Thorpdale News is distributed the third Friday in each month.


Newsletter Deadlines

Easy Peasy - Always the second Friday of each month with distribution being the third Friday of each month excluding April.  No issue is produced in January (we all need a bit of a break!)

Sporting Clubs are given until the Monday following the deadline to provide details - due to weekend games.


Thorpdale Potato Festival 

The Thorpdale Potato Festival returned on March 8, 2015, after a gap of 12 years.  The hard-working Committee hoped that they would get about 3,000 people to the Festival - and were staggered to realise that there were well over 9,000 people who flocked to join in the fun.  We had the benefit of glorious weather, but we have been reliably informed that people come rain, hail or shine! There were traffic jams for kilometres and the traffic lights down in Trafalgar couldn't cope with the stream of cars.  Oh boy, if only we could have seen that - but we were all flat chat on the Recreation Reserve.

Community groups in Thorpdale were the recipients of the majority of funds raised on the day and the various groups are listed in the April/May issue of Thorpdale Community News - see Archives.  

The Thorpdale Potato Festival will return on Labour Day Sunday in 2019.  We certainly had a fantastic day again in 2017 after a rocky weather start, with our very special guest in Miguel Maestre from "The Living Room".  Miguel charmed the thousands of people who flocked through the gates - with his infectious laughter and delightful character.  A hard act to follow for sure.

Make sure you put Sunday, 10 March 2019 in your diaries NOW - there will be a huge amount of family fun happening in Thorpdale that day. A very welcome attraction will be the return of the Wood Chop - always a favourite, as well as the extremely popular "Hessians on the Field" - the standard of entries in 2017 left us astounded.  How will those amazing designers come up with better creations in 2019?  We've got the amazing sheep dog trials back - oh what a spectacle - and sheep shearing demonsrations instead of the quick shear (so you can all now see the action!).

One of the most amazing things about our Festival is that ALL of the children's activities are FREE - yes, FREE.  Free gigantic slide, free jumping castles, free petting zoo, free organised potato-related races and it goes on.  Where on earth could you get better than that?

Our Market Stall Co-ordinator is working hard to allocate our limited spaces as there has been an even greater fantastic response after our sell-out event last year.  See our website for all the details on how you can apply -