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The New Woodend Star Circulation of 3500 throughout Woodend postal district, Newham, Hesket, Ashbourne, North Woodend, Hanging Rock, Carlsruhe, Cobaw.

An initiative of the Rotary Club of Woodend May 2014

A Monthly Community Periodical First Published 1997 Volume Eighteen No 4

The Mother’s Day Classic

Your favourite fun run/walk is back! Sunday 11th May The Mother’s Day Classic – Woodend is SUNDAY 11 MAY 2014 on again. Join together in this fun run/ walk and raise money for breast cancer research. In 2013 a record $5 million was raised for this important cause Australia wide. Woodend raised over $14,000, with this year promising to be even bigger. Walk or run for breast cancer research

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Celebrate Mums with Trees on Mother’s Day Trees for Mum Woodend will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, 11 May from 9.30am to midday at the Rotary Community Exercise Track near Buffalo Stadium on Forest Street, Woodend. Trees for Mum is a series of free national Landcare events inviting children of all ages to celebrate their Mums, by planting trees in their honour on Mother’s Day. The event is now in its third year in Woodend, attracting around 150 people each year.

The Mother’s Day Classic has become firmly entrenched as an important event in the Macedon Ranges. Since 1998 the Mother’s Day Classic has grown into one of Australia’s largest charity events and has become an integral part of Mother’s Day for thousands of Australians. Since 1998 the Mother’s Day classic has raised $19.8 million, with all proceeds donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Woodend Mums Kristy Woodhouse and Angela Van Dam with their children

Photo: Kim Selby Photography 2014

Gather your friends and family, head to the Woodend Children’s Park and join over 120,000 people Australia wide in celebrating mothers and raising funds for breast cancer research. Choose between a 4km or 8km walk or run. There will be other attractions at the park on the day including a sausage sizzle, children’s activities, live music, raffles and spot prizes. Registration opens at 7:30am, with official welcome starting at 8:30am. The event kicks off at 9:00am. Please register early to advoid queues on the day- via the website www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event/vic/woodend-vic Online registrations close on May 7th, see website for further infomation or call Kristina on 0448 355 535.

Participants will need to bring gardening gloves and wear sturdy shoes or boots. All planting equipment is supplied. There is no cost to participate; all we ask is that you contact us to reserve your tree(s). To reserve your tree(s) please contact Angela Van Dam via treesformumwoodend@gmail.com or phone 5427 3931 or 0409 373 010 or find us at Trees for Mum Woodend on Facebook. This event is brought to you by the volunteers at Woodend Landcare and is funded through to a Victorian Landcare Grant from the State Government. Special thanks go to the gents in the “Thursday Crew” for preparing the site and to Kim Selby, our amazing photographer, for being so incredibly generous and supportive. Submitted by Angela Van Dam

Submitted by Sara Graham Photos courtesy of Bruce Hedge Photography

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Advisory panel

The committee of The New Woodend Star is now inviting expressions of interest to form an advisory panel to guide the future of The New Woodend Star.

We welcome expressions of interest from enthusiastic local community members who are keen to contribute and share their skills. Areas of expertise sought include: Journalism, Publishing, Editing, Sales & Marketing, Media, Design, Governance or any other relevant skill set. For more information or to apply please contact the secretary Barry Napthine via b.napthine@bigpond.com..

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On Sunday 27 July, Buffalo Stadium will be bursting with excited children! While some will be engrossed in puppet making, dance, origami, eco—friendly crafting, circus tricks, aikido, cartooning, African drumming and weaving, others will be enthralled by story—telling, didgeridoo demonstrations, puppet shows, magicians and musical performances. This exciting new community event is supported by Arts Victoria, Tourism Victoria and Macedon Ranges Shire Council. Volunteer with us As a volunteer—run, non—profit organisation, Woodend Children’s Festival needs YOUR help. We are seeking volunteers to fill various roles on the day including MCs, workshop supervisors, ushers, ticketing and door supervisors, decorating and set up/pack down personnel and traffic/parking control. To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application form available from www. woodendchildrensfestival.com.au. Applications close Friday 13th June. For further information please visit our website or contact Megan Aquilina at megan.a@ woodendchildrensfestival.com.au Sponsor us Ensure your logo or advertisement makes it into the festival programme, posters and website. A variety of sponsorship packages starting at $200 are still available, with advertising bookings closing on Friday 23rd May. Further details at www.woodendchildrensfestival.com.au or email info@ woodendchildrensfestival.com.au Follow us Keep up to date with all things festival via our NEW website www.woodendchildrensfestival.com.au (where you can also subscribe to our mailing list) or www.facebook. com/woodendchildrensfestival

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Woodend CFA fund raiser Your local Woodend Fire Brigade is a 100% volunteer brigade that provides an invaluable service to our community. In fact, we are called to up to 150 turn—outs a year … or an average of 2 to 3 a week. In addition to this, as was evident in the recent major 2014 fires, our vehicles and members are also called upon to volunteer for Strike Teams on a statewide and interstate basis. So far this year, as well as looking after incidents in our local community, over 40 members of the Woodend Fire Brigade have been involved in Strike Teams and support roles at major fires both locally and statewide giving up their own time to help others. Our total contribution was around 1,000 ’person hours’ providing round the clock support at major fire scenes. The CFA provides the Woodend Fire Brigade with vehicles and equipment to suit its brigade risk profile; however the Brigade’s Tanker 2, Support & Forward Control Vehicle are partly— or wholly—funded by the Woodend Brigade. We also purchase specialist equipment on our own behalf, which is not covered by the CFA. Hence the importance of raising funds to maintain our fleet and service to a quality that we believe will best serve this community. Woodend’s Tanker 2 has given the community excellent service over the last 15 years and now the time approaches for it to be upgraded. Tanker 2 becomes Woodend’s primary vehicle when Tanker 1 is away on Strike Team duty, so its vital to fund this required upgrade. We have been working on this important replacement for several years, and our goal is to replace it as soon as possible with a state—of—the—art new twin cab tanker, which will cost approximately $350,000. We also need to upgrade our station, which is now approaching 20 years of age. In some areas it is now too cramped for both vehicles and volunteers to operate safely.

Woodend Rainfall Report 2014 Each month we add the rainfall details and the year to date total. Our rainfall report shows 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, 2013 and 2014 comparisons. Please note that your own rainfall readings may not exactly match these.

Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 January 0.08 54.0 227.5 31.0 3.9 19.2 Jan 2.5 71.5 115.0 133.0 97.4 11.2 Feb February 42.5 121.0 35.0 84.0 53.0 49 Mar March 51.0 45.0 63.5 35.5 20.5 84.1 April April 30.5 39.0 73.5 54.4 47.2 May May 66.5 98.5 69.0 126.8 147.8 June June 76.5 87.5 82.5 102.0 101.8 July July 107.5 148.5 56.0 113.7 116.4 Aug August September 88.5 97.0 98.5 54.6 85.0 Sept 154.5 86.0 39.0 75.6 Oct October 46.0 99.0 193.0 82.0 31.4 67.2 Nov November December 60.0 93.0 120.0 21.4 35.2 Dec YTD: 670.5 1202.5 1108.5 826.8 851 163.5 mm Total rainfall in 2013 = 851 mm. Total for year to date: 79.4mm 1 inch = 25.4 mm therefore the total in year to date is 6.44 inces

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Whilst our members are able to give of their time, you too can contribute to our community by supporting the Woodend CFA with a donation towards our equipment and building upgrade to ensure we can maintain the finest possible service. Personal and corporate donations over $2 are tax deductible, receipts will be provided on request. Please make cheques out to: Woodend Fire Brigade and mail them to PO Box 44, Woodend VIC 3442. You can also drop into the Fire Station any Sunday morning between 9am and 11am to deliver donations personally or via EFT to the Woodend Fire Brigade (BSB: 063 806, account number: 10023725) describing it as a ’donation’. If you happen to live in the areas covered by the Newham, Hesket—Kerrie or Carlsruhe CFA Brigades could you please give any donations to those local brigades. We thank you very much in advance for your support, and also to Collier Office & Business Assist and Australian Office for their invaluable assistance with the mail—out.

