Vol. 55 No. 1 February 2015

Vol. 55 No. 1 February 2015
Darlington Review - February 2015
We couldn’t have ordered better weather for the festive
season, which meant that many families took advantage
of Bilgoman Pool’s great new facilities, and there was a
beautiful, balmy night for the popular Carols by Candlelight,
organised by Pauline Clark. (see Letters)
Once again the Carols began with the deep sonorous tones
of the didgeridoo summoning late-comers to a Darlington
Hall green already crowded with cheery folk. When the
carols began, Pauline announced that to try to keep down
the noise level of those who gather to party rather than sing
carols, some eagle-eyed elves would be moving through the
crowd - and Pauline thinks this was an effective ploy.
Several fine performances came from vocalists who also led
the carols and the night ended with an enthusiastic band of
children gathering on stage to sing.
Those sitting up front were also entertained by the antics
of a couple of young dancers (Kindy Dance students?) who
just couldn’t resist the music, and their captive audiences of
doting rellies.
Of course there’s a lot of hard work behind the seemingly
effortless performances of Boccherini and Vivaldi that have
won Catherine Jones (baroque cello) a following.
With refreshments now available, Carols at the Hall gets a
bit bigger every year, along with the price tag - this year it
was well over $3,000! How to pay for singers, stage, animal
farm, indigenous groups, decorations, elves costumes etc
had been worrying Pauline, but as she mentions, Earnshaws
Real Estate came to the party and the Review has funded the
sound system for several years. Clearly those who gather at
the hall are grateful that Pauline and her helpers make the
time to orchestrate this big event at a very busy time.
The one-time Darlington Primary cello student enjoyed
a recent career highlight when her Sony recording was
released to high praise from reviewers. The cellist has
performed with the world’s great baroque orchestras and
recently toured Australia, performing in Victoria and
South Australia, as well as in Perth.
We hear that, for some, it’s just got too big compared to
the simplicity of past community carols where, rather
than costing, money was raised for charities. Both local
churches have special carol singing services and we’ve
heard of a few groups of locals who ‘do their own thing’ in
the form of neighbourhood gatherings where the emphasis
is ‘just carols’. Those attending one such gathering are still
pondering the identify of the ‘Christmas fairy’ who stole
out into the December night and put a tinsel decorations at
the entrance of every property in the road - and around the
corner, in Lionel Road, there was a Christmas lights display
that apparently topped off the evening.
It was good to catch up with the international musician
when she was briefly back in Darlington to visit her folks in
their Dalry Road home - and to recall her first encounter
with a cello at Darlington Primary in the 1970s.
Given a test designed to identify children with musical
ability she was invited to select either the violin or cello.
Opting for the cello, she was in good company - fellow
students Jon Tooby and Tom Woods also went on to have
musical careers. And of course Jon (a former member of
WASO) is the founder of the Darlington Chamber Music
series (see their notes in this issue)
“Our teacher, a double bass player, challenged us to hold
the bow correctly by placing a Smartie on our hands – if
you could bow without it falling off you got it!” recalls
Catherine. “I found playing relatively easy, but you needed
parents who helped with practice because, unlike the piano,
you need a level of proficiency before you can play tunes on
a stringed instrument, so it’s easy to get discouraged.
Bouquets to all who organise such magical events, big and
small - they’re very much part of Christmas in Darlington.
This musical life…
Like to live in a village on Italy’s scenic Lake Como with
your partner and son, while making a name for yourself
playing the instrument and music you love across the
“While mum played the piano and dad the trumpet, neither
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studies. This award came
when the student won the
best music video category
in the university’s Film
and Television Awards
and was flown over for an
award night.
was a professional musician – so I never felt any pressure.
The cello just became my thing.” (Her father, David Jones,
is an international installation artist dividing his time
between a Hills studio and one in France.)
Catherine won a UWA scholarship and an Australia
Council grant that allowed her to further her baroque cello
studies in The Hague, and like the composers she loves,
Boccherini and Cirri, she was destined to spend most of
her professional life far from home. She studied for her
Master of Music at The Conservatorium in The Hague.
Harry tells us that he’s
been making videos and
films since he was nine
and visited Scotland
where his family originally
come from. “We stayed
with cousins who lived in
a big old house up in the
highlands and it was the perfect place for a horror movie!”
recalls the young film-maker who is looking forward to
his two-year accelerated degree course, with tuition from
some top industry professionals.
“It is hard when you first arrive,” she recalls. “I knew just
one person, but there were so many foreign students and
such a nice social atmosphere that I immediately loved
it – and knew that, at the end, I’d stay on in The Hague.
After graduating, I auditioned for Amsterdam Baroque.
There were only two cellists in the orchestra so getting a
job with one of the most famous orchestras in Europe was
a big break.”
During a decade with the orchestra, she toured the US,
China, Japan and many countries in Europe. Now she is
focussing on solo performance and plans to teach master
We wish him well!
Cappuccino anyone?
For those who missed Catherine’s Perth performance, the
Sony recording is a fine introduction to her mastery of the
cello and the music of Boccherini and Cirri. She has also
been cello soloist with the renowned Orchestra of the 18th
Century in the Utrecht Early Music Festival.
Allene Chua and Bliss Tan and (below) Sue
Cast your mind back a few years to the time when we poor
locals were lamenting the lack of cafes/meeting places
following the demise of the tearooms. Now, we have two
classy cafes at The Pines and 2 Café. The latter recently
underwent a change of ownership when its owner Sue had
some health problems and returned to Hong Kong. We
hope she makes a speedy
Cellist Catherine Jones with her parents Hilary and David at their Dalry
Road home.
A bright future for student
cappuccinos have kept
coming and the menu
at the café in Darlington
Dental has been extended
as a new partnership has
taken over the business.
Crossing the threshold into 2015 means that many a local
household is facing change as the first day at school/
highschool/university/a new job looms.
One local relishing the year’s fresh challenges is Guildford
Grammar graduate Harry Cassell who was awarded a
certificate of distinction for media production and analysis.
He won a $30,000 scholarship to Bond University in
Queensland, plus a further award that will help fund his
Both of the new owners
Singapore to settle in
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Perth: Allene Chua originally arrived to study and has
been here two years. Her business partner Bliss Tan came
six months ago. Both have had a lot of experience in
hospitality with Allene working with Crown Casino and
Bliss acquiring her skills as barista while studying for her
Bachelor of Life Science degree.
Impending road changes
Following a meeting with Mundaring Shire (which
monitored water use on the site and is clearly quite happy
with the result) the new owners first initiative has been to
lower prices, extend the menu and add a couple of signature
dishes: a spinach and feta omelette and a Tiramasu that
has already netted some fans.
It’s good to learn that the new committee of the Darlington
Ratepayers and Residents Association (DRRA) lost no time
in organising onsite meetings with Shire officers following
that sometimes heated November DRRA meeting.
You may recall - way back before Christmas - that
Mundaring Shire is planning changes to local roads,
including the Darlington/Hillsden junction, and Ryecroft
and Montrose upgrades. In addition, changes are imminent
for the tennis court car park.
It’s also good to learn from DRRA President Poul Dahl and
Vice President Phil Vile that, having built a relationship
with Infrastructure Manager Shane Purdy and his team,
the Shire appears willing to adopt several of DRRA’s
“We’ve been consulting clients and welcome feedback,”
say Allene and Bliss, so if you have suggestions for
the enthusiastic young owners you can email them at
As always, there has been compromise on both sides, but
our representatives continue to push for modifications
that make the proposed plans more Darlington-friendly,
save trees earmarked for felling, and curb the Shire’s love
of kerbing.
At The Pines, the incremental improvements continue, with
the walls increasingly becoming a display space for local
artists. Liz Dumont’s very recognisable ladies cluster on
one wall, while Kevin Norris atmospheric images of Cuba
remind you to book that ticket before those picturesque
fading and peeling facades disappear. We hope to have the
back story to these pics in the next issue.
Before focussing on the outcome of these negotiations,
it’s important to note that the new committee has also
been making its own changes. As from the first DRRA
meeting of the year - Tuesday, February 3, 7.30 at the
Hall - community meetings will be held on the first (not
the third) Tuesday of the month. There is a full list of
2015 dates on the community notice board and the new
committee welcomes your attendance.
So enjoy the luxury of having two cafes on your doorstep,
each with its distinctive character, and remember to
support them when you are showing the village off to
visiting friends.
Judging by the November meeting, the proposed changes
generating most heat related to the Darlington/Hillsden
intersection. While there was some support for formalising
a junction that some find confusing, there were doubts
about removing what others saw as the natural trafficcalming ‘island’ that currently divides traffic.
An added complication was the fact that the current
configuration significantly encroaches on land belonging
to St Cuthbert’s Church, and a Telstra optic fibre cable runs
under the intersection’s eroding surface.
The Shire’s solution is to resurface sections of both
Darlington and Hillsden Roads, build up, extend and
vegetate the church land/verge corner to the middle of
what is now the island, creating a road that aligns with
Hillsden before the split intersection. A plan will be
available at the February 3rd DRRA meeting.
Members of the 2015 DRRA Committee and the Darlington Community
Recreation Management Committee, the two groups that work together
on our behalf recently gathered at Darlington Hall
DRRA successfully persuaded the Shire to use and improve
the existing Darlington Road footpath rather than create
a new one, and to leave the culvert that separates the
Hillsden footpath from the road. New corner kerbing will
be mountable, brushed and back-filled with soil.
l - r: Trevor Folley, John Fryer, Eva Marjanovic, Colin James, Peter
Horobin, Gabby Houldsworth, Michael Jones, Colin Staveley, Mike
Foskett, Phil Vile, Peter Durham, South Ward Councillor Trish Cook,
Poul Dahl, David Earnshaw. (Absent: Tony Rees and David Shimmell)
Local residents such as Andre and Jocelyn Vogel, along
with the church, were engaged in the negotiations.
