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2 About Us The Local is a fortnightly community publication covering the Hepburn Shire. The next edition is due out on Monday, May 12. Advertising deadlines for the next edition of The Local: Space bookings: Wednesday, May 7 Copy provided by: Thursday, May 8 Editorial deadline: Thursday, May 8 Managing editor/sales: Donna Kelly General manager/photography: Kyle Barnes Graphic designer: Glen Heyne Sub-editors: Nick Bunning and Lindsay Smith Editorial and affordable sales - 5348 7883 / 0416 104 283 e-photo sales - $20 e-editions at Like us on Facebook!

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Cup of tea to raise awareness of lupus


N AFTERNOON tea will be held at the Glenlyon Hall to raise money and awareness of lupus on May 10 – International Lupus Awareness Day.

All money raised will be donated towards research into finding a cure. Glenlyon resident Sharon Nicholson, who has lupus, is organising the day. Ms Nicholson said there were 17,000 people with lupus in Australia with 5000 of them living in Victoria. Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, is an autoimmune disease which sees the immune system start attacking various healthy tissues in the body to become chronically inflamed. It can affect many parts of the body including the skin, joints, kidneys, blood cells, the brain, and the lining of the heart and lungs. A characteristic sign of lupus is a butterfly-shaped rash across the face. Lupus can be mild or life-threatening and while there is no cure there are medications to manage it. Ms Nicholson said the afternoon tea, from noon to 4pm, would help inform the public about lupus and raise money towards research for a cure. “My great grand-parents thought that I wouldn’t have to suffer as my grandfather and

Pictured, from left, Sharon Nicholson with Digger, Warwick Howland, Sonja Rolton, Danny Moynihan and Janet Quilty

great-uncle did as they were sure modern medicine would have a cure by the time I was grown up – but we don’t. “I hope that future generations will have a cure and won’t have to suffer what I have been through. Living with lupus is a daily struggle but one I am glad to fight to have as normal a life as I can.” The afternoon tea will include tea,

coffee and home-made cakes donated by locals. There will be information available on lupus and other auto-immune diseases to take away and read. All money raised on the day will be donated towards finding a cure for lupus and other auto-immune conditions.

In black and white

Illegal firewood sales

Peter Toohey performing

BOKEH gallery will hold a black and white photography exhibition from June 4 to July 2.

A STATEWIDE investigation into the illegal commercial sale of firewood sourced from public land has been launched by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

FORMER Springbank resident Peter Toohey will perform Schubert’s C minor sonata, Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major and Toccata Op.7 on Sunday, May 25 at the Ballarat Anglican Diocesan Centre in Lydiard Street South.

Owner Sonja Rolton said photographers working in all mediums could take part in the exhibition with all black and white images eligible for submission. “This includes alternative processes, traditional, digital, toned black and white and post-production techniques,” she said. Entries are due by May 19 with the notice of acceptance on May 21. Bokeh Gallery is at 10 Howe Street, Daylesford. Link:

DEPI senior forests investigator Greg Chant said the aim of Operation Trident was to gather information from the community about the illegal sale of firewood from public land and then prosecute anyone found to have broken the law. “We know that firewood is being illegally removed from public land and sold. This has been an issue for many years. This activity is making a profit from taking firewood that should be available free of charge to the community during the domestic firewood season.” Link: or DEPI on 13 61 86.

The afternoon, from 2.30pm, includes high tea. Mr Toohey grew up in the district, was educated in Ballarat and is completing his Masters in Performance at the Melba Conservatorium, University of Melbourne. Bookings on 5331 1183 or tickets at the door. Cost is $30, $20 for health card holders and $5 for school students Profits will support the restoration of the Cathedral Lady Chapel.

4 Our artists

The Kid Who Could Draw

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ICHARD and Anita Payne had been regular visitors to the Hepburn Shire region for 25 years before deciding to buy into the area five years ago. Richard, a well-known artist, has his work, Retrospective Exhibition: Of Gods & Love, on display at The Convent Gallery until June 11. After a private viewing, Richard answered a few questions for The Local. Donna Kelly: How did you get into art? Richard Payne: At school I was always “The Kid Who Could Draw” - my first childhood memories are of sitting beside my bed-ridden uncle making imaginary fantasy animals out of plasticine. I’ve spent my life painting and drawing in and around other things which earned an income, but always in creative areas, from architecture to events. As I learned more about the masters I learned that there was more to art than just a pretty picture - there are thoughts and philosophies being expressed through the highest levels of art, and it really hooked me - through the language of art I can express emotions, ideas, thoughts and philosophies; I can communicate with people in a way that I couldn’t in other ways. In the past five years I have been in the lucky position that I can dedicate my time full time to my art. DK: Where has the journey taken you? RP: As I discovered that there is a language of art, where it’s taken me is to the writings and thoughts of some of the most influential people throughout time. The journey has been an intellectual journey, just as much as a technical journey, understanding the techniques explored to control the various art media. From a technical point of view the journey has been from architectural rendering through classical realism, into modernism, and abstraction. Geographically, it’s opened the world by travelling to the major geographic locations which birthed the major breakthroughs in art in Europe, seeing the Lascaux Caves in France where the artists of 17,000 years ago created works that could hang in a contemporary gallery today; to Florence where I studied with the Florence Academy of Art and is the home of Perspective and the Renaissance. It’s given me an historical context and exposed me to the dialogue of artists of the past, to which I am responding in my work. DK: What is your style? Why? RP: My style has been referred to as Classical Modernism, as my approach to space has its ancestry in Cezanne and Picasso. It enables me to express energy, light and movement in a way that I wasn’t able to through realism. By going through a process of purification and beautification, I can bring out the inner harmonies of the object and reveal the essence of the inner meaning of the piece. The purification is distilling the image down to its minimalist strokes creating an image that is irreducible; the beautification is through revealing and accentuating the key harmonies and relationships that make an object beautiful, and through both of these seeking to express the inner meaning of an object. DK: Is art something that can be taught? RP: Yes it is. There is a language of art which is based on the principles and elements of art and that language, like any other language can be taught. What you say with that language is up to the artist and that can not necessarily be taught. Just as English is a language and can be used to express any number of things, like love, anger and joy or sorrow, some people express that eloquently, and some express it clumsily.

