Art, Craft & Hobbies

Abbey Girls of Victoria, Bennettswood
Bennettswood Neighbourhood House, 7 Greenwood Street, Bennettswood. Fans of the books of Elsie J. Oxenham are welcome to join the club with a group of like-minded book-a-holics. We all share a love of old school girl novels (and don’t mind a bit of a chat). Meetings involve lunch, afternoon tea, an interesting activity and occasional English dancing. Phone Margaret on 9898 4369.

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc., Blackburn
1/41 Railway Road, Blackburn. Family history research centre open week days to members and visitors. Monthly free beginners’ classes, seminars, interest groups, research services. Phone 9877 3789.  Email:   www.

Australian Philatelic Society, Canterbury
Memorial Homes Hall, 152 Canterbury Road, Canterbury. Meets bi-monthly. Interesting and diverse displays. Many displays centre on postal history – one of many which interest members. We invite APS members  to come along and participate in these new style evenings. Tea and coffee available after meeting. Email: Interesting displays at all meetings. Visitors and new members welcome. Phone John Young 9889 1385.

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley, Blackburn South
87 Eley Road, Blackburn South. Phone 9808 2000. Variety of social groups meeting weekly for interests including sketching, scrabble, crochet & cards for social players.

Box Hill Art Group Inc., Box Hill
Not-for-Profit group. Flexible classes for beginners and experienced artists in oils, watercolour, pastel, acrylics, printmaking, life drawing. Highly qualified tutors. Membership open to those aged 16–116 years. Whether you are just starting out in painting or drawing or have been doing it for years you will love being a part of this  like-minded group. Phone Eric 9884 0670 or 0424 775540.

Box Hill Hand Spinners & Weavers, Box Hill
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill. The Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers is a non-profit making group of more than fifty women and men, subsidised by City of Whitehorse. Members and newcomers are encouraged to develop their skills through discussion, demonstrations, tutorials and workshops. Meets Wednesdays, Wednesday evenings and Thursdays. Good library and equipment for loan. Workshops held in dyeing, felting, crochet and presentation of finished work. Phone Margaret Dimelow on 0400 669 383.

Camberwell Camera Club, Camberwell
Rutherford Room, St John’s Anglican Church, 552 Burke Road, Camberwell. Meets 7:30pm, second and fourth Mondays. Speakers, competitions, outings. Visitors are welcome to attend monthly meetings. Midweek outings normally 3rd Tuesdays (not June, October, December). These are Melbourne Camera Club outings to which CCC members are invited. Only fortnightly meetings available to non-members. Phone Wolf 0428 398 446.

Family History Club
First Wed. 3-4:30pm. Beginners or experienced, meet with fellow enthusiasts; explore available resources at Stonnington History Centre, 1257 High St, Malvern. Phone: 8290 1360.

Forest Hill Woodturners
Mon 12:30-3pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. 9:30am, Warrawong Centre, 32 Richmond St., Blackburn South. Teaching club with quality equipment & skilled instructors. Ph: 0428 335 405.

French Book Club in Camberwell
Come and share a piece of Camembert while chatting about a French book with other French speakers in a relaxed atmosphere. Books discussed will include novels, biographies, philosophical and theological books. Sunday 2-3pm at Camberwell South Anglican Church, 103 Bowen Street, Camberwell 3124. All welcome. Free. Phone: 0450 676 537 or email:

Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia Inc.
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St. 7:30pm. 3rd Tues of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov. Visitors welcome. email: ph. 9803 9871.

Koonung Woodturners Guild
A friendly group that meets on the 4th Saturday morning  each month ( 9am to 12 noon) to share knowledge, discuss projects and promote friendship. Tuition for beginners available on Thursday afternoons. Located at Koonung Cottage, 109 Koonung Rd, North Blackburn. Contact Richard on 9890 9201 or visit our website

Model Trains, Glen Iris
Australian Model Railway Association Vic Branch Inc., 92 Wills Street, Glen Iris. New members welcome. Monthly social meetings held at clubrooms on 2nd Thursdays, 8–10:30pm. Clubrooms open at 7.30pm for operation of HO trains on the club layout prior to the meeting. For information on membership and activities phone 9885 7034.

