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A cuppa for Helen

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019 | Wendy Laing

ON THE 16th January, a commemorative morning tea for Mrs Helen Horton was held at the RSL Club in Deloraine.

Mrs Helen Clayton thanked the 80 people in attendance for coming along to help celebrate the life of the well-respected member of the Deloraine community.

Helen and her husband, Don, were remembered for holding the first Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea at their home in Deloraine and Helen continued to coordinate the event for the next twenty years.

As well as being a member of the Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels for a number of years, she was also a fundraiser for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Four of Helen’s grandchildren reminisced about their time spent with Helen and Don while growing up. She was a great cook, they said.

Mrs Helen Horton passed away on the 3rd January 2019 after a long illness.

Helen Horton

Helen Horton

Where there is muck there is money

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

WHO WOULD have thought that cow poop could be worth money?

Get along to the Chudleigh Show on Saturday the 16th February to find out how.

The Junior Beef Expo committee are holding the first ever cow poo lotto.

A novel approach to fund-raising, it works by marking out a paddock with grid lines and numbering the resulting squares.

Competitors purchase a square or squares in the grid and a cow is then let into the gridded paddock.

Here’s where it gets intense with every one waiting and watching to see which square the cow poops on as this will be the winner.

Chudleigh Show has been running since 1889, 130 years.

A great family day out, the show will also feature a dog high jump competition, a trick horse display, mens muffin competition, sheep dog trial, dairy and beef cattle exhibits as well as sheep and horse events. F

or children there will be a jumping castle, pony and train rides. The committee are also hoping to hold a kids fishing event. Entry is $10.00 for adults; $20.00 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children).

Junior cattle handling is a popular event at the Chudleigh Show

Junior cattle handling is a popular event at the Chudleigh Show

A tissue a tissue we all fall down

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

The good folk of Chudleigh organised another circus skills workshop for thirty lucky Meander Valley young ones during the school holidays. Pictured here are L-R Cayden Kester, Shenoah Hume and Samuel Marshman, all 8yrs, practising with kangaroo stilts while ably assisted by Kim Hume.

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The joys of country living

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019 | David Claridge

FARMERS ARE important to the booming economics of Meander Valley. Yet, for their neighbours or people moving near to farms, some may not understand their rights and responsibilities.

A new campaign by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) called ‘Living next door to a farmer’ hopes to change that and help build good relationships between farmers and their neighbours.

A $100,000 boost to the TFGA by the Government over three years aims to improve neighbours’ understandings of farming activities and clearly outline everyone’s rights and responsibilities.

A media release supplied by the government claims that “A comprehensive information package and communications program developed by the TFGA will inform those from a non-farming background neighbouring farmland about essential farming activities and practices, as well as respective responsibilities of farmers and neighbours.”

“It aims to reduce the likelihood of land use conflict in rural areas through awareness raising and new information tools to prepare newcomers for the realities of rural life.”

This campaign is part of the Agrifood Plan enacted by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment which aims to build the state-wide value of agriculture to $10 billion per year by 2050. It will do that by helping farmers be competitive and give them certainty and the confidence to get on with business.

Photo | Mike Moores

Photo | Mike Moores

Cup day lunch

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

AGED CARE Deloraine Auxiliary are holding a Launceston Cup day Fundraiser.

It will be a Black and White luncheon held at the Deloraine RSL club on Wednesday 27th Feb 2019.

Cost is $25.00 per head which includes a 2 course meal. Complimentary wine or orange juice on arrival.

Consult your milliner as there is a prize for the best hat as well as a raffle, sweeps and lucky door prizes.

RSVP Chris Chilcott 0419 575 193, Maureen Hoskin 6362 4924, Jan Atkins 6362 2892 or Pauline Grey 6367 8217.


Practical strategies for living

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

A FREE mindfulness workshop will be held at Deloraine House, spread across three Sundays in March and April.

