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DECEMBER/JANUARY Vol.1 No. 5 Please take one FREE Supported by Willunga Business & Tourism Association

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM THE EDITORIAL TEAM As promised, we’ve produced a bumper issue for our last magazine of the year, to keep you informed and up to date with what’s happening in Willunga this festive season and into the new year. Thank you for your support, suggestions and encouragement these last months; your interest makes it all worthwhile. We hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends this Christmas and that 2017 is a happy and successful year for you. Best wishes from Chris, Sue and Dave

MULBERRY LODGE A WINNER We Willunga residents know that we live in a special town, so it may come as no surprise to learn that Willunga is also home to the best hosted accommodation in the state. At the South Australia Tourism Awards night on Friday 4 November, Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat was named winner of the Hosted Accommodation category for 2016. Owners and hosts, Hazel and Nik Parker, were at the gala dinner to receive the award from SA Tourism Commission Chairman Sean Keenihan.

Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat at 202 Main Road Willunga is a boutique escape from the bustle of everyday life, offering a tranquil garden setting among beautiful vineyards. Hazel and Nik welcome every guest as if to their own home and ensure they leave as friends. A beautiful private suite is within easy reach of Hazel’s famous breakfasts and is ideally situated for visitors to experience everything the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. After accepting the award, Hazel said, ‘This win is great news for Mulberry

Lodge and is the culmination of three years spent developing the business to be one of SA’s best boutique country retreats. Nik and I are delighted to receive this honour and we take great pride in being recognised among our peers. We must also thank our guests over the last year for their wonderful comments, which have undoubtedly played an important part in our win.’

Congratulations Nik and Hazel, and also to Chooks Little Winery Tours and Hugh Hamilton Wines, who were runners-up in their respective categories.

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Willunga, has become a member of WBTA. You will

The Willunga Business and Tourism Association (WBTA)

be able to see his work soon and to read about his

was pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Fleurieu Folk

business in a future edition of this magazine.

Festival. Congratulations to the organisers and

We trust that once the website is up we will be able

performers for giving us a wonderful weekend of quality

to provide every member business with a platform to

music and performance. This was a great opportunity

enhance their business communications.

to see some of the nation’s best folk acts, while also

Finally, I want to inform you that planning is now well

providing a chance for emerging artists to workshop

under way to ensure that Willunga presents at its best

and perform. There were many visitors to our town and

for the Santos Tour Down Under. We are operating with

I do hope that local businesses were able to benefit

a very small budget so volunteer support will be critical.

from this influx.

A number of business people and others have already

My thanks to Gavin and Christina who hosted the

put their hands up to help run the Peloton Picnic on

Business After 5 gathering of WBTA members at the

race day. We have purchased some new decorations,

Old Bush Inn on 14 October. The event was well

which should look terrific hanging in High Street, but

attended and five of our members won passes to the

we need your support. Simon Harding presents another

Folk Festival. I hope you enjoyed the entertainment as

article on the TDU in this magazine (see page 4), so

much as I did. We plan to have another gathering of

have a read and get behind this important event for the

members in December to celebrate the commencement


of the festive season. This is a hectic time for many

See you at the Christmas function or about the town.

businesses, but it is also important to celebrate, reflect and be merry with friends and community. Keep an eye

Nick Scarvelis

out for that email.

Interim Chair WBTA

As I mentioned in the last edition, our priority in November was to establish a means of developing a new WBTA website and Facebook presence. I am pleased that the committee agreed at its meeting on 14 November 2016 to accept a proposal from Fleming Web Media to build a new website and provide training to members. Brent, who operates from his home in



WHAT’S ON IN WILLUNGA? STONE PONY Show Hall - Willunga Rec Park Dave 0405130910




8.30 pm




5 pm

Andy Chaplin Acoustic Christmas Happy Hour!!



