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



Published on the 1st of each month

Issue 219

May, 2017.

International recognition... Congratulations to Chewton artist Jan Palethorpe whose 33 Ways to Wrap Christo travels around the globe... Jan was a prizewinner in the 6th Guanlan International Print Biennial China As Jan explains, “Last year I made a book of etchings (drypoints) all printed in my Chewton studio, Primrose Press. The 33 images illustrated a poem I wrote honouring the two environmental artists Jeanne Claude and Christo Yavachev - known simply as ‘Christo’. The book was bound by George Matoulas from the State Library in Victoria and is an edition of 7 with 2 artist proofs. I exhibited the work at Woodbine Gallery in Malmsbury last year and also showed it at Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria where Christo was born. The book has been selected as one of the 13 prize winners in the Guanlan International Print Biennial.

There were more than 700 entries to the award so I am greatly honoured to receive recognition, amongst so many outstanding printmakers around the world. I have been invited to attend the opening ceremony, followed by a banquet, art forum and several days of festivity as well as a visit to the industrial estate in Shenzhen! Many of the images from the book can be viewed on my website with a sound track composed by Bruce Armstrong. The poem is recited by James Evans.” The Guanlan International Print Biennial has been held every two years since 2007. It is an international academic exchange activity, permanently held in the Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, jointly organized by Chinese Artists Association, the Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Management Committee of Longhua District, and People’s Government of Bao’an District, Guanlan, China. For more information and a video of the prizewinning book accompanied by James Evans reciting the poem, go to Jan’s website:


Community health forum in Chewton Castlemaine Health kicked off a series of community consultations with a catered forum in the Chewton Town Hall. Although the numbers could have been better, a useful and informative discussion took place. Castlemaine Health’s CEO Ian Fisher opened proceedings and outlined the current situation. 165 years of service to the community since beginning in 1853 now has Castlemaine Health located on a hilly site making movements difficult, a set of historic buildings that increasingly need major work, finances will not be sustainable into the future, and revenue would be better spent on health services than on maintaining the site! Something for Castlemaine Health and the Mount Alexander community to consider! Looking ahead, there seem to be 3 options – each having to take into account the need to provide 160 aged care beds: • Revamp the present site • Leave the current site for aged care and establish all other services in a purposebuilt building at Halford Street • Develop a new site altogether Chair of Castlemaine Health’s Board Carolyn Wallace convened a wideranging and lively discussion that covered information and suggestions over a range of community needs: • State of the art sustainability possibilities would open up with a new facility • Projected figures for age care needs • Community health is not just surgery, aged care and rehabilitation • Community health is increasingly moving from a bricks and mortar base • Community health services could utilise community resources • Community need for mental health facilities • Community need for domestic violence refuge and support services • Community need for youth support work • Community need to address/support the current Ice problem. Discussion also ranged around the provision of Emergency Department services that require 24/7 access. As Castlemaine Health’s theatres can’t be open full-time there’s a need to integrate with Bendigo. A hierarchical provision of health services is an economic reality. An interesting and fruitful discussion came to a close with participants thanking the Castlemaine Health team for providing the opportunity for input. Another twelve forums in other parts of the shire are planned, running through to July. Don’t miss these opportunities to have your say on the future of our health care. The survey is available on-line at

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2 birthdays and both in the same week! A year since the Chewton General Store changed hands? Couldn’t be, could it? One year in the shop – already! Janelle (and Maree) hit the ground running on the first anniversary. Balloons everywhere as “inflation” hit the Chewton General Store. A birthday cake – a biggie! And candles. Shares enough for customers through the day. Inside or out it was party time. And in all the excitement of preparing for that anniversary another anniversary snuck up a few days before. You see, a few days ago it was Janelle’s birthday… Couldn’t be a secret because the flowers and gifts began arriving with the customers that morning. And as if to demonstrate the truth that the Chewton General Store has everything – Janelle went rummaging out the back and returned with a Happy Birthday sash.


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Red Hill update Friday night is Happy Hour at the Reddy. Right? Wrong! Not the last few Fridays anyway! The Red Hill closed its doors unexpectedly about a month ago. It’s had it’s ups and downs since 1854 no doubt, but this one caused some concern! But good news is breaking with an April 14th post on Facebook (The Red Hill Hotel)... We’re super excited about re-opening the doors and welcoming you to The (restored) Red Hill Hotel! We’re aiming for The Queens Birthday weekend 2017 as our Grand Opening!! See you soon! Ange & her awesome team.


From Diamond Hill to Golden Point – a Ramble of Riches (April 2017) A phone call - can we camp at your place? We’re walking from Bendigo to Castlemaine with our children at Easter and camping is not allowed at the Res. Two young children walking from Bendigo to Castlemaine? Wow! Camping at our place is fine but would you write the story of the walk for the Chewton Chat? Sam and Krista share that story... and “hope the story encourages other families to get out and explore some of the same places.” Our adventure begins somewhere near the top of Diamond Hill in Bendigo. We are a family of four with kids aged four and six. We have two backpacks, two bikes, two panniers and a plan to cycle and walk the Great Dividing Trail to Castlemaine over five days. The first tracks we follow require careful negotiation on bikes. The kids push their bikes as much as they ride them. We eat lunch beside a water race near the Sandhurst Reservoir. The water race follows a remarkable gradient – over a distance of 8 km it remains between two contour lines that are ten metres apart. If the kids get on a roll, they may leave us behind. If they veer too far right, they may end up in the water race. We follow at a steady pace in case we need to pull them out. We make a delightful discovery late in the afternoon – a water tank with a tap placed by the track for people like ourselves. It’s like finding gold. We quench our thirst and push on to our campsite. Arriving at a campsite and getting set up for the evening is surely one of the great joys of bushwalking. We collect small rocks and place them in a semi-circle on an existing fire scar. We gather a handful of wood while cups of tea and dinner are started on our fuel stove. We draw, write and reflect on the day. We enjoy the first of four evenings spent beneath clear skies filled with stars. The kids lead the way the following morning. We round a bend and discover them halfway up a rather significant climb, pushing their bikes and showing no sign of waiting around for help. Along the way we pause to marvel at the ingenuity of those who dreamt up, dug out and built the network of channels, tunnels and ramps that carry water through an otherwise dry landscape. The area around Cuneens Gully is particularly fascinating, as is the bird life around Mount Prospect. Three Wedge-Tailed Eagles circle high above us while we enjoy lunch on a moss covered granite slab. Mount Alexander Regional Park is the end of the line for our two bikes. From here we will leave the water race and climb the mountain, while the bikes will be collected by a helpful grandparent.


The following morning we are joined by a special guest who brings extra food supplies and morning tea treats – caramel slice and coffee scrolls taste particularly good when climbing mountains. We sing footy club theme songs and tell jokes to maintain momentum as the track steepens. When we reach Dog Rocks saddle, the kids look around wondering where the dogs might actually be. We follow a familiar path to the Leanganook campground. There are more people camping here than we’ve ever seen before. At the campsites around us, people perform simple rituals similar to those we perform ourselves. Making cups of tea, adding wood to the fire, preparing food for dinner, chatting about the day. It’s nice to have the time for these things. The following morning we take our first break at Ed’s Seat – perfectly placed above the Harcourt Valley. We make our way down the mountain and through adjoining farmland, passing massive trees, a sea of golden grasses and a nearby granite quarry along the way. We marvel at the subtle but regular landscape changes – a feature of all great bushwalks. Around lunch we find ourselves in dark pine forest. Despite two morning tea breaks already, we’re hungry enough to eat again so we stop for lunch. Before leaving the pine forest we encounter first one, then many ladybirds. Later we discover the collective noun - ‘a loveliness of ladybirds’. We make a short detour across Forest Creek to nearby Expedition Pass Reservoir at Golden Point. This lovely spot may be treasured in summer, but to swim there in autumn requires a certain degree of bravery. We make more tea and enjoy simply hanging out together, without the distractions of our regular lives. Generous local friends allow us to camp at their place. The night sky stretches from one hill to another and the dark outline of the emu constellation moves slowly between them. Later the moon rises and the peaceful land around us glows in appreciation. Sunlight streams through the door of our tent in the morning. We feel fortunate to have struck a patch of such fine weather. Throughout the morning we pass autumn trees that have already lost their leaves, and others that are changing colour. We acknowledge their passing beauty. We pass the site of a giant water wheel, cross Forest Creek again, and climb a nearby apple tree for a fruit treat. Before long we find ourselves in places we have been before. The return train journey takes 30 minutes and we spot places we have just been as we rush through the landscape. Our walk has given us a whole new appreciation for these places and how they fit together. It has also given us much needed time away from our everyday lives, and even more importantly, time together as a family. These adventures and the uninterrupted moments we spend together are the highlights of our lives. As we return home, we’re already planning the next journey. Sam Ford and Krista Patterson-Majoor.

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CFA Update – May 2017 Fire Restrictions have now been lifted in the Mount Alexander Shire. This means the residents can now burn off on their properties providing that they follow any Council By-Laws that may be in place. Chewton CFA would like to remind the community, however, that if you are planning to do a burn at your property please register it with the Burn-Off Notification Line. It is a simple phone call which could save our volunteers from visiting your place when a concerned resident sees your fire.

