Lake mis­tress has a write ‘Han­del’

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BERYL Pick­er­ing was born in Manchester, Eng­land, and came to Aus­tralia in 1974. She has lived in Chiltern for 32 years. What’s your job? I am re­tired and am the vol­un­teer man­ager of Lake View House which is a Na­tional Trust prop­erty in Chiltern and the former home of Aus­tralian writer Henry Han­del Richard­son. What brought you to this role? I used to man­age the Chiltern In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and was quite amazed at the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing to our vil­lage want­ing to go through the house. When the role of man­ager be­came va­cant I put my hand up and here we are. What do you love about your job? I was a li­brar­ian in the UK so my love of lit­er­a­ture is ideal in this set­ting. I love talk­ing to peo­ple and try­ing to make them feel part of the place for their time spent here. What do you do in the com­mu­nity? I am a mem­ber of Chiltern Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion and we hold var­i­ous events through­out the year. We have just had our an­nual Chiltern An­tique Fair when every­one pulls to­gether. It is ex­tremely hard work. We are so busy but it’s very sat­is­fy­ing when we hear how much money we raise to help pro­mote Chiltern. I have started a com­mu­nity mar­ket at Lake­view House on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month. We are com­ing up to three years which is the long­est time any mar­ket has been held here.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent com­mu­nity is­sue for you?

A lack of vol­un­teers and not many younger ones com­ing up. It’s al­ways the same older ones do­ing the work and we are not get­ting any younger.

What would you do to solve, change or im­prove that sit­u­a­tion?

I try talk­ing to peo­ple and get­ting them in­ter­ested. I find it bet­ter face to face than ad­ver­tis­ing.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent world is­sue for you?

Ter­ror­ism. You just don’t know where they are go­ing to strike next. That strike in Manchester re­ally shocked me as it was a hard­work­ing, peace­ful place when I left.

If the per­son you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was al­ready here, who would that be and what would you show them?

I would dearly like my child­hood friend Anne to come and visit me and see what a beau­ti­ful part of the world I live in. I would take her to the Chiltern-Mount Pi­lot Na­tional Park that sur­rounds Chiltern. Why would you show her that? Anne is a bird­watcher and our beau­ti­ful par­rots and hon­eyeaters are an ab­so­lute joy. We have en­dan­gered species here so if you sight one of those it’s a bonus. The only time you see par­rots in the UK is in cages and they are so much more in­ter­est­ing in the wild. Also, in spring, there is a lovely dis­play of wild­flow­ers and or­chids. What book are you read­ing? A favourite au­thor of mine is Mar­cia Wil­lett and her lat­est book is ‘Song­bird’, set in Corn­wall.

WA­TER MER­CHANTS: Ex­plore the works of Stan­ley’s and the plateau’s wa­ter mer­chants from colo­nial times. Stan­ley Athenaeum, 10am. The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines wa­ter har­vest­ing and its ef­fects on the land­scape. In­for­ma­tion: Chris Dormer 03 5728 6702 or email stan­ley­a­thenaeum@gmail.com.

BEAT: En­joy live mu­sic with a taste of beer. Ruther­glen Brew­ery, 121c Main Street, 7.30pm. In­for­ma­tion: Fiona My­ers 02 6032 9765 or email ruther­glen­brew­ery@gmail.com.

FLICKSIDE: Dou­ble fea­ture movie night. ‘Ride a Wild Pony’ filmed in Chiltern in 1975 fol­lowed by a com­edy ‘The Road to Nhill’, filmed in Pyra­mid Hill. It tells the story of a car car­ry­ing four lady lawn bowlers who are in­volved in an ac­ci­dent on a de­serted road in ru­ral Vic­to­ria. Yackan­dan­dah Court­house, Wil­liam Street, 6.30pm for the first film, 8.30pm for the sec­ond. Bring a chair, cush­ion or bean­bag. New mem­bers can join on the night. In­for­ma­tion: 0417 292 917, email iain_frances@ big­pond.com or www.arts.yackan­dan­dah.com.

