Community

Activities at Haven

Take a walk along one of the many walking tracks and enjoy the rural atmosphere, birds and wildlife along the way.

Take your family or friends on a bike ride and look at the numerous new homes, the historic old homes and the vast gardens.

Admire the Bungalally and McKenzie Creeks with their hundreds of majestic gum trees and native pines.

Call in and check out the wetlands on the reserve or enjoy a BBQ with the family at the hall.

Four tennis courts are available to the community free of charge at all times (except during competition).

Throw a few hoops at the basketball ring or practice your tennis skills against the rebound wall.

Check out the new WWI Memorial including landscaping on the newly named area  “Anzac Park Haven” in front of the school.

Check out the large mural at Anzac Park depicting the irrigation story when Engineer John Dixon Derry came to the Wimmera to develop the massive irrigation channel system.  Included are the two new irrigation history boards in the gazebo.

Art & Craft Mondays

Address: 
Haven Hall, 4378 Henty Highway, Haven via Horsham, Vic 3401

Contact: 
Rhonda Coffey (0409 811 475)

When: 
1st & 4th Mondays, 1 – 3.30pm

Cost: 
Gold coin donation and a small afternoon tea to share

Haven’s Art & Craft Mondays provide a very social and friendly afternoon of craft activities.  The ladies are armed with an amazing variety of skills, ideas and knowledge which they are more than happy to share.  No need to book – just come along.  Feel free to bring friends – everyone is welcome.   The building is fully air-conditioned with plenty of parking and disabled access close to the entrances.

Haven Market

Address:
4378 Henty Highway, Haven 3401

Contact & Bookings:
Sue Exell (0409 257 256) &

We welcome visitors to the Haven Market, a monthly event held on the first Saturday of each month (with the exception of January).  All funds raised are used to improve facilities for the benefit of the community, the local primary school and visitors.

The market is run by a small committee of volunteers.  If you have a spare hour or two – and would like to be involved – give Sue a call on 0409 257 256.  The perfect way to make friends and meet some of your neighbours.

Hundreds of people enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Market located in a picturesque bush setting only 5 minutes from Horsham.

There is always a diverse range of stalls from delicious homemade sauces, relish, cakes and jams, locally grown honey, organic vegetables, bread and buns, through to locally made arts and crafts, baby produce, plants and many others.  There is poultry for sale, at times hay, and the gorgeous Border Collie puppies.

Sit and enjoy a cappuccino or hot chocolate, indulge in a hot jam donut while listening to the live music provided by Don Papst and the members of the Key Change band.

The Tennis Club’s Egg & Bacon Muffin Breakfast are a must between 8am and 10am.  The BBQ is supplied by various groups.  If groups are interested in providing the BBQ as a fundraiser, contact Sue on 0409 257 256.

Please don’t miss Haven’s monthly market – it is a very popular event – not just for the produce it provides but the welcoming community spirit of the bush.

Haven Memorial Hall

Address:
4378 Henty Highway, Haven via Horsham 3401

Bookings / Information:

Call Horsham Rural City Council on 5382 9777

The Haven Hall is ‘The Hub’ of our community and is one of the busiest halls in the district with over 500 uses each year.

Our current permanent user groups are:

* Haven Primary School

* Haven Tennis Club

* Haven  Market

* Rock n Roll

* Art & Craft Mondays

* Haven’s Bush Playgroup

* Wimmera Women’s Circus

* Haven Indoor Carpet Bowls

* Community meetings

* Polling booth

The hall is also available for private functions such as birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, concerts, business training days.  The building is fully air-conditioned, has a large outdoor entertaining area with shade sails, two electric BBQ’s and has an excellent playground including lawns – all fully fenced.

*** The hall is also used as a Relief Centre in emergencies ***

Haven’s Bush Playgroup

 Address:
Haven Hall, 4378 Henty Highway, Haven via Horsham, Vic 3401

Contact:
Meredith 0419 154 638, Sue 0409 257 256

When:
Tuesday mornings (school terms), 10.30am – Midday

Weekly cost:
Haven’s Bush Playgroup $3 (per family) weekly.