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Finally, our volunteers would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Good Friday Appeal Collection over the Easter weekend. More than $2000 was raised by the Brigade again this year, all of which will go directly to the Royal Childeren’s Hospital. So thank you to everyone who helped out and we hope you enjoyed a Safe and Happy Easter! Paige Mounsey, Chewton CFA Communications Officer.

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Cohoots Coworking Tim Ford has a strong connection to Chewton. He was a resident for many years, high up in the Chewton Bushlands, and in the 1990s he was president of the Chewton Progress Association. These days, together with his partner Rhonda, Tim is putting his passion and energy into Cohoots Coworking which is in the old Castlemaine Bus Lines building near the traffic lights. Coworking office spaces have become popular in recent years, particularly in metropolitan areas. With so many people running a micro enterprise or working remotely from their employer with a laptop computer, the question is, where do you do this work? When working from home people can be easily distracted and also feel isolated. A coworking space can solve these issues and offer so much more. At Cohoots, there is a relaxed central space where people can work, complete with funky furnishings and cute dog named Carlotta (the Chief Happiness Officer, who also came from Chewton). There are a variety of open and private areas for more focused work, as well as two publically available meeting rooms equipped to host everything from small meetings to workshops. (Recently the TV production crew for Glitch utilised these rooms during their stay.) The Cohoots members’ needs are well catered for with air-conditioning, a comfy lounge area, kitchen with coffee machine, storage area and bike parking. There is even a shower should you feel the need to freshen up!!! People join Cohoots for the office space and fast Wifi, but as Tim points out to me “then the magic happens.” The magic being that the members connect with each other, share their pursuits and get a sense of community. Collaborations begin, people share networks, have brainstorming sessions, and special interest groups are formed such as writers’ groups or women’s groups. Members, as well as non-members (all our local enterprising people), participate in workshops and networking events run by Cohoots. Cohoots has members working in multi-media, writing, community work, software development, careers coaching, sales, consultancy and architecture to name a few. Tim is passionate about the community development approach to enterprise, believing that our future should be in the hands of our local enterprising communities. He actively facilitates connections, promotes opportunities for collaboration and problem solving for many enterprising people around our region. What a great facility for our vibrant community. For more information phone Tim: 0419 327 217, call in at 40 Forest St Castlemaine, or see the Facebook page Jackie McMaster.

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Farewell and thanks...

When the Red Hill closed there were many who wanted closure by farewelling Di Baird after her years of serving the Chewton community. January 2009 is a long time ago! The musos who had helped make the Red Hill into a fave live music venue were particularly keen to say a collective thank-you. Debbie and Phil Hall came came to the party, offered their venue, spread the word – and, as they say, the rest is history. What music, what a venue and what a night! As Debbie wrote afterwards, “I think it was a great do and we are quite tired - Di stayed almost to stumps and I think she had a good time, so mission accomplished. There was lots of jamming happening later music-wise and in between guests like Ange & the Doc and Loz Lawry. The main acts on the night were Duncan Graham & His Co-Accused, The Bellwethers and Dirty Serpent.”

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A visitor’s post on Facebook read, “Anyone missing a bike found in Chewton please inbox me.” A bike had been delivered to the Chewton Shop and Janelle was hoping to find an owner. It had been found dumped in the creek – and where better to hand it in than the Chewton General Store? Bikes, sunnies, keys, bags – with no police station in Chewton they all seem to finish with Janelle! A post on Castlemainia about a missing bike had a photo of it. Lo and behold, bike and owner were re-united via social media! A happy ending – but a bike that had a flat tyre had been left while repairs were organized. The bike disappeared and was later found abandoned in the creek. Apparently this was the second bike to “disappear” and then re-appear in the creek. It seems that bicycle theft can be a wheel problem. It’s time people spoke up about this and pointed out the similarity in the chains of events. If the links are discovered it might help break the cycle, and the culprit(s) could get saddled with some charges. Can anyone throw some light on this – without framing anyone? Keep your eye out for anyone attempting to peddle bikes in the vicinity of Chewton… and steer them in the right direction.

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Fryerstown This year has more or less left me breathless there has been so much on; first was the 10 days of the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, next the week of the Fryerstown Antique Fair, setting up my stall and collecting together the stuff to sell, pricing, and then during the Fair manning the stall with the help of friends, who were outstanding in the help and time that they gave. Then the Castlemaine Festival which was very interesting and fun but intensive over the ten days period of time that it ran. And since then we have been catching up with some major projects, including the garden here which always has to be given extra care and attention over summer. This year seems to have been a particularly good for birds, many of which I have seen here only rarely and which I need a bird book and some time to study it to identify them. Some I’ve never seen here before. Recently a friend passed on to me about 10 issues of ‘Australia’s Heritage The making of a nation’ which he found at the tip. They were weekly publications, intended for projects for children at school to record and encourage an interest in history and heritage. They appear to be written by a panel of quite prominent authors and contain an impressive list of well known people on their Editorial Advisory Board. These included Lady Hasluck, Betty Archdale, Ritchie Benaud, Jim Cairns, Alexander H Chisholm, Geoffrey Dutton, Max Harris, Bruce Miller, Alan Shaw and Bernard Smith. Each issue contains several articles, very well researched, with photos and contemporary newspaper accounts to the event and pictures for school projects. They were published by Paul Hamlyn Pty Ltd in 1971 and available from all Bookshops, Department Stores and Newsagencies at 65c. They may still exist in some other form at schools these days, probably on the web! One article in Part 65 which caught my eye is headed ‘Disaster at Sunshine – 44 dead’ started “On Easter Monday 1908, two trains carrying between them 1,000 holiday-makers collided at a station near Melbourne. Killed: 44. Injured: 431.”

It went on to say “The most disastrous railway accident in Australian history occurred at Sunshine railway station, eight–and-a-half miles from Melbourne, on the night of Easter Monday, April 20 1908.” This certainly caught my eye because my grandfather worked in the New South Wales Railways and I was always taken up to see the engine as a child when we were returning to Victoria from holidays or visits. This accident occurred about 40 years - not all that long - before that time but I remember those occasions vividly and my grandfather’s pride and interest in the newest engines and how fast the train would go. So I read on “The train from Bendigo, an Easter special crowded with holiday-makers, ran past the distant and home signals, which were set at “caution” and “danger” respectively, and crashed at speed into the back of a stationary train from Ballarat, which was unloading passengers at Sunshine before continuing to Melbourne. The two 90-ton engines drawing the train from Bendigo tore their way through the rear part of the Ballarat train for nearly 200 ft, completely wrecking the guard’s van and rear four carriages, and partly telescoping some of the others. The damage done to the Bendigo train was confined to the leading engine and consisted of a broken cow-catcher, a bent forward axle and some minor breakages, which occurred as it left the rails. Between them the two trains carried about 1,000 passengers. Fourty-four people were killed and 431 injured – all of them in the stationary Ballarat train. The collision occurred at 10.50 pm. Had either train been on time the disaster might never have happened. Because of the heavy holiday traffic, the Ballarat train was already 43 minutes late when it reached Sunshine. It was delayed a further three minutes because the train was longer than the platform and, after stopping, it had to be moved forward to allow passengers in the rear carriage to alight. The Bendigo train was also 24 minutes late when

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it passed Sydenham, the block station nearest to Sunshine. Not all casualties were caused by the actual impact. Three of the splintered carriages caught fire, with the result that some people on them were suffocated and others incinerated. To add to the chaos it was a dark night, the railway station was dimly lit, and few lamps were available. The rescuers included many passengers from the Bendigo train. In their attempts to reach the injured they were hampered by lack of effective implements, and had to tear at the shattered woodwork with their bare hands. Some fainted as they worked and had to be pulled clear. Others, according to a newspaper report, were so shocked by the sight of mangled and bleeding bodies that they “Hurried away for a few minutes” till they recovered their nerve and could resume their rescue work. News of the disaster was telephoned at once to Melbourne. Ambulances, doctors and nurses were summoned, and special relief trains were equipped with fire fighting and other equipment and dispatched to the scene of the crash. It was after midnight when they arrived. The first train carrying casualties returned to Spender Street Station, Melbourne, at 1.30 am, and the last pulled in at 5 am. The first most Melbourne people knew of the accident was when they opened their newspapers next morning/ the news came as an enormous shock, for the prestige of railways as a means of transport and communication was at its height. Flags were flown at half-mast from all railway stations and offices. And from many public and private buildings in the city. Near the scene of the crash, the works and offices of the Sunshine Harvester Company, which manufactured agricultural machinery, shut down for the day in sympathy. Throughout the day Senior railway officials investigated the disaster in an attempt to find out what caused it. The Chief Commissioner, Mr Tait, issued a public statement that a thorough examination of the Bendigo train had revealed that there was “ample braking power