Mosaic Magic, Chadstone
Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Amaroo Street, Chadstone. This magical class meets weekly on Mondays 1–3pm. Complete great mosaic projects within a therapeutic environment under the supervision of a qualified tutor. Cost $15 concession and $20 non-concession per session. Contact Emma 0415 278 580.

Needlework Tapestry Guild of Victoria Inc., Box Hill
Meet at Box Hill Community Arts Centre. A warm welcome to all interested in stitching to attend a meeting. Particular emphasis is on needlepoint tapestry. The Guild actively promotes the creative crafts of needlepoint tapestry and other stitchery within the community through exhibitions, demonstrations, classes and workshops. Classes and specialist workshops are held frequently at Box Hill Community Arts Centre. Saturdays 8:30am–3pm, second Wednesdays 11am–3pm. Phone Anne 9728 3256.

Nunawading & District Lapidary Club, Nunawading
2 Silver Grove, Nunawading. The Club meets in the Clubrooms at 8pm on the second Wednesday each month (except January).  Members meet and talk together.  Lectures or demonstrations are arranged for most nights.  These are provided by members or guest speakers. Teens welcome for theory and cutting. Learn the art of cutting stone, etc. All welcome. No charge or donation. Mineral and stone, special nights.

Power Neighbourhood House Book Group, Ashwood
54 Power Avenue, Ashwood. Interested in chatting about books over a cuppa? Our monthly group meets Thursdays, 10-11:30am with bestsellers drawn from the free Monash Library Book Group program. All welcome.

The Hand Tool Preservation Association of Aust. Inc.
Box Hill Community Art Centre, 470 Station St. Meets 3rd Tuesday each odd month from January 7pm. New members welcome. Ph. 9803 9871. w:

The Historical Radio Society of Australia
We collect and restore radios. Visit one of our monthly meetings or radio auctions, usually in Ashburton. w:  Ph. Kevin 9558 3652.

The Victorian Button Collectors’ Club, Burwood East
Burwood Heights Uniting Church, corner Burwood Highway & Blackburn Road, Burwood East. Second Tuesdays at 8pm. Visitors welcome. Phone Robyn 9884 5675.  Email:

Travelogue Club at Camberwell
Chambly Community Centre, 405 Camberwell Road. Meets 2pm on the last Friday of month. Seniors and retirees interested in travel and photography. For about an hour, guest speakers will take you visually to various parts of the world. Phone 9889 7509.

Ukulele Group at Bennettswood Neighbourhood House, Burwood
Bennettswood Neighbourhood House, 7 Greenwood Street, Burwood. A fun and easy way to learn to play the Ukulele. Fees vary. Tuesdays 7–8pm. Book at the office or phone Rowena on 9888 0234.

Waverley Gem Club, Mount Waverley
We teach gem cutting, silver smithing and have a mineral group. Training at Mt Waverley. Workshop with machines for cutting cabochons, opals and faceted gems and the means of setting them in jewellery (silver & goldsmithing, lost wax casting and wire wrapping). Open four times per week for members’ use. Substantial library and computer  resource info. Active group interested in collection and display of mineral specimens. Phone Gwen 9808 7510 or 9830 8046.

Waverley Scale Modelling Club, Mount Waverley
Wadham House, 52 Wadham Parade, Mt Waverley. Not-for-Profit organisation for Scale Model builders.  Meet 2nd Tuesdays February–December, 7:30pm–10:30pm. Members bring interesting models and exchange ideas and information re modelling world. Guest speakers, demonstrations, and video/slide presentations. Caters for all types of modellers – Aircraft, Military, Car, Diorama, Ship, Truck, Figure, Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Small annual membership. Open to all community. Waverley Scale Modelling Club

Wordweavers Writers’ Group, Mount Waverley
Wordweavers Writers’ Group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 9:45am–noon at 5 Fleet Street, Mount Waverly. Phone: 9807 6011.


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