Welcome to Castlemaine Community House!
Castlemaine Community House is a welcoming place, bringing people together to connect and strengthen our community.
Four years ago, Growing Abundance (GA) came into existence as a program of the Castlemaine Community House driven by a group of passionate and creative local food advocates. Now four years, 19 tonnes of fruit, 2000 trees, hundreds of preserves, workshops and events and thousands of volunteer hours later, Growing Abundance is ready to fly the nest. Read more about the plans for the Growing Abundance Project Inc. here. As part of our fundraising, Growing Abundance has created a beautiful calender which deconstructs into a set of handy recipe cards. So it will be a great gift for anyone or a special one for yourself. Beautifully created and chock full of info – recipes, food planting and growing information. This is a limited addition so get in quick. You can order online here or phone 5472 4842 to organise pickup at CCH.
The Castlemaine Community House will close at 3pm on Wednesday 24 December, and reopen at 9am on Monday 5 January. Most of our regular activities – such as music playgroup, yoga and community lunch – operate during term time and will restart after 28 January. The printed version of our program of classes and activities will be out on Tuesday 16 December!
Mainesong presents: The Bottom Line – end of year concert. Wednesday 17 December at 7pm at the Church of Christ, 66 Blakeley Road. Free entry, and with a supper.
“Sitting in the hall surrounded by beautiful, life-affirming people, singing together and sharing the beauty of loving connection was a deeply moving and healing experience. I was exquisitely reminded really clearly of the value to me (and indeed all of us) of community. Thank you each and every one of you for the way in which you contribute so much to the sense of community in Castlemaine. Peace Choir is amazing and really wonder-full. ”
A record $584 was collected at the concert on 10 December. Half was sent to help Médecins Sans Frontières in their work with the Ebola crisis in Africa and the other half to support the Stronger Families program at the Loddon Prison here in Castlemaine. Thank you to all who took part, performing and in the audience.
Sign up now for beginner or intermediate Spanish classes for next term – and you’ll be great hosts for the Cubans coming for the Castlemaine State Festival! Our teacher Camila Serrano is a native Spanish speaker – from Colombia – and she’ll be helping you brush up your Spanish if you already have some – and starting you off if you’re a complete beginner.
We made a call out to the community for donations of presents for Castlemaine Community House’s Building Stronger Families Program at Loddon Prison. Each year a Christmas party is held to let children spend time with their dads who are in prison and we needed help to gather presents for the kids on behalf of their dads. We were inundated with gifts and overwhelmed by your generosity. On behalf of the nine dads and their 16 children we want to say thank you for your kindness and compassion.