Celebrating 10 years of stories

C-Doc team members Tony Jackson, Julie Elleray, Alex Riches, Deane Williams, Director Claire Jager, Suzanne Donisthorpe and Kyla Brettle invite everyone along to their 10th anniversary festival this weekend.

 The 2024 Castlemaine Documentary Festival kicks off tonight, June 14, celebrating 10 years of real stories, real people, real issues and real joy.

Over three big days the festival will prese...

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Edna turns 100!

Edna Preece is proudly pictured with her family at Saturday’s birthday celebration.

Longtime Chewton resident Edna Preece celebrated her 100th Birthday with family and friends at a special celebration at the Chewton Town Hall last Saturday June 8. 

Edna Preece (nee Scoles) w...

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$100,000 raised in honour of Ned

Newstead Crown Hotel publican Kayne handing over the cheque to the Race Ya team.

The sixth annual ‘RACE YA’ Family Fun Day in Maldon has raised more than $100,000 for Asthma Australia, since it’s inception in 2018.

Kristy Lang- O’Connell initiated the event to honour t...

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Harcourt Lions celebrate 40 years 

Harcourt Lions members Loretta, Scott, truck driver Gary, Sue, Grant and Santa (aka Ray) celebrate Christmas in 2021.

Harcourt Lions Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month and members are looking for newcomers of all ages to join their ranks. 

Club president and original Charter member Raymond R...

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Silvers Circus to thrill 

The Castlemaine community has watched with anticipation this week as the Silvers Circus big top was erected opposite Western Reserve.

That’s right Silvers Circus is back in town after eight long...

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My Castlemaine with Lisa D’Onofrio

Lisa, you are a writer, facilitator, literacy advocate, festival director, documentary maker and podcast producer. Is there anything else on that list? 

I have done so many different things, ...

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Friday, June 14, 2024

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Rotary Art Show on again

Rotary Art Show 2023 People's Choice winner Adam Weston. Who will win in 2024?
Rotary Art Show 2023 People's Choice winner Adam Weston. Who will win in 2024?

The 35th annual Rotary Castlemaine Art Show was officially opened last night, June 6 with a gala event and the announcement of this year’s award winners at the Castlemaine Town Hall.
Art Show committee convener Robert Cordy said support from the arts community has again brought together a very strong show.
Judge and featured artist for 2024 is Castlemaine artist Mark Dober.
Visitors to the show can vote in the popular People’s Choice award which will be announced Monday afternoon.
The familiar Art Show raffle is again a feature of the show featuring a limited edition work, Wilsons Promontory by local artist Jeff Makin as first prize.
The show is open daily from 10am at the Castlemaine Town Hall across the King’s Birthday weekend, from today Friday June 7 to Monday June 10. Entry is $5. Under 16 Free.
All proceeds support Rotary Castlemaine’s community support and charity work.

Jazz Festival hits town

The 2024 Castlemaine Jazz Festival kicks off tonight, Friday June 7, with an opening night extravaganza at the Phee Broadway Theatre.
This year’s opening celebration will shine the spotlight on local talent and with an exciting lineup with a focus on community.
The evening will begin at 7.30pm with our local prize winning Castlemaine Secondary College stage band under the guidance of Ben Nieuwkerk, followed by the CSC vocal ensemble directed by a very special guest Adam Przewlocki.
The evening continues with Rainbow Voices, Tara Flinn and the MaCapellas, The Castlemaine Singers and The Divine Divas. Then the crowd will be entertained by Castlemaine’s very own Thompson’s Foundry Band.
The culmination of the night will be all choirs singing together, joined by Mainesong and directed once again by Adam Przewlocki.
On Saturday the festival will kick into full gear with two big days of entertainment featuring 38 bands performing in six iconic venues, including the historic Theatre Royal, Castlemaine Bowling Club, Phee Broadway Theatre, the Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel and this year two nights at the very popular Boomtown Winery.
Among the artists to feature will be Melbourne talent and jazz royalty Rebecca Barnard.
Barnard hails from a rich musical background. In the 1920’s her grandparents Jim and Kath Barnard ran The Kath Barnard Jazz Band. Their son Len (Rebecca’s father) joined the band in the 1940’s at the age of 12 and went on to form his own outfit – The Len Barnard Jazz Band which toured the country and internationally.
Rebecca grew up listening to Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong spending a lot of time in the pubs of Melbourne and Sydney listening to her Dad’s band and eventually getting up and singing with them at the age of 13.
Today, her son Harry is also a musician continuing to carry the torch and marking four generations of musical and jazz talent.
The songstress says she looks forward to her first appearance at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival and will feature at the Northern Arts Hotel tomorrow, Saturday June 8 from 2.40pm and Theatre Royal on Sunday June 9 from 7pm.
Local jazz lovers may have had the opportunity to catch Barnard in her recent performance at the Theatre Royal several months ago and she looks forward to returning to Castlemaine.
“I spend a lot of time in Castlemaine. I’ve got a lot of friends there. I’m looking forward to a really enjoyable weekend and also catching some of the other artists while I’m in town,” she said.
Rebecca will be joined on stage by pianist/composer Monique diMattina and the pair will be sharing songs from Barnard’s most recent album and her first jazz offering, The Night We Called It A Day which was produced and arranged by diMattina.
“Monique played a huge part in bringing this album to life. It features some of the lesser known standards dating from 1937-1963, some of my favourites. I think the chords and the lyrics are what make them really special,” she said.
Rebecca has performed as part of countless bands, including the renowned Rebecca’s Empire; collaborated with countless artists including Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers, Renee Geyer, Deb Conway, The Meanies, TISM and Kutcha Edwards; appeared on television and radio; and released numerous of albums but despite her roots had never recorded a jazz album until now.
“It was time and it has been so enjoyable. It’s like second nature to me. It’s been like coming home,” she said.
Tickets for the 2024 Castlemaine Jazz Festival feature opening night, day pass and weekend pass options starting from $30 through to $150 Adult for the full weekend.
For more information scan the QR Code on the Jazz Festival posters around town or to secure your tickets visit www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au

Ambos call for action

Ambos are taking to their ambulances to spread the message. Photo: Lisa Dennis

Ambulances, emblazoned with messages from local ambos, have been spotted across the region in recent weeks, as industrial action once again ramps up. 

With their Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (...

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Rotary Paul Harris Fellows celebrated 

Rotary President Kerry Anderson is pictured with the 2024 Paul Harris Fellows Barb Templar and Grant Thomas.

Castlemaine Rotary Club hosted a dinner on May 29 to recognise a Rotarian and community member for their outstanding contributions. 

President Kerry Anderson and Foundation Director Robert Co...

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Maldon named as a finalist in Tourism Awards

The township of Maldon, founded in 1853, has been announced as a finalist of the 2024 TAC Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards.

The awards are a way to showcase the value of tourism to the towns and ...

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