This workshop is provided for free from Mindfulness Programs Australasia, with support from Primary Health Tasmania under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.

Learn practical strategies for managing difficult feelings, thoughts and situations in a relaxed environment with qualified Mindfulness Teacher, Christine.

From 10.00am to 4.00pm on three Sundays: 3rd March, 24th March & 14th April 2019.

Attendance at all three days is required and registration is essential, so apply now.


Phone: 0488 064 228.


Deloraine House, 112 Emu Bay Rd.


Roadworks to continue

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

DELAYS DUE to roadworks when travelling along the Bass Highway between Deloraine and Westbury are set to continue till the 15th March 2019.

The Bass Highway west of Porters Bridge Road has reduced speed limits with frequent lane closures during working hours of 7:00am to 5:00pm. Roadworks are also slowing down travel on Railton Rd.

They are due for completion on 26th February 2019.


Yin Yoga

EventsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

• 8 x Tuesdays from 12 Feb

• 9.00am

• Westbury Community Health Centre

A great introduction to Yoga for older adults. Slowpaced, helping to improve flexibility & mindfulness. Can also be chair-based. Perfect for men, as well as women!

Cost: $5.00 donation

Bookings essential as numbers are limited. For information call Dinah on 0417 292 622.


Always served with love & care

EventsJoanne Eisemann
Helen Clayton (L) and Joan Loone in the planning stages of another delicious oering to raise funds for the Deloraine Hospital.

Helen Clayton (L) and Joan Loone in the planning stages of another delicious oering to raise funds for the Deloraine Hospital.

January 2019 | Wendy Laing

FIFTY YEARS AGO Mrs Joan Loone became an inaugural member of the newly formed Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary. She had been part of the original steering committee who worked hard to form the Auxiliary. Their job would be raising funds to help with the ongoing costs of running the Deloraine hospital.

“The first items we bought were toothbrushes for the patients,” Joan Loone said. From 2010 until the present time the Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary has raised over $286,000. The funds are amassed from catered functions, donations and bequests. TV’s and air conditioners for patients rooms, washing machines and garden benches are a few of the items bought by the Auxiliary, the latest being a Bladder Scanner worth $15,000. Auxiliary members make regular hospital visits, and gifts are given to all patients who are in the hospital at Christmas time. “We have a great relationship with the hospital staff,” President Robin Cato said.

Every year as a thank you for their dedication, the hospital Manager, Lester Jones and the staff cook a Christmas lunch for the Auxiliary members. The main fundraising lunch which has been held at the Bowls Club each year is in the process of being transformed. “Our members are becoming older,” President Cato said, “and catering a main meal and sweets for over 200 people takes a lot of time and energy which is exhausting.

However, because people especially enjoy our homemade desserts, plans are in hand to decide on an easier option for the future.” Each September the Auxiliary will continue to cater for their popular High Teas. Catering quotes for functions can be obtained from Helen Clayton on 6362 2658. New members are most welcome. If you can spare a few hours a month to become a volunteer with the Deloraine Hospital Auxiliary, please ring the President, Robin Cato on 0408 521 836 for more info.

Photo | Mike Moores

Standby Support standing by

EventsJoanne Eisemann

January 2019 | Hayley Manning

Standby Support After Suicide team stand firm in the knowledge that effective communication is the biggest preventative factor for suicide.

Standby recently held two powerful events in Deloraine, as a part of their sustained campaign for community education and bereavement support in the Meander Valley.

Response Team member, Angela Enright, facilitated an inaugural Meander Valley Memorial Walk along the Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail; while Deloraine House hosted a Pathways to Care workshop to develop a community response plan and increase understanding of bereavement.

Northern Team Leader, Rod Lambert, says there is so much complexity surrounding suicide and each individual response is different.

“It is important for the bereaved to know that while we cannot change what’s happened, we can be there to help their pain in an informed, non-judgemental, and compassionate way,” Rod said.