A Great ’Good Friday’ collection

Once again, the Woodend, Newham and Hesket—Kerrie CFA Brigades conducted the annual Good Friday collection for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal throughout the roads, streets and tracks of the area. A very big thank you to all of the CFA volunteers, family members and friends from the three brigades, around 50 in total, who volunteered to door knock, patrol intersections and count the collection, many giving up most of their day, and to the Woodend Ladies’ Auxiliary for ensuring that all were well fed and watered throughout the day A special thanks to everyone living in and visiting the Woodend, Newham, Hesket and Kerrie areas who donated so generously, raising a record of just under $14,750 – including over $12,500 for Woodend, nearly $1,250 for Newham and more than $1,110 for Hesket—Kerrie. A special mention to the McKinnon family who had six members collecting in Woodend, and between them they raised around $3,900. The Kyretses nearly $1,500 and the Price family over $1,000. Some great individual efforts included Sammy K with $1,152, Georgia McK $1,120 and Charlotte Mck $1,010, while Oliver and Maddi Price and James Selby also did a great job. A special thank you also to the Woodend businesses who allowed for collection containers in the week prior, and to the team at the Commonwealth Bank for the final money count. Unfortunately, we were not able to cover every home, and many people were away for the Easter break and start of the School Holidays, so it you wish to still donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal, donations are being accepted up to the end of May – please drop into the Woodend, Newham and Hesket—Kerrie CFA stations any Sunday morning. Photo and text submitted by Mike Dornau, 1st Lieutenant, Woodend Fire Brigade

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Macedon Ranges Rural Australians for Refugees

Dedicated to the just and humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. With support from Woodend Anglican, our Banner “Let’s Fully Welcome Refugees” is now up again in Woodend’s Anglican Church grounds on High Street. MRRAR has been very active, recently hosting six asylum seekers in local homes and enjoying a terrific day climbing local hotspot Hanging Rock together. Another hosting visit is planned for May. Food donations Food donations are being collected for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne. Any non—perishable food or toiletries can be left at Collier Office & Business Assist or St Mary’s in Woodend. “Mary meets Mohammad” The MMAR group invites you to a free screening of ’Mary meets Mohammad’. This award winning documentary looks at Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local knitting club member Mary, and Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie. This free screening is at The Norma Richardson Hall, 15 Buckland Street, Woodend on Friday 16th May at 7.30 pm, and is open to all. Enquiries: Rosie Baker, 0417 730 978. Keep informed of MRRAR activities through the display space outside Coles, Woodend. Any enquiries please contact Rosie Baker rosiebaker54@gmail.com.

Resonance Orchestra

Resonance string orchestra invites you to join their Senior Strings group and Quartet Conspirito for an afternoon of fine music at the beautiful Cope Williams Estate in Romsey. This “Autumn Recital” will include Albinoni’s Adagio for Strings, selections from Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, Britten’s Simple Symphony and a Mozart Divertimento. Quartet Conspirito will present Brahms’ string Quartet in C Minor. All funds raised will go towards supporting the orchestra’s Senior strings project, which has been a recent addition our exciting educational program. Mark it in your diaries now: Saturday 24th May from 2.30pm at Cope Williams Estate, 160 Glenfern Road Romsey. Tickets are $20, concession $15. Book online, www.trybooking.com/ESMG or phone Kelly 0412 420 146. Submitted by Samantha White on behalf of Macedon Ranges Resonance Orchestra

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Ride to concour cancer With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, many in the Woodend community have been affected by cancer, whether it’s a personal battle, a relative or a friend. A group of locals have set out to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer. Spokes of Hope are a local team of amateur cyclists who will ride 200km in the 2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise funds for the Peter Mac centre. All Spokes of Hope riders have been affected in some way by cancer and have set out to raise at least $2500 each to help fund cancer research. The team first entered the Ride in 2012 and five riders raised $25,000. This year the team has grown and they are asking for more riders to join them and for anyone in the community support them. Nicole Jacks, who rode for the team in 2012 says it’s more than just fundraising and riding, it’s raising awareness. “The last ride we did was a fantastic weekend where we rode a tough course with battling cancer at the front of our minds. Crossing the line the next day was an emotional experience as the reality of this disease hit home. There were many tears from supporters of riders. I highly recommend anyone getting involved,” she said. “The riding is made easy by the camaraderie of the riders and event volunteers. Anyone can do it.” Her husband Daron said supporting the riders was a great weekend, but it was the finish line that brought home the purpose of the ride. “Seeing cancer patients so elated and proud of those riding for them was an emotional experience. I have friends with, and lost friends to cancer. It made me realise we can all do more to help find a cure to this hideous disease” This year’s event is on October 24–25 on the Mornington Peninsula. Any individuals or local businesses who wish to make a tax deductible donation can do so online at the Spokes of Hope’s page www.conquercancer. org.au and look for the donations tab. For more information regarding joining the Spokes of Hope, please contact Shevaun Noonan on 0402 211 344 or email shevaunnoonan@hotmail.com. Or go to www. conquercancer.org.au for information about the ride. Submitted by Natasha Hanegraaf

Sing along for Mother’s Day

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s first Morning Music show of the year will be held on Friday 9 May at the Kyneton Town Hall, providing the perfect gift idea in the lead up to Mother’s Day. Starring John Lidgerwood, ’Yes, I Remember it Well’ is a brand new tribute show featuring stories and songs from classic film and stage masterpieces, including a tribute to the musicals of Lerne and Loewe; Brigadoon, Gigi, Camelot, My Fair Lady and Paint Your Wagon. The show starts at 11.30am and tickets can be purchased for $17.50 each or as part of a four show package for $62. Other shows include a Pavarotti sing-a-long, Ernie Sigley and Kamahl. Mayor, Cr Roger Jukes said that a Mother’s Day celebration was the perfect way to kick off Council’s Morning Music program, which encourages community participation in the arts. “The Morning Music program gives those who prefer their entertainment by day, rather than by night, the chance to enjoy a diverse range of musical performances.” Each ticket also entitles the holder to free entry at the Kyneton Museum, which is open Friday to Sunday, 11am– 4pm. The current exhibition, 100 Frames: flood events in photographs features photographs taken by flood—affected residents living in Gannawarra, Campaspe, Loddon and Swan Hill shires. “Complete your Mother’s Day weekend with a visit to this exhibition, which offers a fascinating insight into the impact that the floods had on these communities. It highlights their strength and resilience as they banded together through the recovery process,” said Cr Jukes. To purchase tickets, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts, contact the Box Office on 1300 88 88 02 (Monday to Friday 8.30am—3pm) or visit any of Council’s customer service centres in Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey and Woodend.

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Second Blooming

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’d like to welcome one of Woodend’s newest and most exciting businesses, Woodend’s fantastic florist, Second Blooming. Second Blooming offers creative floral arrangements to be remembered. Using only the freshest of flowers, carefully chosen from the beautiful choice of blooms grown locally, you will always feel confident knowing that the arrangements are fresh. The shop itself is beautifully presented, and sells not only flowers, but gorgeous gifts and home wares, including their own line of handmade soy candles, premium hand—made chocolates from the Yarra Valley’s Kennedy & Wilson, exquisite handmade teddy bears from Charlie Bear, and, our favourite, Chocolate Port from the Echuca Chocolate Company; the perfect thing for those wintry Woodend nights. Alicia believes that supporting the local community is very important; “I grew up in Woodend and now my two boys will too. We love the town, we love the community, and I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to do business, pursue my passion and raise a family. That’s why I try to include as much local and Victorian product as I can here in the shop.” Alicia says support from the local community has been great, with many of Woodend’s homes and businesses brightening up their premises with a weekly arrangement. Their “Weekly window” has been of keen interest for many passers—by and Facebook fans, with (Grand Antiques) putting a new antique in the window each week, which Alicia then tailors an arrangement to. Alicia says, “the guys from (Grand Antiques) have been great, and some people have stopped in to say how much they love the window, the arrangement, or the antique! It’s a new challenge each week. I’ve even had people bring in photos of a furniture piece, or a room, so we can tailor something for them for a special occasion. It’s very rewarding.” Alicia also has some special deals coming up for Mother’s Day. She’s tight lipped at this time, but “It may include chocolate, flowers, and wine, so you’re sure to be in the good books on Mother’s Day!” she laughs. As a special offer to readers of the New Woodend Star, bring the clipping of this article in to Second Blooming, and receive a $5 discount on any purchase over $20. You can visit them online at www.secondblooming.com.au, on Facebook, or pop on down and say “g’day” to Alicia at 2/87 High Street, Woodend. Call on 5427 2036. Submitted by Martin Featherstone

