- Ballarat Branch -
Saturday 5th December Christmas Function
Annual Bus Trip
See photos from the 2014 Annual Bus Trip
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To view images from the 2012 Bus Trip follow this link.
St Piran's Day 2015
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See the 2013 Gallery
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Previous Reports and Speakers
A Question Time followed including how one becomes an RAAF Chaplain.
This is a dual process.
1) To meet RAAF recruitment standards (including physical) and undergo Officer training
2) To be endorsed by the appropriate denominational body within the Religious Advisory Council to the Services. In my case that means the endorsement of the Baptist Union of Victoria going through the grouping of Other Protestant Denominations member of RACS
Wendy presented Keith with a Ballarat CAV banner to thank him for his informative and interesting talk.
Our Chairperson, Wendy Benoit welcomed everyone to
the meeting on Saturday 5th December, extending a
special welcome to members from Melbourne,
Bendigo and Geelong.
|During the evening, Derek
Trewarne, Vice President of the CAV,
conveyed to members the good wishes and
apologies from the CAV President, Beryl
Curnow, who was recovering from surgery.
Derek had the honour of presenting the John Mildren Award, for outstanding contribution to the Cornish Association, to a most deserving recipient in Ian Jennings. An original member, Ian had served the Ballarat Branch in many roles as Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Catering Officer. Well done Ian.
Special Effort Winners:
1st $50 Craig's voucher - Keith Stodden
2nd Two DVDs - Elva Murray
3rd Chocolates - Rob Lloyd
Derek and Ian
Twenty-eight Ballarat members travelling by
small coach (driven by member Jim Hocking) and
in one car, joined members from Geelong and
Melbourne in a wonderful day out on Saturday
24th October in the western District. The Dennis
family have farmed in this area since 1840 and
have been responsible for the development of the
Polwarth breed of sheep. It was great to meet
with the current owners and tour their lovely
home and garden in perfect weather – a warm,
sunny day with blue skies and no wind.
To see the photo gallery of the day follow this link
Here is a sample of photos. Images captured by Ted Curnow, Robyn Coates, Derek Trewarne and John Morrish
Robyn's interest springs from her grandfather's
war service followed by her father's service and
their participation in remembering and
commemorating those who served. Robyn explained
the history of military training in Australia
since the Defence Acts of 1903-4 and later in
1911 with the formation of cadet corps.
She explained what records were available and
how they could be accessed.
Her grandfather was Victor Roy Haines and she used his story as an example to show enlistment, training, embarkation, theatres of war, the awarding of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, repatriation, life after service and the commemorating of the 39th's record.
Robyn is featured in the photograph below with Licne Stuchbury. The photos was taken when the first met after each had been
Latest News from Cornwall - New Australian Bards 2015
Stuchbery and Ballarat/ Melbourne Member
Robyn Coates on their appointment as Bards
of the Cornish Gorsedh 2015
for their continuing work for Cornwall in Australia.
The photo was taken in Melbourne when they first met after they had been "Barded".
and Lenice together for the first time
|See this website for the full list of Bards created in 2015 - http://www.gorsethkernow.org.uk/newbards2015.html|
Alistair and Trish George combined
for a very entertaining afternoon around the
topic, The Last of the Smugglers. Alistair read a
very descriptive newspaper article about a distant
cousin, Henry BoBo George and his involvement in
smuggling and free trade. His relative (his great,
great uncle’s son) Henry BoBo George (1820 -1898)
used to go to the Methodist chapel on a Sunday
night then sail out to sea to collect his bounty
from the French ships and then hide the bounty.
The Annual Meeting was held on Saturday 13th
June and the President of the CAV, Beryl Curnow
presided for the Election of Office bearers for
Chairperson - Wendy Benoit
Deputy Chairperson - Keith Lanyon
Administrative Secretary - Lorice Jenkin
Treasurer - Ian Jennings
Robyn Coates Bev Hocking
John Hosking Jill Hunter
Jeff Menhennet Joy Menhennet
John Mildren Lenice Stuchbery
Thanks was extended to retiring Office bearers - Joy Menhennet (Chairperson), Lenice Stuchbery (Secretary) and Olive Hailes (Catering) and each was presented with a colourful pot plant.
