Dinky-di camp ovens cook up winning day for the RFS

TUCKER UP: Mick Morris slaves over his camp oven during Sunday’s successful charity event at the West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250514GOE01

TUCKER UP: Mick Morris slaves over his camp oven during Sunday’s successful charity event at the West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250514GOE01

IT’S as Aussie as flies at a barbie, a form of cooking that fuses our love of the outdoors with our sense of ingenuity.

Camp ovens – that uniquely Australian way of preparing tucker – were the stars of the show at the West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club on Sunday for a tummy-grumbling fundraiser.

While 60 people took to the greens for the Emergency Services Charity Day, scores of others looked on as country cooks vied for the camp oven crown.

A sumptuous stew prepared by Norm Wilkinson won the prize, but it was the members of the local Rural Fire Service (RFS) catering division who were the real winners.

Nearly $2000 was raised at the event for the division, which feeds RFS volunteers during times of bushfire crisis.

“It was just the best day, absolutely brilliant,” local catering captain Pat Rogers said.

“It was the first time we’d done anything like this and we were very impressed with how it all came together.”

A committee of bowling club members dreamed up the fundraiser to support the RFS and to get more patrons through the club.

“Everyone had a ball and we’ll look at doing it every year now,” committee member Scott Cone said.

He said the club had a strong trading day and a handful of new members even signed up.

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