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The Royal Shakespearean Company goes astray, and a motley crew of actors assemble to put on the play in just seven hours. With mistakes, bad puns and even worse acting antics, “A Christmas Chaos” will be a riotous comedy! “When I first read the play, I thought it would be hard to pull off," says actor Matthew Sievers who is portraying ‘Scrooge’ in the production “but it’s really developed and there’s so much comical depth to it. I can’t wait to perform it!” Along with the drama production, Macedon Grammar School Students will be presenting their first ever Art Exhibition and Sale; “Courage”. Students are preparing their work for the Art Exhibition and are excited about presenting their work to the community. The Art Exhibition coincides with our Drama Production, and all students are involved. Join the Macedon Grammar School Students as we present these events for your enjoyment! Art Exhibition Friday June 6 at 7pm & Saturday June 7 from 10am. ’A Christmas Chaos’ Friday June 6 at 7.30pm, for a night of fun, laughter and comedy you won’t want to miss! Gisborne Mechanics Hall bookings essential $10 Adult, $8 Child under 10, phone 5426 1751 or Amanda 0439 828 448. Text and photo submitted by A. Carlyle Like us on:

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Speech Sounds in Children

Learning to talk takes time, from newborn attempts to communicate by crying through to the complex speech sound combinations in words and sentences. According to Speech Pathology Australia: • By 2 years of age, your toddler should be saying a range of speech sounds when talking — p, b, m, t, d, n, h, w. • By 3 years of age, most children can say the sounds — k, g, f, ng • By 4 years of age, your child should be saying the sounds — l, s, z, sh, ch, j • r, v, and th are later developing sounds, and are produced accurately by most children by the ages of 5, 6, and 8 1/2 respectively. A 3 year olds speech should be understood by unfamiliar people 75% of the time, and by 5 years of age understood by everyone. A breakdown at any point in the intricate process of speech development, such as incorrect positioning of the tongue (if your child uses the tip of their tongue, instead of the back of the tongue, to produce the word “car”, they will produce the word as “tar”) or incorrect air flow (as with a ’lateral lisp’), can lead to a reduction in your child’s ability to speak clearly or be understood. If you are concerned about your child’s speech development, if they have not reached the milestones noted above, if their speech productions seem effortful, or if they are frustrated at not being able to successfully communicate, feel free to contact Woodend Paediatric Speech Pathology Services on 5427 3309 or at 81g High Street for advice. Submitted by Rhonda Hill, Speech Pathologist

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Smart business practices

Macedon Ranges businesses can learn smarter business practices from skilled professionals at a two day conference hosted by Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Small Business Victoria and Tourism Macedon Ranges. The Smart Business conference will be held from 20–21 May at the Kyneton Town Hall. It offers a range of workshops to local business owners and their staff, covering marketing, social media, finance and other business practices. Hands—on training sessions will allow businesses to learn new skills and embrace new tools. Popular presenter, Tim Gentle from Design Experts in Bendigo, will deliver the marketing and online workshops, including two training sessions on the use of social media tools and mobile devices. There are also sessions aimed specifically at start— up businesses. The sessions are run by qualified business professionals who are trained to provide insightful and interactive sessions. Conference—goers will also be able to access a free mentoring session on site from the Small Business Victoria Mobile Business Centre during the conference. Places at individual sessions can be purchased for $30. Discount packages are available to attend either a full day ($65—$75) or two days ($130). Both options include free access to the networking night at the end of day one. To view the conference program, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/ business—conference. To book a place or find out more, call 5421 9616 or email ecodevadmin@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

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Australia has the world’s highest incidence of bowel cancer – 1 in 12, in both men and women. The risk begins at age 40, doubling every five years and more rapidly as the person gets older. Statistics show 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully cured if detected at an early stage. Early detection leads to an improved prognosis and less severe treatment. Bowel cancers begin as polyps, which are growths occurring in the lining of the bowel. Because polyps can develop into cancer, early diagnosis and removal of all polyps is important. More than 75% of people who develop bowel cancer do not have a family history of the disease. For the over 40s Bowelscan is an easy, inexpensive method for early detection. Annual Testing is strongly recommended for all men and women over the age of 40. Rotary Bowel Scan Kits will be available from the Woodend Pharmacy from the middle of May for 4 weeks. The kits are $10 each and can be returned to the pharmacy to be sent out for processing. Australian Rotary Clubs have issued approximately 150,000 kits during their annual Colorectal Screening programs. Since Bowelscan commenced, it is estimated that more than 1,000 people with bowel cancer and 5,000 with polyps have been detected. The Rotary Club of Woodend will be running the Bowelscan Program in conjunction with the Woodend Pharmacy as a Community Awareness Project. Be kind to yourself, look after your health. For further information, go to www.bowelcare.org.au

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Smart Business Conference 20–21 May 2014 Kyneton Town Hall

Workshops and training for local businesses • Topics include marketing, social media and finance • Hands-on training sessions • Networking opportunities For conference program and pricing visit: mrsc.vic.gov.au/business-conference For bookings phone (03) 5421 9616 or email ecodevadmin@mrsc.vic.gov.au

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Live better, we’ve got your back Back pain is a leading causes of disability in Australia. Instead of enjoying retirement when you plan for it, back pain can force people into early retirement, causing loss of income and quality of life. The effects of back pain can lead to avoiding exercise and physical activity and may lead to mental health issues (including depression) or dissatisfaction in the workplace. Over two million Australians have back problems each year. The consequences of back pain are serious –it affects families, lifestyle and productivity. Chiropractic care is an effective form of management of many different types of back pain. The Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back campaign launches Spinal Health Week (May 19—25) a national campaign, to draw attention to the impacts of back pain and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Local chiropractor Anna Kennedy calls on Macedon Ranges residents to take up the challenge to improve their lifestyle habits to better care for their backs. “Improving our postural fitness, such as not sitting down for too long, sitting correctly and using safe techniques when bending and lifting can help avoid damage to the spine” Anna said.“Proper posture keeps everything in its natural position, reduces wear and tear of joints, relieves stress, improves health and enhances your appearance.” To promote the message that a healthy spine leads to a healthier life, Macedon Chiropractic’s Dr Anna Kennedy is offering free initial chiropractic consultations for the month of May. Macedon Chiropractic also offers remedial massage, kinesiology and yoga. For more information visit www.macedonchiropractic.com.au.or contact Macedon Chiropractic on (03) 5426 3945. Submitted by Anna Kennedy for Macedon Chiropractic

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National Volunteer week 2014 marks 25 years of National Volunteer Week. A week when we take time to celebrate the volunteers who empower and support resilient communities through their work. Thank you to all the volunteers who work in support of families, Indigenous communities, young people, aged people, veterans and service people, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Thank you to the volunteers who make all our recreational and sporting activities possible. Thank you for having the imagination to make a difference. Woodend Library and Woodend Connection Volunteer Network will join thousands of organisations around the nation to mark the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week in Australia (12–18 May). This year’s campaign theme “Celebrate the Power of Volunteering” is all about appreciating and understanding the work of volunteers across the nation. Woodend Library and Woodend Connection Volunteer Network recognises the valuable contribution of its many volunteers; without them we would not be able to service the community of Woodend. Janet Pearce, Chairperson of Woodend Neighbourhood House said: “National Volunteer Week 2014, enables us to dedicate and honour our volunteers through time that they so selflessly give up to us. On the 25th National Volunteer Week, we join with other organisations to celebrate our exceptionally skilled volunteers who are not only an asset to our company, to the way we provide services and support our community as well. This is their day.” The National peak body for volunteering, Volunteering Australia’s CEO, Brett Williamson, commended the event to recognise the work of volunteers: “With six million volunteers nationally, we are thrilled to acknowledge their hard work and dedication, through educating the community about the role volunteers play in society and change the way they are perceived. They truly are at the benefit of every organisation.” The Woodend National Volunteer Week event is at Woodend Library on Monday 14th May from 10:00–11:30am. RSVP Thursday 8 May, Woodend Neighbourhood House 5427 1845.