8 pm


Mandy Connell Mike O’Callaghan and Dee Trewartha Andy and Marta No Gig






8 pm

Sasha March and Matt Ward



8 pm

George K solo acoustic



8.30 pm

Ben Smith solo acoustic



8 pm

Steve Ashley solo




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9 pm

DJ Abbott Jnr


Dirty Dancing

JANUARY Saturday


8.30 pm

Enuf Said



8 pm

Shannon Lloyd



8 pm

Luke drunkerley


Alma Hotel DECEMBER Friday


9 pm




12 noon - 2 pm




8.30 pm

The Hitmen



2.30 pm - 6 pm

Full Circle



8 pm - 11 pm




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8 am - 12.30 pm

Farmers Market



8 am - 12.30 pm

Farmers Market

9 am - 1 pm

Quarry Market

9 am - 1 pm

Artisans Market Farmers Market



8 am - 12.30 pm



5.30 pm - 8.30 pm Twilight Farmers Market



8 am - 12.30 pm

Farmers Market

JANUARY Saturday


8 am - 12.30 pm

Farmers Market



8 am - 12.30 pm

Farmers Market

9 am - 1 pm

Quarry Market

9 am - 1 pm

Artisans Market

Acoustic Moose Thursday



5.30 pm - 8.30 pm Twilight Farmers Market

THE BIKES ARE COMING – 21 JANUARY 2017! It is almost upon us and planning is well under way. What are we talking about? Next year’s Santos Tour Down Under Stage 5 of course!

Happy Holidays from the Willunga General Store!

This time round, members of the Willunga Business and Tourism Association have designed their very own

We'll be going through a bit of a makeover come midDecember, and will have limited hours on the 15th and 16th of December.

version of TDU-style racing bikes – vintage bicycles with a flower pot either end, kindly donated (in part), by Bunnings Seaford and the WBTA. Decorated with

Thursday 15th December 7am - 12pm Friday 16th December 7am - 12pm

pansies and primulas, 22 of these attractive bicycles will beautify the High Street and add splashes of colour

Beginning Saturday 17th of December we will keep the following Summer hours:

to this already exciting event. If you are a business owner who would like to have one situated outside your premises, please get in touch with Angela Gill on

Monday - Thursday 7am - 6pm Friday - Saturday 7am - 7pm Sunday - 8am - 5pm

0410 410 318. cont pg 14

Our Holiday Hours will be as follows:

Saturday 24th December 7am - 5pm Sunday 25th December Christmas Day – CLOSED Monday 26th December - Boxing Day – CLOSED From 27th December - Open for Business as Usual Like us on Facebook to be in the loop on all the offerings and happenings at your new General Store!

Local, independently owned financial planning practice delivering highly qualified, ethical and practical advice.

Harding Wealth Management wishes ALL our new and existing clients a very Merry Christmas and financially secure New Year. Thank you for the tremendous level of support you have shown us over the last year.

We are now welcoming new clients for 2017 so feel free to contact us for a complimentary intial meeting and find out what quality financial planning can achieve.

7 High St, Willunga Ph: 8311 3719



DID YOU KNOW? During World War I, the activities of the women of the Willunga Cheer-Up Society were often in the news. Determined to do their part to support the war effort, they ran social events and fundraisers, as well as collecting and making goods to send to the soldiers. For many women, this work was in addition to running family businesses or farms in the absence of their menfolk. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 15 January 1919, contain a summary of the Willunga Cheer-Up Society’s impressive achievements. From 18 November 1915 to 30 December 1918 they sent the following items for the use of soldiers overseas: 400 pairs of socks, 124 pairs of mittens, 40 caps, 120 K-packs (emergency ration packs consisting of corned or ‘bully’ beef, hard tack biscuits, tea, salt and matches, vests, talc etc.), 110 kit bags, 30 S-bags, 5 pairs pyjamas, 46 Christmas boxes and 300 papers and magazines. This was in addition to 34 cases of fruit cake, eggs and preserves that were provided for the main Cheer-Up Hut in Adelaide, and 2 cases of books and linen sent to the League of Loyal Women, a group with similar aims. And after the war, the ladies created our town’s historic collage of soldier photos. You can read more about the Willunga Cheer-Up Society in the recently published book A Picture of Fortitude, which is available for purchase from the Old Courthouse Museum, I Am Tall Poppy, or online at Dave Greenslade was so moved by what he learned that he wrote and recorded a song. His CD, which includes

Forty-Six Boxes and other songs, is also available from I am Tall Poppy and the Old Courthouse Museum. FORTY-SIX BOXES Forty-six boxes went to France, Each one packed so carefully. To find a soldier at Christmas time, From the Cheer-up girls of Willunga town. And in each box each man would find, Socks, mittens and magazines. A Christmas cake and some preserves And a woollen cap to keep his ears dry. ’Cos in Willunga the sun beats down And Christmas is a summery time. Some would laugh as the sun went down, While others kept sad company. So forty-six boxes went to France, To give the boys a little cheer.

