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Beyond The Blaze

On Sunday 5th March we held the Beyond The Blaze Fundraiser for the victims of the recent Carwoola bush fires and once again the residents of Bungendore blew us away with their generosity!
From the outset we really weren’t sure what we were in for, we hoped for the best, we hoped that we would get a few hundred people in and we hoped we would raise around $10,000 on the day.
But as so often happens in this town, the day far exceeded anyone’s expectations!
We cant be sure of exactly how many people came through the gates on Sunday but we think it was somewhere in the vicinity of 500 people, which is absolutely phenomenal.
The atmosphere was awesome, everyone who came was there to have a good time and support a great cause and even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits!

We are proud to say the we raised $14,435.19 which will go directly to the Carwoola Bush Fire Appeal. But without the generosity of so many people the day wouldn’t have been the success that it was so special thanks need to go out to quite a few people who donated their time to help us out:

Michael Bond of local band Brewn and Country rocks who basically put the whole day together.
The awesome artists who did the event for free – James Blundell, Tori Darke, Ben Ransom and Brewn
Neil – the sound guy
Rotary for running the barbeque
Scouts for running the raffles
Adam Hanson from Hanson Construction for donating the scaffolding for the stage
D Group and John Walker Jones for the donation of temporary fencing

And thanks to the many businesses who donated:
Bungendore Country Butchery
Gunna Doo Bakery
Bungendore IGA
Bungendore Rural Store
Local Liquor Bungendore
Bendigo Bank
Sharwood Hampers
Bunamagoo Wines
McWilliams Wines
De Bortoli Wines
Renegade Wines
Carlton and United Breweries

This is what makes Bungendore such a great place to live the community spirit here is awesome and we are grateful and proud to be part of such a great community!





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Country Rocks Christmas Party

Saturday afternoon started with carols in the pub, led by the wonderful J Waygood Band. It was wonderful to see so many families here and so many people getting into the Christmas spirit!
After Carols came the Bungendore Community Foundation raffle, over the last month Lara Preston, Glenis Daniel and Kate McCallister were busy selling raffle tickets and collecting the prizes that were generously donated by local businesses.
Once again Bungendore locals showed us just how generous they can be and we’re proud to say that a total of $3300 was raised for the Bungendore Community Foundation!

Rounding out the night was the Country Rocks Christmas Party with Tori Darke, where Bungendore once again showed us how to party!

All in all it was an awesome night and we’re grateful for the communities continued support!

Here is a list of all the businesses that donated to the raffle, thank you to all of you!

Gunnadoo Bakery, Bendigo Bank,
Royal Hotel, Wicked Cackle Nursery,
Priceline Chemist, The Feedshed,
Bungendore Country Butchery, Just Law,
Village Antiques, Wellbeing Centre,
Jemayca Red, Bungendore Mirror,
Innovative Metalworx, Royal Hotel Bistro,
The Boys at the front bar, Cleanseeds,
Foodlovers, Thymes 33,
Bungendore Cellars, Swannys Takeaway,
Gossips of Bungendore, The Green Cup,
BurHor, X Gallery,
RnR Diner, Wild Rose Organics,
Leather Gallery, IGA
Stan D’Argeavel,Coast to Coast Auto,
Maynard Waters, Bungendore Produce,
Woodworks Gallery, Woodworks Café,
Fine Art Bungendore, Bungendore Rural Store,
Lake George Hotel, The Carrington Hotel,
Caltex, Nersons Pie Place,
Richard Gibson, Elements Queanbeyan,
Impress Printing


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The Bungendore Royals Cricket Report

The Bungendore Royals Cricket Team continues to be a force to be reckoned with, in both our cricket skill and our boat racing ability. Our record this year is not sensational, but we are all excited of ‘what is about to happen’.

Our first match was postponed. The RUC Club was scared of losing, and pulled out with their tail between their legs. I’m taking that as a win.

Walsh’s Hotel came out to Bungendore for Game 2. We welcomed 4 new debutants to our ranks. Anthony, Jason, George and Matt were presented with their baggy blue caps and have done us proud.
Bungendore won the toss, sent Walsh’s into bat. A couple of early wickets, and we were looking pretty at 2 for 35. Stu and Anthony bowled well early, Hoba and Front Bar Kisser got 2 wickets each latter, and all out for 172 runs was an achievable target.
Mark cooked a fantastic lunch, but think the Bungendore boys had 1 too many sausages at lunch, because nothing good happened to us after lunch. The new boy – Anthony McCudden – topped scored with 18 runs. He got Man of the Match. The only thing else that rates a mention about our batting, is that Shakey ran out Gerry for a duck!

We won the boat race – so we ended up winners!

Match 3 was against Braidwood at Braidwood. We travelled there with the intention of kicking their butt, with the sour taste still in our mouth of us losing the VB Cup final last year still tasting yuk!
We lost the toss, and we were batting.
We got off to a flyer! Anthony retired on 58, Stu retired on 50, Paul, George and Jason got some good runs – but Gerry got another duck! The Bungendore Royals went to lunch on 212 and sitting pretty!
Our turn to bowl after lunch, and their big guns (Aaron Clarke, Boon, Blowesy) were sent all back in the pavilion after some sensational bowling from Stu, Brett and Anthony. We had drinks and the captain (Paul Opray) told me “Braidwood were on the ropes; they were bleeding; and we were just waiting for the ref to stop the fight!”
The rain then came down – AND HARD! After about 30mm, Bungendore reluctantly came off and called the match a draw. The Duckworth-Lewis calculations were not used, the gods robbed us and we were sad! We smashed them in the boat race – but it was an empty victory as we had them on toast and the rain cost us the match!