DK: Who are your influences? RP: My main influences are nature and philosophy in the broadest sense. Specifically, in art it would be Michelangelo for his structure and innovative poses, Matisse for his use of colour, Picasso for his sheer innovation and artistic skill, and Kandinsky for his explorations in composition and the spirit in art. DK: Why the move to this region? My wife and I have been coming to this region for the past 30 years from inner east Melbourne and we developed a love for the area. Initially the restaurants, the health spas and relaxed lifestyle appealed to us and we bought here about five years ago. We now have a quiet studio with spectacular views within five minutes to great cappuccinos. (And) we have come to love the eclectic characters of the area which have added a fun dimension to being part of the community. There is also a strong arts community in the area which has added another dimension which very much appeals to us. DK: Any final words? RP: It’s quite exciting to be involved in an area that has already developed an elegance and style of its own that attracts tourists - it also has a feel that the entire region is undergoing an evolution to an even better level, attracting international tourists to the region which is stimulating both the economy and the character of the region. More fantastic restaurants, vineyards, health spas, artists, galleries and tarot readers just add to the dimension of the area, moving it forward in exciting ways.

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Dynamic new choir for high school students


I SO FA is a new, dynamic, contemporary choir for high school students.

The group started rehearsals in February and facilitators Anni Coyne and Suzanne Hobson are already impressed with the team. “The kids are working so well together, there is so much enthusiasm,” Suzanne said. “They sing in a range of styles, including folk, multicultural, contemporary - pop and rock, gospel, jazz and funk.” Choir member Chloe said being a part of the group was helping her become more confident when performing in front of people. “It’s an awesome way to make new friends, some older and some younger,” she said. Meanwhile Isabella said: “Singing is so much fun and being able to share that with others, being in a room with like-minded people, is just amazing”. Anni and Suzanne want high school students, who love to sing regardless of skill or experience, to give it a go. “We’re hoping both girls and boys will be involved,” Anni said. “Boys don’t always claim their share of these valuable learning experiences, and they should. “The choir has already been approached by community groups to participate in events and is “Mi – a name I call myself looking forward to its first gig.” So – a needle pulling thread Term 2 rehearsals are in the Daylesford Primary Fa – a long, long way to run” School music room (next to the gym) on Mondays from 4pm to 5.15pm. Details: Suzanne on 0448 564 362 or Anni on 0418 358 075.

Right, Dywana, Chloe and Isabella, below, choir members with Suzanne Hobson on the piano and Anni Coyne, far right


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My Say

amazing lyrics. Tissues were pulled from sleeves and pockets, the backs of hands swiped at tears running down cheeks and the grief of one young woman near me was almost palpable. Yes, it was sad, really sad, but it was real and true and Australian. And it was the perfect finish. So thank you Sallie Harvey. It is a memory I will cherish – and one that many others will also hold dear. If you have never heard the song, or Sallie, go to The Local’s Facebook page – it’s there and it’s amazing. Here’s the first few lines:

by Donna Kelly



Was everyone moved like me, to tears, when Sallie Harvey sang at the Daylesford Anzac Day services? It was a real highlight and I already love Anzac Day - if that’s the right emotion. For me it’s about showing gratitude and over the past few years I have really enjoyed seeing the crowds swell and young and older people take part in the ceremonies and the marches. On Friday I watched a baby clutching onto the Australian flag and hoped that he/she would one day understand why everyone was gathered to remember the fallen and those who came home to never forget the horrors they had witnessed. I saw older generations, dressed beautifully, ignoring signs of age and holding their heads high as they took part in the dawn and morning services. On other days it might, but on Anzac Day age does not weary them. And the services are always just right. Thank you Daylesford RSL. At the Dawn Service students from Daylesford Secondary College spoke well about youth and the Anzac spirit, Keith Pyers delivered the Anzac Requiem and then there was the haunting sounding of the Last Post. Thank you Kathryn Clark. It sent shivers down my spine. And then there’s the rouse – doesn’t that make you feel like we have the enemies on the run? And new Anglican vicar Jeff O’Hare read the Lest We Forget poem. At the Morning Service, Justice Bernard Teague delivered a thoughtful Anzac Day address while Daylesford Pipes and Drums member Tim Koenig piped The Lament – Flowers of the Forest. But at the end of each service there was Sallie Harvey singing “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. Wow. I watched as people listened in silence to her amazing voice and those

Now when I was a young man, I carried me pack, and I lived the free life of a rover From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback, well, I waltzed my Matilda all over. Then in 1915, my country said son, it’s time you stopped rambling, there’s work to be done. So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun, and they marched me away to the war. And the band played Waltzing Matilda, as the ship pulled away from the quay And amidst all the cheers, the flag-waving and tears, we sailed off for Gallipoli And how well I remember that terrible day, how our blood stained the sand and the water And of how in that hell that they called Suvla Bay, we were butchered like lambs at the slaughter. Johnny Turk he was waiting, he’d primed himself well. He shower’d us with bullets, And he rained us with shell. And in five minutes flat, he’d blown us all to hell Nearly blew us right back to Australia. Lest We Forget.

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Learn how to make delicious raw preserves from seasonal vegetables. Finish off this evening class with a light meal and a glass of wine. Friday 13 June, 7pm to 9pm. Cost: $80/$70 Concession

Sweet Justice Choir Mondays begins 28/4 1.30pm-3.30pm Wednesday Crochet Group 30/4

An evening of joyful sour dough baking. Learn how to make sour dough from a starter to a successfully bake. Class includes a light meal and a glass of wine. Friday May 16, 7pm to 9pm. Costs: $80$70 Concession

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Band members needed for brass band


EW members are needed for the Daylesford Community Brass Band.