on the train” and that the brakes “were in good order”. He added: “the drivers of both engines and the guard of the Bendigo train state that there was ample pressure indicated by the gauge.” The man in charge of the engine leading the Bendigo train, Leonard Milburn, was a driver of 23 years’ experience. He had a reputation in the department of being a painstaking man, who was careful to have his engine always “up to the mark”. It came as a great surprise when Milburn laid the blame for the disaster on the Westinghouse braking system, which was standard equipment at the time on Victorian trains. The system, he declared, was liable to release at the moment they should be exerting their greatest power. Because of the unreliability, crashes such as the Sunshine disaster could occur again and again under similar condition. Until this time, the Westinghouse brake had been regarded as infallible. It had proved itself countless times, and no one had ever questioned its efficiency. Yet there could be no doubt of Milburn’s sincerity, for he stated that he had clearly seen the distant signal at “caution” and the home signal at “danger”. And had had plenty of time to stop the train before it reached the station. The Coroner’s inquest into the cause of the disaster was the longest and perhaps the most thorough in Victoria’s history. The Coroner. Dr Cole, told the jury that the inquiry would, to a large extent, hinge on the question of the reliability or otherwise, of the breaking system, and all possible steps would be taken to settle this beyond doubt. The inquest lasted almost two-and-a-half months, and all parties involved – the Department of railways, the Westinghouse Company, the engine drivers and firemen, the guard and the Sunshine station-master, Frederick Kendall – were all represented by counsel. In his summing up, the Coroner commended the Department of Railways and its railway men as “a body of men of solidity and discipline who knew their business thoroughly and well.” He sympathetically described drivers Milburn and Dolman, fireman Tomlinson and Deveney, and the Sunshine station master as “companions


in misfortune”. Driver Milburn’s impressive demeanour in the witness box was commented on as that of a sober, careful and concise man. However, there had been some conflict in vital evidence. The drivers and firemen had stated that the train had ‘jumped away” – that is, the brakes had failed to grip – whereas the guard and passengers on the train said that they had felt a gradual slowing down rather than a “jump away”. The jury found that Milburn, Dolman and Kendall were guilty of manslaughter and they were committed for trial to the Supreme Court. . . . The trial, over which the Chief Justice, Sir John Madden presided, created wide public interest. In the event, only the two drivers were tried. It was held that there were “acts charged against the drivers which the station master was not concerned”, and Kendall’s trial was deferred separately to a later date. The jury decided that there had been no culpable negligence on the part of either driver, and both were acquitted. . . . . Throughout the case, public sympathy had been strongly with the accused, and their acquittal was widely applauded. . . . Far from being shaken, it appeared that public confidence in the Victorian railway system had actually been strengthened. Ultimately, the Railway Commissioners paid out about $125,000 in compensation to the injured and to relatives of people who had been killed in the crash.” The Australian Heritage Festival started on the 18th April and runs to the 21st May. It contains details of many interesting places to visit and walks during that time, each with dates and times that the places are open and costs. Details are available on the Australian Heritage Festival web site The new BBQ and pizza oven at the old Fryerstown School have been skilfully finished by one of our local talented stonemasons, Simon Dubbeld and will be ‘commissioned’ soon! It looks lovely between the fire pit and the verandah. Our Friday evening drinks are now held in front of the wood stove in the school room instead of outside on the verandah. Fryerstown lunches on the last Sunday of the month recommenced in February and are still very popular, with volunteer cooks putting their hand up for a place in the roster. The April lunch will have occurred after this article is published but watch out for the next one on May 28th! Kay Thorne.

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Sunday 21st there will be a Healing Service at 5pm at Christ Church where everyone is also welcome. Remember the fab concerts in St.John’s last year? The 2017 series has started! The CHEWTON CONCERTS will run through to August. They are afternoon tea parties showcasing local performers. On the last Sunday each month starting at 2 p.m. Live acoustic music, songs, stories and poetry. Artists will include: CHARLIE STEELE, THE BLENDERS, ROHAN SUTOR, B’ROCK WERK, DI McNICHOLL, TREVOR PHILLIPS, KEPPEL, BAROQUIAL, KEITH FOX, WHITE RABBIT, AL&AL, DAVE DE HUGARD... Donations of refreshments welcome. The $5 entry includes food and entertainment. Pot plants also available. All funds raised supports maintenance of Chewton’s last functioning church - St. John’s Anglican Church in Fryers Road. Julie 0497 231 209.

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Say Cheese – please! Turning up at The Mill in Castlemaine and finding Boomtown Winery for an event organised by the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers Association (ASCA) in collaboration with Boomtown Wine was an adventure in itself. The barrel room was the setting, and it quickly filled when the door was opened. Carmen and Christophe were ready to take us all through a journey that involved cheese, traditional cheese-making, the Swiss Alps and a form of agriculture and animal husbandry that was certainly alien to 21st Century Australia. Christophe Prodanu is a third-generation French cheesemaker, who spent the last three months living in Chewton and making cheese at Holy Goat - farm in Sutton Grange. Through a series of slides Carmen explained the traditional cheese-making while Christophe responded to audience questioning. The relative isolation, the constant delivery of regular milk supplies, the labour-intensity of production and post-production storage ensured there was plenty of questioning and good-humoured responses. After the presentation serious attention was centred on Boomtown Wines servery where wine and cheese inspired food was served to a really appreciative audience. Facebook comment: Great event! Informative, fascinating & very tasty! Get behind our local food producers! Photos below courtesy of Dorothy Cook.


le who e h t g ild y ch turin Nur in ever This month’s article is not so much about what we are doing as a school but more about the value of having a school in such a vibrant community.

We always look for a way to celebrate the end of the term. We have a new subcommittee of parents, staff and community members that are keen to provide more opportunities for our students to perform and experience the musical and visual arts. Our annual BBQ fundraiser allocated funds to supplement our existing programs. The first experience with these funds was taking a bus to the Castlemaine Secondary College as an audience for their end of term showcase. The grade 2-6 children boarded the bus in their period costumes ready for bush dancing later in the day and I was left behind with the grade P-1 group and some helpful parents. As the class had been learning about personal and local spaces, we took a stroll through the township. As I was attempting to describe the historical architecture of the Chewton Post Office, out wandered our postmaster Robert. He took the time to talk to the group about the windows, doors and special brick work on the building. The children were convinced that it was old building simply because they saw some cobwebs. Robert had to leave us to serve some customers, however, Richard was exiting the post office at the time. Now Richard can be a hard man to catch so I asked if he would tell us about the new baker sculpture that he had not long finished. Richard was delighted to


help out and gave a great history talk as well as explaining the carving process. Just as we were leaving, the current owner the original baker shop, David, came out and started chatting to the group. He took us around the back of the building to show us where the ovens were and talked about the history of the building as a guesthouse. Some keen parents made their way to the cellar, however I thought better of this with a 5 year olds in my care, so we moved on up the street. Our next stop was the butchers and I was doing my best to explain the reason for the big double doors when the owner popped her head out the door and invited the entire 22 children and 5 parents into her home. (We left the dogs outside at this point). She showed the children where the horses would go down the lane to unload the meat. The old meat hooks are still visible as is the window that would be open for trading. Leaving the butchers, we headed off to meet Mo. This visit was the only one that was pre-planned. Mo gave a quick chat about the history of the antique store and the children we delighted with all the ‘treasures’ they found inside.

As we wandered back up the hill ready for recess and an afternoon of bush dancing, I reflected on the morning’s events. The children saw nothing unusual about the hospitality shown - however it is an experience I will never forget. Only in Chewton. Julie.

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A long lazy lunch - the very Bress way to spend an afternoon! The sun came out, the vines were showing glorious autumn colour and all was in readiness for the second annual Long Lazy Lunch. The lunch is one of the important fundraising events for our own Chewton Pool and we were very happy to welcome 51 guests. As people arrived, Sarah Wade and Jess Foot performing as Duck Duck Goose treated them to the evocative traditional music of Scotland and Northern Europe. The winery quickly filled with the excited chatter of people catching up with old friends and meeting new people. The lunch began with a photo and our now traditional toast, “To the Chewton Pool and all who swim in her”. We were then served a delightful seasonal lunch including a platter of entrees and slow braised lamb with vegetables and salad. An amazing Bress Mess with berries and rhubarb was the perfect end to a lovely lunch. In order to stretch our legs between main course and dessert, Bress owner, Adam Mark, took us for a tour of the gardens and explained the benefits of wicking beds. He also showed us a little of their wine making process. Some people preferred to just relax and listen to the music. It was a beautiful moment when Jess and Sarah played Helle Hirsch some traditional Danish melodies. We would like to thank Bress again for being our partner in this event. They were excellent to deal with and really did us proud. We are very fortunate to have such a high quality, innovative and sustainable business in our region. We particularly thank Nevada Jones for her efforts. We were incredibly grateful to Jess and Sarah for donating their time and talents to this fundraising event. They travelled up from Melbourne and generously donated a CD as a raffle prize too. Their music is fresh and engaging and you will have the chance to experience it again on June 3rd. Duck Duck Goose are returning to Chewton to perform with Graeme and Pam McDiarmid who play a hand crafted mechanical organ. It sounds really intriguing. Tickets are available on trybooking. com/pkjh There will be other fundraising events through the year, so keep a look out for details. We really need your support to keep the pool as an essential hub of our community. Jacki Tabuteau.

