Victoria, Malmsbury, Malmsbury Village Fayre

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 15 November 2015

A community run event supporting local growers and producers is set inside the Malmsbury Town Hall and outside in the nearby Botanic Gardens. There are approximately 60 stalls giving tastings and sales of the local wines, premium olive oils and many other products. A local ‘Makers Market’ will feature this year. This popular Fayre is held on the third Sunday of November and attracts over 3,000 visitors. Free jumping castles and face painting by professionals. Live music is presented by the ZINGARO music festival in the Gypsy Klezmer style where visitor participation is a must. You can create more music with Andy Rigby’s marimbas. The Botanic Gardens are a perfect backdrop for a picnic, taking a stroll or to view the historic, bluestone viaduct. You will find cafes, restaurants, three art galleries and the local Historical Society at the Malmsbury Mechanics Institute are all open in the shopping precinct. Malmsbury has an active VLine train station on the Bendigo line just 6 minutes walk from the Fayre.

Date:  Sunday 15 November 2015
Venue:  Malmsbury Town Hall and Botanic Gardens
Address:  Cnr Ellesmere Place and Mollison St Malmsbury
Time:  10am-4pm
Entry:  gold coin


A bit of history The Town Hall is much loved by the community and has a dedicated Town Hall Committee (started in 2013) who are maintaining it and raising funds to obtain a modern commercial kitchen. This year specialized padding has been placed on the back wall of the hall to improve the acoustics. It was celebrated with a huge concert of local musicians. The group has also replaced the stage curtains and obtained new padded chairs. The Malmsbury Town Hall was built in 1868 on the corner of Ellesmere Place and the main road next to the Botanic Gardens from dressed rubble bluestone (probably quarried locally). It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and registered by the National Trust. The removal of the front facade to make way for a 1950’s red brick addition for the arrival of the ‘movies’ has threatened the viability of these listings. The bluestone panels were finished with cement to imitate freestone after the style adopted in the erection of Wesley Church, Melbourne. At the time it was the only town hall between Melbourne and Sandhurst (Bendigo). Malmsbury was also remarkable because it eventually had two halls (the Mechanics Institute and Town Hall) in such a small town. After about 8 years of use the Department of Health decided the hall was too dangerous to use and it must close because there was no provision for water in case of fire. Large buckets had to be put onto the stage. Its uses have included: a court house, council offices, film shows, weddings, funeral wakes, celebrations, meetings, talks, concerts, community groups etc.

Victoria, Moonambel, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth

EVENT DATE:  Saturday 14 November & Sunday 15 November

A huge success when first presented at the Edinburgh Festival, this play is an hilarious comedy as things don’t go quite to plan when a bunch of misfit ladies, with the help?? of their director David and stage manager, Henry, attempt to present their own, – original in the extreme – production of Shakespeare’s tragegy Macbeth for the local Drama competition under the watchful, and carefully mascara’d, eye of the adjudicator Mr. George Peach. In the words of the Edinburgh Evening News’ critic “Move Burnham Wood to Dunsinane but catch this”
Date:  Saturday 14 November & Sunday 15 November
Venue:  Moonambel Hall
Address:  14 Woods Street Moonambel
Time:  Saturday 8.00PM, Sunday 4.30PM
Entry:  $10 Adult $2 under 12 years

Bookings: Contact Steve, 0419 548 214 or on


The history of the Moonambel Hall- formerly Mechanics Institute Reserve is documented in the book ‘If these Walls could talk’ by Pam Barawagnarth – unable to spell her surname- sorry, but she is well known.
The Pyrenees Shire has been very good to the hall committee & we have just had a brand new kitchen built. The first hall was washed away in the floods of Nov./Dec. 1933 so this hall was opened in 1937.
The hall has played host to all the usual community activities, such as school concerts; church luncheons/teas; cabarets; wedding breakfasts ; trivia nights; exhibitions; life’ drawing classes; markets etc.