Musical director Jenny Jordan said the band was already busy for the year but had lost a few members as several of the younger members had begun tertiary studies in music teaching, hospitality and engineering in Melbourne while one was on student exchange in Italy. Another had retired “after 70 years of banding”. Ms Jordan said there vacancies existed in all instruments but particularly cornets, trombones and percussion - instruments are provided. Rehearsal nights are held at the rear of the Daylesford and District Historical Society Museum on Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Meanwhile the band will play at Back to Booktown in Clunes, a Bastille Day Cabaret Concert on Monday, July 14, a Sound of Music sing-a-long on Sunday, October 26 in the Daylesford Town Hall and, with the date still to be announced, a Songs of Praise at Christ Church with the refurbished pipe organ. Details: Jenny Jordan on 5348 1443 or 0402 075 537.


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What’s up! New members The Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa, a community festival which has been running for 22 years, is after new volunteer committee members. Details: president Ian Head on 0408 360 101. Networking Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Business and Tourism Association’s next networking session will be held at Frangos & Frangos, Vincent Street, Daylesford on Wednesday, April 30 from 8am. Breakfast, coffee and tea will be available. Meet Your Neighbours

In the next in the series of Meet Your Neighbours, Trentham and Districts Primary School principal Liz Carmody will talk about the school. The event is on Monday, May 26 from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre. Bookings: 5424 1354. Supper is provided. Gold coin donation.

Celebrating Law Week

Trentham Neighbourhood Centre and Central Highlands Community Legal Centre are celebrating Law Week with a session which covers recent changes to the privacy act. The session will be held Monday, May 12 from 7pm to 8pm. Details: 5424 1354.

Daylesford Probus Club

Daylesford Probus Club meets at 10am on the third Tuesday of each month at the Daylesford Bowling Club, Camp Street. Details: 5348 2553.

Glenlyon Market

A market is held next to the Glenlyon Hall on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm. Locals offer up fruit, vegies, baked goods, honey, olive oil and jams and spreads.



HOST-wrangler Malcolm McKinnon, who is also an artist, filmmaker and social historian, will be guest speaker at the Daylesford and District Historical Society’s Sunday Lecture on May 4.

McKinnon, pictured above, works mainly in rural communities and his current practice is in the realm of documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular. He makes films and multi-media work for the physical and on-line exhibitions in museums and other institutions. Television documentaries include Making Dust and Seriously Singing. The museum talk, Ghost Wrangling and Memory Mining, will follow a short general meeting which starts at 2pm. McKinnon will show some entertaining samples of his work with rural communities in different parts of Australia and explore how to mine the rich and resonant residues of memory that are attached to various places. Details: Heather Mutimer on 5348 5519 or Ian Marshall on 5348 3309.

“At the going down of the sun, And in the morning, We will remember them.”

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Rockin’ The Look with Chaplin


EL Thomas was lucky enough to have an aunt who owned a ballet school.

It meant she received free dance classes as she grew up – and not being “the most technical ballerina” the pair discovered she was “very, very good” at character work. “My aunt entered me in a character competition as Charlie Chaplin and I won,” she said. “I was 19. And now am almost 36 so have been performing for a little while…” Mel went on from a structured dance style to impersonation. She was working at the Victorian Arts Centre in its café and in the evening would transform into Charlie Chaplin before Australian Ballet audiences. “The reaction was amazing. I would sit there as myself and apply make-up and then leave and come back in full costume. People couldn’t believe this hippie chick with a shaved head would step back out as Charlie Chaplin.” With that background, it’s then perhaps, not a great surprise that Mel opened Chaplin’s Barista Bar and Nosh at Trentham two years ago. The café was an instant hit with locals and visitors to the town with some reading Mel’s story and reminiscing about the Melbourne performances. “I opened on July 20, 2012…why…because most actors are very good baristas. Throughout my career and just with timing I was always making coffee and I found out that I really enjoyed that. “And being in a small community, a fabulous eccentric community who loves a show, I feel very, very lucky to be accepted as an artist and as myself in the cafe. “Having a theme for the café which was so connected to myself was also a great idea because people respond so well to it. “A lot of the memorabilia in the café came from locals, from people who had sentimental things sitting in their wardrobes, perhaps since they were kids and didn’t know what to do with them. “So we have the most fabulous, eccentric display of Chaplins – from dancing Chaplins to music and money boxes, magnificent French posters, movies and autobiographies – which anyone can read while they are in Chaplin’s.” Mel said while it used to take “a very long time” to become Chaplin, with the need to apply make-up and costume in front of audiences so as “not to ruin the façade or damage the image”, it was now a 15-minute routine with the “costume just falling on”. Mel also refused to deny or confirm rumours Chaplin himself may be making an appearance at the Easy Street Quartet performances on May 17 when Mary Doumany, Robbie Melville, Liz Frencham and Gideon Brazil will come together to improvise contemporary soundtracks to three classic Chaplin short films at the Trentham Mechanics Institute. “Yes, the rumour may be true, but I run a café so I can never be sure,” she said. But the rumour that Mel remembers coffee preferences before names is true.

“It is a common occurrence. I can walk a few of the main streets of towns and say ‘there’s a long black, there’s a soy latte, there’s a skinny cappuccino’. “I associate people with their coffees in order to make people feel special. And while we do our best at Chaplin’s to remember names, we certainly remember coffees.”

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Dog Speak


The Local “I swear it wasn’t me. It was Rosie...”

by Tricia Dunlop

HAVE lost count of the number of times owners have told me that their dog “knows he did the wrong thing because he looks guilty”.

