Marulan Kite Festival October 30, and other town news

The Kite Festival is on Sunday, October 30 at Tony Onions Park in George Street, Marulan, from 9am to 3pm. Flying, entertainment, displays, competitions, market stalls, rides, a Show and Shine, fine food – just to name a few. Photography and visual art shows will be in the hall; the CWA will be have morning teas, light luncheons; the Marulan Lions Club tent will have sausage and steak sandwiches; even a wine stall. Stop and chat with the Rural Fire Service or the Police Liaison Unit. Other attractions include the Billy Boil Cup at the Terminus Hotel and wood-chopping show, and the Highlands School of Performing Arts. See marulanfestivalf.org.au or call 0408 421 199.

HIGH FLYERS: The Kite Festival is an annual gathering for all things kites on Sunday, October 30 at Tony Onions Park in George Street, 9am-3pm. Photo: David Dawson

HIGH FLYERS: The Kite Festival is an annual gathering for all things kites on Sunday, October 30 at Tony Onions Park in George Street, 9am-3pm. Photo: David Dawson

Rifle Club

John Feltham says the first Rifle Club was near old Marulan on land now owned by Holcim. When I came to Marulan in the early 1950s, it was on the hillside at the rear of the Brewer Centre on land owned by Mr Jolly. Marulan’s first water supply tank was also here, remembering that neither of the highways was there then. There was also a small airfield, mostly used by fertilizer planes. Marulan and Bungonia rifle clubs were extremely strong, holding large presentation dinner/dances to hand out winning trophies for the year. They were quite the social event. The Army supplied rifles and ammunition for club use. Teams from Sydney and further afield came to compete. Roy Feltham, from Marulan, won the Queen’s Shoot three times, the first as an unknown in 1933. It was the highest of honours at the time. When aged 76, Reg Baldock was the oldest rifleman and received a trophy for this worthy effort. It is still one of the most attractive views around town.

IN HIS SIGHTS: T Pearson, former manager of Blue Circle Marulan South, with the Rifle Club at rear. The club provided a social focus for the town. Photo: supplied

IN HIS SIGHTS: T Pearson, former manager of Blue Circle Marulan South, with the Rifle Club at rear. The club provided a social focus for the town. Photo: supplied

Crookwell Garden Coach Trip

On Saturday, November 5, departing Marulan Coaches workshop at 8.45am. Cost is $30 per person, which includes coach travel and morning tea. Entry to gardens (two at Laggan and two at Crookwell): $20. Garden Lovers’ shopping alley has lots of plants, artisan garden art, beautiful botanical artwork, obelisks and plant supports for sale. Food stalls and lunches available or bring your own. Please call Carolyn 0412 477 021 to book.

Big Read Bus

Marulan readers are really looking forward to the arrival of the Big Read Bus, which will be arriving at the Brewer Centre on Thursday, October 27, 10am-2pm; then Marulan Public, 1.30pm-3.30pm on the same day. For details of when it will be in your area: 4823 4541.

Marulan Markets

Sunday, November 13 (the second Sunday monthly), 9am-2pm at the Memorial Hall and Tony Onions Memorial Park, George Street: a variety of stalls including homemade baked goods, artisan produce, candles, books, jewellery, fashion, craft, music, homeware, bric-a-brac, food and much more. Queries: Bernadette Blake, 0430 391 941 or email marulanmarket@gmail.com

Marulan Public

Students have a wide choice as to after-school activities during term 4. On Monday, design and create original pieces to hang using three to four small canvases. Tuesday, cooking club, with alternate sweet and savoury dishes. Wednesday is drama to promote confidence, patience and cooperativeness. Thursday, craft day. Friday, movie day, relaxing on gym mats eating popcorn with a movie. Contact the school to make bookings or for details.

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