Hesse Rural Health gladly presents ‘Open Gardens of Winchelsea

A fun day out for the whole family, this open garden fund-raising event features five open gardens:

1. Murdeduke: 730 Cressy Rd, Winchelsea

2. Narwee: 175 Armytage Rd, Winchelsea

3. Chittering: 135 Armytage Rd, Winchelsea

4. Coombe Cottage: 70 Lauders Lane, Winchelsea

5. Calluna Garden: 25 Richmonds Lane, Winchelsea

All five gardens will be open from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 13th November 2022. Admission to this fundraising event is $40 for an all-day garden pass or $10 for one garden.

We will also be hosting a Lyons Club and Hospital Auxiliary fundraising stalls at Murdeduke, where there will be food and beverages.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for an array of prizes. where we will be selling raffle tickets with prizes drawn at the end of the day.


What is the event fundraising for? 

After 25 years of loyal service and many a fantastic trip for our Social Support and Residential Aged Care clients we have recently needed to retire our large bus, the Hesse 19 Seater Toyota Coaster (The Coaster).
The Coaster was originally purchased through community fundraising and we are seeking your help to secure a new one. It is imperative that the bus seat at least 22 people and have disability access.

Hesse has many and varied social groups that rely on this bus for transport on a daily basis. For some of our clients this bus is a lifeline for a social outing and enables them access to much needed support.

Our aim is to raise $200,000 for a new Toyota Coaster. This price includes an accessible lift conversion. We are reaching out to all sections of the community to help us in our quest. To this end we are seeking your support.

Please help us by making a donation directly to our cause either through the Hesse Rural Health website Donations page or via direct deposit:
Account Name: Hesse Rural Health BSB Number: 633 000
Account Number: 1279 86677 Reference: [your name] + donation

Donations are tax deductible. Please feel free to discuss any enquiries regarding donations with Jessica Culhane, Hesse’s Communications and Community Partnerships Officer on 03 5267 1200 or via email at
The completion of this project is paramount for both our community and our Health Service. We very much hope that you will consider supporting this very worthy cause.


Our Bus
The Hesse 19 Seater Toyota Coaster (The Coaster) is very much an integral part of running our Social Support and Residential Aged Care services on a daily basis. The Coaster is used to keep our Community connected and enables our clients to stay socially active, which is increasingly important in these post-covid difficult times.
Hesse has many and varied social groups that rely on this bus for transport. The Coaster is used daily to pick up and take home Hesse clients, so they can attend the many Hesse programs. One of the important features about the Coaster is that people with all abilities are able to utilise it due to the hoist conversion. Three days each week Hesse offers social programs with outings from Winchelsea, as well as the regular Bus to Hub program. There is so much interest in this program that often Hesse completes two runs to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part. The Coaster it is also utilised for the Beeac men’s Social Group, which have 26 registered clients, allowing many wonderful outings to many varied locations. It has even taken a group as far as Echuca.

Hesse does have smaller buses which are being utilised where possible, however these are also used for Residential Aged Care outings. For larger groups, the Bendigo Community Bus is being hired. However this is not always practical as it does not have an accessible lift.

The Coaster is now over 25 years old and no longer meets regulations. We have recently made the difficult decision to retire The Coaster. The Hesse 19 Seater Toyota Coaster was originally purchased through community fundraising. We are seeking support from our Community to purchase a new Coaster to continue to operate these vital services.