The Annual Parish Fair will run between 8.00am and 2.00pm on Saturday 4 November 2017. Visitors can expect a wonderful array of stalls organised by Parishioners– cakes/preserves/produce, BBQ, craft, trash and treasure, books, plants, morning tea, raffle and more. Numerous invited stall holders will be setting up displays including car boot collections, scrapbooking, arts and crafts, Bendigo Wood Turners, Bendigo Spinners and Weavers and more. Children’s attractions include a Jumping Castle, Face Painting Fairy Floss and craft activities.

An exciting and unique part of our fair is the FREE Community Concert, running from 10.00am to 1.30pm. The line-up of entertainment includes the Bendigo District Concert Band, Choice Voices, Rusty Divas, Sing Australia and entertainers from U3A.

There’ll be so many attractions for everyone. If you would like further information contact Geoff 0418 145 105 or

2017 Fair Poster  2017 Concert Poster

October Service Changes

1 October – Rev’d Heather Vander Reest

We are holding ONE service only at 10.00am. This service is celebrating St Francis of Assisi and includes a Blessing of Pets. All pets are welcome and are encouraged to bring their human families. Donations of pet food and old blankets and towels are welcomed and will be distributed to local animal welfare agencies.

8 October – Bishop Ron Stone

The 9.00am service is our annual Thanksgiving Service for Emergency Services and Community Personnel. Members of local CFA brigades, SES, St John’s Ambulance etc will be in attendance. There will be NO Holy Communion and the service will be followed by a blessing of the emergency services vehicles and morning tea.

The regular 11.00am ‘On The Way’ contemporary service will take place, with Holy Communion.

15 October – Bishop Ron Stone

The regular 9.00am and 11.00am services will take place.

22 October – Rev’d Heather Vander Reest

The regular 9.00am traditional service will take place.

There will be NO 11.00am ‘On The Way’ service as this congregation visit the Anglican Church in Castlemaine.

29 October – Rev’d Heather Vander Reest

We are holding ONE service only at 10.00am. We are celebrating the 155th Anniversary of St Mary’s and the 4th Anniversary of commencing services in the new church. The service will be followed by an ABM Mission fundraiser at 11.00am and a luncheon at 12.00pm.

St Francis Day Poster 2017      Emergency Services Poster 2017

Tenth Annual Winter Art Show


Best Acrylic: “Winter Birch” by Claire McKellar. $250 prize sponsored by Mount Alexander Funerals.

Highly Commended Acrylic: “Superhero 1” by Angela Morrissey.

Best Oil: “Kitchen Corner” by Vivienne Smiley. $250 prize sponsored by Hazeldene’s.

Highly Commended Oil: “Landscape 3” by Patrick Verdon.

Best Watercolour: “Burnett Rd. Castlemaine” by Brian Harding. $250 prize sponsored by Serenity Motorhomes.

Highly Commended Watercolour: “Scarlet Robin” by Bill Boyes

Best Other Medium: “Hanging Around” by Jodie Bell. $250 prize sponsored by Bendigo Property Plus.

Highly Commended Other Medium: “Resurrection” by Pauline Robinson



First Prize of a $200 Voucher to the Capital Venues and Events – Elsa Linklater

Second Prize of 2 tickets to the Russian Ballet Performance of Romeo and Juliet – Jenny Fryer

Third Prize of a Sunday Smorgasbord lunch at Yin Yang Chinese Restaurant – Mary Stevens

Fourth Prize of a $25 voucher at Cheeky Buds Florist – Daniel McGregor

Fifth Prize of 2 bottles of wine – Geoff Young

The Tenth Annual Winter Art Show will be held on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry is $3pp. The official opening will be held on Friday 28 July from 7.30pm. Bishop Ron Stone will open the show, as he did at the first show ten years ago.

This year’s judge is Andrew Goodman. Andrew is a contemporary artist whose work encompasses soft sculpture, sound, lights and electronics and video into immersive installations. Andrew is currently lecturing  in Visual Arts at Latrobe University and has experience teaching art theory, painting, drawing, life drawing, sculpture and spatial practice, Photoshop, and video and sound production.

Tickets for this years Winter Art Show Raffle are $2 each. First Prize is a $200 voucher for The Capital Venues and Events (including The Capital Theatre and Ulumbarra Theatre). Second Prize is two tickets for the Russian Nation Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at Ulumbarra Theatre in November.

2017 Art Show Poster