Lake mistress has a write ‘Handel’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEAT: Enjoy live music with a taste of beer. Rutherglen Brewery, 121c Main Street, 7.30pm. Information: Fiona Myers 02 6032 9765 or email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.