Guest blog provided by the Scone NSW Rural Women’s Gathering Committee
The 21st Annual NSW Rural Women’s Gathering to be held in Scone is fast approaching and the Scone Committee is busier than a bee in Spring getting organised for the big weekend!
We have a fabulous evening planned for Friday at the Scone Race Club – plans are coming along very nicely and we will bring you more down the track (pardon the pun). There are going to be some wonderful prizes on offer for those who enter the Fashions on the Field stakes. Stay tuned for more updates to come.
A draft Program for the weekend has now been listed on our website and we are ecstatic to confirm all our guest speakers. You can read about our speakers and the exciting topics they will cover very soon on our web page.
We can’t wait to meet Isobel Knight, the winner of the 2013 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award and accomplished owner/operator of proAGtive who will be joining us from Loomberah.
Robyn Pulman, a published author, coach and keynote speaker specialising in leadership, teaming and personal development, will be guiding us through the process of understanding our personal and professional responsibilities in order to overcome obstacles, deal with the drudgery, manifest the magical and design our destiny by simply stopping to think before making everyday choices that impact on our destiny.
An exciting array of tours have been organised showing you the best that Scone and the Upper Hunter has to offer including a heart starting walk up Burning Mountain, visits to the Scone Equine Hospital, a world renowned equine surgical facility, Mulawa Arabians, the Australian Stock Horse Society Headquarters and historic property Invermien. Through the Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Breeders Association the Upper Hunter horse studs are also opening their stable doors with an amazing opportunity to visit their world class facilities and famous stallions.
The White family have graciously invited us out to their home at Belltrees for a guided tour of the homestead and property which has been in the family since 1831, but if you can’t wait you can catch a sneak peak before the Gathering in Judy White’s amazing interview on the ABC.
We have also been invited for an afternoon visit to Patrice Newell’s farm Elmswood at Gundy, where biodynamic garlic, beef, olive oil and honey are produced. The end of October is garlic harvest time, so depending on the weather it may be underway and we can catch the farm working in full swing. There’ll be a walk through the paddocks, olive groves and along the river or if it’s raining we’ll relax on the verandah and Patrice will inspire us with her and the properties achievements.
Sometimes you just want to relax, enjoy a garden stroll and catch up with friends. If this sounds like you then take the tour to Jane Barnett’s fabulous garden which featured in the ABC Open Garden Scheme and then on to Blairgowie, home of artist Sarah Bishop. Enjoy a wander through her studio and a lovely relaxing afternoon tea with friends.
You can also enjoy a leisurely guided walk of Scone’s historic sites ending with high tea in the beautiful grounds of Geraldton – a beautiful old home in the heart of Scone.
More details on the exciting offering of tours for Saturday afternoon will be on the website very soon including details of a special partner’s tour highlighting Murra County just north of Scone.
We also have some amazing workshops lined up for the Gathering including workshops run by some of our guest speakers. Robyn Pulman and Isobel Knight will be holding workshops as will Sandra Martin and her business partner Dr Natalie Shepard. Dr Kaye Cussen will also be offering a class in stretching and yoga.
Susan Davis and the Scone Singers will be entertaining us on Saturday evening. Susan is a wonderful teacher and performer. She will be holding three workshops throughout the weekend Gathering, providing a different style of singing in each. The workshops cater for absolute beginners through to those of you who can actually read music! We especially look forward to Susan’s special finale. Read more about Susan and the Scone Singers
Read more about our workshops in the registration document and on the web page.
Registrations for the Gathering open on the Horse’s Birthday – 1st August 2013 so be sure to keep an eye out for the Registration Form in the Country Web or on our website to book online.