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THE HEALESVILLE and District Hospital is no more – in name, at least.
Eastern Health announced on Monday 24 October that the Healesville and District Hospital and Yarra Valley Community Health would be renamed Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health to co-incide with the hospital’s opening next year.
Adjunct Professor and Eastern Health chief executive David Plunkett said the slight change “simplifies” both services, which will be under the one roof as part of the hospital’s multi-million dollar redevelopment.
The subject of the name change was put to the community in consultations earlier in the year, with 114 responses to an online survey received by Eastern Health.
“The views of the community, staff and the Eastern Health board were considered prior to making the decision, and overwhelmingly, the feedback revealed that the location and function of the service be recognised,” Adj Prof Plunkett said.
The new hospital, which is set to open in early 2017, will feature a new operating theatre, renal dialysis unit and improved patient amenities, among other features.
To mark the opening of the redeveloped hospital, Eastern Health is asking residents for help in tracking down a woman, pictured at the original opening ceremony for the hospital in 1957.
The woman, then a small girl with pigtails in the picture, is being sought to be invited to next year’s opening.
Anyone with information about the girl in the photo is asked to call 8804 8546 and leave a message.
To keep track of the redevelopment, visit www.easternhealth.org.au/healesvilleredevelopment
A RETURN to women’s AFL football this year has paid the ultimate dividend for Mount Evelyn’s Lauren Tesoriero.
The hard-working forward, 29, was among many hopefuls around Australia to have their name read out during the inaugural AFL Women’s draft day on Wednesday, 12 October.
Collingwood selected Tesoriero with pick 107.
She will certainly not feel alone, as the competition looks to make its mark on Australian audiences, with nine of her East Devils teammates also entering the competition.
Among her teammates at Collingwood will be Healesville midfielder Sarah D’Arcy, 25, who the club selected with pick 22.
East Devils president Jo Wotton expected her talented friend would feel right at home in an elite environment, particularly when it comes to on-field contact.
“Lauren was a little before her time, she took a break from the game because she felt it wasn’t accommodating to her style of play, which is a love of contact,” she said.
“She played netball but returned just one year ago and has been a standout for the club.
“Lauren is a bullocking-type forward who can spend time through the middle.”
Ms Wotton said it was fantastic to see so much hype around the upcoming women’s competition, which will debut at AFL level next year after a series of exhibition games.
“As a club, we’ve seen a spike in players and those wanting to be involved with the sport,” she said.
“The competition will only help to reduce the stigma that you don’t have to be a ‘masculine’ female to play the sport.
“You can still be athletic and play football, then put on a dress at the end of the day.”
Meanwhile, Collingwood recruiter Wayne Siekman said on the club website they were delighted to select Lauren in the second half of the draft.
“She is a player that will not only help our club, but also our team,” he said.
“She is a strong-bodied midfielder that wins the contested football and uses the ball well.
“She has got great self-awareness of her game, and this is something that has proven to us that she has the work ethic to become a quality AFL player.”
Tesoriero will likely help form a formidable forward line for the Magpies, along with marquee signing and exceptional goalkicker, Moana Hope, and D’Arcy spending time in attack.
D’Arcy, a former Healesville High School student, is a highly touted tall forward who had been on recruiters’ radars for some time.
Her drafting represented years of hard work, she said after her selection.
“It’s just unbelievable, I can’t believe it’s finally happened,” she said.
“I’ve had great support from friends, teammates and my work place (Australian Traffic Control) and I can’t wait to meet my new teammates.”
Although, she said, her Richmond-fanatic father, Brian, would have difficulty in watching her play in black and white stripes.
The pair is set to start training at the club on 21 November.
BAYSWATER’S Okka Pies is celebrating the taste of winning.
Owners Lynda and Ken Hultgren took home two bronze medals for their plain chunky beef and apple and blueberry pies at the Great Aussie Pie Competition in September.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to be recognised for the hard work and effort we put into our pies,” Ms Hultgren said.
