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MVA Monthly Newsletter March 2024

Updated: Apr 11




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And check out the full calendar of local events on our home page:


Welcome to our Monthly Newsletter.


The Montville Village Association brings people together to participate in a wide range of activities.


Feel free to share this newsletter and invite others to our events. Membership of the MVA is open to all with an interest in Montville, is free and doesn't come with any commitments. The size of our membership however does impact our ability to speak for the Montville area, and obtain grants to organise events, so invite your neighbours to join up! Contact Janny, the MVA secretary, on Secretary.mva@gmail.com


Montville Growers and Makers Market this weekend!


Come and join us at the market; enjoy the vibe of live music, hot coffee and delicious food while browsing stalls run by your talented stallholders. And enjoy the best pancake breakfast on the Range served by our friendly volunteers on the deck of the Montville Village Hall!



The market opens at 7:30 am in Memorial Close in the heart of Montville. Pancakes are usually served until 10:30 or until they run out, so come early to get yours!


March 13th, 6-7 pm - Last chance to meet some of our Mayoral Candidates


A number of our mayoral candidates have expressed a wish to talk to our members. We have invited them to provide short address each to our members with some time for questions. Doors open at 5:30 for socialising over a free glass of wine and talking to the candidates, before the meeting starts at 6 pm.


Listen to the candidates, find out what is happening in Montville and have your say!




 

Oscar's Mayoral and Councillor Election Questionnaires


All the Mayoral Candidates for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council have completed the OSCAR questionnaire. To date 22 councillor candidates have responded to the survey.

 

Click on the candidate’s name in the candidate table on the link below to see their survey response.

 

 

March 24, 29 and 31 - Easter services in the Village




Note: the Dawn service at Razorback Lookout is the Montville Primary School carpark!



March 1 to 31 - Seeds to Leaves micro exhibition


If you haven't been in the lovely little shop called Adorn, upstairs next to the Opal and Baily Loves shops, and opposite the Montville Visitor's Centre, pop in over the next couple of weeks for the Seeds to Leaves micro-exhibition of artistic jewellery. Some amazing pieces to view and buy! Hint, it isn't that long till Mother's Day!





March 29 to April 1 - BRVA Art Exhibition


The Easter Blackall Range Visual Artists (BRVA) art exhibition will be taking place in St Mary's Hall on the Village Green. As usual, donations and commissions' proceeds will go towards the maintenance of this lovely local space.





April 6th, 12-3 pm - Grooves on the Green


Following the very successful event on March 2nd, our next "Grooves on the Green" is on April 6th. Bring a chair, bring the family, and see you on the village green!


History Books, do you have all 9??? Get yours now before they run out!

 


Just this week, a number of people have reassured me that they know they haven’t yet bought some of the later books but intend to do so. People need to take into account is that we only have under twenty copies of some books left and we don’t have any plans to print more!


The Montville Stories Series came about because of a strong community push for a history of Montville. Rather than try to put it all in one very large, expensive book, the History Group decided to publish a series of 10 books (now 11) as a more relevant and affordable option. We also capped the sale price at $25,00 to keep their cost down, but this has meant that we are selling Books 7, 8 and 9 (part 1) at a loss.


The series is about Montville and its people for people who have a strong connection to Montville. Almost all of the books purchased have been by Montvillians past, present and future. Our business plan, such as it was, was to fund the next book from sales of earlier books (after seeding grants got us started) but sales dropped dramatically in 2023. We do have the books in stock that would go a long way to covering the 2024 costs – but only if they are purchased.


Our main sale point is the Montville Post Office. Ann and the post office staff have sold the Montville Stories Series on our behalf without commission so the full cost is returned to us. A small number of books are also sold by mail, at the markets and at MVA meetings. If we can ramp up sales, the pressure will be greatly reduced. Otherwise, the History Group will have to investigate Crowd Funding.


We are on track to publish the last two books in the Montville Stories Series this year. Cate and Gordon are working flat strap to have Book 9 Part 2: Montville Remembers World War Two 1939 – 1945 ready for sale before ANZAC Day, while Book 10 Montville Buildings, currently on hold, is planned for an October publication in time for Christmas. However, both these books are considerably more complex and much bigger than most of our earlier ones and, like just about everything else, printing costs have gone up. We anticipate that these books may well cost between $3,000 and $4,000 each to print.


The feedback we have received has always been encouraging. We believe so many people are appreciative of what we have tried to achieve. However, if we are to finish the series with these two books, we need your support! Buy a book, the set, or finish the set!


Women's Circle - every second Tuesday


Last month we spoke about the fitness classes in Montville, maybe you are more interested in a more simple connection?




Important Safety Recall on Solar Battery systems!






23 and 24 March - Montville's Got Talent, A Talent for Murder - Sold Out!


Brought to you by the MVA Small Events' team, a follow up from their hilarious 2023 production. "A talent show goes horribly wrong. Will Vera work out who the killer is before they strike again?"




Only two shows at the MVA Village Hall, and tickets have now sold out! Make sure you keep an eye on this newsletter to ensure you don't miss out on the next event!


25 April - Anzac Day in Montville




Volunteering Opportunity - Every Sunday 7 to 8:30 am


If anyone is interested in joining at Russell Family Park for one and a half hours from 7.00 am every Sunday. A scrumptious morning tea is provided.


And following several reports, we are still awaiting that photo of the platypus that has taken up residence in the pond!


For further information please contact Eric Anderson – Mobile 0427 127 417.



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