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Reg. No. A0034364L P.O. Box 85, Chewton, 3451.



Published on the 1st of each month

Issue 180

February, 2014.

Maintaining our cool!

Some different approaches to keeping cool have been evident during the recent hot spell. The obvious one is the pool, another is Expedition Pass Reservoir with its attendant parking issues (apparently everyone abhors walking... see page 29) and making use of available shade is yet another.


Help stop illegal rubbish dumping in parks Last month’s Chat carried a press release with that heading. It requested people with information about rubbish dumping in parks can call Parks Victoria on 13 1963, and it certainly brought illegal bush dumping to the fore in Chewton! Head into the bush in any direction and the evidence is there. South of the railway line in Chewton is particularly bad. Televisions, mattresses, foam rubber, household rubbish - you name it and it’s there. Ironically much of was recyclable - and one dumped collection even included the shire’s sheet of rural recycling dates for the local areas! A neighbouring dumped heap even had documentation that included a local name! As the press release stated last month - people with information about rubbish dumping in parks can call Parks Victoria on 13 1963. People found to be dumping rubbish in parks or reserves will be prosecuted. Offenders face onthe-spot fines of up to $289, or may face court with heavy fines and clean up costs for more serious offences such as dumping asbestos or other hazardous waste.

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Clean Up Fryerstown Morning 2nd March

Residents, past and present, will again be freeing the roadsides leading into Fryerstown of litter on the first Sunday in March. If you would like to give a hand for a couple hours, register at or call Janobai on 5473 4153.


CFA Update – February 2014 Summer and the fire season are definitely upon us, keeping Chewton CFA members busy over the past month. Thankfully, all members enjoyed a peaceful Christmas Day with their families. However on Boxing Day we contributed to a strike team sent to Colbinabbin. The following Saturday we were called to a large grass and scrub fire in Sedgwick. Early one morning in mid-January Chewton assisted Castlemaine with a structure fire in Wesley Hill in which a front veranda was damaged. The next week Chewton Tanker was called to a grass fire sparked by lightning in Metcalfe in the early evening. A relief crew returned to Metcalfe the following day to finish the job. At almost the same time the tanker crew was on scene in Metcalfe, the slip-on was called out to an undefined grass and scrub fire in Golden Point Rd (a false alarm) and then a grass fire in Harcourt (definitely not a false alarm). A couple of days later we were called to an incident in Castlemaine and that night three false alarms sparked by lightning. In late January our slip-on joined a strike team of local appliances sent to deal with fires in the Mallee and South Australia. Jo Willen and Bob Cole crewed the slipon for several days. They were first sent to Rainbow to help mop up fires in that region. They were then redeployed to Pinnaroo and Underbool in South Australia where they helped protect private property.

Photos: Mopping up at the Mallee fire (courtesy Jo Willen) and a water bomber in operation at the Sedgwick fire in late December. Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667

On the 23rd of January Chewton attended Inter-brigade training with crews from Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Harcourt. The training session covered the use of B-Class Foam and was another good opportunity to work with local brigades. On Australia Day we helped to protect several properties from a large grass fire that broke out near Malmsbury. And as we go to print our 2nd Lieutenant, David Button, is leading a strike team of five tankers and slip-ons sent from Bendigo to deal with fires still burning in the Mallee. It has also been gratifying that in recent weeks three locals have applied to join us as fire fighters. New members are always needed and welcome. This includes members who don’t want to fight fires but are happy to assist in other ways, e.g. helping tired crews clean and refill our tanker and slip-on after a long day on the fireground. If you are interested, pop down to the station any Sunday morning to talk to us about membership. Finally, the well-known Chewton tanker has been sent away for retrofitting to update its crew protection systems. In the meantime Chewton CFA will be driving one of District 2’s Spare Tankers from Bendigo. If you see us driving past, be sure to give us a wave. Paige Mounsey, Chewton CFA Communications Officer. on Facebook

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Distressing sights in Wattle Gully The phone started ringing early on the Australia Day weekend’s Saturday. Distressing scenes were described as each caller explained how the extra traffic on the Chewton-Fryerstown Road was taking its toll on local wildlife. Apparently nearby residents were having to pull multiple animal bodies off the road. Signs were improvised and placed as warnings, but a lot of damage had already been done. One photo, three dead kangaroos (actually it turned out to be four - apparently a joey was found in a pouch when it was checked!) And a wallaby just a bit further up the hill. Distressing? Sad? Needless? All of those things!

Injured wildlife require specialised care The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is reminding people who find injured wildlife to contact an authorised wildlife carer. DEPI Senior Compliance Officer Brady Childs said officers recently collected a joey from an unauthorised person near Bendigo. It was assessed then handed over to a licenced wildlife shelter. “Inappropriate care by members of the public, who think they are doing the right thing, can significantly decrease an animal’s chance of recovery,” Mr Childs said. “In some cases, even if the animal recovers from the initial injury or illness, it may have developed behaviours that mean it cannot be released back into the wild. Wildlife has specialised handling, dietary and housing requirements and cannot be treated in the same way as domestic pets or livestock. To give injured wildlife the best chance

of survival and release back into the wild, it is vital they receive the right treatment and handling and they are kept in an appropriate environment. There are volunteer wildlife shelter operators and carers that have been registered and licenced by DEPI across the Loddon Mallee region. These people have completed training courses and have proven experience in the care and rehabilitation of native wildlife. If you find a sick, injured or orphaned native animal, it should be transferred into expert care as soon as possible.” Under the Wildlife Act (1975) the unlawful possession of protected wildlife can result in a maximum fine of $7218 and/or six months imprisonment. If you find a sick or injured native animal please call

DEPI on 136 186 or RACV Wildlife Connect on 13 11 11.


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Evening Soiree - Women of the Goldfields In 1853 women made up one quarter of the goldfields population. Of course, they were there in their traditional role of supporting the men domestically and caring for the children but they did a lot more than that. These women ran many of the local businesses – both legal and illegal. But male historians don’t seem to have shown a lot of interest in these very busy goldfields women. So local historian, Marjorie Theobald, is using the rich material she has unearthed to begin to redress this imbalance and tell some of their story on International Women’s Day this year at a Evening Soiree (with supper) in Chewton. Doctor Marjorie Theobald is just the person to tell their story. Marjorie is a Castlemaine girl and a scion of the Madigan family of Chewton. Since 2002, when she retired and returned to Castlemaine, she has been working on the history of the goldfields, a passion which she inherited from her father. Before this she graduated from Melbourne University, taught in secondary schools for many years, completed a Ph.D, and then joined the University staff, finally ending as a Professor at Melbourne University. Marjorie was also involved in the second wave of the women’s movement in the 1970s and this lead her to research and write on the history of women’s education. Now, as a long term project Marjorie is writing a history of Castlemaine with Dr Heather Holst, also a Castlemaine local. On the evening of International Women’s Day Saturday 8 March, we will be able to celebrate the goldfields women of yesteryear with an address from Marjorie and to celebrate the goldfields women of today, local songstress Tracey Candy will be making a special appearance, introducing some of her most empowering DIVAS standing on their own two feet and ringing their own bells. Hear our

women’s history and sing, laugh and ROAR the invincibility of sisterhood. The evening is being organised by the Chewton Pool Fundraising Committee to help us raise some of the funds we need to keep our pool running. Most Chat readers know what our wonderful Chewton Pool has to offer, particularly on an unbearably hot day like the ones we have just had. But you may not know that to keep our pool running in the wonderful way it does, we still rely heavily on money generated through local fundraising activities. This year we get our fundraising off to a great start with our International Women’s Day Soiree with Marjorie and Tracey on Saturday 8 March. Doors open at 6pm for drinks and nibbles with Marjorie’s presentation at 7pm and then a delicious buffet supper at 8pm. You can also get drinks at bar prices. There will be great door prizes and a raffle exclusive to ticketholders on the night. Tickets cost $30 and are limited to just 80 and will sell quickly due to an already high level of interest. So get your ticket early from the Chewton Pool Kiosk (2-6 pm weekdays and 10-8 weekends) or from Pat Healy on 0422 759 661.


GOLDFIELDS WOMEN THEN AND NOW Saturday 8 March – doors open @ 6pm for 7pm start Chewton Senior Citizen’s Centre, Main Rd Chewton Tickets $30

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St.John’s is open for business after a January rest! Saturday 8th February at 6 p.m. there is a service to remember Michael and Mandy Sellaroli. This is at the anniversary of Mandy’s death. All are welcome. This service replaces the Sunday service scheduled for the next day.

Sunday 23rd - no service on as this is the parish annual meeting at Castlemaine.


Big, big numbers at Chewton Pool... Well - January has been a busy month at Chewton Pool. The week of the heat wave saw well over 1000 through the gate. To date we have had around 4500 attend the pool! We hosted the very successful VicSwim program again this year with 50 kids taking part. A big thanks to our lifeguard Hannah Burton who stepped in as our VicSwim instructor, she did a great job. VicSwim plays an important role in teaching children water safety and swimming skills, and our lifeguards noticed an improvement in the swimming of those who attended the lessons. On the back of the success of the VicSwim program Chewton Pool decided to run our own swimming lessons for school aged children, babies and toddlers. Hannah again was the instructor along with Tracie and Dushca. This was very successful and we will look at repeating it next swimming season. Australia Day was a big hit. Thankyou to Tracie who planned the event, and our BBQ and kiosk volunteers who were rushed off their feet, we appreciate your hard work. The Bluelight will be held at the pool on the 7th of February - this was lots of fun last year so fingers crossed for good weather. Keep an eye on our website and facebook page for up coming events, BBQs and opening times. Sarah Myles.

