Big weekend at Bannockburn
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.”
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.