Gunning News | August 25

GUNNING’S DENNIS

Gunning Rural Fire Service (RFS) is celebrating 85 years this year, which includes an unfinished project.

The ME162 Dennis 250 fire appliance dating from the late 1920s, purchased by Baileys Garage for the town RFS using community funds, featured in many street parades from the 1960s onwards.

Gunning/Fish River RFS president Martin Stewart has begun its painstaking restoration in the Gunning RFS shed.

The appliance is a bit ‘worse for the wear’ after a long sleep in a Yass Street shed.

To Martin’s surprise, he could inflate all bar one of the tyres but it is not clear that they will hold the vehicle’s weight.

There are many items that need refurbishment, with the magneto one of the more difficult mechanical items.

ENGINE EXPERTS WANTED: Can you help restore Dennis back to his former red and gold glory?

ENGINE EXPERTS WANTED: Can you help restore Dennis back to his former red and gold glory?

Have you a love of restoring old fire trucks, have some experience in restoring that vintage of Dennis or know where suitable fire equipment for the vehicle could be found?

Contact Martin with a message through the Gunning/Fish River RFS Facebook page.

Everybody loves an old fire engine and how wonderful would it be for Santa to ride around Gunning in the old Dennis, ‘ringing’ the bell and handing out presents.

STORIES FROM THE DEAD

Cemeteries are magnets for tombstone tourists, taphophiles or gravers. Dalton’s Leslie Bush is a graver, not only for family history but for what headstones reveal of an area’s history. In times past, graves were ransacked for treasure or body snatchers supplied cadavers for medical dissection.

HEADSTONE HISTORY: Dead men can tell tales - travelling photographer Joe Check is buried in Gunning General Cemetery.

HEADSTONE HISTORY: Dead men can tell tales - travelling photographer Joe Check is buried in Gunning General Cemetery.

Visit gunninghistory.blogspot.com.au to read about Leslie’s road trips to cemeteries including why Coonabarabran is not Cooma!

NEWCOMERS TO GUNNING

Brianna Reeve, Peter McKinlay and their 10 month-old son Fletcher are among the latest to take up residence in the community after sussing out the village before buying a home. They visited the library last week and were delighted to find it so well stocked.

You are most welcome to our community!

NEW FRIENDS: New residents Peter McKinlay, Brianna Reeve and 10 month old son Fletcher check out Gunning Library.

NEW FRIENDS: New residents Peter McKinlay, Brianna Reeve and 10 month old son Fletcher check out Gunning Library.

THOROUGH ENJOYMENT

The audience thoroughly enjoyed the concert “Old is New” by Musica da Camera in Gunning last Sunday, largely consisting of works by composers outside the normal repertoire. The highlight was Mercadate’s Concerto in E minor for flute and string orchestra, featuring Jodie Petrov, whose flute rang wonderfully with the orchestra. The final item was Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, based around eight tunes he wrote as a schoolboy.

This was the final offering of the five presented by the Focus Group in 2017.