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For more information about National Volunteer Week, please visit Volunteering Australia’s website www. volunteeringaustralia.org and follow the National Volunteer Week link on the home page. Reminder – showcase your volunteer experiences Woodend Library and Woodend Connection Volunteer Network invite you to showcase your volunteer experiences and organisations through an expo at the Library on May 12th but we need your photos and stories by May 8th. If you want us to take a photo at your meeting, club etc or anywhere else, let us know and Hubert will take it for you, just let us know by emailing to reception@woodendnh. org.au with your request of time and place and Hubert will try to fit in with you. Thank you to those of you that have taken us up on the offer though we know there are others out there: let everyone know you exist. I was surprised when we started up the Woodend Connection Volunteer Network data base as to how many clubs, organisations etc Woodend have. So if you want to get the word out there and maybe get more volunteers for your club etc, give this a whirl, you just never know. Woodend Connection Volunteer Network Woodend Connection Volunteer Network have a Working Group that organise workshops etc but due to the last two meetings of only having 2 people turn up, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being. We will keep the database ase going, so if you have an event coming up and need volunteers, let us know. Hope to hear from you soon regarding May 8th with photos and stories or perhaps an event that you need assistance with, or equipment for your functions or just to advertise your coming event. Submitted by Diane Dobson

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Thank you very much to everyone who has donated their old phones to this recycling program. The “They’re Calling On You”campaign commenced in August 2013 at Woodend Primary School, and together with the phones dropped off at Collier Office & Business Assist, 122 phones were collected and sent off in December. Your donation of these phones has helped in the gorilla conservation effort. All the phones donated have been: • diverted from landfill. • lessening the demand for coltan mining by giving the coltan in your old mobile phone a second life. • helping raise much needed funds to support primate conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This recycling program is continuing in 2014 as it is a very worthwhile cause. Woodend Primary School and Collier Office & Business Assist are again both drop—off locations for any old mobile phones.Please continue to support our recycling efforts and recycle your old phone today! Submitted by Pam Lenders, Woodend Primary School

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At the centre of your community We’ve Been Around A While... Over 100 years in fact. Since 1905, Rotary has been making a positive impact in the world. Beginning in Chicago before spreading throughout the world, Rotary first touched our shores in Australia in1921, with the charter of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, closely followed by the charter of a Sydney Club and other Clubs around the nation.Since that time Rotary has grown all over Australia, and no matter where you are, you’ll find a Club near you that has contributed to some amazing things. Chartered in 1987, the Rotary Club of Woodend has provided support to many local community and international projects. The following projects are just some of the projects completed by Woodend Rotary: • Supported the establishment of the Bone Marrow registry • Together with The Spring Hill Disability Group purchased a new Community Bus that is still in operation • Community Halloween events • Australia Day celebrations with the Woodend RSL • Air shows in Kyneton • Operation Cleft supporting cleft palate repairs in Bangladesh • Four Winds Village project and Cambodian Kids Foundation in Cambodia • Disaster Aid Australia supporting Australian and international disasters • Supporting Woodend SES and CFA • Woodend Winter Arts Festival • Guides, Scouts, Cubs and Venturers • Boardmaker program and sustainability books for Woodend Library • Woodend Youth Music collective and Youthspace • AED • re—establishing Woodend’s Business & Tourism Association Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary International, the reward of “paying it forward” unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things. If you’d like to learn more about Rotary Woodend, you’ll be made very welcome at our weekly meetings, 7pm at the Victoria Hotel. Woodend Rotary meets at the Victoria hotel, Woodend every Thursday night from 6.45 pm for friendship and interesting guest speakers. See more information and contacts at: //portal. clubrunner.ca/9589/

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Have you seen the lovely, new shop on the Main Street of Woodend? Having operated their Romsey store for over 6 years, Cuttings Homewares has recently opened their second shop here, in the heart of the Village. Open 7 days, this shop has a unique and eclectic feel all its own. Sourced from all over Australia, many items are exclusive to Cuttings. Specialising in home furnishings, giftware, and fashion, many new items have arrived, just in time for Mother’s Day, 11 May. Key items for Mother’s Day include boxed container candles, hand selected scarves and jewellery, stunning fashion selections, and unique decorative cushions and throws. Also popular are Cuttings’ own gourmet hampers, made to order. Lifestyle cooking and home wares books also feature. All gifts can be complimentary wrapped in Cuttings style. Lay-by is also a feature, and is a handy way of securing one-off items. A customised, home styling service is also offered, and can be tailor-made to meet all your own decorating dilemmas, and budget. Both shops are stocked with their own selection, so a leisurely drive to the Romsey shop, past Hanging Rock, is well worth the short trip. Please feel free to follow us on Facebook, and “like” our page on facebook.com/cuttingshomewares, to keep up with all the shops’ news. Cuttings Woodend: ph – 5427 3168 Cuttings Romsey: 5429 3636. Enjoy… Submitted by M.Gedye

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Easter Raffle Patrick Murray won the first prize in Woodend Kindergarten’s Easter raffle.Patrick, from the Bilby group, took home a hamper full of treats. Rachael Mason (Koala group) and Ruby Sgubin (Rosella group) won the second and third prizes.The raffle raised $565. “Our Easter raffle proved very popular – especially with the children,” said Mark Constable, the kindergarten president. “The prizes were donated by families from the kindergarten and we really appreciate their support. “I’d also like to thank Hallmark Cards, who provided items to wrap the prizes.” The next major fundraiser will be a trivia night at the Norma Richardson Hall, in Buckland St, on Saturday June 14. Mark said: “If business owners are able to help us by donating items for auction or raffle prizes, we would be extremely grateful.” Mark can be contacted on 0477 993 338. Submitted by Richard Padgett

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2014 Seniors Festival grants

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is offering grants of up to $900 to local groups to run an activity during October as part of the 2014 Victorian Seniors Festival. The Victorian Seniors Festival is a statewide program of activities for older people during the month of October. Events in Melbourne run from 5–12 October, with local activities to follow in the Macedon Ranges for the rest of the month. Council is supporting groups within the shire to offer activities from 12–31 October, to avoid clashing with the Melbourne events. Any group can apply, but applications must meet certain criteria. Activities should be free or low-cost (less than $5), take place in the Macedon Ranges Shire, and address at least one of the following criteria: • Encourage people to be more physically active • Encourage people to be creative e.g. participate in an artistic activity • Promote social connections, particularly for people who might not usually participate. No more than one activity will be funded in the same township, so groups are encouraged to collaborate to avoid competing for the same pool of funds. Applications will close on Friday 27 June and all applicants should discuss their proposed project with Stephanie Harper, Council’s Healthy Ageing Officer, before submitting their application. For further information, call Stephanie on 5422 0258 or sharper@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

Thank you to the generous members of our local community who contributed to our Red Cross Calling fund raising efforts through March. These funds enable Red Cross to assist people in need both globally, and locally within our own region. Your generosity was, and is, much appreciated. Further fund raising efforts are planned for the year – possibly a cake stall where our clever and talented members will provide home baked treats for your enjoyment. Keep watch here for further updates. Red Cross has been active in Australia for 100 years. Updates on events to celebrate the Centennial year for Red Cross Australia will be coming soon. If you are considering how you can assist your community, consider joining Red Cross. We are active in fundraising and responding to emergencies within our region. You are welcome to come along to our next meeting to find out more. The next meeting of the Woodend Unit of Red Cross will be held on Thursday, 1st May at 1.30 pm. The meeting will be held at 39 High St Woodend. Submitted by Carmel Stewartt

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Macedon Ranges Bridge Club

It’s that time of the year when the Macedon Ranges Bridge Club looks to offer instruction classes to beginners, on how to play bridge. Why do people play bridge? We often categorise things or people in sets of 4 – earth, air, fire, water and (spades, hearts, clubs diamonds) are two very obvious groupings. So maybe people play bridge because they are: competitive (spades, fire), social (hearts, earth), intellectual (diamonds, water), perfectionists (clubs, air). Of course most of us are a mix of all of the above, and the MRBC caters for everyone. If the thought of learning to play Bridge has ever crossed your mind, come along and give it a go; and dealing the cards for a game of Bridge can throw up in excess of 53 billion, billion, billion hands (if you ever wanted to know!). We aim to run a series of 2—hour Beginner Lessons, to be conducted on 8 consecutive Thursday evenings, or Friday afternoons, commencing in early May. These classes will explain the bidding/auction process, and the playing of the hands. Call Peter Wells (0407 302 308) or Ron Watkinson (0422 622 658) for more information. The venue and times will be announced once numbers are established. You can also find out more about these classes from the MRBC website at www.mrbc.asn.au. Submitted by Peter Wells