“We help anyone, no matter what their relationship has been. We are here to support you even 20 to 30 years later, for as long as needed.”

Standby was originally started in Queensland 17 years ago and now offers a 24/7 service across all communities Australia-wide.

First responders, family, friends, or anyone impacted by a suicide can refer or be referred themselves to Standby for immediate support at home, a community club, workplace, or by telephone if preferred.

For further information visit: or email: standbytasmania@


Christmas cheer

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

ONCE AGAIN, the Combined Churches of Deloraine are supporting two significant Christmas events, inviting everybody to take part in Carols by the River and the Christmas Day Dinner as part of their Christmas celebrations.

The Carols, now in their 31st year, will be held by the rotunda near the Meander River in Deloraine, on Saturday, 15th December.

Starting at 6.30pm with the free barbecue, entertainment will start at 7.30pm, finishing at about 9.00pm - a great opportunity for a family occasion.

The Meander Men, with their robust performance of songs and carols will begin, followed by school choirs and other entertainers, including the Kids’ Club.

Of course, everybody gets the chance to sing some favourite carols. Josh Skeat will be the MC.

The award-winning Christmas Day Dinner is held on Christmas Day (obviously) from noon. All are invited.

The Dinner will be held in the Mennonite Church (formerly the Uniting Church Hall) at 20 West Barrack Street. As well as a traditional Christmas dinner, there will be plenty of music and fun.

Russell MacKenzie will be MC and will help lead the singing of another round of community carols.

Betty and Warwick Holmes started the dinners fourteen years ago. After seven years, they moved to New Zealand and other people have now taken on the organising role.

Thanks to the generosity of the local combined churches and businesses, the event is free. A place must be booked by phoning Judy or Graham on 0434 845 697.

Lush gardens inspire mainland visitors

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

IN MID-NOVEMBER 31 members of U3A Castlemaine in central Victoria took part in a five-day ‘Gardens of Northern Tasmania’ tour, organised and led by former colleagues and now Deloraine residents Richard Mack and Rosalie Young.

Among the gardens visited were Old Wesleydale, Wychwood, Culzean, Entally House, Woolmers Estate, Villarett, Kaydale Lodge, Annsleigh, and the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens. Also included were a number of smaller private gardens in Weetah, Mole Creek and Longford.

Coming from the poor soils and harsh summers of the box-ironbark forested region of central Victoria, the participants were amazed at the lush scenery and extravagant colours of our local gardens. “Nothing I have ever seen compares to this garden,” said one on leaving Old Wesleydale, while another was blown away by the “fabulous trees and calming reflections of the lake” at Culzean in Westbury.

Even small gardens were praised, White Dove Cottage at Longford being described as a “lovely cottage garden, perfectly designed and planted.” She said she was inspired to regenerate her own garden on the mainland.

A barbecue on the banks of the Meander, hosted by members of the local garden club, gave participants an opportunity to experience the serenity of the riverside walk in Deloraine with its indigenous sculptures and plantings.

The tour was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty of northern Tasmania to the participants. Many had not visited Tasmania for many years and it became clear that they were keen to return, bringing family members with them.

“It was so lovely to see the pleasure that our friends got from visiting these wonderful gardens,” said Rosalie. “It just made all the hard work of planning the tour worthwhile.”

In addition to the pleasure that the tour gave to the participants, it also had an economic benefit, bringing over $24,000 into the local community.

What’s next? “We’re thinking about a tour that combines gardens and some of the grand architecture of the region,” said Richard.

Deb Wilson (fawn dress) shows a group of Victorians around the gardens at Old Wesleydale. Photo by Tom Comerford

Deb Wilson (fawn dress) shows a group of Victorians around the gardens at Old Wesleydale. Photo by Tom Comerford

Community rallies for churches

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

QUAMBY ANGLICAN Parish are anxiously waiting to see whether their three iconic, heritage-listed, stone churches have been saved.

