Come join The Bard

CAN’T wait until April next year for a little bit of Shakespeare in your life? Well, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival has some exciting news.

On Saturday, August 6, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is holding its inaugural Trivia Night at The Stratford Courthouse Theatre, starting 7.30pm.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is holding a trivia night next month. Photo: File

As some may know, due to COVID, sadly parts of our festival had to be cancelled for 2022, and as the money made from this year’s festival pays for next year’s festival, we are asking for a bit of support from you, our great community, to help ensure that the 31st year of the Shakespeare Festival is a success.

Hosted by local legend and Shakespeare life member, Darren McCubbin, there will be prizes, raffles and The Wit’s End Bar will be open.

Tickets are $10 per person and they will be available at the door.

If you wish to book a table (of 10), please email your details to

“Good Night, Good Night, parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night ’til it is 5th August!”


Friends of the Sale Cemetery

FRIENDS of the Sale Cemetery will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10am commencing on Thursday, August 4.

Those attending are asked to meet in the main car park near the office.

The first tasks will be to prune or hedge and remove unwanted plants.

Bring your own thermos, safety equipment, pruners, hedge clippers etc.

For more information, call 0413 569 954.

Briagolong Art Gallery

BRIAGOLONG Art Gallery is having an informal ‘meet and greet’ evening tonight (Friday, July 22) from 6pm to 8pm.

You are welcome to attend and see how our small, successful gallery operates, and to meet the members who volunteer their time to operate it. All welcome.

Thanks to kind bus drivers

We are Colin and Margaret Armitage, from Maffra. We wish to express our grateful thanks to two bus drivers who assisted us greatly on Tuesday, July 12.

We travelled from Traralgon to Southern Cross on that morning, to attend a medical appointment in the city. On arriving at the carpark in the street behind Traralgon Station sometime around 7.40am, we were advised that the pedestrian bridge was closed, due to work happening there.

We waited for the shuttle bus, which took us back around to the station where we boarded a city train. When we returned later that day – around 5.30pm or so – we caught the return shuttle bus (driven by the same driver who had been on driving duty all day).

We discovered when leaving the bus that Colin had inadvertently left his small back pack containing his wallet, phone, car keys etc at a spot on the grass near the shelter in front of Traralgon Station.

We advised the driver of the fact, and said we would have to return with him to the front of the station on his next run in the hope the back pack would still be there.

This driver immediately spoke on his phone to a colleague – another bus driver – who collected the abandoned item as he passed it, placed it at a prearranged spot on his own route for our driver to collect. Our shuttle bus was now driven, with us aboard, to that place, from where our driver retrieved it for us, subsequently once more taking us to the back car park where our car was waiting.

We are grateful indeed to those two drivers for helping us in that way. We do not know their names, but they may recognise themselves from the date and times in our note to you. Seeing these men willingly step outside their normal work at the end of a long day, to do this for us, refreshed our faith in human nature.

Heyfield is here to help

KICK-START your career with the Heyfield Community Resource Centre.

Enrolments are now open for a five-week program that will prepare job-seekers for a range of entry-level roles including administration, hospitality, retail, trade, health and more.

Learners will be linked with potential employees and will be supported to improve their employability skills.

The program starts Tuesday, August 9 and runs two days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday) from 9.30am to 3pm at the Heyfield Community Resource Centre.

To find out more, phone 5148 2100 or email

Calling a cricket lover

THE Trafalgar Cricket Club is seeking a scorer for season 2022/23.

The role would suit somebody with an interest in cricket keen to be involved in an important part of the game.

Travel will be provided, along with social membership benefits and a complimentary meal on Thursday nights during the season.

The Trafalgar Cricket Club competes in the Latrobe Valley and District Cricket League, with matches played on Saturday from October to March.

If anybody is interested, please phone Trafalgar Cricket Club secretary Liam Durkin on 0402 556 338.

The Trafalgar Cricket Club is a Level 3 Good Sports Club, and fields three senior and junior teams.

Rosedale Lions Op-Shop

ROSEDALE Lions Op Shop has some good bargains.

Men’s T-shirts from $3, men’s and ladies’ jackets from $5, men’s long sleeve shirts and trousers from $3.

Other items include toddlers’ tracksuit pants, t-shirts, shorts and jackets.

The shop is calling for donations of toiletries for ladies in need.

Also wanted are buttons, furniture and crockery.

You can come and support our food van, which has coffee, donuts, hot food and chips.

Stay and have a chat to our friendly staff.

For more, phone Tanie on 0402 576 323.

Night trains return to Walhalla

AFTER a two year break, the volunteer team at Walhalla Goldfields Railway has announced they will be running the popular winter night trains twice a night each Saturday in August.

“We’ve been running night trains for many years and have always received great feedback from our passengers. It’s a pretty exhilarating feeling, riding the train in the dark with the carriages all lit up,” Board chair and driver Phillip Milbourne said.

The trains will start at Walhalla Station at 6pm and 8pm each Saturday night in August.

The hour-long trip will take passengers through Stringers Gorge and over the iconic trestle bridge to stop briefly at Thomson Station before returning.

Event organiser Barb Riches hopes that the trains will “bring people out of their winter blues”.

She reminds passengers to “dress warmly and bring your beanies as the carriages are open on the sides. We’ve got free hot chocolates and marshmallows around the fire at Thomson Station, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the pink cheeks and big smiles from passengers”.

The Railway had to shelve the night trains for the past two years due to uncertainty with lockdowns.

“It takes a lot of effort to run the trains at night. We’ve got a really passionate small team of volunteers who are making this happen and we couldn’t be more grateful”, Mr Milbourne said.

If you would like to volunteer with the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, there are many ways you can help, please email

Wallhalla Goldfields Railway winter night trains run from Walhalla Station at 6pm and 8pm each Saturday in August 2022.

Adults are $45, children under 16 and concession card holders are $40 and WGR members ride free.

You can also purchase a family (two adults, two children) for $130. Hot food and drinks can be purchased from the Goods Shed Café on the Walhalla Station platform, and there will be some rugs and hot water bottles available to borrow.

Bookings are essential and can be made online at or phone 0491 741 822.

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