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Taking ISSUU with the Chat

Since the November edition the Chat has been available on line at as well as where older issues are also archived. Now the Chat is available wider thanks to a new Issuu app for Android. ISSUU claims this is more than just a mobile version of Issuu, their app being designed from the pixels up to deliver the world’s best mobile reading experience. It is also claimed

the Chat can now go anywhere, so “your readers will spend more time with your content than ever before and share it with friends with just the touch of a finger.” The app can be installed by using this link: If any readers try this we would be interested to hear of your experience!

POHAG (Post Office Hill Action Group) POHAG (Post Office Hill Action Group) has its next meeting on Sunday, 10 a.m. on the 9th Feb in Sam’s shed. This will lead to the installation of some nesting boxes. Really

good news received this week was that a Communities for Nature Grant has been announced - $9,240 for a project over two years. Ian O’Halloran.


15 years now... do you remember the 10th?

Issue 180 of the Chewton Chat. That little statement on page 1 means little until it’s divided by 12. Yep – the Chat’s been fifteen years in the making! Since a four page issue appeared in March 1999 the Chewton Domain Society has persevered and the 180th edition in February 2014 is here to read. The Chat’s evolvement is worthy of research – the stories covered, the talented people who have contributed, the groups and businesses that supported it through the journey and, of course, the loyal readers. Researching fifteen years of growth is beyond what is possible for now – suffice to say that the 10 year birthday edition was a cause for celebration way back in March 2009. From that Chat we read that “As we’re sure you’re aware from this birthday edition, the Chewton Chat turns ten this month. To make sure the occasion is marked with style a Grand Celebration is planned at the Red Hill Hotel on Wednesday 25th March from 6 p.m. All of those associated with the Chat over the past ten years – journalists, poets, artistes, photographers, folders, copiers, readers, even Editors (!) are invited to come along and share their stories over a meal and a drink or two. To get down to the nitty gritty - a two course meal is on offer (for the princely sum of $20) with vegetarian, fish or a roast as the choices available. To book for the evening please ring Di at the Red Hill on 5472 2317 and make sure you let her know if you want the vego option. Bookings will be taken up to a week before the event, but it’s definitely better to get in early as places are limited. The Chewton Chat has involved many members of our community over the past ten years and it would be great to see as many of you there as possible to commemorate this momentous milestone.” In April’s edition Barbara Dry reported on the occasion, an edited version follows... “Twenty-three ‘chatters’ celebrated this event on March 23 with a special Birthday Dinner at the Red Hill Hotel. CDS President Helen McGeachin welcomed everyone and lauded the success of the Chat which now has

a circulation of six hundred and fifty; more copies are printed than there are residents in Chewton. It regularly runs to twenty-eight pages and articles have been awarded prizes by the community newsletters’ organization (CNAV). There is a good body of advertisers and regular contributors. It also appears in colour on the Chewton web site ( The Chat enjoys an enthusiastic reception each month not only from those of us who live in Chewton - copies are passed around among family members both in Castlemaine and Melbourne. We heard of the Chat’s origin after the upheaval during the period before amalgamation. When the Commissioners announced plans to sell our post office building, the people of Chewton reverted to the spirit of the gold rush and banded together in strong protest. We had our very own Monster Meeting, even having the ABC News helicopter land on the Soldiers’ Memorial Park Oval. As a result the community won the right to own outright the properties of the Post Office, the Town Hall and Ellery Park. The Chewton Domain Society was formed to be the body responsible for the ongoing care of that Chewton Domain - and the Chewton Chat emerged as the Domain Society’s newsletter. It now serves the town and district. Everyone who attended enjoyed the evening and sang Happy Birthday to the Chat with gusto. Now we all look forward to the 15th Anniversary.” Barbara Dry. So, the 15th anniversary has arrived! Each month’s Chat is dutifully forwarded to the State Library as the law says we must. Their collection of Chats must be impressive by now. How many pages all up? That’s for someone’s future research to answer...

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Know Your Neighbour Have you met Jim Henderson?

Jim Henderson grew up in Melbourne. As a young lad he would milk cows by hand for his neighbor. On Saturday mornings he would go by horse and cart to help deliver bread around the area. During the war trenches were being built in the grounds of his primary school, ‘and we kids had the job of shoring these up with wood palings. We thought this was great fun’. After passing his Intermediate year Jim obtained an apprenticeship in the printing trade, specializing in engraving. ‘I remained in this trade until my late 30s’. In 1955 Jim did his National Service. ‘I was going with Gwyn at that stage. Most of my upbringing was within the church community, which is where we met.’ Jim explained how his great love has always been music. ‘My mother was a piano teacher and I learnt piano from her, entering competitions and even won the Heidelberg Eistedford. I also sang in church choirs and eventually became an organist in the church. We met when my choir was visiting the Essendon Presbyterian church, so if it wasn’t for my interest in music and singing we may not have met. I have my mother to thank for this.’ At the end of 1958 Jim went to Darwin. ‘I could see the writing was on the wall with the trade I was trained in. Gwyn and I were engaged by then. In Darwin I got a job helping people find employment. I also connected up with the Aboriginal missions and helped out at an Aboriginal mission children’s home.’ Gwyn joined him in Darwin after being offered a teaching job. They were married there, holding the reception on the verandah of the children’s home, so that the children could be part of it. ‘Two Aboriginal girls were our bridesmaids.’ They both became involved with the Leprosorium. ‘Most of the people there were Aboriginals. Gwyn taught some of them English and I usually conducted a church service for them.’ A year later they moved to Perth as Jim was able to get a photo engraving job there. After a year in Perth they moved back to Melbourne, bought a house in Vermont, and lived there for 30 years. By then Jim had moved into a different field of employment altogether. ‘I was nearly 40 when I retrained as a paramedic, initially working at the city headquarters, and later at the Waverley and Lilydale depots.’ Then he saw an ad for a paramedic in Castlemaine. Gwyn’s family has had long involvement in this area, and so they often came up this way for holidays in the family home in Chewton. Jim recalls that one of the highlights of their visits to Chewton was putting the children in the pusher and following the track from the school up to the railway station. ‘We’d wait for the train. If the driver saw us he’d give us a toot.’ Jim took the Castlemaine job in 1988 and worked there for the last five years of his working life. Gwyn and Jim have lived in Chewton for over 25 years. ‘I’ve been involved with music here, as well as with

the Uniting church in Castlemaine, relieving our organist from time to time. When the organist is there I play the digital piano and we play both instruments together during the service. I’ve also done a lot of singing and have often sung at the Castlemaine Senior Cits monthly gathering.’ Jim is proud that music has carried on to the next generation. ‘Our grand-daughter plays the cello and was named musician of the year at Castlemaine Secondary College.’ The Hendersons have a large garden to maintain and manage to do all the gardening themselves. Amongst other interests they both also visit the jail fortnightly. ‘We go and sit and talk with the residents, particularly those who are close to being released. We’ve been doing this for two years now. This is something different to the programs that the jail provides. We have built up a rapport with different ones there. We also do a lot of visiting at the hospital and at the hostels.’ Jim feels that Chewton hasn’t changed much from when they first moved here. The local shop and the post office are a good local meeting point. I walk down every day for the mail and always find someone to talk to. We both like the feel of the town. It’s not commercialized and we don’t want it to be. When friends come to visit us they are rapt. They like Chewton even more than Castlemaine. They just love it. They make a point of telling us they’re not coming to Castlemaine, they’re coming to Chewton.’ Gloria Meltzer.

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The Fryerstown Antique Fair has been for me a very different experience this year. For many years I helped in the kitchen making sandwiches for the large crowds. With the late Glad Hampson in charge it was good experience and a lot of fun but quite hard work and we all depended on the days of preparation before and several days to clear up and plan for the next Fair. For several years, since I have had a series of minor injuries which made standing up to make sandwiches impractical, I now come to the Fair as a shopper and observer, and consumer of coffee when the good coffee stall run by the Timson family became a reality. This year I finally accepted that one or two of my hobbies were unlikely to see a major revival. I have always loved collecting and restoring old household furniture and effects – not ‘good’ or important furniture but the stuff of humble cottages and hard times often made with what was at hand such as old boxes, rough timber or reused wood from packing cases etc. Over the years I learnt some restoration and polishing skills from several courses around Castlemaine that I thoroughly enjoyed. These courses, which either ran over a weekend or one night a week over several terms, were great places to learn. We all took different things to restore and learnt from each other’s experiences. One of the people I learnt much from was Neville Beechy, an antique dealer from Colac who used to come up to give courses at weekends at Continuing Education. When he was in Castlemaine he always picked over the local garage sales and second hand shops for small pieces he could restore during classes, to demonstrate what could be done. This resulted in my following his example and accumulating many nice pieces which I could restore sometime in the future. Well time has passed and I have found that the accumulation of my “restorers pieces” has outstripped the time and enthusiasm I am likely to have to restore them. So I decided for the first time to take a stall at the Fryerstown Antique Fair to round out my experience of the Fair, as I had never had a stall there. The plan came to fruition this year and we started to bring out all the carefully collected pieces from their various storage places and I often stopped the process saying, ‘No, not that one, it has a story and I can’t part with it yet.’ The amount we found we wanted to sell would still fill several stalls and I learnt that at our age with just a car and a trailer even over a small distance, it was a major task, but with the help of a friend we carted the first lot into the stall area allotted to us, and put together the new gazebo, and got it set up. Then came some rain overnight and we learnt the lessons about the problems with gazebos left unattended in the rain. The next day we mopped up and set up things differently, the rain cleared and we started selling. It was a different experience to what I had expected. There were reunions of stallholders who only meet once a year here, banter going back and forth about pieces, prices, salesmanship (or the lack of it!), exchange of stories, and family catch ups. It is really a unique Fair and event and of course Pat Cubeta’s personal knowledge of everyone built up over the 39 years she has been running the Fair - their


