Flashback - 1997

Local Guides

Local businesses and individual members of Churchill community who financially supported three local girl guides to attend the international meet at Douglas Scrub South Australia will be pleased hear that the event was a success, and the three local girls Rebecca, Kristy and Tanya are extremely indebted to all who helped.

The meet was centralised around the Girl Guide fundamentals, friendship, team unity, and enjoyment. Guides from countries such as USA, Japan, Belgium, British Isles and New Zealand attended and became junior ambassadors for their nations.

Danni Dinosaur

Hey Kids, I am Danni the Dinosaur and I will be printing a section of Kids activities in the Churchill News this year.

I hope you all had a great summer holiday and now you are back at school and working hard. Here are a few activities for you to do in your spare time.

Butterflies to hippos

From fairies to footballs, dragons to dragon flies, butterflies to hippos, if it flies, it is on show at the “Singapore Airlines Achievement Through Art” student exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

The artworks on display reflect the diverse range of student interests and the exemplary art curricula of schools across the state.

Something new

February saw the start of a new Youth Group at the Cooperating Churches. Twelve young people competed in Celebrity Heads, shuffle the deck and strained their brains in the Dictionary Challenge. The highlight of the night was the newspaper hockey match, the closely fought game was eventually won 5-4.

Hazelwood House Hostel opens

In April an Open Day was held for the Hazelwood House Hostel. Over 300 people were taken on conducted tours. What a great success. Churchill residents could at last view this wonderful and much needed resource.

On April 30 our first few residents arrived and new residents will be coming a few at a time. This will allow both the residents and staff to settle in easily. It is a very exciting time for the Hazelwood House Committee and we are very proud of the wonderful facility.

Adult fiction update

Once again we are in the midst of an extensive swap around of Adult fiction books. This means we are checking the borrowing rates for our Adult Fiction collection, and books that have seldom been borrowed are being sent to other branches of Latrobe Shire Community library service.

If you think you have “read out” our collection, come in over the next few weeks and see what is new!

Famous author in Churchill

Kurnai College was extremely privileged to have a visit from John Marsden, author of the award winning “Tomorrow when the war began” series and one of Australia’s most popular writers for young adults.

Fire Brigade news

The brigade has experienced a period of significant change over the past few months, as a result of brigade’s long standing Captain Alan Long, resigning from that position.

Recalling some of the highlights experienced during his time as Captain Alan was quick to include the realisation of a permanent fire station in Philip Parade as a landmark for the brigade. As most readers will recall, since moving into the Churchill township the brigade was for many years housed in tin sheds on the corner of Switchback Road and the Midland Highway, with additional sheds being added as the brigade and its allocated equipment grew.

Letter to the Editor

I was tired of spending the night on my own so I headed off to the Churchill Hotel, for a quiet dinner and a drink. We headed for the Bistro first, live music from a great three piece band saw us through a yummy meal. The band was great, not too loud, but just boppy enough to get a few up dancing as the night wore on.

A bit later we wandered down to the main bar to see what was happening, and we could not believe it! It seems they were raising money for the disabled. With a mechanical bull! Well believe me it is a lot harder than it looks!

What a night. My lazy Saturday night turned into more fun than I have had in years, and I still had change from $20.

Overnight success

A Bubbles and overnight stay was planned by some of the youngest members in the Guides in Churchill. Being such, the guides had a free time corner, with activities galore, bubbles in the make and a really neat trip to the local Churchill laundry. So thanks go to the Laundry lady for showing us how to sort our washing, and what the washing machines need to know, so that the machine can make just the right amount of bubbles.

Open garden weekend

The first “Open Gardens” will be held in Churchill this weekend. Nine private gardens are being opened to the public. Each garden has its own features and provides those attending a wide range of styles of gardening and ideas that could be incorporated into most home gardens.

Churchill Angling Club

The Churchill Angling Club is organising a trip on the charter boat, the Southern Star, which operates out of Port Welshpool. Those members that are interested in this trip should book early as there are only ten spaces available.