Hello food fans, a quick note to tell you that meal orders for catering are now well and truly closed. Cafe Barrigar is well into setup phase and food has been purchased. The closest shops and food are in Swanpool, about 35 minutes from the camp where there is a general store and coffee shop. If you haven't ordered by now be sure to bring everything you need for self catering. See
With 4 days to go our regular ticketholder confirmation and info letter has just gone out. We are getting a few email bounces so if you haven't received an email this morning could you contact the committee via our contact form. Here's the key info from that letter:
Welcome to the “Rosewood” Music Camp!
We’re very fortunate to have this wonderful setting for a weekend of inspiring music making. Join in workshops that interest you, share informal sessions with friends, enjoy our healthy café food and relax! There are a few important things we ask of you when you’re packing and staying at the camp. Please read the following to help make the weekend a success.
If you purchased your ticket through Eventbrite you will have received an email confirming your purchase. You don’t need to print and bring this confirmation, your name will be on our attendees list and we will check you in at registration, however you may like to note down your order number for peace of mind.
If you purchased your ticket by mail you will also be on our list but please bring your receipt if you receive it prior to camp. The Registration Desk is located in the main building at the camp and opens at 4.00 pm on Friday 26th September.
Outdoor Activities: Wristband tickets for the outdoor activities will be available at registration on Friday night and signup sheets for the various Outdoor Ed sessions will be available at the opening concert and registration table. Participants must be signed up prior to the start of each session as numbers will be limited to the appropriate staff/participant ratio. Supervising adults not taking part in the activity do not need to purchase a wristband.
2. Contact information for Charnwood Camp
General queries regarding the Charnwood Camp (e.g. camping on-site before or after the music camp dates) should be directed to John Lindros on 03 57682376. Please note that there is no mobile phone coverage at the campsite itself so if you need to be contacted in an emergency please supply relevant people with the camp number.
3. How to get there
Drive to Swanpool village, (either South from Benalla on Midland Highway or North from the Mansfield area), take the Swanpool-Lima road west from town for 1.4km then take the first left on to Lima East Rd for approx. 13.2kms, following the signs to Charnwood Camp. The camp is 15km South-West of Swanpool on the Lima East Road, part of which is dirt and a bit curly. Drive carefully, especially on dusk (‘roos!).
Alternate routes through the Strathbogies from the Euroa side are NOT RECOMMENDED.
Here is the link to the Google Map for the site https://goo.gl/maps/dyR19
Charnwood is surrounded by State Park so strictly no pets are allowed.
There are two main camping areas we will be using at the camp, one for car-free camping located reasonably close to the main activity area (Archers), and one much further away for those needing cars/campervans/caravans for their camping setup (Trinity). Given the greater distance of the car camping area from the main site, bringing your bike may save you some time as you commute around the campsite. If you are arranging to come and camp earlier please let John know which kind of camping you’re planning so that he can direct you to set up in the right spot.
5. Care and supervision of children and young people
Parents please be aware of a shallow, unfenced lake within the camp grounds and the creek which runs through the campsite. Young children must be supervised. We need to reinforce our policy of adult responsibility for young people. A designated adult must be responsible for children at all times while on the camp. This means knowing where children are day and night and ensuring that they are supervised. In our new venue we all need to “learn the ropes”, including where the good hang-out areas are. For safety and insurance reasons please accept your duty of care and watch over our young people.
Bikes and Helmets go together!
No helmet, no bike is our motto. Make it yours and set an example by wearing a helmet at all times.
This means adults and children! We regard the wearing of helmets as a major safety issue. Please oblige.
6. Our Shared Environment Policy
To minimise the cost to the camp paying to have recycle/rubbish bins delivered on site at the camp, and carted away some distance for emptying, we ask patrons to help by carting out their own rubbish. We are happy to provide the bags. Over the past two years the response has been magnificent.
Everyone accepted the logic of our move and pitched in really well.
Soooo…..please pack appropriate bags or containers (or better still, bring less packaging) and
Take Your Rubbish, Recycling and Compost Home!!!!
We’ll still have some spare bags at Registration to share just in case you forget.
BYO Mug - Use it, wash it and use again, for your health and that of your friends.
Tea/coffee makings are provided as usual in the dining room area.
This year we will again have a small supply of Roses Gap Souvenir Mugs for sale at the camp.
Late Night Music Makers!