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A BBQ stopper, as they say... There was a good crowd at the Chewton Community BBQ on April Fools’ Day. Chilly but a warm atmosphere prevailed. Mikael Hirsch expressed concern after the March BBQ that we don’t seem to get photos of Chewton’s “Postmaster-General”. Rob has been taking the BBQ photos for many, many months now, and he isn’t really into selfies. So Mikael arrived with his camera to rectify the situation. We had duelling cameras (and flashes) at close quarters. Talk and speculation about the Red Hill situation was a dominant theme of the evening, and when Ange took centre stage with “The Big Announcement” there was absolute silence. For the latest news, breaking news and breath-taking news - come to the Chewton Community BBQs! May the 6th and may the fourth be with you!! But it is the 6th!!!

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Golden Point Landcare invites you to the launch of the

Forest Creek Track Interpretive Signage Sunday May 7th at 10.30 a.m. at the junction of Forest and Wattle Creeks at the Monster Meeting site (corner Golden Point Road and the Pyrenees Highway) These new signs at the Monster Meeting, Chinamans Point and Expedition Pass Reservoir tell the rich story of Forest Creek through the years. Please join us for morning tea after the launch. RSVP for catering 0423 900 590 or 0407 977 731


Momentum building P o e t r y Remember how, and where, it all began? Support is growing for Parliament to be given the final say in whether Australia becomes involved in a military conflict. Senator Nick Xenophon has announced that he now supports the view that “no Australian military action ought to occur without Parliamentary authorisation”. Speaking at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on Thursday, April 20, and writing in Fairfax media on Friday, April 21, about the growing tension between the US and China, Senator Xenophon said : “ Australia must not get involved in a South China Sea conflict until every member of the Australian Parliament has voted on it, and explained their reasons individually – not hide behind a party line. “What’s more, that process should be enshrined in Australian legislation; no Australian military actions ought to occur without parliamentary authorisation, except in selfdefence. More than ever, since 1788, it’s a law whose time has come .” There are three Nick Xenophon Team Senators in the Senate, Senators Xenophon, Skye Kakoschke-Moore and Stirling Griff. They are all South Australians. Senator Xenophon’s announcement follows One Nation’s announcement in February that it too now supports Parliament being involved in the decision-making process. One Nation has four Senators in the Senate. Senator Xenophon also said the cost to Australia of a conflict with China would be too high and outweighed any alliance obligation to the US. “ Australia alone should decide which wars we go to, and the circumstances in which we go to them ,” he said. “ That goes to the heart of our sovereignty.” Last October-November, Michael Smith, walked proposed legislation requiring the Prime Minister to gain Parliamentary approval first before involving Australia in a military conflict600km from Chewton, where he lives, to Parliament House in Canberra. Currently, the Prime Minister is not required to consult Parliament or gain its approval before involving Australia in a war or conflict. It stems from the British Monarch, of centuries past, having a ‘Royal Prerogative’ to declare war, bypassing the Parliament.

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Birthdays Why do we celebrate birthdays Farewelling a year less to live The chiming of our mortality Memories we cannot relive Women have the right idea Some birthdays they decline To calculate chronologically The years they stay 49 We don’t mind turning 60 In a Seniors discount store And being alive at 65 -Retirement dreams galore Then a new phase commences Much pride in the drive to survive Pain in the joints notwithstanding It’s still great to greet 75 Our 80s provide a fresh challenge Memories, some tinged with regret Past social discretions still linger That is of course, lest we forget Our 90s loom up as the Everest A mountain just too hard to climb But our time-clock never will rest Till the day it ceases to chime. The late Noel Tennison from his book, “My Time in Rhyme.”

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Vale John Clarke 1948 - 2017 “Nature has placed his own happiness in each man’s hands, if he only knew how to use it.” This month, we mourn the passing of a comic genious in the art of satire, John Clarke. It says something about the importance of his work when the Prime Minister of our country comments on the worth of his satire. But I think Michael Leunig spoke for all of us (as he so often does) with beautiful tribute published in The Age.

The rest of the year’s program at Phee Broadway Theatre includes shows suitable for children, and the Season Ticket for $105 (single) and $200 (double) is really great value! Be fast though: the season begins on Friday May 12 with Yana Alana: Covered. Tickets available at Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre at The Market Building, 44 Mostyn St Castlemaine, over the phone: 5471 1795, or online: covered.aspx Castlemaine Art Museum John Nixon: EPW - until June 25 This exhibition presents a recent selection from Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop (EPW), a project that began in London in 1978 and continues to this day. Falkner Gallery - 35 Templeton St, Castlemaine Sarah Ormonde and John Wolseley - Dry sand, wet mud, moving earth, ceramics, paintings and prints until May 21.

The Castlemaine State Festival

what’s on? Phee Broadway Theatre YANA ALANA: COVERED - May 12 In a risqué act of defiance this camp, bouffant, drag diva will appear on stage with her all-female band – fully clothed! Cost: $25/$20 HELLO BEAUTIFUL – 24 May Based on her popular memoir about living a life of exquisite moments, Hannie Rayson delivers excerpts and short monologues in her own style about her own life. Cost: $25/$20 HART – 17 June Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of this country. Cost: $25/$20


The Festival has come and gone and left us all trying to recover from the whirl of activity, trying to see as much of the rich pickings on the program as possible. With 24 musical acts, 15 physical theatre performances, 6 films showcasing Filipino culture, 9 theatre acts, 13 literature and 12 youth events, 15 suitable for children and 16 free events, there was a lot to choose from. Of these, 31 were created in Castlemaine. Phew! That’s a lot of happenings in 10 days! Then there were the open studios: more than 80 artists opened their studios or held an exhibition during the Festival. There was literally something for everyone, and one had to put in serious effort to avoid being involved in this amazing event that takes... volunteers to produce every two years. With Major Sponsors, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Creative Victoria and The Australian Government’s Festival Australia... the Castlemaine State Festival began in 1976 through the vision of Berek Segan AM OBE. It has grown to become Australia’s flagship regional arts

festival. The Festival preceded any other Victorian arts festivals and has been unique in its scope and diversity, and in its impact on the social and cultural fabric of the Mount Alexander Shire and environs. The Festival program has encompassed visual arts, music, theatre, opera, and dance and has been a major contributor in connecting people and developing enterprise within the regional community. Many community organisations participated; schools, sporting groups, the local aged care facility, manufacturing and agricultural workers, street rod enthusiasts, musicians, designers, gardeners, heritage specialists, and the myriad of visual artists and artisans who live and work in the district. It’s truly a whole of Castlemaine extravaganza.

An epic poem for our times Telia Nevile is a performing poet. She has a keen eye for emotional detail and a sharp ear for witty rhyme. In this 50 minute solo performance, we follow the thoughts and images conjured in our brains by the words of Nevile’s alter ego, The Poet, as she decides that being a word-nerd does not make you popular and so decides to join a beauty pageant in order to achieve all those profits she believes flow from popularity. Hence the name of her brilliant one-woman show: Poet vs Pageant.

We follow the poet from the initial thought hatched in her bedroom in her parent’s house to the final stilettoheeled, sequinned finale. She decides to embark on the wobbly road to what she believes will be sure success and popularity via the medium of the pageant. Adopting the make-up and spray tans and learning to walk in high heels, she also feels she has the opportunity to finally deliver some intelligent answers to the inane questions that are always a part of thiese spectacles. With verbal acrobatics and minimal props, this quietly arrogant poet is herself transformed in the process and learns as much about herself as she does about the other contestants. Nevile’s words had the audience gasping and giggling with maybe a few quiet tears along the way. At once hilarious and tragic, this extraordinary word-smith takes the audience on the journey and makes us all feel for her as she wrangles with the decision if talking her truth is worth the risk of losing. Poet vs Pageant was shown as part of the Castlemaine

State Festival. If you missed it, you missed a smart, sassy performance that had me wishing I could sit through it again as soon as it ended. Look out for Nevile’s Poet vs Pageant at other festivals .... it’s worth chasing down.

The next big thing: the Castlemaine Jazz Festival The Fourth Annual Castlemaine Jazz Festival will be held on the Queen’s birthday long weekend, from Friday 9th June – Monday 12 June.

