Explore Buloke trip 2
As part of their ‘Explore Buloke’ initiative, the Charlton Neighbourhood House, supported by CASI funding from the Buloke Shire, hosted its second bus trip on Thursday November 25 around the Charlton district. With knowledgeable local Carolyn Olive giving an informative commentary during the day, many interesting venues were visited.
The groups first stop was the Learner Driver Centre where the group took a lap around the track in the bus, while observing students behind the wheel gaining valuable experience towards obtaining their licence.
A warm welcome awaited the group at the North Central Trade School where a tour of the impressive facilities was accompanied by an informative video presentation and a delicious morning tea. The visitors all walked away impressed by this terrific asset for the areas students, many having no idea of this part of Charlton Colleges operation.
The weather continued to be fine for the trip out to Teys Charlton Feedlot, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. An array of new buildings have been, or are under construction, and landscaping works have made significant improvements to the site. The group heard about the scale and day to day operations of the site.
Yeungroon was the next stop, with the historic Yuengroon Hall a popular photography backdrop. Details were given about the planned reinvigoration and memorial due to be commencing in the not to distant future. A short ride later the wind farm was seen from close up, and the scale of these giants was revealed. With a stiff breeze blowing, the power generating turbines were a highlight for many, and the 360 degree panoramic views across the district was stunning.
The bus then made its way to its final destination, Coonooer Bridge to see the historic Church, canon and community hall. Sadly the rain shortened the stay, but not before the church and canons history was detailed.
It was agreed by all on the bus that this had been a great opportunity to see many parts of Charlton and surrounds that are not readily accessible, and that more trips would be appreciated in the future. A huge thankyou goes to all who helped made this a wonderful excursion, specially Brett at the Driver Ed Centre, Jamie and Barry at the Charlton College, Terri from Teys, Peter for his assistance at the Windfarm and Coonooer Bridge, and Carolyn for the work putting the trip together.
Explore Buloke Bus Trip 3
An enthusiastic group of Charlton residents enjoyed a visit arranged by the Charlton Neighbourhood House to several of the Shire’s towns last Friday, as the final ‘Explore Buloke’ bus trip was completed. Previous journeys have taken locals from Sea Lake to Yeungroon, and Nullawil to Coonooer Bridge, with lots of interesting places in between. This trip the group left Charlton Travellers Rest and headed towards Donald for a browse around the town. Watchem was the next stop to view the new silo art and a stop at the magnificent Watchem Church. The visitors were grateful to a local volunteer who gave up their time for the impressive inside tour. Final town stop was Birchip to check out the new streetscape works and murals around the town and to enjoy some lunch. The weather was pleasant as the bus dropped in to Tchum Lake for the final stop on the way home.
A big thankyou goes out from Charlton Neighbourhood House to Buloke Shire, and the funding made available through their CASI grant. This money helped subsidize the cost of the bus making the days affordable for everyone. Also, to the various volunteers who assisted on the trips, and the drivers who got everyone around safely.”
Neighbourhood House Week 2022
Since opening its doors in February 2019, the Charlton Neighbourhood House has seen a broad range of popular services and activities delivered to its residents. Despite the numerous disruptions that COVID-19 presented over the past 2 years, the committee and staff are proud with what has been achieved, often behind regulated closed doors. Overseen by a volunteer Committee of Governance, 3 staff, and dedicated volunteers consistently deliver important services to our community.
A cornerstone of this was the assistance given to many locals to set up the required MyGov app on their mobile devices or obtaining printed documents if they had no smart phone. This was also the case with those unfamiliar with the use of ‘Zoom’ or other apps to keep residents in touch with family and friends, and the $250 Government Power Rebate Scheme.
As the booking point for the Charlton Forum Community Car, this valuable service is coordinated out of the Neighbourhood House, while also being an informal way of keeping in contact with some of the community’s more vulnerable people.