St Andrew’s Carrick was built by Sir Thomas Reibey and consecrated by Bishop Nixon in 1845. With a graveyard and columbarium, the church is the only tangible sign of worship in the town.

St Andrew’s Westbury is convict-built and the foundation stone laid in 1836. The oldest church in Westbury and one of the earliest planned churches in Tasmania. Hosting Nellie Payne’s wonderful woodcarvings, it has a columbarium but the cemetery is some distance away.

St Mary’s Hagley dates to 1861, built and paid for by Sir Richard Dry. The first Tasmanian-born Premier, he is buried under the altar. The newest church, but possibly the most recognisable, it stands outside Hagley, ‘a light on the hill’. It has a graveyard, columbarium and (former) rectory.

The Diocesan Council of the Anglican Church of Tasmania meets in December to advise all state parishes as to whether their submissions are successful.

The Parish are determined to do everything they can to keep their churches open for the communities. While not against paying redress to the survivors of sexual abuse by Anglican clergy, the Parish believes that the Anglican Church of Tasmania can raise the money by other means.

The Parish have asked people to pray for the Parish’s survival and the community has already rallied around them tremendously. The Parish hopes that this continues, especially leading up to the Diocesan decisions.

The Parish have started raising funds, as they must prove the Parish is sustainable in the future.

Donations have already been made and the local community is assisting with fund-raising. St Andrew’s Westbury was packed recently, for a concert with local musicians Joanne Mitchelson (pan flute and harp), Hamish Pike (violin) and Peter Schultz (pipe organ).

Busy planning Christmas services, the Parish is asking the community to embrace these events and consider the future of the Quamby Parish.

Flying on a wing and a prayer at this uncertain time the hope is that the parish will be like a phoenix and rise from the ashes bigger and stronger than ever before.

How you can help: Donations towards saving the churches and proving Parish sustainability can be made to the following account.

Account name: Parish of Quamby BSB 067 014Account number 10064930.

Follow on Facebook AnglicanParishOfQuamby

Contact: Rev Josephine Pyecroft, mobile: 0412 202 563

Quamby Parishioners protest the sale of their churches. Photo by Mike Moores

Quamby Parishioners protest the sale of their churches. Photo by Mike Moores

Volunteer Manager’s forum

Events, CommunityJoanne Eisemann

By Wendy Laing

A MORNING TEA to celebrate International Volunteer Manager’s Day was held on Wednesday, 7th November in Deloraine House to thank Volunteer Managers who enhance and enable the spirit of volunteering in the Meander Valley.

Organisations present included members of the Council and managers of the Visitor Centre, Forest Helpers, Pearns Steam World, Meander Valley Gazette, Neighbourhood House and a member of Volunteering Tasmania.

Guest speaker, Mr Garry Conroy-Cooper, Manager of the Launceston Library spoke about the vital role of a volunteer manager. “Volunteers are our greatest asset.’ Mr Conroy-Cooper said. ‘Imagine the confusion it would cause by withdrawing all volunteers throughout the Meander Valley for one day, one week or even longer.”

“Young people like project-based volunteering or opportunities that might lead to employment.”

Volunteer Managers are responsible for selecting, training and supervising volunteer staff of an organisation. They must be able to communicate effectively with volunteers, paid staff mem- bers and clients.

“Different age groups volunteer differently,” Mr Conroy-Cooper said. “Young people like pro- ject-based volunteering or opportunities that might lead to employment. Middle aged and retirees tend to prefer long time volunteering over extended periods of time.”

It is the manager’s role to ensure a volunteer has a good understanding of the requirements needed in an organisational role. Volunteering should be a pleasant and rewarding experience, not a point of tress. Remember that some may have faced significant personal challenges. A thankyou card, email or phone call is always appreciated.

For information about the Meander Valley Managers of Volunteers Group, please email Vicki Pryer at

The group meets bi-monthly to support volunteering in the Meander Valley. All volunteer managers and coordinators are welcome to attend.