Held in historic and quirky venues around beautiful Castlemaine township, the festival is friendly and laid back, with an emphasis on offering a wide variety of Jazz music and networking for musicians via the nightly Jazz Jams, held once the public performance schedule has been delivered each day. There’s sure to be something to please every jazz lover with styles including swing, progressive, traditional, mainstream and fusion. Volunteers are an important and much valued part of the Castlemaine State Festival. The 2015 Festival relied on more than 250 volunteers accounting for over 5,000 hours! Volunteering at the Jazz Festival is a lot of fun and you get to meet some great people whilst being a part of the dynamic team that produces this great event. To enquire about volunteering at this year’s festival, hurry over to the website to register your interest. Weekend, day and evening passes are also available via the website: Enquiries:

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Preparing for Canberra... The Monster Meeting came to life again this month as Jan “Yarn” Wositzky performed a run through of his new creation, a performance he is taking to the National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter. Weaving many of the songs written about the 1851 event into the narrative of the meeting created an experience that was both entertaining and educational. And those fortunate to be present relished that experience and many in the audience were ready to share their impressions. “The Chewton Town Hall was the perfect venue to preview Jan’s new show. Full of atmosphere with ghosts of the past looking on and cheering that their stories are still being retold. I enjoyed hearing the songs written about the Monster Meeting. I love it when history comes to life, a place becomes more meaningful when you know its history. It’s great to be in a town where there are creative people willing to take risks and create really rewarding and joyful experiences. It is so good, so inspiring,” Kavisha Mazella enthused. “Jan Wositzky’s performance of his tribute to the Monster Meeting in the lovely Chewton Town Hall was a joy. Jan lives and breathes this history, and is also an author of a book on the subject. Pair this knowledge with a natural ability to entertain and the result is a very engaging and informative performance. Jan’s singing and banjo plucking styles do justice to the narrative and the intimate style of the performance enabled audience participation,” according to Chewton’s Beverley Bloxham. “As newcomers to the area, we were delighted by the original and very entertaining way of learning the rich history of the Monster Meeting. Moreover, Jan conveyed the story in a very funny way with songs, music and prose that truly engaged us, the audience, so that the events came to life and the dreadful conditions of the miners at the time stood in stark contrast with the political establishment. The fact that the performance was conducted “on location” in the Chewton Town Hall, in the midst of the former Forest Creek Diggings gave an extra dimension to his excellent performance,” wrote Mikael and Helle Hirsch. “Jan Wositsky has a special knack of simultaneously both informing and entertaining an audience. When he put together a history of Chewton’s famous Monster Meeting of 1851, he did so with the aid of performing in song and poetry, put to music playing the banjo. And what more appropriate place to do this than the historic Chewton town hall? This was the perfect venue when on April 10 he trialled his latest skit to an enthusiastic audience, many of whom joined in the spirit and sang along with him,” Gloria Meltzer said. “My impressions were that Jan is working towards his usual high standard of subject research and dramatic intensity. I would have liked


to see a little more emphasis placed on the displacement of the Aboriginal people and more reference to the fact that the democracy being sought was democracy for the white community that very community denying democracy to the first nation’s people. Otherwise I am sure that Jan has another winner on his hands,” suggested Vaughan Greenberg. Debbie and Phil Hall from Ottery Cottage contributed, “Last night at the Chewton Town Hall I was among a lucky crowd there to view Jan “Yarn” Wositsky’s first performance of the Monster Meeting tale which he is taking to the National Folk Festival in Canberra. I was amazed by the way he told this tale which I have come to know so well in detail, especially from Jan’s comprehensive Monster Meeting book. Performing a number of the great songs from the MM double CD whilst telling the story in such a succinct way, and jumping in and out of different characters was marvellous to watch. What amazed me the most was how he kept the audience engaged throughout, encouraging participation and making the human nuances of history really come alive. The story itself is complex and has taken many years to research but Jan’s deft touch made it not only more accessible, but his weaving of the context with the Red Ribbon Rebellion in Bendigo and the culminating events at Ballarat made the show complete - and all in just over an hour. Certainly nothing “pusillanimous” about this performance - top work!” Richard Thompson, noted for his part in the recent town hall restoration, was there too. He described the evening as “To enter the Town Hall to the sounds of German Jazz resonating in the embrace of the chamber, provided Jan with audience intimacy, for such a driving eloquent tale that was given to us in the manner of respect to all involved. We saw our local history - some of it sound, others abhorrent. Signature individual characters arose with their presence recognised by Jan in stomp and shuffle, ballads and banjo from an established talent who also, with spoken word, provided an historical resonance of what was past and has again, become present in our society. Voices vanished became alive again, allowing us entry to a pivotal moment in our European and indigenous story. Tim Heath’s acoustic gift provided a new soundscape to

forgotten history along with Jan’s complete voice, drums rumbled and flags flew again. A chapter of time has come to life and with that, the history will remain allowing people to see the past and what unity can curtail and optimism enthral. Jan allows you to experience that.” “Jan Wozitsky’s ability to hold an audience is inspiring, as is his ability to tell a story. I came away from Jan’s performance with a much deeper understanding of the struggle the gold rush miners had with the ruling classes, how brutally they were treated, and how their ability to unite changed history. Very entertaining Jan. I hope they love it at the National Folk Festival,” said Chewton Chat volunteer Jackie McMaster. And the final words come from Margo Ryan, “With wit, song and humour Jan entertained us with the telling of the growth of democracy in Australia from the goldfields. Starting with Forest Creek and the monster Meeting we were taken on a journey to Bendigo and Ballarat. A history lesson for the audience largely through the medium of song. Well done Jan!” What a brilliant way for this significant story from Central Victoria to be told in the national capital! And let’s hope the Chewton Town Hall is the setting for many more of these intimate performances!!! Fantastic…

Vale Danny! The Monster Meeting lost a great friend and supporter when Danny Spooner passed away. The Age marked this with an obituary – but from a Chewton perspective Danny had made an indelible mark. From playing with Kate Burke back in 2004, Danny was there supporting and encouraging. A concert that was held in the Chewton Community Centre during the 2005 Chewton Folk Festival had to go ahead without Danny – but he was there in spirit. The Chewton Chat reported, “Saturday night saw the Eureka and the Treason Trials concert performed by Danny Spooner and friends - minus Danny himself. Unfortunately a bush walking accident the day before had seen Danny airlifted to the Ballarat Hospital with a broken leg! Even healthy pursuits can be dangerous. Gael Shannon did a marvellous job to pull the show together, supported by an all-star cast.” Danny was in the studio for the Monster Meeting CD recording in 2012, and was there when the Theatre Royal was filled for the CD launch. A lesser known contribution was taking the story, along with CDs and flags, from Chewton to the National Folk Festival in Canberra. In fact, at the time of his passing Danny was still relaying orders for Monster Meeting flags. Vale Danny!

Photos courtesy of Mikael Hirsch.


The Magic Hour The Magic Hour is an exciting and flamboyant multicultural dance theatre served with a Shakespearean twist. Created by internationally-acclaimed Indian dancer and actor Arjun Raina who has astounded audiences all over the world. Trained in classical dance in India and in the British acting tradition in London, Raina is ideally placed to bring the two cultures together and for his current production he introduces a further element – “Odissi”, the oldest surviving dance form from India performed by Lillian Warrum an exciting new Indian classical dancer from Melbourne. This is an exciting show of dance theatre that builds bridges between the worlds of Indian classical dance and Elizabethan Shakespearean theatre. It is both exotic as well as accessible. It is loud, colorful, musical and theatrical. The costumes, the make up, the dancing, the stylized acting, the singing all add up to create a unique evening of entertainment and engagement. Long after you have seen the show the drumming will keep beating in your heart. A show to be seen, remembered. The Magic Hour uses the appropriation of Shakespeare’s text as common ground, fusing it with Asian art forms to create a post-colonial commentary on contemporary events through the playful subversion of an English icon. In the process a rich multicultural theatre has been created which will in turn amaze, amuse, stimulate and move audiences.

Steel Magnolias In a backyard beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, we meet owner Truvy Jones and newly-hired assistant, Annelle DupuyDesoto as they await the arrival of three regular Saturday morning clients, Clairee Belcher, Ouiser Boudreaux and M’Lynn Eatenton, and it’s M’Lynn’s daughter Shelby’s wedding day. In his true-life story, playwright Robert Harling captures the unique Southern wit, the self-deprecating humour, as hilarious one-liners keep the laughter flowing, amid discussions of favourite recipes, town gossip, beauty tips, and of course, Shelby’s wedding preparations, down to the most minute detail. CAST DETAILS: Natalie McRae as Truvy, Donna Prince as Annelle, Margaret Healy as Clairee, Gail McGregor as Ouiser, Tara Ramsay as Shelby, and Elphinstone’s Helen Gramberg (last seen in Chewton as Elvira in Blithe Spirit) as M’Lynn. Directed by Bette Sartore. Remember the film? Come see the play! And a p.s. from BETTE SARTORE – Artistic Director, Cathouse Players Inc. I am always casting for one production or another, and always on the look-out for acting and technical team members, but I don’t conduct traditional and somewhat nerve-wracking auditions, preferring to meet informally instead. Interested? Please give me a call on 5403 2372.


Real Estate Round Up There is a much shorter list of properties for sale this month which means Chewton properties are selling!!! Of course they are, it is a great community and we have history, character and charm in abundance. So here is the round up for May. Cantwell Real Estate: • 77 Adelaide Street, Large allotment, 1932sqm, charming views, all services and current planning permit. Reduced to $159,000 • 1/40 Madigans Road, craftsman built, off-grid, character home on 14.5 acres in the Bushlands with space for 6 vehicles. $248,000 • 22 Pitman Street, Cute corrugated clad 2 bedroom home on large block with two street access which lends itself to subdivision (stca). There is gas heating and a split system. $329,000 Cassidy Real Estate: • Nil at Chewton Castlemaine Property Group: • 227 Main Rd, immaculate, comfortable 3 bedroom home with light filled living areas, established gardens and secure fencing. This home has a lovely outlook across the historical environs of Forest Creek. $465,000 • 12 Old Settlers Rd. This 4 bedroom, 2 level stone and timber home is on 6 acres in the charming Chewton Bushlands. This property offers an environmental lifestyle with a substantial solar system and large dam. The home boasts many quality features and finishes as well as sweeping verandahs, mud brick workshop and separate studio. $635,000

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26 Pitman Street, large residential allotment of 1960sqm, access to services and located on a sealed road. $139,000 • 23 Archers Road, light filled contemporary home designed around environmental principles, three bedrooms, two bathrooms with professionally designed gardens and spectacular views, $740,000 Keogh Real Estate: • 63 Pitman St, spacious 4 bedroom hardiplank home set on approximately one acre. There are 3 living spaces, plenty of storage and 2 carports. $399,000 Waller Realty: • 278 Golden Point Road, Low maintenance 2 bedroom, 2 storey barn style home on half an acre. $385,000 • 195 Main Road, Modern, stylish 3 bedroom home on compact allotment. $379,000 • 86 Fryers Rd, Neat and tidy 3 bedroom cottage on ¼ acre overlooking Chewton wetlands. $293,000 For Sale By Owner: • 734 Pyrenees Highway, large family home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an indoor pool and recreation room. Set on over 1 hectare of maintained grounds, $649,000 • 50A Fryers Rd, 1982sqm vacant elevated allotment with views, planning permit, sewer and power connected, water and phone available, $125,000 Jackie McMaster.


