Wollombi Valley Community Groups

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The Great North Road – Convict Trail

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The Convict Trail is the name for convict built Great North Road, the surrounding land and historic buildings. From which ever direction you approach Wollombi, you are travelling along parts of the Convict Trail. To make your journey more enjoyable the Convict Trail Project has produced a series of E-brochures downloadable from their website.

The Convict Trail Project has been in existence since the early 1990′s. It was initiated by the Bucketty and Wollombi communities (population 150 and 300 respectively) and for its work in preserving the Great North Road, it has been nationally recognised as one of the most successful community-based heritage organisations.

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Garden Group

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The Garden Group, which meets once a month, has no rules, no committee, no fees. It is an association of like minded people who enjoy and visit gardens & some of these are established, some nascent: a few lush, many atop a hillside, but all laboured with love. And anyone is welcome to come along.

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Wollombi Tennis & Croquet Club

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The Wollombi Valley Tennis Club has been in existence for 40 years. The court, set in the picturesque village of Wollombi, offers any day and night tennis for the visitor as well as local residents. Keys and payment are through the Wollombi General Store in the Main Street. Racquets and balls may be hired. Members play on Friday nights and Sunday mornings. Rusty and new members play on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. New members welcome.

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Laguna Public School

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Laguna Public School is situated in the beautiful Wollombi Valley, 7kms south of Wollombi. A supportive community along with enthusiastic staff work with dedication to ensure a high standard of learning is created for the students within our school. We are committed to helping students from Kindergarten to Year 6 grow socially, emotionally and academically with a structured and supportive environment.

Laguna is a small, safe friendly school environment, with effective strategies to promote a positive school culture. Being a small school enables us to target and support individual learning needs including gifted and talented programs for students. The school features a large playground for children to have fun and explore.

Wollombi Valley Landcare Group

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Wollombi Valley Landcare Group is an association of local landholders who share information and work together towards better management of our soil, water, plants and animals. The group was formed in 1991 in response to erosion damage from floods. We have been successful in gaining funding to help address these problems. Every second month we hold a meeting or field day with guest speakers addressing a wide range of topics. We also publish a newsletter available by email and post.

The group is affiliated with the Australia wide Landcare movement and typically meets on the 3rd Saturday of February, April, June, August and October and the 2nd Saturday in December to share information on land management issues.

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Valley Artists

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Valley Artists have regular productions in the Laguna Hall, which are highly regarded. A non-profit organization, the Valley Artists survive solely on the generosity of local sponsorship, ticket sales and enthusiastic members. Yearly sponsor dinners have become a must go to on the Valley’s social calendar. Workshops are held which include acting, voice, Commedia del’ Arte, street theatre, sound, lighting, make-up and stage management.

Productions are held regularly at the Laguna Hall.

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Wollombi Valley Arts Council

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The Wollombi Valley Arts Council was formed in 1998 by a group of creative locals to help foster and encourage all kinds of artistic expression within the Wollombi Valley Communities. The WVAC is a non profit, incorporated organisation, run solely by dedicated volunteers, and is affiliated with Regional Arts NSW. Our endeavours are financed by community sponsorships, public donations, workshops and local artist run exhibitions which are held regularly in the Old Fire Shed Gallery at the Wollombi Cultural Centre which has strong Wollombi Aboriginal representation and support.

What exhibitions are on this month?

Laguna Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

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This is a community based emergency service staffed by local residents. The brigade is trained to respond to fires and motor vehicle accidents. Volunteers are welcome in all capacities from firefighters to support crew.

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OON – Our Own News

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The OON is a Wollombi Valley Progress Association (WVPA) initiative, which is Co-ordinated by a Volunteer, whose job it is to co-ordinate any articles and advertising received to produce the OON each month.

If you would like to submit an article or advertise in the OON all copy must be received by email no later that the 10th day of each month. Contributions are only accepted in a simple Word file and photos in jpeg or pdf file in an email sent to our email address below.

Please note that articles are NOT edited, but printed as received unless otherwise requested or agreed. To ensure our printing costs stay within budget, please keep your articles to no more than 300 words. Our Own News will be published on or close to the 20th of each month to give more notice of events. Our advertising rates and booking details are also available via email.

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Wollombi Valley Progress Association

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Wollombi Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

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This is a community based emergency service staffed by local residents. The brigade is trained to respond to fires and motor vehicle accidents. Wollombi V.B.F.B. members were active participants in the Black Christmas fires of 2001/2, manning crews around the clock at Big Yengo and responding to fires in the Cessnock area. Volunteers are welcome in all capacities from firefighters to support crew.

Endeavour Museum

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Wollombi’s local museum contains an interesting collection from the rich colonial past of the Cessnock and Wollombi districts. The judges bench houses a growing photographic collection of the life and time of the area. Souvenirs and family history literature are on sale. The museum is in Wollombi village, and there is a shaded picnic table in the grounds.

Entry fee to the Museum: Adults $2, Children free
Opening Hours: Open 6 days a week. Monday,Wednesday & Thursday 10.30am-1.30pm. Friday from 11am-3pm. Saturday & Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Tidy Towns

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Tidy Valleys, a voluntary community group, initiates and fundraises scenic, environmental and historic projects to enhance the valley. Supported by Cessnock City Council, Tidy Valleys projects include Floodlighting historic local buildings, Involvement in Convict Trail undertakings, Establishment of Anzac Reserve, Rehabilitation of Anzac Reserve Wetland 2002. New members welcomed, no fees.

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Saint Michael’s Church

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Welcoming all denominations and civil ceremonies while still remaining a Catholic place of worship, this historic sandstone church, circa 1840, is situated in the heart of the village of Wollombi. Restored to its original beauty, St Michael’s is the perfect venue for any wedding. With seating for up to 80 guests, St Michael’s combines tradition with an ideal country ambience for a unique and intimate country wedding. St Michael’s is yours for the day. Take your time, create your own style, and enjoy the beautiful location which offers many photographic opportunities.  A celebrant or pastor of your choice may perform the service.

Wollombi Valley Pony Club

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The main objective of the WVPC is to encourage young people to ride, to provide instruction in riding, and to teach members the proper care of their horses. With over 30 riding members, the Pony Club is an important part of the Wollombi community. The Club meets approximately once a month and holds overnight camps in school holidays. The emphasis is on having fun and socialising with peers.

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Hunter Mobile Preschool

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Hunter Mobile Preschool is a mobile Pre-school service, established to accommodate the needs of young pre-school children in outlying and rural areas in and around the Lower Hunter area including Cessnock and Maitland.

The preschool visits Wollombi on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school term, from 9.45am to 3.15pm, and is located at the Wollombi Public School.

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