From L to R: Nan Preston, Gary Conroy-Cooper and Anne-Marie Loader. Photo by Mike Moores

From L to R: Nan Preston, Gary Conroy-Cooper and Anne-Marie Loader. Photo by Mike Moores

Lucky sure is lucky!

EventsJoanne Eisemann
When it came to having a good time at the Westbury Show, the Warren family (including Lucky) had it licked. Lucky won 2nd place in the most obedient class of the ever popular pet parade. In the true spirit of sharing, Ash aged 5, Harry aged 9 and Lochlain aged 8 shared an icecream with Lucky to celebrate his success. Photo by Mike Moores

When it came to having a good time at the Westbury Show, the Warren family (including Lucky) had it licked. Lucky won 2nd place in the most obedient class of the ever popular pet parade. In the true spirit of sharing, Ash aged 5, Harry aged 9 and Lochlain aged 8 shared an icecream with Lucky to celebrate his success. Photo by Mike Moores

Village green carol service

Community, EventsJoanne Eisemann

By Lorraine Clarke

ONE OF life’s enduring memories for many folks is the annual Christmas Carol Service attended in childhood. This is a cherished family tradition throughout much of the world, and Westbury has been hosting such a service for longer than anyone can remember.

For the past 18 years, the carol service has been held on the Village Green, with the Hall booked in reserve in case of inclement weather. It is an initiative of the Combined Churches of Westbury and the Meander Valley Choir.

The event begins at 7.00 pm on the Westbury Village Green, on Sunday 16th December. The Lions’ Food Van will be in attendance to provide snacks and coffee, and there will be a lolly scramble for the children.

Launceston’s City Band Ensemble kicks off the musical program. Communal carol singing will be led by the M.V. Choir. Carol booklets are available so that everyone can join in.

Guest artists include the Westbury Primary School Choir, Our Lady of Mercy Children’s Choir, the ‘Uke3A Strummers and Drummers’, and Patrick Gambles.

Bring along a rug and cushions to sit on the grass, candles if you wish and build a family tradition that the next generation will always treasure.

Kerry’s king of the crop

Events, Rural, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Kerry the rooster ruƒffled a few feathers when he was awarded Best Bird In Show for the second year running at the Deloraine Show. Being firmly at the top of the pecking order, Kerry the Rhode Island Red, certainly has something to crow about. While the prize money may seem like chickenfeed, the award is the top perch when it comes to prestige. Kerry is pictured here with his proud owner, Tony Sherri‹. Photo by Mike Moores

Kerry the rooster ruƒffled a few feathers when he was awarded Best Bird In Show for the second year running at the Deloraine Show. Being firmly at the top of the pecking order, Kerry the Rhode Island Red, certainly has something to crow about. While the prize money may seem like chickenfeed, the award is the top perch when it comes to prestige. Kerry is pictured here with his proud owner, Tony Sherri‹. Photo by Mike Moores

Cars and coffins

News, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Piercer Paul and skeleton bride

Piercer Paul and skeleton bride

November 2018 | Haley Manning

A SOLID crowd of car enthusiasts and over 300 unique vehicles spread over the Village Green in October, for the Rotary Club of Westbury Car Show. President of Rotary and organiser of the event, David Lee, said he initiated the fund raiser, now in its fourth year, to replace their long-held annual Fun Run.

“We encourage anything on wheels – old or new, they are all special; we even had a pedal car at this one,” he said. Paul ‘Piercer Paul’ Anderson said car shows on the mainland tend to favour specific models, whereas the Westbury one offers something different to look at, with varied models and vintages.

“You can satisfy 97 per cent of the people when you hold a car show like this,” he said. Paul has owned his 1973 HQ Holden utility for five years, but said it was silver with orange GTS stripes and a tradesman tray before it was painted black, modified and the tray extended to nine-foot long to display a skeleton bride seated in an open coffin.

