Autumn Antiques Fair in Romsey

Romsey will once again be holding its Antiques and Collectibles Fair. This is a joint community event being organised by Romsey Mechanics’ Institute and Romsey Neighbourhood House. Come and join us for a browse through lots of interesting items.

The Fair will be held at Romsey Mechanics’ Institute, 122 Main St Romsey, on Saturday 16th March, 9.30am – 4.30pm. There is plenty of free off street parking at the rear of the hall. Entry will be $5 and morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be available for purchase from the Romsey CWA.

There is something for everybody with many stalls with a wide variety of items for sale including furniture, china, glass, vintage linen and accessories, books, prints and more.

This event is proudly sponsored by Lancefield & Romsey Community Branches of the Bendigo Bank.


Please contact Gail on: 0416 028 219

Kathy Lakey

Romsey Mechanics’ Institute


Dear Valued Romsey Business

You may have already received it last week, but I write to draw your attention again to the email below from Leanne Davey and the attached flyer regarding the Romsey Business Catch Up to be held THIS FRIDAY 1st March 2019 between 4pm and 6pm at the Community Hub. This is an initiative driven by Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA), Romsey businesses and Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Unit to have a discussion ahead of a marketing campaign aimed to increase support of local traders and get more foot traffic and business through your front door!

We want your input ahead of the proposed marketing campaign so, even if you can spare only a few minutes, please drop in and contribute your ideas to the conversation.

Advocacy for Romsey’s business community and the visitor economy of the region is a core objective of RRBATA. As such, we support of and grateful for Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s backing of this marketing plan initiative.

If you have any queries ahead of Friday, please contact either Leanne (, 54219617) or me (0412 349 849) to chat further about this important campaign.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Leanne as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Jenny Stillman
P.O. Box 50, Romsey, Vic., 3434
Ph. 0412 349849


HAVE YOUR SAY: Draft Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Strategy

Please see the invitation below from Macedon Ranges Shire Council (MRSC) to provide feedback on the Draft Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Strategy ( It will provide a very important road map re strategy and vision relating to our visitor economy across the Shire for a number of years.


RRBATA was an invited participant in MRSC’s Visitor Economy Reference Group which provided input to this document.


The visitor economy impacts on all businesses not just the obvious “tourist-focused” ones, as well as communities in general. Although the document may look a little daunting re length (there are lots of photos and graphics), it is important that businesses and community members are comfortable with it. So, please consider reading and providing your feedback.


CLOSING DATE for submissions is Monday 11th February 2019.


Kind regards


Jenny Stillman



P.O. Box 50, Romsey, Vic., 3434

Ph. 0412 349849

ROMSEY RAG 15th January 2019


Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA) UPDATE



Christmas In Romsey (CIR) 2018


Bendigo Bank Christmas In Romsey (CIR) 2018, organized and run by RRBATA’s Arts Culture Events (ACE) working group, was a great success. With wonderful support from Romsey region businesses and a significant Macedon Ranges Shire Council grant, the festival was even bigger than the previous year with 75 Main Street trees and the addition of a launch event, “Light Night”. The Main Street Christmas trees even drew coverage from ABC radio Bendigo. Whilst a wonderful group of volunteers assisted with implementation of various elements in CIR 2018, CIR 2019 needs pledges of community help to be sustainable. As such, ACE is already looking for volunteers to assist with CIR 2019. For further details, please see the CIR 2018 article in this edition of the Rag.


CIR Survey

ACE working group needs your input to ensure CIR 2019 is even bigger than better than 2018. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey at BEFORE 13th February 2019.

Romsey Streetscape Project Rollout Update

The long awaited Main Street lighting works are expected to be completed in February. Heritage lamps and feature illuminations (including Mechanics Institute, former Commercial Bank/Shire of Romsey hub building, fountain illumination enhancement) will be completed in February. Development of the garden seating area adjacent to the Hub will also be undertaken.


Clean Up Romsey Day 2019

Clean Up Romsey Day will be held on Sunday 17th March 2019 between 9am and 11am. If you can spare some time, come along and help fellow community members enhance our town’s tidiness. Clean Up Romsey day is an initiative of RRBATA’s Town Pride working group. Stay tuned to the next edition of the Romsey Rag and RRBATA Facebook for more information.



RRBATA Membership Package

RRBATA Membership is open to all businesses, organizations and individuals who support Romsey business and tourism. Website listing, discounts to RRBATA events, and reciprocal membership rights with Business Kyneton (formerly Kyneton BATA) are included in the package. RRBATA aims to provide networking opportunities as well as facilitating communication with key stakeholders for all RRBATA members.

For further details, contact Jenny Stillman (ph. 0412 349849, Email or go to Romsey Online ( and RRBATA Facebook.


Romsey Online

Remember – The website must be fed!! Don’t forget, ANYONE CAN BE A REPORTER! Whether it is sporting results, photos, reports on events etc, the website is waiting for your “news”. Please ensure a note of consent from people featured in any photographs accompanies your submissions. Remember, the website is only as good as the information fed to it at


Membership Enquiries: Jenny Stillman

Phone: 0412 349849




Dear Romsey Residents

Please find a summary of the Christmas in Romsey attched.


Please click on the link above to download.



Special Thanks to all the businesses that so generously donated to this great annual event.

