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The troop has had a busy start to the year with a huge number of events all across Victoria including; parades, displays, attendance at services and of course the regular troop training days. In the first 5 Months of this year we have had no less than 26 main events as well as 8 training days which included;
Bacchus Marsh ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Ballan Autumn Festival Parade
Ballarat – Begonia Festival Parade
Ballarat Grammar ANZAC Service
Ballarat Special School ANZAC Day Service
Creswick ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Creswick Australia Day Ceremony
Creswick RSL Jeff McMillan Memorial Golf Day
Dennington ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Epping ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Fawkner Cemetery ‘Poppy Launch’ and Service
Hamilton ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Maldon Masonic Lodge – ANZAC Memorial Service
Mansfield ANZAC Day Parade and March
Meerlieu Primary School ANZAC Day Service
Melbourne ANZAC Parade – Shrine / City of Melbourne
Melbourne Reserve Forces Day Parade and Service (Shrine of Remembrance)
Melbourne Boer War Day Parade and Service (Shrine of Remembrance)
Melton Tabcorp Park – ANZAC Day Race Meeting
Millgrove Dawn Service
Seymour Military History Weekend – Light Horse Park, Seymour
Warrnambool Dawn Service
Warrnambool Main ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Whittlesea ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Yarra Junction ANZAC Day Parade and Service
Yendon Historical Society Rededication of Avenue of Honour
On Sunday 30th March 2014 the Troop attended the launch of the Commemorative Poppy Tile which can be placed at the headstones of those who have served. Details of the tile can be found at www.poppytile.com.au
The foot soldiers and mounted Troopers put on a magnificent display that was appreciated by all who attended.
For the second year running the Troop attended the Ballan Harvest Festival held on the 23rd March 2014. This event is great as a practice run for upcoming events, but it would be nice if the stallholders and stands weren’t quite so close to the parade route!!!
On Monday 10th March 2014 the Troop attended the Ballarat Begonia Festival for the first time in several years. I am afraid I didn’t get a write up of the event, but here are some pictures! ?
Gary Chandler (with the assistance of Mark Campbell) put on a Firearm Training Day at the Big Game Shooters Clubhouse at the SSAA Shooting Range in Little River. The event was specifically aimed at Reenactors and was attended by members of the Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop, the Australian Great War Association and the Ballarat Living History Federation. The morning was spent undergoing a training course for those who wished to apply for their Longarm or Handgun Licences. After lunch the fun began, with participants able to test fire a selection of handguns (from WW1 to modern), Lee Enfield .303s and Black Powder Muzzle Loaders. A good time was had by all and it is hoped that more of these collaborative events may be held in the future.
It is with great sadness that we recently had to say goodbye to Miserable. Had had been a valued Troop horse for a long time and will be sadly missed. He is probably running wild in heaven, with St Peter unable to catch him either.
Once we had sorted out which banner went where, the day went very smoothly. Luckily, unlike previous years, the weather was glorious- sunny and warm. Also, unlike last year, no-one fell off! Thanks to everyone who braved the early start to come and participate. And also, big thanks to Neil Decker and the rest of our support crew.
Riders: Martin Godwin, Daves Rees, Matthew Leggot, Mark Campbell, Michael Whitehead, Dawn Manning, Maggie Koene, Jessie Koene, Suzi Koene, Tammy, Keith Day, Jenny Kilbourne.
Walkers: Gary Chandler and Chase Day.
Once again the Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop had a display at the Ballarat Arms and Militaria Fair. Mark Campbell, Michael Whitehead, Keith Day, Chase Day, Charlie Day, Gary Chandler and others came along and helped to “man” the display. Sadly, none of us thought to take any photographs.
Dave Rees, Keith Day, Chase Day, Charlie Day, Bruce McClean, Faye Threlfall and Geoff Threlfall all attended the commencement ceremonies to kick off the upcoming Centenary Celebrations in Bacchus Marsh. This event in articular focused on the ‘Avenue of Honour’. Dave brought along his impressive collection of WW1 Lighthorse items and the display attracted a lot of interest. The rest spent time mingling with the crowd and adding authentic flavour to the event. We even met former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.