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Friends Newsletter – Winter / Spring 2013

By October 10, 2013September 12th, 2017Latest News


Winter/Spring 2013

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter.

As the new President it is indeed a priviledge to take on this leadership role with the Friends.

The Friends, for many years, have had a very strong partnership with the Castlemaine State Festival in that they have made a consistent and significant financial contribution to each Festival and by building a strong membership base that has supported fundraising. Friends have also taken on volunteer roles for the Festival and of course attended the performances and exhibitions offered in the ever expansive and exciting Festival programs.

As you will see from this newsletter we have planned a range of Friends fundraising events between now and next June which we hope will encourage you to continue support as we work towards out financial target of raising $10,000 for the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival.

May I thank our incoming committee for their commitment and on your behalf thank Val Victor-Gordon, our retiring president, who has been a rock of strength for the Friends over many years.

Michael Bottomley – President


Since the last newsletter in May a Sunday High Tea was held at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and thanks to the hard work of our committee and members this was a great success, with over 50 Friends (and their friends) attending. There was food and wine and fine music aplenty with some lively and happy conversations taking place.

Peter, Sue and Sam who make up the trio Take Three entertained us with the sophisticated, easy listening music of Gershwin, Porter, Weill and Novello. I should add that they are happy to hear about potential gigs and can be contacted on should you be looking for musicians for an event.

In July our committee with the assistance of some members helped out at the Rotarians change-over dinner and we received a welcome donation from Rotary in return. Of course that will go towards our fundraising for the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival.

Last week the committee met to organize the fundraising and events calendar for the next few months. It promises to be exciting and we look forward to your company and your support at many of the planned events.

On Election Day 7th September we will be running a BBQ outside the newsagent in Mostyn St. After you vote remember to call by our ‘sausage sizzle’ and make our efforts worthwhile!



Sunday 10 November 12:30pm

Join us for a light lunch (following the famous ‘ART AUCTION ‘ on Saturday 9th November), served with delicious wine at ‘TRANQUIL GROVE’, one of Castlemaine’s unique private gardens. Distinctively designed to invoke peace and tranquillity, you can enjoy a short tour and talk by owner and host Peter Renfrew as he introduces his garden and the eastern philosophies which underpin its design. See below for details.

Cost: $35 members / $40 non-members per head which includes a light lunch, a glass of wine and entertainment.

RSVP: Monday 28th October. Phone Festival office 54723733 or email


Sunday 08 December 3pm

Thanks to the ongoing support and generosity of Peter Morris and Barry Heaysman we are able to invite all members to their home ‘Corella Ridge’ at 88 Blanket Gully Road, Campbell’s Creek for our annual get-together to celebrate the Festive Season.

This will be an afternoon tea and members are asked to bring a plate to share. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Entry and entertainment is free for members / $5 per head for non-members.


Sunday 6th April 10am

Meet us at the car park behind the Market Building at 10am to register and pick up your map and details for the tour which will include exclusive access to the working studios of 3 of our local artists and a lunchtime visit to one of region’s boutique wineries. Invite your family and friends, load up the car, pack a picnic and enjoy tasting some fine wine with your lunch. More details in the next newsletter.

Cost: $10 per person (members)

$15 (non-members)


‘Castlemaine – VOICES LIVE’
Sunday 18 May 2pm

In recent years Castlemaine has become home to some outstanding choirs. This event will bring those choirs together to celebrate the human voice, its beauty and power and the uplifting sound of choral music in all of its wonder. Details are yet to be refined and details will appear in the next newsletter. All you need to do for now is ‘save the date’!