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Upcoming meetings

Meetings are at Duntry League Golf Club unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming events


  • 15 to 23 February 2020 – Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival, Orange See for the full program
  •  23 February 2020 – Community Markets as part of Banjo Paterson Festival North Court Orange.

Our next market is:

Sunday, 23 February 2020 “Banjo Paterson” Family Markets from 9am to 2pm at the North Court, Orange – between the Orange Civic Centre and March Street. For more information about the market visit Rotary Club of Orange Facebook page.

People interested in having a stall at our markets should first read the information on the Markets Tab and then complete the Stallholder Application Form.

BBQ at Orange Health Service

On the third Friday of each month, the Rotary Club of Orange sells BBQ lunches at the Orange Health Service (The Hospital) on Forest Road. We will be on the grass near the front car parks if it is fine, and if it is raining, we may not be there at all. Come and buy an egg and bacon roll or a sausage sandwich (with free onions if you like) and a drink between 11 am and 1.30 pm.

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry 15 to 23 Festival 2020

Lock in the dates for the 2020 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in Orange.  Key events will be

  • Banjo birthday poets brunch; Yeoval; Sunday 16 Feb 10 am to 3 pm
  • Banjo birthday evening; Banjo Paterson Park Orange; Monday 17 Feb, 6 pm
  • Breakfast and Poetry on the pavers; South Court Orange Civic Centre; Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 Feb
  • Night Market; Robertson Park Orange; Friday 21 Feb 5.30 pm to 8 pm
  • Poetry Brawl; Lord Anson Hotel Orange; Friday 21 Feb 8.30 pm
  • Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition; Orange Ex Services Club; Saturday 22 Feb 10 am to 5 pm
  • Banjo Paterson Festival Dinner: Village Green, Molong Saturday 22 Feb 7 pm
  • Rotary family market day; North Court Orange Civic Centre (cnr Peisley and March Streets), Orange; Sunday 23 Feb 9 am to 2 pm

Results of the 2019 Poetry Competition can be viewed on the Australian Bush Poets Association website.

Click here for the 2019 poetry competition entry conditions and entry form. The entry form for 2020 will be posted soon, but the 2019 information gives a guide to the type of competition.

Here are some of the poems from previous competitions for your enjoyment:

Celia Kershaw – “Jill”

Celia Kershaw – “Career Change”

Mayor Reg Kidd – “What he would say”

Len Banks – “The garden wedding”

Mark Marusic – “Feline frolics”

Jim Lamb – “Norman and the snake”

Jayne Miller – “Grafton’s NIMBY bridge”

Ian Butters – “The way things used to be”

Doc Derek Bland – “Australia on the Moon”

Doc Derek Bland – “The undead swaggie”

Guided tours of Emmaville Cottage

Guided tours of Emmaville Cottage can be arranged on request. Please contact Len Banks on or on 0428 459 117.


We are now well into Summer and the fire season. Please be prepared for the challenges we may face over this difficult summer.
The Rotary Club of Orange welcomes new members. If you are interested in doing some hands-on community service while getting to know a wider circle of friends, then give us a call. We welcome men and women of all ages with no obligation to join until you are really satisfied that it is for you. Check out the range of activities we are involved in throughout this web site.
Next Market
We will be running a market on 23 February 2020 at the North Court, Orange. This is between the Orange Civic Centre and March Street.