Victoria, Malmsbury, Malmsbury Town Hall flea Market

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 1 November

Stallholders come along with a huge variety of goods, treasures and bargains
Date:  Sunday 1 November
Venue:  Malmsbury Town Hall
Address:  Mollison St, Malmsbury
Time:  9am-2pm
Entry:  gold coin donation

Stall holders: Bookings call 0408 336 352, $15 prepaid

Our hall dates back to the 1800s, a beautiful bluestone structure.

South Australia, Sandalwood, Sandalwood & District History Book Launch

EVENT DATE:  Saturday 28 November150928_Sandalwood event image submitted by Diane Callagher

A vast amount of research has been completed to compile a book containing the History of Sandalwood and Districts. Once again we hope to bring together past and present residents of the Sandalwood area to celebrate the launch of this tremendous book. Lunch is provided to help make an enjoyable day. History books will be on sale.

Date:  Saturday 28 November
Venue:  Sandalwood Hall
Address:  50 Railway Tce, Sandalwood SA 5309
Time:  From 11am
Entry:  Gold Coin


In 1921 residents of the Sandalwood community came together at a public meeting and decided to build a hall. Land was donated as the site for the building and locals raised money to build the hall without government aid. The Sandalwood Hall erection began in 1922 and was opened on November 14, 1923. The Sandalwood Recreation Association Inc. was established October 4, 1923 with the purpose to acquire land and “to erect and maintain thereon a Hall”. During its’ 92 years the hall has been used for meetings, dances, social functions, balls, as well as several weddings. The Sandalwood Christmas Tree has been running for decades at the hall, and is still a source of delight for children to this day. In 1973 the Hall hosted “Back to Sandalwood” celebrating 50 years of the Sandalwood Hall. In 2012 it hosted the “Sandalwood Centenary” celebrating 100 years of settlement in the district.

Victoria, Glenlyon, Titillating taste buds in Glenlyon

EVENT DATE:  Saturday 21 November150928_Glenlyon Hall submitted by Joy Durston

Enthusiastic local cooks will showcase delicious foods made from ingredients sourced from nearby veggie gardens. And for afters, locals will be encouraged to bring along their favourite home-made jam to slather on fresh baked scones.

Date: Saturday 21 November
Venue:  Glenlyon Hall
Address:  Barkly Street, Glenlyon
Time:  10am – 2pm
Entry:  Free entry, $5 a dish


The 122-year-old Glenlyon Hall has long been a proud focal point for the local community. With its grand facade and position on the avenue in the centre of town, Glenlyon Hall is obviously well loved and cared for in the community. The committee is has a strong sense of ownership and there is a willingness look after and restore the building. The Hall is home to (amongst other organisations and activities) an art and craft group, Playgroup, Fine Food and Wine Fayre and Glenlyon Forest Group.

Victoria, Loch Sport, Family Fun Day

EVENT DATE:  Saturday 21 November 2015150922 Lock sport Family Fun Day submitted by Bill Klien

There will be a large Jumping Castle, Briagalong Bush Band from 1pm to 3pm, face painting, arts/crafts and the Halls Coffee Shop will be open for cappuccino latte etc. with plenty of tables for people to meet and greet.

Date:  Saturday 21 November 2015
Venue:  Loch Sport Public Hall
Address:  National Park Rd, Loch Sport
Time:  11:30am – 4pm
Entry:  Free


The Hall is 22 years old and was built with money raised from the local community. Over the last few years the hall has been completely re-painted, the floor has been brought back to its original splendor and new curtains are on the way. Over this summer period we hope to have our local artists works on display and have the coffee shop open on a regular basis for people to come and have a chat.

South Australia, Echunga, Open Day

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 22 November 2015

The Committee of the Echunga Memorial Institute will be convening an open day during which representatives of the district’s clubs and organisations can come along and showcase their activities. This will provide an opportunity for people to not only check out the Hall’s facilities but to see what the community has to offer.

Date:  Sunday 22 November 2015
Venue:  Echunga Memorial Institute
Address:  25 Adelaide Road, Echunga
Time:  2.00pm – 4.00pm
Entry:  Gold coin donation


The Echunga Memorial Institute was opened in 1956 and is owned and operated by the community. It has excellent facilities suitable for parties (conditions apply), weddings, receptions, concerts and conferences.


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