The Friends of Darlington Station (FODS) plan to work
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with DRRA since 2009 and President from 2009 - 2014),
Peter Durham (lived in Darlington since 1980, committee
member since 2011), David Shimmell (lived here 13 years,
member of DRRA for two), and lawyer David Earnshaw,
Chair of Darlington Community Recreation Management
Committee since 2011, who represents DCRMC on
DRRA). Contact details for DRRA and DCRMC’s are at the
back of the Review.
with the Shire to revegetate the built-up area. The volunteer
group (co-ordinated by Phil Vile) also plans to improve the
bush area at the corner of Darlington/Owen Road.
This area was to lose several mature pines and eucalypts
in the original Shire plan to upgrade the tennis court car
park - something that club members have urged for a long
time. However, DRRA reps successfully argued against this
loss of trees.
Also in our group photo of the committees is DCRMC
Secretary Colin James who has lived in Darlington for 36
years, was a Councillor for 16 years and now represents the
Bushfire Ready Group; Mike Foskett who has been a coach
and committee member for Junior Cricket and is a new
DCRMC rep Trevor Folley. Vice President of Darlington
Tennis Club since 2012, who has lived in Darlington for
8 years; and Cr Trish Cook, whose family have lived in
Darlington for 10 years and who was elected a South Ward
Councillor in 2011.
“We advocated the car park be pushed back to save the
mature trees at the cost of a few saplings. We also suggested
there was no need for planned kerbing and we’re waiting
for new drawings of the plan,” says Poul.
“Overall we were pleased with the result of our meeting.
“In regard to changes in Montrose, we asked that the Shire
treat the drainage requirements with the same sensitivity
displayed in Orange Road, where stone was used and
residents praised the result.”
Hats off to all these good people who make time for their
Proposed changes to Ryecroft are still being discussed but
DRRA is pushing for changes to the proposed footpath,
preferring that it be separated from this busy road, and that
it be narrower.
We’re lucky to have them and, as Poul Dahl says, it is
because of the personal investment of such residents that
we have the Darlington of today.
“A lot of what we propose is aimed at maintaining the
character and aesthetic of Darlington, because these are
areas covered by the Darlington Precinct Plan,” says Poul.
Leading the DRRA team
If you live along any of these roads or if you are just
interested, there will be plans for the proposed changes which are imminent - at the DRRA February meeting and,
in future, on the community notice board.
When members of DRRA and DCRMC got together
recently, it was clear that they’re united in building strong
local organisations that will fiercely defend Darlington’s
community interests. DRRA in particular is keen to
broaden its membership and demographic, so if you have
our community’s interests at heart, why not add their
monthly meetings to your 2015 calendar?
It’s also worth noting that the DCRMC’s first meeting
for 2015 is on the previous night, February 2, at the Fires
Station at 7.30 (see their notes and community pavilion
update in this editorial).
DRRA President Poul Dahl and Vice President Phil Vile
Former television producer Poul Dahl assumes the helm
of our ratepayers’ association after long involvement in
our community. Over many years he has moved in and out
of DRRA - getting involved when the need arises. Several
years ago he joined the committee and earned a reputation
for saying what needed to be said at local meetings and
getting things done. He was Vice-President for the last few
years of Peter Horobin’s term as President, and worked
with Peter to build a workable relationship with the Shire.
New DRRA Committee members include: Gabby
Houldsworth (lived in Boya/Darlington 27 years, Secretary
of DRRA from 2011-2014), Dr Michael Jones (lived here
18 years, founding member of the Darlington Club and a
regular at DRRA meetings for 12 years), John Fryer (lived
here 20 years, was Treasurer and Committee member for 10
years to 2006 and from 2011 to present), Tony Rees (lived
here 25 years, joined Committee in 2014, guest editor for
Darlington Review and scribe for Darlington Chamber
Music series), Colin Staveley (lived here 33 years, member
of DRRA for five years), Eva Marjanovic (now Secretary,
lived here since 2009, elected Councillor for four years,
involved with DRRA since 2006), Peter Horobin (involved
Now the challenge is to build a relationship with the
enlarged City of Swan.
“We’re wasting our time if we keep on about Mundaring’s
disappointing performance in the amalgamation saga, we
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just need to remember the lack of a democratic process and the further insults of a boundary change with no wards
- when we next go to the polls,” he says.
ceremony impossible. While marriage registries made
unions legal, for many the brief formalities and often bleak
surroundings made this an unappealing option.
“Meanwhile, to move on we’ll be making representations
to Swan in the very near future, because we want them to
know about the strength of our community: our amazing
volunteers who gather our history, work on reserves, create
our precinct plan, train junior footballers and cricketers,
stage festivals, and work with our schools and churches.
Darlington has so much to bring to the table and we want a
good relationship with Swan.
A Darlington resident, Carol Astbury, one of those involved
in encouraging a more personalised ceremony long before
the Federal Attorney General regulated and provided
training for marriage celebrants is about to retire and to
cease training celebrants.
“Darlington is the place it is today because from the 1950s
onwards people have got involved in all the organisations
that are members of the Darlington Review, and the Review
has acted like the glue that holds the community together.”
One of Carol’s satisfied customers, Wendy Barnett, let the
Review know of this because she wanted to pay tribute to
the woman who conducted events both happy and sad for
her family: her wedding, the funeral of her husband and
son. Carol is now about to officiate at Wendy’s second
wedding. “She is just such a lovely person and she says such
heartfelt things …” says Wendy.
While Vice President Phil Vile is a relative newcomer
to Darlington, he rapidly got involved with a string of
volunteer groups, including FODS and the Darlington
History Group. And he’s particularly keen to get DRRA’s
Let’s Talk Rubbish initiative up and running.
“I was certainly one of the first celebrants in WA at a
time when most were in their 50s or 60s. I was 23 when I
conducted my first wedding,” recalls Carol. “I was asked if
I would like to become a celebrant following an initiative
from the Attorney General’s Department in Canberra.
“The problem with rubbish in Darlington has been identified
through various meetings and we need a community-wide
effort to tackle it,” he says. “Household items dumped in
the bush, road signs pulled up and discarded, a lounge
chair left on the verge, along with the usual discarded cans
and rubbish - all are growing problems.
“There was no training at the time, so celebrants got together
from across Australia to form a national association and we
began to craft an appropriate ceremony that included what
had to be included according to the Marriage Act.
“At that time if you were divorced or came from faiths that
frowned on inter-marriage, there was no alternative but the
registry office. So we chose appropriate words from books
like Kahil Gibrain’s The Prophet, or other poetry, and we
were unleashed on society!
“We’ve identified five main areas where action is needed
and we put out a call for volunteers on this at the Arts
Festival. It was great that 17 people left their contact details,
and with Christmas over, we hope to have drawn up a plan
of action by March.
“Today there is professional development training offered
and there is a lot more structure in the design of ceremonies,
with texts provided. However, you always have the option
of tailoring each ceremony to the lives of those involved.
“We want this to be a year-round rather than a once-a-year
effort, so the plan is that when Keep Australia Beautiful day
comes around, we can take a break and throw a party to
thank our volunteers!”
“That is what I have always tried to do. I certainly encourage
those I train to work with the couple involved, question
them about their lives and from learning their story you’re
able to introduce appropriate poetry or music. “
Phil would like to see local schools, businesses and clubs
involved, and the Shire is keen to work with DRRA on
this. Like the community bonfire, it’s one of those win-win
initiatives that benefits all.
Carol says she now finds herself conducting weddings for
the grandchildren of those
she married in the 1970s.
She has also conducted
of vows, funerals and on
rare occasions a divorce
ceremony “that became part
of the healing process and
allowed people to let go…”
Finding just the right words …
Back in the 1970s
a group of people
Australia gathered
in Melbourne to
explore ways to
make it easier for
people to celebrate
religions or divorce
made a church
Of course, along the way,
there have been ceremonies
in unusual places like the
edge of the Eucla desert and
a lofty Porongorups ledge
Lofty Porongorups ledge ceremony
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Committee who support the recommendations but it will
be put to the formal meeting at the DCRMC meeting on 2
February for discussion. If accepted, it will be approved for
formal lodgement with the Shire.
“We camped half way up the mountain, got up early and
went further up for the ceremony. As the ceremony began
two wedge-tailed eagles began to circle over us. Later we
went back to the campsite for bacon, baked beans and
champagne. You don’t forget moments like that.”
“This is an important development and it is hoped that
some significant advance can be made early in 2015 so
that formal fundraising and securing donations of services
and materials can start in earnest. Further advice will be
provided after Rec Committee meeting,” reports Geoff.
While she plans to cease teaching and will now only take
on events for friends, she has clearly enjoyed finding
appropriate words for such ceremonies - and has carved a
special place for herself in the memory of her clients. Talking
to Carol reminded us of the dog-eared, long-forgotten copy
of The Prophet with its wise words on marriage:
A runaway success
Love one another, but make not a bond of love
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your
OperaBox visits again
We had an early
2015 arts treat
when Darlington
recently served
as the venue
for a preview of
OperaBox’s Anna
Bolena. While it
has a place in the
repertory of opera
houses around the
world, the opera
has never yet
been performed
in WA. If you
missed it, you
might still catch
the February 4
performance at
the Performing
Arts Centre in Sorrento. Tickets are available at:
www.fringeworld.com.au Let’s hope this talented company
includes Darlington Hall in its future fixtures.
Remember our story last year about a Hills lass who
relocated to the flats and started a running group at the
school attended by her kids?
The idea of running for the sheer joy of it seems to have
taken off at the school, with not only the students but their
parents enjoying running through an adjacent swathe of
bushland before school/work starts.
Its success led to a community newspaper article and
an interview on local ABC that was heard by educator/
parenting specialist Maggie Dent. She gave the initiative a
big tick on her nationally-read blog because of her concern
that in some schools children are discouraged from preschool playground games on the familiar ‘duty of care’
Caron Jowett, the former Hills resident, is now fielding
queries from across Australia on how to start before-school
running groups. The secret of her success is that it is noncompetitive, that for the kids it’s a welcome variation on
running around the oval, and its chief motivators have been
the students themselves, with a little help from parents.
Community Pavilion update
It’s good to hear from coordinator Geoff Barker that with
the beginning of a new year the Darlington Pavilion project
is being re-energised after some disappointing setbacks last
Caron says the positive impacts have been felt in many
ways, from academic performance and attitude to improved
fitness levels for kids and their parents - along with new
friendships made along the track.
