Vol­un­teers sought for Bat­tle of Traf

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LONGWARRY CHRISTMAS -

Vol­un­teers and com­mit­tee mem­bers are be­ing sought to help con­tinue the Bat­tle of Trafal­gar Fes­ti­val.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee will hold its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing At the Angli­can Com­mu­nity Com­plex, Con­tin­gent St, Trafal­gar on De­cem­ber 12 at 7pm.

The fes­ti­val re­turned in Oc­to­ber this year and a small com­mit­tee is keen to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing for fu­ture years.

Archdea­con Sue Jacka, who has been on the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee for a num­ber of years, said the one-day fam­ily fo­cussed fes­ti­val was well re­ceived and the com­mit­tee was keen to con­tinue with a sim­i­lar for­mat.

She said a high­light was the re­turn of the land boat races. She said demon­stra­tions from var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups, a school choir, dance groups and a spe­cial demon­stra­tion from Jarred Wad­dle-Smith from Trafal­gar Vet with his dog Rum­bles were all well re­ceived by vis­i­tors.

Rev Jacka said a sur­vey of com­mu­nity mem­bers a cou­ple of years ago in­di­cated peo­ple wanted a day­time fes­ti­val rather than the com­mu­nity night with fire­works that had been held in the past.

She said the three-week fes­ti­val also had be­come a strain on vol­un­teers and not all events were well at­tended.

The aim is to fo­cus on a one-day ac­tiv­ity, which would be held in con­junc­tion with an event each year at Trafal­gar’s Holden Mu­seum.

She said they hoped to build the num­ber of land boat race par­tic­i­pants and mar­ket stalls.

Rev Jacka said 12 peo­ple at­tended the de­brief meet­ing fol­low­ing this year’s fes­ti­val and there was a lot of en­thu­si­asm to con­tinue the event and grow it.

She said the big­gest is­sue was fundrais­ing and at­tract­ing vol­un­teers.

The fes­ti­val is run by vol­un­teers. All com­mit­tee po­si­tions are va­cant and there are po­si­tions as or­di­nary com­mit­tee mem­bers as well as pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary and trea­surer.

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