Back in July, Okka Pies was awarded four medals at the Australian Food Awards, conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
Okka Pies awarded a gold medal for their beef, and cauliflower and cheese pies, silver for their cherry tomato, spinach and fetta quiche, and bronze for their chunky beef and pepper pie.
The family-owned business is now making their pies more personal to their customers, by the addition of personalised labels.
“Congratulations”, “Thank you”, “Happy Birthday” and “Welcome Home” are just some of the many personalised labels available.
Ms Hultgren said she was behind the idea.
“It’s really about making it more personal, rather than the person just picking up their pie and giving it to their loved one,” Ms Hultgren said.
“Quite often we have people coming in and telling us what their pie is for – and now they have the opportunity to give someone a pie with a special message on it – it’s great.”
Okka Pies are available at Ritchies Supa IGA in Yarra Glen.
ALEXANDRA and District Speedway Club began the 2016/’17 season with club category drivers battling for club points as they chase the possibility of being the class champion at the end of the season.
Alexandra local resident Luke Fallon was among the winners, along with Courtney Meakins for her first feature win in the National Junior Category and Nick Chrystie taking a hard-fought win in the Standard Saloon division.
Fallon had been a standout driver all evening.
After securing pole position, he was able to out drive the number two ranked driver in Victoria, Andrew Jordan, in the final.
There was lots going on behind the lead duo with Steve Kershaw, Dale Smith and, for a while, Shane Kruger in the top half of the field.
Kruger was deemed to have been tapped and spun in the final and trying to wash off speed Lisa McPherson had nowhere to go and crunched into Kruger, ending both their attack on the top five.
Rookie driver Matt Stampfli showed great skill as he stayed out of trouble and worked his way forward in the changing conditions of the race track.
However, as he made his way into the top five, Fallon stretched his lead over Jordan, eventually crossing the finish line three seconds ahead of Jordan then Kershaw a further 5 seconds from Healesville back, Stampfli, Smith, Danny Eastham, Matt Chiminello and Paul Allen.
With the Standard Saloon Victorian title at Alexandra in March when 60 cars are expected to fill the pit enclosure, local young gun Nick Chrystie was able to survive the challenges for the win.
A great stoush between Brendon Eames and Scott Angus soon ended, as Angus at full speed lost traction of the rear of the car and slammed into the concrete.
Amazingly, he continued on with a damaged car that later his father said will be a write-off.
Chrystie took the win over Poole, while Wangaratta club members Andrew Robl and Trevor Evans were next.
Darryl Joosten from the Corowa-based club, and Angus and Kenneth Mankey were another competitor from Wangaratta.
Pole position driver in the Junior Sedans, Kasey Garlick, led at the drop of the green in the final with Tim Gorski and a quick moving Courtney Meakins battling behind.
Meakins started at the back of the field and was in third in the first couple of laps while Garlick led the trio up to the back markers in the field in the first couple of laps.
Meakins passed Gorski and soon set about catching up to Garlick.
As the 10-lap heat ran down Meakins ran a high line and started to get closer to the leader.
On the very last lap, Garlick had to make a split second decision on how to deal with a backmarker and she hesitated and Meakins pounced and had the great speed out of turn four and clawed past Garlick at the line to win by .122 of a second.
In third place behind Meakins and Garlick in the Juniors was Tim Gorski, then the second of the Garlick sisters Jessel; then the second of the Gorski brothers Jeremy, Nick Cherry, was next ahead of Rhys Meakins and Sharlotte McPherson.
Lenny Bates was too good in the Street Stocks, winning all three heats and the final with Debbie Jones ad Lee Beach sharing the podium and the Ladies top three on points was Lisa McPherson, Alex Smith and Tegan Bullard.
Great racing from the juniors with four races from five going the distance without a stoppage, the same to for the Sports Sedans and three out of four races for the Standard Saloons.
Fastest drivers in each class for the day include Luke Fallon 20.019 in heat two, Allan Poole 23.104 in heat three, Lisa McPherson in the Ladies at 22.370 in heat two, Bates in Street Stocks 22.344 during heat two and Kasey Garlick in heat four of the Junior Sedans with a one lap time of 22.810.
