 for forgery; within three months, he was engraving the copper plates for the first NSW bank notes. He had strong connections with the local district, living at Baltinglass.
Over 100 years after it began, the Binalong Branch of Red Cross has had to officially shut down.
The branch was formed in October 1914 and almost every person in the district joined. It was very active in raising money over the years through dances, dinners and concerts, apart from a period of closure during the Depression.
Zone 19 district Red Cross representative Noeleen Hazell described the closure as “a huge loss to the local district”.