Christmas in Romsey 2018 SURVEY

Dear Romsey Residents

Can you complete the following survey about RRBATA’s Christmas in Romsey.

This will assist the organisers as they plan the 2019 event.

We appreciate your feedback

The link is:


Dear Community

Please find attached the PDF map of the homes displaying the Christmas theme



An Evening with Susan Alberti (AC)

The Romsey Junior Footy Club is holding a fundraiser on 14 December 2018 with Susan Alberti, AC as our guest speaker. Susan is the Victorian of the Year and the First Lady of Football.

Time: 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start

Cost: $30 per person

Venue: The Newnham Room (Park Lane – Romsey)

A light supper is included and drinks at bar prices (cash).

Bookings essential

Inquiries please contact:

Alex Hurley
Girls Footy Coordinator

Ph: 0411 282 394


Rachel Whitehead

Ph: 0448 295 691



Romsey Community

DON’T FORGET TO LODGE YOUR ENTRY for Christmas In Romsey Lights and Decorations Competition by Friday 30th November.

Click on View Attachment link (above) for the PDF Entry Form

Romsey Online or Drop off your entry in the boxes at Romsey Community Hub, Bendigo Bank, Romsey Thrifty Link Hardware and Romsey IGA or submit electronically Facebook or Romsey Online (

Romsey Men’s Shed – One Step Closer

The Romsey Men’s Shed will be the 100th to receive funding through the Victorian State Government.

MLA for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas announced on Tuesday Nov 13th that the group would receive $60,000 to build a new Shed at the Romsey Park.

Thanks to support from the Romsey Lancefield Rotary Club and work by the Men’s Shed secretary Patrick Holt, the group was incorporated in June 2018.

The group has yet to secure a site for the shed and are awaiting a response from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council about a site at Romsey Park.

Picture: Men’s Shed Vice-President Milos Starec, President Steve Goodman, Treasurer Paul Green, Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, Macedon Ranges Shire Councillor Bill West, and Men’s Shed Secretary Patrick Holt with plans for the new shed.

Photo source, The Free Press:

Christmas in Romsey 2018 update of all events

Lights and Decorations sponsored by: JUST in TIME (Transport Company)



Transform your front gates at Christmas time


CHRISTMAS EVENTS in ROMSEY overall sponsor

Proudly Sponsored by: Bendigo Community Bank

Christmas in ROMSEY 2018 Wreath Making Master Class and Children’s Class

Wreath Workshop MASTER CLASS:

Thank You Lorin from Rue D’Fleur and those that joined us for our CIR Craft event sponsored by Rue D’Fleur that was held at the Neighbourhood House on Wednesday night.

Some fabulous local talented Wreath Makers!

Don’t forget we have our Children’s Stick Xmas Tree class on Monday 19th… Bookings essential through the RNH.

Wreath made at the event

Wreath making Master Class in action (Neighbourhood House)

Proudly sponsored by: Rue D’Fleur

Children’s Class on Monday 19th Nov 2018:

Enjoyed by all


The countdown is on to Bendigo Bank Christmas In Romsey 2018 with only 4 weeks until the launch event, “Romsey Lights Up”, on Saturday 1st December and 6 weeks until the Ray White Romsey Community Carols on Saturday 15th December.

This coming week will see ENTRY FORMS delivered to households and businesses for the Just In Time Transport Christmas Lights and Decorations Competition. This year, there is a new category – Best Decorated Gate – for homes on large blocks.

Christmas trees have been delivered to community groups and businesses in preparation for decoration and the Thrifty Link Main Street Christmas Trees installation which, this year, will see 75 solar illuminated trees in Main Street Romsey.

So, there is much to be excited about!

Enquiries: Jenny Stillman 0412349849

Download the ENTRY FORM attached (View Attachment)


MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 18th October, 2018

Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc (REP) committee members were delighted with this morning’s announcement in Romsey of the Andrews’ Labour Government’s funding pledge of $718,000 towards further implementation of the Romsey Ecotherapy Park.

This commitment compliments the $80,000 grant pledged in 2017 by the Lancefield and Romsey Community bank branches of the Bendigo bank towards the Sensory Therapeutic Space. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, made the announcement on site at Romsey Ecotherapy Park flanked by State MLA for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council was represented by CEO Margot Stork, Karen Stevens (Director Community Wellbeing), Rod Clough (Manager Recreation and Sport), East Ward Councillors Natasha Gayfer, Bill West and Henry Bleeck.

REP President, Ms. Raelene Mottram said, “Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc committee members are absolutely thrilled with this funding promise, albeit contingent on election outcome. This has come hot on the heels of the Pick My Project success 2 weeks ago which saw $200,000 secured for the Climbing Forest installation early next year. With the Park’s momentum truly rolling along, Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc is now undertaking a public campaign to seek corporate and philanthropic support to expediently facilitate this regionally significant health and wellbeing resource’s completion.”

Ms. Mottram also acknowledged the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the founding members’ of the Park’s committee which was formed (initially as “Greater Romsey All Abilities Park Inc) almost 10 years ago. “The germination of an idea, its development and the subsequent commitment to the Park vision is a wonderful demonstration of persistence and resilience driven by vision.”

Further Information
President: Raelene Mottram
Ph. 0429 928908

Secretary: Joanne Cooper
Ph. 0409 389697