General News

Our flag has risen.

Australia Day -Tuesday, 26 January 2016 – the flag was raised.  Our small ceremony was possible only through the endeavors of Alan Turner, our expert wood turner, together with the digging out and securing of the sleeve by Russ and Tony, and Geoff was our flag raiser on the day.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared the emotion.  Thank you to those who made our 2016 Australia Day possible.

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The Flagpole felled..

Our complex had an unexpected disaster in the grounds at the end of 2015.  Our flagpole lay across the Cottage’s entry pathway.  At first it was thought the recent winds at the time did the damage.  A wonderful local wood expert, Alan Turner (aptly named), came to the rescue.  Upon his investigation, the flagpole’s tunnels and destroyed wood particles told the tale – our heritage Douglas Fir flagpole had been a termite colony’s food source. After his own work, transporting the pole to a friend for a new top pinnacle, plus organising the pole’s new steel sleeve, Alan handed the job over to Lions’ members Tony and Russ who finished the job – digging a larger hole, a huge amount of concreting for filling the hole, anchoring a state of the art designed steel sleeve (thanks Alan), bolting in the pole and the finishing touches of paint. The Australian flag will be flying for Australia Day, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at 10.00 a.m. The Blacksmith Cottage and Forge Committee once again wishes to thank those who restored the flagpole, maintaining our heritage...

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2015 Annual General Meeting

  The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the  BLACKSMITH’S COTTAGE AND FORGE SPECIAL COMMITTEE on Tuesday, 25 August  2015 at 7.30 p.m. in  The James Young Room, Lerderderg Library 215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh.    Guest Speaker:            Mr. Ken McDonald Ken will inform us of the history, the challenges and the opening of  “The Coimadai Memorial Park”. Followed by Supper   R.S.V.P. by       Monday, 17th August 2015 To:  Chrissy Stancliffe 5367 1342(H);  0439 831 902(M);    P.O. Box 45, Bacchus Marsh,...

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Volunteer Drive – Can You help?

We have a band of over 40 volunteers working on the Project. Some are highly involved whereas others help out where they can. Most people volunteer for just 2 hours per month in either the Book Barn or in the Cottage or at Working Bees. We cater for a wide variety of interests and skills so if you have an interest in history or books or just like meeting people and contributing to the Community then volunteering with us will prove to be very enjoyable and rewarding. “I have been a volunteer with this project since its inception. Initially I dressed up in period costumes and helped as a tour guide in the Cottage, then later became the treasurer and now I recruit and manage the Volunteers” We would love for you to join us. We welcome your help. Please contact Lyn Egan 0412929103 for further information or email...

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Christmas Dinner a Success

Our Christmas dinner was a huge success with over 40 people in attendance.   It was great to chat with a number of our volunteers.  We attend our rostered time slots at the Cottage and the Book Barn and seldom see all of our fellow “workers”.  It was a chat-fest with lots of funny stories.  Thanks to Burkes on Main for a delicious although somewhat early Christmas...

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Opening Times

Forge Bookbarn
Fridays 12-4
Saturdays 10-2
Sundays 12-4

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