Really…you think so – you had better think again. You may think your dog knows he is guilty, but in reality he has no idea. So what is really going on? Most dog owners have all at some point come home to find a favourite slipper chewed, the rubbish bin emptied all over the floor or maybe a room that looks like it has somehow managed to snow inside, but only reveals that beautiful new cushion you just bought has been destuffed. First of all the look you see from your dog has nothing to do with feeling guilt. Guilt or shame are not emotions that dogs feel – it is not on their radar. Dogs are too busy being dogs and doing doggy things. So if they are not feeling guilt, why do they look guilty? To understand what is going on we need to understand a little bit about dog behaviour. Here is what we might see when we closely observe that “guilty” look. Lowered head, ears back, averted gaze, droopy eyes, head turned, rolling on back, tucked tail, thumping tail, crawling on floor, slink away and hide, whale eye and maybe a paw lift. These behaviours are not only descriptions of the “guilty look” but also behaviours associated with fear and stress. Your dog is most likely reacting to you, to your behaviour and your body language. When you return home to find that de-stuffed cushion all over the lounge room, you will likely react in some way, especially if it cost you a week’s wages. Your dog has no idea what your sudden morphosis into crazy lady means, especially if the said cushion was killed some hours before you arrived home. Your dog will not relate what he did earlier to your current behaviour. So let’s look at your possible behaviours for a moment – different tone of voice, stern looks, pointing finger, stomping on floor, frantically picking things up, bending over the dog in an aggressive way. Dogs see and feel you are upset for some reason unknown to them, and are trying to appease you. There was a study conducted in Budapest to investigate the guilty look. In the experiment, owners enforced a social rule that food on a table was for humans and not dogs. Dogs were then left alone with the food. Some dogs scarfed it down, others didn’t. When the owners returned to the room, observers noted how dogs greeted them, noting any “guilty” looking behaviours. They found no difference in the greetings between dogs that ate the food and dogs that did not. Nor were owners able to tell whether their dogs had eaten the food in their absence. The takeaway message is that dogs display the “guilty look” to owners for tons of different reasons and its presentation does not signify knowledge of a misdeed.

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LUNES will have more secondhand, new and collectable book traders within one square kilometre than anywhere else in Australia at the upcoming Booktown Festival over the weekend of May 3 and 4.

Clunes Booktown Festival director and chair of the organising committee Tess Brady said the annual event - now in its eighth year - had become a unique festival of the book. “We celebrate everything about books - and it is amazing how many people you see stopping in the street to share their find, or sitting on a hay bale to dip into the book they have just found,” Dr Brady said. “The enjoyment of the festival for many is that they find that book they weren’t even looking for – the one they lent to a friend and never got back, or lost in a move. This is all set against the wonderful backdrop of our heritage streetscape. “This year of course we will continue to celebrate writers with another great line up including Alex Miller on the Saturday, Elliot Perlman on Sunday as the guest of the Wheeler Centre, and Henry Reynolds, just to name a few. “New to the Festival will be our Biblio Artists Book Expo - here you will see books as you may never have seen them before, with leading artists creating sculptures and artworks shaped from the leaves of books.” Dr Brady said the Children’s Booktown precinct had grown in popularity since its introduction three years ago. “This year the children’s precinct will be filled with the life-sized sets from the 2013 Children’s Book Council award winning book Tom the Outback Mailman,” Dr Brady said. A Weekend Festival pass is available for $5 which covers the entire weekend. Visitors can pick up their badge on arrival for access to key venues, writers’ talks, mini workshops, demonstrations, the Children’s Booktown precinct, horse and cart rides and face painting. The full program and transport timetables are online at Meanwhile, to celebrate the festival, The Local has five recently published books to give away. They include A Year on the Farm by Sally Wise, Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead, Spotless A-Z by Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming, Disruption by Jessica Shrivington and The Hairy-Nosed Wombats Find a New Home by Jackie French. For your chance to win, write your name, address, phone number and which book you would like on the back of an envelope and address it to The Local’s Book Giveaway, 17 Barkly Street, Glenlyon, 3461. The competition ends on May 11 and winners will be telephoned on May 12.

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Brass bands in the blood


HAT Ron Hewson would play in brass bands was probably inevitable.

and they (Daylesford Community Brass Band) were always looking for new players, like they are now, and I joined up with them.” But at 80, Ron has decided to opt out His father Harold was a “bandsman from early on”, a very good musician, brass player although he still enjoys “having a blow” on and conductor who toured the world with the his flugelhorn. It’s his instrument of choice after starting Australian Commonwealth Band. his career playing cornet, an instrument “Back in those days, the 20s and the 30s, similar to a trumpet in pitch and size, and then brass bands were very big. He started when playing several other instruments including he was a kid and started me off too,” Ron the baritone horn and the euphonium. said. “I finished up in the band here playing the “It was really just a matter of picking up flugelhorn, it’s like a cornet but bigger, a very an instrument and giving it a go. I had twin brothers and they were both brass players too. mellow type of instrument. “I enjoy it very much and still play - get out “So we all eased our way into banding, it was ‘here’s an instrument, if you want to play and have a blow.” Ron said anyone thinking about trying it, play it’, so it must be in the genes.” brass instruments only needed to put up their Ron said his mother was also “a bit hand to get gratis lessons from members of of a musician in her own right” but “got overwhelmed with children and didn’t get on the Daylesford Community Brass Band. “I don’t think you would need any prior with it once she was married as it happened in skill. Some people are naturals and will be those days”. better than others but anybody can come Ron said he started playing with brass along to learn the basics on how to play an bands at the age of 11 in South Australia instrument. and played with all of the A Grade bands – “How well they play depends on them. performing and competing. “And there is more attached to a brass About 12 years ago, he and his wife moved instrument than say, playing a piano. You to be near their daughter and son-in-law in have to create the note, not just hit the note, Wheatsheaf for a lifestyle change. through breath control and things like that. “Someone found out I was a brass player, “But you just get in there and have fun.”

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Copyworx offers green printing at The Rex


AYLESFORD has a new, and much awaited, service.

Jonathon Hamilton has opened Copyworx – offering specialised services in the printing industry – in The Rex in Daylesford. Jonathon said some of the specialist services available included items such as wide format signage, A boards, roll up banners, stickers, photo enlargements and even tourism souvenirs like tee shirts, postcards and mugs. Then there are the standard business cards, brochures, general copying and printing. “We also have some IT hardware, printers and later on will be selling copiers – with support from Copyworx,” he said. Jonathon said Copyworx would offer competitive pricing against places including Ballarat and Bendigo along with the convenience of shopping locally. “I’ve done business in Daylesford before with the sales side of things and just the feedback from customers was that it was a service that was missing from Daylesford. People have had to travel to Ballarat or Bendigo and if they have issues, or their work is not ready, it’s another day of travel. “It’s saving time and money for people, and offering a lot of convenience. I also generally find that if people are getting printing done they want it straight away. We offer that quick turnaround.” Jonathon said Copyworx was also a work in progress.

