The high temperatures and hot weather could not stop Gilmore residents from gathering together for a barbecue last Saturday evening at Gilmore Hall.
Event organiser Carol Regan, who organised the event alongside her husband Colin Regan, wanted to give the community a chance to come together, reconnect and share a laugh over some good food after a disastrous few weeks.
“Community, that’s what it’s all about,” she said.
Gilmore Hall filled quickly from 6pm onwards, young and old alike walking through the doors with a plate in hand or an esky in tow, and a smile on their face.
Friends gathered around in groups, chatting and enjoying a cold drink in the sun while the kids sat inside and watched a movie together on a projector screen. Snacks and nibbles were passed around and placed on tables for everyone to enjoy.
Gilmore residents worked hard to get dinner ready, either in the kitchen or out at the barbecue, where Tony Butler and Colin Regan shared lots of laughs as they cooked. Everyone was soon treated to a wonderful meal.
Despite what Gilmore residents have endured recently with the devastating fires, the community spirit feels stronger than ever.
“Small towns make a difference,” Carol said, acknowledging their unique ability to come together as one.
Carol was raised in the area, with her parents owning a dairy farm across the creek. She moved back 20 years ago and said it felt like “coming home.” As Treasurer of the Gilmore Progress Association and Secretary for the Fire Brigade, she is a true asset to this community.
“I get great pleasure out of what I do,” she said.
Work in Gilmore is not over yet, with people in the other end of the valley still repairing fences and rebuilding. But it’s events like these which provide a slight reprieve from the tragedy and give us the knowledge that no one is alone; the community is all in this together.