News & Updates

Updates from the Centre including employment and volunteer opportunities, important dates and news. For all current event information, please visit the events section of our online Courses & Activities Portal.


Position Available: Executive Officer

Executive Officer (Part Time – 25 -30 hours per week over 5 days)  Background Information The Ashburton Community Centre (ACC) is a friendly, vibrant and busy, community based neighbourhood house within the City of Boroondara. The ACC’s vision is to provide inspiration, growth and enjoyment. Our primary focus is to offer an extensive range of […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Tokyo Story’ (Japan, 1953)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Tokyo Story (directed by Yasujirō Ozu ) tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their children, who are too busy to pay them much attention, and their widowed daughter-in-law, who treats them with kindness. Tokyo Story is […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘A Man Called Ove’ (Sweden, 2015)

About the film: Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. After a boisterous young family moves in […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Babette’s Feast’, (Denmark, 1987)

About the film: Beautiful but devoutly religious sisters Martine and Philippa grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the […]

The Green Deck Project

The Green Deck project is designed to educate and inspire our members and the local Ashburton community to adopt sustainable practices such as small-scale food and herb gardening, composting and recycling food waste, which are all actions that support the reduction of organic waste into landfill. It is an eco-friendly space located on the front deck […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Mia Madre’, (Italy, 2015)

About the Film: The story of Margherita, a harried film director trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from […]

Ride to the Ashburton Community Centre

Next Wednesday we are supporting the Ride2Work project with our own spin – Ride to the Ashburton Community Centre on Wednesday October 18 and visit reception between 9am – 12pm to try your luck at winning one of our bike prizes and grab a power snack* for the ride home. Just visit us at reception […]

Staff Changes at the Ashburton Community Centre

To Members and Friends of Ashburton Community Centre, I wish to advise members that Sue Herbst has decided not to continue as Executive Officer at Ashburton, and has left to pursue other roles. We thank Sue for her efforts during her short stay. The Ashburton Community Centre Committee is fortunate to be able to announce that Elana […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Play Time’, (France, 1967)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Clumsy Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist (Barbara Dennek), and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing […]

Position Available: Reception/Administration

Applications close September 11, 2017 Ashburton Community Centre is seeking a customer focused Receptionist and Administrator for 15 hours per week Monday to Wednesday 9.00am – 2.30pm. Our Centre’s services include short courses in a range of areas including Art, Cooking, Health Well Being, Language and Textiles and social group programs including Book Groups, Cryptic […]

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The President and Committee of Management of Ashburton Community Centre invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting Tuesday, 19 September, 2017 at 160 High Street, Ashburton Please arrive at 10.15am, formalities begin at 10.30am followed by light refreshments. Everyone welcome. Download a copy of the 2016/2017 Annual Report (1.1MB PDF) RSVP by Friday 8 September, […]

Invitations are now open to join our Committee of Management

As a not-for-profit organisation we are governed by a volunteer committee who are members of the local community, Centre participants and interested persons who wish to have an input into the policy and direction of the Centre. The day-to-day management of the Centre is delegated to the Executive Officer (Sue Herbst) and paid staff members. We would […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’, (China, 1994)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: In Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), director and co-writer Ang Lee expertly tells the story of changing family dynamics in Taipei, Taiwan during a time of rapid modernization, employing a universal medium — food. Through Chef Chu who has lost his sense of taste and his three adult daughters, this film addresses […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘The Lunchbox’ (India, 2013)

About the film: Lonely housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and winds up in the hands of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, Ila adds a […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘In Intouchables’ (France, 2011)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: When a millionaire (Francois Cluzet) becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, he hires Senegalese ex-con Driss (Omar Sy) to take care of him. Despite their differences in class and culture, an unlikely friendship soon develops, founded in honesty and humour (In French with English subtitles). Have you been to a film […]

Introducing our Community Bookshelf

You are invited to come and visit our Community Bookshelf in the foyer of our Centre. Please feel free to browse our books. You are welcome to swap, donate or take a book. We accept books in good, pre-loved condition. We do not accept text books, magazines or encyclopaedias.  If you are taking a book, a […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Samba’ (France 2014)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice […]

Visit the Seed Swap Table & Enter our Raffle for Neighbourhood House Week

Neighbourhood House week, May 8 -14 Come and visit us for Neighbourhood House Week! We will be setting up our popular Seed Swap table outside the Centre and will be running a special ‘Garden’s Pack’ Raffle. We will have plenty of seeds available for swap, or you are able to purchase a packet for a […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Taxi Tehran’ (2015)

Showing Wednesday April 5, 2017 About the film: When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better yet, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Farewell My Queen’ (2012)

Showing Wednesday May 3, 2017. About the film: A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.  (In French with English subtitles) Have you been to a film night at the Ashburton Community Centre? A different foreign film is held at 7pm on […]

Visit the Ashburton Community Centre at the Ashburton Festival

This year’s Ashburton Community Festival is being held on Sunday February 26 from midday to twilight. Make sure you drop by the Ashburton Community Centre on the day. We are joining together with the Craig Family Centre and the Alamein Neighbourhood & Learning Centre. We will have a range of free events – there will […]

Free Event: Come and Try Mahjong!

Would you like to learn to play Mahjong? Our regular Mahjong group would like to invite you to come along and learn about the game at a Come and Try session.  Sharpen your mind with this time honoured game of strategy. Learn the rules and expand the hand you play (Western only). The Come and […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘The One Hundred Year Old Man’ (2013)

Showing Wednesday, March 1, 2017 About the Film: ‘The 100 year-old man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (2013)’ After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.Have you been to a film […]

Are you our next Local Artisan?

To support our local talented artists, we have just launched our monthly Local Artisan Program. Currently we have Yvonne Ruge from Originals Lab displaying her work in our foyer window. Yvonne creates unique and iconic polymer clay creations to wear and exhibit. Iconic Australian food, animals, Iced Vovos and Melbourne’s trams are just some of […]