“I am having a real crack at this and am happy for people to come in and ask if we can do something – and it might be something I haven’t thought of before but we can give it a go. The business will grow on demand.” Jonathon, who currently lives in Ballarat, said he had chosen Daylesford for his work as “a beautiful place with a nice atmosphere”. “I love coming here and talking to people. I grew up in a small town, Wedderburn, an hour west of Bendigo, so I love the old gold rush town feel.” Copyworx’s motto is Think Green and being sustainable is something that Jonathon believes is important. “It is important to me. If everybody does their little bit we will all be much better off. When I was doing research I also identified a gap in the market for sustainable printing. I know some businesses offer it as an option but we want to do it as standard. “Our green media paper stocks are growing all the time and it’s a side of the business we will continue to develop. We are also sourcing our power from Hepburn Wind and although we could get a better deal if we are going to talk it, we have to walk the walk as well.” Jonathon will soon stock paper made from bamboo but already has eco stationary available from gorgeous bound notebooks and journals (think Mother’s Day) to exercise books for students. Copyworx is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5.30am although Jonathon says he is there later most days. “Even if the door is closed people just need to give it a little knock and we can chat about what they need. We really want to show people what we can do.”

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Celebrating 60 years of marriage


HIS Thursday, May 1, Myrna and Arthur Brereton will celebrate 60 years since saying “I do” at Daylesford’s Christ Church.

Myrna is Daylesford born and bred but Arthur moved here with his family when he was just 15. His father was a butcher and they both found work at Ansons Butchers in Albert Street. Arthur became friendly with the boss’s son, who was still at school but in with the local youth crowd. “He was my age, still going to school, but I met his friends, the Cloughs were among them, then the girls.” Arthur and Myrna both joined the bicycle club and a “sort of spa youth club”, Myrna said. “So we knew each other for quite a while. In those days we used to have a mob of us and we all went everywhere together. “They’d borrow their dads’ cars and there were usually two cars full of us.” Popular haunts included Fitzgeralds (now The Palais) for Saturday night dances and pictures at The Rex. Myrna said she and Arthur started “going together” about two years before they were married, were engaged within a year and then married in 1954. The bride was 22 and the bridegroom was 25. The bridegroom, who worked with the SEC, caused a bit of a stir having fallen a month earlier but only discovering his wrist was broken the day before the wedding. “We went to Ballarat to get a suit, came home and the doctor plastered up my wrist. But then I couldn’t get my hand down the sleeve so they had to split that and put press studs in,” Arthur said. But all went well and the couple headed to Adelaide for a twoweek honeymoon. After arriving home they moved into a unit in Fulcher Street, where their son David was born, and then a house in Jamieson Street, where Peter was born. A little later they bought their current home, also in Jamieson Street, moving in with two young children and $80 in the bank. “I was getting $16 a week (eight pounds) so it wasn’t easy but plenty of people were in the same boat. And the wives didn’t work in those days, they stopped home and looked after us and cooked and fed us,” Arthur said. Arthur continued on at the SEC for about 40 years, after stints at the butchers and the dairy, and the pair kept busy with school committees for about 14 years. They also both played golf, with Arthur the captain of the Hepburn Golf Club for three years, and Myrna the president for some time. They also both played tennis, competing at tournaments around the region. Arthur also played football and Mryna is still with the Anglican Church as a parishioner. They’re also clearly proud of their two sons and their families. Peter lives in Daylesford and worked at Little’s Garage for 17 years as a mechanic before moving to the CFA in Ballarat keeping

their vehicles on the road – including during all the big fires. David was more a numbers man, starting with banks and then moving to the Department of Social Security and finally the Australian Bureau of Statistics. They also have six grandchildren between them who, when they were younger, kept Myrna busy at family gatherings. “The boys were married the same year so their children were all around the same age. We would have them here and it would be a like a madhouse,” she said. But you get the feeling, from the twinkle in their eyes, that neither Myrna or Arthur really minded.

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Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show draws record sales


HE Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show attracted a huge number of entries, 300, and a record number of pieces sold, 68.

Spokesperson Bette McLaren said “once again, the friendliest little art show in the region has maintained an amazing range of styles and materials”. Mrs McLaren said new stands, partly funded by the Trentham & Districts Community Bank and constructed by Daylesford Engineering, together with the new gallery hanging system, created more space and allowed for much better presentation of the artists’ works. Judges Mark Payne and Helen McRae commented on the high standard of entries, she said. Trentham residents among the winners included Kevin Smith for Best Oil, Richard Ryan for Best Photography, Lyn Williams for Best Embroidery, Anja Tusek for Best Manipulated Fibre, Frances Harkin for Best Jewellery and Robyn De La Haye for Best Woodwork. A new award, Best Local Artist, sponsored by an anonymous local benefactor, went to Little Hampton artist Carey White for his photographic entry “Lacuna-Malmsbury reservoir”. Best in Show and Best Other Media was won by Noniann Lier from Hawksburn while the People’s Choice Art award was won by Lyn Cooke and the People’s Choice Craft was won by Anja Tusek. Mrs McLaren thanked sponsors and “the many willing volunteers who helped put together another very successful and record breaking show”.

Left: Winner of the Best in Show award, Noniann Lier, with one of her three show entries

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Anzac Day 2014


UNDREDS of people of all ages attended Anzac Day ceremonies throughout Hepburn Shire on Friday.

