MARCH 2019 – Snippets from the Parish Council Meeting at The Parish Hall

Now that the major work on the Rectory is complete, Parish Council members are looking more broadly at the requirements of the Parish.  A master plan for the property including an examination of the fabric of its buildings is needed.  Much has been already done including rewiring of the Church, a watering system around the Church and other incidentals.  The parish needs to look at the services it provides to its parishioners and the community at large.  During the March meeting there was a discussion about these issues. A plan was put in place to deal with several immediate requirements, including a more serviceable and safe shed to house equipment, books and fete items and secondly, the repair and painting of doors in the Church and Hall.  Parish Council has been very grateful for the work done by many to help with the activities of the Church and also the interest shown in the maintenance of its facilities.

The Parish Council is also looking for ways to improve the methods by which the Church informs and engages with the community at large. We are seeking help from anyone who has expertise in the creative aspects of IT and social media (Facebook and Instagram). We would be delighted to hear from anyone who could help. Please contact John Gilson (Ph 0417 582 982) to arrange a meeting with relevant people.

The calendar of events for 2019 of the Church is as follows:

31st MarchMothering Sunday
7th AprilOpen Garden (details below)
9th AprilBrass cleaning
18th AprilMaundy Thursday Extended Eucharist including dinner (6.00pm – 8.30pm)
19th AprilGood Friday 9.00am Solemn Liturgy Mansfield
    11.00am Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
20th AprilDevonshire tea/coffee, 2nd hand books sales 9.00am – 12.30pm at the Hall
21st AprilEaster Day
21st MayBridge Day
8th JuneDevonshire tea/coffee, 2nd hand book sales 9.00am – 12.30pm at the Hall
19th JulyCasserole Lunch
19th Oct.Parish Fete
2nd Nov.Devonshire Tea/coffee, 2nd hand book sales 9am – 12.30pm at the Hall
24th Dec.Midnight Mass 11.00 pm.
25th Dec.Christmas Day services: details nearer the time
29th Feb.Progressive Dinner: details to be decided

The plans for the Open Garden at the home of Stuart Gray and Pamela Dalgliesh are well underway and we are hoping for a great response to our invitation to stroll around the clever garden, which has withstood this very dry summer.  Enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea or coffee, as you listen to beautiful music and take in the remarkable views from the property. Tickets are available now from Country Tales Book Store or at the gate on the day. See below for details of the day.


The Anglican Parish of Mansfield welcomes you to
‘the garden, the house and the view’
Boxwood Park, 323 Howes Creek Road, Mansfield
Sunday, 7 April, at 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Guest speaker, music, Devonshire tea, all included, $20 per person.

St John’s Anglican Church invites you to the first ever viewing of the garden at Boxwood Park.

The garden was designed by Andrew Laidlaw.  Andrew is a Landscape Architect from the Yarra Valley who has designed and implemented sections of the Royal Botanic Gardens. He regularly presents on the ABC Gardening Talkback program. The garden design was implemented by landscaper, Jeremy Tuxen, who will be present at the Open Garden and talk about the design and development of the garden.

The house, which was filmed for Grand Designs Australia, was designed by Eli Gianinni of MGS Architects, Melbourne, around an indoor-outdoor theme.  The builder was Paul Spinks of Profile Development.  

This greenfield development is a total package.  The garden complements the house and the house sits well in the landscape.  The view is outstanding in a district of outstanding views. 

Note: The house will not be open for inspection.

Tickets available at Country Tales Bookstore, High Street Mansfield and on the day.

Trish Gilson
Parish Councillor
March 2019