Some of the Willunga Cheer-Up Girls, circa 1919. Photo courtesy National Trust Willunga. Optimised by Brian Kowald.


And the Cheer-up girls in Willunga town

On Friday 16 December, Stone Pony will host an expanded

Prepared their parcels to catch the train.

line up of three top acts as we celebrate six months at the

And so in Willunga’s old show hall,

Show Hall (with more to come in the new year).

Upon the wall the names are there.

Following her impressive performance at the Fleurieu Folk

A faded list of the town’s brave sons,

Festival in October, Mandy Connell will be coming from

Each one scribed so lovingly.

Victoria to play for us. Mike O’Callaghan and Dee

Forty-six boxes went to France,

Trewartha bring an enormous range of experiences in

Each one packed so carefully.

music. Mike has performed with groups such as Country

To find a soldier at Christmas time,

Express, Colcannon and Munro, O’Callaghan, Titchener. Dee

From the Cheer-up girls of Willunga

would be recognised by many as one of the Fiddle Chicks,


apart from her extensive involvement in a range of David Greenslade © 2014

significant music initiatives here in SA. Cont pg 6 5





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STONE PONY cont. Finally, to round off a great night, Andy Armstrong and Marta Bayly will perform. This SA folk duo extraordinaire is well known to local and national audiences. In keeping with the nature of Stone Pony, all performers are singer/songwriters. Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Bendigo Bank,

Rodeo, Peter and Corey Thornton, Willunga Beaute and Wellness, Cath Leo Photography, Pizza Kneads, Caltex Willunga, Minko Wines, Fox Creek Wines and Goodieson Brewery. Thanks also to the Willunga Recreation Park committee for their wonderful cooperation. Last but not least, a big thank you to our volunteers who work so hard getting the hall ready and looking after our patrons. On behalf of the Stone Pony planning committee, to all who have supported this unique enterprise, best wishes for the festive season. Dave Greenslade



Come along to our carol service on 18 December at 7pm and sing some of your favourite Christmas carols.

Anglican Pastoral District of Southern Vales

Christmas Day worship will be at the special time of 9.30 am.

St Stephen’s Church, St Andrews Terrace Willunga For services in the Anglican Pastoral District of Southern

Thinking ahead to the New Year, we pray for our world.

Vales check the website

The message of hope, tolerance, joy and celebration in

There will be no St Stephen’s monthly dinner held in

all creation, love and grace, and unconditional peace, is

December. The next will be on Saturday 14 January

never more needed than in 2017.

2017, after the 5.30 pm service. Please join us for this

Enquiries are always welcome

social activity. Bookings to Ted Sandercock 8556 4535.

on 8556 2758 or 8556 2650.

Sunday 18 December: Lessons and carols,

Jenny Esots

St Margaret’s Church, McLaren Vale 7 pm Christmas Services in the Southern Vales:


Christmas Eve: 6 pm Children’s service at St Margaret’s, McLaren Vale


8 pm Lantern procession from the Institute Hall, Old

Please note: The Courthouse and Slate museums will be

Noarlunga, up the hill to St Philip & St James Church

closed on 24 and 25 December.

for carols outside the church

January 2017: Regular opening Tuesday 3rd; Saturday

10.30 pm Carols at St Stephen’s, Willunga, with Vigil

14th, Sunday 15th; Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th.

Mass commencing 11 pm

Australia Day 26 January: Following the Rotary

Christmas Day:

Breakfast in the Courthouse grounds, the museums will

9 am St Nicholas, Seaford

be open between 10 am and 1 pm ($2 coin donation)

9.30 am St Ann’s Aldinga


10 am St Margaret’s, McLaren Vale

National Trust Willunga needs more volunteers to


support and continue our work in Willunga and

For many people Christmas is not a time of happy

this past year and further reductions to opening hours

memories, but one of sorrow and grief. To acknowledge

and group visits will have to be considered due to a lack

this, Willunga Uniting Church is planning a Blue

of sufficient volunteers. We receive no local or state

Christmas. This special worship service will take place

funding to run the museums and our many activities

on 21 December at 7 pm.