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Youth Award winners People of all ages came together on Friday to have some fun and celebrate National Youth Week at a festival in Castlemaine. Council announced the winners of the 2017 Mount Alexander Youth Awards to recognise the skills and varied ways that young people are contributing to the shire. The recipients were: • • • • •

Suilven Byrne – Youth Leadership Award in Music and the Arts Owen Shooter – Youth Leadership Award in the Community John Watson – Youth Leadership Award in Sport and Recreation Chloe Burton – Youth Leadership Award in the Workplace Owen Shooter – Youth Leadership Award in the Environment

“We’re very lucky to have an diverse group of young people in our shire who are volunteering, leading and making an impact, not only among their peers, but on people right across the community,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire. “John Watson, who won the Sports and Recreation Leadership Award, has been a strong positive influence on others. He’s shared his love of football with many young players, including coaching the under 14s football team to a premiership. Winner of the Music and Arts category Suilven Byrne is an accomplished musician, singer and dancer. She has given so much of her time to mentor and help other young musicians and dancers and already even recorded her own CD! As


winner in the Environment and Community categories, Owen Shooter is clearly an inspiring young leader who is making a valued contribution to our shire. He is a gifted public speaker, fundraiser and volunteer. As a member of our Youth Advisory Group, Owen also provides a young person’s perspective on issues for Councillors. It was also wonderful to see Council staff member Chloe Burton recognised through the Business Leadership Award for all the great work she is doing.” The Youth Awards Festival was organised by members of Council’s Youth Advisory Group and FReeZA Committee (Eight Metre Speaker) with help from Council. The festival featured entertainment by young musicians including local band Big Blue, along with fun activities such as tie dying, parkour, giant Jenga and a jumping castle. “Thank you to everyone involved in the festival including supporters and sponsors MAINfm and XtremeInc. Youth Projects along with all our judges and presenters,” said Cr Telford. “Congratulations to all award winners, nominees and our wonderful volunteers who organised a great celebration. It was a fabulous night out.” The Youth Awards Festival was funded by a Victorian Government National Youth Week grant. Taken from a Press Release.

And Owen Shooter has been a lifeguard at the Chewton Pool for a number of years. Congratulations Owen!

Councillor’s Chat Cr Henderson wrote in her article last month that the sculpture of Mr Penney was commissioned by his descendants. This is incorrect. The sculpture was commissioned and paid for by Mr David Cummins, Ms Joan Cummins and Mr Norman Corrie. Apologies to these people for the error and many thanks to Elaine Appleton for providing the correct information.

Duck Duck Goose return Melbourne-based folk duo Duck Duck Goose are elatedly migrating back to Chewton’s Town Hall for a performance at 8pm on Saturday June 3rd (note the change of date from last month’s ad!). The Chewton Chat catches up with DDG’s Sarah Wade and Jess Foot to find out more: Chewton Chat: What can someone expect at a Duck Duck Goose event? Sarah: I play the Scottish smallpipes, concertina and recorder and Jess plays oboe and fiddle. It can be difficult to imagine what these instrumental combinations sounds like, but anyone who’s heard us play can attest that it’s a wondrous and warm pairing of sounds, offering unique textures and musical possibilities. We perform our own arrangements of traditional music gems from the highlands and lowlands of Scotland, fjords and farmlands of Scandinavia, coastline of Northumbria and villages of France. Bring a curious mind and let your imagination take you on a journey! Chewton Chat: Duck Duck Goose is a curious name. How did it all come about? Jess: As two double-reed players we consider ourselves

Group healing... I attended an ET (extra terrestrial) conference in Byron Bay in January. I met a woman there, Maree Batchelor. Maree is a medical doctor and lives in Mount Eliza. A few years ago, she went through a “profound spiritual awakening”. Maree explained at the conference that the awakening enables her to “embody high frequencies” that seem to come “in and around” her during healing sessions with patients. “These frequencies are assisted by some highfrequency, benevolent off-world beings,” she explained. “The presence of these beings becomes very palpable for me and, often, for my patients during the session.” Maree said the frequencies “work on a patient’s blocks, particularly at a DNA level” and “activate dormant DNA for a person’s gifts and abilities”, also taking the person “back to their natural state of peace, love, wellbeing, contentment and joy”.

at home amongst the reeds. There’s a lot of fussing and adjusting that goes on to get them working, and subsequent squawking and other noises reminiscent of waterfowl! Once we get them up and running, we have a great time and the reedy qualities of these instruments mesh beautifully together. We first tested the unlikely combo of oboe and bagpipes whilst busking on the main street at the Maldon Folk Festival in 2014, and we’ve played as a duo ever since. Chewton Chat: What brings you to Chewton? Jess: We had a blast performing a sold-out concert in your gorgeous Town Hall last year, with local ensemble Trioc, and the community atmosphere that evening was so special. We couldn’t wait to return to Chewton – this is a region bursting with creative and music-loving people and it’s a joy to share our passion for performing folk music here, we feel very at home. Chewton Chat: Is there anything else to know about the concert on the 3rd of June? Sarah: The evening will also feature special guests Graeme McDiarmid (mechanical organ) and Pam McDiarmid (hurdy-gurdy) of Gisborne, performing on their own handcrafted and decorated instruments. I met Graeme and Pam at Kyneton’s Lost Trades Fair earlier this year. Duck Duck Goose is delighted to be collaborating with Pam and Graeme in segments during the concert, accompanying and highlighting the music of these extraordinary and delightful music machines. Duck Duck Goose perform at 8pm on Saturday 3rd June at Chewton Town Hall. Tickets are $25/$20. Pre-booking recommended:, or cash at the door subject to availability. See ad on page 4. At the conference, Maree took the audience through a healing session. I was sitting in the audience. Within seconds, my body started to move. My head slowly started tilting backwards, going as far as it could go. There was gentle but firm pressure on my body. I could release my head whenever I wanted, bringing it forward and upright into its normal position, but as soon as I relaxed, let go, it started moving backwards again. Afterwards, I felt great, light, smiley. I have since got to know Maree and have been impressed with her integrity and gentleness of spirit. Maree has been getting “quite amazing” results with her patients. “I’m really excited about what is happening to individuals but also to humanity,” she said. “We can shift to a higher level of consciousness and awareness, bringing ourselves back to our natural state of peace, love and joy.” I’m bringing Maree up to Chewton for a group healing session at the Chewton Town Hall on Sunday, May 21, at 10am (till 12pm). The cost is $50 (which goes to Maree). She will be giving a talk, taking the group through a group healing/activation session and doing some one-on-one hands-on healing. If you would like further information or to make a booking, contact me (Michael Smith) on 0402 598 948 or at Michael Smith.


Up with the birds...

FOBIF walking

On Sunday the 7th May 2017, join the Connecting Country bird nerds on a bird walk, lunch and planting! Local artist Eliza Tree has graciously invited us to her beautiful 30 acre property in Walmer for our next bird survey. The property is grassy woodland adjacent to Crown land and has been awarded a Trust for Nature covenant. We will do the bird walk, led by Eliza, and then have a BBQ lunch. We will also spend a bit of time having a discussion about the overall conservation of the Walmer area – and identifying some projects for future funding proposals. After lunch, there will be an understory planting session – grasses and wildflowers. This outing is one of the monthly bird outings in the Mount Alexander area – a few hours out in the bush with like-minded people, carrying out bird surveys on private and public land. This year we have visited a private bush block on Limestone Road, and explored the wonderful Saltwater Track, Elphinstone. The bird walks are open to everyone with an interest in birds and habitat – even for the total beginner! We can supply you with a pair of Connecting Country binoculars for the outing, and our bird group is friendly and happy to help people 1) find the bird and 2) identify it! We are all learning together – even your walk leader had to send photos of a bird of prey to Geoff Park (Natural Newstead) to confirm that the bird was indeed a Square-tailed Kite! By identifying and counting the birds on private land such as Eliza’s block in Walmer, we gain a greater understanding of the health of our woodland bird populations; especially of our target species such as the Hooded Robin and Diamond Firetail. By attending the monthly bird walks, we hope that participants will feel confident and inspired to survey birds on their own properties, or on the various bird survey sites on public land. There are many ways to get involved in the Stewards for Woodland Birds program – to register or to find out more, contact Tanya at or call 5472 1594. You can; • Join the Bird Survey Enews mailing list for a monthly enews with updates on our bird walks and various projects. • Come along to our next bird survey – the Walmer bird and planting event on May 7 with Eliza Tree ( RSVP required for catering purposes) Eliza extends a warm invitation to camp on her land at Walmer on the Saturday night! Please contact Eliza directly on m: 0409 209707 if you would like to camp. • Send in your bird sightings! See here to find out more about how. • Get involved with our KBA (Key Biodiversity area) program, featured recently here. The Stewards for Woodland Birds Program is generously supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

On our second FOBIF walk for the year on Easter Sunday local geologist, Clive Willman, led a group of 16 through Castlemaine streets and up to the Burke and Wills monument. Along the way he discussed the type and source of rocks that were used in historic buildings such as the 1857 Telegraph Station and 1873-4 Post Office in Barker Street, and the 1860s Lock-up in Hargreaves Street. The walk finished with a terrific geological slide show at the Midland Hotel. Clive brought along an array of photographs and drawings to help explain geological history of the area.


