Anzac Day at Cowwarr hotel

New Cowwarr Cricket Club Hotel publican Trudi Boldiston. Photo: Melissa Scholes

New Cowwarr Cricket Club Hotel publican Trudi Boldiston. Photo: Melissa Scholes

COWWARR Cricket Club Hotel has a new publican, and with her, a new flavour.

Former Seaton resident Trudi Boldiston became the new publican on January 1.

Fundraising by the hotel has reached about $4900 already this year to support local charity, Diggers Rest Camping.

The organisation provides mental health assistance for local veterans, and helps with the cost of medical appointments and other financial difficulties.

"By keeping the business operating locally, we are able to ensure financial assistance continues to flow to our local military veterans," Ms Boldiston said.

"Two of our bar volunteers are ex-servicemen that were injured during their overseas deployment."

Raffles are held Friday nights during dinner, drawn at 7.30pm.

"The raffles have been our best method of fundraising," Ms Boldiston said.

"We raise around $300 per week from the raffle.

"The hotel donates a dinner for two and a six-pack of drinks.

"A local butcher and grocer supply discount meat and vegetable packs that we also use for prizes."

The hotel has some military items on display, including a cross-shaped lightbox with the words 'Lest We Forget', donated by Morwell RSL.

Also on display are honour boards of the Cowwarr servicemen from World War 1 and World War 2, a World War 2 stretcher, photos and a tribute to three fallen soldiers.

Expressions of interest are being sought for a local builder who can help with re-flooring the two-bedroom residence on site.

"We would like to make the flooring all one level to enable all-abilities access and independent living for the two-bedroom veterans' accommodation," Ms Boldiston said, adding she hoped to gain permission from Heritage Victoria to restore the outside of the building to its original colours of cream and maroon.

The hotel opens for lunch and dinner from 11am until 11.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday.

A 10 per cent discount off the total bill applies for service and ex-service men and women. There is a portable ramp for all-abilities access.

The Cowwarr Cricket Club Hotel will host Anzac Day activities this Sunday from 10.30am. There will be a street parade featuring an army tank, and a memorial service with wreath laying.

A sausage sizzle will be provided for lunch, costing a gold coin donation to support local veterans.

There will be a jumping castle, as well as live music from guitarist and vocalist John John and Traralgon band Low Profile.

A fundraising auction will be held from 1pm, with items donated by local businesses including a large military canvas print, a barbecue, 'man cave' items, a jumbo camp chair, gift vouchers from local businesses, a garden hamper, fishing gear, accommodation vouchers and Harley Davidson merchandise.

All auction profits will go to Diggers Rest Camping.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cowwarrhotel or www.cowwarrhotel.com.au or phone 4109 1638.

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