Alexandra returns on 19 November, with the visiting Production Sedans slated in for a feature race.
YARRA RANGES ATHLETICS
YARRA Ranges Athletics is only two weeks into the track and field season and club records are already being broken.
This includes both at Saturday morning Little Athletics and at the afternoon AV Shield where our senior team competes.
A fantastic turnout of the younger athletes on Saturday morning took advantage of some very healthy tail winds to record some excellent results in many events.
It was fantastic to see some great numbers in each age group making the competitive and social side of athletics so much more enjoyable.
A big thanks to all the helpers, team leaders and others helping when asked.
Without your help and support, the club would not be able to produce the fun event and atmosphere that they do.
The senior team competed in very windy conditions at Nunawading on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the wind, the club had another strong showing of athletes across the various age groups compete.
Well done to everyone who competed and welcome to the new athletes, Martin, Daniel and Olivia.
Results are not yet available, but after a strong showing in Round 1, the club is hopeful of continuing this week.
Next week, the senior team compete in Round 3 at Aberfeldie while our Little Athletics competition continues from 8am on Saturday.
Many club athletes have made it through the to the Victorian School Sport Victoria Track and Field Championships.
For information on how to join or trial, photos, results and updated news, visit the all new and improved website at yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check out the club’s Facebook page.
AFTER a rain-affected Round 1, cricket action in the Yarra Valley kicked off in earnest for the 2016-’17 season on Saturday.
After a close-fought season last year, Round 2 results suggest another may be on the way.
With last season’s finalists pitted against each other, this round always shaped as a crucial start to the season.
Woori Yallock started their search for a third consecutive premiership with a polished performance against Warburton at home.
The Tigers batted first in fantastic conditions and openers Ryan Smith (46) and Mick Dwyer (35) continued where they left off, setting the tone for the innings.
The pair’s partnership was a key factor in Woori Yallock’s success last season.
With consistent contributions at the top of the order, they allowed the attacking flair of their impressive middle-order to shine.
Saturday was no different as the pair laid an excellent foundation on which to build.
Both would have been bitterly disappointed to not cash in on impressive starts, while their wickets allowed the Burras to remain in the contest.
The Lever brothers, Daniel (4/34) and David (2/34), did their best to stem the flow as they always do.
But the home side managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and, with Simon Young contributing a brisk 33 late, they were able to post a strong total of 7/169.
Warburton-Millgrove boasts a deep and powerful batting line-up.
So although the total was going to be tough one to chase, they gave themselves every chance.
David Lever (47) did his best to get the ball rolling with his unmistakable cavalier approach.
But his efforts were stunted by the work of Tigers speed merchants, Jackson Wright (4/23) and Simon Young (3/32).
Their wickets, at both ends of the innings, proved crucial in keeping the Burras in check.
The visitors kept the score ticking over, but the fall of regular wickets slowed the momentum of the innings.
Mick Walker (41) did his best to keep his beloved Burras in the game; but in the end, the reigning premiers proved too strong, dismissing the visitors for 140.
Healesville impressed with their post-Christmas form last season and they hosted Mount Evelyn in a key contest.
The home side elected to bat and were quickly put under pressure with early wickets.
Scott Hamer joined Bryan Scanlon (60) at the crease and built a useful partnership to regain momentum.
Unfortunately, Hamer was unable to capitalise.
With the quick fall of Ash Hamer, the Bloods again found themselves in a precarious position at 4/47.
Scanlon continued his considered approach to his innings, patiently waiting for errant deliveries and dispatching them when necessary.
His wicket with the score on 100 proved crucial in the visitors slowing the innings and despite a bright finish, the Rovers were able to restrict the score to 140.
Chad Witherdin (3/28) was the pick of the bowlers, crucial in restricting the score with late wickets, while Kane Jones (2/14) topped the rest of the bowlers with an economical spell.
The visitors made an impressive start with young stars Daniel Giblin (45) and Jon Williams putting together a brisk start.
Despite Williams’ exit, Gareth Fraser (32) joined Giblin at the wicket and after a 61-run partnership, the Rovers were well poised at 1/82.
