The Old Church on the Hill has been a hub of activity over the last few months, as the community kitchen has reached its completion, our website was published, the Old Church Food Hub launched, we Crowdfunded for a new wheel chair access toilet raising $10,166 and we have all been busy crafting, cooking and collaborating for our hugely successful Spring Fair. Thank you to everyone who came,connected and crafted.It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying making new friends through this community space. The fair attracted a crowd of friends old and new, and raised at least $16 000 towards our new Loo Block. (Photo Credit: Liz Conway)
We have also had some amazing live music performances which have been a privilege to host, the year kicked its boots off with Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel getting everyone in a dancing mood and the music nights have just continued to impress with performances here most weeks. The Old Church will continue to host the Blues Gospel morning over the Blues and Roots Festival on Nov 6th. This years partnership with the Bendigo Blues & Roots Crew grew to include the Bendigo Folk Club bringing a variety of talent to our ears...how lucky are we?! (Photo Credit: Blues & Roots Website)
Every week we've been blessed with new and exciting activities, not just the Spring Fair, but also workshops, cooking classes and community feasts being held in our newly renovated feast space! (Photo Credit: Shane Carey)
The garden recovered well from the winter blues and put on its best outfit for our Spring Fair. Thanks to all the hard work of the community gardeners! The gardening bee's have been lovely; steaming afternoon teas being shared after some gardening efforts have been a real treat on some of our colder Saturday afternoons. (Photo Credit: Shane Carey)
Many people dedicate a lot of their time, effort and resources towards the Spring fair, where we can share and celebrate everything that makes this place such a fun place to be.
Big Thanks to our wonderful supporters and volunteers! (Photo Credit: Liz Conway)
Playgroup has SO many new friends this year!
We have been really enjoying all that these new big and little people bring to the group and the way that everyone continues to pitch in to make playgroup a happy place to be :)
There was the day when Jess covered the table with bubble wrap and we all gleefully popped and popped. Then there was the day that poor Seamus the knitted mouse failed to go home with his own family and had an overnight adventure at a friend’s house before the playgroup mums managed to get him safely home. There was also the day that Margot had a birthday and we sang Happy Birthday around the cake with “nothing in it” (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free). Then there was the time we all laughed with amazement that a house on Carpenter St had said goodbye to one playgroup family and hello soon after to another!
And through it all the music keeps playing, the stories keep being read, the fruit keeps getting eaten, the gold coin donations keep generously coming, and many cuppas, laughs, stories and sometimes tears are shared. Thanks playgroup Mums and Dads and littlies! (Photo Credit: Abi Trewartha)
Tom Sanderson has been teaching break dancing at the OCOH every Tuesday at 5pm-5:45pm for the last 4 years, his skills in this style of dance and expression have taken him across Australia and the world, we are very lucky to have him here in Quarry Hill. Tom sees the classes as a way to encourage young people to feel positive and confident, to give and receive as everyone supports each other in their learning, his approach to teaching is a real asset to our community.
New students will generally have a one-on-one class with Tom in order to gauge where they are in their learning journey and give student and teacher a chance to connect before joining the larger group. Students will have many opportunities to perform and compete if they would like to and there are also private classes available.
Feel free to contact him on 0432719841 to find out more or even come along to watch a lesson. (Photo Credit: Jordan Allen)
Thank you to Abi Trewartha, Shane Carey and Liz Conway for the beautiful photos, please seek permission and credit them if using their work.