At Daylesford’s Dawn Service two students from Daylesford Secondary College, Eddy and Kelly, spoke about youth and the spirit of Anzac. Bugler Kathryn Clark, from the Daylesford Community Brass Band, sounded the Last Post while vocalist Sallie Harvey sang a haunting rendition of And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda. At the Morning Service, Justice Bernard Teague delivered the Anzac Day address and Daylesford Pipes and Drums Band member Tim Koenig piped a traditional Scottish lament - Flowers of the Forest. Services were also held at Hepburn, Trentham, Clunes and Creswick. Meanwhile the morning service at Eganstown is fast becoming one of the most popular services with attendees appreciating the “home grown” feel of the event which includes a tea pot on the boil.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”

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20 Real Estate

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Musk Farm up for auction


TUART Rattle’s Musk properties will be auctioned on May 31.

The Melbourne-based interior designer was found dead in his South Yarra apartment on December 9 last year. Michael O’Neill, his partner of 16 years, has been charged with murder and is in custody until the trial. The pair had been together for 16 years. O’Neill, 47, is due to appear in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on June 5. Mr Rattle bought Musk Farm, a former primary school, in 1998. Musk Farm, and a neighbouring 30.8 hectare parcel of land, will be auctioned. Musk Farm was regularly opened to the public and last year an open day in November raised $120,000 for the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Mr Rattle created the world-class garden at the former school with a series of outdoor “rooms”. It is expected that Musk Farm will sell for more than $1 million while the parcel of land would be open to offers of more than $550,000. The auction will be held at 11am. Pat Rice and Hawkins are the selling agents.

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Spud Hub at Trentham


RENTHAM’S Quarry Street Reserve will be transformed into the Great Trentham Spudfest’s Spud Hub this Saturday, May 3.

The Spud Hub will be alive with hot potatoes, art, music and fantastic entertainment for all the family. There will be children’s activities and games, spud food, beverages, stalls, music all day, spuds for sale from local farmers, animals to pat and ride, face painting and aqua orbs. The Spud Hub opens at 10am and the fun continues until 4pm. Spruiker Spud, decked out in his locally made spud costume, will be keeping everyone informed of what activities are on and where. Or go to Other Spudfest activities include a colouring competition, Conniptions at the Cosmo, a Trentham Photography Club photo exhibition at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, the Trentham Station Market and a Spudtacular Dinner at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Who knew potatoes could be so much fun?

SATURDAY • 3 MAY 2014 Spudtastic fun, food, free music, displays, children’s games and activities, entertainment, history, spuds for sale and much more! Access to the Spud Hub is free and here’s a taste of what’s in store. • • • • • • •

Children’s activities – including spud art, spud sack races, spud smasher. Spudhunters – dig for potatoes in our special on-site spud paddock. Aqua orbs – seriously hilarious fun for everyone! Mobile farmyard, pony rides and jumping castle. Spuds for sale from local farmers – straight from the farmer to you. An amazing array of food, beverage and other stalls. Free music in the Spud Hub all day with special performances by three local primary schools. • Spudtactular Dinner at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. • Conniptions at the Cosmo! It’s 1919 and the Trentham Historical Society recreates characters and episodes from a bygone era. • Other activities around town include a photo exhibition (theme All Things Potato) and Trentham Station Market.

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Good Friday a family affair


HEN Tania Henderson was a child, one of four sisters, her family spent their Easter holidays at Queenscliff.

And while her siblings were out riding bikes and having fun, she would lie on her parents’ bed in front of the black and white television, with its rabbit ear antennas, and watch the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. “It used to move me, the stories about the little kids, and I thought ‘when I grow up I am going to rattle tins’,” she said. So one day Tania found herself wandering into the Daylesford Town Hall, where the Daylesford/Hepburn Springs appeal was under way, and asking if she could rattle a tin. “I went in one day about 14 years ago and said ‘can I please help’ and they were so surprised and then I came back with $150 and they couldn’t believe it. “And whatever I do my family jumps on board too so the next year I came back with a sister, and then my husband, my kids, my mum and dad, they all got involved.” Then 11 years ago Tania found herself nominated as the manager of the group. And this year, under her management, but with the fundraising definitely “a team effort” the group raised a mammoth $13,000. That’s a total of $97,000 over the 11 years. “Ten years ago we raised $6000 and that was huge back then but we just gradually kept going up and up and we usually aim for $10,000 because that’s how much a town like this can support,” Tania said. “But this year we raised $13,000. There had already been tears at $10,000 in the town hall which is where we count the money, and then before we left we had $11,500. “Then we went to Dooleys (Old Hepburn Hotel) and had a choke-a-chicken raffle and then Dooleys donated their tips’ jar which was $1000. That took us right up there. We were just stunned.” And just to prove it really is a family affair, The Local made Tania reel off names of those helping out. So there’s Tania, hubby Neil, children Tom, Demi, pictured right with Tania, and Beau, mum Jeanette, dad Ian, sisters Lee and Michelle and Michelle’s daughter Brooke. Then there’s the appeal’s “stalwarts” Wendy, Eve and Joyce. And Shannon and her children Ryley and Nikkola. And another Tania and her sons Zac and Jordan. And many more! Tania said donations were still coming in and anyone who wanted to donate could call her on 0438 540 694 to add their money to the Daylesford/Hepburn Springs tally. Donations can also be made over the phone directly to the hospital but then do not get added to the local donation figure. “And that’s fine but we want people to donate to us so we can say how much this area has raised,” Tania said. “Even if you call with your address it doesn’t get attributed to our region. And we really want people to see what we can do here.”

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HE Leonards Hill Baby Show was held on Saturday with plenty of contestants vying for a blue sash.

Age section winners were: birth - 9 months - Celine Elsie Yanner (Coomoora); 9 months - 18 months - Haylie Lee Blanch (Sailors Falls); 18 months – 3 years - Phoebe Arkooll (Korweinguboora); and 3 years to 5 years - Diesel John Blanch (Sailors Falls). Novelty section winners were: happiest baby - Delilah Taleska (Korweinguboora); curliest hair - Lexi Mullane (Ballan); rosiest cheeks - Annalee Carman (Daylesford); and youngest baby - Andrew Barnett O’Brien (Sebastopol). Champion baby went to Delilah Taleska (Korweinguboora) while Miss Tiny Tot was won by Pearl Nevill (Coomoora) and Master Tiny Tot was won by Diesel Blanch (Sailors Falls). Most popular baby was Thomas Tyler from Hepburn Springs.

