A variety of events, large and small, are planned for 2018 and into the future. First up is our Centenary event, for the Armistice and the Avenue.
Kingston Avenue of Honour Centenary
On Sunday 11 November 2018, a parade led by the Creswick Light Horse Troop, Creswick Brass Band and a lone piper will set the mood for a day that both commemorates the Armistice and those who served in World War I. It is also a celebration of the planting of the trees of the Avenue that have stood as silent sentinels for 100 years. Kingston Friends of the Avenue and the Creswick-Smeaton RSL Sub Branch invite you to this free family day, which runs from 9 am to 4 pm.
At 10.15 am formal proceedings will commence with the Creswick Brass Band, followed by the parade. The RSL will conduct the Remembrance Day Service, followed by a community celebration finishing at 4 pm.
See bottom of page for a detailed program of events for the day.
Main Car Parks – We will have three car parking locations for the day. The main car parks will be located just off Kingston Road. If you drive into Kingston Road from either end, you will be directed to parking by Kingston CFA volunteers, for a gold coin donation to the CFA. Vehicles entering from the Midland Highway will be parked towards Forest Hill Road. Vehicles entering from the Victoria Road end will be directed to parking just a short distance along Kingston Road.
These parking areas will have Park and Ride service, with a free shuttle bus transporting visitors to the Obelisk at Alcorns Road. The shuttle bus will begin prior to 9am, with a hiatus for the commemorative services from 10.15 to 11.15, and then will resume until the close of event. (The parking near Forest Hill Road will be within reasonable walking distance of the event, if you happen to arrive while the bus is not operating.)
Wheelchair/Accessible Parking – Wheelchair and walking-frame accessible parking will be available in Alcorns Road, via King Street if coming from Creswick, or via Greys Road if coming from the direction of Clunes. See attached map. Please note: Alcorns Road and surrounding roads may be gravel roads.
A map is included below to help you find your way to us!
The Armistice Day Service
The Service will be held at the Obelisk at Alcorns Road. Seating will be available at the service site for those who require it.
The commemorative parade and service will begin at approximately 10.15am and will conclude by 11.30am.
A program will be available on the day with the commemorative service, a map of the event, and a history of the Avenue and the times. A large print program will be available at the Info Tent.
Food and Drink
We will have a number of food and drink options available on the day. A refreshments tent will be selling tea, sandwiches, scones and handmade treats. We have two coffee vans and a range of food vans, including a Lion’s Club BBQ, tasty Vietnamese food, potatoes on a stick, and yummy pita wraps with chicken, lamb or falafel.
The event will be a fun day out for the kids, with a Tree Trail running every half hour starting at 9 am. (With a hiatus from 10, resuming at 11.30 after the commemorations.) The Tree Trail is a fun activity expected to take up to 30 minutes, with a ribbon for kids at the end. There will also be a special Games of the Times activity session from 1pm to 1.45.
There will be a variety of displays on the day, from the Ballan District Vintage Machinery and Vehicle Club, through to a poppy installation! The Vic West sub-branch of the Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycle Club will be on site to display their bikes and share their goal of providing a safe haven for veterans and their families.
We have a number of tradespeople sharing their crafts, including a bodger, a bootmaker, sockmakers and tatting. You can buy preserves, and see pigeons, old fashioned tools and military hats. We have an interactive travelling salesman’s truck on display, photos of the times, and reproductions of receipts from the time of the original planting of the Avenue.
This is an all weather event (except a day of extreme fire danger).
Watch the Facebook page for details on the Centenary event.
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