Certificate courses such as Responsible Service of Alcohol, Safe Food Handling, First Aid and CPR, Boat and Personal Watercraft Safety and Barista were all able to be conducted at an affordable price without the need to travel. Social activities included the ever-popular Table for 12, Early Morning Swimming, Gentle Water Exercise, Arts and Photography sessions, social excursions and much more.
The Charlton Neighbourhood House also supports Charlton Youth Group, Charlton Carers Group, various artistic projects around the town, as well as a popular printing service for individuals, businesses and organizations.
Working collaboratively with other Neighbourhood Houses, and across the network of community centres in the Mallee, the Charlton Neighbourhood House looks forward to continuing to deliver to locals and visitors alike information, services, and activities they require, and welcome everyone to join in.
Law Week 2022
Thanks to assistance from the Victoria Law Foundation, the Charlton Neighbourhood House was able to complete a series of free events celebrating Law Week 2022. Opportunity was available to chat with several visitors to the Neighbourhood House across a variety of fields. This included representatives of Mallee Family Care Community Legal Centre, Buloke Shire Local Laws Officer, and local lawyer Bill Freeman. General information was available on matters ranging from local By-Laws to Wills and Probate, and everything in between. The time put in by the guests was much appreciated by those who dropped by, and many general questions were answered.
For those who were unable to attend, the Charlton Neighbourhood House can direct people to the most suitable contact for those seeking legal advice in the future.”
Charlton was a hive of activity Monday (4th) as two events were launched that are sure to be a drawcard to the town; one for a period of three weeks, the other permanently. At 10am a large crowd assembled in Lions Park at the top of View Street to watch Commodore Greg Yorke, AM, CSC officially open the Sir John Monash Tribute Garden featuring a magnificent mural painted by renowned artist Glenn Downy. This was accompanied by 2 large panels mounted on framework constructed by Joe Durie, telling the story of this great Australians life from his childhood through to his accomplished military and civil career, as well as the History of the Battle of Hamel, often Called ‘Monash’s Masterpiece’. Also prominent in the garden is a piano painted by local artist Darren Mills that features images significant in Monash’s life. Native plantings, playground equipment and a mounted telescope will be developed at a later stage to further enhance the project.
Project partners included the Victorian Governments Department of Veterans Affairs, the Besen Foundation, Regional Development Victoria, Charlton Lions Club (who maintain the garden), Charlton Bendigo Community Bank, Charlton Neighbourhood House, Buloke Shire, GWM Water, Charlton Forum, Charlton Rotary Club, David Price OAM, Charlton RSL Sub-Branch, Charlton Golden Grains Museum, Australian War Memorial, Shrine of Remembrance, Rotary Club of Melbourne and Scotch College. Also present was Charlton RSL Sub-Branch Padre Reverand Judi Bird who gave a blessing for the project and led a prayer for the fallen.
Locals and visitors are encouraged to visit the gardens located at the top of View and Currie Streets and spend some time enjoying the magnificent views, and learning about the amazing life of service Sir John Monash gave to Australia.
Following the official opening, everyone was invited to head to the Charlton Shire Hall for refreshments and a very special exhibition opening. Charlton has been very fortunate to secure for three weeks the Shrine of Remembrances travelling exhibition, ‘Changed forever, legacies of conflict.’ This amazing selection of artworks features work by both former Australian Defence Force personnel and refugees who had made a home after leaving their wartime countries to settle in Australia. The moving stories cover more recent conflicts from East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and many more, and are all accompanied by informative panels backgrounding the artists history, and motives behind their work.
Introduced by Shire Mayor, Daryl Warren, Shrine of CEO Mr Dean Lee officially opened the exhibition and praised the work of local volunteers who not only helped assemble the exhibition, but also who have given up their time to man it over its period in Charlton. The audience present was also fortunate to be able to listen to Mornington Peninsula artist, and former soldier and award winner James Farquharson tell of his very personal experiences that led to his involvement in the project.
The exhibition opens Fridays through to Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm until July 26, and is free of charge. Group bookings are welcome and can be arranged by calling 0473 759 456.