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Languages & Culture Classes The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is a government school with a strong history of commitment to the provision of language programs for students in Years 1 to 12 who do not have access to the study of those languages in their mainstream schools. The school’s language program is delivered through face—to—face teaching in language Centres across the state and through Distance Education mode. Learning languages and exploring other cultures broadens children’s horizons, as well as helps them understand themselves better. 21C children need to be equipped with knowledge of the global community they live in. NEW! Mandarin Chinese Lessons! Through the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) fun, engaging Chinese are being offered by Jane Pierini, a qualified language teacher and local resident. Lessons involve a range of activities to promote students’ learning and encourage a love of language and intercultural understanding. They will gain knowledge about traditional and modern life in China and build skills to communicate in Chinese. Classes are held at Gisborne Secondary College, Melton Rd Gisborne, Monday 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Fees are $70 for the year, clases open to School—age students from grade prep to Year 10. Get further info and register your interest asap! Contact: Jane 0408 808 466 or jane.pierini@gmail. com or VSL Area Manager Antonella Cicero on 9474 0562 or country2@vsl.vic.edu.au. Submitted by J. Pierini

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University of the 3rd Age

Many older people will have heard of U3A, and no doubt some have told themselves that University is not for them. In this case, the word University is used in its original sense of people exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge. So please think again. Our U3A is based at Gisborne Further Education Centre in Hamilton St, and it’s a great way to meet other people in a friendly atmosphere, and have a chance to talk about interesting topics. We are organising two special events during the midwinter term, and we are inviting YOU – yes! YOU who are reading this article now! – to join us for one or both of them. These events are for members only – a series of informal discussion courses – the topics are: • Four of the vanished kingdoms of Europe • Exploring opera Two subjects, over four weeks, with leaders who know their topics well. This term, the courses take place in the afternoons, from 1.00 – 2.00, following the morning guest speaker, and lunch. Q3A A Very, Very Special presentation that we are calling Q3A. This is a combination of U3A and Q&A (as seen on the ABC), and will have the same format, except no television cameras! A panel of invited guests will be chaired by our own wise man, Roger Jones OAM, and will include two local MPs, Joanne Duncan and Amanda Millar, Bryan Power, Geoff Hildebrand and Don Watson. One or two others are being sought. The topic for discussion, in which you, the audience can join in is: Is our present system of voting for elections for the Australian Senate the best way to ensure a fair, democratic result for the whole community? This event is open to the public, and will be held on Monday June 16th, commencing at 10.30 . Lunch will be served afterwards to all attendees, and the whole thing is free of charge. Come along and see if you can make a contribution to changing the world, or just come along and listen to a good morning of discussion and ideas. Replies would be helpful, phone 5427 1909, or: rasbooks@westnet.com.au. Submittede by Jo Clancy

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10th anniversary Festival

Power and politics, passion and romance – these are the subjects of this year’s Woodend Winter Arts Festival (6–9 June) ever— popular panel events. Booking early is essential because these evens sell out well before Festival weekend. The New Romantics — If you ever wondered why romance was so popular and how to write a good one, this panel is for you. Four local published romance authors Kathryn Ledson, Margareta Osborn, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle will discuss the diversity and popularity of writing and reading romance, the changing roles and tropes of women in modern romantic fiction, balance of power and gender, breadth of the genre, the story within the story, what makes a good love scene, what defines a happy— ever—after ending and much more. Saturday 7 June, 2pm to 3pm ($20 / $18 concession) Power, politics and personalities With David Marr (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Monthly, The National Times, Four Corners, Media Watch and the Guardian), and Margaret David Marr will Simons (award—winning freelance participate in Power, politics and personalities journalist and author, Director of the discussion

Centre for Advanced Journalism and coordinator of the new Masters in Journalism at the University of Melbourne). Between them they have written many biographies – subjects have included a prime minister, a business tycoon, a judge and a famous man of Australian letters. How does an author approach the task of writing the biography of such high—profile subjects? Authorised versus unauthorised? How does this affect the work? What to tell and what not to tell? Why do we want to read about other people’s lives anyway? Monday 9 June, 10.30am – 11.30am ($20/$18 concession) Hold the Front Page! For anyone who loves the media and how it works – and wonders where it’s headed. Breaking news – Rachael Buchanan, part of is it digital or print? Are discucssion panel on news & media newspapers really dying? Is the new media revolution really changing the way we become informed citizens? This panel draws together three analytical insiders — Rachel Buchanan (The Age, Australian Book Review, Meanjin and Griffith Review, and author of Stop Press: The last days of newspapers) and Tim Dunlop (pioneer of political blogging in Australia, The Road to Surfdom (blog) News Limited’s Blogocracy, The Drum and author of The New Front continued on page 20

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continued from page 19 Woodend Winter Art Festival— continued Page: New media and the rise of the audience), with Sally Warhaft (Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and former editor of The Monthly magazine, author of Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia) for a lively and very contemporary examination of how we believe we stay informed. Sunday 8 June, 10.30 am to 11.30 am ($20 / $18 concession) From a Different Angle The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance. It was the feel-good novel of 2013. Rights have sold into more than thirty countries and a Hollywood movie is on the way. Yet the overall effect of the book is, if anything, to increase genuine understanding of Aspergers (or, as it will soon be called, the autistic spectrum) and to refute some of the common myths. Author Graeme Simsion discusses with Jane Sullivan his journey from attending a professional screen-writing course at RMIT in 2007 to award winning and best-selling author in 2013. There’ll be many laughs along the way. Jane Sullivan is a writer of fiction and a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, specialising in literary journalism. Her column is appears regularly in The Age. Sunday 8 June, 2pm to 3pm ($20 / $18 concession). Artist Now: The role of the 21st-century artist in the public arena – a panel discussion with some of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios’ most accomplished artists – Rose Wilson, Anton Hasell, Tim Jones, Ellie Young while will discuss the role of the present day artist in the community, how it differs from artists in the past: What is art for? Who is it for? Moderator Jill Rivers, writer and producer who has managed and marketed the arts for 35 years and is currently the Creative Producer of DMROS. Saturday 7 June, 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm ($30 full / $25 concession – includes glass of wine and sandwiches) The Festival’s musical program this year features Peter and the Wolf with Max Gillies and the Scotch College Orchestra, opera performances of Jacobo Peri’s, Euridice, Brazil’s Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet, Vienna’s Koehne String Quartet, Singapore’s virtuoso cellist Li-Wei Qin, French baroque harpist Maria-Christina Cleary, Italian violinist, Davide Monte, and Ukraine-born international pianist Alexey Yemtsov. To buy tickets and view the full program, including free events and art exhibitions, go to: www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au. Submitted by A. Patterson for WWAF

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Amanda was joined by Liberal candidate for Macedon Donna Petrovich, Minister for Tourism Louise Asher and Max Gillies for the announcement at Parliament House. The brilliant actor and satirist Mr Gillies, will be starring with the Scotch College Orchestra in a not to be missed production of Serge Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf during the Festival. This nationally prominent Arts Festival is a landmark event in Woodend attracting over 6,000 music lovers from all over Victoria and interstate. It will showcase the widespread appreciation for the arts in the Macedon Ranges and is always a highlight on the calendar. Amanda is a proud sponsor of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

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Farewell Kellie Ruane

We have received much feedback with regards to the complexity of our billing system. As a result, from the 1st March in response to this feedback, we are simplifying our billing system. You will only be required to pay the co-payment fee on the day of service. On weekdays, where a single service has been provided on the day, the maximum you will pay is $45 ($35 for Pension/HCC holders). We will no longer require you to make the full payment on the day – however this option is available to you should you prefer it. Discounts may apply to some services – eg. a small payment of up to $15 will be charged for services like the “Swift Clinic”. For further information please speak to our friendly reception team.

We bid farewell to our esteemed colleague Kellie Ruane. As Brooke Street Medical Centre’s first Exercise Physiologist, Kellie introduced a whole new world of possibility to those in our community who are injured, need physical rehabilitation, have chronic disease or simply want to keep as healthy and fit as possible. Her sensitive and inspiring style mixed with expert knowledge has assisted many people to move in new ways and experience much improved health. Kellie moves on to fulfill other commitments. We wish you all the very best Kellie.