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Theatre’s future unclear


AYLESFORD’S Community Theatre’s future remains uncertain with “11th hour discussions” under way.

The theatre’s committee, located in the Rex Arcade, had agreed to leave its current premises by April 30 after mediation with the arcade’s owners last month. Committee president Linda Carroll said at the time that the committee was “exploring all our options and having discussions with several different venues at the moment”. Ms Carroll said the ideal situation “would obviously be to move to a permanent home straight up, but logistically, that may not be possible”. Speculation over future venues for the theatre have been rife in recent weeks and included Hepburn Springs’ Palais, a building at the rear of the Daylesford Newsagency and the East Street arts complex. Last Friday Ms Carroll said nothing had been signed off but “11th hour discussions” were happening which could mean the theatre could remain in its current location. She could not say for how long. The Daylesford Community Theatre has been operating for 15 months with a new committee taking over in November last year. Meanwhile, the theatre will hold a Blues Brothers extravanganza on Wednesday, April 30. Doors open at 6pm and the movie will start around 7pm. People are encouraged to dress up with a prize for the best dressed. Tickets are available online. Link:

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Relaxed dining at Peppermill Cafe


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Peppermill Café offers great food, at affordable prices, seven days a week. And you can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with your meal. The café, in the Daylesford Mill Markets, was taken on by Dorothy and Ray just on one year ago. And the pair has created a really relaxed and inviting space, with an eclectic range of furniture ranging from formal dining tables and chairs to casual comfy lounges, complete with a lovely big wood heater. Mind you, the alfresco deck is still a nice option on those sunny autumn days. Arriving there last Thursday, and it’s a bit of a slow walk because there’s always something that catches your eye on the way through, we ordered at the counter and chose a dining table near the window to take in the view. I chose the Mexican Stack ($11.50) which looked amazing and didn’t disappoint. It looked a little like lasagne, loads of lovely layers, but had amazing spices throughout – and the side dish of sour cream was the perfect accompaniment. A fresh green salad finished the plate. Just yum. Next time I’m trying the Pie of the Day ($12.50) which I saw Ray making up as we ordered so you know it’s all fresh. Kyle also thought about the pie, along with the Zucchini Slice ($11.50) but in the end opted for a Turkish Bread filled with silverside, tomato, red onion, cheese and mustard ($9.50). It was also served with a side salad and

the lot was pretty quickly gone. Anyone who knows me knows I like a wine now and again so it was a pleasant surprise to find out the Peppermill Café stocks a range of wines and beers. I had a glass of the Banks Road chardonnay, from the Bellarine Peninsula, and it was really good. And at just $7.50 it would have to be one of the best priced wines around. Kyle opted for a long black ($3.80) but then went all nostalgic and also ordered up a banana milkshake ($5) which arrived like the good old days in an old fashioned metal cup and long glass. That didn’t last long either. Neither of us could fit in dessert but I reckon the café would also be perfect for just a coffee and cake outing with offerings like scones, jam and cream, chocolate, date and almond torte, apple pie and ice-cream or maybe just a brownie. The most any of them will set you back is $6.50. This has got to be, well it was, one of the best kept secrets in the area. Peppermill Cafe is a fabulous place to get away from the usual lunch haunts, perhaps have a quiet meeting over a coffee or glass of wine, or just treat the visitors to a somewhere a little bit different. And the retail therapy is literally just an aisle away. Something different: If you like your table and chair enough some are actually for sale. Talk about try before you buy. Love it!

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This Mother’s Day bring mum to the Peppermill Cafe for our famous High Tea and Adventure Estate bubbles.

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THE GARDEN by Jackie Airey


Y NOW now you have probably figured that I’m not a lover of manicured gardens. Tidiness in places where folk need to walk makes sense, but needing to control the growth patterns of plants, as well as their natural life cycle habits like leaf drop, being overly strict about colour schemes and combinations and filling up outdoor spaces with constructions and hard surfaces are all anathema to me. I know that pruning has some very sound and practical purposes, and often makes for even more beautiful displays, yet, even as I do it, I feel that I am mutilating a living thing for my desires, imposing my needs on its physical naturalness. I suppose this makes me something of a kook. So be it. I can’t apologise, however, for the fact that a place where all of the plants are regimented in columns like little soldiers, or are all trimmed into shapes totally at odds with their natural growth habit, tends to make me shudder.

I have to ask whether such a place is indeed a garden, or whether it is a sculpture park. Does this person understand, respect or enjoy the plants themselves, or are they merely admiring the shapes, the geometry, the regularity and predictability? I’ve heard the theory that such places are calming and serene, qualities valued by so many of us in a very busy world where we seem to suffer more and more demands and stresses. Yet, it seems to me that if these gardens only serve their purpose by being formed in a just so manner, then won’t the ever present reality of nature’s cycles of growth, shedding, decay and death cause even more stress? The moment a plant sends out a wayward branch (how dare it grow) then this form of gardening demands that it be trimmed, lopped, removed; otherwise, the design is spoiled. Yet this will be happening constantly, so it will create more anxiety over the loss of control, and even more work for the already overworked owner who was looking for something low maintenance. When I’m in the garden, I like to believe that I’m working with nature, not against it, because I think I worked out long ago that to attempt the latter was to fight a losing battle. And thank goodness that it should be so.

Sculptor Mark Cowie takes out first prize at international show


AYLESFORD sculptor Mark Cowie has taken out first prize for fabricated sculpture at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Sculpture Exhibition.

Held in March, the exhibition is Australia’s second-largest outdoor sculpture exhibition and is organised by the Association of Sculptors of Victoria. Ninety sculptures by 50 artists were on display. Cowie’s first prize was judged by Rod Sanders, a highly-regarded sculptor, and awarded for his abstract mild steel sculpture “Somewhere out in the universe”. Cowie says the piece “tempts thoughts about other worlds”. “I was thrilled to have been awarded the prize from such a large array of sculptures, particularly as there were a number of wonderful pieces entered by some very talented sculptors,” he said. Noel Muscat from Daylesford and Issa Ouattara from Franklinford also exhibited sculptures.