Giblin’s stroke-play ended within sight of a much-deserved half century.
But with Kane Jones maintaining the momentum with Fraser, this contest looked all but done at 2/108 with plenty of overs in the bank.
Mount Evelyn has a habit of getting the wobbles; and when Fraser and Jones fell in consecutive overs, the wobbles soon became uncontrollable shakes.
The Rovers proceeded to lose 5/17, which breathed new life into the contest.
Unfortunately for the Bloods, it wasn’t enough to steal an unlikely victory as Luke Jones cooly guided the tail to the victory target with two wickets in hand.
The final game of the round proved that low scores don’t deter from the excitement of the game.
Seville hosted Yarra Junction in a game where both sides were keen to get the season started on a positive note after missing finals last season.
Seville batted first, though found the going tough against a disciplined attack and a slow outfield.
Mostly, the Blues matched the Eagles with a disciplined approach with the bat.
Tom Page (30) and Andy Di Pietro (26) did their best to beef up the score.
But despite batting out the overs, the home side found it difficult to find some free flowing scoring which ultimately restricted their score to 7/92.
Captain Quinton Hodgkinson (2/12) led a miserly Eagles bowling line-up that didn’t give an inch for 40 overs.
At the break, most would’ve pencilled this in as a comfortable victory for the Eagles as all they was one of their attacking stars to get off the leash for a short time to wrap this up.
The Seville bowlers weren’t having any of it.
Wickets up front to Mark Sandfort (3/27) immediately quelled the attacking threat, and enabled the young home side to get into the contest.
Like Seville, Yarra Junction found it difficult to score freely, and with regular wickets an engrossing tussle ensued.
Andy Kay’s (3/28) miserly spin dried up the score with regular wickets and with the ninth wicket falling with still runs to get, little separated the teams.
In the end, Seville’s total proved too small as the Eagles squeaked home with just one wicket in hand.
So with just one round completed, next weekend proves crucial for all teams as Saturday action sees the start of two day matches, while Sunday sees the teams compete in crucial one day fixtures.
DJ Strachan Shield
Woori Yallock 7/169 (R. Smith 46, M. Dwyer 35, S. Young 33, Dan. Lever 4/34, Dav. Lever 2/34) d Warburton-Millgrove 140 (Dav. Lever 47, M. Walker 41, J. Wright 4/23, S. Young 3/32). Mount Evelyn 8/141 (D. Giblin 45, G. Fraser 32, D. Fry 3/35, B. Scanlon 2/13) d Healesville 140 (B. Scanlon 60, A. Violi 20, C. Witherdin 3/28, K. Jones 2/14). Yarra Junction 9/93 (A. Taylor 24, A. Kay 3/18, M. Sandfort 3/27) d Seville 7/92 (T. Page 30, A. Di Pietro 26, Q. Hodgkinson 2/12) . Yarra Glen v Bye
RA Finger Trophy
Gruyere 8/229 (G. Sweetten 47, S. Middleton 4/69) d Warburton-Millgrove 10/85 (T. Appleton 45, M. Tilney 4/12, G. Sweetten 3/6), Hoddles Creek 9/171 (L. Rowe 64, T. Kear 22no, M. Pezzimenti 3/29, D. Evans 2/19, D. Sharp 2/21, L. Creedy 2/36) d Coldstream 7/163 (N. Taylor 44, D. Sharp 32, S. Phillips 23, D. Evans 19, T. Kear 3/38, M. Morgan 2/39), Yarra Junction 4/150 (M. Hammond 75, K. Dark 45, M. Beri 3/32) d Seville 6/147 (M. Beri 59, L. Johnson 28no, G. Foster 22, T. Ottrey 4/13, D. Chaproniere 2/25). Wandin v Healesville (no scores), Woori Yallock 5/152 (A. Dunn 54no, P. Broussard 54, B. Taeuber 2/11 Caitlyn Parker 2/20) d Launching Place 10/111 (B. Bradley 25, B. Johnson 4/22)