rely upon our members to raise the funds needed.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Blue Christmas

Volunteers experience a variety of interesting tasks

celebration is held on or near 21 December, which is


environs. Museum opening hours have been reduced

the longest night of the year. On this particular night, or any time this service is presented, there are

Opening the museums to the public and booked groups and holding mock trials

remembrances for those for whom Christmas is not joyful. People may be lonely, in mourning, feeling

Assisting with research – the Courthouse holds an important collection of local and family history,

alienated and cast apart from family celebrations. They

which is currently being digitised.

may be experiencing depression and sadness, and yet are often compelled to ‘put on a happy face’ for others,

Heritage advocacy and more.

We invite YOU to join us!

denying their true feelings.

Apply to become a volunteer,

Join us to express your true feelings in a safe place

which can be a most rewarding

– a space of hope, comfort and healing – and know you

experience. You only need to

are not alone.

commit to spend a few hours per month.

Reverend Wendy Boden-Nelson said, ‘The real meaning of Christmas is not presents. It's more like

Telephone 08 8556 2195

being met with hope and light in your darkness, and


that's a message a lot of us don't hear.’

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Hope also runs Mindfulness for Leadership Development

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sessions. At An Integrated Life, she aims to bring all

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to support self-transformation and deeper awareness in daily life. Enabling deep bodily awareness with your connection to your breath can enhance your ability to relate and act in every domain of your life. Practices help build physical endurance by awakening channels of energy that help you to withstand resistance and overcome fatigue. Hope teaches a form of flowing, breath-led movement tailored to all abilities. She emphasises good postural alignment, spinal awareness and core-strength development as the basis for any movement, sitting or lying. The yoga involves directed, complete breathing practices and creative visualisation as tools for transforming the body, energy levels, emotions and thinking, followed by guided deep relaxation. If you prefer to cultivate a tailored home practice, Hope offers private coaching sessions and can create therapeutic programs for people with specialised needs. Also on offer are deep rest sessions, 3-hour Saturday afternoon experiences of balancing and deeply restorative practices. Yoga Intensives, specialised workshops exploring different topics, will begin soon. In late January, Hope will hold ‘A Day of Summer Retreat’ at The Producers on Branson Road. This will be a day of creative 8



Arts Collective is a talented group of local artists and

productive year raising funds for our three students

designers showcasing their individual and hand-crafted

and enjoying outings and guest speakers. The last two

wares in an attractive setting at 20 High Street,

months have seen a surge in interest and we were

Willunga. The gallery has been operating since March

pleased to welcome four new members at our

2016 and now features and sells work by over 30 South

November meeting.

Australian artists, the majority from the Fleurieu

Poet Judy Dally was our guest speaker for October. She

The Southern Vales VIEW Club has had a very busy and

Peninsula. Local ceramicist, Chris Birch, operates the

retired from teaching in 2000 and, since 2003, has been

gallery as a not-for-profit venture.

a volunteer with Tutti Arts, where she sings in the choir

The distinctive gallery offers a diverse collection of

and runs weekly reading sessions for young people with

artworks including jewellery, paintings, ceramics, prints,

a disability. At our November meeting we were

sculptures and fabrics. All work is handmade and

entertained by well-known romance author, Tricia

individually crafted to a professional standard. With a

Stringer, who told us about her journey from

wide variety of styles and a range of prices available,

schoolteacher to full-time writer.

the items on sale make ideal gifts, particularly for those

Club outings have been both educational and

who appreciate the unique work of local artisans.

interesting. Highlights include a tour of Parliament

Frequent pop-up demonstrations and sales on the front

House and an entertaining talk about Muriel Matters,

veranda at 20 High Street are popular with both local

an early South Australian suffragette, and a visit to the

people and visitors to Willunga. The artists are available

Art Lab in Adelaide, where we witnessed the intricate

to demonstrate and discuss their work, explaining their

restoration work carried out by trained curators. Most

design and creative processes and the materials used.

recently, we toured the organic and biodynamic Jurlique

Herb Farm in the Adelaide Hills.

