Welcome to Castlemaine Community House!
Castlemaine Community House is a welcoming place, bringing people together to connect and strengthen our community.
Castlemaine Community House is moving in January 2014 to share the Bendigo TAFE building in Templeton Street. We will soon have more details and a firm date for moving all our offices and programs, including Growing Abundance and the No Interest Loans Scheme, the Centrelink and Medicare agency, and our public internet access computers. More details.
Castlemaine Community House will be closed from 3pm on Tuesday 24 December until 9am on Thursday 2 January 2014. During January we will be open for the same hours as the Centrelink/Medicare agency, that is, 9am to 3pm with a half-hour lunch break from 12.30pm to 1pm. Best wishes for the holiday season to all our community!
Last Community Lunch before the holidays is on Tuesday 17 December. We’re still at the Old Gaol and we are likely to be there still in February because the Town Hall renovations are still continuing. We are running a minibus from the Town Hall at 12.15pm (and it’ll bring you back!).
Mainesong are performing at the Bridge Hotel on Wednesday, 18 December as part of our end-of-year breakup. Wednesdays at the Bridge are the weekly open mic, and Mainesong will be performing about half an hour somewhere between 7:30 and 9pm. Come see us perform songs we’ve been working on this term, as well as some of the finest local musicians getting up for a play (you could even bring your own instrument and play a short set yourself!). Meals available from 6pm – 9pm. Bridge Hotel, 21 Walker St, opposite the Botanical Gardens. More information about Mainesong is here.
“This Singing Land”, the Chat-Warblers’ CD, was launched on Thursday 28 November. There was a great night of singing to a packed audience in the foyer of the Phee Broadway Theatre. Songs from the CD include several by members of the choir. The Chat-Warblers, led by Jane Thompson, have been auspiced by the Community House for twelve years, and have now grown to a choir of well over 30 women. As Jacinta Walsh said in launching their CD, “What took you so long to get your first CD?” Copies are available for $15 from the Community House.
Fifteen students who have just successfully completed our Permaculture Design Course were awarded certificates in November. The next course runs for 16 Tuesdays from 11 February 2014. With the benefit of funding through ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) the course costs only $175 for concession-card holders, $375 full. We are already taking bookings. More details are here.
The Community House’s Stronger Families Program at the Loddon Prison provides an opportunity for prisoners who are fathers to spend time with their children and maintain their family relationships. At the end of each year, we hold a Christmas party and give small gifts to all the children. Please could you contribute? We are only able to accept new and unused items, small enough to go in a shoebox (which we will then wrap). We are expecting 23 children of very different age groups from babies to teenagers – so that’s a lot of presents as we intend to spoil the kids. There will be some great entertainment, including Tim Tim the Clown and his famous balloon animals. We have a box for donations in the Community House. Want to help but need suggestions? Email us for a list of suitable gifts.
The Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival awarded first prize to our Community Lunch film on Sunday 24 November! Made by Davide Michielin and Denise Martin, the short film Community Lunch in Castlemaine was funded through the Australian Government Healthy Communities Initiative and the Helen McPherson Smith Trust. The film is available on youtube! So far the film’s been viewed 658 times. Can we get that number up to 1,000? It will help get community lunches going all over Victoria – all over Australia – in other parts of the world! Send the link to your friends! And we’ll have copies to sell very soon – watch this space!