personalities, and foibles, who gets along with who (and who doesn’t) is legendary. The best part was the friendliness and camaraderie of the stallholders and selling nice things to nice people who appreciated them; the worst part was sorting and carting. We did have a good time and unexpectedly caught up with many old friends. We even recouped some of the money I spent when I collected those things and we have some more space. We had good helpful neighbours at the Fair and after the initial rain, good weather. Some times were busy and some not so busy. I may be back again next year – I still have some of those “restorers pieces” – including the ones with stories to tell. Of course, the best of my more successful restorations are in our home, giving constant pleasure and service as pieces with a past do. I attach some photos of the Fair taken by Melbourne photographer, Ian Henry Bock OAM for which I am very appreciative. I think they capture the essence of the Fair very well. There are now a number of campers coming during the year to camp in the old school grounds to enjoy the bush setting and the modern external amenities. Some stall holders camp in the old school grounds during the Fair. There was an amazing and emotional story this year. Two visitors from Germany were camping and travelling through Victoria. One of them had been to Australia 25 years ago and at that time she caught up with a friend (Hermann) whom she had last known when they were close teenage friends in the 1960s in their local village in Germany. They had lost touch since then and she tried to contact Hermann during this trip without success until, totally unexpectedly, Hermann got a text message that they were in Victoria. He was in Fryerstown from South Australia, camping at the old school and a stallholder at the Fryerstown Antique Fair. They met up at the old school in Fryerstown the next day. It seems that at this time of the year all roads lead to Fryerstown! The next Fryerstown film night is on Saturday 22nd February at 7.30 pm in the Burke and Wills Mechanics Institute Hall. The film will be the classic 1950’s western HIGH NOON with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Always worth seeing, it still is great, even if you have seen it several times – that is what seeing good old films is about! Price is $5 per person including tea and coffee, and cake if someone brings some. We are a very friendly group who meet in the old Hall on the 4th Saturday of each month, February to November, and we enjoy an informal evening showing an old film. We welcome new members and casual visitors so please come along. Kay Thorne.


As the Chewton Community Planning process gathers pace, the Chewton community is being asked to scrutinise and analyse the community they live in. To do this thoroughly, a glimpse below the surface of Chewton is timely. What groups exist in Chewton? What do they do? Who are their contacts? How do I support them?

Digging below the surface in Chewton

Chewton Domain Society.

In 1996 the titles to Chewton’s post office, town hall and small park were passed from the Shire of Mount Alexander to the community of Chewton. The Chewton Domain Society (CDS) was formed and incorporated to hold the titles and manage the properties. A management committee is elected at the AGM each year, and sub-committees formed to co-ordinate the activities. Presently there is a People and Places sub-committee to curate and manage the historical display, a Chewton Chat sub-committee to manage the community newspaper, website and Welcome to Chewton kit, and a Monster Meeting sub-committee to organise events celebrating the Great Meeting of Diggers in 1851. All people of Chewton are eligible (and encouraged) to become a member of the CDS with a $10 annual membership fee. All CDS members are eligible to nominate for a committee position. The sub-committees welcome volunteers to join them. Contacts: Chewton Town Hall (not staffed full time) 5470 6131 CDS President Helen McGeachin 0402 085 025 CDS Secretary Bettie Exon 5472 3892 CDS Membership Secretary Glen Harrison 0419 337 804 People and Places sub-committee Alan Dry 5472 3385 Chewton Chat sub-committee John Ellis 5472 2892 Monster Meeting sub-committee Bettie Exon 5472 3892 Facebook Facebook

Parks Victoria.

The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (CDNHP) is a non-contiguous park that incorporates many sections of Chewton. The park was proclaimed in 2002 and extensive community consultation resulted in a management plan being adopted in 2007. This is implemented by Parks Victoria (PV) and many Chewton groups work in conjunction with PV for this. As the only National Heritage park in Australia, there is an emphasis on protecting the goldfields landscape and visions of it. This has impacts on use, infrastructure, activities and plantings within the park’s boundaries. This is further emphasised by a movement for World Heritage Listing of the CDNHP. Significant sites in the CDNHP include the Forest Creek environs, Expedition Pass Reservoir, Welsh Village and Eureka Reef. Contacts: Parks Victoria 131963

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Simon Whatley 0419 836 423 (03) 5472 4573


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Chewton Swimming Pool.

A long battle during 2009 and 2010 by the Chewton community to save the Chewton Pool from a planned closure and decommissioning by Mount Alexander Shire Council resulted in the pool being passed to the community. The then Department of Sustainability and Environment nominated a community committee as the Crown Land Committee of Management for the facility. Chewton Pool Inc was formed and incorporated, the pool renovated and opened on December 3, 2011. Record numbers have been using the pool since. Contacts: Pool 5472 3272 Pool Coordinator 0498 637 534 Pool Committee Pool Coordinator Facebook Twitter

Chewton CFA.

An ad hoc fire brigade was formed in Chewton around the time of the gold rush but it wasn’t until 1945 that the Chewton CFA was formed, following Black Friday in 1944. Chewton CFA is a member of the Metcalfe Group of brigades which includes Castlemaine, Elphinstone, Harcourt, Metcalfe, Langley, Sutton Grange and Taradale. The Metcalfe Group belongs to CFA District 2, headquartered in Bendigo. Chewton CFA responds to approximately 60 emergencies per year, including grass and scrub fires, structure fires and motor vehicle accidents. It also supports other local brigades and during the fire season contributes to strike team deployments across Victoria. The Brigade Management Team (BMT) is elected by the membership every two years. Contacts: Captain Steve Womersley 1st Lieutenant David Button 2nd Lieutenant Vacant 3rd Lieutenant Barry Mounsey 4th Lieutenant Ro Luke

Communications Officer Paige Mounsey Secretary/Treasurer Gary Van Den Driesen Facebook

Castlemaine Goldfields FC.

Soccer in Castlemaine has quite a long history but it is only in the last decade that the club has really grown with around 250 members now. Since 2000 the home of Castlemaine Soccer is the Chewton Soldiers’ Memorial Park which taps into a long, proud history with the region, 40 years with the Bendigo League. The club is actively looking at ‘site redevelopment’ of its grounds to enable 2 full sized fields at CSMP as it needs more fields due to the increase in interest in the club. Contacts: President Ian Flavell 5472 1275 Secretary Andrew Butt 0408 369 097

Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Council owned and managed properties are the Chewton Soldiers’ Memorial Park and the Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre. Council is the Committee of Management of the Chewton Soldiers’ Memorial Park. This park is licensed to the Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club for the purposes of soccer training and competition games. The Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre is managed by a Special Committee of Council. Both venues are available for hire by contacting the Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club or Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre Special Committee directly. Council provides and services public toilets that are available alongside the Pavilion at the Chewton Soldiers’ Memorial Park. Contacts: Castlemaine Civic Centre 5471 1700


Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre.

The Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre Committee of Management was appointed by Mount Alexander Shire Council in November 2013 to control and manage the Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre and act as policy development, planning, promotion and coordinating body for the Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre. The centre is located at 201 Main Rd, Chewton. Contacts: Chewton Community and Senior Cits Centre 5470 5639 President Philip Mawson 5473 3454 Secretary Valda Casbolt 5473 3357 Treasurer Rob McNabb 5470 5580 Booking Officer Dot Pollard 5472 3297

St. John’s Church.

At 9.15 am Morning Prayer/Eucharist is celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The Principal Holy Days are celebrated at St John’s Church. The church is a lovely space that is also available for

community use. Contacts: Ken Parker 5472 1137


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Chewton Primary School.

A big part of the Chewton community’s history, a major player in the community’s present, and educating for the community’s future! A friendly supportive environment for children’s education. The classrooms are in a heritage school building surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawn. Children have access to asphalt areas, an artificial turf oval, adventure play equipment and areas of bush where they explore and build cubbies. There is a dedicated art and music room, a library and three classrooms. Vegetables and fruit are grown and chooks are kept. Children and parents garden and cook our produce for the school. The wood fired pizza oven is regularly used for school and community occasions. The school operates a junior and a senior class but actively encourages the whole school to come together for activities in some curriculum areas. The curriculum is focused on numeracy and literacy but also includes PE, music, art, library, performing arts, LOTE Chinese(Mandarin) and integrated inquiry subjects each term. The low student to teacher ratio means individual learning plans for students can be achieved and one-on-one assistance is available. Information Communication Technology is utilised in all subject areas and there is 1:1 computer access. The school is small and is run in a manner which integrates all ages and levels. The close family atmosphere, in a supportive community environment encourages children to be expressive, confident and secure. Children are encouraged to be individuals. Small numbers mean allschool activities are possible and the school shares in camps and extra-curricular activities with other small schools in the district. Outings to science activities, museums, arts events and performances are encouraged and supported. Participation in local events and local organizations encourages children to think of themselves as part of a wider community. The school is part of the Active After School Communities program and offers coached physical education

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after school, two afternoons a week. The school also runs a free playgroup for 0-5 year olds, once a week. The children come as individuals but work as a united group where they learn, play and share together. The whole school is like a family and supports the values of its community. Call to arrange a visit - you’ll be glad you did! Contacts: School 5472 2557 Principal Julie Holden

Chewton Playgroup.