Mundaring Shire officers have made contact with the group
and are keen to support the project and have it included as
part of their discussions with the City of Swan on future
planning for the amalgamated local government areas.
Accordingly a formal proposal has now been prepared
including a budget (kindly prepared at no cost by builder
Peter Lind, a Darlington resident).
So, in every way a runaway success - and with the heritage
trail on our doorstep, one that would be easy to duplicate.
If you’d like more info, Caron has created a website:
The proposal has been discussed with some members of
the Darlington Community Recreation Management
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Marloo’s first production
“The guidelines aim to provide a balance between the
recreational interests of individual property owners and
the nuisance caused to surrounding neighbours,” he said.
Darlington Theatre Players are rehearsing David Williamson
After the Ball which opens next month at Marloo Theatre.
The play is directed by young actor Hayley Derwort, who
has risen through the ranks of the theatre group, swings
back and forth between the 60s and 90s in its exploration
of the social fabric of Australia as seen through events that
bring a family together.
A relative newcomer to DTP, Hayley received the
Directional Experimentation award for All’s Well As You
Like It (by Michael Green), a one-act play entered in
Marloo’s The Hills Festival of Theatre in which she directed
and performed. Hayley has also performed for several local
theatres and has been instrumental in the actual running
of Marloo during many productions: backstage assistant,
lighting and sound assistant, front of house and currently
a very competent secretary on the Executive Committee.
“Authority to regulate noise already exists under the
State Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations but
the guidelines provide clarification on how the City will
interpret the legislation. “
If you live close to a property where this is a problem
you might like to provide feedback. You can view
the guidelines by clicking on the hyperlink at
www.swan.wa.gov.au/Residents/Public_Health/Noise or
in person at the City’s Administration Centre in Midland
or the Shire of Mundaring’s Administration Centre.
Volunteers kept busy
As always at this time of year, you need to read Ricky
Harvey’s notes for the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire
Brigade whose members have been busy fighting fires
in Pinjar, Toodyay, Bindoon, Bailup, Bullsbrook and
The FODS success story
If you have queries, station hours are Saturdays from 9 10.30 am and as Ricky mentions, the brigade now has its
own Facebook page.
Mike Tooby
In her notes for Friends of Darlington Station (FODS)
long time member Gill Scott pays tribute to the man who
revived the group and set it on a firm footing. Mike Tooby
has moved “to the back benches” as Phil Vile takes over as
coordinator. She also pays tribute to the group itself, the
friendships forged, the morning teas shared and the good
work done. “There seemed never a moment when everyone
involved gave less than 100 percent,” she write. Which is
why it’s been such a success story.
Noisy neighbour problems
As we will soon be part of the City of Swan, the city’s media
office sent the Review information about its draft guidelines
for use of motorbikes and other vehicles on private property.
Say it with flowers…
With Valentine’s Day waiting in the wings, one of our
new advertisers - Scents of Style - has been renovating its
premises and renewing its stock of flowers and gifts. The
shop in the Glen Forrest Shopping Centre is now fully
prepared to take you orders for long stemmed roses, gifts
- the lot.
A great way to spend Friday 13!
Local band Blue Manna is much in demand having
delighted revellers at the New Years Eve and Glen Whisson’s
musicians will be on stage again revving up the tempo
when Treetops hold a fund-raising Community Shindig!
Bring your dancing shoes, the family and a picnic on Friday
13 February - definitely a good day to banish the bad luck
Mayor Charlie Zannino says the guidelines were developed
to assist staff when responding to complaints relating to
bike noise on neighbouring properties.
and have some fun.
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Putting the news in perspective …
With fine theatre,
heading our way,
February promises
to be a great month
- and the Stargazers
Club of WA tells us
that on Saturday,
February 21, there
will be quite a
celestial show in the
We suggest that,
around twilight, you
pack the family and
a picnic or enjoy
a solitary stroll to
Above: Willem Heyneker in action in
his Darlington studio, image by Richard
view of the newly
crescent moon (just
a few days old) hanging low on the horizon, bright Venus
to its left, and the red planet Mars standing guard to the
right of Venus.
With bad news stories jostling for the front page, it’s a good
idea to tune out the grim 24-hour news cycle and focus on
the bigger picture, putting some perspective into the start
of 2015.
Michael Elliott, president and CEO of The ONE Campaign
(the global advocacy organisation co-founded by Bono)
reminds us that our world IS becoming a better place as human potential is unlocked across much of the globe
and short lives once lived in poverty are transformed; as
an additional 57 million African children get to primary
school than was the case in 2000, and as the chance of
children making it past infancy is better than it has ever
“In the 1970s, less than five per cent of the world’s infants
received lifesaving vaccinations, now more than 80 per cent
do…” And let’s not forget those brave men and women who
take vaccinations and education - things we lucky people
take for granted - to corners of the world where superstition
and ignorance make them targets.
So there is indeed much to celebrate and to inspire.
Putting global sustainability at the forefront of challenges
for 2015, he concluded:
View Terrace and Greenmount Hill would both be great
vantage points – in fact from our lofty perch above the city
there are any number of viewing spots, perhaps even your
“It isn’t the government leaders, or the wizards of technology,
or the titans of business, who hold the fate of the world in
their hands. It is, rather, those countless individuals who
are determined that life can be better for themselves and
their families…”
Enjoy – and raise a glass of something nice to 2015!
A belated Happy New Year to all our readers and a reminder
from Kirsty to please ‘keep it simple’ when sending material
and photos to the Review. If in doubt about formats, just
give her a ring on 9299 6316.
That’s you and me, and it’s a timely reminder as we get the
feel of 2015 and rise to its challenges.
and more ....
Trea Wiltshire
There are some great exhibitions coming up, so check out
notes for the above. The MAC exhibition features several
leading Darlington artists, so don’t miss it!
PS Read MP Christian Porter’s letter and give us your
feedback about your mobile phone black spots!
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Darlington Review - February 2015
Letters to the Darlington Review
From the Hon. Christian Porter
Federal MP for Pearce
Illegal Repeaters and Boosters in Your Community
I am writing to you regarding an issue that I am aware
is affecting your community notably, the degradation
of mobile phone coverage caused by mobile telephone
repeaters and boosters. Initially I would seek to draw your
attention to the issue, and seek to enlist your support in
addressing, this issue that is likely affecting the quality
of the telecommunications network in your community.
Through the ‘Mobile Black Spot Programme’ the Coalition
Government is taking significant steps to improve mobile
telephone quality within communities, however there are
also steps in the community itself can take to ensure that
the quality of the network does not degrade unnecessarily.
A mobile phone repeater is a fixed device that is designed
to replicate a mobile signal for the purposes of enhancing
the quality of the mobile phone reception received by the
user. Whilst it is lawful for citizens to install and operate
a mobile phone repeater, it is unlawful for them to do so
without the approval of an authorised telecommunications
The frequencies that mobile phone repeaters operate on
have largely been licensed to the telecommunications
carriers. If not operated with the permission of a carrier,
the device has the capacity to cause substantial interference
to the mobile network due to an absence of coordination
with other telecommunication infrastructure in the mobile
Indicating the seriousness of unlicensed mobile telephone
repeater use is the fact that penalties for the possession, or
operation, or an unlicensed mobile repeater may include
up to two years imprisonment or a fine of up to $165,000.
Further difficulties to the network can occur through the
operation of a mobile telephone booster by individual
users. A mobile telephone booster differs from a mobile
telephone repeater in that the booster physically connects
to a single mobile telephone handset. Whilst the repeater is
able to connect wirelessly and boost the signal for multiple
handsets, the booster amplifies the radiofrequency of the
mobile telephone it is attached to, consequently enhancing
its ability to communicate with the mobile base station.
When a booster is used on a mobile telephone, the
increased power levels place an increased demand on the
nearby base station which can exclude other calls from
being received by the base station. Accordingly, the level
of coverage offered by the base station is diminished with
the effect that the more boosters that are used, the greater
the degradation of the coverage.
Because of the detrimental effect that boosters can have
upon the quality of the network, the operation, supply and
possession of boosters has been prohibited by the Australian
Communications and Media Authority (‘ACMA’).
Despite the prohibition or restrictions placed on the usage of
these devices, I understand that some individuals may still
be utilising mobile phone repeaters (without authorisation
from an approved telecommunications service provider)
or a mobile phone booster. This is despite the fact that
it can be unlawful to do so. No doubt this may be, for a
number of users, due to a misunderstanding regarding the
operation of the prohibition with respect to these devices.
To the extent that you are aware of those within your
community who may be unlawfully utilising mobile
telephone repeaters or boosters, I would ask you to draw
their attention to the above information. I would also
be grateful if you could assist by taking an active role in
disseminating the above information throughout your
community in the hope that it will help to promote a
decrease in the usage of these devices and, subsequently,
an improvement in the quality of the mobile telephone
Further information can be obtained from the ACMA
website at either:
(with respect to repeaters) or
pdf (with respect to boosters)
Letter From Pauline Clark:
A Big Thank you to all who donated their time, voices, talents,
money and creative efforts to bring Carols by Candlelight on
Christmas Eve. I received many thanks and praises to pass on
including “it was fantastic everyone loves it”
Special thanks to Earnshaws Real Estate, The Darlington Review,
Fenton Wilde, Dibbler Guides and of course the ever helpful
Colin James who donates, collects, sets, dismantles and returns
the stage each year. (Colin needs helpers each year so please
contact me if you can assist)
The Eve was enjoyed by many happy friends and families
spreading all ages, the lawn was literally crammed with blankets
chairs and picnics. Kids enjoyed the Baby Barnyard Buddies. The
Shiraz soft-serve Ice cream van pumped continually and “the
Perfect cup” percolated many many cups of exquisite coffee.
The Elves were a fun addition they managed the naughty list well
with “no new additions”and helped with candle sales until our
fantastic Dibblers arrived and sold every candle!! Thank you all
for upholding their no chat during singing request. Dibblers and
Darlington Review - February 2015
Elves collected $1035 in candle and Glo product sales and once
the ins and outs are balanced at the end of the month a donation
will be forwarded to the Salvation Army.
Students from Gemsound opened the singing and we look
forward to hearing from them again next year too.
Bill Bennet, Luke Hall and David Welchman led our singing with
local student Elorah and local medical receptionist Ange on back
ups. Our Darlington Dibblers sang, the 20 something year old
guys braved their jitters and sang We 3 Kings and children of all
ages joined us on stage to finish the evenings few favourites.
Earnshaw Real Estate sponsored and helped decorate the evening.
The Darlington Review kindly covered the full cost of the sound
via Fenton Wilde from Gemsound in Mahogany Creek.
James Webb from Wadumbah Aboriginal group played the
Didgeridoo and Terry Nathan and their young family danced
territorial displays of Noongar welcome to territory and land
Here’s hoping the New Year brings you all lots of reason to smile !
Bushfire Ready
Well we certainly
know that summer
is upon us, not just
for the continuing
hot weather we
have had, but the
number of fires over the past few months, and disappointingly a
great majority of them lit by arsonists. Please be aware of seeing
a fire start……..ring 000 and report it………then see if anyone
is around that location and note as many details as you can for
reporting to the Police or DFES.
---phone 133337 ; www.dfes.wa.gov.au and stay tuned to 720
ABC radio. These four warnings……….
ADVICE----a fire has started but there is no immediate threat to
lives or homes. Be aware and keep up to date.
WATCH AND ACT---there is a possible threat to lives and
homes. You need to leave or get ready to defend----DO NOT
EMERGENCY WARNING----you are in danger and need to take
immediate action to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
ALL CLEAR-----take care to avoid any dangers and keep up to
Thankfully none of those fires have been around the Darlington
locality and we need to keep our vigilance to our properties,
maintaining them in as low as fuel conditions as we can. This will
help reduce the ember impact if that fire does come upon us and
make saving your home easier
Stay alert to what is happening around you, and put your Bushfire
Plan in place.
Colin James
During a bushfire emergency services will provide you as much
information as possible through a number of different methods-
Coordinator 6298 0836
Darlington Community Recreation Management Commitee
Next meeting of club delegates and
observers will be held on Monday, 2nd
February at 7.30pm in the Fire Station.
Mundaring Shire have made contact with the coordinator of
the project group (Geoff Barker) and are keen to support the
project and have it included as part of their discussions with the
City of Swan concerning future planning for the amalgamated
local government areas. Accordingly a formal Proposal has now
been prepared including a budget (kindly prepared at no cost by
builder Mr Peter Lind a Darlington resident).
Deputy Chairperson position is
vacant, for nomination to be filled at
this meeting. Other matters to be discussed will include report
on Shane Purdy, Director Infrastructure Services for the Shire, re
playground shade options. Suggested items for inclusion in the
Shire budget for 2015/2016, for recreational needs for Darlington
facilities will also be discussed.
The proposal has been discussed with some members of the
Recreation Committee who support the recommendations but it
will be put to the formal meeting in early February for discussion
and if accepted approved for formal lodgement with the Shire.
Club delegates will provide an update on current status of their
organisation and any matters needing attention to.
This is an important development and it is hoped that some
significant advance can be made early in 2015 so that formal
fundraising and securing donations of services and materials
can start in earnest. Further advice to be provided after Rec
Committee meeting.
Colin James
Secretary DCRMC
With the beginning of a new year the Darlington Pavilion project
is being re-energised after some disappointing setbacks last year.
Geoff Barker
Darlington Review - February 2015
Darlington Dibbler & Nyaania Guides
“Helping girls and young women grow into
confident, self-respecting and responsible
community members.”
Girl Guides is a worldwide voluntary
organisation for girls and women
with over ten million members in 136
countries. The new Australian Girl Guide
Program introduced in 1995 is exciting,
different, and designed for today’s girls!
All the activities the girls do, from weekly
meetings, to camps, expeditions and hikes, are driven by the girls
themselves with input and assistance from their leaders, and
planned to match the girls’ abilities.
Girls experience FUN and enjoyment through a group oriented,
non-competitive, girl focused program that they plan and put
into action. The girl is the central focus of the Program. By
encouraging the girls to be fully involved in the decision making,
planning, implementation and evaluation of their activities, it
helps them grow into confident, self-respecting and responsible
community members.
Service is a large part of Guiding and we will be having a Mega
Garage Sale on Saturday 21 March at the Kathleen Skipsey Hall
on Glen Road. The funds raised for this will go towards the
refurbishment of the bathrooms at “Our Barn”, the Girl Guide
campsite at York. Money will also be given to support Radio
Lollipop, another of the projects Girl Guides is involved in.
A huge “Well Done” to Lily Subramaniam and Livy Bowden for
holding a fantastic event in January to raise money for Radio
Lollipop. The girls decided to do something to help and organised
a raffle and sausage sizzle in the park and raised almost $300.
Batteries – Girl Guides are collecting batteries from cars, boats,
planes, etc. as a fundraising project. These can be dropped to the
Kathleen Skipsey Hall or directly to Girl Guides in Burswood. If
you have any batteries that need collecting, call Tracey on 9299
Dibbler Girl Guides (7-10 years) meet on Tuesdays from 6.00
-7.30pm and Nyaania Girl Guides (10-14 years) meet on
Wednesdays from 6.00-8.00pm in the Kathleen Skipsey Guide/
Scout Hall in Glen Rd Darlington. Currently the Dibbler Girl
Guides is full but we are placing names on the waiting list for
2016. There are vacancies in the Nyaania Unit so if you are
interested you can call Tracey on 9299 6636.
Hills Hash House Harriers
Another Christmas and New
Year came and went. Christmas
was pleasant up at the lake (as
evidenced by photograph).
New Year’s was…I can’t even
remember. Recent runs have all blurred
together in a wavering heat haze.
Two weeks ago I directed the runners up the front face of
Greenmount hill, starting from beneath the library and up
through the Goat Hill. There was no running to be done as
it took about fifteen minutes of dusty, painful climbing to
ascend the distance to Padbury Road. I was not popular. But
thanks must be given to the person on Dryandra Crescent
who had just turned on their sprinklers, (perhaps) saving
the lives of a handful of Hashers.
Last week’s effort by Skippy was perhaps a tad more
bearable. It has been a few years since I’ve run from Farrell
Grove (just past Mundaring Weir), but it is now certainly
an enjoyable picnic spot, surrounded by cycle paths and
being well used by cyclists on a Sunday afternoon. Scenery
around the Weir serves to distract from the effort of
running. Also, a drink stop halfway through the run (and
walk) proved popular. I call it bribery!
We are always looking for new walkers or runners to join
us each Sunday at 4pm. Walkers cover about 3 km; runners
about 6 km. We try to keep the terrain interesting, venturing
into national park and whatever picturesque locales we
can discover in the Hills and surrounds. Runners follow
a marked course, sometimes required to hunt in various
directions to discover the correct path. Walkers follow a
fixed route. It is entirely non-competitive, and everyone
moves at their own pace, whether that be a vigorous sprint
or a casual amble. If you can walk or run, you can Hash.
BBQ or nibblies often follow.
Details are advertised every week at www.hillshash.com or
can be gained from Halina on 0411 411 828.
--El Keeno, Hash Scribe
Darlington Review - February 2015
Darlington Volunteer Bushfire Brigade
The Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade recently
received a generous donation of new Trax vehicle recovery
aids. The set of 6 Trax ramps were kindly donated by Mr
Ryan Mumford, of Mumford’s Customs, and are valued at
nearly $500. The plastic ramps are designed to be placed
under the wheels of bogged vehicles, to help them to be
driven out without assistance. When appliances get stuck
it can put crews at risk, as well as removing trucks and
machinery from the fire fighting effort. These Trax will
increase crew safety and reduce down time. If you have a
4WD and require accessories or modifications please show
Ryan and Mumford’s Customs your support.
•Remember, 000 is the ONLY
number to ring for all fire & smoke
sightings. The ComCen will page
our members who are on duty.
•For general Brigade enquiries
please ring 9299 7217. Station
hours: Saturday 9am-10:30am.
Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Next Brigade meeting: Tuesday, February 10th 2015,
at the Darlington Fire Station.
Firstly, a belated welcome to 2015. From the members of
the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, we’d like to
wish all of our community members a safe, happy and
prosperous year ahead.
Finally, the Darlington Brigade now has a Facebook page.
The Darlington VBFB was recently approached by the
Swan View Emergency Service Cadet unit and, as part of a
Certificate I leadership assignment, Bryce and Mikaela of
the Swan View cadets created a public Facebook page for
the Brigade that will be managed by a select few brigade
members. It is envisioned that the Facebook page may
provide the community with information including; links
to official pages of DFES, DPaW, Bureau of Meteorology
and Shire of Mundaring, published Fire Danger Ratings,
notification of Total Fire Bans, notification of Harvest
and Vehicle Movement Bans, fire weather warnings,
Community Engagement messages and bushfire mitigation
information. If you have a Facebook account, search
Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
Although the Darlington district has had only a small
number of fires so far this summer, there is no reason
to become complacent about the risk of fire and the
fire hazards in our community. Over recent weeks the
Darlington Brigade has assisted with incidents in Pinjar,
Toodyay, Bindoon, Bailup, Bullsbrook and Ellenbrook.
With long, hot and dry spells in the past few months
vegetation is highly flammable and fuel loads are high. We
urge you all to keep up the good work and maintain your
firebreaks, keep a 20 metre clearance area around buildings,
report any sighting of smoke or fire immediately to 000
and take note of any suspicious activity and/or vehicles in
and around bushland and report it to Crimestoppers on
1800 333 000. Thank you to the residents and community
members in the Darlington area for your vigilance and for
being pro-active so far this summer.
“What is a firefighter? He’s the guy next door… He’s a guy
like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled
dreams. Yet he stands taller than most of us. He’s a
fireman… A fireman is at once the most fortunate and least
fortunate of men. He’s a man who saves lives because he
has seen too much destruction. He’s a gentle man because
he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control.
He doesn’t preach the brotherhood of man. He lives it.” ~
Author Unknown
For some simple tips and hints on preparing yourselves
and your properties during the fire season check out our
video on-line. It can be found on the YouTube website by
searching “Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade”. The
DFES website (http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au) is also a great
information resource for such things as alerts & warnings,
fire danger ratings, total fire bans and Prepare.Act.Survive
Ricky Harvey
Chris Kendrick
Ryan Mumford Mumford’s Customs,
Eric Baldock
1st Lieutenant.
Darlington Review - February 2015
Darlington Residents and Ratepayers Association
The Committee of DRRA would like to wish all Darlington
Residents and Ratepayers a very Happy New Year.
We are starting the year 2015 with a change to our meeting
program. We are reversing the sequence of our Committee
and Community Meetings. The Community meeting will be
held on the first Tuesday of each month in the Lesser Hall at
7.30pm and the Committee meeting on the third Tuesday at
the same venue. We have made this change in order to allow
more time to write the Review Notes and to enable us to post
a summary of the Agenda for the upcoming Community
Meeting each month on the Community Notice Board and in
the Darlington Review which will be available shortly before
each Community Meeting.
The motivation for this is the desire to ensure that decisions
taken at these Community Meetings are as democratically
based as possible, on the premise that prior to the meeting
we have done as much as we can to bring to the Community’s
notice matters to be dealt with, thus enabling interested parties
either to attend or to write expressing their viewpoint.
Our mission statement is based on the assumption that
the majority of residents of Darlington have chosen to live
here because of the ambience of the locality, its village-like
community and the aesthetics of its rural appearance. The
Precinct Plan for Darlington seeks to maintain that ambience.
DRRA is intent on ensuring that the plan is adhered to by
the Shire Council – a task that is about to become even more
difficult, than it has been, with the boundary change, or rather,
abolition, of the Shire of Mundaring, and its incorporation into
From DRAA Secretary
Eva Marjanovic
DRRA is starting the year of 2015 with a change to our
meeting program. The Community Meeting will be held on
the first Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm in the Lesser Hall.
The first meeting will be TUESDAY, 3rd FEBRUARY 2015
The change will allow more time to write the DRRA notes
for the Darlington to Review, the deadline has been very
tight in the past.
The Agenda for each meeting will be posted on the
Community Notice Board a week prior to the meeting and
will appear in the DRRA section of the Review
the City of Swan and the subsequent loss of the Ward system.
- Gazette No. 2014/208>5451.
Items on the Agenda for the first Community Meeting on the
Tuesday the 3rd February are:
The major item that will occupy us this year will be
the take-over by Swan Shire and the question of our
representation as a community at council chambers given
the loss of the ward system.
The proposed changes to the Darlington / Hillesden Rd
intersection; the upgrading of the tennis court car park;
and proposed footpath changes to the lower end of
Ryecroft Road and changes to Montrose Avenue
The organising of a litter collection drive which we are
calling ‘Let’s Talk Rubbish’
Progress in the acquisition of larger enclosed bins for the
Village centre opposite the Pines Coffee Shop.
Residents of Owen Road are to be made aware of the procedure
for complaints, if any, about perceived non-compliance of the
restrictions placed on the Mundaring Gospel Trust at their
meeting hall in that road.
If you have any concern or interest about any of these matters
or any other that you wish to address, please attend the meeting
at 1930 on Tuesday 3rd February, or, if unable to do so, write to
The Agenda for the first meeting includes:
1. The impact on Darlington of the Boundary and Ward
changes to the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan.
2. The outcome of Committee discussions with Shire staff
in relation to a number of proposed road infrastructure
changes including Hillsden and Darlington Roads
intersection, the Tennis Court car park, changes to
Montrose Avenue, and footpaths along Ryecroft Road.
The Committee looks forward to your continue support
and interest in issue affecting Darlington and welcomes
your attendance.
Darlington Review - February 2015
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre
IN YOU IN 2015!
your existing stories and indeed a greater understanding of
what it takes to write truly compelling short fiction.
We have workshops on a huge
range of topics for every level
of writer.
$30 members, $45 non-members
Breaking the Writing Block – Sun 8 Mar, 1-4pm
This is a workshop for anyone who wants to begin writing or
who has started and got stuck. Horst Kornberger offers a stepby-step process that helps writers recover artistic imagination.
The imagination is born in stages during childhood and youth.
When we revisit these stages through writing, we reconnect
with the core capacities we need to bring our work into flow.
Swooning and Sweetness:
Writing Romance – Sun 15
Feb, 1-4pm
The biggest selling fiction genre in the world is romance, but
most other genres also contain elements of romance. Want to
incorporate the qualities that readers love in a romance novel
into your book? Join author Rachael Johns as she explores
some of romance fiction’s best-loved tropes and features, and
shows you how to use these to create characters and plots in
mainstream fiction that will have your readers turning pages
and reading late into the night. Rachael will also share some of
the lessons she learned that she believes took her manuscripts
from GOOD to SOLD!
$30 members, $45 non-members
Online Creativity Course – 3 weeks from Mon 16 Mar, via
This fascinating online course with internationally bestselling author Valerie Parv leads you through three stages of
story creation - nurturing the spark of your ideas; creating
living, breathing people; and shaping your material to suit
your writing goals. Included are step-by-step ways to access
your creative brain and overcome blocks, with the option
of submitting work for helpful feedback. Over the three
modules, you’ll develop strong story ideas and people them
with characters you can’t wait to write about.
$30 members, $45 non-members
Short Story Master Class – Tues 24 Feb, 6.30-9.30pm
Great short fiction requires any number of elements to be
in place before it can be truly effective. Using exercise and
examples from short story masters including Tobias Wolff
and Jhumpa Lahiri, participants will explore more advanced
elements in crafting quality (and ultimately, more publishable)
short fiction. By the end, you will have a fresh perspective on
$100 KSP members, $150 non-members
Booking and payment in advance to 9294 1872 /
Councillor’s Column
into the City of Swan’s expanded operation. I sincerely hope
that there is a job for all our Shire employees and that there
is minimal disruption to them and their families and to their
careers in Local Government.
“The district of Mundaring
is abolished”. Governors
Orders in regard to Local
Government Reform were
published in the Western
Australian Government
Gazette on 24th December
were made by the Governor in Executive Council on the
recommendation of the Minister.
We can only hope that with these changes greater efficiencies
will be generated that will save us all on our rates bill as well
as providing improved facilities and services.
We as humans can either adopt an optimistic or pessimistic
attitude to change. Personally I have always tried to adopt an
optimistic attitude to change and look for the opportunities
that change can bring. I urge all residents and ratepayers
when possible to also adopt a positive attitude to the necessary
changes that will undoubtedly occur over the coming months
and assist where possible a smooth transition into our new
local government.
Effectively, this order comes into operation on 1st July 2015
and then the boundary of the City of Swan will be expanded
to take in the former Shire of Mundaring. From that day
the Council of the former Shire of Mundaring will cease to
exist and the Council of the expanded City of Swan will be
responsible for all local government affairs within the new
boundaries of the City of Swan.
Looking forward optimistically to our new local authority
for the provision of much needed community facilities, you
never know, that new pavilion and shaded playground area
may become a reality sooner than later.
With these changes there will be disruption. Not only will
the 12 Councillors of the Shire not share a role in the new
authority but the staff of our Shire will have to be absorbed
Cr David Lavell
Darlington Review - February 2015
Darlington Arts Festival
The Darlington Arts Festival is WA’s
longest running FREE community
Held over two days on the first weekend
in November the Festival is a fantastic
weekend for all ages and a wonderful
showcase for our village.
After another successful year, the committee is seeking
people in the Darlington community who would like to be
involved in this year’s festival. This invitation is especially
directed to new residents who would like to join a very
special group of people who have supported the Arts over
the past 51 years.
Prior to the commencement of the regular monthly
meetings, the AGM for the Darlington Arts Festival will
take place on Monday 23rd February 2015 at the Lesser
Hall commencing 7.30pm.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Mezzanine Art
The Second Thought
flourished in 1940s and 50s. In parallel,
Graziano finds powerful stimulation
in the realm of parapsychology from
which he channels mystical guidance
from people of this world and beyond.
Indeed, he plans to channel the energy
of the viewers as he paints in situ at the
opening of The Second Thought.
Untitled, Acrylic on canvas 160 cm x 75 cm
From his earliest years in Sardinia, Graziano Piras was powerfully
drawn to the art around him. Now he paints in response to an
inner compulsion. Exploding with energy, Graziano starts with
emotion as inspiration, but colour is his first consideration.
Colour is critical.
Despite this intensity, Graziano is
profoundly optimistic, generous and
humble. He doesn’t take himself too
seriously but rather uses stimulus to free
himself and to liberate his expression. To
this end music is indispensible - drawing
out the stark colour contrasts and savage lines but
also the gentle detail and streams of symbols that are
Graziano’s work is not for everyone, but nor is
anything that is challenging and original.
For Graziano, it’s about truth. It’s as important to avoid getting a
work wrong as it is to “get it right”. If a work doesn’t capture his
intention, then it’s important that no-one sees it, it’s a falsehood.
The image of the temperamental artist is a cliché, but for Graziano
to show inauthentic work would be a violation of what he’s about.
For this reason, he destroys many works that fail this test, but
those that survive are triumphs.
The Second Thought opens Friday 27th February
6.30 pm, then Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm at
Mezzanine Gallery rear of Darlington Hall, Owen
Road, Darlington. Then, throughout March a
selection of Graziano’s works will be on display for
sale at the Gallery at Darlington Dental, 2 Montrose
Avenue, Darlington 9am - 4pm.
While his voice is his own, Graziano admires many other artists,
in particular the American abstract expressionist Franz Kline who
Darlington Review - February 2015
Helena College
International Baccalaureate School
Helena College Junior and Senior Schools
Welcome to all new students and families and welcome
back to all previous students and families. We especially
welcome all the Kindergarten students starting school for
the very first time and the new students in Pre-primary and
Year 7 starting at Helena College. We hope you’ve all had
an enjoyable holiday and are looking forward to the new
year ahead.
Did you know that we conduct tours of each campus twice
per term (during Terms One, Two and Three) and once in
Term Four? Check out the College website for tour dates >
enrolment page.
Come along and see the College facilities and students in
classes on a normal school day. Join us for morning tea
afterwards and take the opportunity to ask any questions.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
Julie Carlton, Director of Community Relations,
Helena College, 9298 9100 EXT 126
Important dates for the start of term:
Year 11 camp commences
Monday, 2 Feb
SS Music information evening
Monday, 16 Feb
Year 7 transition commences
Wednesday, 4 Feb
JS and SS Student photo day
Tuesday, 17 Feb
Junior School students commence
Wednesday, 4 Feb
Years 10 parent information evening
Tuesday, 17 Feb
Years 8,9,10,12 students commence
Wednesday, 4 Feb
JS P&F AGM @ 7pm
Year 12 parent information evening Wednesday, 4 Feb
Year 7 IB MYP/Coneqt P information evening
Years 1-3 parent meetings
Monday, 9 Feb
Year 7 camp commences
Monday, 9 Feb
JS new parents’ welcome morning tea Friday, 20 Feb
ELC parent meetings
Tuesday, 10 Feb
Student Council forum
SS P&F AGM @ 7pm
Tuesday, 10 Feb
JS/SS Inter-house Swimming Carnivals
Wednesday, 18 Feb
Thursday, 19 Feb
Friday, 20 Feb
Wednesday, 25 Feb
Years 4-7 parent meetings
Wednesday, 11 Feb
SS new parents’ welcome morning tea Friday, 13 Feb
Senior School tour 17
Friday, 27 Feb
Darlington Review - February 2015
The Darlington Club
20th Feb AGM at the Lesser Hall
at 7.30pm. Food and drinks
The Darlington Club meets each
Friday evening at the Lesser Hall
in Owen Rd, Darlington WA
Its objectives are to:
Provide the means and facilities for Darlington
residents to meet;
Encourage friendships through the medium of social
and community activities;
Promote the well-being of the community of
New members are always welcome and new residents to Darlington are especially welcome!
2015 opens at the Club on 6th Feb
13th Feb there will be a Black Friday Sundowner
Commencing 6pm there will be a picnic supper or BBQ
and Boche outside the lesser hall. Followed by music and
dancing in the Lesser Hall until late.
27th Feb Sundowner
Darlington Family Playgroup
Many thanks are extended to new and old members of the
DFPG who have left and joined us in 2015. Membership
is looking great with a lot of hard work carried out by
mums and dads in 2014 and we are looking forward to
kicking off some new projects for the little ones this year.
Our primary focus will be on a nature playground and we
would welcome any contributions or advice from locals
who have a particular interest in this area.
One of the MANY special things about our playgroup is the
story the physical environment tells about the wonderful
community we live in. From the handmade outdoor
table setting where the children enjoy their snacks to the
beautiful mosaics, vegetable patches and hugenormous
teepee. These contributions from parents past mean the
children are able to benefit from a diverse, imaginative and
creative space. Our goal with the new nature playground
is to ensure we maintain this aesthetic for the
next generation of little ones who join our
fabulous playgroup. We are looking forward to
a busy and exciting new year.
DFPG is located directly behind Bilgoman Pool
on Lionel Road. We welcome guests for two
complimentary sessions. Sessions run every
weekday morning 9.30-11.30am and some
afternoons. Wednesday and Friday afternoon
sessions are available for new groups.
For current session availability please
phone us on 9299 6396 or email
i n f o @ d a r l i n g t o n f a m i l y p l a y g r o u p. o r g . a u .
And check us out on
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Silver Tree Steiner School
shy are becoming more confident,
those that met the skipping
rope with great trepidation
are now skipping with ease,
and those whose handwriting
left a little to be desired are
now writing some of the finest
works I have seen. Slightly
dominating characteristics have
been tempered with increased
empathy and thoughtfulness
and those who found craft oh so
challenging now can’t get enough
and want to knit every second of
the day!!
As part of the Steiner pedagogy, the
teacher stays with the class for their
full 6 year Primary journey, enabling
them to truly understand each child
and their motivations for learning.
The following letter from one of our
teachers is a wonderful narrative,
giving a picture of what it may be like
to be part of our class of 7 year olds,
named “The Alchemists”.
I am sure this sentiment is echoing amongst one and all,
but honestly, where has the time gone? It seems like a hot
summers’ morning only recently when I welcomed my
delightful class of cherubs with a sunflower and now we are
making way for the new class 1’s.
It’s funny how in the moment you
sometimes wonder – “is anything
happening here? Is anything
going in?” I have the answer now
– and it’s a resounding YES!
Let me see now, some special moments to remember with
those dear Alchemists. Looking at where they are now, it is
hard to imagine they started with half days and ‘rest’ times!
Their days are filled with painting, wax modelling, form
drawing, sports, craft, German, stories, numbers, language,
writing, cooking, gardening, news time, music, bush-walks
and play time – phew!
Could this be the right education
for your child? Steiner educated
children go on to enter a broad
spectrum of academic and
career paths. To take a peek
behind the scenes, contact
Hayley on 9295 4787 or at
Climbing trees, playing with blocks, the annual production,
a letter hunt, buddy reading - all these things are now
memories, which we can all take and build upon as the years
Perhaps what stands out most for me most is the change in the
children: physically, socially and emotionally. Those that were
Darlington Theatre Players Inc.
This David Williamson play jumps between the 60s and the
90s, covering the social fabric of Australian culture and a family
stuck in the middle of it all.
(See Details on Front
David Williamson
directed by Hayley Derwort
Stephen Macrae (Paul Reed) has finally come home from his
seemingly perfect overseas lifestyle to farewell his dying mother,
Kate (Irma McCullen). His sister Judy (Kerri-Anne Mulley),
skeptical of his true intentions, opens a Pandora’s Box of memories
by accident. This leads both siblings down a path of haunting
family memories, good, bad and ugly. Is Kate the terror Stephen
has thought her to be? Or is there more to it than meets the eye?
Director and actor, Hayley Derwort, is another of our budding
talented people who have risen through the ranks to a high
level of competence in the theatre world. Without these
gifted new artists the local theatre world would disappear.
Hayley has assembled a stellar cast for After the Ball which
is another highly acclaimed play for Australian playwright
David Williamson whose plays include the best-selling novels
and later, films, The Removalists, Don’s Party and The Club. The
season opens on Friday 6 March to Saturday 21 March.
Dates: March 6, 7, 8*, 11, 13, 14, 15*, 18, 20, 21.
Time: 8pm curtain up except Sunday matinees* 2pm.
Tickets: Adults $20, Concession/child $18, Members $16. Family
2ad+2ch $65.
Bookings: Gwyne 92551783 or
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Treetops - A Montessori and
International Baccalaureate School
Treetops would like to extend our very
warm welcome to all Darlingtonites
and locals to come along to our
‘Community Shindig’ at sundown on
February 13th 2015.
The event is part of our Engagement
Week at Treetops, where new staff,
students, families and current
Treetopians spend time in classrooms
and with each other building our
community spirit and settling into the
new school year.
We are extremely excited to be
welcoming back local band, ‘Blue
Manna’. These guys had us on our feet,
tapping our toes and breaking a few
dance moves when they played for us at
our 25 Year Celebrations last year and
we are really looking forward to having
them at Treetops for the evening.
refreshments will be available to purchase and you are
welcome to bring a picnic. The school green will be open
for picnics at 5.30pm and the band kicks off at 7.00pm.
To keep the evening affordable for families (possibly to
entice everyone to purchase an extra sausage sizzle) tickets
for adults are only $10. Even better, children are free! In
keeping with our family friendly experience, this is an
alcohol free event. Regardless, we expect there to be loads
of dancing. In fact, if you aren’t dancing, we fully expect
this is only because you are partaking of a sausage sizzle!
Everyone is welcome. Please pass on our invitation to your
neighbours and friends. If you cannot attend but are direct
neighbours with us, please rest assured that the event will
be winding down by 9pm to allow you a quiet end to your
evening at home.
For any queries or to pre purchase your tickets, please
contact our lovely Receptionist, Kate on 9299 6725
We hope to see you here!
Jay-Lee Crisp Crow
Our newly reinvigorated Parents and Friends Committee
will be serving up a smashing sausage sizzle and
Communications and Admissions
Darlington Chamber Music
By telephone (92956411) or in person from Bendigo Bank,
Mundaring (Cash or credit card)
Already preparations are all but
completed for the 2015 series. The
programme has been finalised, tickets
have been printed and released, and
our 2015 brochure is being printed.
The brochures will be available at the
sales points as soon as possible. The
first concert is booked for May 3rd with following concerts
on June 7th, July 26th. August 23rd and October 4th . All
concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3pm in Darlington
Hall and includes afternoon tea.
In writing to Darlington Concerts Inc. PO Box 194,
Darlington WA 6070 (Cheque only)
Ticket Prices are season of 5 concerts
$175 ($150 concession) for the
$40 ($35 concession) for single tickets
The Darlington Review has stepped up and will fund the
afternoon teas into the future. We welcome this generous
support from one community undertaking to another. For
2015 we also have funding from Bendigo Bank and also
a grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts.
Not only are these benefactors helping us to balance the
books for the season, but these contributions are a ringing
endorsement of our musical and management objectives.
Tickets for 2015 are available from:
In person from Darlington Post Office and Cafe 2
Darlington (Cash or Cheque)
The Darlington Trio
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Shire of Mundaring Library Service
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Seen & Heard
Calling for Bands!
who has been in the music industry for approximately 30
years and will be able to provide feedback to bands on their
play styles and performances.
Swan Groove will also have other attractions including
Temporary Tattoos, Free DIY Pizza and an inflatable
gladiator ring. This is the opportunity for you to jump
in with your friends and battle out to see who the real
gladiator is.
Swan Groove will be held at the Swan View Youth Centre
on Friday, 10 April from 5pm till 10pm. Live music, free
pizza and free fun activities will only cost you $5 at the
Swan Groove is proudly sponsored by Healthway,
promoting the Drug Aware message and Propel Youth Arts
Seen and Heard will be hosting Swan Groove during
National Youth Week to celebrate being young and apart
of the community. We are seeking talented young artists to
grace the Swan View Youth Centre’s main stage and show
off their amazing musical skills.
Seen and Heard provide youth friendly events within the
Shire of Mundaring. The Seen and Heard CREW Members
actively plan and develop events such as Swan Groove for
other youth within the community. The CREW are always
seeking new and upcoming bands for future music events.
Local bands and acts of all genres are encourage to contact
Seen and Heard to score themselves a spot at this festival
like event and be able to play to a live audience of young
people looking for new music. This is a perfect opportunity
for young, new bands to show their stuff and gain some
experience. Seen and Heard will be hiring a Band Mentor,
If you or anyone you know would be interested in
either Swan Groove, or any future music events, please
contact Seen and Heard on 9255 2570 or email at
Seen and Heard is funded by the Shire of Mundaring and
delivered by Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc.
Soroptimist International of Helena
The first meeting for 2015 will be the Annual General
Meeting to be held at the Midland Dome Cafe Function
room at 6.30pm on 3rd February.
A meal or a coffee can be purchased. Upcoming activities
are being planned and include an April 18th Sausage Sizzle
at Bunnings, the possibility a Health seminar mid year,
Fashion parade and Quiz night.
The International Convention will be held in Turkey in
July and President Robyn Cain will be attending.
We are becoming more involved with the “Days for
Girls” project which is aimed at is to supply girls in third
world countries with washable reusable feminine hygiene
products so that they can attend school on “those days”.
Gwynne and Berenice and their sewing group, have sent off
100 kits including knickers to Somaliland for the project.
scholarships to Clayton View Primary School to assist girls
moving on to first year High School. In the new school
year we will be discussing the provision a scholarship to a
Swan View Senior High School student in the area of dance
and drama
The prospect of inducting a new member early in the year
is an exciting way to start and hopefully we may continue
along that path. Ladies - if you feel you would like to join
us on our journey to improve the lives of women and
girls please contact us through this article or by email
With the start of another year, we look forward to the
challenges and achievements that may be met.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement
working together to transform the lives of women and girls.
Rosalie Gordon
In December, President Robyn presented two transition
Darlington Review - February 2015
Darlington Junior Football Club
AS Darlington Junior Football Club
celebrates its 50th year in 2015
the club welcomes its first female
president, Andrea Schurmann.
Andrea has been involved in the
periphery of the club for seven years
and is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the
role of president.
”I think it is a monumental achievement for a local club to
reach so many years without faltering and this is largely
due to our sponsors and those who have worked behind the
scenes with a passion for our club that is both refreshing to
see and deeply encouraging for me,” she said.
Darlington Junior Football Club is delighted to part of the
change over to the National Online Registration System
which will offer more privacy and also ease of registration.
Please be aware that it is a new system and therefore there
may be some glitches in the system and we ask that you
have patience.
“I hope that we can continue to build our club in the same
strong way it has been built over the last 50 years.”
Andrea said moving into this role as the first female
president was a big decision.
“But knowing that I have the support of the outgoing
president Andrew Boys, and the stalwarts of the club Mike
Woods and Campbell Giles, has made the decision so much
Registration Day is on Sunday, February 22nd from 9am to
1pm and players will need to have registered online prior
to the day.
Look forward to seeing old and new faces at the club and a
here’s to a great year for the Darlington Bushrangers in its
50th year.
“This year we hope to continue to build our numbers in
both Auskick and Junior Football.”
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1st Darlington Scout Group
Christmas and the school
holidays have come and gone in a
flash! It seems only last week that
40 Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and
parents biked down the Railway
Heritage Trail from Mundaring
to Darlington Oval to celebrate
the end of a great year.
numbers both in youth members and leaders. In the first
part of the year many of our leaders will complete their
training to become uniformed leaders. The number of
leaders and the support from parents determines the
number of members that can safely participate in activities.
If you are interested in joining our group either as a youth
member or to become a leader please contact our Group
Leader, Glen Stenton scoutingindarlington@gmail.com.
2015 is shaping up to be an
exciting and adventurous one
for our Joeys, Cubs & Scouts.
Scouts is for boys and girls aged 6 to 18. We currently have
3 sections: Visit www.scoutswa.com.au for more info.
Our group camp scheduled for the end of March at Manjadel
Activity Centre in Byford, promises to be a thrilling time.
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in
Aerial runway, tunnels and a range of adventurous activities.
On the 25th of April, Scouts from across the district will
be involved in the ceremonies at Blackboy Hill memorial in
Greenmount marking the centenary of Anzac Day.
The last 12 months have seen significant growth in our
Joey Scouts (ages 6 to 8 years) are introduced to the world
of friendship, problem solving, and adventure through
stories, games, and activities.
Cub Scouts (ages 8 to 10.5/11 years) learn new skills
while spending time participating in a variety of learning
activities and outings. They collect special badges to
demonstrate their skills and achievements.
Scouts (ages 10.5/11 to 14 years) develop confidence and
learn to participate and work in a team environment. They
learn essential outdoor safety skills as well as participate in
a range of physical and intellectual challenges.
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Mundaring Arts Centre
After weeks of ‘DANGER’ signs and taped
off areas, MAC is thrilled to be asbestos free
and, more importantly, to present its first
exhibition for 2015, In-Material. Presented
as the Shire of Mundaring Art Acquisition
exhibition, In-Material explores the notion
of materiality leading concept.
“As many university art courses around the country shift
their focus in teaching contemporary art to the ‘idea’ and
the ‘concept’, the skills for making seem to be becoming
secondary.” Curator, Ricky Arnold
Drawing on his knowledge of Eastern region craft practitioners,
Ricky Arnold has invited a
selection of artists proud to call
themselves craft practitioners,
each with a strong connection to
the Hills community. Their work
encompasses leather sculptures by
Tanija and Graham Carr; ceramics
by Greg Crowe, Bernard Kerr and
Amanda Shelsher; Rosalind ‘Rozy
Dann’ Dunstan’s emu egg carving;
jewellery inspired works by Willem
Heyneker, Jessica Jubb, Bethamy
Linton and Julie-Ann Ogilvie;
and textiles by Peggy Lyon, Janie
Mundaring Arts Centre
Matthews, Trudi Pollard, Nalda
Untitled M1, 2014, leather
Searles and Katrina Virgona.
by Tanija and Graham Carr,
Work by Janie Matthews, thread, found
fabric, 2014, image courtesy of the artist
inspiration from the very
materials and processes
they are experimenting
Their materials
‘speak’ to them, providing
inspiration, guidance and
surprises which ultimately
shape their final outcome.
The acquired craftwork
will enhance the Shire of
Mundaring Art Collection,
which boasts over 160 art
forms collected via the
since 1986.
To celebrate a vibrant craft sector with these internationally
renowned craftspeople, there is a fantastic public program of
Lost Skills workshops and opportunities to Meet the Makers.
(Bookings essential, visit www.mundaringartscentre.com.au)
In-Material is generously supported by Shire of Mundaring
and Department of Culture and the Arts. It opens on
Friday 13 February at 7pm, continuing until Sunday
22 March 2015 at 7190 Great Eastern Hwy in the heart
of Mundaring. Entry is free and the Gallery and Shop
are open Tuesday-Friday 10am–5pm; Saturday-Sunday
11am–3pm (closed Mondays and Public Holidays). For
further information, please contact 9295 3991 or visit
image by Victor France
Mundaring Weir Gallery
Now is the time to take a
trip out to the Gallery and
treat yourself, or buy a gift
for a loved one.
And so much more……
There is a section for small antiques and collectables that is
lovely to browse through (and add to your collection) and
remember yesteryear.
We stock unique West
Art and Craft. Some are
decorative, some useful,
some playable and some wearable.
It is proving very popular for reminiscing!!!
The Gallery is air-conditioned for your comfort while you
consider your purchases.
If you are an Artist or Crafter and wish to join the Gallery, we
have vacancies now.
Knitted jumpers, baby to adult sizes, mohair coats and berets,
knitted shawls and shrugs, very stylish felted hats and scarves,
a large selection of handbags,
Information can be obtained by contacting the Gallery by
email below or visiting the Gallery and speaking to one of the
quilts, and dog coats. Pottery and woodwork items, paintings
or mirrors for the walls and metal country style pieces for
your house or garden.
Open 11.30am to 5pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public
Holidays. Arrangements can be made to open at other times
for social groups and bus tours.
Books to relax with on these summer days. Cards, postcards
of the area and handmade notepaper.
Bookings to the Secretary at mwgallery@yahoo.com.au
Honey, oils, soaps, lavender bags, jewellery, candles….
Darlington Review - February 2015
Darlington History Group
Date :
January 21st 2015
Place :
Lots of chatter and
catching up on news
since our Christmas
function in December.
The photos show just
how much everyone enjoyed themselves, with Santa Phil
once again in action distributing gifts to all and sundry.
Once Chairperson Chris called for order in our planning
meeting, it was all systems go to formulate plans for an
exciting and informative year in 2015.
At our meeting on 18th March we plan to have a “Show and
Tell” evening with members and visitors bringing along an
interesting item of historical significance to display and
talk about. An invitation is extended to all members of the
public to join us for what should prove to be an interesting
evening. ( Think Antiques Roadshow on a lesser scale ).
So if YOU have something of antiquity to share, we’d be
delighted to hear from you.
are many of you out there who have links to, or and avid
interest in, the Goldfields. So this will be your chance to
listen and learn, but also to contribute to the evening’s
One idea put forward by our archivist, Lyn Myles, is
to have a “Darlington Road Get-togetrer” for past and
present residents of this iconic road, similar to our Sunday
afternoon High Teas in 2013 and 2014. Make a note now
and let others no longer in Darlington know of this event.
More details in future issues of the Review.
And that is about as far as WE got. However, if YOU
have any ideas of what may constitute an interesting
talk about some aspect of Darlington’s history, please
let us know so that we can include them in our later
program for 2015. You can contact me on 92996212 or at
Cheers for now!
Judi Bracks
Publicity Officer
This being the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, it is
proposed to have an Anzac Tribute at our April meeting.
Plans for this event have not yet been finalised so check the
Review in March to discover what we have in store for you.
And in May, one of resident historians, Arlene Collings,
will be presenting a talk about the old town of Gwalia
which, years ago, was such a thriving part of the Eastern
Goldfields. Arlene’s great-grandmother lived there in 1898
and Arlene has many tales to tell about life as it was then
in a pioneering town. She has inherited and collected a
hoard of historical artefacts – so many, in fact, that she
has installed a “Gwalia Room” at her Darlington residence
crammed with these precious items. We know that there
Next meeting : Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 7:30pm
in the Lesser Hall Darlington
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Darlington Tennis Club
When the courts are not being used for club sessions (and
on Sunday afternoons if all courts are not being used for the
club session) court hire is available through the Pines Shop
opposite the courts for $5 an hour (free for members who
show their tags) or $7 with lights. There is a $20 refundable
deposit for the key. For after-hours bookings please contact
Brendon on 0427 250 566.
We need more social
players to join in our
Monday morning (9am
morning (9am-12pm) and Sunday afternoon (2-5pm) club
sessions. Format is mixed doubles, no commitment to turn
up every week – just come and give it a go! Ball fees are $2
for members, $5 for non-members.
The Darlington Tennis Club Championships are being
held over the weekend of the 6th / 7th December – all
members are invited to participate – please sign up at
the club, or email Alex. For more information, including
coaching inquiries, please go to the club website www.
darlingtontennisclub.org.au or contact the club secretary
alex.hoschke@gmail.com (ph 0439 976 672).
Other club session times are Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday nights 7.00 - 9.30pm mixed social team
competitions. Members are put in teams for their night
for the duration of the competition (usually around 2-3
Friends of Darlington Station Reserve (FODS)
New Year. New FODS leader. The saying goes “ask a busy
person” so welcome to Phil Vile, aka PhilO’FOD?
seemed never a moment when everyone involved gave less
than 100%. Harmony was the key.
We can’t let Mike Tooby move to the back benches without
a few accolades. He and Ken Rich energised a team of
enthusiasts dedicated in their attempts to create a showpiece
for Darlington. With names like Tooby and Rich at the
helm, others joined. Doris and Chris from the Liquor
and Gourmet gave us keys to the Old Bakery to store our
wheelbarrows and tools. Local schools and community
organisations helped clear the weeds and replant. Mike’s
initiative encouraged a whole of community approach to
the FODS venture with CATERFODS arriving at 10 a.m.
to reward our efforts. We think he even arranged for the
FODSGODS to keep the rain at bay on working days.
Darlington is filled with achievers, innovators, and good
honest community minded people. Mostly not as shy as
Mike about their successes.
Congratulations and thanks, Mike. Enjoy being an Indian,
not a Chief.
(With thanks to past COCOFOD, Ken Rich)
Gill Scott
Through FODS we became true and valued friends sharing
other community commitments where Mike’s enthusiasm
and organisational skills again ensured their success. There
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St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church
cnr Darlington Rd and Hillsden Rd, Darlington. 9299 7274
Ministry with children during Sunday services (above)
recommences on Sunday 1 February at the 9.00am
Eucharist. We use the Godly Play method, which teaches
children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred
story, silence and liturgical action. Please feel free to invite
friends and family with children to attend. Find out more at
Mainly Music is a fun music group for parents or carers
to enjoy with their pre-school child. This time of singing,
dancing, percussion, morning tea and play will recommence
at 9.30am on Tuesday 10 February. For more information
go to www.hillsanglicans.com.au/mainlymusic
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.30am9.00am, a group of parishioners visit Clayton View Primary
School in our parish to read with children who might
otherwise not get a chance to read with an adult. This
program is now entering its fifth year, and there is always
room for more volunteers.
A beautiful candlelit service of
meditative prayer and music in the
style of Taize is held at St Cuthbert’s
on the first Sunday of every month
at 7.00pm.
You are warmly
invited to come
Please mark 6pm on Friday 6 February in your diary for the
Parish Celebration Dinner. This annual event is a wonderful
way to launch the year and celebrate our life together. The
cost is $20 per head or $45 per family for roast beef and pork,
salads and potato bake, all served in the convivial surrounds
of the church lawn. BYO drinks.
If you are interested in experiencing something of the
community at St Cuthbert’s, you are very welcome to come
along. If money is tight, please come anyway as we have
some funds set aside to help with any shortfall. An RSVP
to stcuthberts@bigpond.com would be greatly appreciated.
Ever wondered how the Christmas story came to be written
and when? Why are there are significant differences between
the accounts in Matthew and Luke? The sermon for Epiphany
(the arrival of the ‘three wise men’) has something to offer on
the subject.
... the birth and infancy narratives of Jesus are not the same
as reality TV, documenting in precise detail every action
and word. They are not even like a police report, based on
eyewitness reports. They are probably best understood as like
an abstract painting, attempting to portray deep truths and
provoke intense responses. Except they use language to paint
complex word-pictures about the purpose and meaning of
Jesus’ life, death and resurrection ...
To read the sermon for Epiphany go to www.hillsanglicans.
Most sermons are posted on our website at www.
Services 9am every Sunday; 7pm on the first Sunday of the month; 9.15am most Wednesdays
stcuthberts@bigpond.com or rector.darlington@live.com.au
WEBSITE: www.hillsanglicans.com.au
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Darlington Social Cricket Club Inc
“Slips, Stumpings Appeals & Silly Points”
As the Christmas break is
a distant memory and the
supermarket shelves are being
stacked with hot cross buns, I
welcome you to the first riveting edition for 2015 of the DSCC
review notes. I trust everyone had a very relaxing and enjoyable
time with family and friends. Christmas is a time when some
people let their hair down and over indulge in decadent foods
and water of the hopped variety and fermented grape juice. One
such member of DSCC found this to be the trap he had fallen into,
when on Christmas morning he unwrapped his Chrissy present
and trotted off to try on his brand new pair of furry, striped, black
and yellow boxer shorts. To his dismay, he found that the shorts
were too tight. As these were a special pair of boxer shorts all the
way from Tiger Land, he decided that after the festive season,
he would embark on a massive weight loss program. He ate
only healthy food, nothing between 8.00pm and 12.00noon the
following day. Not only this, he gave up the wicked temptation of
beer and wine and I am pleased to say that he is looking like his
old self and is also starting to contribute on the cricket field. The
only problem is that with the lack of sustenance between 8.00pm
and 12.00noon the following day, he finds it extremely difficult
to stay awake.
meringues to the last two batsmen who piled on 130 runs, 53 off
Stuy’s three overs, 32 off his last. The mercy rule was brought into
play, when the captain for Slater Gartrell declared, at 9 for 335.
On a lighter note, it was pleasant to see a chubby rotund player
return to the field for DSCC. He managed to hobble from 1st slip
to 1st slip after each over. DSCC went into bat after the tea break,
but were soon in Winnie the Poo as Mark Lucas failed to bother
the scorers with a second ball duck. In fact Mark was up to his
armpits in the poo as he was digging a new leech drain at home
during the first innings. The innings soon fell away and it would
have been much worse had it not been for a brilliant innings of
42 by Kieran Cork, son of Mitch. Ben Harvey also chimed in with
23. In the end it was left to the rotund gentleman and Teppe Jones
to whistle the last post as the end was nigh.
On the 30th of November, DSCC hosted a new team. The
Darlington Tennis Club traded their tennis racquets for cricket
bats. DSCC batted first and got off to a shaky start, when both
Cliff Burns and Kerry Pearce failed to score. The team was
rescued by Mick O’Reilly and Craig Van Der Laan with 57 and
63 respectively. DSCC ended up with 8 for 228 of their allotted
40 overs. this seemed like a very good score till Simon Ward and
Ben Middas took to the DSCC pie throwers. The openers put
on 109 with Simon scoring 41. Ben retired on 50 only to come
back at the end of the innings and nearly snatched victory for
the tennis club, only to be run out by Cliff Burns on the last ball
of the day for 68. The tennis club fell one run short and were all
out for 227. The best bowler for DSCC by a country mile was
Matt Lucas (unlike his father Mark) with 3 for 7 off his 4 overs.
This was a really good match to sit on the hill and partake in the
consumption of fermented grape juice and hopped water. But I
must admit, there was a lot of chewing of finger nails in the end.
Rumour has it that the tennis club has invited DSCC to try their
luck on the tennis courts. Maybe its not a bad idea after all, the
Giles boy (the Terry variety) might be able to hit a six then.
Back on the 23rd of November, DSCC hosted the Slater Gartrell
team. For some reason, there was a mass exodus of DSCC players
to the sick bay for all sorts of ailments. The vice captain Bazil
Roberts, a hard but fair man led his players into battle and with
the aid of brilliant bowling from Matt Ellis who had just stepped
off a plane from China and with a belly full of MSG noodles, soon
had the visiting team in all sorts of trouble. Matt finished his fiery
spell of bowling with 2 for 19 runs of 4 overs. Though by the end
of his 4th over, he sounded like a clapped out old steam engine.
Stephen Jones chimed in with 2 for 25 (no that is not a misprint),
but skipper Roberts took him off to give the opposition a chance
as they were floundering with the score at 9 for 195 off 24 overs.
He called upon that old pie thrower, Stuy Aldred to step up.
Stuy served up a nice selection of lemon tarts and strawberry
DSCC played against Darlington Primary School fathers on the
7th of December. DSCC scored 9 for 276 of their 40 overs. The
innings got off to a flying start with Ben Harvey
scoring 45 and Steve Beazley 28. But the highlight
of the innings was a brilliant 89 by Kieran Cork.
Once again, Scrimma who wasn’t far off starting
his eating and drinking binge, failed with the
bat, only scoring 13. DPS fathers got off to a
good start with Foskett and Thompson sharing
a 55 run opening partnership. Thompson retired
at 50 and came back to finish not out 107. Mick
O’Reilly chimed in with 46. DPS fell 33 runs short
in reaching 9 for 243 of their 40 overs. The main
wicket takers for DSCC were Doc Bates with 2 for
19 and Craig Van Der Laan with 2 for 21.
Till next month, keep cool
The Ferret.
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