July Issue of the Stratford Town Crier 2019

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JULY 2019

Volume 26—No 6 ABN 61 052 673 443 ISSN 1836-3830

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2.1 What’s On In Stratford




he response to last month’s feature on local volunteers drew an enthusiastic response from many individuals and groups. This month we are delighted to feature the long-term efforts of our local Landcare volunteers. The impressive “before and after” images are a credit to the workers who have been involved at each location. There is a Chinese proverb “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second -best time is now.” The Landcare volunteers had the foresight to clear and plant these areas all those years ago and our environment and community is continuing to reap the rewards of their vision. “He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” As we’ve noted before, all of us have varying degrees of enthusiasm and available time for groups and projects which support and enhance our community, but if this feature stirs your interest, do contact the group for more information on what you may be able to contribute. Let us not forget that as well as giving of your time and perhaps labour, there is a lot to gain personally too! If you can’t join a group of volunteers for a clearing or planting project, at the very least, when choosing plants for your own home, consider those which will be sensitive to our local environment, frugal in respect of water consumption and encourage birds and bees. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Greek proverb Judy Donoghue





eported crime this month includes: A chainsaw was stolen from an unlocked shed in Dixon Street. A tow bar tongue was stolen from a parked vehicle in McFarlane Street. Batteries were stolen from a locked shed on a rural property. A generator was stolen from an unlocked shed on a rural property. A chainsaw was stolen from an unlocked shed on another rural property. Many thieves are opportunists who target unlocked vehicles, houses and sheds. The best deterrent is to keep valuables out of sight and lock vehicles and buildings, even when you are home. Unfortunately the days of leaving things unlocked in rural areas are long gone. If you see something suspicious, please report it, as sometimes seemingly insignificant information can lead to an arrest. This can be done anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You may notice that in the crime report each month the majority of reported crimes are burglaries and thefts. What we don’t report are family violence related matters, which currently account for about 70% of reported incidents in the Wellington and East Gippsland Police Service Areas. Also common are mental health and drug related incidents. All of these matters consume a large amount of police time and resources and have a significant impact on the community. Fortunately there are support services available to help people affected by these issues. Richard Chrisp

inter is now officially upon us, but remember in a few months Spring comes along!

Winter Preparation Ask yourself these simple questions: Are there working smoke alarms in your home? Do you clean the filter in your clothes dryer after each use? Do you know not to place clothes too close to open fire or heater? Do you leave your electric blanket on when not in use? Do you have a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket? Suspicious Behaviour To increase awareness of what to report and to whom: What is suspicious? To have suspicion you must suspect the honesty of a person, thing or act. Have an impression of the existence or presence of. Be inclined to think that. Be inclined to mentally accuse of: doubt of; doubt the innocence of: distrust. Doubt the genuineness of truth of. When a person, thing or act leaves a question mark in your mind, then it is suspicious. Call the Police on 000. If you wish to remain anonymous regarding criminal activity you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


What’s On in July 2019? SUNDAY 30 June, Stratford Historical Society Social Day Trip @ Midday Heyfield Historical Society TUESDAY 9 July, Wellington Red Cross Lunch Meeting @ 11.30am Stratford Innovation Chinese Café MONDAY 15 July, CWA Bingo Night @ 6.00pm, Sale Greyhounds FRIDAY 26 July, Stratford Singer Songwriters @ 6.30pm Stratford Courthouse

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Walk or drive the Arts Trail Kayak at Weirs Crossing Visit the Historical Society Checkout the Knob Reserve Lookout

Have a game of tennis at Llowalong Road Play on the numerous playgrounds around town Go for a bike ride on the Rail Trail

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2017 = 436.6

2016 = 592.9

2015 = 593.3

2014 = 647.2

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AVON CWA is looking for you! We currently have 11 adult members and 19 junior members and we would love to see that number grow this year. We have the following activities planned just for July, and you could get involved. Tuesday 2 July 12.00pm 3.00pm – North Gippsland Group Mini Craft Exhibition (members only) with a two course lunch and a craft display. Friday 12 July 8.00am 11.00am – Maffra Volunteers Caravan market stall, a fundraising event and a chance to share our fantastic cooking with the community Saturday 13 July 1.00pm - 4.00pm – Junior Craft Activity, Christmas in July with sewing and cooking activities. Monday 15 July 10.00am 12.30pm – Adult Craft Activity – Candlewicking, all materials supplied. Monday 15 July 1.00pm 3.00pm – Monthly Meeting, a time



With the onset of the colder weather the doors of the Shed are firmly closed, keeping out the cold and trapping inside the sweet aroma of the wood that is being worked. The photo is an example of a stage of mass production which each part goes through from a block of wood to a finished item ready to receive its coat of paint. There can be 4-5 stages of manufacture. Then assembled with the other various items and, as in the case of these wheels, an attractive and much sought after toy will be available for some excited young visitor to the Sale Baptist Church Annual Christmas Family Day. The Shed has produced some stools for Stratford Primary School and it is always a delight for the members to produce an article that will assist a group in enabling them to perform their task in a more beneficial manner. The repair of broken items are a speciality, the members carrying out repairs and modifications in order that the

to discuss the upcoming events and share a cuppa with friends. Monday 15 July 6.00pm 9.00pm – Bingo at the Greyhounds, a fundraising event and lots of fun. The CWA focuses on improving life for women and children in our community. We do fund raising in order to make donations to local organisations and to help support people in need. The CWA as a state organisation this year is assisting through our thanksgiving fund researching for a cure of Batten Disease. Last month the CWA of Victoria gave over $32,000 to the National Centre for Farmer Health. Avon Branch like all Branches of the CWA contribute to this fund raising on a state and national level, but we also donate over $1,000 locally every year. If you think you would like to be a part of this amazing group of local women and girls working together in our community, contact our Branch Secretary Emma on 0409 865 047 or email us Avon-CWA@hotmail.com Cindy Chrisp

breakage does not occur again. Therefore the Shed is always looking for members who enjoy the company of others and if they so desire to have some "hands on" experience. There are skilled Personnel who are willing to pass on their knowledge. Members are able to work on a project of their own. Visit the Shed on a Monday or Friday morning to have a look. Col can be contacted on 0409 552 378 or Peter on 0401 151 187. Every Shed sets their own Budget and at Stratford the Dues are collected in June. $50 for an Annual Subscription and $20 during the year for the Raffle. The Morning Cuppa is $2 and usually comes with a tasty snack. Nowadays every Group requires Insurance Coverage and none more so than a Men's Shed. The Association of Men's Sheds provide an adequate cover Policy so that is where a good percentage of the Dues go. Money well spent.



At our May Meeting we enjoyed hearing our Guest Speaker, Sonia Young’s very interesting talk on the history of Stratford’s RSL and the Ladies Auxiliary from 1934 to the present time. Thanks Sonia. We have also had the opportunity to have a day at “Strathfieldsaye”. We enjoyed the atmosphere being surrounded in history and to see the hard work that is being done to restore the beautiful gardens. Daniel Parker-Estoppey took some terrific photos and you can see some of these on our Facebook page. We had a visit from the Opal Aged Care at the Museum, who felt they had taken a “trip back in time” and their favourite item was the “snake bone” necklace. We have two new displays at the Museum. One of these is the “Avon Shire” featuring the Shire of Avon ”Coat of Arms” designed in 1966 by Frank Quinn of Stratford, a quiet, clever gentleman and a Council worker. He also made some early bronze plaques. The other display is of account books and other interesting items that would have been for sale at “Kelly’s Store” including a



Police and emergency services from Stratford, Maffra, Boisdale and Valencia Creek descended on Boisdale hill climb track on Saturday the 1st of June for an emergency response training exercise. Army cadets from Sale and scouts from Stratford were also on hand to assist.

The exercise started with a mock off road motorcycle incident where the rider had a broken leg and

“Gazzunder” (who can guess what that might be?). We will not have a June Meeting, but instead we are looking forward to a social day trip on Sunday 30 June to see the displays at the new Heyfield Historical Society, which is now located in the old Post Office building. We will enjoy lunch at Café 3858 at 12.00 then go to the Museum at 2.00pm. If you would like to come for lunch, please call Marion on 5145 6270 or 0419744320 by Friday so we can confirm numbers attending. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon. Jane Spice spinal injuries. Army cadets and scouts assisted paramedics to provide initial first aid whilst SES members prepared their ‘stretcher mule’, which is a wheeled device for carrying a casualty on a stretcher over tough terrain. Once the casualty was stabilised he was transported to a waiting ambulance. The second activity was a car fire which started in the boot and quickly spread through the vehicle. The area was cordoned off and the fire extinguished by CFA members. The third activity was a simulated 2 car collision with one vehicle on its side and a casualty trapped in the vehicle. The SES worked to stabilise the vehicle before removing the windows and cutting off the roof. The casualty was then extracted and treated by paramedics. Richard Chrisp




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CHAMPIONS FOR SEASON 2018-19 At Presentation Night the Club Champions were presented with their trophies. One category in the women’s section is for new bowlers, titled Minor Champion. Winner for this season, Helen Akers is pictured accepting her trophy from Ladies President Kerry Cartledge, The club congratulates all winners, and also thanks members who entered the various competitions. WOMEN’S Singles June Richardson Pairs Joy Nowak & June Richardson Triples Marilyn DeHaas, Joy Nowak, Ruth Beechey Fours - Wendy Warren, Lyn Ralston, Bev Thatcher, Maureen Petty, Yvonne Raine 100 up Margaret Robbins Minor Champion Helen Akers

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100 UP Keith Sargison Mixed Pairs June Richardson & Val Townsend The newly elected Board Members have set themselves the task of reviewing the current constitution. As with all sporting bodies, it is important to update regulations to keep pace with the changes in the way the club is managed, and the issues it encompasses. Fees for the coming season have been set and it would be appreciated if they can be paid by the end of the month. There are also lists on the noticeboard at the club for members to nominate for pennant for next season. With the inclusion of male players in Midweek Division 1, and an additional team entered in Division 2, there will be increased opportunities for pennant entries in the coming season. We would like to thank Life Member Maureen Paliew for her contribution to the Stratford Bowls Club and wish her and Vic well in their new location. Margaret Robbins

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The Stratford Football Netball Club Under 17 footy side has been gathering momentum since the season started. Having not fielded an Under 16 team during the previous 2 seasons, we set about trying to get a side together to play in the newly formed Under 17 competition. A week before the season began, due to lack of boys, we almost made the decision to forfeit. As a club, decided we had to start the year off with the players we had and just see if we could attract some new players to our club. We started the season against Lakes Entrance, who have proven to be the best team in the competition so far. We were soundly beaten but the boys were positive that we could make this team work. The next week was against Wy Yung, who beat us by 140 points! In the first couple of games we had some of our very talented Under 14 players helping us out so we could field a team. Since then we have had some new players come on board and we are now up to 16 players registered with some Under 14 boys playing the odd game along with players from Sale and Maffra when their season allows. We have won 3 games, against Boisdale, Paynesville and Lucknow, whilst showing improvement against the other teams. This week just gone we played Wy Yung at Home. Although going down to a strong team who had 26 players, this game highlighted just how much we have improved. Going into the game with a full list of players we were able to apply more pressure to them than we did the last time we met. Harry Cairnes, who has also played Senior Football this year, was dominating the first

quarter and kicked an early goal to get us going. Wy Yung were able to kick a few goals, courtesy of a very clever onballer who seemed to have his own footy at the game. During the second quarter, Ethan Cook and Ben Dekkers (under 14 player) both kicked good goals and we had a fair amount of the play at our end of the ground. At half time, we spoke about tightening up on their ball winners and then creating space when we won the ball. Our defence of Brendan Goodwin, Flynn Telford, Riley Cottrell, Dane Nicholls, Mitch Dekkers and Noah Smolenaars were all working very well together and started to make it very difficult for their opposition to have room to move. In the middle of the ground, our ruckman, Blake Cuttriss was getting the ball to our onballers, Ethan Albrecht (another to have made his senior debut this year), Colby Telford and Noah Bennett. This allowed our forwards in Kyrin Mawson, Nathan Goodwin and Blair Darvill to be involved in some great contests that resulted in us levelling the third quarter scores. The boys ran out of legs in the last quarter, which was going to happen when having 10 players less, but they never stopped trying with great pressure only allowing Wy Yung to kick 3 goals. So, a turn around of roughly 80 points from our first meeting is a great sign that we are gelling together and taking some terrific steps forward. We still have room for more players and it’s not too late to join up. If you are or if you know of a young boy aged 14-17 that should play footy, we have 8 games remaining and we would love to have some more players join us to finish of a very rewarding season. Mark Nicholls

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Stratford SES Activities May June The month started with a call to attend a fallen tree north of Briagolong. Next, members assisted at the Shakespeare afternoon evening Faire. Later in May was ‘National Volunteers Week’. On the Saturday, Stratford members went along to the ‘Thank You’ BBQ in the Clock tower Mall in Sale, organised and attended by Vic Police, with SES units, CFA, and other local volunteer organisations. Early June and the Stratford team were at Boisdale hill climb track. We had accepted our invitation to do some joint training with the local Army Cadets. This was another enjoyable morning spent with the Cadets along with Vic Police, Ambulance Victoria, Stratford CFA, Scouts and Maffra Car Club. A number of exercises were run; one was of a fallen motorcyclist, who had to be stabilised then transported from the bush to a waiting ambulance by a wheeled stretcher carrier. This device is used in preference to hand carrying. Much safer for the casualty and for the emergency workers who may have to transport the stretcher some distance. Other training was a car on fire, and a two car collision with a trapped driver. All casualties were examined by AV and found to be very healthy. The morning ended with an excellent BBQ. Just as the Debrief ended, some pagers went off and Police, SES and AV attended a car crash in Maffra. No persons were trapped and minor injuries.



Reports in earlier editions of the Town Crier have indicated that I have been researching the names of burials and matching them to war records on the WW2 Nominal Roll. So far there have been around 150 men and women matched to the roll and who are now interred at the Stratford Cemetery. It is important to try to honour each man and woman who served in our defence forces. It has been disappointing that grant applications by the Trust for Pick My Project and Department of Veterans Affairs were unsuccessful, but a further application has been made in the hope of gaining funding for a Memorial Garden for World War 2 veterans. This ABERNETHY ALCOCK ARNOLD ARNOLD ASHER AURISCH BAXTER BEECHEY BELL BERTRAM BIRRELL BLANDFORD BLANKS BOCK BRITTON BROWN BRUCE BUCK BUCKLEY BYRNE CASEY CAVANAGH CHANNING COFFEY CONWAY COOMBES COSTELLO COX CROPLEY CROSBIE CROSIER CULHANE CURRY

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Arthur Francis John Kevin James Joseph Clement Furnell Walter Benjamin Thomas Daniel (Dal) Noel Patrick Francis Perce George


Edward William Thomas Henry Harry Burfoot John Reginald Louis Kenneth Prescott Hedley Reginald Louis Charles Walter Owen


Friday, Queens Birthday long weekend and SES were operating Driver Reviver in Memorial Park. Lots of tea, coffee and biscuits were handed out to weary drivers and passengers. We started to set up around 3.00pm serving refreshments until about 11.00pm, then it was packing up and back to our headquarters. Lately we had 3 new members join our team. They have now started their basic training; two have attended first aid already, and will be great assets to the unit and local community. Another new member who joined a few months ago has completed his General Rescue training, and is progressing to road rescue training.

Every SES Unit that has road crash rescue accreditation has to be assessed every 3 years. This is happening shortly. Members are putting in extra training for this important event. In May and June members completed 220 hours of training. David Smith would be similar to the circular garden we created in 2015. The plan is to have a community celebration before Anzac Day 2020. We have indications of support from a diverse range of organisations for this project, and will be looking to coordinate all offers of assistance once details are set. A huge thank you to the Stratford Scouts who are completing crosses for each of the names. The names from the WW2 Nominal Roll who are interred at Stratford are listed below. Some had roles in the Army Reserve, and I would guess there are some women whose service records are hard to find as a result of their name changes after the war. Please let me know if you know of any additional names to include. Marg Robbins


Edward (Ned) Andrew William Allan Thomas John Wescombe Kenneth Sidney Eric John Gregory Patrick Gordon Douglas Henry Alexander Archibald William William Arthur Lindsay Norman Robert Edwin Thomas John Francis Harland Jessie Eric Samuel William George Ian Murray Stanley Joseph Harold Verdun Marjorie Geoffrey James Leonard James Aubrey Leonard George Alexander


Francis Albin Ronald Ernest Harold Victor Ernest Walter Albert John Cecil Francis Arty Leonard Basil William Spencer Irwin Harris George Henry James Edward Keith Elsie M Ernest Henry Sydney David Lawrence Lionel Eric Yelland Benjamin Gordon Alan James Harold Vernon Hugh Leonard James Hubert Neil Clarence Andrew John Francis Joseph


Clarence Robert


Alex George Edward Thomas Colin Napier George Henry Walter Frank Ronald Jennings Edward Henry George Francis Albin Larsson


Francis William Lloyd Alexander Ronald Gordon Colin Sinclair Herbert Christopher Lloyd Archibald McLean William


Edmund Albert William John STEWART James STEWART John Alexander STOTHERS Alan Arthur STRACEY Reginald John THOMAS John Richard TOBIN Austin Bernard WALKER David Anthony WEATHERLEY Clive Henry (Pat) WELSH Thomas Walker WETTON Charles Arthur WHITE Edward W WHITE Keith Henry WILLIAMSON Alwyn Dudley WOODHOUSE George WOODHOUSE Leslie Arthur WOODHOUSE Olive Eleanor WRIGGLESWORTH Vernon WRIGGLESWORTH William Alfred ZENNER Lionel Charles Camron

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he Singer Songwriters Storytellers Stratford is coming into its 9th year. So how have we achieved the continuation of this bi monthly event for nearly nine years? From a dedicated team of people who are passionate about creating their own music, performing it, and sharing it. Hours of giving time to create a night with huge benefits for our performing community. For some, writing songs/music comes easy, for most a new piece is a work in progress and can take a while of tweaking. Or jamming with other muso’s can bring a wonderful feeling of creating art collectively. I know for myself, music is my life, I can’t imagine life without it. It is a vehicle to express how I am feeling, my stories to share to invoke thoughts to the listener. Hours of practice to create melodies that flit

and dance in my mind all the day through. I invite anyone that hasn’t been to a Songwriters evening, the next being 26 July, to come along and appreciate with us the incredible talent we have in our local area. If you have a song/ story/poem/music that you would like to share with like minded people, then this is the place to come along to. @ The Courthouse Theatre, doors open at 6.30pm, bar and Segue Café open, get your name on the board early. Anita Hensen


e have a great time at Stratford Playgroup playing outside. There's a huge sand pit to dig in, a cubby house, swings and lots of equipment to climb over, under and through! We enjoy saying hello to the kinder bunny, guinea pigs and chickens. It's fun to feed grass and leaves to the bunny, and seeing the train go past is always exciting! Although we've enjoyed some lovely sunny mornings this term, winter weather is not always nice for outside play. The good news is, playgroup doesn't stop if it's cold or rainy. There's lots of fun things to do inside too - painting, play-doh, sensory play, imaginative play spaces, art, craft and lots and lots of toys! We meet in school term time, and our first session for term 3 is Tuesday 16 July. All children aged 0-5 and their carers are welcome to join us. When: Tuesdays 10-12 Where: 15 Dixon St, Stratford Bring: $2 and a piece of fruit to share (first time free). See you there! Kerry Muir



Lots of Sale Rural Cluster learning has been happening lately. Schools met when the Life Education van visited and undertook a variety of health and wellbeing activities. ‘Harold’ is always excitedly met by students and this year was no exception. Students learnt about basic First Aid, nutrition, sustainability and Reconciliation. All schools painted the Aboriginal flag, decorated with hand prints, which will be displayed in each school. John Coutis is a man with no legs. He talked to students about resilience and respect. He told students to get out of their

comfort zone and ‘have a go’. His message was that you can be anything you want if you work hard at it. Write down your goals and have direction, purpose and strength. He talked about responsibility – knowing what is right and what is wrong and then it’s your choice. John’s golden rule in life is to treat others as you wish to be treated. Students also participated in activities that took them out of their comfort zone. They played games with only one hand or no hands, made milo drinks or sandwiches blindfolded and tried to hear well with headphones on.

Our senior students have been participating in interschool sports including soccer and netball. The rural schools’ girls’ soccer team won their Grand Final which is an amazing effort considering they have never played together before. They will now compete in the Regional Soccer competition early in term 3. Weekly Netball clinics were held during June, providing students the opportunity to play competition with many more students than is possible in the small school setting. During June we tuned into livestreamed sessions with Opera Victoria to learn about 34-38 Princes Highway Sale

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how an opera performance is put together. This involved learning about what opera singing is, set construction, the role of the director and how it all comes together in the theatre with lighting and costumes. Local Shakira Dugan featured throughout the programs which was terrific for our students to see what they could aspire to. It culminated in us watching the live performance of ‘Alice through the opera glass’ without having to travel to Melbourne and we all dressed up for the occasion! Brenda Talbot

7.1 Education News





Over term two students in each class have been presenting and performing at assembly and the rest of the school has been entertained by Indonesian and action songs, has listened to some powerful persuasive texts and recounts and last week heard our newly formed choir perform for the first time. The choir has students from all levels of the school and sounded pretty good for its first, unaccompanied performance. We can’t wait to hear more.

Our school Art Show received many entries this year. Artists contributed sculptures, photographs, paintings a range of other artworks for judging. With such great quality, our visiting judges had a hard job selecting place getters. It is great to see our students challenging themselves and trying new things. Congratulations to all the students who entered.

Our year 5/6 students had a fabulous, but chilly, day competing against other district schools in the recent round of Winter sports. Students played netball and t-ball, enjoying the competition and practising their skills. We were recently entertained by the Alpha Theatre Company’s performance of King Arthur. Two students had the chance to draw the sword from the stone however even


the power of being a Stratford Primary School student wasn’t enough to make it happen. After watching the show our year 3/4s worked collaboratively to construct medieval castles. Some of them included a drawbridge and the Lady of The Lake. They all look fantastic.


The 2019 Central Gippsland Tourism Business Awards voting period has now closed, and we are pleased to announce our finalists. Thank you to everyone who voted, and to our sponsors for this years awards. Congratulations to the Stratford on the River Tourist Park as a finalist for Best Caravan Park and to Badger & Hare as a finalist for Best Café/ Bakery/Takeaway.


Enrolments are now open for 2020. Please feel free to call in and see us. We have another open day in October and our kinder/Foundation (prep) transition sessions begin in November. A group of brave 5/6 students, teachers and parents set off a three day ride along the rail trail as part of our personal development opportunities. The group rode from Bairnsdale to Orbost, camping along the way. They really needed their thermals! From all reports they had a fantastic time.


2020 Prep (Foundation) Enrolments Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of meeting with new and existing families looking to enrol children in prep next year. The school open day was well received and our senior students certainly did us proud as they took visiting families on tours of the school. If any families have missed the open day you are most welcome to contact the office and make an appointment for a school tour and meeting with the principal. Enrolments are open and transition sessions will be held in November.

PEACE Mass Wellington Catholic Schools recently celebrated the annual PEACE Mass. The event started as a response to the 2002 Bali bombings as an act of solidarity and a prayer for peace in our world; local, national and global. This year we welcomed Sr. Patricia Fox, a Sion Sister and international Human Rights leader who has worked extensively in the Philippines. Sr. Pat is an inspirational

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human being and we were fortunate to have her speak with our older students. A feature of this year’s celebration was the combined effort of the seven schools involved to raise money and gather non-perishable food items for Gippsland Farmer Relief. Science Units of Work This term there has been a strong focus on Science across the school. Here is some further information about this from two of our students (Sammi and Travis) from the 4/5 class. This term year 4/5 have started exploring science. The whole class has been very enthusiastic whilst exploring this subject. Year 4/5 have been learning about solids, liquids and gasses. They have found this a very interesting subject to learn. The students have been exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gasses a bit deeper. They have also had a brief introduction to how molecules and atoms behave in different ways that make solids, liquids and gasses. Year 4/5 have been sharing our own science experiments with others in the class and we were challenged to explain the science involved. Year 4/5 students have really enjoyed this subject and we are excited about the upcoming science show in the last week of term. Nicholas Hall



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In recent months the Stratford Men’s Shed members, at the request of the Stratford RSL have assisted with material. Some with historical significance, to promote the social activities of the Stratford RSL. A professionally crafted double sided ‘A board for advertising when the Stratford RSL is open for bar service, usually with snacks supplied by the members themselves. This results in a gathering of local identities and visitors. The board was donated by the members of the Men’s Shed committee. The President of the Stratford RSL received, from the Men’s Shed Vice President, Adrian Temple, a CD containing a full copy of field bugle calls. They are for both mounted infantry and group troops. This has substantial historical and military significant and is unique. The collection has never been attempted before. The archiving of this information was essential before being lost in the passing of time.



Friendships… bonds that can be unbreakable, people you look to for honesty, someone you know you can trust, someone who will be there for you or maybe just someone you often have conversations with. As we grow up we learn how quickly a friendship can be made or how friendships are lost and broken. Our teachers, parents, grandparents, etc. tell us how we don’t have to be friends with everyone, but we should always be kind and friendly to one another. Throughout primary school everyone was friends with everyone, then again there was on 18 of us in the year level, we all got along. Once you get to high school sometimes you lose friendships, without there being an issue between you. We begin to realise that you gradually separate, as you learn who you really are, and who you really connect with and who you need or want to be in your life. Yes, you still see your old friendships and there will be a smile or a simple ‘hi’ as you walk past, in my case you reconnect when you end up in the same class.

Where did concept come from? Curiosity and research 30 years ago when a member of the Stratford Men’s Shed decided to learn both trumpet and bugle from a music teacher. At this time the Stratford Men’s Shed is constructing a display cabinet for the mounting of the two bugles which will be donated to the Stratford RSL when complete. Both instruments have a background linked to the Light Horse Regiments. One had been carried by a Victorian Light Horse Regiment located near an abandoned camp site on the Gaza-Beersheba Road, Palestine in 1916. It was purchased from a dealer in Port Adelaide in 2007 with the intentions of donating it to the local RSL. The other bugle has been donated by local identity Ken Baxter who received it. The instrument was originally issued to a local branch of the Light Horse. All associated costs for the works undertaken for the sign and memorabilia have been carried out by the Stratford Men’s Shed.

Drama, something that is very common in a girl’s life. These times are usually, well always have to do with friendships. Girls fight easily, most commonly verbally, (don't quote me on this) most times to do with jealousy, boys, lying, miscommunication, nastiness and overall just pathetic. I’m not sure anyone goes through school without being involved in someway of drama. Through drama friendships are lost, broken, and it doesn’t happen nicely. It’s a good skill to be able to make friends, and as we grow up we get better at socialising (in most cases). It is good to have a best friend, someone who supports you, makes you happy, cares about you and overall you enjoy each other's company. Sometimes you do separate but that is okay, all friendships won’t last, but I believe friendships and just belonging is one of the most important factors in our lives. ‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.’ - Oprah Winfrey Ella-Rose Spence



On 5 June Stratford Red Cross were joined by other Red Cross friends from Tinamba, Munro, Heyfield, Lindenow & Briagolong. We met at Innovation Cafe for lunch to re-start interest in having a Stratford Red Cross group. We welcomed four new members and look forward to more. We plan to have informal lunch meetings. Next one will be on



Life in the 21st century is very different to the lives lived many centuries ago. Times are forever changing and new technology and ways of living are being created every day. In my Humanities class, we are learning about the Middle Ages. A task associated with this was to write a day in the life of someone in this time. I chose a medieval peasant, and this is the piece. I would like to begin by introducing myself, my name is Matilda Rolfe and I am a peasant. I am 20 years old and live in a small cottage in the village below the manorhouse. I live with my husband of six year and four children aged 5, 4, 2 and 1. I wake with the rising of the sun. My day begins with letting the animals from their pens. They sleep inside most of the year, this is because an animal could be easily picked off by a wolf or even stolen. By the time the morning jobs are completed, it is time for my husband and two sons, aged four and five, to leave to tend the fields at around 7:00 am. I usually join them later. Once the older children have left, I wake the young'uns. I milk the goats and store the milk in barrels in the store room in the house and collect the eggs from the hens before we heading out to the fields. The field work is long,

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hard and back breaking work, but it must be done. It is our income. We work on the lord’s land in exchange for protection and we give him the majority of our produce as taxes. What money and goods left over is ours to keep. That is how we make a living and provide enough food to feed our families. After several hours work, we stop for a brief lunch break. Our diets are basic and have little to no daily variation. We eat what we grow and can afford to keep for ourselves. This is usually hard vegetables like potatoes, onions and carrots. We usually boil these in a one pot stew and eat them while working on the fields the next day. We only eat one major meal a day. After finishing up in the fields, usually around 3:00 pm, we all head home and do whatever jobs need doing there. After the physical labour is over for the day we head inside. By this time it is around 5:30 pm. I cut up vegetables and put them on the fire for the next days stew. At this time I get the children ready for bed. We don’t often have an evening meal so they go to bed on an empty stomach. Our beds are piles of hay covered with a hemp sheet, not the most comfortable thing but we make it work. We go to bed when the sun goes down ready for it all to start again tomorrow. Ellie MacGregor

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Stratford’s shopping bus to Sale. It picks up in front of the Historical Society (Church) every Thursday at 10.00am. Returns on the same day at 2.15pm. The cost is $1.70 each way for pensioners, $3.40 full cost. Plenty of time to do what you want to. It stops at Aldis and at the door of the Complex. (It does not pick at Aldis on Return.) You can bring your trollies, walkers, even prams. No worries about the traffic or finding a car park. You can leave the car in Hobson Street, Stratford. Have a nice stress-free day. “WHY NOT USE IT?” - Contributed by a user



Maffra & District Community Bank Branch is hosting DUSTIN’ UP A STORM! at the Leaf, Sale Botanic Gardens on Saturday 29 June from 11.00am to 4.00pm. The event is aimed at bringing our local farming communities together for some social down time. It is set to be a great day out with entertainment from country music’s Sara Storer, Amber Lawrence and Pete Denahy. Face painting and a jumping castle will keep the little ones occupied. The Lions Clubs of Maffra, Heyfield and Stratford will be helping out in keeping the food up to all – BBQ sausages & roast rolls. Food will be provided free for our farming families on presentation of their PIC No. & licence. For those who don’t have a PIC, your kind gold coin donation will go towards the “Need for Feed” campaign. Hope you can make it – look forward to seeing you there. Michelle Wright


Our thoughts and prayers are with all who continue to suffer hardship in the ongoing drought. Mental Health First Aid A twelve-hour course is being offered by Rural Family Resources to equip people who are concerned about farmers or others affected by the current rural crisis. This will be held at Stratford Uniting Church hall from 9.30am 3.30pm on both Friday 19 July and Friday 2 August. Light lunch provided. Please book with Diane Robinson, mobile 0438 841 270, email ruralfamilyresources@bigpond.com Free for volunteers, $100 for employees. Ecumenical Worship We look forward to welcoming others from Holy Trinity Anglican and St Patrick’s Catholic




Family Worship – Our first service of all age family worship was a very joyful occasion with fun activities for young and not so young. Priest David Perryman had organized a very interactive and respectful worship occasion which will continue to be held on the first Sunday of each month at Holy Trinity Stratford. The next service will be on Sunday 7 July – all welcome. On Saturday 20 July we have a ‘Pig, Wig, Swig and Jig evening’ happening at the Parish Hall in Stratford starting at 6.00pm. This will be

Church at St Andrew’s on Sunday 30 June at 7.30 pm, when Presbytery Minister, Rev Deacon Peter Batten, will speak about how ministry can be enriched by the Arts. He may come as a clown! All very welcome. Home-made supper. Synod of Victoria and Tasmania The Uniting Church Synod will meet in Box Hill from 5-9 July. Opening worship is on Friday 5 July at 7.30 pm at St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne and includes the induction of Rev Denise Liersch as Moderator. Old Time Dance and Table Games YES, it’s on again! Come and join this fun evening and kick up your heels to wonderful music at our next Old Time Dance on Friday 12 July from 8.00pm - 11.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall. $10 per person. Prizes to be won. All welcome.

Aged Care Ministry We are grateful to all who share worship each month with the residents at Stretton Park and MacDonald Wing at Maffra Hospital. Thanks to Hilary who led worship on 26 June. Wednesday Table Games Would you like to join us on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm, playing table games and sharing supper? There is always much laughter and chatter. Gold coin donation. New players always welcome. Worship Services We warmly invite you to join us on Sundays for worship and fellowship at 9.30am. All very welcome. Rev Barbara Strickland can be contacted on 5145 6927. Barbara Strickland

a family fun night so all welcome. The meal will be simple fare featuring pork and BYO drink. Everyone is invited to wear a wig the brighter the better! There will be music to dance to. More information out shortly. The Op Shop – preparations for our Op Show Fashion Show are underway for Saturday 31 August. More information will be available nearer the time but a date for diaries never the less! Our Trivia Night on Saturday 1 June was an enjoyable evening and our thanks go to all who supported this event with attendance,

donations of prizes and the willingness to take up the trivia challenge. It was a close run but fortunately no ‘tie-breaker’ was necessary with ‘Riley’s Rascals’ winning by a short head! On Saturday 15 June, the Men’s Breakfast Group gathered for their monthly meeting. A group of 13 men enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast and then heard from a local vet about some of his experiences in rural Gippsland. Did you know that a sheep has 4 stomachs and the 3rd is called the ‘bible’ because of its appearance? A trivia question? Next meeting is on 20 July. Gail Wager

Parish Diary – July Wednesdays 7.30pm Bible Study in the Rectory Thursdays - mainly music program, 9.30am at Parish Hall during school term. Friday Morning Prayer - 9.00am, at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. Sunday 7 – Pentecost 4 Family Service 10.00am at Holy Trinity Stratford and 1st day of NAIDOC Week Observances ADVERTISEMENT

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AND WHAT OF WILL'S WIFE? Well, if we know little about William Shakespeare, we know even less about his wife. The recent film "All Is True," imagines the life of Will and Anne after his return to Stratford as a successful playwright. But much of that, is of course, largely the product of the film maker's imagination. We do know that Anne Hathaway was born in 1556 and married Will in 1582. She was already pregnant and for a woman of her standing to have a child without being married was socially unacceptable. Not much is known about the married life of the couple. They did have two daughters and a son, Hamnet. He died at the age of eleven, it is thought from the plague. Anne went to live with

Will's parents in Henley Street, Stratford, one of the most visited homes in England. Shakespeare spent many years in London, but apparently, Anne did not travel to the city at all. She lived comfortably in Stratford, particularly when her husband's fame was established and he became quite wealthy. Shakespeare bought New Place, one of the largest homes in the town. And the couple spent the last six years of Will's life together there. They were quite wealthy and apparently spent a very active social life together, meeting other well known identities. Anne died in 1623 aged sixty seven and is buried with the poet in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. Did she have any influence on his work or his characters? An interesting question, perhaps. Bill Cotter



Our transitional coordinator Beth is back from planned leave of absence with one arm still a little fragile. Beth is receiving lots of air hugs! Her new office was ready for her return! All she had to do was place items where she’d like them to be. The office is located in the Stratford Library building which we have nicknamed Hub 68. You will find Beth in her office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9.30am and 4.00pm. Come in and talk to Beth about classes, courses, workshops and all things Neighbourhood House. Alternatively drop into Segue for a cuppa and a chat around the open fire. Our first soup luncheon was held last month with a dozen or so people in attendance. Commencing in July there will be board games and a soup luncheon each Friday. Pop in and have a game of Scrabble, then warm

yourself up with a bowl of homemade vegetable or pumpkin soup. They are suitable for FODMAP eating, being gluten, onion and garlic free and are vegan. There is an ever expanding group of ladies coming to Knit & Chat each Tuesday. They sit near the warm open fireplace, enjoying each other’s company and a delicious coffee made by our Barista Matt or apprentice Barista Joel. Joel is getting the hang of making a great coffee! It’s on between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Matt will be taking bookings for lessons commencing in July. Once people have completed the program they will be issued with a certificate of completion and a reference. As part of our sustainability focus, we were delighted when Ali popped in to see if we had any blades to be sharpened. Ali calls in each Tuesday around 10.30am to 11.00am. Please leave your blunt blades at Segue on Tuesdays from 9.30. Ali charges $8 per item. You will need to leave your money with your blunt 52. Viewed 53. Wash away 55. Health resort 58. Tehran's country 59. Eye-opener 62. Artist Salvador ____ 63. Mental image 64. Hawk's weapon 65. Shade sources 66. Highway fee 67. Cherish DOWN 1. Recipe abbr. 2. Western state 3. Traditional knowledge 4. Turf 5. Stir 6. "____ of Two Cities" (2 wds.) 7. Toil 8. "____ Fiction" 9. Church spire 10. Morally pure 11. ____ O'Donnell of TV 12. Adjust 13. Intended 18. Must have 23. Cooking herb 24. Vine support


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blades as well. The sustainability room has been relocated to Beth’s former office in Segue. There is a bookcase filled with books that you swap one of yours for one off the shelf. The recycling tubs are in there while the environmentally friendly detergents are located on shelves in the hall. Are you interested in ordering a full container? Please let Beth know as we are in the process of compiling an order. The former sustainability room is now a beaut space for workshops. There is a small charge of $5 to use the room which could easily house up to 10 people depending on equipment being used. Bookings can be made through Beth. Transitional coordinator Beth is compiling our programs for the remainder of the winter months. She is planning a launch of the new Neighbourhood House in September. Segue 66 Tyers Street Stratford 03 5167 5692 or Facebook & Instagram

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New Film Society season starting 18 July Be sure to come along on July 18 and see what is on offer, all sessions start at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7 for a drink at the bar. The Court film society is a membership group and welcomes anyone to come along to a screening to enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment before you decide if you wish to join. Screenings in the Stratford Courthouse Theatre 66 Princes Highway www.stratfordcourthouse.com.au for more information.

18 July Green Book (drama) PG13 Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour


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19 September A Man called Ove (comedy/foreign film) Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbours. 17 October Arctic (Drama) PG 13 A man stranded in the Arctic after a helicopter crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive.

22 August The Guilty (foreign thriller) Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

7 November The Handmaiden (Japanese romantic thriller) NR From PARK Chan-wook, Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park

TRATFORD CUB SCOUTS 1st Stratford Scout Group Report

Scout Section Well this term is disappearing fast and the scouts have been busy! Late last month the scouts competed in the annual John Leslie Challenge event held out at Clive Disher Park. The event is a Wellington District event held each year and is a competition between each group. Stratford and Sale competed this year with East Gippsland (Bairnsdale, Paynesville and newly formed group, Lakes Entrance) joining in for some camping fun. At the end of the competition, Stratford remained victors and retain the John Leslie flag for 2nd year running! Stratford will also be competing in the East Gippsland event, Uncle Jack’s Challenge. Although they cannot obtain this crown, they can certainly give East Gippsland a run for their money! Scouts meet each Monday night for ages 11 to 15. Cubs Section Cubs have been busy this term working on several projects. The latest being Terrariums. The kids had a lovely time making their own little garden. We are also looking forward to getting back to our little garden project in the backyard of our hall. We will be excited to see

presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman's plot to defraud her of her large inheritance. 5 December All Is True (Drama) PG 13 The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. Gavin Roberts

is something you feel you would like to contribute to please contact us on the numbers below to make payment arrangements. We are still seeking interested people in becoming a Scout leader. If you have an interest in the outdoors and creativity and are looking for an interest, please consider scouting. We are lucky enough to have a very experienced leader, but due to the expansion of the group, we are seeking extra support. Please call Miriam Ripper on 0405 196 931 or Sharyn Treasure on 0428 401 225 for more information. our new hall finished shortly with an indoor camp planned to test out the new facilities! Cubs meet every Thursday night for ages 7 ½ to 11, for anyone interested in trying Cubs out, our contact details are below. Hall Progress The hall now has a new roof and restumping has been completed. Demolition of the inside has also been completed ready for the internal renovations to start. We would like to thank LVA for funding our project and once again all those contributing to our hall renovations. We are also looking for donations so that we can complete the hall. Not all of the hall renovations are covered by LVA funding. If this

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