Next FOBIF walk... On the 21st of May there will be a walk on the wilder side of the Mount! We’ll take in one of the lesser known corners of Mount Alexander, on the east side of the Mount, passing one of the biggest Red Gums in the district on the way, and angling back to our start via the Ballantinia Track. c. 7 km. For more information contact Jeremy Holland on 5472 4821.

Res overflowing... Friday’s question on MainFM radio was – is the Res flowing into Forest Creek? The answer was no. But then, that was about 8 o’clock. By 10ish the answer was different. Then it died off – until this morning. More than an inch bucketed overnight and the noise of the spillway was definitely audible this morning. It’s worth a look and a gentle walk downstream is worth the time too.

Last opportunity to comment on Council Plan Mount Alexander Shire Council has drafted its proposed four-year Council Plan and is asking the community for feedback before the plan is adopted in June. The Council Plan 2017-2021 outlines strategies and actions across three pillars: our people, our place and our economy. It also includes how Council will measure success. “We have developed a plan that reflects the needs and wishes of the community, our resources and our place in the region,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council. The objectives in the plan will help to achieve the new vision for the shire – Mount Alexander: innovative, creative, connected. “We believe this vision encompasses many aspects of the community, our people, places and economy,” said Cr Telford. “We want to support innovation in our community and challenge how we do things. We want to be creative and celebrate the diversity of our community. We also want a connected community – not only a socially connected community, but a connected place that people can get around, and a shire that is connected to other towns and cities.” Draft objectives included in the plan for comment are: Our people • Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities • Local services that support the needs of our community • Improved health and wellbeing • Welcoming to all. Our place • Well managed and valued assets for now and into the future • A clean and green community • Well planned for growth. Our economy • A creative and innovative economy • Great opportunities for education • An innovative and sustainable organisation. “Some of the priorities under ‘our people’ include improving access to mental health services for vulnerable groups, helping to change behaviours that contribute to family violence and involving people of all ages in our planning and decision making,” said Cr Telford. “Priorities

under ‘our place’ include improving streetscapes and town entrances, reducing carbon emissions, ensuring we are managing waste effectively, and reviewing and renewing community assets. Within ‘our economy’ our priorities are supporting the growth of local businesses and jobs, increasing tourism, removing barriers to business growth and encouraging innovative housing solutions that meet the needs of our community. The plan also includes our commitment to people living with disabilities and how we intend to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. Thank you to more than 500 community members who provided input to the plan since December. We encourage you to now read our draft plan and let us know what you think during the final round of consultation.” Have your say on the draft Council Plan or budget before 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 May.

Proposed Council budget released for comment Mount Alexander Shire Council has released its 2017/2018 Proposed Budget for community consideration, following adoption of the draft at an Ordinary Meeting of Council. “During recent consultation, we consistently heard that council services are extremely valued by the community, and that we need to be financially responsible. The $38.06 million budget seeks to maintain and improve infrastructure, and deliver projects and services that are valued,” said Mayor Sharon Telford. To meet this goal, rates will increase by an average of 2 per cent under the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System, down from the previously planned 2.8 per cent. Kerbside bin collection charges will increase by an average of 3.1 per cent per property to maintain rubbish and recycling services at existing levels – the lowest increase since pre-2010. The proposed budget will deliver a $13.37 million Capital Works Program, up $4.5 million from the 2016/2017 financial year. Capital expenditure includes nearly $4.0 million for roads and bridges, $6.16 million on buildings and land improvements, $881,000 on footpaths and trails, and $1.78 million on plant, equipment and technology. The proposed budget is available on the Have Your Say section of Council’s website at www.mountalexander. Printed copies are available at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine, Maldon Visitor Information Centre and Newstead Rural Transaction Centre. To make a submission please forward a letter to: Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 or send an email titled 2017/2018 Budget Submission to Submissions close 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Both articles taken from Press Releases.


Chewton Domain Society In the March CDS report for the Chat the membership numbers weren’t included – two new memberships brought the total to 114 financial members. In the financial report the balance as at 8.3.2017 was $25,192.54 with payments of $519.14 approved and with a further $7,000 of committed funds. A generous donation of $1,000 towards the cost of the paper for the Chewton Chat was acknowledged with a letter of thanks to be sent. The Federal Department of Social Services grant to support volunteers working in small organisations has nearly been completed with crockery and tablecloths being purchased. The April CDS Management Committee meeting covered a range of issues with insurance being the biggest one and, to ensure that both people and properties are covered adequately, the insurance will be just on $4,000 – that’s a lot of $10 memberships to help cover this essential cost. Other agenda items included the MASC final inspection of the town hall building works has been completed; John Ellis, as editor of the Chewton Chat, has received his Working with Children card from the Department of Justice and it was recorded in the minutes that the CDS is committed to providing a child safe environment and being a Child Safe organisation in accordance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards. Work is also continuing on the draft policies for the park, the collection and possible public art placement. The treasurer’s report showed a balance of $26,994.46 as at 8.4.2017 with accounts for payment of $2,385.12 approved including toilet repairs, repairs to town hall render and the kitchen materials. With the committed funds of $6,059.84 this leaves a balance of $19,269.25. There are 115 current financial members. In the previous month, People and Places had 26 visitors with $36.90 door takings with the increase possibly due to the balmy autumn weather. The town hall has its usual regular bookings along with Jan Wositzky’s evening to rehearse his latest performance about the Monster Meeting for the National Folk Festival on 10th April. That led to $75 worth of Monster Meeting books/CDs being sold and Castlemaine Health made a booking on April 20th for a forum on community health services.


The Chewton Chat report indicated that the subcommittee staffing is in progress and one of its first jobs will be to review the distribution of the Chat. The website revamp is kicking along with a launch being planned a little later. Facebook is working well with big numbers, and there’s a MaineFM broadcast as well as an ABC Regional Radio interview just completed. A Federal Community Heritage and Icons Grant application to produce a Monster Meeting brochure has been applied for – this would complement the Visitor’s Guide to Chewton brochure of which we have had 20,000 copies printed over recent years. MASC, as part of its support to the local Community Plans is holding a Volunteer Expo in the Market Building from 8th May to 14th May to help attract volunteers and a display table has been booked. Do drop in to see Chewton’s contribution to it.

Chewton’s Biggest Morning Tea FRIDAY 19th May 10 a.m. Chewton Town Hall

Earlier than usual but still the place to meet new friends and catch up with old ones while raising funds for the Cancer Council. 5472 2892 or

Chewton - 100 years ago Mount Alexander Mail, Saturday 12 May 1917. ROBBERY AT CHEWTON RED HILL HOTEL ENTERED. MONEY AND DOCUMENTS STOLEN POLICE INVESTIGATING. When Mr Theodore Bloch, licensee of the Red Hill Hotel at Chewton, got up yesterday morning and came downstairs, he became painfully aware that while he slept others had been at work robbing him of his money. In the bar a chair had been overturned, some silver coins were scattered over the floor, one of the bar windows had been pushed up, and things generally in the bar indicated that there had been some unauthorised visitor or visitors. He also found that a home-made safe, fixed in the wall, had been opened, and between £6 and £7 in cash, and a box containing private documents, including his naturalisation certificate, had been stolen. The thief had entered by the bar window. There were no marks of the catch having been forced, and it is believed the window was not fastened, and could have been pushed up very easily from outside. Once inside the bar, the safe must have first engaged the housebreaker’s attention. When he had secured the money and documents, he probably went to the till in the bar counter, which contained about 12/ worth of small change. In his hurry he must have let the drawer fall on the floor, and fearing the noise would alarm the household, he did not wait to pick up the money, but made his escape through the bar window, forgetting to pull it down. No liquors, cigars or cigarettes were interfered with. Constable Gilmour was at once notified, and is now investigating the affair. Bendigo Advertiser, Tuesday 15 May 1917. PRIVATE G. DALY. Pte. G. Daly, a Chewton boy, who went through the Gallipoli campaign without injury, and afterwards served in France until 3rd September, when he was reported as missing, has now been ascertained to have been killed in action, his widowed mother having, after this long lapse of time, just been informed officially of his death. Mrs. Daly, who used to reside in Chewton, but now lives in Castlemaine, has lost two sons as well as two grandsons in action, and a third son is at the front. Glen Harrison.