Babies, toddlers and preschool aged children who go to playgroup can make new friends, have new experiences, gain self-confidence and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. And that’s just some of the benefits for the kids! But what’s in it for you? Adults stay with their children at this playgroup. This gives them the chance to meet other people going through similar experiences and ease the isolation that can come with caring for young children. Playgroup is a regular time away from home, and gives routine to a child’s week. You have adult conversations, develop new social networks and friendships, share experiences, interests and ideas. It’s time to spend playing with your child, without the guilt of needing to do something else. This year provides us with ongoing opportunities for learning, growing and developing. Come join us in the multi-purpose room at Chewton Primary School, where we can draw, cut, colour, paste, paint, build, ride and play together. 9am to 11am, Monday mornings during term. We look forward to seeing you. Contacts: Bronwyn Dawson 0407 889 390 Chewton Primary School 5472 2557

Post Office Hill Action Group (POHAG).

The 22.6 hectares that comprises most of Chewton between the Pyrenees Highway and the railway line is a magic area with loads of potential. It features Aboriginal and gold rush history of the area, as well as interesting geological features and a regenerating landscape with a surprising range of native animals and birds. It remains crown land but is now under community management. POHAG is an incorporated organisation, and annual membership of $5 per family is all that’s required to become a member. Contacts: President Ian O’Halloran 5472 2587 Secretary John Leavesley 5472 3182

Golden Point Landcare.

Golden Point Landcare was formed in 1994 so that the local community could help improve natural resource management in the Forest Creek catchment from Expedition Pass Reservoir, through Golden Point to the Monster Meeting site at Chewton. The primary focus is the restoration of the landscape along the creek, the site of 1850’s gold rush action and successive waves of mining activity. The creek is now located within the boundaries of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, and works are mostly on public land. Restored habitat along the creek is now recognized by local bird enthusiasts as being of significant value and the Forest Creek Track is well used by locals and visitors. The Golden Point Landcare area is mostly classed as peri urban with a patchwork of crown allotments with one or two large private landholders. It is within this interface, between private and public land, where the majority of the group’s work is done, focusing on weed and pest management followed by revegetation of indigenous plants using


locally sourced seed. Golden Point Landcare, as a local community group, believes that strong networks at all levels in a community ensures its strength, longevity and productivity including great environmental outcomes. Contacts: President Ian O ‘Halloran 5472 2587 Secretary Jennifer Pryce 0423 900 590

Chewton Landcare.

Chewton Landcare was involved in projects in central Chewton along Forest Creek, but lately has been concentrating on the Whitehorse Gully area where most members live. The administrative umbrella is there for members from elsewhere in Chewton to join and become active in their own areas. Contacts: Jackie McMaster 5470 6703 Email:

Chewton Bowmen.

Chewton Bowmen is a friendly target archery club with experienced archers to coach and guide newcomers to the sport. 4 week Beginner Courses are run a number of times throughout the year, and corporate/group sessions by arrangement. The club supplies all equipment for beginners and has great facilities, including an indoor range for those rare not-sogood weather days in Chewton. Archery is a wonderful sport for people of all ages and abilities and truly a “sport for life”. The sport is conducted in a safe controlled environment. Archery can be a fun activity for all the family at the social level, or members are able to move forward into competition level. Contacts: Trevor Hall 0400 258 847


Chewton Cemetery.

The historic Chewton Public Cemetery is managed by a committee. Contacts: Sally Morgan 5470 5339

Chewton Community BBQ.

These BBQs are sometimes referred to as MoBQs to recognise the prime mover behind them. Held on the first Saturday of each month – 6 p.m. in Ellery Park and BYO food, refreshments, chair, conversation, personality and a smile is mandatory. You’ll be amazed at who you meet. Watch for advertising of the events and come along to at least a few. Winter BBQs are heated by a roaring brazier. Contacts: Mo 0407 509 505

Red Hill Darts.

The Red Hill Hotel has dart teams which are part of the Castlemaine Amateur Darts Association. Matches are played on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m., mainly at local district hotels. There are two seasons per year, and two divisions. Teams consist of 4 players each. Contacts: Di Baird 5472 2317

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New images promoting Chewton school are now in use. Using some of the photos taken by Julie Millowick, a banner and information brochures designed by Jane Prideaux are now in use. At Chewton Primary School, a continued exploration and improvement of environmentally sustainable practices is embedded in our school curriculum and reflected in the 2014 School Strategic Plan. We believe that fostering a positive attitude and appreciation of sustainable environmental practice is vital to the development of our students and complements our school motto – ‘Nurturing the whole child in every child.’ Julie Holden.


Poetry Corner

See you at the MoBQ? Chewton’s Community BBQ

Suffering from love I look at you and wonder why I care. It’s not your face, your style, or what you wear. You’re extremely unreliable, A slob; that’s undeniable. Yet here I am: caught up in this affair. Ain’t got no cause to feel the way I do. But when we part my rosy world turns blue. Love’s like ‘flu - it needs no reason; It can strike at any season. This season I have caught a dose of you. The look in your eyes Gives me cramps in the belly; When you whisper my name My brain turns to jelly; The touch of your hand Makes me weak at the knees; When we kiss my heart crumbles; My ears start to freeze. Is it love, darling girl? Or am I getting old? Should the symptoms of love Feel the same as a cold? The smell of your hair And my throat gets a lump; When you tell me you love me My heart starts to jump; The feel of your skin Brings a flush to my cheek; When we love I get cramps And my bones start to creak.

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Expedition Pass Reservoir 1868 - ?

Recent discussions about the Res have revealed a disturbingly inadequate knowledge of this historic body of water. Often referred to as Golden Point, it is worth noting that Golden Point Reservoir is a separate water catchment some 800 metres from Expedition Pass, as shown on the map. Both have a history of serving Coliban Water for very long periods. Every so often emergency services have to be called to Expedition Pass Reservoir and for that reason alone it is worth calling it by its correct name. Expedition Pass was the name given to the pass that Major Mitchell used to cross this area in 1839. A cairn was built at a later date to acknowledge his presence. The Coliban scheme began in 1866 when work was begun on the Malmsbury Reservoir. In 1867 a tender was let for the construction of a dam and service reservoir at Expedition Pass. This was to provide the Castlemaine locality with water for domestic, irrigation, gold mining and manufacturing purposes. When completed it had an estimated capacity of 591megalitres. It covered 10.3 hectares and had a natural water shed of 1,457 hectares. Its construction had necessitated the diversion of the Golden Point Road since the old route had disappeared under the reservoir. The outlet tunnel for the reservoir was driven through solid rock. However the new reservoir proved particularly prone to siltation and during the four years it supplied water to Chewton and Castlemaine before the locality was connected to the Coliban Main Channel in 1874, residents complained that the water was not fit for domestic use. The siltation was so severe that a survey carried out in 1872 demonstrated that the reservoir’s original capacity of 120 million gallons had sunk to 100 million gallons in just four years. If siltation continued at this rate it was estimated that the reservoir would be obliterated in less than 80 years. The siltation was caused by granitic sand being washed into the reservoir via Forest Creek, and the extent of the siltation was visible when the reservoir was emptied in the mid-90s. The rowing course alongside Golden Point Road was completely silted and became overgrown with blackberry, gorse, silver poplars and red gums. Given these massive siltation problems, the proposal that’s intermittently aired to dump sand on its edge isn’t practical or wise.


The reservoir wall is 202.7 metres long and 18 metres tall at its highest point. This reservoir embankment is made of earth with a puddle core, made before modern machinery was available, so was compressed by flocks of sheep being driven to and fro during the construction period. A mud core wall is vulnerable to erosion so recent works have removed trees that were growing along the wall for fear they toppled and their roots exposed the inner parts of the wall to erosion. A visual inspection of the wall is done regularly, and an annual engineering report is a requirement for all major Australian dams. Any wear or damage to the wall has to be constantly repaired. Eventually Expedition Pass Reservoir became in excess of Coliban Water’s needs. It was proposed that the wall be breached. Public outcry caused a re-think and so the new Shire of Mount Alexander Shire purchased it in the mid-1990s. To prepare the reservoir for sale Coliban Water spent hundreds of thousands ensuring safety – the spillway was lowered 1.2 metres to reduce capacity and lessen flood vulnerability, the wall raised and widened with beaching to protect from wave action and the outlet valve remodelled. After some years of ownership Mount Alexander Shire passed ownership of Expedition Pass Reservoir to Parks Victoria and it became an integral part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (CDNHP). The park’s management plan published in 2007 includes a section on Expedition Pass Reservoir. Expedition Pass Reservoir’s actual outlet valve sat at the base of the much lamented old tower, and while the tower has gone the outlet sits in a sump in the same location. Siltation could be problematic for the operation of the outlet valve in that sump – the only way to reduce the water level if the spillway isn’t able to cope with rapid input. Historically, a huge sudden dump of rain on Mount Alexander in 1889 caused Expedition Pass to rise rapidly and spill over the embankment when the spillway couldn’t cope. Fortunately the wall held in this crisis – unlike Commissioners Gully Dam (beside Commissioners Gully Road) which still shows the breach 125 years later. In 1914 the Golden Point Reservoir was constructed half mile (800 metres) south of the Expedition Pass Reservoir. It was designed to boost pressure and supply much cleaner water to Castlemaine. It has now also been declared in excess of Coliban’s requirements and is now included in the CDNHP under Parks Victoria management. Accessability to Golden Point Reservoir is extremely limited because of private property nearby, and the proximity to the slate quarry. And Expedition Pass Reservoir today? Look for next month’s Chat.