Arts Collective is open every day between 10 am and 4 pm. Personal appointments can also be made by

Our fashion parade, held at the McLaren Vale

calling the operator of the gallery, Chris Birch,

Football Club, was a great success. More than 70

on 0439 374 320.

women attended and we raised over $1500 for our students. Several members modelled fashions from Aberfoyle Park business Fashions F' Less and members also provided a substantial afternoon tea. A sub-committee worked hard over the last few months designing and making table decorations for a Veterans Golf function, which further boosted our coffers by $700. At our November meeting, the club voted to donate a total of $500 to The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal. A number of our members have volunteered to join many others to deliver the toys to disadvantaged children on 18 December. Our December Christmas meeting will be held at McLaren Vale Football Club on Friday 9 December and there will be a social gathering at the home of President Vera Nankivell, on Friday 13 January 2017. All women are welcome to join us for our regular monthly lunch meetings, which are held on the second Friday of the month at the Alma Hotel, Willunga, 10.30 am for 11.00 am start. For further information contact our Secretary, Chris Horsman. Phone: 8556 2897 Mobile: 0438 131 049.



compost, organic wood-fired pizza, organic chocolate, both new and pre-loved clothes, and many

Following sold-out performances across South Australia

other unique and local products.

and several past performances at Fox Creek, popular

Set on an attractive piece of land that is part of the

singer Michelle Pearson will be joined by Adelaide

Willunga Recreation Park, the marketplace is covered

musician, singer and songwriter, Andy Petkovic, as

by lush grass where visitors can sit, and beautiful trees

they present their latest show Uncovered at Fox Creek

give cooling shade in the summer. It has developed

Cellar Door, 90 Malpas Road Willunga, on Saturday

into an inclusive community meeting place, with areas

7 January 2017.

where the kids play and musicians bring their

These two powerful and moving performers have

instruments for an impromptu jam session. Drop by

recently come together to present a smorgasbord of

t e k ar

one Saturday to check it out.

different musical styles which centre on the theme: The songs that make us, the songs that break us, and the songs we live and love to play. Michelle and Andy will be joined by some special guests, whose names will be

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announced very soon. Two compelling voices, sensitive and soulful musicianship and a collection of heart-warming stories will make this family-friendly afternoon and evening performance incredibly special. Please bring a chair or picnic rug.

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Food and wines will be available for purchase on the night. Doors open at 4.30 pm. Enjoy guest performers from


5 pm, before Michelle Pearson and Andy Petkovic come


on stage at 6.30 pm. The event is expected to finish at 8.30 pm. Tickets are available from Fox Creek Wines: Adults $25.00 Children $5.00. You may be able to purchase tickets on the day if not already sold out.

Walking with you to better foot health

EXCEPT FOR THE NAME AND A FEW OTHER CHANGES ‌ Change is in the air for the Green Light Eco Market. From 5 November 2016, the market will be called Green

7 High Street

Light Organic Market and will be held every Saturday


P: 7078 0357

from 9 am to 1.30 pm on the corner of Aldinga and

Main Roads. Opened by the Mayor, Lorraine Rosenberg, on

Book now for your summer foot care:

19 December 2014, the market has operated on the first and third Saturdays of the month for the past two

Sports Injuries or Sore Feet Cracked Heels and Dry Skin Toenail Care

years. Changing to weekly operation means that organic farmers will now have more opportunities to sell their wares and it will also make the market more attractive to weekly shoppers.


The range of goods on offer remains eclectic. Stalls include: farm fresh organic produce, organic coffee and

Balanced Podiatry wishes you a safe and happy festive season. We hope that you find some time to put your feet up and relax.

cakes, organic lunches, plants and seedlings, olive oil, jewellery, books and knowledge sharing, a community share-swap-gifting table, massage, oils, Shungite,



Twilight Concert with Christmas Carols

As plans progress for the major redevelopment of the Rec Park precinct, we are pleased to welcome Jason Fleming to the executive committee. A grant application has now been lodged with the Office for Recreation & Sport for Stage 1 of the upgrade project. The Show

Friday December 9

Hall floorboards will be re-surfaced and polished in

from 5.30 pm

early January, and new signage will be erected soon to better promote the history of the park and the facilities

Band of the South Australian Police


playing from 6.30 pm - 8 pm

Towards ongoing fundraising efforts, Rec Park sports

Rec Park Basketball Stadium

clubs will be catering for visitors when the 2017

Main Rd Willunga

Southern Vales Rod Run comes to Willunga on 5 February.