Lenice Stuchbery was presented with a Special Certificate of Appreciation for her service to the Ballarat Branch as Secretary for the past 19 years.
Annual reports were presented by Joy Menhennet, Ian Jennings and Wendy Benoit.
Beryl, Lorice and Wendy
A Thank- Gift to Lenice
Wendy and retiring President Joy
|The President of the CAV,
Beryl Curnow gave an entertaining
presentation of time spent in Cornwall
whilst her husband Ted was working as a
Methodist Minister during 2003 to 2005.
Ted was working in the Hayle-St Ives Circuit of the Methodist Church and they lived in both Hayle for 12 months and St Ives for 12 months forming many wonderful and lasting friendships.
Beryl told us of ‘settling in experiences’ of opening a new bank account, queuing on the roads at certain times of the day, trying to decipher the accent whilst talking on the phone and the clunk of the mail being delivered through the front door each day.
Learning the local idioms was also a new experience - very poorly actually meaning that the person was quite unwell.
The roads, lanes and driveways are all very narrow and it was a luxury to have a garage.
Images by Ian Jennings
When driving into their garage, Beryl and Ted
had to get out of the car and turn in the side
mirrors before completing the parking in the
Festivals were energetically celebrated by the Cornish and each town had its own local Festival.
The Cornish are very proud of their heritage and some wake every day and thank the Lord that I am Cornish!
Harvest Festival was a special time in the churches with local produce and flowers decorating the churches magnificently.
Remembrance Day was always a solemn and sacred occasion.
When invited to someone’s home for a meal, a Cornish pasty was often served. Vegetables such as onions, parsnips and turnips grow well in Cornwall.
Church suppers often were a pasty in a brown paper bag with a cup of white tea!
Beryl and Ted both enjoyed the beauty of Cornwall - the rugged hills and dunes, the amazing farmland and the beautiful beaches and rivers.
The weather at times was a trial with Cornwall experiencing four distinct seasons.
Beryl concluded her talk by saying that her time spent in Cornwall was an unforgettable experience.
Wendy Benoit thanked Beryl for her informative talk and presented her with a copy of “Our Heritage Our Treasure”
Once more the members of Ballarat were thrilled
to welcome David Holman as our guest speaker.
David is the Membership Secretary of the Kernow Gorsedh but also a globe-trotting Military Historian. His visit to Ballarat was part of his recent trip which included speaking in the USA and Canberra.
He chose as his topic, "Using British medals to help fill out your family tree".
David gave us an outline of the history and use of military awards and how to find records of Gallantry Awards and medals. He brought and show us examples from his collection.
We learnt for example that Medals were awarded to those serving in the Armed Forces and also to civilians. The main categories of awards are: Gallantry Awards; Campaign Medals; Miscellaneous Awards
Gallantry Awards provoked much interest.
All ranks can be awarded a Victoria Cross but
all other crosses can only be awarded to
officers whereas members of other ranks can be
|Below are listed the
Gallantry Crosses and Orders:
The Victoria Cross
The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross – After 1993
The George Cross
The Distinguished Service Order
The Distinguished Service Cross – Until 1901 the Conspicuous Service Cross
The Military Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
|Below are listed the
The Distinguished Conduct Medal
The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal & The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying)
The George Medal
The Distinguished Service Medal
The Military Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal
Air Force Medal
The British Empire Medal for Gallantry
The Queen’s Gallantry Medal – Since 1974
The Meritorious Service Medal for Gallantry
Below are 3 slides selected from the 28 David showed
David, Lenice and Joy
Robyn Coates, Anita De Little and Hazel Luke
Joy Menhennet thanks David for his presentation
and we all thank those in the kitchen.
|She then spent two days
with the Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller,
around Polperro and Fowey as well as at
Morwenstow and the legend of Robert
On her return to London, Wendy took the Eurostar to Paris for a day trip.
Port Isaac (better known as Portwenn to Doc Martin viewers) was the first stop in Cornwall for Lorice Jenkin, having stopped in Devon to view the Dartmoor Ponies in the Dartmoor National Park.
Lorice spoke about and showed photos of Port Isaac, home to Doc Martin; Chysauster Village. It is a group of courtyard houses, probably built between 100 BC and 3 AD; Rowena Cade’s Minack Theatre, with the back drop
Lorice, Wendy and Joy