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And the good news is: Gemma Bird our other Exercise Physiologist, who has been working four days a week for almost two years, will now work Monday to Friday. Gemma appreciates that exercise can be daunting for some people, especially when they carry injuries or haven’t exercised for a long time. Her expert knowledge and sensitivity assist patients with injuries, rehabilitation and chronic disease needs etc. Gemma completes a thorough assessment and listens to your concerns before devising a personal program to improve your movement, fitness and strength in gradual steps. You can make an appointment to see Gemma by phoning one of our receptionists – 5427 1002.

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Council’s draft budget

Aiming to strengthen liveability Macedon Ranges Shire Council is inviting community comment on its draft budget for the upcoming financial year, which proposes a 4.8% average rate increase and over $7.5 million in improvements to the shire’s road network. Mayor, Cr Jukes said the draft budget looks to strengthen liveability and protect and enhance what makes people choose to live and do business in the Macedon Ranges. “Council budgets must balance environmental, infrastructure and social needs with available resources, including rates and grant funds. We have sought to achieve this within the community’s capacity to pay, and welcome your feedback. “The draft budget includes a capital works program of approximately $7.5 million for the construction and improvement of our road network. As usual, priority will be given to roads that will deliver maximum benefit to the wider community,” he said. Mayor, Cr Jukes said that Council was in the middle of some major projects, many of which require a continuation of funding in this year’s budget. “Current projects funded in this year’s budget include the Macedon Ranges netball complex in Gisborne, the Bluestone Theatre in Kyneton and the resurfacing of the Gilbert Gordon Oval in Woodend. “We will make improvements to the Senior Citizens Centre and Recreation Reserve at Riddells Creek, purchase land for an All Abilities Playground in Romsey and support a community playground at the Botanic Gardens in Kyneton.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS CONTACT DETAILS Alcoholics Anonymous, Friday night, Cobaw Community Centre, 0409 131 144 Australian Breastfeeding Association, Heather, 5427 2398 Cobaw Thursday Walking Group 5427 3340 Daylight Masonic Lodge, 5427 2480 1st Woodend Scout Group, 5427 2848, Leisa 0429 331 695 Friends of Macedon Ranges Library, Sheila/Don 5427 3644 Garden Club, 5422 6062 / 5427 3340 Kyneton Municipal Band, Doug, 0411 420 113 Lancefield—Macedon Ranges, Relay For Life, Kathy 0419 644 688 Living Word Christian Church, 5429 6327 Historical Society, Courthouse, 5427 2523 Macedon Ranges Art Trail Nadine 0439 399 838 Macedon Ranges & District Motor Club, 10 Webb Cres, New Gisborne 1st Wednesday each month 8pm Macedon Ranges Amateur Radio Club Graeme 0418 838 300 Macedon Ranges Animal Aid, Buffalo Sports Stadium, 5427 1752 Macedon Ranges Bridge Club, 5427 1884 Macedon Ranges Families of Children with Disabilities Support Group, 5427 3365 Macedon Ranges Residents Assc., 5427 1481 or 5427 2651 Macedon Ranges Photographic Society, Ron Mathews, 5427 3284 Parent Support 4 LD,— Kerrie 0414 432 158 Probus, 5427 2003 R.S.L., Anslow Street, 5427 3122 Red Cross, 5427 1260 Rotary Club of Woodend, meetings weekly at Vic Hotel Thursdays 6.45pm, 0409 439 046 St. Mary’s Guild, 11am, 4th Wednesday of month St. Mary’s Street Stall, 9—12 noon outside Woodend Newsagency (2nd Sat of the month) Woodend Art Group, Railway Station, 5427 1659 Woodend Business & Tourism Group woodendtraders@gmail.com Woodend Landcare: Meetings and weekend working bees — Jo 5427 1909 Thursday Crew — morning — Stewart 5427 4615 Woodend Hanging Rock Petanque Club, Hanging Rock Reserve, 5420 7595 Woodend Lions Club, Meetings 2nd/4th Wednesday each month, Barry McDonald, 5427 1272 Woodend Neighbourhood House, 47 Forest St, 5427 1845 Woodend Playgroup 0467 093 878 Woodend Pony Club, 5427 2793 Woodend Senior Citizens Club, Comm. Centre Woodend SES Training Nights Monday, Urquhart St Woodend Tennis Club Laura 0408 881 763 Woodend Winter Arts Festival Inc.,

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The term has just started, with that very short week immediately after the holidays some courses have delayed their start date until May. Check out the Term Two brochure you may have received in last month’s star, or have a look at our website – www. woodendnh.org.au A couple of brand new courses have come through as late entrants (they missed our brochure). Anita Triado is taking a Beginners Italian class starting Wednesday 7th May from 10am–11am. It’s an eight—week course; cost is $160 for the term. She is seeking motivated, language—loving beginners, a new language is hard to learn at the best of times but in adulthood it is much trickier. Maybe you have Italian heritage and want to build on your childhood memories or you are thinking of taking the trip of a lifetime and want to be able to make yourself understood. We are also hosting Rosie Berenyi—Mansell and her Chocolate Making workshop on Saturday 10th May from 1.30– 3.30pm – a delicious way to spend your afternoon and at $35 a great deal (you do take home chocolates and get to eat some while you are there). New courses for this term also include our Sewing for Beginners. We have had so many people asking for basic dressmaking courses over the time I have been here, well here it is! Starting Wednesday 23rd April (though we will hold out for a couple of weeks to get a class together) from 1–3pm, Sue Hill, an experienced seamstress and sewing teacher, will take you through the basics and onto simple pattern sewing before the end of term. The cost for the term is $170 (if it starts later in the term the price will be adjusted accordingly). Contact the house 5427 1845 to ask about any of our courses advertised in this month’s Woodend Star and to offer your talents to run a course, start an interest group or support group, build an action group or volunteer at the House. Finally, I’d like to welcome Angela Van Dam to the position of Administration Officer at the House. Angela has been busy volunteering with a number of community groups around Woodend and district over the last couple of years and we are delighted that she will bring her energy, expertise and talents to the House as well. You’re always welcome to just come in and say hello and have a cuppa, and now you have a new excuse to do so. Submitted by Jill Scanlon – Coordinator

Budget and Council

Council has finished it’s budget deliberations and will be releasing the draft council plan and budget next week. Thank you to all of you who wrote early to allow us to Cr. Jennifer Anderson, consider things you felt were Macedon Ranges Shire Councillor important. There were some wonderful ideas, and some that may not have made the draft this year will be investigated during the year and possibly considered in the 2015/16 financial year. Please inspect the draft budget and council plan on the website or at council offices, and get your submissions in by the due date via the process explained on the website, at offices, and in the local papers. Remember to look for things you would like to see done and things that we are planning that you may think should take lesser priority in your mind. We like getting submission in support of what we have chosen also. All submissions need to go to the specified address, but you can copy in councillors, or ring us to discuss further if you wish. It is a large document, so you may consider breaking it down into what actions you would like to see council take( the plan), what core services you think should be provided( capital works— footpaths, building maintenance etc), and what new projects council is considering ( new initiatives). There is also the fees and services section if you have an interest in fines and community service fees such as hall hire and permit applications. We have tried to keep rates and bor rowing as low as possible, whilst continuing to provide essential services. If you wish to talk about your submission at a special council meeting then let us know at the time you write to us. Even if having your say does not change the current budget it will still let council know what you see as important, and may mean it is considered in the future. Council works for the community, so we need to know whether you feel we have prioritised things to best serve the community with our limited funds. Thank you in advance for taking an interest and the time to inspect the draft budget and council plan. Best wishes, Jennifer

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Chasing the Memories – a run for Alzheimers

A Son, a Brother, an Uncle, a Husband, a Friend, a Father, a Grandfather. At the age of 72 Gunther Franzen, a local resident was diagnosed with Lewy body disease together with Alzheimer’s. He has always been a fit healthy man— in his youth was a local hero for his soccer team in Germany. Later in Australia, married with 3 children, he took up running and in the late 70’s and early 80’s he ran the BigM Melbourne Marathon (Frankston to Melbourne) 4 times. As part of his training he ran from home in Plenty to work in Preston, as a child his daughter Sylvia found this distance inconceivable.