Yarra Glen 7/160 (J. Kelley 47, L. Coulson 41no, S. Fawdry 3/37) d Healesville 9/91 (J. Braemar 26, M. Clare 3/14, J. Musk 2/36), Mount Evelyn 5/117 (A. Whiting 28no, M. Potter 19) d Wandin 7/108 (A. Whiting 2/14, T. Williams 2/19). Seville v bye. Woori Yallock 5/152 (A. Dunn 54no, P. Broussard 54, B. Taeuber 2/11 Caitlyn Parker 2/20) d Launching Place 111 (B. Bradley 25, B. Johnson 4/22)
Hoddles Creek 1/106 (A. Randall 44no, M. Smith 38, J. Mullins 1/4) d Seville 9/99 (T. Bissels 25, B. Cole 4/37, B. Sinclair 3/5), Powelltown 2/83 (M. McArthur 37no, S. Thompson 28no) d Coldstream 69 (A. Steele 13no, S. Thompson 4/8), Wandin 2/124 (Daryn Trembath 58, D. Alderman 45no, L. O’Dea 1/9) d Yarra Junction 6/114 (R. Turner 74no, M. Lanham 2/25), Launching Place 6/126 (R. DeRooy 63no, J. Burnie 22no, M. Young 21, L. Dunn 3/29) d Mount Evelyn 7/116 (S. Van Hoogstraten 36, J. Butler 21, M. Walker 19, C. Voigt 3/33, M. Young 2/8, R. Thomas 2/12).
E Grade (One Day Grade)
Marysville 2/87 (B. Norman 31no, T. Gleeson 22, H. Vassallo 1/12, M. Bluett 1/27) Gruyere 54 (M. Bluett 16, R. Vassallo 11, J. Sims 4/10 L. Ronalds 2/5), Powelltown 9/131 (G. McRory 10, M. Clue 64no, B. Night 4/7) d Seville 9/113 (J. Proctor 26, A. Vattel 20, G. McRory 3/7, M. Clue 2/22).
F Grade (One Day Grade)
Healesville 5/161 (S. Gebert 40no, B. Louw 40no, B. Wheeler 2/12) d Coldstream 9/146 (B. Wheeler 48, D. Steele 21no, D. Ebbels 2/21, G. Dash 2/22)
Wandin/Coldstream 4/81, (L. Sinnott 33, M. Pezzimenti 12no, N. Andueza 2/16, M. Farr 1/15) d Warburton-Millgrove 8/75 (C. Newell 19, A. Nelson 14, J. Birnie 3/2, A. Steele 1/1), Yarra Junction 4/78 (B. Clarke 29no, J. Vanderhyde 19, B. Griffths 2/6, P. Heapy 1/6) d Mount Evelyn 5/76 (B. Griffths 22, B. Westaway 22, D. Rowe 3/14, H. Bansagi 2/15). Healesville v bye
Yarra Junction/Hoddles Creek 3/82 (L. Odea 24no, J. Ketebar 15no, C. Harabe 12no, A. Vanhoogstraten 1/2, C. Finch 1/4, D. Potter 1/4) d Mount Evelyn 2/48 (L. Shepherd 19no, B. Weir 1/4, M. Berry 1/7). Warburton-Millgrove 3/61 (J. Sharp 18, R. Gribbrock 8, Z. Vowles 1/3, C. Berry 1/5) d Yarra Glen 7/51 (C. Adamson 9, C. Berry 9, B. Olcorn 2/5, M. Boek 2/5), Healesville 5/109 (S. Gebert 41, R. Thomas 3/10) d Launching Place 5/104 (M. Bradley 42no, W. Cooney 2/20), Seville 7/108 (J. Proctor 25, C. Frankovic 12, L. Kay 10no, T. Noar 2/5) d Gruyere 26 (J. Beri 2/1)
Warburton-Millgrove 6/79 (R. Thompson 20no, E. Crowley-Brown 10no, D. Walker 9no, C. Bentley 3/7) d Seville 1/57 (E. Vanbeek 20no, R. Thompson 1/4), Healesville 3/70 (C. Anderson 11no, C. Nyko 9no, E. Smith 2/9, M. Cummins 1/13) d Coldstream 7/20 (E. Smith 4no, J. Drummond 2/0, C. Anderson 1/0), Mount Evelyn v bye
Healesville 5/48 (R. Handasyde 11no, T. Cope 1/1, B. Cope 1/1) d Launching Place 5/46 (L. Parker 11no, J. Dosser 1/3), Yarra Junction 2/51 (L. Theobald 7no, R. Bomford 4no, H. Grenfell 1/6) d Yarra Glen 1/46 (O. Grenfell 7no, A. Van Putten 5no, T. Vassallo 1 /1) , Hoddles Creek 1/88 d Marysville 3/24. Gruyere v bye.
