Axedale Library

Axedale now his it’s own library agency. Situated in the Axedale Community Hall, the library is open on Friday from 2-5, and is manned by an enthuastic bunch of local volunteers, with support from the Bendigo Goldfields Library.

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Community volunteers with Bendigo Goldfields staff being congratulated by Cr. Yvonne Wrigglesworth, Eppalock Ward Councillor

The library will have an extensive stock of books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and magazines. These can be ordered for convenience through the library website.

The Axedale Library is more than just a libary. Locals can drop in for a cuppa with friends or chat to the librarians.
 There is also a community trading table, which is becoming very popular. Bring along excess produce from your garden and swap it for other produce from the table. If you don’t have produce to donate, you can purchase goodies for a gold coin donation. All proceeds go to the community.

Anzac Day 2017

 The following report of the Anzac Day commemoration service, written by Lorraine Gunn, appeared in the May edition of Axedale Antics

What would we do in Axedale without our volunteers? At around 5.30 to 6am on the morning of Anzac Day, no doubt after a restless night, Phil Hughes woke to a rainy morning with a doubtful weather forecast, and he was the organiser of an outdoor celebration of the most solemn day in the Australian calendar. What were his options?
By 6.30 the troops, members of the Axedale Our Town Our Future committee, were rallying to transfer the celebrations to the Axedale Hall and by 8 am. CFA volunteers had breakfast ready for early arrivals.
A wonderful crowd of more than 200 filled the hall and seamlessly, the event proceeded to mark the 102nd anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.
President of the A.O.T.O.F. committee, Jennifer Jones, gave a speech of welcome and  handed the ceremony over to Phil who conducted the program with dignity and  reverence.
The Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, Margaret O’Rourke was in attendance together with representatives of parliamentarians, the R.S.L., school captains and Axedale service and sporting clubs, all of whom laid wreaths. Serving and veteran members of the defence forces were given the opportunity to lay a remembrance poppy followed by members of the public who wished to do so.
In addition we were entertained by the Axedale Primary school choir and the Axedale in Harmony Singers as well as a pipe band and a bugler. The choirs led the singing of the national anthem of New Zealand, first in the Maori language and then in English and to conclude the celebrations, Advance Australia Fair was sung by all participants.


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Axedale Australia Day Breakfast

Australia Day

There was a great turn-out today, for the Axedale Australia Day Breakfast, held at the Community Park in Axedale. The Australian Flag of course, was proudly flying. Members of the CFA had the barbie going flat out, cooking the sausages. These were free to all,  and free tea and coffee was provided in the hall.


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The CWA Ladies were selling their home made lamingtons, and I noticed that they didn’t last long very long at all.

Axedale in Harmony

Axedale’s very popular choir, Axedale in Harmony sang Advance Australia Fair and other well known Australian songs. The words were given out, so we could all sing along.

The local community awards were announced to much cheering of the popular recipients.

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Citizen of the Year was given to NORAH RIGBY, who is the editor of the local newspaper, The Axedale Antics. This award was very well deserved, as Norah devotes a huge amount of time on both content and publishing.  Norah is also involved in many other community events.

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Young Citizen of the Year went to twelve year old ZARA SMITH who has devoted the past couple of years to fundraising for  The Heart Foundation  Zara is a very impressive young person with a maturity well beyond her years.

The Community Award went to owners of Axedale Tavern,  Corinne & Garry,  recognising the amount of time they give to local community and fundraising events.

The CWA Youth Encouragement Award went to 17 year old athlete, CHRIS BROWNE. Chris is achieving great things in athletics with more to come in the future.

Award Winners

Congratulations to all the award winners. It was amazing to hear about the the amount of work they do, and the precious time they devote to the Axedale community. Here they are with Councillor Rod Campbell who represents the Eppalock Ward,  and Yvonne Wrigglesworth,  President of Axedale Our Town Our Future. In the centre of the photo is Axedale’s very popular Mascot, Axel.

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Local resident, Terry, celebrating Australia Day in his best Ozzie gear.