Car boot sale at Ruffy re­serve

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

A CAR Boot Sale will be held at the Ruffy Recre­ation Re­serve on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15 from 9am to 1pm with stacks of bar­gains to be found.

Site cost is $10 for those wish­ing to sell.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the new kitchen will take place at 2pm fol­lowed by a com­pli­men­tary af­ter­noon tea.

At luchtime a sausage siz­zle will be avail­able.

The re­serve orig­i­nated af­ter a pub­lic meet­ing was held on May 20 in 1955 to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of pur­chas­ing and de­vel­op­ing a Recre­ation Re­serve at Ruffy.

It was moved that it be called the Ruffy - Terip Recre­ation Re­serve, which in later years was changed to the Ruffy Recre­ation Re­serve.

A com­mit­tee was elected with Mr K Threlfall as pres­i­dent.

An of­fer of some nine acres was made from Mr G Hunter pro­vid­ing that seven hun­dred and fifty pounds ($ 1500) was raised by pub­lic sub­scrip­tions.

This of­fer was ac­cepted with grat­i­tude.

Messrs Mc­Grath, Ryan and Rowan from the Shire of Goul­burn ad­vised the com­mit­tee as to the cor­rect pro­ce­dure to fol­low.

The con­di­tion of pro­vid­ing $1500 was met by the peo­ple of Ruffy and Terip and to­ward the end of 1955 the land was trans­ferred to the Shire of Goul­burn by Mr Hunter and be­came the prop­erty of the peo­ple of Ruffy.

At a fur­ther meet­ing of res­i­dents, Mr Hunter moved that the area be named the ‘May­gar Park’ in honor of Mr AE May­gar who had rep­re­sented Ruffy on the Goul­burn Shire Coun­cil over a long pe­riod of years and who had fos­tered sport, and par­tic­u­larly cricket in the area.

It was also moved that Mr Mc­Grath be em­pow­ered to let the con­tract for the erec­tion of a pav­il­ion and that work com­mence as soon as pos­si­ble.

The po­si­tion of the ten­nis courts and the erec­tion of a bound­ary fence was then taken care of.

An oat crop was sown to vi­talise the ground and was sold as profit for the re­serve; also logs and posts were sold off the re­serve.

In the late 50s, the build­ing was erected and the ten­nis and cricket clubs were given per­mis­sion to form play­ing ar­eas.

A wa­ter tank was erected to sup­ply wa­ter for the kitchen and for the sep­tic tanks.

The ten­nis courts were sealed in 1965 and the oval graded and formed.

With the plant­ing of oaks and or­na­men­tal trees and the sow­ing down of the oval, the Re­serve was be­gin­ning to take shape.

Th­ese trees in re­cent years have pro­vided spec­ta­tors with am­ple shade and have made the re­serve a pic­turesque oval.

In the 1980s the peo­ple of Ruffy felt that the recre­ation re­serve could be im­proved, so a fund rais­ing cam­paign was taken up and a large sum of money was raised which was matched by the com­mu­nity projects grants on a 2-1 ba­sis.

With this money, play­ground equip­ment was bought and erected for the chil­dren to play on.

A diesel gen­er­a­tor and elec­tric pump were pur­chased to pump wa­ter from a newly sunk bore and to gen­er­ate power to the pav­il­ion.

A ve­ran­dah was built, and the pav­il­ion lined and painted, a shel­ter was also built for the ten­nis play­ers.

Over the later years chang­ers have been made to make the Recre­ation ground more horse friendly.

The ten­nis courts were dis­man­tled and re­placed with a sand arena and a horse wash down area.

As a re­sult more events could be held.

A dis­able toi­let was built and the back part of the build­ing bagged and painted .

New cup­boards re­placed the old ones mak­ing the kitchen more work friendly and up to date with mod­ern health stan­dards.

Over­all our recre­ation re­serve has be­come a friendly mul­ti­pur­pose place for all vis­i­tors to come and en­joy their visit (i.e. fam­ily pic­nic, birth­day par­ties, fam­ily get to­geth­ers) un­der the beau­ti­ful shade of the big oak trees.

Any fur­ther en­quiries phone Marj Leigh on 5790 4298.

MAY­GAR PARK: The Ruffy Recre­ation Re­serve will be the site for a car boot sale on Oc­to­ber 15.

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