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Sarsfield Community Association

11 August 2021

Sarsfield Community Snippets

Over the past nineteen months there have been a multitude of events, activities, consultations and supports based around our Sarsfield community. The Sarsfield Community Association has worked tirelessly over this time to support our community through recovery and into a very bright future.

This is the first of a fortnightly information update focussing on the key events and Sarsfield news. We will include a quirky item or a Sarsfield interest item each fortnight. Today’s bulletin includes information about the upcoming Christmas in August Dinner, an update on our Community plan and the Sarsfield Recreation Reserve Master plan and a few stories about Sarsfield Primary School 1228.

The Sarsfield Community Association have appreciated the community input over the past 19 months and are excited to see ideas becoming plans and plans becoming realities. 2020/2021 has certainly presented challenges to us all. There are many agencies and support services in place but an informal chat or check in by a familiar face can make a huge difference.

Look after yourselves - take care.

Christmas in August

This much anticipated event has been rescheduled for Friday 27th of August. Christmas in July will now become Christmas in August! All Sarsfield residents and connections are most welcome to attend this COVID Safe event (Government announcement dependant).

Please book through the link below or ring Cath on 0488 051 936.

Yummy food, a door prize and a lot of jovial Christmas in August cheer – in the event of extra large bookings a marquee will be set up to cater for everyone. This event will go ahead in all weather and will be a great chance for a chat , a laugh and a traditional professionally cooked Chrissie Dinner.

Thanks to ConnectWell and Bushfire Recovery Victoria for their support of this and previous dinners.

Click here to book

The Plans are taking shape

Over past months there have been countless surveys, consultations, feedback sessions, formal and informal group chats and interviews involving our Sarsfield community . This process has gathered ideas which has lead to developing plans that will shape a future “great Sarsfield”.

Consultants have been engaged to draw all of our ideas, thoughts and dreams together and they have been developed into draft plans. Road and traffic safety, walking tracks, hall upgrades, playgrounds, redevelopment of the Nicholson River reserve, upgraded facilities and infrastructure, are some of the key pillars in these plans.

Once endorsed by our community various funding opportunities will be pursued to help bring our plans/dreams into reality.

Click here to provide feedback

School No. 1228

Newcomers and visitors to Sarsfield are often curious about the whereabouts and story behind the Sarsfield Primary School in School Road.

Sarsfield School No 1228 was established on the School Road site in June 1873. Over the next 120 years generations of young Sarsfieldians were educated as the school became the heart of the community. Stories of leaking bark roofs, whoppings with the cane, Education Department investigations, bushfires, a measles epidemic, schoolyard games of Hares and Hounds, euchre and dance nights, a rapid turnover of Headteachers, swimming lessons in the Nicho River, and prize winners at the Agricultural Show make up part of the amazing history of the school.

Further tales of boys emptying the toilet pans and lighting the open fire, daring and dangerous practical jokes, schoolyard pets and condemned buildings punctuate the rich history.

After years of fluctuating enrolments a rapid decline sadly saw the school close in 1993 with the buildings removed and the vacant block sold soon afterwards. Many present day Sarsfield residents have lasting memories of their association with School Number 1228.

Image: c.1961 Sarsfield P.S. Source: Sarsfield Community Bicentennial Committee

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