We're excited to announce that the Charlton Neighbourhood House, supported by the Buloke Wellbeing & Equity Network and the Buloke Cluster of Neighbourhood Houses, we will be showing a 'Movie That Matters'- SUPERNOVA, to coincide with Wear it Purple Day.
This will be followed by a panel discussion around the important and necessary conversations we have in our daily life; that centre around sexual orientation and gender identity.
Friday 27th August 2021 at Rex Theatre, Charlton.
Doors open at 6.30 pm, Movie at 7.00 pm, Panel Discussion at 8.35 pm, Supper at 9.10 pm.
"This is a film that will break your heart with truth and realism, and portrayals so beautifully acted, it's almost like hiding behind a door and overhearing a difficult private conversation. "
So wear a touch of purple and join the conversation, in what will be a fun and informative evening.
Ticket sale open now! Buy your tickets via this link
Charlton’s Second Tuesday Book Club has a couple of very exciting get-togethers planned for their upcoming meetings in August and September.
The August 10th meeting will have a special guest from Castlemaine, Libby Angel, author of ‘ The Trapeze Act’ coming along to talk to the Book Club attendees from 1:30 pm until 3 pm. Join us for lunch at 12 pm at the East in Charlton, or you can come at 1:30 to hear from Libby.
We’ll be celebrating our birthday on September 14th with a fantastic Birthday Celebration, and a special guest speaker, to be announced soon! Join us for lunch at 12pm at the East in Charlton, followed by book chats and our guest speaker at 1:30pm.
Both these exciting events have been made possible by the Victorian Government's Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative and Buloke Shire Council. To RSVP please contact Cheryl Kemp on 0417 601 856, and keep an eye on the Charlton Neighbourhood House for more updates.
Greetings from the Charlton Neighbourhood House and welcome to our July update. Despite the small hiccup with our closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Neighbourhood House has been very busy with activities and assisting our community.
We have been proud to support the Monday morning FLO initiative at the Rex Theatre with a variety of community representatives coming along to inform or answer enquires about their group. A new initiative this term was the Charlton Youth Space being held Thursday afternoons after school at the Charlton Club. In a supervised environment the kids have been able to catch up with friends, enjoy some snacks and drinks and play games. Thanks to funding from the Victorian Depart. Of Health, this project will continue to operate in the future. Still meeting regularly are Tai Chi classes with Jo Russell and The 2nd Tuesday Book Club. Enquire at the Charlton Neighbourhood House if you would like further information.
With the second half of the year ahead, we are very excited about the courses and activities planned. Apart from those mentioned above, our Table for 12 will continue monthly with a great variety of food selections. With funding provided by Buloke Shire we will be arranging several ‘Explore’ daylong bus trips to a number of interesting destinations, and we will also be hosting many classes through our ‘Connecting Creativity’ planned activities. Watch for details closer to dates.
Men’s Health Week was celebrated in a big way this year by the Charlton Neighbourhood House with ‘A Pleasant Sunday Morning’ at Rotary Park. With funding provided through Buloke Shire and the Victorian Governments CASI funding, a free BBQ, refreshments, free community transport and entertainment by Big Bad John was provided. Thanks must go to the many groups and individuals who supported the day, including the volunteers who helped set up and pack away, the Rotary Club for assisting with the BBQ, the North Central Car Club for bringing along some of their magnificent vehicles, Dave and Lyn Edyvean for blood pressure checks and very popular neck and shoulder massages, Andrew from the Charlton Community Garden, and Jo Phillips and Deb Finlay assisting with the drinks.
The Charlton Forum Community Car continues to be very popular taking people to appointments from Swan Hill to Melbourne, and everywhere in-between. Please give as much notice as possible if you require the service to ensure availability of the vehicle and a volunteer driver. As always, we are extremely grateful to all the drivers who donate their time to provide this valuable service.
Would you like to become a Community Car Driver and help others in our town? Call 0473759456 or drop in for more information. All training provided.
As part of the celebration of Men’s Health Week, the Charlton Neighbourhood House was pleased to host a popular community event at Rotary Park on Sunday June 20. Under clear blue skies and with support from the Buloke Shires and Victorian Governments CASI Funding (Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative) a large group of men and their partners shared a few hours of music, a BBQ and refreshments. A bus ran circuits of the town at regular intervals to pick up and drop off residents requiring transport, while great support was received from the Charlton Rotary Club in cooking and serving the selection of both traditional BBQ meats as well as some healthier vegetarian options. Zero , low carb and gluten free healthier options of beer was available to sample along with water and sugar free soft drinks.
Music was provided by the man in black, Big Bad John, as was well received by all those in attendance, as was the fantastic display of vehicles by the North Central Car Club. Neck and shoulder massages were given by local Lyn Edyvean while Dave Edyvean provided blood pressure testing. A supply of relevant men’s health pamphlets was available courtesy of East Wimmera Health Service, and many other volunteers assisted with the setup and pack up at the end of the day. Special thanks also go to Australian Eatwell Pty Ltd in Donald for their generous donation of healthier vegetarian options that proved very popular on the day. Feedback received from those in attendance all thought it was a terrific initiative and hoped that it will continue on in years to come.
The Charlton Neighbourhood House last week celebrated Neighbourhood House Week with a host of activities for young and old. The week was used to highlight the achievements over the past difficult 12 months, and to promote the huge number of courses and activities being planned for the coming months.