Sylvia, now an adult, is training to run a half marathon in Gunther’s honour. Running with Macedon Ranges Running Club for just over a year now, Sylvia along with 7 other members from the Woodend branch are training for The Age Run Melbourne 21.1km half marathon on 27th July. The “Chasing the Memories” team are raising funds for Alzheimer’s Australia (Victoria) to fund vital research into dementia. Researchers are currently investigating different areas such as: causes of dementia, medication that may modify or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, long term care, support for carers, genetic factors and risk reduction. In Victoria 69,000 people have dementia with 56 new cases diagnosed every day. Victoria is currently facing a dementia epidemic. In 2013, there are around 75,000 people living with dementia in Victoria. This number is projected to increase to almost 246,000 by 2050, unless there are medical breakthroughs. With these numbers in mind the likelihood of you knowing someone who has dementia or are a carer to a sufferer of dementia are high. Sylvia says “I’m using The Age Run Melbourne half marathon to push beyond my comfort zone, take up this challenge and raise funds to support Alzheimer’s Australia. I’m doing the hard yards and now I’m asking you to sponsor me in my crazy pursuit!” please donate to raise funds for vital research. Go to www.runmelbourne2014.everydayhero. com/au/sylvia Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the peak body representing people with dementia. For more information about their services call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit www.fightdementia.org.au/vic.

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Saturday 10th May 2014 The School Of Domestic Goddessery and ethic. a sustainable shopping experience are partnering to put on a Vintage Tea Party, just in time for Mother’s Day! The tea party will raise funds for Ovarian Cancer and is aimed to empower, educate and encourage people to make their lives healthier and happier. To make it a true Vintage Tea Party, attendees will be encouraged to dress up vintage style. We’re talking vintage frocks, red lipstick and victory rolls! Not only will the evening include a 100% organic high tea style dessert buffet with gluten free and refined sugar free options, but it will also be an opportunity to have some fun, to listen to inspirational speakers, learn from demonstrations and to meet like—minded locals. Tea and coffee will be served, if you would prefer stronger, please BYO tipple of your choice. Jenny Lonergan is a local inspiration and will share her experience in women’s issues, community commitment and everyday empowerment. Samantha Rixon from the School Of Domestic Goddessery will teach attendees how to make their own 100% biodegradable ’DIY green cleaners’. Leah Rushford from Succeed health and wellness will give pointers on how to incorporate essential oils in recipes to enjoy the benefits internally and Paula Hill will demonstrate how to make a grain—free sandwich loaf that is perfect for people with gluten intolerances and those on the Paleo diet. According to Samantha and Jenny, “Women have a unique power to champion change and this evening is about inspiration, information and of course, vintage glamour! We hope that there will be plenty of laughs, new friendships made and good old fashioned fun.”

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Get Knitted! Are you interested in knitting or crochet? Join our Knitting Group every Friday afternoon, 2–4pm. In 2014, Macedon Ranges Shire Council together with Woodend Library will ‘yarnbomb’ the area outside the Woodend Community Centre. Come to the Library to knit, weave or crochet your own piece of community art. The project will be unveiled during the Woodend Winter Arts Festival over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 7–10 June. Plans are also taking shape for Woodend crafters to knit and crochet for the ANZAC 2015 ’5,000 Poppies’ commemorative project. Enquire at the library for patterns and further information.Donations of wool are greatly appreciated – especially red! National Volunteer Week, 12—18 May: “Celebrate the power of volunteering” This year marks the 25th anniversary of celebrating National Volunteer Week. Together with the Woodend Neighbourhood House, Woodend Library will be showcasing the wonderful work of our community’s volunteers. National Library and Information Week, 19—25 May: “Join the dots” The week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase our resources, facilities, events, contacts and services.

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The ladies of St Mary’ Guild invite you to join them for their annual knitting bee on Wednesday, 4 June from 11am to 2.30pm in The Norma Richardson Hall. The ladies will be knitting squares and sewing them into blankets for the homeless. Over the past 10 years the Guild has donated over 300 double blankets – that’s a lot of squares! The blankets are distributed through the Salvation Army in Kyneton. Please bring No 8 (4mm) needles, 8 ply yarn and a friend! Hot soup and a roll will be served at lunchtime so please reply to Norma Richardson on 5427 2315 or Sylvia Dalton on 5427 4075. A service with a difference On Sunday 11 May at 10.30am Rev’d Dr Peta Sherlock invites you to ’Messy Church’, a children friendly, interactive service with a do—it—yourself sermon and prayers. It’s a ’service with a difference’ and is great fun for the whole family. Regular services are held at St Mary’s at 10am on a Wednesday and 10.30am on Sundays. St Mary’s is located at 15 Buckland Street, Woodend opposite the cemetery. Contact: The Rev’d Dr Peta Sherlock on 0421 871 126. To hire The Norma Richardson Hall or for more information about St Mary’s visit www.woodendanglican. org.au or contact woodendanglican@gmail.com You can also keep up to date on Facebook. Submitted by Angela Van Dam

2014 is the centenary of the commencement of World War I. For those families who have ancestors who fought in WWI buried at Woodend, a commemorative poppy tile has been produced by the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, in partnership with the RSL. These self—adhesive tiles are available for purchase through the RSL. If you have purchased a tile and would like it affixed to your ancestor’s headstone or cremation niche at the Cemetery, please contact the Trust for assistance. The Trust was recently successful in attaining a Councillor Grant, which has gone towards the restoration and framing of the original 1890 hand—coloured plan of the Cemetery. The project has been supported by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, and we thank them for their assistance. Added to this we were successful in being awarded a Grant from the Dept of Health for the replacement of the main waterline through the cemetery. Works to complete this project are anticipated to be completed shortly. Did you know? The oldest person buried at the Cemetery is Patrick Mahony, aged 109. Patrick was born in 1779 in Ireland and died in Woodend on 30 August 1888. As always, we rely on the support of our small group of volunteers, who we thank for giving up a few hours of their spare time each month. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact the Secretary, Keryn Allan, on 0417 011 300 or email woodendcemetery@iinet.net.au. Submitted by Philip Johnson, Chairman

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Would your children be interested in being a CFA Junior volunteer? We have recently had several enquiries about forming a CFA JUNIORS Program at the Woodend CFA. The CFA has over 250 Junior Brigades across Victoria. Young people aged between 11–15 years old can join CFA as junior members through the Junior Volunteer Development Program. When juniors turn 16 they can apply to become senior members of their brigade. Junior Brigades provide a range of safe, enjoyable and challenging activities for young people. There is no cost to join and most activities are free. All junior members will receive their own polo shirt, hat and set of overalls. Activities include team building, practical skills, fundraising, first aid, community service, sporting and social activities and excursions. Junior Brigades are all about fun, friendship, belonging, volunteering, responsibility, challenges, teamwork, leadership, skill development, community spirit, commitment and firefighting skills. Junior volunteers also participate in regular brigade activities such as presentation nights, brigade meetings and also have the opportunity to compete in junior firefighting championships. If we receive enough positive response, we will get the wheels in motion. For further information call the Woodend CFA on 5427 2356, contact 1st Lt Mike Dornau on 5427 3680, visit the station in Urquhart Street on a Sunday morning or visit the CFA website: www.cfa.vic.gov.au The fire danger period is not over! The official Summer Fire Danger Period has ended, but that does not mean that the fire danger period is over. While we attend most of our bush, grass and scrub fires over the warmer months, the CFA attends more structural fires (such as houses and sheds) in the cooler months. This is the time when people start using their fires, heaters and electric blankets again. One of our common winter calls is to a chimney fire, where the heat from the fire below has actually ignited ash and debris that is lodged in the chimney. It is therefore wise to regularly check, and even have your chimney or flue cleaned. A winter fire plan is also important. A recent survey indicated that more than 25% of children did not know what to do if a fire broke out in their home. Have you discussed an evacuation procedure with your family in case of a house fire? Have you discussed with your children how to safely exit a building by crawling low in smoke? Have you organised a meeting place outside to know that everyone is safe? How to check and clean smoke alarms? Do you have fire extinguishers or fire blankets? The Woodend CFA is a volunteer emergency service, committed to Creating a Safer Community. Submitted by Lieutenant Mike Dornau, Woodend CFA.