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Welcome to The Farmers Arms Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner The Farmers Arms Daylesford offers the perfect blend of country charm combined with a sophisticated menu, wine list and professional service. For more information about the pub and also our current menu, please visit our website: www.thefarmersarms 1 East Street Daylesford ph. 03 5348 2091

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Farmers’ Friday night raffle Locals’ deals


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Want to win a meat raffle? The Farmers Arms Hotel holds a weekly raffle on Friday nights to help local organisations raise much needed funds. For the next two weeks, members of the Daylesford Netball Club will be selling tickets to raise money for new uniforms. Tickets go on sale around 6.30pm and the raffle is held at 7.30pm. And if you don’t win the meat tray you might just win “one of what you’re drinking”, a sixpack of beer or a bottle of something quaffable. Past recipients are many but include Movember, Riding for the Disabled, Daylesford’s Men’s Shed and primary and secondary schools.

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Locals are always looking for a great deal – and the region’s restaurants and hotels are keen to make sure there is plenty on offer. Weekday specials are available from a host of establishments. Mondays, fittingly, is Mercato and also The Grande while on Tuesdays it’s hard to choose between Cosy Corner, Kazuki’s and Daylesford Royal Hotel. On Wednesdays it’s time for Sault or The Larder. And Thursdays head to The Daylesford Hotel or Daylesford Inn.

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Our Musos Words - Jack Larm

songs and rehearse them for which both Jim and Philipp are very grateful. Music was an escape from IM Nevill and Philipp Bossinger are two teenage boredom and angst. “There’s not a lot to do or happening in town, so members of Hepburn Shire’s premier we put our energy into music,” Philipp says. “It’s heavy metal band, Bury Me In Autumn. easy to lose your way in a country town.” Now best friends they met at Daylesford Heavy metal is a genre of music with a dedicated Secondary College through music when Jim, following, and, like all music and art, heavy metal pictured on the left with Philipp, started playing drums for Philipp’s band. When they’re not making can act as a catharsis for both the musician and the audience. Deep in metal’s depths, Bury Me music, Jim works as an apprentice butcher in Albert Street Butchery and Philipp is in Melbourne In Autumn choose to explore and write about the darker aspects of the human condition, making sure studying at university. Jim Nevill discovered the drums at a party when it’s delivered loud and dirty. “It might seem strange, but we’re the happiest, he was 14 years old. There’s nothing in his family line to suggest any hereditary knack for music, but friendliest people you can meet,” Philipp says. Jim once he started belting out beats and rhythms there nods in agreement. The band has done more than 50 shows starting was no going back. in Daylesford and branching out to Ballarat, “When I was a kid the music in the house was Geelong and as far away as Canberra. They think Guns and Roses and AC/DC,” Jim says. of themselves as close as a family, each member With those driving rhythms still in his head, at offering up something special. 16, Jim started taking the drums seriously. SelfFor Philipp it’s all about the live music scene taught, dedicated and with still so much to prove as while Jim is intent on recording and releasing an a drummer, he joined Bury Me In Autumn. “He just had the right feel for the music we were album full of original songs. The band has been doing,” Philipp says. “What was really good about writing songs since 2009 and now they both agree it’s time to showcase their new material. Jim was how much he improved in no time at all.” For more, search for Bury Me In Autumn online. The college was a huge support for the musicians. There were some initial concerns about the kind of music they were playing, but the band promised to keep the noise, language and antics to a minimum. The school provided the space for the boys to write


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Gig Guide! Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs Gabe Atkinson “Under the Covers” - Saturday, May 3, 9pm Mettaphor - Sunday, May 4, 4pm Lucie Thorne with special guest Sal Kimber - Sunday, May 11, 4pm Harry Hookey - Sunday, June 8, 4pm

Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville Family Farm - Thursday, May 22, evening

Perfect Drop, Daylesford Jali Buba Kyateh - Friday, May 2 Grumpy Neighbour - Saturday, May 3 Liz Frencham - Friday, May 9 Geoffrey Williams - Saturday, May 10 Charlotte and Annie - Friday, May 16

Easy Street Quartet THE Easy Street Quartet - Mary Doumany, Robbie Melville, Liz Frencham and Gideon Brazil - will improvise contemporary soundtracks to three classic Chaplin short films at the Trentham Mechanics Institute.

When silent films first made an appearance, they were almost always accompanied by live music, starting with a pianist at the first movie projections by the Lumière Brothers in Paris in 1895. The music for silent films was often improvised, and by around 1915, large city theatres began featuring organists or ensembles of musicians. Though the musicians in the Easy Street Quartet come from diverse musical backgrounds, they each have a strong association with the art of improvisation and musical storytelling. On May 17, there will be a matinee performance at 2pm and an evening performance at 8pm. Adults are $25 and children are $6 for front floor seating only. Ticket price includes light refreshments during interval. Tickets can be purchased from Chaplin’s Barista Bar & Nosh or reserved online at

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IRCUS performers Ivlin Iliev and Eric Jarlaud are teaching Daylesford kids all the tricks in the performing book.

The pair is behind Sprung Circus – held at Daylesford ARC on Wednesdays for ages five to eight and Mondays for ages eight to 12. Ivlin, or Ivo, has worked with the biggest circuses in Australia after moving from his home of Bulgaria in 2000. He now lives in Clunes. Eric is the juggling and unicycle teacher and has been performing full-time, including a gig as a French waiter, for the past 15 years – moving to Daylesford in 2005. Sprung Circus classes are held from 4pm to 5.30pm and all students need, Eric says, are motivation and to “show up”. “We help everyone achieve what we can whether that is acrobatics with Ivo or juggling with me. Some of the students have been doing it for a while now. And we both love it.” Last term 40 students took part in Sprung Circus – check out its Facebook page for more photos and details. Or call Ivo on 0419 880 067 or Eric on 0407 819 677.

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