Our complex had an unexpected disaster in the grounds at the end of 2015. Our flagpole lay across the Cottage’s entry pathway. At first it was thought the recent winds at the time did the damage. A wonderful local wood expert, Alan Turner (aptly named), came to the rescue. Upon his investigation, the flagpole’s tunnels and destroyed wood particles told the tale – our heritage Douglas Fir flagpole had been a termite colony’s food source.
After his own work, transporting the pole to a friend for a new top pinnacle, plus organising the pole’s new steel sleeve, Alan handed the job over to Lions’ members Tony and Russ who finished the job – digging a larger hole, a huge amount of concreting for filling the hole, anchoring a state of the art designed steel sleeve (thanks Alan), bolting in the pole and the finishing touches of paint.
The Australian flag will be flying for Australia Day, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at 10.00 a.m.
The Blacksmith Cottage and Forge Committee once again wishes to thank those who restored the flagpole, maintaining our heritage landmark.