Next month’s Chat... The early printing of this Chat was necessitated by the end of the month being on a Sunday. The Chat had to be printed on the 27th and 28th! And this caused problems... so in next month there will be... • An Anzac Day report • Extra CFA news For up-to-date news look for these items and new updates on Facebook.

Six new citizens Mount Alexander Shire Council welcomed six new Australian citizens at a civic ceremony held in Castlemaine. Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Sharon Telford said she was honoured to conduct the ceremony and lead the citizens in their pledge to become Australians. Jaara Jaara elder Uncle Rick Nelson performed a Welcome to Country to begin the ceremony. “It’s an absolute pleasure to meet and welcome these community members on such a special day,” said Cr Telford. “It’s wonderful to see people from right around the world are choosing Mount Alexander as their home.” Among the new citizens were Mandhir Dhaliwal and Harmandeep Singh, originally from India, who are now leaseholders at the Castle Motel in Castlemaine. “I felt really excited about today, and this morning I had butterflies! We have lived in Australia for nine and a half years so becoming a citizen is very meaningful,” said Ms Dhaliwal. “If you work hard there are great opportunities in Australia to go ahead and fulfil your dreams.” The couple have lived in Castlemaine for almost a year and a half. “We enjoy the country life and love living in Castlemaine and Australia,” said Mr Singh. The couple’s three year old son Aryan joined them in becoming an Australian citizen at the ceremony, as their seven month old baby Kabir looked on. The other new citizens hail from Hong Kong, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It was the second citizenship ceremony held in Mount Alexander Shire in 2017, with a total of 13 Australian citizens welcomed this year. Taken from a Press Release.





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Rose Marion Irene Allan Elaine Frank Glen Allan

We need friendly people with an appreciation of Chewton’s history, who are prepared to give 3 hours one Saturday or Sunday each month. Please ring Allan Dry 54723385 if you would like to be part of the team.


Vocal Nosh!


A good sing & good food in convivial company

Sunday 7th May at 6pm

VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS AND EXCURSIONS Fri May 12 meeting - speaker Jason Edwards, National Geographic photographer Sat May- field trip - to be decided

At Newstead Community Centre

Led this month by Jane Thompson and James Rigby Theme: Songs from Country • 6:00 - 7:00pm Vocal entrée - warm up and easy stuff • 7:00 - 7:30pm Food - Hearty soup, crusty bread, fresh fruit • 7:30 - 8:30 pm Musical main course - delicious harmonies

Ordinary membership: Single $30, Family $40, Pensioner or student: Single $25, Family $30. Subscription includes postage of the monthly newsletter, Castlemaine Naturalist.

Songs in the folk style, mostly a cappella

No prior musical experience necessary. No need to read music.

Singing for the pleasure of it.

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.

Whole session including dinner $15, concession $12, children $5, first hour only $5 Bookings by email: or phone Fay 0447 576 642

Cactus warriors field day...

The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group will hold this month’s field day on Sunday 28th, starting at 10.30 a.m. As normal we will start with a demo and a brief information session for newcomers, kill cactus for an hour or so and finish up at midday with a free BBQ lunch and a sociable cuppa. Equipment will be provided for the morning. For this month’s venue or for any other information, please visit our website, or ring Ian Grenda on 0412 015 807.

Barry Dickins at library... Castlemaine Library is looking forward to welcoming acclaimed playwright and author Barry Dickins to present his new book, Last Words, a study of Australia’s last legal execution. Ronald Ryan was the last person hanged in Australia, and fifty years on, Last Words explores his story in depth. Dickins’ account of the case is as much about Ryan as it is about the trauma his family endured. In Last Words, Dickins also explores the political climate of the day. The death penalty had not been enforced in Victoria for twenty years, and many believed that Ryan’s execution was to aid Victorian Premier Henry Bolte’s election campaign. Right up until his final moments, Ryan maintained that he was innocent of murder. This caused great divide amongst the community and is one of the many aspects Dickins explores using lyrical prose full of horror and humour. “We expect that Barry’s presentations will have a lasting, powerful impression on those who attend, as many people still remember the death of Ronald Ryan and the huge impact it had on the community and in the media at the time,” said Tammy Higgs, Goldfields Library Corporation Programs and Events Coordinator. Barry Dickins will speak at Castlemaine Library on Thursday 25 May from 2-3pm. Bookings are required and entry is free. For more information, visit:


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.


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Paper used in producing the Chat is now paid for from your Chewton Chat donations supplemented by hugely generous donations made by people wishing to remain anonymous. And the last word this month belongs to... Riley Arnold who once again made the trip to Chewton to play at the annual Anzac Day commemoration. More on this in next month’s Chat. Photo by Max Lesser. or 5472 2892 A CDS subcommittee of John Ellis (Ed.), 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 goldenpoint2@ or by contacting 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, Chewton Service Station, 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 Office Supplies and Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum. 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 some earlier issues. Email subscriptions are also available. 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.

ELPHO JAM SESSIONS You are invited to our monthly Jam Sessions at Elphinstone These sessions are informal get-togethers of people who want to make some music and have some fun! Aimed at the over 50’s, but open to all.

Saturday Sessions (1:00pm – 4:00pm, 3rd Saturday of the month) Electric Blues, R’n’B, ‘60s, Rock & more…. Thursday Sessions (10:30am – 1:00pm, 2nd Thursday of the month) Jazz, Traditional, World, Acoustic, Folk & more…. For more information:



Must be one of the best April ever What a month it has been!! Warm weather almost all of the month, accompanied by the biggest April rainfall in years. The warm is great as long as the rain still keeps coming. A check with the Bureau of Meteorology ( BoM ) suggests that the likelihood of a dry Winter and Spring are currently neutral. However the Bureau’s ENSO Outlook is currently at El Niño WATCH, meaning there is around a 50% chance - that is, twice the normal likelihood - of El Niño developing in 2017. The Bureau reports that “El Niño is often, but not always, associated with below average winter–spring rainfall over eastern Australia. Of the 27 El Niño events since 1900, 18 resulted in widespread dry conditions for parts of Australia”. So we can well do without a further visit from that little boy, but be thankful that we are at least starting this time of year with full tanks and dams. From the western side of our continent, our weather is often affected by the activity that comes from the Indian Ocean. Known in this case as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). I am informed that the IOD usually has little effect at this time of year. Our April weather has felt a lot warmer than usual. Our average daytime temperature this month was 21.5 degrees Celsius, seven degrees less than last month. The maximum temperature this month was a balmy 28.5

degrees Celsius, occurring early in the month when we had a burst of warm days at the end of March. This was followed by a week of low/medium twenties. A few days in the teens, was followed by yet another week of twenties to see the month out. The chillier days brought the average down, and resulted in our most common daytime temperature of only 18.5 degrees Celsius. As the month ends, the forecasts are for the May winter temperatures to arrive, with an average in the mid-teens. Our overnight temperatures have fallen as well. The most common lowest overnight temperature was 10 degrees Celsius, but there have been seven nights of less than ten degrees. The lowest of them was 5.5 degrees. Nevertheless, the warmer nights gave us the months average overnight low of almost 12 degrees Celsius. And finally, the rain!! This month I have registered a total fall of 132 millimetres. Clearly an April record for the seventeen years in which I and my predecessor have been keeping records. We had a burst of almost 60 millimetres for two days in the second week of the month. This was followed by another 48 mms. in the middle of the month, and yet another 23 mms. just two days ago. In the years of our combined records, we have had a month of 67, and another of 56 mms. But nothing like this one, and all within just 8 days and nights of rain John Leavesley.

Calendar of events May 6th May 6th May 7th May 7th May 7th May 8th May 13th May 14th May 15th May 16th May 19th May 20th May 21st May 23rd May 24th May 25th May 27th May 28th May 30th May 31st

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Eucharist Service 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Chewton Community BBQ 6 p.m., (see page 16). Forest Creek Track Interp. Signage launch 10.30 a.m. (see page 16). Bird Workshop (see page 26). Vocal Nosh 6 p.m., Newstead Community Centre. Volunteer Expo opens in Castlemaine Marekt Building (see page 28.) Eucharist Service 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. POHAG Meeting 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. Chewton Domain Society M/Come Mtg MAS Council meeting, 6.30 p.m., Castlemaine Civic Centre. Chewton’s Biggest Morning Tea 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. Eucharist Service 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. FOBIF Walk (see page 26.) Chewton School Open Day 9 – 11 a.m., Chewton Primary School. Submissions close for Council Plan and Council Budget 5 p.m., (see page 27.) Chewton Chat deadline Eucharist Service 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Concert 2 p.m., St John’s Church, Chewton MAS Special meeting to hear budget submitters, 6.30 p.m., Castlemaine Civic Centre. Folding Chewton Chat 2.30 p.m., Chewton Town Hall (Wednesday).

... Chewton’s Biggest Morning Tea 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall.


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Chewton Chat May 2017  

International award for Chewton artist, a community health forum, a four year old and a six year old walking from Bendigo to Castlemaine, fa...

Chewton Chat May 2017  

International award for Chewton artist, a community health forum, a four year old and a six year old walking from Bendigo to Castlemaine, fa...