Councillor’s Chat

Councillors have had a break from weekly meetings during January. Apart from a few concerns from individual residents, I can say that I’ve been on holiday and very pleasant it’s been too. I managed not one but two trips to the beach. A camping holiday at Port Fairy with four grandsons kept me and my husband busy, then a visit to friends in Anglesea during January. In between trips away, there’s been quite a lot of activity on the fire preparedness front, raking up fallen leaves and sticks and carting them well away from the house, so as to create a clear area around the house. How eucalypts love to shed their leaves in summer! One day during the hot week of early January we got as far as filling gutters with water, trialling the use of mini sand bags to block the down pipes. They worked surprisingly well, which meant that when an evening thunderstorm came in, depositing a blessed downfall, the gutters overflowed. It was not a good time to be scrambling around on ladders, removing sand bags. Calling into the civic centre to check my councillor mail recently, I saw that the council chamber had been transformed in readiness as a MECC, or Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre. There were laptops, short wave radio sets, high resolution maps, hi viz vests and bibs with ‘MERO’ and ‘MERC’ to be worn by the Municipal Emergency Response Officer and his/her coordinator. All this was in place should a significant fire occur in the Shire. In this eventuality, Council has the responsibility of coordinating the actions and resources of key agencies: Vic Police, the CFA, DEPI (ex DSE), and providing them with facilities and support staff. Lightning strikes had started quite a few fires, but fortunately the local fire crews had been able to put them out before they grew too large. At this time of year I’m repeatedly reminded to feel deep gratitude for all the men and women who volunteer and train extensively as CFA fire fighters. Their work throughout the fire season is of the highest importance to the wellbeing of all of us who live in this beautiful but fire-risky part of the world.

In addition to coordinating the actions of the fire-fighters, council is also responsible for setting up emergency relief centres, for those people who have been evacuated or left of their own accord, as a bushfire threatens their community. A relief centre is a short-term solution, providing people with a place to shelter, be fed, receive first aid if needed and emergency clothing. In the medium to longer term, council may, if needed, establish a recovery centre where people affected by a fire can source information regarding services such as financial support, insurance, personal support and material aid. Council ran a relief centre, which then became a recovery centre at the Metcalfe Hall in the months after the Redesdale fire on Black Saturday, Feb 7th 2009. As we move into what is traditionally the most serious month for bushfires, let’s hope that we all stay safe from fire. Is your fire plan on the fridge? Have you decided what you’re going to do on a hot, windy, total fire ban day? Unless the plan is to pack the car first thing in the morning and drive off to friends or family in a safe spot, we each need to have some idea of how we’ll look after ourselves, and our families on a bad day. If you’re staying at home, remember to check the emergency website www. regularly. Download the fire app on your smartphone. Become friends with the CFA on Facebook to receive all notifications of fires. Listen to ABC 774 AM or 91.1 FM. And don’t forget the simple but effective act of going outside regularly and scanning the sky for smoke. Check in with your neighbours. Hopefully you’ve already decided whether you’re going to stay or go, based on the weather conditions for the day, in the event of a fire. Then if you receive news of a fire in your area, it’s time to leave, or get your fire protection gear on and start putting your fire plan into action. Does this sound like scaremongering? I hope not. It’s all part of living in a rural area in summer. Let’s hope we can all stay safe, but let’s all be ready to take action and that means doing a bit of forward planning. Have that conversation, and blokes, please, if your partner is saying I want to leave, please hear her. Cr. Christine Henderson.

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From the Warrnambool Standard...

Kevin’s a model award winner thanks to Warrnambool railway club exhibition When Kevin Bush’s parents bought their son a model train set for his 10th birthday, little did they know what a lasting impact it would have. That simple gift started a love affair with model trains that has lasted for 60 years and shows no sign of running out of steam. Mr Bush made the journey from Chewton, near Castlemaine, on the weekend to be part of the Warrnambool Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition. Held at the Archie Graham Community Centre on the weekend, the event attracted strong public interest with large numbers coming through to see 15 train set layouts and five commercial stands. It was Mr Bush’s fourth year at the exhibition, made special when he won the Wayne McSween Memorial Award for best layout, voted by club members. The award was first handed out in 2009 in honour of Wayne McSween, a long-time member of the club who passed away in 2008. His brother and current club treasurer Kevin McSween founded the award, with Mr Bush a popular winner. “It is a great honour for me to win this award. There is a lot of hard work put in by everyone who comes here,” Mr Bush said. “I started this layout four years ago and it was 3.6 metres long and that has grown now to 9.6 metres. I add to it each year.” A new feature of his design this year was a trestle bridge which Mr Bush carefully constructed with the help of his sidekick Gary Taylor. The photo that accompanied the article was captioned Kevin Bush, of Chewton, displays his Cockroach Valley trestle bridge model railway lay-

out at the Archie Graham Community Centre on the weekend. The full report is at story/2018269/kevins-a-model-award-winner-thanks-towarrnambool-railway-club-exhibition/ And if you go back to Issue 152, October 2011, page 17 you’ll find an article on Kevin and his trains. Thanks to Glen Harrison for that research.

Kevin adjusting the layout’s wiring, from the October 2011 Chat.

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Chatting about the arts with Phil & Debbie Hall

2014 has already got off to a rip roaring start for us with two brilliant rock’n’roll concerts to blow your socks off. The first was a tribute concert for the late great Lou Reed. Entitled “Love for Lou” it was put together by one of our favourite performers, Michealangelo, who gathered a host of great musicians for a marathon session at the “Spotted Mallard” in Brunswick. It was a truly fantastic night and the venue is fabulous, definitely worth checking out when you’re next in Melbourne!

Michaelangelo and Kim Salmon performing at Love for Lou. Photo courtesy Tim Chmielewski As if that wasn’t enough, our rock’n’roll hearts were set to be eclipsed yet again, this time, closer to home. An event was advertised at the Theatre Royal under the heading “Scar Stories”- Scar Stories is about revealing what most young people keep hidden following cancer treatment - the physical scars that remind them of a grim, painful experience. It is about raising awareness of adolescent and young adult cancer, raising funds for CanTeen (a nongovernment organisation dedicated to supporting young people affected by cancer), and helping young survivors see their scars and experiences in a different light; one that is empowering and beautiful. This great initiative was to be launched with a mystery band. Knowing that Doug Falconer was keenly involved in this project, it didn’t take long for savvy locals to put two and two together. The Theatre Royal, provided for free by David Stretch, was packed with a crowd of eager patrons brimming with anticipation. When Doug took to the stage and announced that he had asked a few friends to come and play, a huge cheer went up and on


walked the incomparable Hunters & Collectors.

Hunters on stage with Doug on drums

These icons of Aussie Rock, about to embark on a major tour, played for two and a half hours non-stop. It was one of the most awesome concerts you could ever attend, and with such a great local crowd at our own Theatre Royal for such a wonderful cause, it may never be topped! Brilliant – heartfelt thanks to all those beautiful people who put it together. If you are interested in supporting the CanTeen’s ‘Scar Stories’ initiative, you can support their campaign through Pozible at http://www. h t t p : / / m u s h ro o m . c o m / n e w s / t o u r i n g / h u n t e r s collectors-return-epic-secret-show

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Chewton Artist & Musician Jan Palethorpe – Here’s what

she has to say about her latest works… “For the past 4 years I have been teaching English with NMIT  in different provinces throughout China.   It has been an enlightening experience and I have had the opportunity to visit some wonderful landscapes, museums and art galleries and meet Chinese artists and families who will stay in my heart forever. During this time I have seen and been greatly influenced by the traditional landscape paintings of the Northern and Southern Song Dynasty  (960-1279 AD). I became very fascinated by the way artists from this period used poetry and calligraphy in their work, and the consequent relationship between the image and the word in this style of Chinese art. Such influences led me to reflect on how I could incorporate images and words in a meaningful way in my own work.   Music and art are both an integral part of my life, and often they have been separate entities.   The exhibition is the start of a new moon phase for me….I want to explore poetry and art and in this exhibition at the Comma I have used some songs I love and represented them in a visual form. Carlos Jobim is one of my favourite composers there are of course a thousand ways to represent a song or a lyric in visual form, so the paintings are only a fleeting reflection of a moment in the song…..I don’t mean them to define the music conclusively. There will be musicians playing the songs in the show at the opening.” Jan Palethorpe’s “Paintings of the Song” Opening Monday 5th February 6 – 8pm. Show continues until 28th February @ The Comma, (corner Hargraves & Forest Streets Castlemaine).