Sausage Sizzle and soft drinks by Willunga CFS

And I know we’ve been

Tea, coffee and cakes by Willunga branch National Trust

looking for volunteers for our working bees, but we certainly

Entry $2 donation

weren’t expecting a swarm of

Hosted by Willunga Neighbourhood Watch 556

real bees to visit – and at a most inconvenient time too! Thanks to Mandy who attended to their removal

Father Christmas attending

promptly (see photo).

No Alcohol please

Brian Dempsey Secretary 8556 2407

EST. 1839



Are you looking for somewhere to play in Willunga? Do you want to learn to play? There is currently a groundswell of interest in the formation of a ukulele club in Willunga. A core group of interested players met on 24 November to discuss ideas and visions for the club, which hopes to start sessions at the Alma Hotel in 2017. Join Us for a Celebration of the Holiday Season and our 2nd Anniversary at The Old Bush Inn!

The group emerged from Cinemallunga’s recent community event, funded by City of Onkaparinga’s

Friday, 23rd December 2016 5-7pm Happy Hour Drinks and Nibbles Plus Andy Chaplin Live Acoustic!

Every Generation initiative, in which people of all ages and abilities were supported to participate in ukulele playing. ‘We had players ranging in age from

Holiday Hours

8 to almost 80,’ says organiser Carolyn Hart, ‘and many

Saturday 24th December Lunch 12-2pm, No Dinner Service

were picking up the instrument for the first time. The

Sunday 25th December – Christmas Day CLOSED

closest alternative clubs are in Goolwa and Christies Beach, and many people are keen to play somewhere

Monday 26th December – Boxing Day CLOSED

closer to home.’

27th – 30th December Open for Business as Usual

If you are interested in joining or otherwise staying

Saturday 31st December Lunch 12-2pm, Dinner 6-8pm 9pm CLOSE

informed about the club’s activities, please contact Carolyn Hart by email,

Sunday 1st January – New Years Day Open for Business as Usual

0419 990 155, or website 11



Seasons Greetings to all our families, friends and

had dinner at the Alma Hotel, where we met Phil and

supporters. Thank you for your help and support during

Christine who were sitting at the table next to us. These

the past year. What a busy one it has been!

good folks said they had often holidayed in Willunga

Sunday 16 October: In the evening Brian and I

before moving here in February this year from Victoria.

Our group has

Friday 21 October – Sunday 23 October: The 10th

taken part in

Fleurieu Folk Festival was held in the Willunga

Clean Up

Recreation Park and had a very good attendance.

Australia, the

Noeline and Don Leindfelder and many other locals

Anzac Youth

enjoyed the Friday night concert. The Festival Stadium

Vigil, the

was packed with about 350 people who came to see the

Almond Blossom

headline act, impressive singer and storyteller Archie

Parade and

Roach. Nancy Bates was playing when a fuse blew and

Festival and

the lights went out, leaving her in the dark. I used my

the Willunga

mobile phone to bathe the stage in light while the

Christmas Tree

problem was quickly sorted. Then, when Archie Roach


was leaving, the heavens opened. Fortunately, I was

The girls also assisted in setting up the Willunga

close by and was able to use my umbrella to stop him

Cheer-up Society display for History Month. Georgia and

getting wet while he got into his transport, a golf cart.

Nina were hostesses at the function for the launch of the Cheer-Up book and the unveiling of the World War

Monday 24 October: We’ve had many cold days and

One photo collage.

lots of rain, but today the sun is shining brightly. At last I’m off to pick up my 6-year-old granddaughter Savanna

We have sold Guide Biscuits on numerous occasions

who has just spent 12 days in Flinders Medical Centre.

and said ‘Thank You’ to the Noarlunga SES for all the

Saturday 29 October: At Cinemallunga, Savanna

work that they did during the terrible weather. The

and I enjoyed singing You are My Sunshine before the

Guides took part in three different camps, a scavenger hunt in Adelaide and received the Ann Lee Memorial

screening of the movie Some Like It Hot with Marilyn

Trophy, a State Award for the unit that had the greatest

Munro (see photo).

increase in members during 2015. Well done girls! Weekly, we enjoy a program filled with a variety of activities. Cooking with pulses, first aid, pets’ night, swimming and yoga are just a few of the things that the Guides have planned and participated in this year. Congratulations to all Guides who have earned badges through our awards system, especially Lily who has just been presented with the Baden Powell Award by the State Commissioner. Several of our older Guides