Plus Insurance:
Playgroup Victoria $40 (per family) annually or $30 concession.

Bring:
Gum boots, hats, rain coats, drink bottles, backpacks and a healthy snack.

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Haven’s Bush Playgroup provides something different for families.  From playtime in the playground, arts and craft in the hall, to exploring in the bush (weather permitting).  Local Farm Visits to see calves, chickens and horses.  Teddy bear picnics, animal hunts, treasure hunts, bird watching, bug catching and lots more.  Sports days are also great fun.

The group welcomes new families to come along and join in – be prepared to get dirty.  Check Facebook for upcoming events.

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Haven Recreation Reserve

Address:
4376 Henty Highway, Haven Vic 3401

Contact:
Call Horsham Rural City Council Bookings on 53829777

The Haven Recreation Reserve is now managed by an Advisory Committee of the council whose role is to oversee management of the twenty-three acre reserve, the crown land in front of the school, the crown land where the hall is, and to work closely with the school and various user groups.  The aim is to all work together to improve the area for the benefit of the community.

The Reserve consists of twelve state-of-the-art tennis courts; one excellent concrete netball court; a fully fenced playground including lawns and sandpit; a fully irrigated and maintained soccer / hockey field; a network of stormwater harvesting wetlands, ponds and a storage dam; also a site for future sports oval with elevated viewing areas.

The Crown Land consists of the 60+ year old hall with outdoor paved area, electric BBQ’s, picnic tables and shade.  In front of the school there is a developing wayside stop with new public toilets; new picnic gazebo including local history boards; a network of pathways, landscaping and a time capsule.  A WWI monument was dedicated on Remembrance Day 2015 and an Irrigation Mural and history boards were launched in 2016.

The school has more than doubled in size since 2009 with current student numbers around 130.  The school has daily access to the tennis courts, netball court, soccer / hockey field and the hall.

The reserve is also surrounded by a network of bicycle / walking paths to allow the children to get to school and the reserve safely and is regularly used by the local families.

There is also a natural landlocked Bushland Reserve directly behind the reserve, which is full of birds and wildlife.  The committee would like to develop this area into more wetlands and walking tracks in the future.

Playground

Address:
4376 Henty Highway, Haven Vic 3401

There is a great playground and sandpit for the children to play in – all fully fenced – with lots of lawn area for the children to run around in or maybe for a family game of cricket.  There are shade sails over the play equipment, two free electric BBQ’s and picnic tables and seats available.

We encourage families to come along and enjoy the playground facilities because the area has been built for families to freely enjoy.

Wimmera Women’s Circus

When:
Tuesday evenings – 5pm for approximately 2 hours

Where:
Haven Hall

Contact:
Liz (03 5383 8207)

The Wimmera Women’s Circus has been active and performing since 2005. It is a performing art of acrobalance including building human pyramids. We are a group of mainly older women who enjoy fun and challenges.

As one member comments, the group gives women the opportunity to learn new skills, get stronger, meet new people and have fun in the process.

The age group of the Wimmera Women’s Circus ranges from 20’s to 60’s, and currently have members aged over sixty who say they see positive physical benefits from circus skills training and practice.

The circus women have performed for Horsham Art Gallery events; Nati Frinj, Art Is, Awakenings, Northfest and Kannamaroo Festivals. They have provided light entertainment for a women’s organisation; a Carers’ Respite Christmas luncheon; a local staff social club function; Menzies Nursing Home and more. Members have also facilitated Circus Skills sessions for ‘Active After School’ and School Holiday programs. We also have occasional weekend workshops with professional Circus Oz trainers.

Some of the participants have said:

• Circus is great, it gives me more confidence in trying new things
• It keeps my bits moving!
• It helps with flexibility, balance and strength
• It gives me confidence to try new things
• I am getting to know great women
• We keep surprising ourselves!
• We are proud of what we have achieved
• We support each other and enjoy giving things a go!

There is still lots of room for improvement but we continue to enjoy the mutual support offered in the group and always welcome new members!