The Alpine Country Car Club Jamieson Inc. was formed in 2006 to provide a common point for people with an enthusiasm for cars. Activities are of a social nature, club runs, visits to interesting places, meeting up with others that share our car hobby. You do not need to have a “special” car to join us. We met at various venues for our monthly meetings, with dinner afterwards.
Friends of Bonnie Doon Cemetery
– a community group, preserving its local history
In 2004, after constantly seeing a friend upset about the unkempt state of the lawn cemetery after the burial of her husband there, Bill Romans founded the Friends of Bonnie Doon Cemetery.
At that stage there was a total lack of lawn, no niche wall, overgrown graves, weeds everywhere and a dangerous tree needing removal. The Mansfield Shire Council was approached and they mowed the ‘grass’, donated top soil and weed killer, and organised the removal of the tree and rubbish. The need for a new tap was also explained and money was obtained for its installation.
The Friends of Bonnie Doon Cemetery group has increased from 26 members in 2005 to now numbering 31 volunteers. They have organised working bees to do the work of tidying up the cemetery grounds.
Bricks for the memorial niche wall were donated by Boral Bricks and lawn seed from Yencken and Dyason. $1,000 was donated by the Lakeside Hotel Social Group to be used for the memorial wall, and a volunteer went to Melbourne to collect the bricks.
Backhoeing and concreting were donated by local tradespeople, as were their building and bricklaying skills. People came from near and far to help clean up and beautify the cemetery, restore the old graves, and build the memorial niche wall and its circular landscaped rose garden with a weeping cherry tree in the middle.
On October 3rd, 2006 with a short ceremony, the restored and beautified Bonnie Doon Cemetery, with its completed niche wall, was handed over to the Mansfield Shire, the trustee for the cemetery.
The Bonnie Doon Cemetery, in Wilson Street, Bonnie Doon, after its tidy-up and beautification is now a lovely place to visit. The cemetery contains graves of many pioneering families and some of the old graves date back to the 1890s.
Friends of the Bonnie Doon Cemetery is still conducting working bees to maintain the cemetery, so if you would like to help, or just need information, please ring the co-ordinator of the group, Bill Romans, on 03 5778 7632.
We need interested people to help with general maintenance and to get the lawn area re-established.
If you can help please contact:
Bill Romans, 12 Chanro Court, Bonnie Doon Victoria. 3720
Telephone: (03) 5778 7632
Mansfield Apex Club is a young blokes community service club. We exist to serve the Mansfield community, and we also raise money for broader charities such as the Good Friday Appeal and the The Starlight Foundation and we even sponsor a community development worker in Venilale, East Timor, Mansfields sister-city.
We often offer our time and man-power to help community fundraising; such as the Mansfield Hospital Medical Medley. We jump at opportunities to help out at community events to raise money for our club; such as the bar at the Merrijig Rodeo, the gates at the Cattlemans Get Together, the Police Golf Day. But we also donate the money that we raise to local community groups, charities and good causes.