Book Signings, Gala Evening and an array of other complementary events. The Castlemaine Market Building, located in the heart of Castlemaine, will offer a tightly curated exhibition showcase for Arts Open. Open Studios and other Exhibitions will take place in and around Castlemaine, including in the nearby townships of Taradale, Elphinstone and Maldon. Importantly, Arts Open is not about people practising art as a hobby or people pretending to be artists. This is real life for all the artists involved, who are sharing their most personal of physical and creative spaces – their studios – in the spirit of warmth and hospitality. This unique 2014 Labour Day weekend will present an unforgettable opportunity for all visitors to learn.

Above: Haar Rising Tasmania, oil on linen, Robert Maclaurin Below: Jan Palethorpe

Arts Open: 2014 Visual Arts Extravaganza: March 8th -10th, 2014 Featuring 70 artists across the Mt Alexander Shire

Other Arts Open events will include: • Artist talks to be scheduled at The Market Building and individual studios • Lot 19 (Arts Collective) with 18 Open Studios In 2012 Castlemaine held its inaugural Arts Open, a three-day Exhibition and Open Studios program designed to showcase the excellence in local arts practice. Conducted in the alternate year to the biannual Castlemaine State Festival, Arts Open aims to maintain some of the momentum established by the festival whilst presenting an inside view to some of the extraordinary art studio workings that occur on a daily basis. The second Castlemaine Arts Open is destined to eclipse the 2012 event with an even richer and deeper program of Open Studios, Exhibitions, Public Talks,


Taradale Community Hall will host an exhibition of 4-6 artists • MANet- Maldon Art Group Exhibition The Key Dates of Arts Open: • Thursday 6 March Evening Arts Open Exhibition Launch for artists and friends, Castlemaine Market Building • Friday 7 March Live Music at Lot 19 • Saturday 8 March Arts Open Studios commences • Saturday 8 March Arts Open Gala Event – evening, ticketed • Sunday 9 March Taradale Arts Event/Performance • Monday 10 March Arts Open Studios concludes followed by unwind BBQ for artists and visitors Access the Arts Open program here http://www.artsopen. •

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum

On Saturday 25th January we attended a packed event held to introduce the new Director Ms Jennifer Kalionis MA, LLB, GDLP. We decided that because of the large crowd we would make arrangements to meet with her later and conduct an interview for the Chat at a later date, so stay tuned!

There’s lots happening in the region, and it’s easy to miss out. Remember to check out to keep up with what’s happening in the region. If you have any arts news, events, exhibitions, opportunities or if you are a local artist wanting to showcase your work or get involved with arts initiatives in the Chewton community please contact us on 54725396 or email


Harcourt’s Applefest takes place on 8th March - be ready!

Harcourt has long been a place of bounty enjoying over a century of productive farming. Once the apple growing centre of Victoria, Harcourt is now rightfully proud of its award winning wineries and cider makers along with diverse fruit growers, vegetable producers and its abundant natural beauty. The annual Harcourt Applefest on 8th March 2014 is a time to celebrate local produce and local talent and to enjoy Harcourt’s strong sense of community. This year’s festival focuses on Homegrown Harcourt with local wine and cider available to taste and purchase, a series of workshops and seminars on cooking and gardening, and the opportunity to try a variety of apples and the chance to meet the apple growers themselves. There’s old festival favorites including the pet parade, belly dancers and ferret races while the celebrated annual Harcourt Art Show has expanded to incorporate a National Tea-Cosy Display. Families, kids and young people are well catered for with both a Kids’ Carnival and dedicated Youth Zone featuring a climbing wall, petting zoo, hip hop display, pony rides, BMX bike demos, face painting and circus performers. Thanks to the Bendigo YMCA the Harcourt Pool will be open free to the public and offer fun aquatic activities and pool inflatables. There’s a huge array of entertainment ranging from traditional brass bands to up-tempo ska. You can catch King Stone performing alongside jazz diva Meg Corson, or enjoy the play-off between the Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band and Bendigo’s Clan McLeod. Visit the Homegrown Harcourt stall in the Festival Market in leafy Stanley Park, pick up a local wine or cider and sit back and enjoy an afternoon of great music. This year’s Applefest has the unique honor of hosting the 2014 Australasian Guild of Town Criers’ Guild Championships. Harcourt resident Chris Beggs is the Town Crier for the entire Mount Alexander Shire and a member of the Guild. “We’re excited to be coming to this year’s Applefest”, said Chris. “The Town Criers will be performing briefly on Saturday, but the main event will take place on Sunday when Town Criers from all over Australia will descend on Harcourt to compete for championship trophies. There will be a lot of colour and spectacle for everyone to enjoy.” Also taking place on Sunday 9th March is the ever popular Harcourt Duathlon allowing participants to run and ride either a short or long course. Harcourt has gained quite a reputation for cycling events and this one kicks off in the cool of the day with registrations open at 8am. For more information visit the Applefest website at www. or follow the action on Facebook. Taken from a Press Release.

Castlemaine Camera Club visits Chewton

About a dozen members of the Castlemaine Camera Club visited Chewton for an evening shoot. A loop along the main road, Mount Street, Walker Street and over the North Street bridge was followed by a dusk visit to the cemetery. It is always interesting to see how fresh eyes and other cameras perceive the scenes you are accustomed to so

it is going to be interesting to see the range of photos the photographers share at the Club’s next meeting in February. Hopefully we may have some in the next Chat. Castlemaine Camera Club meets monthly and organises workshops, excursions and competitions. It also welcomes new members.

Chewton Domain Society membership renewals for 2013/2014 are due

The passing of Jim Jones during January was sad news. Among his many other achievements, Jim had been president of the Chewton Domain Society for 7 years, and had used his photocopier to print the first few Chewton Chats. Our condolences are extended to his family and friends.

$5 will keep your membership up to date.

Vale Jim Jones

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A new use for a spruce

Chewton Pool patrons may have noticed a slight change in the landscape. A large spruce tree, which has stood for over 40 years next to the kiosk, has been removed. The committee was reluctant at first but it was unfortunately an inappropriate tree for that site, so it had to go. I was curious as to its history, and so with some research I found that it was planted by Ian Lindsay, the son of Mrs Lindsay, Chewton’s oldest resident. The tree was planted when the pool was first opened on 13th December 1959. Norma and Jimmy Lynch, who ran the pool for many years, used to decorate it at Christmas and Norma remembers throwing her towel over it to dry, 34 years ago. In August 2013 arborists took the tree down and we advertised for someone to take the big timbers away. I contacted Rob Hadden from Castlemaine who was happy to take them. Rob loves good timber and will make use of it by making a variety of products. He has agreed to make something for us to raffle in the future. “What goes around, comes around” Thank you to Elaine Appleton for the DVD of the history of Chewton Pool. The pool has certainly come a long way! Jenny Jarman. Photos: The pool’s spruce after it was felled, being mulched and milled.

Chewton Playgroup Babies, toddlers and preschool aged children who go to playgroup can make new friends, have new experiences, gain self-confidence and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. This year provides us with ongoing opportunities for learning, growing and developing. Come join us in the multipurpose room at Chewton Primary School, where we can draw, cut, colour, paste, paint, build, ride and play together. 9am to 11am, Monday mornings during term. We look forward to seeing you. The full Playgroup article is on Page 15.... Contacts: Bronwyn Dawson 0407 889 390 Chewton Primary School 5472 2557


Thanks Rotary!

News that the Castlemaine Rotary Club had donated $500 to the Chewton Domain Society to support the town hall restoration work has been well received in Chewton. Painting work is being arranged, as are the plans for the re-installation of the kitchen. The builders have been removing the last of their materials.

Photos of the past Photos nowadays are everywhere - memories recorded by a variety of cameras and now predominantly by phones. Which ones will be kept for future reference? In a similar way the old monochrome and colour prints were taken, oohed and aahed over and then put aside in albums or shoe boxes. But there were a lot less of them. So when visual records of past events and past acievements pop into view they generate a lot of interest. These photos were found by Edna Preece during a clean-up and show the back of the town hall during the first upgrade. The old wooden lean-to had been removed, and preparations for the extension of the town hall toilet block were beginning. The photo below was taken while the brick building was still standing in the park, and the park consisted of a “fenced” grass paddock.

Golden Point Road keeps drivers on edge...

... and that’s without the kangaroos and other wildlife.

First FOBIF walk for 2014 is on March 16th. Check for details.

Chewton Community Planning is coming your way! Watch for the survey in the next Chat!


Newstead Live!

Another Newstead Live! has been and gone. Having begun life as the Chewton Folk Festival the move to Newstead has seen the festival grow and mature. Six years in Chewton and now eight in Newstead is a lot of maturity. It still fills the town and the streets, still has international performers sharing the stage with great local talent and still attracts a loyal and growing band of followers. Great to see and hear Helen McGeachin on stage as one half of Gordon and Helen – both being ex-members of the long remembered local band Tipplers All. And Jan Wositzky fresh from the Monster Meeting CD and performances presented “The GO Between – William Murrungurk Buckley”. And name after name of performers who’d appeared at Chewton or had a Chewton connection over the years. Ugly Uncles, Danny Spooner, Jane Thompson, Broderick Smith, Ireland’s Andy Irvine and more. The 2014 festival was dedicated to the memory of lo-

cal singer/song-writer Michael Kennedy who passed away in 2013. Apart from appearances at Chewton’s festival, Michael was a familiar sight in recent years riding or driving to do business in Chewton. The festival program carries the eulogy delivered by wife Carla at his funeral – and that in itself makes the 2014 program a valued keepsake.

