Mechanics Institute Unveils New Glass Display Cabinets

mechanics instituteMembers of the Tolmie community gathered together on Sunday to celebrate the unveiling of two beautiful glass-fronted timber cabinets which have been installed in the foyer of the Tolmie Mechanics Institute. Hand built by local cabinet maker Rob Allan, the cabinets have been made to fit within existing recesses of the foyer of the hall and constructed in sympathy with the décor of the foyer and in keeping with the age and style of the 1920’s building.

The cabinets were made possible through a grants from the Mansfield Shire Council Community Matching Fund & the Mansfield Community Fund, funds from the Tolmie Mechanics Institute and Recreation Reserve Committee and hundreds of volunteer hours by Rob Allan. The cabinets were beautifully stained by Barry McWaters of Bridge Creek, who also donated quite a deal of his time.

The cabinets will be used to house much of the historical literature, photographs, trophies and memorabilia etc. collected over Tolmie’s 135 year history. By bringing these items together in one place, it will benefit all in the community now and in the future, to enjoy and to learn, more of the story of Tolmie through them.  It will also help ensure that the history of Tolmie is preserved throughout future generations.

The construction of these cabinets was one of the initiatives of the Tolmie Community Plan which was developed by the community in 2011.

Please contact Linda Terry on 5776 2113 if you have items of historical interest which could be loaned for display in the new cabinets.

Farmers’ Market to resume after winter

The Tolmie Farmers’ Market returns on Saturday 17th September from 8.30am to 1.00pm.  Come to the Tolmie Recreation Reserve to experience the wonderful Spring weather and support our local stallholders.  With exciting new stalls including a working display from the UFO ladies, delicious scones, organic vegetables, plants, boots, crafts and more.  The Farmers’ Market is also an opportunity to purchase bottles of this years Tolmie Sports Association wines (2013 Shiraz & 2014 Sauvignon Blanc) at discounted prices.

The theme for this market is “bric a brac” so why not have a spring clean of your cupboards & sheds and book a stall to sell your preloved items.

Please support the market and get together for great coffee and food in the fantastic surrounds of the Tolmie Sportsground.

Tolmie CFA to replace Slip On unit

Tolmie CFA has recently been successful in obtaining a grant through the Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program to replace their current ageing Slip On unit.  The grant will allow their Toyota Slip On to be replaced with a new Nissan Patrol Ultra Light Tanker.  The Brigade will need to fund a small part of the amount with the balance (over $98,000) coming from the Victorian Government.  The new vehicle, when delivered, will enable the Tolmie Brigade to respond to any incidents more effectively.

The new Ultra Light Tanker will have increased water carrying capacity, LED warning lights, a more powerful pump plus a number of other improvements for crew safety. The vehicle has a 3.0L common rail diesel engine which is turbocharged and inter-cooled.

It is not yet known when the brigade will take delivery of the new vehicle as tenders will have to called for the inclusion of the CFA equipment.

Fruit & Vegetable boxes delivered to Tolmie

fruit & vegetable boxesA recent survey about access to local fruit & vegetables showed that Tolmie residents may be interested in a local delivery of fruit & vegetable boxes.

Hannah Symes, the Go Local, Go Fresh project officer, would like to talk with local Tolmie residents that would like to participate in a fruit and vegetable box trial.

Residents have the opportunity to order their box through Go Local, Go Fresh with delivery to be on a weekly basis in Tolmie.

For further information please contact Hannah on 0472 816 913 or email .

The Go Local, Go Fresh project is being funded by the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership.


Blanket Appeal for Vanuatu

In the period following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu the Tolmie Uniting Church congregation has established a contact with Pastor Eddie Satungia who is working and caring for people in Port Vila and outlying areas.

During a recent visit to Vanuatu we discovered first hand that after Cyclone Pam a lot of aid did not reach the people who need it desperately. A lot of houses are not rebuilt and, especially on the islands, people are living in extreme poverty.  We asked the locals what would be most needed at this stage.  They told us that one of the items desperately needed would be bedding material like blankets or doonas. You would not expect that these items would be required in a tropical climate, but during the winter season the night temperature can drop to about 13 degrees, which is experienced as very cold to the Vanuatan people.

So we are planning to ship a pallet load of blankets to Vanuatu, but need your help to find us the blankets. Any blankets or doonas (with cover) in reasonably good condition will be very welcome. You can drop off your donations at the Tolmie Uniting church which will be open on Saturday 13 August from 10 am until 1.00 pm.  Alternatively, you can give us a call and we can organise a pick up or drop off somewhere else.   Pastor Eddie has people to assist him in processing the delivery on arrival, so we can be sure that what we send will reach people who need it.

On behalf of the people of Vanuatu we thank you in advance for your contribution!

Contact points:

Martina and Kees Sonneveld 57769554

Norma and Keith Pearce 57762223