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A slice of history at Rendelsham Fair

Mr Brian Foster in the driving seat of his father's truck

Mr Brian Foster in the driving seat of his father’s truck

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Rendelsham turned on another successful annual village fair on Sunday with the cooperation from the weather, a bonus for all participants. Stalls included the Rendelsham Sports and Progress BBQ renowned for their melt in your mouth steak sandwiches, Millicent Rotary Chip van, icecream, home made cakes and biscuits, preserves, chocolate plus jewellery, sewn goods, craft supplies, plants, wine and the ever popular bric a brac.

Popular again too was the grain, chook and hay stalls.

Music by Rendelsham muso Robert Leslie and band provided  entertainment and the kitchen turned on true country fare with all day homemade devonshire tea straight from the oven. Rumour is the secret ingredient to the amazing scones belongs to Lyn Books and her willing band of helpers in the kitchen, and remains a secret.

The auction consisted of many and varied items which created a lot of interest. Prices were down a bit according to the auctioneer, but most items sold.

The Mt Gambier Prostate Cancer Group provided valuable information about this condition which unfortunately is prevalent in the South East and throughout the country.

The raffle was won by Laurie Rowe (first prize), a set of tools donated by Limestone Coast Tools, and second prize, a quilt made and donated by Heather Harry was won by Gillian D.

The late Mr Bob Foster’s’red truck’ was an expected attraction but in a closely guarded secret, was joined by the very first of Mr Foster’s delivery trucks, to the surprise of the Foster family. It had been located and through arrangements by R S & P President Randall Stiles, was brought by low-loader to the market.

Mr Foster’s son Brian expressed his gratitude to all who had been involved in the arrangements including President Randall Stiles, former owner Arch McArthur for donating the truck, and Nathan Bellinger for transporting the truck to the event.

As it made its way into the grounds, Brian was heard to say as he watched it in surprise, “that’s my Dad’s truck.”

“I would have sat in this truck, but I don’t remember because I was so young,” said Brian.

Mr Bob Fosters name and the town of Rendelsham’s name is still visible on the door and plans are underway to renovate and exhibit the truck as part of Rendelsham and district history. It was a very special addition to the village fair with memories shared of another time and of a man who is so much of part of local history.

The two trucks are synonymous with the Foster family grocery store history, now Foodland.

Treasurer Dawn Williams said today, the market was very successful and is known as a very friendly market. Today she feels a little like the ‘maid in the counting house,’ counting all the money. The final tally not yet known and ofcourse there are always expenses to account for, she said.

President Randall Stiles said the cars stretched around the block and down to the Southern Ports Highway. An estimated 600 people attended the market and by their response it was an enjoyable day for everyone attending and a successful one for the Rendelsham Sports and Progress Association.

 

 

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