Article by Jason King
What a great weekend away we had to Maryborough via the Castlemaine Rod shop and lunch at Newstead.
It all started rather early for all the members that left the clubrooms at 8.30 am to join the rest of us at the meeting point at BP Calder Park.
We left BP Calder Park on time at 10.00am for the drive to the Castlemaine Rod Shop just over an hour away in Castlemaine.
Pics courtesy of Janine King, Big Trev and Kim Radenic
Castlemaine Rod Shop
We arrived at the Castlemaine Rod shop just after 11 am where we were met by Tristan, Presley, and Paul Annetts. We parked up out the front of the shop. On arrival one of the owners of Rare Spares arrived with Rod Shop Ambassador and former AFL player Barry Hall. I enquired why Barry was here and I was told he was playing local football in Castlemaine that day.
We mingled out in the car park and eventually went inside and had a tour of the Rod Shops facilities and how things are made on site.
After the visit to the Rod Shop, we drove through Castlemaine on the way to Maryborough. We had a planned stop in the small town of Newstead, where we had the choice between the local bakery or the coffee shop. By all accounts lunch was enjoyed by all. We all then left at our own pace enroute to the accommodation in Maryborough.
All cars travelled well to the Junction Motel in Maryborough, and everyone commented on how good our hosts where and the accommodation. Before dinner we all sat in the car park and had a few drinks.
Maryborough — Dinner
As the afternoon went on and Big Trev had a few adult beverages, it was time for dinner. We were only a 5‑minute walk up the road to the Maryborough Highlands Society (Bowling Club). A courtesy bus took some members that chose not to walk.
On arrival at dinner, one of Janine and my favourite pub tribute bands INXSIVE (an INXS tribute band) was doing a sound check as they were playing at the venue later in the evening. Janine and I, Tim and Michelle, Gary and Judy Hislop and Tim Fettell decided to purchase tickets to stay on after dinner to watch the band.
Dinner was a great variety of food on offer and plenty of laughs were had on all the tables. Everyone enjoyed the night and club members started to wander back to the Motel either by foot or by the courtesy bus. Kim Radenic who was saying pre-run and talking a big game about drinking with Big Trev, just happened to slip out of the venue unnoticed and back to his room.
Gary Beardsley joined us on our table and as INXSIVE was starting to play their first set, decided to stay and listen to the music with the rest of us. Many memories of listening to old INXS songs was enjoyed by all that stayed behind. Janine and I were rapt, for those who don’t know we had made a preliminary booking for INXSIVE for our 50th combined birthday party back in 2020 until COVID cancelled that.
After the band was finished, we left the venue at about 11.30. It was freezing on the walk back and I would guess that it was hovering around the 0 degree mark about then. Michelle was quite happy and was wondering which door she should knock on to wake up anyone.
Sunday in Maryborough — Breakfast
Well, what a freezing start to the day. It was sitting on 0 and quite foggy when we all eventually got out of bed and went outside. As you can tell by the photos it was chilly.
Maryborough – Breakfast – Railway station
After the shock of how cold it was and after some of us had warmed our cars up to get the heaters going (for those who have a heater installed) we made the short journey to the Maryborough Railway station coffee shop for breakfast.
We parked all the cars outside the historic train station for a great photo opportunity.
After Breakfast – heading home
After we had breakfast we had a short tour of the historic Maryborough Railway station, thanks to the Maryborough Visitors Centre. It was interesting to hear how the train station was built and how the tendering process went to secure the railway station.
After the tour all club members either went to the Talbot markets or started their journeys home.
It was a good weekend, a lot of kilometres over 2 days but well worth it. There were 37 people on the run, 16 cars and one motel fully booked. The local hospitality of all the venues was very welcoming and couldn’t do enough for all of us. A good time was had by all.
Members with earlies.
Paul & Elaine Annetts.
Ray & Val Daggers
Trevor & Sue Dempsey
Ray & Judy Edsall
Bruce & Lillian Graham
Rod & Sharon Grummitt
Gary & Judy Hislop.
Garry Hodge & mate Bill.
Jason & Janine King.
Brenton & Lyn Schier.
Allan & Jan Delzoppo
Ray & Janet Howlett
Tim Sells & Michelle