Saturday 5 November: It’s a beautiful sunny day as

are continuing to work hard to gain the Queen’s Guide

we walk to the Willunga markets. I spoke to a lovely

Award, the peak achievement for youth members.

stallholder at the Green Light Eco Market, telling her our

Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to three leaders

5-year-old peach tree has leaf curl. ‘Don’t worry dear,’

due to work commitments and moving away.

she said, ‘just leave the tree and the damaged leaves

Willunga Girl Guides are an enthusiastic group of

will fall off soon and your tree will be okay.’ I also heard

35 girls who are in urgent need of new leaders.

on the ABC gardening show this morning that the long

If you are able to help please, contact Brenda on

range weather forecast was for no heat waves but more

0455 845 609. Thank you.

rain in December! Note from husband Brian: It’s great to see the Willunga

Wishing everyone a safe, Merry Christmas and a Happy

Post Office box numbers nice and shiny!

New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and

Brenda Freeman (Leader)

thanks for reading my column. 12


in ‘her’ pink sequined cocktail dress, cute black hat and sparkly sandals. Just gorgeous, darling! The movie was pretty silly, but we laughed anyway and cheered when Marilyn finally got her man (or was

Willunga was invaded on 29 October! More than a

it the other way around?) because this is Willunga, a

dozen Marilyn Monroe look-a-likes and almost as many

town whose residents know how to have a good time

ukuleles took over the Festival Stadium and the Show

and are more than happy to dress up and have a giggle

Hall. But no need to panic—it was all down to the crazy

(no, make that a belly-shaking guffaw!) at their own

Cinemallunga crew.

expense. What a great way to raise money towards the

As part of the City of Onkaparinga Every Generation

Recreation Park upgrade and to support other

Festival, tickets for the event were discounted to $5,

worthwhile causes such as Motivation Australia. Cheers

but there was all the full price fun, frivolity and wacky

to the Cinemallunga crew!

costumes we’ve come to expect from Cinemallunga.

Chris Horsman

The film selected for this show was the black and white Marilyn Monroe classic, Some Like It Hot. Parading around in their curly blonde wigs, slinky dresses and


high heels, some ‘Marilyns’ were glamour personified, while others spoilt their look somewhat by neglecting to shave their legs and failing to cover up encroaching

Baby and Johnny are dancing their way to the region,

chest hair. Fortunately, Tony Curtis (‘Josephine’) and

so clear your diary for Saturday 18 February 2017 as

Jack Lemmon (‘Daphne’) did not make the same

Dirty Dancing bursts onto the big screen in the

mistake in the movie.

Willunga Festival Hall. The huge sound of fabulous band Raunchy Sugar will get you dancing before, after and

Part of the Festival Stadium had been decorated with

maybe even during the movie, plus there will be dinner

past movie banners and converted into a pop-up

and drinks to purchase, and all the usual Cinemallunga

licensed cafe. The evening started off there with the


(recently cobbled together) Willunga Ukulele Band playing and singing well-known songs, such as You Are

Cinemallunga’s Summer Spectaculars guarantee a great

My Sunshine and Bye Bye Love. The good thing about

night out, with lots of audience fun. Tickets are

the ukulele is that even beginners can look (and sound)

available now on Could be a

like they know what they’re doing. Led and trained by

great Christmas present! Check out the Cinemallunga

‘Marilyn’ Carolyn Hart, the group created the perfect

website or Facebook page for more details or contact

light-hearted atmosphere, promising a fabulous night.

Meanwhile, we enjoyed tasty burgers and apple pie,

And remember – Nobody puts Baby in the corner!!

served by the lovely blonde ‘Marilyns’ from charity

Andrew Bentley

Motivation Australia and accompanied by local wines. Once we all moved into the Show Hall, ‘Marilyn’ Carolyn directed us to join in a short karaoke session that just about raised the new slate roof. No shrinking violets in the crowd that night! We sang with gusto, if not talent, and other ukuleles popped up around the room to join in the cheerful racket. Once the movie began, we were soon completely involved in the on-screen shenanigans,


as two male musicians, on the run from gangsters who

The Governing Council of Willunga Primary School has

wanted to kill them, dressed in drag and joined an

recently published a Keep It Local Willunga guide as a

all-female orchestra in order to escape.

