Big week­end at Ban­nock­burn

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT SPORT - By EMMA DAWE

It’s all about Ban­nock­burn this week­end when the first ‘‘Across the Bridge in Ban­nock­burn’’ event will be held. Two days of art, wine, crafts, mu­sic and food will be on of­fer to show­case what the vil­lage is all about. The event was the brain­child of Ban­nock­burn res­i­dents Jan Hawkins and Heather McPher­son, who first came up with the idea in Fe­bru­ary and have been plan­ning it since. Ten lo­cal artists, in­clud­ing Jenni Barker, Me­gan Huf­fa­dine, Gail de Jong and Mau­rice Mid­dled­itch, will ex­hibit their work at the Cairn­muir Sta­tion wool­shed be­tween 10.30am and 4pm on both days, and Lynn Kelly – who was an artist in res­i­dence in the for­mer Post Of­fice build­ing – is the guest artist. Mrs Hawkins said other events planned for the week­end in­clude a po­etry read­ing by Cen­tral Otago poet Brian Turner at the Ban­nock­burn Cafe on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7, as well as scarf-ty­ing work­shops be­ing held by Mrs Hawkins on both days at her store, the Ban­nock­burn Coun­try House. The winer­ies and vine­yards are also in­volved in the event, with tast­ings and tours be­ing held at Car­rick Win­ery, Akarua Cel­lar Door and Bald Hills Vine­yard. Mt Dif­fi­culty is also invit­ing peo­ple to come and view its live roof on its bar­rel room, its na­tive re-veg­e­ta­tion project and its state-of-the-art waste­water treat­ment plant. A Ban­nock­burn ram­ble will also be held – a guided walk around the town­ship to look at dredges, bridges and other points of in­ter­est. On Sun­day, a crafts and pro­duce mar­ket will be held in the Ban­nock­burn vil­lage, to in­clude food, wine and en­ter­tain­ment by lo­cal buskers. Mrs Hawkins said she was de­lighted with the re­sponse and she hoped it would be­come an an­nual event. “It’s all about get­ting peo­ple here and show­ing them what’s on of­fer in Ban­nock­burn.”

Photo: EMMADAWE

Re­mem­bered: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Garry Mil­ford, sec­ond from left, says a prayer for slain and fallen po­lice of­fi­cers as Cen­tral Otago sub area com­man­der Se­nior Sergeant Ian Ker­risk, left, and other Cen­tral Otago po­lice of­fi­cers and po­lice staff bow their heads to hon­our them.

Vil­lage life: ‘‘Across the Bridge in Ban­nock­burn’’ or­gan­iser Jan Hawkins hopes lots of peo­ple will come to Ban­nock­burn to see what the vil­lage is all about.

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