THE last round of the three-round club championship was held at Emerald Golf Club in what one local wag referred as trying conditions.
It was trying to be wet and it was trying to be sunny with the firmer holding sway.
It was noted that three ducks on the twelfth green and upon more serious questioning it was agreed that they were swimming, not walking.
When the bedraggled played the last hole, it was announced that the new Club Champion was Peter Glasscock (13).
He was steady in the last round and held his nerve to par the 18th for a meritorious win. He finished with a gross 248.
He was chased home by a previous champion in Ross Martin (14) who started the last round a couple in front but he could not withstand Glasscock’s surge when he finished with 252.
The B Grade championship was also a close affair over the three rounds but it was the tenacious Allan Ecclestone (24) who greeted the judges with a gross total of 282 to head Ben Balfour (21) off by a couple of shots on 284.
The overall handicap winner was Ken Hill (16) who hung tough for the three rounds for a gutsy with win a nett total of 208.
He finished just one shot ahead of the two stroke winners in Glasscock and Ecclestone when they both came in with 209.
On Wednesday when the Obviously Fierce Golfers (OFG) rolled it was a par event which became a pairs comp.
After play the pairs were drawn out which caused much mirth when other players got the members who bombed on the day.
Ben Balfour and Ken Sumsion had +2 each to win with +4.
Next were John Keys +5 had Geoff Whittaker’s -4 to drag the score down to +1.
Following them were Philip Crossley -3 and Leigh Morison +2 for -1 and the rest languished somewhere back in the distance as losers.
AFTER the recent announcement that he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, it’s fair to say that it’s been a big year for Bob Dylan.
But marking one year since its first show in the Yarra Valley, presenting the life and music of Dylan in a show that’s part cover and part history, it’s also been a big year for DYLANesque.
The band’s frontman, Healesville’s Jeff Jenkins, said that he first heard the news of Dylan’s Nobel Prize when visiting his partner’s parents in England for their 50th wedding anniversary.
“There’d been murmurings that Bob was in consideration, maybe not last year but the year before, and it’d been sort-of on my radar,” Mr Jenkins said.
“From my point of view, I just thought ‘about time, how fantastic’.”
Though he said that he didn’t become a fan of Dylan’s music until he was in his 50s, Mr Jenkins said he quickly saw the “cleverness” in the singer’s lyrics
“In Shakespearian work, they have the iambic pentameter … and Bob, his phrasing to me is almost like iambic pentameter,” he said.
“For instance, we’ve got, ‘To be or not to be, that is the question,’ – that is the flow.
“In Bob’s music, it’s the same – ‘Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people, they’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made.”
Considering the musician’s colossal back-catalogue of music, asking what Dylan song is his favourite is an impossible question for Mr Jenkins – though he said Tangled Up and Like a Rolling Stone were good examples of his lyrical prowess.
“It’s such a hard question to answer because in my show we do about 35 of Bob’s songs, and they are probably what we consider the really popular part of his catalogue, and there’s another 400 songs we don’t even get close to doing,” he said.
“Like a Rolling Stone, he called this a long, sort-of expression of vomit – he’s just so angry at this person he’s writing a song about, but the lyrics have just got such power in them.
“’When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose’, – that is now part of normal English-speaking vernacular, and I think that’s one of the things that we need to really reflect on.
“There’s only a few people, a few writers in the world that have written lines that have become part of English usage.”