fundraiser for the school, and to promote the use of

After interval, we saw the full extent of the Marilyn

local businesses. Copies have been made available free

invasion, as the ‘ladies’ all strutted their stuff across the

to advertisers and to the school's families, while

stage, some deliberately courting the air-blowers

additional copies are available from the school at a

strategically placed to flirt with their skirts. However,

small cost. Carolyn Hart

my vote for the best outfit went to ‘Josephine’ Bentley


WILLUNGA GOLF COURSE UPDATE Most of you would be aware of the ongoing review of the golf course operations by the City of Onkaparinga. There have been numerous letters written to local newspapers, not all of them accurate with the facts. As far as the Willunga Golf Club is aware (and we have had many meetings with the council) the current situation is this: The Service Review that will be presented to the January council meeting includes:

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No plans to close the course. Initiatives to reduce the deficit by raising revenue and reducing running costs over a number of years.

Exploring alternative ways of running the course.

The golf course is a council-run and council-owned community facility, which was inherited from the Willunga Council and extended to 18 holes in 1990. The Willunga Golf Club has a licence agreement with the council to operate a club on the course with the payment of fees for playing rights (currently about $300,000 a year). The other income from the course comes from leases on the clubhouse and from green-fee players who have access at non-competition times. Operating costs have risen with inflation, but these were largely covered by annual increases in fees, and,


in the past two years, membership fees of the club have jumped by 28%. The major rise in expenses was caused

Heath from the Willunga Hotel (Middle Pub) will be

by the council’s decision to charge recycled water costs

assisting with the Peloton Picnic, which will be

against the course – $250,000 a year – so that water

available from 11 am to 3 pm outside the Old

has risen from 3% to 31% of operating costs.

Courthouse. A licensed area, plenty of food and

Restitution of an existing bore would go a long way

soft drinks, plus a range of stalls, will keep the

to reversing this trend. Current fees vary from about

entertainment going. A giant television screen will

$1000 a year for 7-day membership to about $200 for

ensure you need not miss a minute of this high-profile

under-12 juniors.

international race, which is showcasing our own special

The course is a magnificent community asset, not just

area to a global audience.

for the 440-plus members who pay for the privilege of

Be sure to come along to this event! There will be a

playing, but for all those who use it for exercise or as a

fabulous Willunga party atmosphere and it’s FREE and

superbly maintained open space.

fun for all the family.

John Hazell

Helpers needed! We urgently require a few wonderful volunteers to assist in one or all of the following activities:

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Decorating the bikes Early on the day of the race, putting out the decorations, bins etc. Keep Willunga beautiful by helping tidy up the town once the party is over.

Please contact Angela Gill on 0410 410 318 to offer your help.




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TREASURE TROVE AT THE QUARRY If, like me, you’re tired of the ‘same old, same old’ Christmas items on offer at the big shopping centres, this year I suggest you check out the next Willunga Quarry Market, which will be set up on its usual site at the Willunga Recreation Park on Saturday 10 December. With an average of 80 stallholders, focusing on unique, quality handcrafted items, this market is a veritable treasure trove! You’ll find a wide range of items available, from local honey, almonds and olive oil, through to many varieties of plants, jewellery, hand-knitted items, mosaics, collectables, novelties for children and even musical instruments. Established in 1986, the Willunga Quarry Market is a not-for-profit community-initiated organisation managed by volunteers. It supports numerous local charity and community groups, and has given grants for such things as First Aid training, sporting equipment and a defibrillator. The market is held on the second Saturday of each month, from 9 am to 1 pm and is never cancelled (although it may close earlier than advertised in extreme weather conditions). The permanent stallholders provide a monthly opportunity for customers to stock up on supplies; other stalls supply seasonal plants and produce, while casual stallholders add a little spice by offering something different, which keeps the market always interesting. Christmas shopping too often becomes a chore, but at the Quarry Market you’ll have a leisurely, stress-free and social experience. It’s fun to wander around the stalls, sample the foodstuffs, chat with friends and meet new people. Whether you want special ingredients for Christmas goodies, or gifts for family and friends, it’s very likely you’ll find what you want right here in Willunga. Chris Horsman

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