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Schoolhouse Village Wins Garden Award!

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Congratulations to the Schoolhouse Village. Last night we were announced as the winner of the Central Goldfields Shire Gardening Competition -“Best large commercial garden” award.
The garden is a mixture of fruit and natives trees as well as exotics and roses.   Many advanced trees have been planted including both deciduous flowering as well as evergreen.   The residents take a keen interest in the gardens particularly in their communal vegetable garden and are currently enjoying strawberries, lettuce and silver beet.

The native plants attract many species of native birds and our frog pond is a very successful feature.

The success of the garden is the result of the dedication of our full time gardener Brad Gale and owners Sandy and Gale Davidson. We often receive praise from the public as the gardens are quite spectacular.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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High St is now in full  festive flair with Christmas trees and decorations all around.  High St is only a short stroll from the Schoolhouse Village. We recommended you treat yourself and stop for coffee and homemade cakes at one of the many cafes in town. It’s a great place to relax and  enjoy the Christmas spirit and decorations.

Energy Breakthrough

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On the weekend, 6,000 school children from across the state descended on our little town of Maryborough. Their was an exciting energy in the town as the annual RACV energy breakthrough event showcased the hard work and talent of the younger generation.
Known as the ‘green grand prix’  all vehicles are powered through pedal power, solar power or ethanol.

There were certainly a lot of innovative creations out on the track for the 24 hour event.
Every year there are cool and crazy vehicles. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!

Author Lyle Courtney Visits the Schoolhouse

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Last week we received a visit from a former student of the Schoolhouse –Lyle Courtney – where he attended when it was Maryborough Primary School. Lyle is now a published author and left us a signed copy of his latest book – ‘Our houseless home’ a true story about childhood during the great depression. Lyle was impressed with the renovations of the Schoolhouse and passed on his best wishes to the Schoolhouse residents.


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Click on the image to view our latest Newsletter.

It features;
-An article written about the Schoolhouse.
-Updates on our vegetable patches.
-Photos and news from our Open Day.
-Highlights from our cooking evening.
-Calendar of upcoming Events

Christmas in July

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Last week we celebrated Christmas in July! We enjoyed a fabulous four course meal cooked by Maryborough’s own Master Chef -Rob Loyer.

The chicken soup, roast beef and plum pudding with custard was the perfect treat on a cold winters day! Not forgetting the Belgian crème brûlée chocolate which was to die for.

We were joined by members of the CWA. It was a fantastic luncheon enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to Yvonne for winning the door prize!

Communal Cook-Up

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We recently held our first ‘Communal Cook-Up’ with all the residents, Brad the Gardener and Phill the site supervisor coming together to cookup a scrumptious feast.

The luncheon was lots of fun and the food tasted great. It was a 3 course meal; soup, casserole, apple strudel and apple pie. Everything was home made and prepared in the school house kitchen.

Colour Consultation Night

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The colour consultation night was a hit!

Dari came along with her selection of fabrics, make up and colour swatches. She showed us which colours suit us and why taking into account, hair, skin tone, eye colour, etc.

Many of us were surprised to see colours we thought we could never wear actually suited and colours we wear everyday washed us out.

We all left feeling inspired to try wearing different coloured clothes and make-up.

CWA – Inaugural Meeting

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The Maryborough Country Women’s Association have now made our Village their base making the most of the beautifully restored schoolhouse classrooms.

Last month, they held their inaugural meeting. There are a lot of talented ladies in this group with many prizes won at the recent competition in Heathcote.

Thanks Verna for bringing along your trophy for your crochet blanket which won first prize, the trophy was enormous!

There were lots of laughs amongst the ladies and a good time held by all.

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