DANCE WEEK­END: Every­one who en­joys danc­ing is en­cour­aged to step out a mix­ture of old time and new vogue and the mu­sic of Ian Wer­fel. Pub­lic Hall, 36 High Street, Satur­day 7.30-11.30pm and Sun­day 11am-4pm. Fee: $10 – bring a plate of sup­per to share for each event. In­for­ma­tion: email stan.suther­land@ big­pond.com.

TOP HEAD: Take an in­sider’s look at the craft of brew­ing. Bridge Road Brew­ers, 50 Ford Street, 11am. Ticket: $15, in­cludes four-beer taste. Book­ings: 03 5728 270 or email book­ings@bridgeroad­brew­ers.com.au.

FARM­ERS’ MAR­KET: Dip into your re­cy­cled bags and buy home-grown eggs, olive oils, pre­serves and fresh pro­duce at this monthly mar­ket. Dou­glas Street, 9am-12.30pm. In­for­ma­tion: 02 6033 6306 or email info@ ruther­glen­vic.com.

ARCHAEOLOGY: Aca­demic Susan Lawrence will talk about re­search into the way in which gold min­ers around Beechworth in­flu­enced laws and reg­u­la­tions for wa­ter man­age-

UN­DER­STAND­ING: Hear Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia fa­cil­i­ta­tor Penny Bing­ham dis­cuss de­men­tia. Beechworth Health Ser­vice, 52 Syd­ney Road, 1.30-3pm.This free ses­sion will cover an un­der­stand­ing of de­men­tia, its main causes, key signs and symp­toms and risk fac­tors. In­for­ma­tion: Beechworth Health Ser­vice 03 5728 0200 or email anna.mackin­lay@bhs. hume.org.au.

FINE TASKS: If you are in­ter­ested in local his­tory and pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity as­sets come along to the an­nual meet­ing of Stan­ley’s Athenaeum and Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Hall. Hall, 7pm. In­for­ma­tion: Bob Malone 0438 638 582 or Sharyn Vin­cent 03 5728 6562.

SAUSAGE SIZ­ZLE: Do your shop­ping and en­joy a Sausage siz­zle out­side IGA Su­per­mar­ket. Harper Av­enue. 10am-12pm. Cost: $3 per sausage – pro­ceeds aid Beechworth Lions Club. In­for­ma­tion: Brian Cor­nish 0413 678 225 or email beech­worth­lion­sclub@gmail.com.

FOOD SWAP: Ex­change your own pro­duce to swap or just en­joy catch­ing up with like­minded peo­ple. Com­mu­nity Gar­den, Wil­liam Street, 9.30am. In­for­ma­tion: email yackan­dan­dahcg@gmail.com.

COM­MU­NITY MAR­KET: Stock up on local pro­duce, fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, olives and olive prod­ucts, wine, jam, chut­ney’s. Wells­ford Street, 9am-1pm. En­try: gold coin do­na­tion ben­e­fits the Lions Club. In­for­ma­tion: 0418 122 921.

LIFE DRAW­ING: Share the cost and hone your skills and draw a won­der­ful life model. May­day Hills Art So­ci­ety, Kur­ra­jong Way, May­day Hills, 6-8pm. Bring your own draw­ing ma­te­ri­als and an easel. In­for­ma­tion: Wendy Stephens 0402 288 207 or email wendy­sue99@ big­pond.com.

DE­MEN­TIA CARE: Take part in a free work­shop about pal­lia­tive care pain man­age­ment. Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall, 10.45am-12pm. In­for­ma­tion: Beechworth Health Ser­vice 03 5728 0200 or email anna.mackin­lay@bhs.hume.org.au.

CRAFTS AND HOB­BIES: Join like-minded peo­ple and share your favourite hobby and craft pro­jects. Freemasons Hall (rear), High Street, 10am-3.30pm. In­for­ma­tion: Deb Ste­fanides 0411 111 430 or email deb.ste­fanides@ big­pond.com.

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