Midnight & beyond music makers please note - Many campers need to sleep! We don’t want to put a stop to some of the lovely camp fire (and lounge room) sessions which may take place until the wee hours but…..if you plan to make music late around the fire, talk to your neighbours when setting up camp and let them know. Either of you might decide to camp further away with other likeminded campers! Co-operation among all campers will make for happier customers equally able to enjoy the camp.
7. Food, Glorious Food!!
Campers planning to self-cater for some or all meals will need to bring all cooking gear and utensils (and workbenches/tables) with them as there is no formal camp kitchen facility and no picnic tables around the camp. The committee has planned for a sheltered area at each campsite for meal preparation at each campsite but those who can be fully self sufficient, should be. All breakfasts will need to be self-catered.
There are limited kitchen facilities available in each block but self catering bunkers should bring coolers for food and their own cooking utensils/pans/washup gear etc. All breakfasts will need to be self-catered.
Bunjil Café (or Café Barrigar!)
A warm welcome back to Deb Taylor and her light footed ‘organic’ team! The Bunjil Café will serve delicious, hearty snacks, mains, desserts and sweets from Friday evening (soup and bread only) to Sunday night. Morning tea, lunch, late arvo snacks and dinner at reasonable prices and children’s meals too!
Wherever possible food will be organic/biodynamic. All meals and special dietary requirements should have been pre-booked prior to camp using the catering form on the website. Some meals may be purchased on a casual basis once those booked in have been served – please ask at the café.
Please note, no breakfast will be available from the café.
8. Cancellation Policy
If you cannot attend the camp and you have contacted us prior to the 10th of September you are eligible for a refund at the conclusion of the camp. Cancellations after 10th September will be noted and refunded if possible, at our discretion. If you have someone wishing to purchase your ticket please contact the committee ASAP via our website contact form and provide the person’s contact details for our waiting list co-ordinator who will follow up if no-one else is already waiting for a ticket. Everyone attending camp must be a registered ticketholder for public liability purposes.
9. Remember to Bring!!
o Rubbish/recycling/compost bags
o Your very own cup or mug
o All food and cooking gear (including stoves) necessary to your particular catering arrangements
o Warm gear!!
o Warm bedding (bunkhouse residents – bed only is provided – you will need to bring pillows, linen etc.)
o Towels and toiletries
o Yoga gear if you plan to participate
o Don’t forget instruments, dancing feet, fine voices, laughter, consideration for others
o For outside recreation, footy or soccer balls, bikes and helmets. – and walking boots!
o Last but not least!! Bring breakfast food! No breakfast will be served at the Café.
The ‘Gap’ Music Store!
We will have a limited number of ukuleles and whistles available at our Music Store this year. Otherwise bring your own instruments (and voices!) to participate in the workshops. Our experts can advise you on tweaking even the cheapest ukuleles so they play more in tune.
We look forward to seeing you at Charnwood for the Opening Concert at 8pm on Friday September 26th!
Best wishes from the Committee: Andy, Dorothy, Christopher, Jill, Rex, Robyn, and Rod
Do you like playing in a dance band? Here's your chance!
A note from our contra dance workshop leader, Maggie Duncan -"I have some dance tune sets that people might like to have a look at prior to the camp - they can come and play (any instrument ) for the dance workshops. Chord charts, tune sets attached. Hugh and Janet (fiddle and keyboard workshops) also have some sets of their tunes , so we will be using them too."
You can download Maggie's charts using the links below:
1 Montreal Set Chords
2 Flop Eared Mule Set Chords
3 Jimmy Allen Set Chords
4 Down Home Set Chords
5 Soldier's Joy Set Chords
6 One More Time Set Chords
7 The Breakdown Set Chords
8 Petronella Set Chords
9 Devil on a Stump Set Chords
10 Little Burnt Potato Set Chords
11 Calliope Set Chords
12 La Bastringue Set Chords
13 La Chaine Set Chords
I'm loving the names for these sets! Should be a fun workshop both for musicians and dancers alike!
With 23 days till camp, Debbie and the wonderful Cafe Barrigar team are preparing to order some beautiful organic food especially designed to feed hungry musicians! Have a look at this sample menu to get your tastebuds tingling, then head to the Catering page to book your meals today.
MORNING TEA / AFTERNOON TEAS
Please bring along your own mug.
Supper will be available during the dance and the concert.
Members of the Rosewood Camp planning team