A wasp’s nest and its contents of spiders. The larvae hatch and feast on them.


Gut Sensitivity - Health Hints for February I’m on an experimental path concerning issues to do with the gut this year. I have recently decided to give the ol’ ‘gluten free’ a go. The reasons for this are many and varied but I am amazed at the difference so far. For a while I have been self diagnosing and treating for an IBS condition (irritable bowel syndrome). It’s a common problem with apparently twice as many women than men presenting with the symptoms, which begs the question, does it have anything to do with that other IBS problem, irritating bloke syndrome? I suppose only the wives can answer that one. Getting back to gluten I have recently been reading a book called Dangerous Grains and was amazed to discover that recent research links gluten to a huge array of maladies from allergies, autoimmune diseases, thyroid imbalances, bone density problems, mental issues, ADHD, and cancers. The list is huge, the evidence compelling and the remission of symptoms by avoiding gluten is startling. Those in the community who have been diagnosed with celiac disease have an acute reaction to glutens but there are many of us who can be classified as having gluten sensitivity and our systems experience many debilitating reactions to it. A gluten free diet for me has made massive changes to my symptoms of IBS. I read that a lot of us think stomach discomfort is caused by an acid condition when it may be that the body is not producing enough stomach acid to break down the food. The simple way to get around this is to take Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), about a tablespoon mixed in a glass of water three times a day. Add some honey if you don’t like the taste. Make sure you get the variety with what is called the ‘mother’ essence, if you’re unsure just talk to your health food store supplier. ACV is a miracle cure for all sorts of ailments and an ancient remedy worldwide. It is also cheap to buy, so why not give it a go? It’s been well known for a long time that wheat and dairy are common allergy triggers and many of us changed to rye and fancy grains to get round the issue, but with gluten sensitivity, most grains are risky. I’m now using a lot of Quinoa in my cooking and rice is gluten free. I’m paying a small fortune for gluten free breads and even though they are not as satisfying as a good ciabatta loaf or a sturdy sourdough, the digestive relief has been fantastic. We’ll be getting a bread maker soon and attempt to make our own gluten free loaves. Along with my avoidance of sugar products, this has

been one of the most significant health changes I’ve made and you do have to ask yourself the question, if so many people are experiencing chronic health and gut imbalances, what could be the cause? Looking to how much bread and grains we consume as a population might be the undiagnosed missing link. Now don’t just go out and demand a celiac test from your doctor, unless you’re full blown celiac, it’s not that obvious. Why not give some dietary changes a go and see how you feel? Considering it’s the month of Febuary, it would be amiss of me not to mention it is the time of Chinese New Year and we are moving into the Year of the Horse. A lot of us experienced some big challenges in the recent Snake year and we’ll be galloping along into new territory with swift strides and bold action with the Horse Year. Take a gamble on your health and come out the winner. Thea O’Brien. Dangerous Grains... ...written by James Braly and Ron Hoggan.

Are you ready to QUIT smoking?

The Quit Program at CHIRP aims to help you quit smoking and to support you during the process. The first fifteen people to sign up in 2014 will receive a free starter pack (valued at $35). To arrange an appointment phone Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000.


Action against arson... ...and even more action!

Acting Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Edward O’Donohue, has launched a Crime Stoppers Bushfire Arson Campaign, calling on the community to take action against arson. “Arsonists are responsible for a significant proportion of bushfires, some of which have ended in tragedy, and the community has a part to play in stopping them.” Mr O’Donohue said. “There must be a zero-tolerance approach to deliberately or recklessly lit fires in our state, which means taking action to catch arsonists before their criminal behaviour has devastating consequences.” The campaign, a joint initiative between Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers Victoria, arose from the final report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, which called for a comprehensive, coordinated statewide approach to arson prevention. The annual campaign raises awareness of bushfire arson in Victoria, urging the community to take action by speaking up if they have concerns about possible bushfire arson. Victoria Police crime statistics indicate that there were 55 offences of intentionally causing a bushfire in 2012-13, up from 32 offences the previous year. “The seriousness of bushfire arson crime cannot be understated and Victoria has some of the toughest penalties in Australia for bushfire-related offences, including imprisonment for up to 25 years. Bushfire prevention is the responsibility of all Victorians. If you have concerns about a member of your family, a friend or a colleague, they might need help and I urge you to speak up,” Mr O’Donohue said. The campaign is funded as part of an ongoing agreement between the government and Crime Stoppers Victoria and receives support from a range of other partners. If you see something suspicious, report it by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Triple Zero (000). Taken from a Press Release.

2 February World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day marks the signing of the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty that calls for the member countries to maintain the ecological use of their wetlands. It is a day to remember the importance and fragility of our native wetlands. Last year’s World Wetlands Day was focused on the theme Wetlands and Water Management, with a specific focus on working with the water sector.


Emergency management organisations are conducting a co-ordinated campaign this bushfire season to crackdown on arsonists and will be doing patrols across the state throughout the season. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), is working collaboratively with Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Parks Victoria to monitor and investigate suspected deliberately lit fires and curb irresponsible behaviour with camp fires and high fire danger activities. DEPI Compliance Manager Murray Rohde said: “Arson is a serious crime, and poses a major threat to the community.” Victoria Police Detective Senior Sergeant Jeff Maher agreed, saying that both arson and recklessly lit fires can carry serious penalties. “Arson can carry penalties of up to 25 years in jail, while being responsible for a recklessly lit fire can see fines of up to $34,000 and 15 years imprisonment.” he said. “Under the CFA Act there are now prescribed high fire danger activities that if done on a severe, extreme or code red day, can lead to legal action. Whether on private property or land governed by DEPI, members of the public need to take the appropriate safety precautions when it comes to fire.” Mr Rhode echoed Mr Maher’s comments, saying that members of the public must know what they can and can’t do in high fire danger areas. “A key area of concern for agencies was people that failed to known their responsibilities before camping in parks and forests. By working together we can combine resources and intelligence to more effectively patrol popular areas of public land and investigate malicious ignitions. The overall aim of the operation is to reduce the occurrence and impact of bushfires that are deliberately lit or start as a result of unattended campfires during the high risk period; from the start of November to the end of April each year. Since July last year 24 fires attended by DEPI were started by a campfire/ barbecue. In the 2012/2013 financial year 97 fires were started from campfire/barbecues. DEPI, Parks Victoria and Victoria Police are urging members of the public to help prevent arson by reporting any suspicious behaviour to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or if smoke or flames are seen call Triple Zero (0 00). Taken from a Press Release.

Can you the help the Guildford Banjo Jamboree? The GUILDFORD BANJO JAMBOREE is a much-loved gathering of musicians and music lovers which takes place in the village of Guildford each September. The music mainly comes from the American String Band traditions – bluegrass, old-timey, Cajun, jugband, and so on. The focus is on celebrating the banjo and related instruments and the atmosphere is participatory and friendly. This year is to be the 11th gathering – but ONLY if we can find some NEW FACES to join our organising group. We have some significant roles to fill – people who are willing to work on preparations for months before the event, be on call at the event, and are able to help with the wrap-up after the event. Some of these roles include: 1. Someone to train as overall chairperson/director. They will need to be on the committee for a year to learn the overall workings of the Jamboree. 2. Liaison with the seven or eight regulatory bodies who are involved, including preparing and lodging permit applications and continued conversation and negotiation. Some of these include the Mount Alexander Shire Council, the DEPI, the Police, VicRoads and APRA. 3. Financial Management. 4. Security and Risk Management. 5. Merchandise Management. 6. Various other secretarial duties. If we cannot find people to fill these roles by MIDMARCH, we will need to put the Jamboree in abeyance for a year (with the fervent hope that it can live again in 2015). This would be a real shame – not just for the musicians and listeners, but also for the various Guildford organisations which receive hundreds of dollars in donations from the Jamboree each year. If you think you may be able to assist, please email the Jamboree on or phone Jeanette Gillespie (Acting Chairperson) on 5473 4201.

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Walk

When: Wednesday 26th February, 10.00am - 11.00am followed by morning tea (gold coin donation) Where: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Meet at the Old Tea Rooms at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, off Downes Street, Castlemaine. Who: Led by Gillian Miller, Head Gardener at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

For all your LPG requirements call

Alan & Heather Harris East End Servo

March 16 First FOBIF walk for 2014


Puppetry skills learnt...

Local Theatre Company Expands Musical Theatre Skillsets Three’s A Crowd Inc is committed to staging high quality musical theatre in Central Victoria, while increasing the skillset of local performers. Puppet-based Broadway musical Avenue Q is the perfect opportunity to do this, and our actors are loving the opportunity to sing and dance with their puppet avatars. Avenue Q Director, and Three’s A Crowd Inc Musical Director, Matt Sheehan says, “Three’s a Crowd has always been dedicated to exposing local talent to trained and experienced artists to help them in their craft. We have been lucky to have Leonie Van Eyk working with us, and using her expertise to help our actors learn how to work with puppets. As their Director, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them progress.” Leonie Van Eyk has vast experience performing and acting with puppets, and Three’s A Crowd is excited to work with her again. Matt and Leonie worked together for Three’s A Crowd premier Little Shop of Horrors in 2009. Avenue Q actor Daniel Trotter agrees. “Working with the puppets has added a whole new dimension to performing – you’re already think about acting, singing, moving, and your character, then to add a puppet is exciting and different. I’ve really appreciated the help and instruction from Leonie,” he said. Three’s A Crowd vision is to stage musical theatre productions in collaboration with experienced musical theatre practitioners for the enjoyment of Central Victorian audiences. Avenue Q will be opening at the Phee Broadway Theatre in March. Taken from a Press Release.

