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The Battle of Bannockburn has been Played and Won!


The Battle of Bannockburn Festival was held 29/30th October, jointly organised by the Bannockburn Lions, the Bannockburn Golf Club and the Timeline Festival re-enactment groups.   Lions Clubs from Meredith, Leigh Valley and Corio Bay helped run the event.   80 stalls were set up at the Festival on Saturday and, despite Sunday morning’s violent storm, most were still standing when gates opened that day albeit a bit windblown.


About six thousand people attended across the two days.   The period costumes, military re-enactments from days of yore and the mediaeval village were quite outstanding.  The Sunday was brought to an abrupt end at about 3pm when another wild storm swept across the site but a good time had been well held by then.  

A special mention must be made of Lion John McNamara whose imagination, leadership and toil drove the project to host the Festival.   Well done Macca!   Lions International is entering its centenary year and the Festival was a terrific way to kick it off locally.

On 2 November John MacNamara was presented with the Lions Silver Centennial pin by the Lions Regional Chair, Dennis Grant.   The award recognises John’s contribution towards establishing the Meredith Lions Club but could as easily have been given for his efforts with the Battle of Bannockburn.

Never idle, the Bannockburn Lions were active at the Royal Geelong Show staffing entrance gates, supervising horse crossings and organising the parking of horse trailers.   

This last task presented some challenges.   It seems that for some drivers the notion of being organised is quite perplexing.   No two trailers seem to be the same size and the skill of drivers in reversing their trailer was patchy, to say the least, leading to some tense moments and forceful words.   Indeed some drivers were bereft of any such skill at all.   Apparently horses can be quite choosey about which side of the trailer they wished to be tethered to, while some riders seemed to resent having to share the paddock with anybody - the competition for parking spots under the shade was fierce.   Nevertheless, Lions Club members are always up to a challenge and all worked out well in the end.

Lions will be selling Christmas cakes again this year so look out for a stall near you.   Funds raised by the Lions Club are put back into community service and projects.

Lions are always on the lookout for community minded citizens to join its work.   Lions can do inspiring things through community service as well as having fun.  If interested please contact Anne Cotsell on 0400 110 107.

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