Monday, December 11, 2017

 Woolfest Weekend

The "Boorowa Hotel Irish Woolfest" was an absolute beauty!   October long weekend, 28th - 30th September was such a success in brilliant sunshine.  Friday night, live band and 'Finer Dining' at the Boorowa Hotel, Saturday the Quickshear Competitions bringing the best sheep shearers in the industry to compete.  Saturday evening the Boorowa Rodeo thrilled all who attended although called off early evening after 3 major injuries.  Then the 'coup de grace' the "Running of the Sheep," and all its associated activities that bring approximately 15,000 visitors to Boorowa for a days stunning entertainment.


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Welcome visitors from all Biking Groups!


  ANZAC DAY

The Poem that started Poppy Day

 

‘In Flanders Fields’

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

 

We are the dead, short days ago

We lived, felt down, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders’ fields.

 

Take up the quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields

 


On April 22nd, 1915, while British, Australian, New Zealand and other European  troops were making final preparations to land at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in Europe the German army launched its first infamous poison gas attack of the Great War in the battle which was to become known as Second Ypres.

The 1st Canadian Brigade, supported by the French Colonial troops, had been thrust into Ypres Salient in an attempt to stem the German attack and at 5pm, on that fateful day, were enveloped in rolling yellowish green chlorine gas.

Taken completely by surprise, many men died where they stood, but somehow those who were able to survive the highly poisonous vapour were able to hold the line and prevent the enemy pouring through the gap.

History records the following 16 days of fighting, suffering and dying as one of the bloodiest battles of the war, with Allied forces suffering tremendous casualties while repulsing a series of furious German assaults.

 

In an exposed dugout on the west bank of the Yser Canal, just north of the burning Belgian City of Ypres, Canadian medical officer Major John McCrae cared for an unceasing flow of his wounded countryman, many of whom rolled down the embankment into the dressing station.

McCrae, a trained artillery officer who had seen action in the Boer War, spent endless hours ministering to the wounded and at times was also required to relieve the battery commander from the Brigade’s 16 18 pounder guns – a task he appeared to accept as normal for he was still a gunner at heart.

It was in this setting of bloodshed and suffering in the war devastated country of Flanders that Major McCrae watched with dismay the growing forest of crosses, expanding to the cemetery dotted with wild red poppies, as troops buried their dead whenever the battle permitted.

On Monday, May 3, during a short respite in the arrival of wounded at the first aid post, this tragic scene inspired him to write the soul stirring lines that have immortalised the red poppy of Flanders as the international symbol of remembrance for the fallen in battle.

‘In Flanders Field’ was written in pencil on a torn page from a dispatch book.  It first appeared in ‘Punch’ on December 8, 1915, and immediately touched the hearts of civilians in all Allied countries.

It was printed in newspapers and magazines throughout the English-speaking world and has been recited at memorial services ever since.

John McCrea never returned home.

In 1918 he died of pneumonia aggravated by the distressing chronic effects of the highly toxic chlorine gas which he had breathed three years earlier.  He was 45.

 

In New Zealand the Returned Services Association uses the proceeds of Poppy Day to benefit al veterans – usually healthcare in rest homes and hospitals – whether they are members of the association or not.

Here at the Boorowa Hotel, we honour and uphold with respect the great traditions ANZAC soldiers have provided us.


 

 

Valentines Dinner

"Drink to me only with thine eyes,

and I will pledge with mine!"


“Patron of the Year?”

Australia Day has become the largest annual civic event in Australia

It was a pleasure for the Boorowa Hotel to host the official welcoming dinner to meet our Australian Day ambassador Zoe Naylor.   Zoe is a well-known, much loved Australian film, television and theatre personality.

The Boorowa Hotel also took great pleasure in announcing the Inaugural “Top Pub Patron of the Year” Award for 2013.  

This prestigious award goes to a gentleman who is a family man, has been a shearer, and is a farmer, a historian, a wonderful communicator and possesses a humour that is extremely infectious!  

Congratulations to Mr Stanley Corcoran of Boorowa who fought off intensely strong competition to take out the main prize of ‘Top Pub Patron of the Year 2013.’

Stan has brightened many eyes and put a smile on so many faces over the last year.   He is a great philosopher and is at ease in discussing any topic and does so with an informed and wide knowledge base.   There is always a glint in his eye that proclaims his ever present brilliant and sharp humour.

Stan is an absolute 'Top Bloke!'

 

 

 

 2017 Summer Darts Competition 9 March;

The New Dart Season has kicks off on Thursday the 9th March at 7:30pm, this format will be 501 singles and doubles followed by a team game.   There will be a winter break from June the 1st with Darts resuming in July.   This second part of the comp will be split into A, B & C division with teams playing each other twice before going into the finals!    

Front up to the 'Oche' line and throw your best!

Always room for a stand in, come join the fun and a relaxing night out.   A few refreshments and a couple of nibbles!   If your looking for a game, always welcome!

The 'Ulysses motorcycle club' visit Boorowa on occasion and are most welcome!

 

Wow; we just had a great visit from an amazing team, much fun was had and all managed to keep respect of themselves....almost!!!

Weather Forecast

Mostly clear

18°C

Humidity: 73%
Wind: W at 17.70 km/h
Tuesday 15°C / 27°C Mostly sunny
Wednesday 13°C / 30°C Partly cloudy
Thursday 17°C / 31°C Partly cloudy
Friday 17°C / 32°C Partly cloudy
Saturday 20°C / 29°C Scattered thunderstorms

Today's Poll

Most favoured Boorowa Hotel entertainment!

Rotary raffles on Friday nights - 0%
Live DJ hits - 0%
Dancing on the bar - 0%
Breaky on a Seedy Sunday morning! - 0%
Cold Draught Beer! - 0%
Sumptuous lunch & dinner specials - 0%
Goldies "Home of Boorowa Rugby!" - 50%
Beer Garden and Cubby - 50%
"Shamrock" Birthday drink! - 0%

Total votes: 2
The voting for this poll has ended on: 31 Oct 2017 - 00:00

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