It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Melbourne Highland Games & Celtic Festival formerly known as the Ringwood Highland Games. Having been involved in the running of the Games for some time I am aware of the hard work and dedication shown by members of our committee who continually strive to make our event better year on year.
Following the retirement of a number of well-known faces in the past few years, we have welcomed several new members onto our committee. There’s no doubt that the Games has greatly benefitted from their fresh perspective and new ideas whilst at the same time still drawing on the knowledge and experience of our more senior committee members. Once again, we have a strong and enthusiastic committee that stands us in good stead for the years to come.
The core events of our Highland Games are Pipe Band Competitions, traditional Heavy Events including tossing the caber, Highland Dancing, the Folk Tent, Scottish Martial Arts and displays. We are very grateful to the officials, judges and representatives from the Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Heavy Events Officials, Folk Groups and Entertainers for their ongoing involvement and support.
No event such as ours would be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, programme advertisers and donations from well-wishers. These significant contributions to our Games are very much appreciated. We are also indebted to the Maroondah City Council for the use of Eastfield Park and its assistance in relation to the safety and security of the Games.
I’ve already mentioned my appreciation of our hard-working Organising Committee but must also thank the numerous volunteers who help us set up the field, work the gates, staff the marquees and hospitality tents and help us in so many ways to make the Games a success each year.
The Melbourne Highland Games Committee meets monthly all year round and we are always looking for volunteers to help plan, organise and run the event. With the Games taking place on a single day, normally on a Sunday in late March of each year, the commitment we require from volunteers ranges from an hour or two manning the gates or assisting with car parking on the day of the Games, to help set up the day before or a few hours a month if you are interested in joining as a member.
We are a friendly group who take great pride in welcoming new members so please contact us if you are interested in finding out more.
Wayne R Makin FSAScot
On behalf of the Committee
Melbourne Highland Games & Celtic Festival