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17 September

Gore & Districts Memorial RSA 100th birthday celebrations

Celebrate 100 years of the Gore & Districts Memorial RSA.

The open day will feature musical entertainment, war re-enactments, memorabilia show and tell sessions, kids war body painting, and horse buggy rides.

Military vehicles from Duncan MacGregor’s war museum in Te Anau will also be on display, along with other vehicles from the wartime era.

All children will receive a free welcome pack on arrival. Included in each pack is a colouring-in competition with a fantastic first prize. 

There will be a chance to have your photo taken with either the soldiers on hand or with the military vehicles in the carpark. Geoff Horrell is our photographer for the day.

A BBQ is planned for the day along with hot dogs & chips from our bistro and our restaurant will be open for lunch from 12pm and dinner from 5:30pm.

 

PROGRAMME

12.30pm - war re-enactment in the main car park. Block your ears! The actors are firing blank bullets from weaponry that was used during the two World Wars. Stay behind the barriers to keep yourself safe until the all clear is given.

1:30pm - war memorabilia “Antiques Roadshow” with war historian Dr Aaron Fox and Rev Bruce Cavanagh sharing their knowledge.

2.00pm - musical entertainment

Take a walk through the function room where the Gore Pistol club members and others will have a display of all their collected memorabilia.

3.30pm - colouring competition prize winner drawn

War related films/documentaries will be running on our big screen in the clubrooms throughout the afternoon.

Watch out for German soldiers who may pop up at any time during the day. But don’t worry we have the Allies on hand to send them packing and at 4.00pm the final re-enactment in the main car park will signal the close to the day’s activities.

 

Where: Gore & Districts RSA, Bowler Ave, Gore

When: Sunday 17 September, 11.00am to 4.00pm

FREE ENTRY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come along to the Gore RSA for our Public Open Day and see what facilities our members enjoy.

 

As part of our 100-year celebrations we will have a number of military vehicles from Duncan MacGregor’s war museum in

Te Anau along with other vehicles from the wartime era.

 

 

The first activity of the day starts at 12:30pm with our first war

re-enactment in the main carpark. Prepare to block your ears as

the actors are firing blank bullets from weaponry that was used during the two World Wars. I have heard a machine gun similar to this one may be used on the day.

 

Stay behind the barriers to keep yourself safe until the all clear is given.

 

After the live re-enactment, it is time for a breather so bring your war memorabilia along from 1:30pm as we are having our own “Antiques Roadshow”. Appraisers and identifiers will be the

well-known War Historian Dr Aaron Fox and our own Rev Bruce Cavanagh. You’ll be amazed at the knowledge these two have on anything war related.

 

Take a walk through the function room where the Gore Pistol club members and others will have a display of all their collected memorabilia.

 

 

 

War related films/documentaries will be running on our big screen in the clubrooms throughout the afternoon.

 

At 2pm you will be kept entertained with music and recitals. This will run for a couple of hours with breaks in between.

 

There’s plenty of entertainment available for the kid’s too.

 

All children receive a free welcome pack on arrival. Included in each pack is a colouring-in competition with a fantastic first prize. The winner will be drawn at 3:30pm.

 

Makeup artists can recreate a war wound for you. There will be a chance to have your photo taken with either the soldiers on hand or with the military vehicles in the carpark. Geoff Horrell is our photographer for the day.

 

The children can chill out in the kid’s area. There may even be horse and buggy rides.

 

A BBQ is planned for the day along with hot dogs & chips from our bistro and our restaurant will be open for lunch from 12pm and dinner from 5:30pm.

 

Watch out for German soldiers who may pop up at any time during the day. But don’t worry we have the Allies on hand to send them packing and at 4pm the final re-enactment in the main carpark will signal the close to the day’s activities.

Everyone is welcome into the clubrooms for a drink. You do not need to be signed in today as we have a special licence operating so you have full use of the facilities available.

 

At the close of the day everyone is welcome to enjoy a wonderful meal from the Troopers Bistro which will open at 5:30pm.

 

The Gore RSA Women’s Section will be their representing all the women who stayed behind during World War I and kept the country running. Remember to purchase their Anzac biscuits made fresh in our own restaurant and on sale for only $4.00.

 

To mark the occasion, we are launching our newly published Centenary of the Gore RSA book written by Doug Wing. On sale for $25 - available from the bar or the special area set aside in the clubrooms. It’s a great read of the history of the Gore RSA since its beginnings in 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz