The 2012 Channel Art Trail organised by the Channel Regional Art Group is scheduled for 24, 25 and 26 August.  CRAG Secretary, Jane Marris, reports that:

This time we have some very interesting studios open with Glass workshop up Woodbridge Hill and two printing studios as well as the textile art ladies with their quilts and beads etc. The two blacksmith studios are open again as well as all the different kinds of painters. What a wonderful community we live in!

Download a copy of the full Art Trail flyer here (785kb PDF).

The Kettering Community Association (Inc) Annual General Meeting was held on the evening of 2 August.  Minutes of the meeting including a report from the Chair are available here.  Following the election of office bearers Picton Hay and Sue Hoyles continue on for their third terms as Chair and Treasurer respectively.  Karen Meissner, who originally volunteered as secretary for one year, two years ago, has resigned.  Her husband, Ivan, keeps the flag flying as the new Vice Chair replacing Eric Baldwin who stepped down after a two-year stint. Members elected to the committee were Eric Baldwin, Neil Broomfield, Jim Groves, Elspeth Haughie and Tony Parsey.  The secretary position remains vacant and Picton would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in filling this important role.  He can be contacted on 6267 4199 or by email here.

The Kettering Community Association are looking for a big turn out for their annual general meeting to be held this Thursday 2 August.  The meeting commences at 7.30pm at the Kettering Community Hall.  All office bearer and committee positions have been declared open for new nominations. 

A rare orchid originally found in Tasmania in 1840 has been located on Manuka Hils.  The last reported sighting of the specimen, corunastylis nudiscarpa, was in 1852.  The plant which was listed as Extinct in Tasmania on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  has recently been re-discovered in two sites, firstly in the foothills of Mount Wellington and now the Manuka Hills. Orchid experts are thrilled by this valuable find.

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Kingborough Council Mayor Dr Graham Bury today unveiled interpretive signage in memory of the Nuenone people.

The sign has been installed on the northern part of the Kettering Oval Track and brings an educational element to the walk.  The track was recently upgraded by Kettering community volunteers and Kingborough Lions Club with the assistance of a $5,000 grant from Council.

The sign depicts the history of the tribal group and also helps promote Council’s reconciliation with ancestors of the original tribal inhabitants. Design and research was done by local historian David Hopkins and was then referred to South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) for final approval.

The sign gives a varied history of the Nuenone people including descriptions of their shelters, tools and weapons.

Mayor Dr Bury said a sign like this will give a better understanding of the history of the Channel and Bruny Island area for both locals and visitors to the area.

“We have a place rich in historical value so it is important to promote that aspect and let people reflect on the past,” he said.

On Saturday 12 May, the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Kettering Yacht Club joined forces to hold a Maritime Marketplace where anyone could sell unwanted bits of boat equipment and nautical odds and ends.  This year's event was a raging success as reported below by one of the key organisers, Kettering's Ben Marris.

It was a gamble. The Kettering Maritime Marketplace held in May 2011 was a huge success.  Would there be enough accumulated good stuff and junk to run it again after only twelve months?

Last time we took items for sale on commission , but not much sold despite many volunteer hours setting up and running this component. On the other hand selling table space for people to deal with their own gear was easy and successful.

So for the bravely titled “Second Annual Grand Maritime Marketplace” we took nothing on commission. On the day twenty four tables filled the hall, laden with shiny bronze, used rope, electronic gear still in original boxes, magazines  and marine bits and pieces of every kind and condition.

Outside the Hall six “outside spaces” were sold to purveyors of dinghies and other piles of stuff. Beyond that cars were parked from one end of Kettering to the other.

At 9.30 am precisely the doors opened and a hundred keen early birds who had been waiting in cold, wet and windy anticipation poured in for their bargains.

Just outside the door Carol Tayton's crew from Friends of Kettering were doing a roaring trade with a warming sausage sizzle which raised over $500 for the Buddha's Smile School at Varanasi.

On the stage a pile of assorted donated items were given away for a donation to the Aitutaki Sailing Club in the Cook Islands. Chris Short, who had developed this project when he saw how the youngsters on the islands struggled with impoverished gear, also ran a collection of dinghy items. In support the Kingston businesses of TMD, Industrial Sewing Services and Clennet Mitre 10 have contributed swaging tools, sail gear and stainless screws. A great effort.

After the initial gold rush the social side of the event slipped into full swing. Old acquaintances met, lies were told, bargains invented and there were smiles all round.

By 1.00 pm the rush had eased to a trickle.  Tables were looking much lighter. Sellers began to count their takings and pack for home.  “Did I buy more than I sold? “

At 2.00 pm volunteers appeared unbidden and soon had the hall swept and squared away shipshape and Bristol fashion. It was all over bar the counting.

There was a net surplus of $315 each for the Kettering Yacht Club and Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Should we do it again next year? Yes please. The gamble came good. Twelve months is plenty of time for stuff to accumulate or be recycled and a regular annual event will develop its own rhythm in our sailing lives.

What should we do differently? This year a new practice evolved of items being donated for sale with proceeds to charity. Well managed this could be a valuable aspect of the marketplace.

Perhaps some commercial chandlers would choose to become involved. Perhaps we should incorporate the event as a calendar item in club timetables and bring it to notice a little earlier.

Finally. The Marketplace can only happen because of volunteers. Thank you to all who helped, especially those who braved the elements outside on that wintry but cheerful Saturday morning.

 Rosie's Gluten Free Café will cease trading at the end of June 2012. Proprietor, Jenny plans to focus her energy on baking bread and pizza bases for her customers as well as catering. She also plans to offer gluten free cooking classes.  All enquires or orders can be directed to Jenny ph 0407363696. 

The last Sunday in June will be the last day of trading and Jenny is planning a special thankyou lunch for her faithful customers.The cost will be $25 per head which will include 3-course lunch, tea and coffee with wine and nibbles on arrival. For bookings and payment please contact  Rosie's Gluten Free Café  6267 4997 or 0407 363 696.
Jenny looks forwards to your support and understanding until the retail outlet closes.