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From The Editor’s Desk
Lore Society is the quarterly journal
of Woodfordia Inc, a not-for-profit
Incorporated Association that produces
the Woodford Folk Festival, The Planting,
Festival of Small Halls and Woodfordia’s
Post: PMB 2, Woodford Q 4514 Australia
Office: 07 54961066
Illustrations: Gavin Ryan
Contributing Ana Dick
Proof Readers: Eileen O’Shea
For those itinerants among you,
please let us know when you’ve moved
your postal address. Copies of Lore
Society coming back in the mail is
expensive and we’d hate to see you go
through addiction withdrawals without
your quarterly copy.
Send us an email with your new
address to: email@example.com
Connecting with people in this new digital age is a problem
our organisation faces in its need to communicate. In our new
world with all the wonderful communications devices and
platforms, getting information out on what is happening is
difficult. We live in an age of fast narrow communications in an
increasingly busy world. We hope Lore Society can help.
Informing Woodfordians on happenings in our organisation is harder than it looks. Putting this
newsletter together and deciding on its content created some dilemmas because the content that we
could drill down on was an endless cavern of interesting stories and a bottomless pit of fascinating
people that could be featured.
We became aware that there was a story behind everyone of those little squares in the
Woodford Folk Festival programme book grid pages – there’s 2000 of them. Everyone of those
squares represent a benefit that finds its way to our broader community. That benefit has never
been mapped, collated or even rarely discussed. It might help our cause if we did, but as an
organisation we’ve never liked bragging - its seems undignified.
If you have ideas how this publication can improve and if you have contributions for it, please
email us to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you. We expect there’ll be plenty
of critics and of course lots of ideas. Please don’t start your email with ‘you should’ or worse ‘why
don’t you ...”. Please don’t use the word ‘just’, we’ve averaged that word out to mean at least 12
people for a weeks work.
There will be a digital copy of Lore Society published on a citizens only access portal which
will be constructed next year. Then Citizens (the wise ones who have joined up) will have their own
access codes. We’re going to make that portal a great place to visit in time so just because we’re
going hard copy, don’t throw your computer away just yet.
Not all Lore Society readers will be citizens. We will be promoting citizenry at the Woodford Folk
Festival but you will have to join, become a citizen (member) if you’d like to get the next edition due
in March which will be posted.
Oh - almost forgot. Not everyone is involved with the Woodford Folk Festival (where magic hair
pins) where we’ll be promoting Lore Society and Citizenry this year. So, for those of you who are
involved here, have a merry festival and for the rest of you, we hope your ukulele lessons go well.
Lore Society has a long journey ahead. We’ll get better at it as we go and we hope you’ll receive it in
Welcome to your Lore Society.
• Is printed on recycled paper
(Don’t toss it, keep it)
• Uses sustainable inks
• Is being calculated for its carbon footprint
which will be offset with the planting of a
managed bamboo forest.
Our 500 acre property we call Woodfordia
has been recognised and sanctioned by an
act of Parliament.
In March this year (2016) the Moreton
Bay Regional Council (MBRC) adopted their
regional plan. Within that plan, Woodfordia
has its own section that overrides other
provisions in the plan.It’s thought that this
is the first time this has been achieved by
a cultural non-government organisation
anywhere in the world.
The decision by Council, approved by the
Queensland Government is a triumph for both
Council and Woodfordia.
Our organisation has been seeking
all round use of the land since it was first
designated by a Ministerial rezoning in
1994 soon after the original purchase of
the dairy farm by the QFF. There have been
other rezonings for Woodfordia but this
breakthrough really opens up the site for
many purposes and will enable more long
According to General Manager Amanda
Jackes “these are exciting times because it
lends more certainty to our dreams”.
Amanda paid tribute to the great work of
Woodfordia’s Town Planning Consultant Paul
Summers. “Paul’s precision and knowledge
in this matter is unparalleled - it’s hard to
imagine where we’d be without Paul - yes,
he’s our Town Planning consultant, he’s
also a wonderful contributor and friend
of Woodfordia.” “Without the vision and
determination of Mayor Allan Sutherland and
the great support of Councillor Adrian Raedel
this just wouldn’t have happened” Amanda
This breakthrough hasn’t been easy.
Town Planning consent and recognition has
been sought for more than two decades.
Negotiating a working relationship has
commenced with Woodfordia operatives
having already met with senior Council
Planners in a warm and constructive meeting.
Woodfordia Site Manager Richard
Middleditch said “we now need to work
through the new provisions to create an
efficient and empowering way forward for
both Council officers and Woodfordian staff”.
A Tuneful Toast to Cooper’s Pale Ale
Cooper’s Brewery have signed a record 6
figure five year deal with the Woodford Folk
Festival as sole suppliers of their beer range.
“Organiser’s couldn’t be happier” said
Deputy General Manager Kim Pengelly.
“Apart from that Coopers Pale Ale is the
most popular beer we’ve ever had, we like
that Coopers are an Australian owned family
company still” said Kim.
“They are great to do business with and
they so wanted to be part of the Woodford
Folk Festival - the Coopers
people feel like family rather
than outside sponsors” said
The trading partnership
has come after three one-
year agreements. Locking
in for five years will save
so much annual time
“Now we can put a lot
of effort into maintaining
a relationship rather than
negotiating one” said Kim.
“We know we can do a great
job of promoting Coopers -
they’re a natural fit”.
Last year, Coopers provided extra funds
to be used to create The Coopers Bar as
home for the traditional acoustic music
sessions at the festival. This along with
donations of material from a film set enabled
a specialist design and construction of the
Coopers Bar. It was a great success for
Coopers and a tremendous lift for the session
More well oiled tunes to come.
Creating this journal Lore Society required
a lot of thinking out of its purpose. It needed to
be put in writing and thought through by a lot of
people. No-one can predict the future and while
the dot points below do reflect our thoughts we
know that things change and evolve.
• To provide a platform to inform Woodfordians
of the actions, policies and the work of our
organisation and its people.
• To act as a catalyst in the membership
(citizenship) drive of Woodfordia Inc.
• To assist in the notion of driving responsibility
and commitment deeper through the Citizens
• To record the history and stories of
Woodfordia for posterity.
• To assist in the organisational goals of
• Be an entertaining read for Woodfordian
Sometimes it’s easier to demonstrate
purpose by describing what it isn’t. Lore Society
doesn’t aim to promote anything. It won’t
be carrying advertisements of other festivals
or clubs. There may be stories from time to
time that will publicise under a ‘news’ format
functions related to Woodfordia or its people.
Lore Society will not aim to sell advertising
as a means to paying for it. Perhaps in time, the
readership of this journal may well attract paid
space that advertisers and editorial staff may feel
would offer to Citizens a service or function that
would be beneficial. Perhaps if financial positions
become dire, we may need to rethink advertising.
Lore Society won’t replace our social media
pages or even reduce our email traffic and
We think that if our citizens are well
informed and if they enjoy reading through the
achievements and plans, our organisation will
receive much benefit. If it doesn’t, then a rethink
will be required.
Finally, it should be said that while these
initial statements of purpose are well intended
and thought as the best way forward, this journal
will develop its own culture through time. It will
develop its own editorial language and policies
may grow and change through the participation
of Woodfordian citizens.
Citizens, in their collective wisdom will
determine its direction and purpose through
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