The tattooist of 35 years says the theme goes with his character. “Since I was young I have always thought outside the box.” The $4,500 donated this year will be distributed by the Rotary Drought Relief Fund to drought-stressed farmers.

Photo | Hayley Manning

Twelve Times He Spoke

Arts, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Actor Guy Hooper performs.

Actor Guy Hooper performs.

A THOROUGHLY Tasmanian play written, performed and directed by three Tasmanian men, will come to Deloraine’s Little Theatre on the 15th November. Twelve Times He Spoke is a one-man play written by award-winning Irishman Finegan Kruckemeyer, who moved to Hobart in 2004 and has had 86 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in 200 international festivals, including at the Sydney Opera House.

The play’s only performer, Guy Hooper, moved to Hobart with his family in 2007 and has appeared in many productions there including plays for the Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre. Director Ben Winspear is the only one of the three born in Tasmania. Married to actor Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, Jack Irish), the two have become a power couple of Australian theatre, performing together in TV’s A Place To Call Home and on stage in Scenes From A Marriage.

Twelve Times He Spoke premiered at the Theatre Royal in June this year, telling a man’s story through 12 speeches. It begins simply enough, mapping the twists and turns of one man’s unremarkable life. But the course he has charted is not the one that unfolds and he ends up in places – some quite dark – that were never part of his plan.

The play, commissioned by Guy Hooper, Blue Cow Theatre and Tasmania Performs, has been lauded. Hobart theatre director Robert Jarman said: “In just 75 minutes he conjures an entire life, encompassing some 50+ years of a man’s journey from boyhood to maturity.

It is a marvel of storytelling imagination, technical/structural proficiency and heartfelt compassion. “And beyond all that, it has something profound to say about the way we live our lives; about the direction our lives take, the choices we make, and how we cope when things go off the rails. It is actually a helpful play.”

Twelve Times He Spoke is presented by Arts Deloraine and is suitable only for ages 16+. 15th November, 7.30pm The Little Theatre, Deloraine, Cost: $25.00 adults, $20.00 Arts Deloraine members. Tickets: The Alpaca Shop, Deloraine; www.trybooking. com/yrxs

Photo | Tony McKendrick

Deloraine Show 72 years young

EventsJoanne Eisemann
Dougal Folder 7 years with Gomez and friends. Exotic birds is a new attraction at the 2018 Deloraine Show.

Dougal Folder 7 years with Gomez and friends. Exotic birds is a new attraction at the 2018 Deloraine Show.

FOR 72 YEARS, Deloraine Show has provided a great day out for families. This year will be no exception with new attractions to entice young and old. W o o d c h o p p i n g is back, featuring local favourite Daniel Gurr (World Rookie Champion 2018) in the treefelling competition.

‘Gomez and friends’ exotic birds make their first time appearance at Deloraine. Gomez and Morticia, red-tailed black cockatoos; Cyril, a South American macaw; and Daisy, a spectacular red Vosmaeri Parrot will be sure to draw a crowd with the chance to get up close and grab a photo with these avian beauties.

The young and adventurous can battle it out in the rodeo ring on a mechanical bull. The show will also see the launch of an inaugural Instagram competition. Entrants need to share their pictures of the day on Instagram, tagging @ deloraineshowsociety and using #Deloraineshow2018 hashtag. Categories include – 1: Families enjoying the show, 2: Animals and 3: Mechanical bull action shot.

The Deloraine and Districts Community Bank Pet Parade will provide fun for children, with loads of prizes to be won. The entertainment area promises a lively atmosphere with ‘Keep the Beat’ interactive drumming, music from the Deloraine Big Band and Junior Band and Dance Connections demonstrations.

Always big crowd pullers, you can expect to see the traditional, well supported exhibitions and competitions in the Livestock, Heavy Horse and Home Industries sections, along with Equestrian events in the Main Arena.

Photo | Sophie Folder