Alamein Community Gardens

A growing Community Garden in Alamein

31/08/2018 Guest Author

The Alamein Community Garden (ACG) means so many things to so many people. Established in the early 1980s by the Alamein Community Committee (now the Alamein Neighbourhood & Learning Centre [ANLC]), the garden was the brainchild of local residents who saw a need for community members to have the chance to grow their own produce.

Scottish Reel

A reel joy

31/08/2018 Guest Author

What is Scottish Country Dancing and why does the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) promote it so widely as offering fun, fitness and friendship for those who attend classes around the world?

Celtic Jam

Celtic Jam

31/08/2018 Guest Author

“How do the musicians know what to play”? This is the most common question asked by punters when they first experience a traditional Celtic music session, probably in an Irish pub. Unlike at other music events, there aren’t any music stands or sheet music in front of the players, just a roomful of musicians on acoustic instruments in sync together.

Bob Poulter at Valley View Nurseries in the 1940s using a rotary hoe with Arthur Poulter in the background.

The Poulters: a Family Farm

02/06/2018 Guest Author

THE Poulter family were prominent farmers in Burwood and Ashburton for many years. Can you imagine owning nine acres of land on Boundary Road Burwood, now the corner of Warrigal Road and Ventura Street Ashwood? Purchased in 1922 for just £1550! This soon became the location of R. Poulter and Sons, Frimley Carnation Nurseries.

Library under construction at a recent Street Library maker day;

Reading is freedom

02/06/2018 Guest Author

STREET Libraries are a beautiful home for books planted in your front yard. Accessible from the street, they are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours. If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be passing.

National Tree Day

National Tree Day

02/06/2018 Guest Author

PLANET Ark invites you to join the country’s biggest nature care initiative and community tree planting event on National Tree Day on Sunday 29 July.

Whitehorse Chevaliers

En Garde! with the Whitehorse Chevaliers

02/06/2018 Guest Author

FENCING is a sport that conjures images of swashbuckling pirates, duels at dawn, and the elegant chivalry of a bygone age. However it is also a modern Olympic sport, presenting both a physical and tactical challenge between opponents. Whitehorse Chevaliers provides all the necessary safety equipment for beginners to help ensure everyone can participate safely. Most fencers take up the sport by joining a junior age class, or signing up for a beginner course. These run during school terms and are designed to progress fencers from the basic positions through to competition-level fencing skills.

Volunteers working at Greenlink Box Hill

Greenlink – community plant nursery for biodiversity

02/06/2018 Guest Author

GREENLINK produces over 40 000 indigenous plants each year and sells to various organisations, local councils, schools and residents. We welcome visitors and have experienced and knowledgeable staff who are happy to discuss your planting needs. We have established a display garden in the Bushy Creek parklands surrounding the nursery where we’re growing many of the plants we sell so that you can see how they look when they have developed.

Carters' Bus

Being driven by Carter – a reader’s memories

02/06/2018 Guest Author

IN 1964, I landed a casual weekend job washing R.G. Carter’s buses using a broom, four-gallon can and a hose. The depot was a very ramshackle, dilapidated but fascinating place. Neither of its two buildings, a house and a former blacksmith’s forge, had been painted for decades. Carter’s had five old buses and five fairly new ones. Buses of the ’40s and ’50s were nothing like those of today. They were noisy; had no heating or air conditioning, some had no door; they were freezing in winter and often unbearably hot in summer.

Melbourne Gang Show

66 Years of the Melbourne Gang Show

01/06/2018 Guest Author

IN London in 1932 a young man organised a concert to raise funds to build a swimming pool in his local Scout camp, thus began a global network of annual Scout theatrical productions. The original, the London Gang Show, closed in 1974 after decades of TV specials, a feature film and Royal Command performances, as well as helping launch the careers of young people like Peter Sellers, Dick Emery, and Tony Hancock.