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Since arriving in Woodend just over 12 months ago Dianne Adams of Woodend Bookkeeping has established a successful thriving company in the Macedon Ranges providing a valuable service to a wide variety of businesses within the region. The office is conveniently situated at the end of the “Avenue of Honour” at the Woodend Old School House and is very accessible from the Calder Freeway and other major arterial roads. Ms. Dianne Adams M.I.C.B. has now employed 3 local Bookkeepers who as a team deliver professional advice and assistance for financial and administrative freedom to their clientele thus allowing more time to pursue other activities. Woodend Bookkeeping pride themselves in ensuring a friendly one on one service that is tailored to specific client needs. Areas of expertise includes: • ATO Electronic BAS / PAYG Lodgement • Month End Reportin • Accounts Payable / Receivable • Budget / Job / Project Costing • Profit and Loss Reporting • All aspects of Payroll / Superannuation • On site MYOB Bookkeeping Training Feel free to call Dianne and her expert team for some advice on your business solutions. Call 5427 2233 or 0416 011 227 or email di@woodendbookkeeping.com.au.

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Buffalo Sports Stadium & Macedon Community Centre Buffalo Sports Stadium in Woodend and Macedon Community Centre offer a range of sports, fitness classes and preschool programs for children and adults of all abilities. Both centres are managed and funded by Macedon Ranges Shire Council. We are still looking for more teams to join our Mixed Volleyball Competition. Phone 5427 3411 for more infomation or emailbuffalo@mrsc.vic.gov.au. Strength for Health Strength for Health is a progressive strength training program designed specifically for older adults. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 1pm—2pm and Fridays from 9.30am—10.30am. Fees are $60 for 10 pass card or $118 for 20 pass card. Change It Up Training – Ladies fitness classes Our women’s fitness classes are based on Metafit training, the latest in High Intensity Interval training, which will set your metabolism on fire! Think you’re not fit enough? Think again. We cater for all levels, simply go at your own pace. And remember… girls compete with each other, women empower one another. For more information contact Libby via libby@ changeituptraining.com or 0421 733 750. Tai-Chi beginners class Tai Chi qi gong is found to be effective in several ways: it lowers blood pressure, increases immunity, enhances metabolism, minimises symptoms associated with conditions such as diabetes, improves flexibility, strength and balance and lowers stress and anxiety levels. Classes commence Wednesday 30 April, from 11.15am— 12.15pm. To book, contact Coral Crozier on 5427 0266. Kindergym - what a great way to keep the kids active in the winter months Our Kindergym teacher, Mrs Anna Shelper, will help to develop your child’s gross motor skills, coordination, balance, confidence and social skills through active play and organised activities. Program times: 1–3 years, Fridays, 10am–10.50am; 35 years, Fridays, 11am–12 noon. Fees: $9.20 casual visit or 10 pass card $85 (valid for 6 months). Tell your friends about this fantastic program. Submitted by G Gamble for MRSC

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Tennis is back in Woodend

The Woodend Tennis Club’s hardworking committee are delighted to see the completion of its largest project to date. The new court surfaces are something all members and the community can enjoy and will stand the club in good stead for years to come. Marcus Wills Pro Tennis is now coaching at Woodend Tennis Club. Marcus has over 20 experience and is a fully qualified Victorian Tennis Club Professional. Marcus coaches a number of different programs including Hot Shots, Tennis in Schools, Adult lessons, Group lessons, Private lessons and students with disabilities. Coaching is available by appointment, Contact Marcus directly for bookings or further information on no1tennispro@hotmail.com or 0416 094 781. The club has teams competing in four Macedon Ranges competitions. Friday night/Saturday morning juniors, Saturday afternoon open, Tuesday mid week ladies and Thursday night open comp. To join the junior competition: contact Jane – 0407 808 467, Midweek Ladies call Leonie 0413 869 583. For Thursday night competition starting early August, contact Brett on 0438 588 740 or email brett.marchant@strategem.com.au. Places still available for doubles tennis on a Saturday afternoon, please contact Paul 5427 1473 or 0422 747 589 A new social competition, ungraded and open to all levels is starting next month. This new competition of 3 player teams will play on Tuesday nights; starting at 6pm. Registration night is Tuesday 6th May from 6pm at the tennis courts. You can enter as team or individual. The competition will run during term 2 and 3, with a break during the schools holidays then finals in September. Further inquiries contact Jane 0407 808 467.

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Macedon Ranges Basketball Association

On March 29th our under 12 C grade team played an exciting grand final against Bulldogs 3 at Boardman Stadium in the Sunbury Basketball Association. The Bulldogs side had beaten our Woodend Hawks team once during the regular season, though the Hawks managed to get a win over them in the first semi— final by 4 points to find our place in the grand final. So the stage was set for a real nail-biter and we expected it to be a very close game. Our boys started the game very strongly right from the tip-off, with some great early points followed by impressive

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full-court press defense. Heading up the press were Hayden Clune and Cameron Corry-Thomas who put the Bulldogs ball handlers under a lot of pressure, and helped cause turnovers. Fergus Connor and Xavier Tadd both did an amazing job pulling down rebounds, playing some great defense throughout the game. Jasper Dillon did a great job scoring some early points in the first half, and finishing with 5 points for the game, to give us a half-time lead of 18 points to 6. The second half saw our boys continue to run hard, play great defense and share the ball around – not giving the Bulldogs a chance to get back in the game. Ryder Blizzard played with his usual high energy, helping with some great steals, finishing the game with 5 points. Max Rivers was a very strong performer, pulling down rebounds, playing great defense as well as scoring 6 points in the second half to finish with 10 points for the game. Jack Hassett was a standout performer on the day, finishing with 14 points, plenty of assists, rebounds and a few very nice blocked shots. The final score for the game –Woodend Hawks:39, defeating Gisborne Bulldogs: 13 points – so it was an amazing win. The boys played the game of their lives to help record the first premiership for Woodend Hawks in the Sunbury competition. Thanks to Josh Forde and Will Oswin who played with the team throughout the season, including a memorable game for both players in the last of the regular season against Bulldogs 5. Our apprication also goes to Maxine Corry –Thomas for a job well done as our team manager for the season. Hopefully this is the first of many premierships for the Woodend Hawks! Submitted by Marty Dillon, Coach

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Book Launch: In Search of Ashbourne – A history of early Ashbourne in the Macedon Rranges by Jane Holth Saturday 12th April saw the former Ashbourne Catholic Church bursting at the seams as locals and past residents of Ashbourne gathered for the launching of a new Heritage Society publication In Search of Ashbourne – A history of early Ashbourne in the Macedon Rranges by Jane Holth. Jane moved to Ashbourne in 1989 and explains in her introduction how her fascination with the district began. “I was intrigued with the little dilapidated building in the paddock next to our property. As I came to meet locals who had lived in the area

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since the 1930s, in particular Bill and John Hickey, Ron Kellett and Graham Thiele, I learnt that Ashbourne had once been a busy little hamlet and that the old building was formerly a Catholic church and a school.” Sobering tales emerged of priests who travelled out from Woodend on foot or in a horse and gig, and held services in the church for those of a religious bent. Other memories of the church focused on the dances held there several times a year where families had a rollicking good time and staggered home at dawn. Judging by the amount of broken china and glass we have found under the church, the tales of revelry are not exaggerated.” Woodend & District Heritage Society President, Jannyse Williams welcomed over a hundred people to the old building, and Jane thanked the many page 38

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people who had contributed stories and photographs for inclusion in the book. Bill Hickey then took the microphone to describe the events that once took place in the old Church and passed on fascinating memories of the families who had been — and in many cases still are — part of the Ashbourne community. Susie Spence then completed the formal part of the proceedings with a delightful reading of Denis Fitzgerald’s poem “Old Time Dances at Ashbourne” Judging by the size of the gathering and the constant ripple of voices while afternoon tea was being served, this sense of community still exists and to all intents and purposes, the afternoon took on the quality of a real “back to” and reunion. As more and more stories were recalled and shared, it became obvious that there were still more tales to be told.

A further book is a real possibility. To encourage Jane to once again take up her pen and recorder, please forward your stories and photographs to our Local History Centre – wdhs@vicnet.net.au or PO Box 124, Woodend, 3442 or pass them on to Jane at jholth@bigpond. com and we will see what we can do Copies of Jane’s book and our other publications are available from the Court House in Forest Street, Woodend on Wednesdays or at other times, from Collier Office and Business, Shop 5, 19th Hole Shopping Centre Woodend. Submitted by Janet Hawkins

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The New Woodend Star- May 2014  

Connecting the community - A free monthly periodical with circulation of 3500 throughout Woodend postal district, Newham, Hesket, Ashbourne,...

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