JULY 2019 – Snippets from the Parish Council meeting in the Parish Hall

The Parish Council meeting took place on a perishingly cold July evening in the Parish Hall.  The temperature certainly led to discussion about the heating of the Hall and a decision to seek help about servicing the existing heating and if this is inadequate look to other means of improving the situation.  Other groups hire the hall including Night Owls on the first Monday of the month. Night Owls is a woman’s group to which all women in the Parish and any guest are welcome to attend.  Everyone brings a plate and gathers in the Hall at 6.30 for a pleasant couple of hours.   There is a $2.00 donation that goes towards a charity.

The Parish Council meeting was short as some members are away so discussion of some issues was postponed until the next meeting.

One of the pressing issues of the Parish Council is how to cover the activities previously organised by the Ladies’ Guild.  We are conscious of the need to spread the workload and where possible to encourage a wider participation in the planning and execution of events.  We plan to set up an events committee whose members will organise the calendar each year.  We will invite people to offer their services in whatever capacity they choose from the activities that we undertake at the moment or new activities that would give a new look to the life of the Parish.  We plan to finalise the basic design of the calendar next meeting and then seek people, young and old, who will be prepared to organise or help with the events.  Some of the events add to the spiritual life of the Church, others promote the social life of the Parish and, of course, with some the event helps with its financial commitments.  Whenever the latter is part of the mix we hope that the event is enjoyable to all.

Usually at this time of the year, the Parish has hosted a casserole lunch – warm, hearty food for cold weather.  This year it has been postponed until 20th September because so many people are away.  We hope that this is a more convenient date this year.  We will still need the delicious food that is so generously donated for this event.  Please put the date in your diary and contact Gwen Gray (Ph. 0439 752 589) a couple of weeks before the event if you are prepared to cook a casserole, a dessert, make a salad or help on the day.  Gwen needs to know well in advance. Because we postponed the lunch we have not found a satisfactory date for the Mission Lunch so we will postpone this until the new events’ committee has been set up.

The landline into the Rectory is to be disconnected as people now use mobile phones and the phone number of the priest of the parish will be well publicized.  For now Father Paul can be contacted on Mob: 0467 682 036 or email Father Dalzell, [email protected]  As yet there has been no success in renting out the Rectory until February next year.  If you can help with this please contact Mansfield Real Estate.

Please consider the wonderful concert on 3rd August at 7pm until 9pm (supper included) at the Performing Arts Centre sponsored by Mansfield Rural Australians for Refugees.  The internationally acclaimed artists of the Aequales Ensemble are giving their services free for the evening.  The concert details are as follows:

Musicians:

                Damien Mansfield (Piano)
                Edwina Kayser (Violin)
                Danny Neumann (Violin)
                Sarah Cuming (Cello)

They will be playing works by Mozart and Brahms.

Tickets are $20 each,  $15 concession and $50 for families.

Tickets are available at the following shops: 

Any Room and One Tree Two Boutique    or

Email: [email protected]  

Jeni Best Ph. 0487 342 379

Trish Gilson
Parish Councillor