Heart Foundation: Heartmoves Program

Heartmoves is a Heart Foundation physical activity program combining gentle strength, aerobic and stretching exercises, and adapted for those with special needs. Programs are held at Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Maldon. Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 or visit


Castlemaine CWA

Our big event this coming March is the Comedy Show to raise money for our Family Violence Project which takes off mid-year. Sue Ingleton, renowned standup comedian, has gathered together an hilarious group of women to reveal the secrets of the CWA! All opinons expressed in the show belong entirely to us! BOOK NOW. Bring along your favourite MAN! A Fundraiser for Family Violence Project: $25.00


…. a comedy night featuring a FABULOUS female cast lead by Sue Ingleton. Saturday 1st March 8pm @ Phee Broadway Theatre Book online or buy at Stocks Gift Gallery (Mostyn St. C’maine)

Cooking lessons

Wed 12th February - scones, plain and date. $5 members, $8 non members Small groups so bookings are ESSENTIAL For booking and venue details email: This will be a regular event on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Future cooking lessons will include meringues, pavlovas, pastry from scratch, bread and butter puddings,golden syrup dumpling and more. If you don’t have Facebook you can now follow us on our blog: www.cwaofviccentralvictoriagroup.blogspot. com FACEBOOK: CWA Castlemaine Beanie Affair

Redesdale Bush Market Sunday, 9/3/2014

Agnes Mudford Reserve, 2631 Kyneton - Heathcote Rd, Redesdale, 3444.

The Redesdale Hall Committee is holding their annual Bush Market in 2014 on the Labour Day long weekend at the Agnes Mudford Reserve offering something of interest for all ages. The market begins at 8.30 am and finishes at 2.00 pm on Sunday, 9th March. Enjoy a wide selection of stalls, ranging from local produce including wine tastings, olives, cake stall and plants, through to clothing, bric a brac, a bbq lunch and great coffee! Why not invite your family and friends along to explore this very picturesque area in Central Victoria and make a day of it? Bring along a picnic rug or chair and take in the local surroundings. (Please note that the weather can be quite different to other areas - sometimes drier! It’s a good idea to check with the Weather Bureau.) Outside Stalls Available - $20.00. Bookings and Enquiries: Alwyn - 0419 513 976 or Carolyn - 03 5423194.

All Welcome!



VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS AND EXCURSIONS Fri February 14th: AGM Speakers: George Broadway and Noel Young Sat December 14th: Excursion to Cairn Curran Reservoir

Ordinary membership: Single $30, Family $40, Pensioner or student: Single $25, Family $30. Subscription includes postage of the monthly newsletter, Castlemaine Naturalist. General meetings - (second Friday of each month, except January) are held in the Uniting Church (UCA) Hall (enter from Lyttleton St.) at 7.30 pm. Field Trips - (Saturday following the general meeting) leave from the car park opposite Castle Motel, Duke Street at 1.30pm sharp unless stated otherwise. BYO afternoon tea. Outdoor excursions are likely to be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. There are NO excursions on total fire ban days.


Redesdale Hall @ the Agnes Mudford Reserve ~ Outdoor Stalls Available ~

Enquiries: Alwyn - 0419 513 976 or Carolyn - 54253194

Don’t forget the MoBQ on Feb 1st! 6 p.m. in Ellery Park and BYO food, drink and chair etc. Your community BBQ needs you! Photo: courtesy Rob Palmer. The Chewton Chat is published by the Chewton Domain Society. A subcommittee of John Ellis (Ed.),Bettie Exon, Gloria Meltzer, Debbie Hall, Phil Hall and Glen Harrison is responsible for the publication. Many volunteers help with production and circulation. It is circulated on the first of each month, necessitating a deadline of about the 22nd of the month before. Material can be left at the Chewton General Store, with any of the sub-committee members, sent by e-mail to or by calling 5472 2892. Contributions of ideas, news items, articles, and letters are always welcome; as are advertisements that help meet monthly production costs. Circulation is via the Chewton General Store, Chewton Pet Supplies, Chewton Post Office, East End Servo, Red Hill Hotel, Castle Automotive Enterprises and Tourist Information Board, as well as the Bold Cafe, Castlemaine Library, Market Building, CHIRP, CIC, Castlemaine Copy Centre, Castlemaine Camera Shop and Castlemaine Office Supplies. Mt. Alexander Hospital Residential receives monthly copies too. Whilst copies are free, there are donation tins at many collection points and donations can be mailed to the CDS address below. Subscriptions for mailed copies can be arranged. Circulation is now 700. A full colour Chewton Chat can also be downloaded each month from - as can the previous 11 issues. The CDS can be contacted through PO Box 85, Chewton, 3451; or the Chewton Town Hall 5470 6131 (when open). The Chewton Chat wishes to advise that the views or remarks expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the editor, the management team or the Chewton Domain Society and no endorsement of service is implied by the listing of advertisers, sponsors or contributors.


Summer is at last certain

There is no longer any doubt that summer has at last arrived. All doubts are now dispelled and we are getting summer - full pelt. So what a week that was. As I contemplated this month’s weather review, it occurred to me that we all know very well that it has been hot this month. So why go on about it. Well, I also realized that I often forget within a year or so, just when an event occurred. Our Chat is more than just a community news sheet, it is a record of our community, so recording a significant event is more than just a passing issue, it is a record of our history. This month is clearly up in the temperature big league. The highest temperature I have recorded was 43 degrees Celsius, but some of you have I am sure recorded higher values than that. That week commenced on Sunday 12th with a day’s high of 33 degrees. It really got going on Monday 13th with 43, followed by a 40 degree day, then two 42 degree days and finally a 43 degree on Friday 14th. By that time we had all had as much heat as we needed. Weather records tumbled all around. As I write we are back to a very comfortable high-twenty to low-thirty stretch, BUT, I am just hearing that we are threatened with a repeat of the heat in the very near future. Cannot say I am looking forward to it. The month’s record shows that we have had a daytime average temperature of almost exactly 30

degrees C. We experienced fourteen days of over 20 degrees, and a further six days of ‘over 30’ degrees. The rest of the month was made up of forty degree days, all seven of them. The overnight temperatures were the real killer. This is when sleep is difficult and you almost wish it were winter again. I recorded four nights of 25 degrees C. during the hot spell. Nevertheless, a good deal of the month saw some less hot nights with good sleeping weather. The average overnight low was 14.5 degrees C, and the mode was a reasonable 15 degrees C. I have had a quick look back, but I can’t find anything quite like that week in the decade of records I have. So for me, it’s a record spell. Rain of course is another story. This month we have received just 10.5 millimetres, from just two rain days. We have, however, had two additional “NSR” days. Days when there was nothing in the rain gauge but we had certainly experienced some precipitation, most of which had been swallowed by the dry air as it fell. Finally, the cloud and humidity. Early mornings often started with overcast skies. Much of the cloud during the day was cirrus, that wispy stuff that hangs high in the sky and is formed largely of water crystals. John Leavesley.

Some more Fair photos courtesy Ian Henry Bock, OAM.

Feb 1st Feb 7th Feb 7th Feb 7th Feb 8th Feb 9th Feb 11th Feb 18th Feb 19th Feb 19th Feb 22nd Feb 23rd Feb 25th Feb 26th


Calendar of Events

MoBQ (Community BBQ), 6 p.m., Ellery Park (see page 19 for details – an oz coz?) Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Taradale Hall. $4 (and every Friday). Tai Chi, 1 – 2 p.m., Fryerstown School Hall. $4 (and every Friday). Blue Light Disco, 4 p.m., Chewton Swimming Pool (see p. 6). Service to remember Michael and Mandy Sellaroli, 6 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church Chewton. POHAG Meeting, 10 a.m., Sam’s Shed. MAS Council meeting, 7.30 p.m. Civic Centre, Castlemaine. CDS M/Com. Mtg., 7 p.m., George Archer Pavilion. FREE Healthy Cooking Demonstration Castlemaine. Bookings essential. Phone CHIRP 5479 1000 Chewton Community Planning meeting, 7 p.m., Chewton Primary School. Fryerstown Films (High Noon), 7.30 p.m., Fryerstown Mech. Inst. Golden Point Landcare meeting, 10 a.m., Town Hall park. MAS Council Meeting 7.30 p.m., Sutton Grange Hall. Walking Tour at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens 10-11 a.m., Gold Coin Donation. Meet at tea rooms.

Chewton Chat February 2014  

Chewton in a heatwave, 15 years of Chats, Fryerstown Antique Fair, community groups across the board in Chewton, Expedition Pass Reservoir a...

Chewton Chat February 2014  

Chewton in a heatwave, 15 years of Chats, Fryerstown Antique Fair, community groups across the board in Chewton, Expedition Pass Reservoir a...