Birre Recreation Reserve – update

We had an enormous day when 5000 bicycle riders descended on Birre on Friday, November 29.

The Recreation Reserve Committee members were on hand to help out and raise some money for the redevelopment. Thanks to their hard work, approximately $8000 was raised through frying up more than 200kgs chips, and selling Robyns Drewery’s magnificent home made sponges!

In other news, the Birre Recreation Reserve fundraising effort hit the road to Winchelsea on November’s first Saturday night, for a rollicking affair that again proved that if community spirit and commitment to a common cause equated to dollars and cents, the redevelopment would already be complete.

Approximately 150 people put on their good duds and opened their hearts and wallets to the cause, dining, imbibing, dancing and laughing through a night of high quality entertainment in a facility our Winch neighbours can be rightly proud of. The belief that Birre deserves such a venue, too, was evident in the bottom line with more than $15,000 raised on the night.

Rusty and The Other Guy set the tone with a hilarious set sprinkled with local references and good-spirited mickey-taking, auctioneer Phil Douglas did a sterling job in shifting an array of enticing and varied goods and services for great prices, the silent auction was similarly supported, emcee Tim Farquaharson kept things moving in typically dapper fashion, and the band was so good that even a few of the men folk were spotted on the dance floor.

The list of thank-yous was almost as long as the wait for a taxi to Ceres endured by one group of revellers, and is testament to the months of planning that brought together many and was credit especially to a tireless few.

In no particular order, huge thanks to Sorella Foods for the catering, GB Foods for the smallgoods, Midwest Meat and Warrnambool Butter, Tom Parker for the spuds, Raynor’s Eggs and Lidgerwood Seeds for the ingredients that made the cakes, Rosie’s for the drycleaning of tablecloths, John Drewry for the sound and Power Stage for the stage, the Black Pearl for the pizzas that fed the generous football and netball club members who gave up their Saturday night to wait tables and man the bar, and Hutchinson’s for transporting so many happy folk safely home to their beds, or thereabouts.

To the silent auction donors, goodwill and gratitude likewise goes out to Carlton Football Club, The Co-Op, David Schwarz, Forrest Timber Products, Crowe Howarth, Royal Mail Hotel, Paul and Glenys O’Brien, Brad Bennett and Narelle Alford, Levi Dare, Mixx FM/3CS, J&C Cotton, Geelong Racing Club, M&C Whelan, COPACC, Cucina Cooking School, Birregurra Football and Netball Club, Corio Bay Sports Clinic, 13th Beach Golf Links and 1865 BnB Birregurra.

Special thanks not sought, but certainly deserved goes to Clare Cotton for her steady hand over several months that culminated in a night to remember.

Next on the Rec Reserve Committee social calendar is the “Spin The Disc Retro Cafe” for the bike riders. If anyone has an old record player knocking around that could help to get the joint jumping, please give Clare a bell.

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