One year on from the band’s first concert at a Yarra Valley winery, Mr Jenkins said DYLANesque had played 10 shows around the Valley and closer to the city, including at Richmond’s Corner Hotel.
“Every time we do a show, we finesse it a little more,” he said.
“We’re just trying to really turn the screws and make the show as great as it can be, and it’s just knocking people out at the moment.”
The show itself tells the story of Dylan’s career, including the places he was living and people he was with during his big moments – and talking about the hits he wrote that became classics for other musicians, like Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.
Mr Jenkins said DYLANesque would return to Healesville’s Memo Hall on Saturday 3 December for the band’s third show at the venue, with the first two selling out quickly.
“People just keep coming up and saying ‘when are you coming back?’, it’s been an awesome response.”
The show begins at 8pm and entry is $25, or $22.50 for concession holders.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au, call 1300 368 333 or email email@example.com.
HEALESVILLE Primary School families and students past and present will be able to see the history of their alma mater on Saturday, 22 October, with the school celebrating its 150th birthday.
The day will see a fair running throughout the school, with rides, stalls, historical displays and performances from students, marking 150 years since the school began.
Assistant Principal Barbara Darling said that preparations for the day had been going all year, and that the day would feature attractions for kids and parents alike.
“We’ve got Devonshire tea, we’ve got a barbecue, we’ve got plants and cake stalls … raffles, and a silent auction; we’ve got craft activities for the kids, all sorts of stalls and things,” she said.
Rides on the day will include a Cup and Saucer, a Chair-o-Plane, a Circotron, Iron Man and The Edge, and school students will present musical performances around the school grounds.
Photographs and stories from the school’s history will also be presented, documenting the different faces – and buildings – that have come through the school since 1866.
Principal Cameron Heath told the Mail earlier in the year that the day would be a carnival for those who had a history with the school and those after a fun day out.
“It’ll be like a big carnival feel, the majority based around that heritage, and the performances from each class,” he said.
Ms Darling said a reunion dinner would also be held on the Saturday evening, and that anyone after more information should call the school on 5962 4053.
MUSIC will fill the grounds of the Yarra Valley Racecourse on Sunday 23 October, with the annual Cuban Jazz Festival returning for its 13th year.
The festival, which has been run at Coldstream’s Rochford Wines in previous years, will be held at the racecourse in Yarra Glen for the first time, running from 11am to 6pm.
Festival director Alex Mitchelson told the Mail that the weather was looking fine after the valley’s recent storms, and that he hoped this year’s event would mark 13 straight years of good weather for the festival.
“Everyone loves some sunny weather – we’re all just waiting for that sun to come through, and it’s perfect,” he said.
Mr Mitchelson said the move to the racecourse meant that more food and wine providers would be at the festival, with local providers Zonzo Estate, De Bortoli, Hargreaves Hill, St Ronans Cider and Coldstream Brewery, among others, offering refreshments for festival goers.
“This really has opened up a new demographic and offer a better product and find that common thread that everyone loves,” he said.
He said the event started in the early 2000s, when a wine tour member told him that they didn’t want to leave and asked him to put music on.
“That sort of got me on the idea of setting up a little event,” he said.
“So we started with 100 people, and each year it got bigger and bigger, and bigger and bigger.”
This year, he said he was hoping 4000 people would come through the gates to listen to the jazz, R&B, salsa and commercial house music performed across the event’s four stages.
Tickets to the Cuban Jazz Festival Harvest Picnic start from $55 per person.
For more information, visit www.winequest.com.au
DON’T be a wet blanket and miss out on the anticipated quilt fair at Macclesfield on the weekend of 12-13 November.
Not only could you pick up a one-of-a-kind quilt, your purchase will be helping orphans around the globe.
The fair is a major fund-raiser for Quilts for Orphans, a self-funded group of enthusiastic quilters who have united for a worthy cause.
Member Susan Hamilton said the funds raised would go towards batting for the quilts.
“We are completely self-funded and rely on donations, and our annual fair generates cashflow to purchase the batting used in the middle of our quilts.
“We often receive donations of fabric and materials, but the batting can be quite expensive.”
