Help needed to develop a Migrant Settlement Plan

valley-of-praise.jpgMoving to the other side of the world, knowing very little about where you are going, what it will be like or how to communicate with the people who live there, must be very challenging! This has been the experience of many of the newly arrived Migrants in Lobethal.

A local network of service providers has been formed to assist recently arrived migrants to make a smooth transition to their new home. The group is chaired by the Adelaide Hills Regional Development Board and includes representation from local and state government, schools and direct service providers. Continue reading

Hill’s Band Festival 2007

Hills Band Festival 2007The Hill’s Band Festival brings nine great Hill’s bands together in one big concert. Community, town and school bands come together in July to perform jazz, swing, pop, big brass and classical for anyone who loves music!

The Festival will be held on Sunday, July 1st from 12.30pm to 5pm at the Lobethal Centennial Hall, Main Street, Lobethal. It features performances by; Adelaide Hills Concert Band, Cornerstone College, Hahndorf Town Band, Minor Magic, Mt Barker District Concert Band, Murray Bridge Concert Band, Tea Tree Gully Concert Band, St Johns Grammar School and Trinity College. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Trading Table – Hahndorf Residential Care

Mother’s Day Trading Table - Hahndorf Residential CareThe Residents and Staff of the Hahndorf Residential Care Service in Hahndorf held their annual Mother’s Day Trading Table on Sunday, 13th May. This fundraiser for the residents raises money to enable residents to enjoy trips, entertainment and generally brighten up their days.

Many of the items displayed for sale on the day were hand made by the residents from the craft and knitting groups, garden club and men’s group, plus donations from staff, family and friends. This year has been a particularly overwhelming success due to those who generously donated gifts and their time to ensure the day ran smoothly, as well as being blessed with a beautiful mild, sunny day. Continue reading

Gumeracha & District History Centre

Gumeracha & District History CentreFor over thirty years Gumeracha and District History Centre volunteers have been collecting and filing information about the people and places of the Torrens Valley. Some of the material is unique to the Centre and unavailable from any other source. There are Council records from Talunga, Highercombe and Para Wirra dating back to early settlement and church records, including births, marriages and deaths.

Other material of interest to the “Family Historian” or “District researcher” includes many biographies, school admissions, Gumeracha and Birdwood Police Journals, various minute books of clubs and associations, Lodge records and detailed histories of all the towns of the district. The large filing system contains many maps and plans of the area, newspaper articles, war records and thousands of photographs of residents and developments past and present, dating back to 1860. Continue reading