Our Community

Community Events Community Food Community Books Community Learning Community Support

Fun for Kids

Lots of activities for children including dance, art and craft, gardening and cooking classes. Look out for our special school holiday programs.

Special events

Quercus Beechworth hosts community events all through the year in our community spaces – our hall, garden, wood fired oven and Quercus Community Bookshop. As well as our regular Community Sharing Feast, we host volunteer celebrations, project launches and festival related events.

Our Community spaces

Quercus Beechworth is committed to connecting community and our community spaces are just the places to make this happen.
We offer spaces for training sessions, workshops, dinners, meetings, rehearsals, events, occasional office hire or business functions.

Our spaces include: Oregon Hall which seats 60 people at table and chairs, the kitchen, the wood Fired Oven and Community Garden space and a small meeting room.  We also have a data projector, screen and stand, whiteboards, flipcharts, wall-mounted TV which are available for hire.

Contact Quercus for more information about holding your next event with us.

Wood Fired Oven

Situated in the Community garden is our Wood fired oven which is used for community cooking events and is a place where people can meet, cook, learn, share and eat together.

The wood fired oven is also available for hire. A fee covers the cost of an oven coordinator, who must be there to ensure that the oven operates safely and efficiently.

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Community Events

Quercus Beechworth hosts community events all through the year in our community spaces – our hall, garden, wood fired oven and Quercus Community Bookshop. As well as our regular Community Sharing Feast, we host volunteer celebrations, project launches and festival related events.

We also auspice the Kerferd Oration, an annual dissertation held in Beechworth.

Neighbour Day 2016. November 25-27


Community Food

Community Sharing Feast

Quercus Beechworth believes sharing a meal helps bring people in our community together. Meals are prepared and served in the spirit of co-operation by community volunteers with people coming together to share a meal and engage in conversation.

The Community Sharing Feast is a way for residents, both young and old or new to the area to meet up with people they know or make new friends. Take the night off from cooking to enjoy a free and nutritious meal open to all the community.

We use produce from the community food garden and donated food from the Albury/Wodonga Regional FoodShare for the feast.

We plan to host our Community Sharing Feasts every 6 weeks. Community Sharing Feast is an alcohol free event. 

Bookings are essential so make sure you book early to avoid missing out. Dates are available on our Online Calendar, at the Quercus Beechworth office and at Quercus Community Bookshop.

This is an alcohol free event.

Cooking Classes

Here at Quercus Beechworth our focus is on food! North East Victoria is home to some of the region’s finest food, wine and beer. We love using local produce in anything we make or bake.

We specialise in small class sizes and experienced tutors, so your cooking experience is personal and hands on. Most of our cooking classes conclude with dining in the historic Oregon hall with the group and enjoying your creations.

Our experienced tutors create a variety of seasonal culinary courses that have included Sourdough Bread making, Cheese making, Pasta classes, Sri Lankan Curries.

Are you interested in teaching? We are always looking for people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with others.

Quercus Garden   

Quercus Garden is a very special part of Quercus Beechworth.

Our garden was established through funding from the Helen McPherson Trust for bush fire affected areas and provides opportunities to participate in growing and harvesting garden produce and cooking and sharing local seasonal produce. It complements our Community Kitchen and provides produce for our Community Food program and Community Sharing feasts.

Our garden with its wood fired oven is a great place for community events and gatherings.

The Community Work team from Beechworth Correctional Centre built the garden and together with our fabulous volunteers continue to maintain the garden beds and surrounds.

Our Quercus garden groups meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 8am (summer months) until approx 9am. Morning tea is provided and everyone is welcome to come along and get their hands dirty and help our garden thrive. Please bring your own hat and gardening gloves.

Community Food Program

Community Food program provides healthy and nutritious meals free of charge to members of the community in times of need.

Meals are:

  • Made fresh from food sourced from Albury/ Wodonga FoodShare and produce from the community garden
  • Prepared, packaged and frozen weekly by the Beechworth Corrections Centre Community Team.
  • Stored and distributed from Quercus Beechworth.

Meals are available to anyone in the Beechworth community in times of need. This may be those in financial difficulty, families or individuals experiencing grief, loss, trauma or illness or people recently discharged from hospital.

Community Food meals are free of charge and be accessed by either contacting 0408 860 231 (Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-4pm) or alternatively you can drop into Quercus Beechworth at 30 Ford Street.

The Community Food program was runner up in the Category: Most Outstanding new project Department of Justice Community Partnership Awards 2014 and Nominated again in 2016.

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Community Books

Quercus Community Book Shop is a social enterprise. All our books are donated by the community and our shop is staffed by fantastic volunteers seven days a week. All proceeds benefit the community through the activities of Quercus Beechworth.

Come and browse through our quality second hand books at Quercus Community Book Shop, in the old red brick church building on the corner of Ford and Church Sts, Beechworth.

We have a fabulous range of books from general fiction to extensive specialised areas including garden, cookery, self – help, history, childrens and australiana not to mention our popular old and nostalgic section.

We are known as the most welcoming and attractive spot in town for booklovers, browsers and holiday readers.

We also have internet access, printing, copying and scanning available.

Open seven days a week 10.00am – 4.00pm

If you are passionate about books and reading (or just wished you owned a secon hand bookshop!) or wanting to connect with other people, we are always looking for new volunteers, just email us to register your interest.

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Community Learning

Quercus Beechworth offers a wide range of learning experiences at reasonable prices. Classes range from formal computer training to dance, art, health and wellbeing and cooking classes.

We are also able to arrange to have Accredited Courses such as CPR, First Aid and Food Safety presented here at Quercus.

See Our Current Course Guide

Other courses run at Quercus

We currently have Tai Chi and Strength and stretch classes offered by Gretel Newman. Click on the link for more information 

Tai Chi classes for term 2 2017 A4 poster (1)

Community Interest Groups

Quercus Beechworth is a great place to meet and share interests. We facilitate community interest groups such as garden, book and art groups and always welcome new ideas from the community.

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Community Support

Quercus Beechworth supports the community through the Beechworth Community Support Group. This support is provided in a number of ways including the innovative and well regarded Community Food Program.

Beechworth Community Support is a confidential and non-judgmental service that can provide financial assistance with utilities, fuel, emergency accommodation, pharmaceuticals and school costs. It operates through some government funding and the proceeds from the Arcade Op Shop.

If you or someone you know is need of some financial support please contact our volunteers on 0408 860 231 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10am-4pm, to make an appointment. Outside these hours you can contact the Beechworth Salvation Army services on 0427 503 948.

 

Community OP shop

The Community Op Shop (formerly the Arcade Op Shop) was started in 2003 to raise funds to support all members of Beechworth to participate in community life. Located in the arcade on Ford Street, it is open:

  • Mon- Fri 10am –4pm
  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm

We accept and appreciate the donation of quality goods.

Interested in volunteering?

Would you have a couple of hours spare per week or per fortnight? We are always looking for friendly people to join our wonderful group of volunteers at the Arcade OP shop. Not only is it a great way way to meet people, but you’ll be helping Beechworth Community raise much needed funds for those in the community in need. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please call Trish on 5728 2386.

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