Captains Flat cancelled, they are scared too! We all get to drink beer, have Christmas and then get on with the cricket!

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James Blundell

We would like to thank everyone who came out on Sunday to see James Blundell.
After all the rain last week we were lucky that Sunday brought us a little sunshine, it was a cracker of a day and as usual Bungendore turned out to show us how to party.
Big thanks also go out to Mick Bond and the boys from Brew’n for their efforts in creating such a great gig!

The generosity and support from this town never ceases to amaze us, we’re just glad that we can put on gigs like this for you to enjoy.

Remember there are a few more Country Rocks gigs coming up so stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Instagram for details!

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The Bungendore Mudchooks are the 2016 undefeated premiers!

As usual the mighty Mudchooks made their town and their sponsors proud when they defeated the Taralga Tigers 21-15 in the grand final.

The boys worked hard all season and we can’t congratulate them more.
We’re looking forward to next season already!

Congratulations Mudchooks!

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2016 Tour Down Under

As we have in previous years we did our own version of Dry July this year. Dry July – Royal Style!

This years theme was Tour Down Under and as you can imagine, that meant we were on an Australian beer tour. We started in Canberra with Brickworks Brown Ale by Pact Beer Co, and slowly made our way north.
Northern New South Wales had a good sampling of beer, like Stone and Wood’s Pacific Ale.
But by far the most memorable beer would have been Matso’s Chilli Beer from Broome. This beer was not a favourite – for anyone! If you’re not a fan of chilli, give it a miss!

There were some great beers on tour…and a few we probably wouldn’t try again, but all in all Australia is making some brilliant craft beers at the moment and this was a cool way to get to try a few without having to travel too far to do it!

As usual the best part about this was raising money for a worthy cause.
Thanks to all those who participated we were able to present a cheque to Bungendore preschool for $1100!
They are planning on updating their play ground with a new bike path or climbing equipment for the kids.

A big thanks to everyone who got involved this year, we are already planning next years theme so stay tuned!

If you’d like to see all the beers from the tour, jump on our Instagram and Facebook pages for the photos!

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Cricket Season

ONE from ONE.

Awesome start to the season!



The Braidwood boys have had it over us in the past. There was some fear in the Bungendore camp that we could not beat them. We had some new blood in our team who looked good in the nets but could they perform on centre stage? Could the old boys make it through the game without getting injured? Would all the tinnies be drunk by lunch?

We lost the toss. Was this the start of a bad day!

Braidwood batted first, and Boon and Adam Clarke got off to a cracker!

4 overs gone and they had 49 runs ticked off, and the sex and sizzle that the Bungendore Royals had brought with them was looking very unattractive. Then Paul bowled Boon for 44. Scratcher bowled Adam Clarke for 45, and life was coming back to the Royals.

Rick got 2 cheap wickets, Stuart bowled awesome in his second spell, and although 222 was a big score to chase after lunch, on a small oval and a solid batting line-up; the score was achievable!

Scratcher and Frank opened well and got the runs ticking over from the get-go. Scratcher got 24 runs, Frank, Sandy and Rick all started but couldn’t get a decent score. Paul Opray batted like a little master. He retired on 53, played some fantastic shots, and turned the game around in the first over after drinks. His stroke play was amazing to watch and combined with a 50 from Hobba and a 35 from new-boy-Stuart, we won the match and brought the VB Cup back home!

We lost the boat race! More practice in beer drinking is needed, and I know the best place to do that! Paul was awarded the man of the match – a well deserved award!

Tash was the designated bus driver – thank god! She was the only one off the drink and had any common sense when the bus returned. Thanks for getting the boys to and from Braidwood safely Tash. I think you have given yourself a job!!

Next week we play the RUC Club at home. Lets do it again!

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Mudchooks Grand Final

Mudchooks came second in the Grand Final!

At half time the mudchooks were trailing 29 points to 3 but made an astonishing comeback in the second half, almost taking the game, but unfortunately Jindabyne managed to hold on to win 40 points to 36. A disappointing result for the boys, but after a cracker of a year they were winners in our hearts!

The last few weekends have seen us as major sponsors, play host to the teams Silly Sunday and then their presentation night, both events kicked on well into the night and were enjoyed by all.

It’s been a pleasure sponsoring the team this year and we look forward to another great season next year!
Well done boys!




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Around The World In 31 Days

Around the world in 31 days kicked off on July 1st, the tour started here in Bungendore with a tinny of Fosters before heading to Indonesia for some Bintang.
Today we visited Singapore and taste tested their Tiger beer, we’re even learning the lingo, “Yum Seng” is cheers in Singaporean.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page to see where we head next, we’re posting photos from each location everyday!