The festival will feature plenty of Christmas gift ideas, such as table-runners, secondhand quilt magazines, and all types of craftwork and cross-stitches.
Morning and afternoon tea will be available, with cakes and slices also on offer.
“There will be quilts from cot size to king and queen size,” Ms Hamilton said.
“They are a reasonable price, given they are one-of-a-kind, custom-made quilts.”
Over the past seven years, the group has created and despatched more than 2000 quilts for children in need.
Ms Hamilton said there were about 20 in the group presently, mostly from around the Yarra Ranges region, who attended various working bees and group events each month.
They started in 2007 out of a house and started donating to Christian outreach houses in India.
The soon discovered there was a huge demand for their quilts.
They now donate to countries including China, Zambia, Uganda, Thailand and more.
Entry to the fair is $5, with refreshments available.
The fair will operate from 10am to 4pm both days, with off-street parking available.
The Quilt Festival is located at the ‘quilt-barn’ at 345 Macclesfield Road, Monbulk.
AFTER its sold-out shows of ‘Bums’ and ‘Come Back for Light Refreshments After the Service’ in the Dandenongs over the past two years, Hobo Playhouse is returning to the hills with another comedy/drama – ‘Me and My Friend’.
This terrific play – featuring Steve Cooper, Jeff Jones, Belinda Winthrop and Michelle Zintschenko – will be performed at The Gem Theatre in Emerald for one show only on Saturday, November 5, at 8pm.
‘Me and My Friend’ was written by Gillian Plowman and it is both hilarious and heart-breaking at once.
A black comedy, the play explores the relationships between two ‘odd’ couples who have been released prematurely from mental hospital care.
In the downstairs flat are Oz (Steve Cooper), who has never recovered from his mother’s death, and Bunny (Jeff Jones), whose ‘workaholism’ led to estrangement from his wife.
Upstairs are Robin (Belinda Winthrop), a middle-class housewife who has a secret from her past, and Julia (Michelle Zintschentko), whose obsessive thoughts of men drew her into prostitution.
Tickets are $25/$15.
For bookings, visit: www.trybooking.com.au/MTOX
THE Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is delighted to be presenting four of its most exciting films at the Cameo Theatre in Belgrave on Friday, 14 October.
In a first for the region, MIFF has included the popular Belgrave attraction as part of its regional tour, with the MIFF Travelling Showcase aiming to support both international and Australian-made works.
MIFF Artistic Director, Michelle Carey, told the ‘Mail’ she expected the films would generate plenty of interest locally.
“You can go to a multiplex at any time, but to see this at a historic site such as the Cameo is a unique experience,” she said.
“Two out of the four films are documentaries … most are uplifting in their own way.”
Included at the Belgrave tour are ‘The Death and Life of Otto Bloom’, ‘Ella’ and ‘Long Way North’.
But one which will be of particular interest includes a film that brings to life a dark passage in the history of Ferny Creek.
The documentary ‘The Family’ turned the heads of film critics after its debut at the MIFF and will feature at Belgrave.
The feature-length film focuses on the sect known as The Family, which operated mostly out of the Lake Eildon area from a house on Belgrave-Ferny Creek Road throughout the ’60s and ’70s.
Ms Carey said there were international representatives in the industry who were taking real notice of this film.
“We weren’t sure how it was going to be received, but it’s being talked about,” she said.
“It’s moving and emotional, but is also a story of resilience.
“Many of those affected, including one of the lead investigators, were present at the film, in what was a truly moving moment.
“The first screening was incredible.
“There was a standing ovation and it was a real drop-dead moving moment.”
Meanwhile, ‘Ella’ showcases the personal journey of the Australian Ballet’s first Indigenous dancer, Ella Havelka.
‘The Death and Life of Otto Bloom’ features acclaimed actor Rachel Ward (‘The Thorn Birds’), her daughter Matilda Brown and Xavier Samuel (the ‘Twilight’ series); while ‘Long Way North’ is described as a beautifully animated film suitable for all ages and audiences.
For more information, visit www.cameocinemas.com.au or contact (03) 9754 7844.