Monday kicked off with some delicious free slices to compliment the hot coffees prepared by the FLO Program students at the Rex Theatre. The Rex featured in Tuesday’s activities as Charlton residents were able to access free tickets for that nights screening of the new release movie, ‘Blackbird’. The fine sunny weather suited Wednesday mornings ‘Walk with a friend’ activity which finished back at the Neighbourhood House for a friendly cuppa and morning tea. The towns youth were not forgotten with a free afternoon of activities, food and drinks at the Charlton Club. This will be continuing over the next few Thursdays to judge if this can become a permanent weekly event. The week finished with a host of board games being available to enjoy during Friday, with tea, coffee and snacks on hand for those taking part.
The Neighbourhood House thanked everyone who took part during the week, and look forward to further involvement throughout the year in a number of planned events.
The Charlton Neighbourhood has recently celebrated it’s second birthday serving the community. Looking back over the past 24 months and the numerous courses, activities, grant funding, Community Car trips and social connection delivered pays great tribute to the committee, staff and volunteers involved. Recently concluded courses included a Responsible Service of Alcohol, First Aid & CPR Refresher Course and Barista training. The Charlton Neighbourhood House is also excited to be delivering another Certificate Course on March 30 for Hygienic Food Safety and Handling (SITXFSA001).
Amongst other news is the employment of a new Administration Assistant and Finance Officer, plus the return to 5 days a week opening; hours of operation between 10:00am and 4:00pm. This increases access for our community for car bookings, printing, general enquiries, internet access and much more.
An exciting initiative currently underway is our Community Transport Survey. Charlton is asking our residents across all ages their opinions on possible future transport options in the town and across the shire and region. Maybe it’s dedicated bike or walking tracks; maybe a daily bus or taxi service; access to sports training and weekend games; better pathways for wheelchairs and walking aids; lots of options to consider. Anyone who hasn’t filled in a survey are invited to drop in and complete one, or a survey can be sent to you by phoning 0473759456. It is hoped that the results may lead to funding of one or more suggestions that are put forward.
More Community Transport Options for Charlton?
The Charlton Neighbourhood House has received funding from the Victorian Department of Transport to develop a new integrated community transport model for Charlton and district.
This project will look at current community transport options in Charlton, as well as opportunities to grow these in the future to meet the needs of local community members of all ages.
According to Charlton Neighbourhood House President, Kaylene Cossar, the Charlton Community Car provides an invaluable service to elderly members of the local community supporting them to attend out-of-town specialist medical appointments.
“We know we could be doing more to meet not only the needs of our elderly residents, but residents of all ages who, for many reasons, do not have access to transport of their own,” she said.
“Working with us on this project are Julie Slater and Ellen White who both have a strong knowledge of the community transport sector, as well as backgrounds in community development,” said Ms Cossar.
“They will be undertaking a broad community consultation process over the next few weeks to capture the needs and wants of the Charlton community when it comes to future community transport options,” she said.
The theme of the consultations will be “imagine” and Charlton residents are being asked to imagine the following:
There is also a survey that residents are being asked to complete which is available in hard copy through the Neighbourhood House or online at …
For more information about the Community Transport project contact the Charlton Neighbourhood House on 0473 759 456.
We couldn't have the much anticipated Santa Photos be impacted by COVID-19, so we took them outside this year and found the best possible location and trick photography to give the illusion of closeness whilst actually keeping all families a very safe distance from Santa.
Sunday morning in Charlton was a hive of activity. There were whistles blowing, people in high vis clothing pounding the streets on foot, bikes, and skateboards, all armed with cameras. The Charlton Neighbourhood House had a team of photographers helping the project ‘Out Standing In…’ become an outstanding success.
The team of over 30 photographers, responsible for one street each set off to snap a few pictures of not just the residents, but their pets, projects, and activities they have enjoyed during coronavirus. The laughter and story telling that could be heard as neighbours who had not seen each other for weeks reconnected, was delightful. It was not just the town, but the surrounding districts have been captured too and EWHS worked with CNH to take pictures of the patients also.
The CNH committees’ concept was to simply capture a moment in the history of Charlton, to share with loved ones that are geographically separated. “While COVID-19 is invisible to the eye, a very visible component has been the wearing of masks and physical distancing in our community, said CNH President Kaylene Cossar. “We wanted to be able to capture residents smiling faces, so we needed to keep them on their own properties to adhere to the restrictions.”
Kaylene added “We want to use these images as a way of keeping people connected, there will be multiple end products and many possibilities are being explored, a film, photo cards, calendar and book, but for now we are sharing them on social media for friends and family to enjoy”. These have been well received as past resident Jenny Southwell said “ Being unable to get back to visit, these photos have given me a huge smile every time I see them, particularly when mum and dad popped up! What a wonderful idea. Congratulations on a superb project for Charlton. Charlton will always be home despite living far away.”
Congratulating the Neighbourhood House resident Robin McRae said, “What a great community exercise & something that only happens in a great community! Some amongst us have taken a massive financial & life hit and you pray they pull through ok. For us, the passing of a lifelong friend we could not say goodbye to. Through it all I know we say "no we are ok" where in fact we are not because the same as all of us distancing & masks take away two of the most important factors of connection and feeling a part of the fabric of community. Then this idea comes along proving we are all part of a great community. The best!”
The Neighbourhood House hosted the Buloke Shire morning tea, as their launch event for Volunteer Week. The Buloke CEO, Anthony Judd spoke about the value of volunteers in small communities, and as an organisation that relies on volunteers, we understand that they are invaluable.
The Charlton Neighbourhood House took the opportunity to announce their initiative ‘Volunteer of the Month Award’. Residents are encouraged to pop a name into the ‘volunteer house’ and once a month a random winner is selected. The volunteer receives a coffee and cake voucher donated by Timeless Treasures Tearooms, a personalized thank you letter and are noted in the Charlton Community Newsletter, as a small token of appreciation. The first recipient was Liz Minister, receiving her voucher from committee member Marea Judd.