CNH Latest News
December was a very busy time here at the House with many activities across a broad range of age groups. Our early morning swim sessions and Gentle Water exercises continued, with the warmer weather being much appreciated by the attendees.
As well as Santa’s mailbox being available for children to drop their very important letters in to Father Christmas, parents were able to have photos taken and printed of their children with Santa at the Band Rotunda. A huge thank-you goes to all the volunteers who help make these events special for Charlton’s young people.
We were very pleased to host a free Gingerbread House making afternoon for around 20 excited children thanks to Buloke Shires CASI Fund. There was plenty of icing, lollies and fun games enjoyed by those attending, and some delicious gingerbread projects taken home for the families.
A fantastic night was had by all who attended the Charlton Neighbourhood Houses Dive In Movie ‘Space Jam 2’at the Charlton Pool. With support from the Rex Theatre, GrainCorp, and again, Buloke Shire’s CASI funding, the feedback we received was terrific, and will hopefully lead to similar events.
Our ‘Tech Tuesday’ support sessions will be returning in February for the cost of $15 per half hour. Bookings are essential by phoning 0473 759 456. We are also looking at hosting more formal computer and device upskilling sessions during the year.
As part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign that ran across the Buloke Shire a special free ‘Sip and Paint’ event was held at the Cricket Club Hotel. A large group of ladies enjoyed each others company while creating some wonderful artworks.
We were once again pleased to be happy assisting with the towns Australia Day celebration by compiling ‘welcome packs’ for newcomers to Charlton over the past 12 months. If you are new to town and were unable to make it along, drop in to the Neighbourhood House to collect yours when convenient.
Second Tuesday Book Club News
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.
School holiday activities kicked off last Friday with the Charlton Neighbourhood House hosting a session of pencil case decorating in the foyer of the Rex Theatre. Hosted by Jo Phillips, 9 primary age children did some fantastic work with the free blank pencil cases and bags provided, and all walked away with a terrific personal creation. It was also a great catch-up time for the adults as well who could enjoy a cuppa during the fun session.
Next Friday, July 9, from 10:00am the good times continue back at the Rex, with decorated greeting cards. Again, ideal for primary age children, registrations are being taken now by calling the Charlton Neighbourhood House on 0473 759 456. This is another free activity for Charlton’s children.
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.
Youth Week 2021
Charlton Neighbourhood House is Celebrating Youth Week 2021
We are excited to announce that the Charlton Neighbourhood House will be celebrating Youth Week starting on the 26th of June until the 2nd of July. Youth Week is a state-wide celebration of the talents, achievements and contributions of young people aged 12 to 25, and we are proud to be celebrating the many ways that young people in Charlton can contribute to, and are valued by, the community.
Charlton Neighbourhood House are the proud recipients of a Victorian Government Youth Week Grant, to help fund a community initiative to mark the annual week. The funding grant will implement the ‘Charlton Means…’ Youth Art Project. A team of young volunteers, led by Tessa Fitzpatrick, a Charlton Neighbourhood House Committee Member will be going around Charlton with posters and prompts written on then, and encouraging fellow young people to write down what ‘Charlton Means’ to them on a poster. These messages will then be photographed and shared throughout the community via our Facebook page, and in the form of a photobook that can be viewed throughout the community.
You can also drop into the Neighbourhood House at any point during the week to be involved, and young people will also be able to contribute to the project, after Youth Week, at the Youth Space we are running on every Thursday afternoon during the school term, from 3pm till 5:30pm.
We are also running a social media campaign for the youth who grew up in Charlton but have moved away from the community to enable them to submit photographs of what Charlton Means to them, and of the places within the community that are important to them. These images will also be combined with the messages captured during Youth Week and form a part of the ‘Charlton Means…’ Youth Art book.
To get involved with either of these projects, contact us at the Charlton Neighbourhood House by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org, through our website, Facebook page or pop in and say hello.