17th - 20th May 2019
Kialla Scout Hall - 7km South of Shepparton
9th - 12th August 2019
Marong Community Hall.
15th - 18th November 2019
TBA - Venue under negotiation.
21st - 24th February 2020
Tandara Caravan Park
15th - 18th May 2020
Kialla Scout Hall - 7km South of Shepparton
Details Available Soon!
(After the next Workshop)
The Workshop is held at the Marong Community Hall, 36 Torrens St, Marong VIC 3515. From Melbourne: Take the Calder Hwy towards Bendigo.
At Ravenswood, turn left onto the A790 heading towards Marong & Mildura. In the centre of Marong, turn left onto the Calder Hwy, heading towards Mildura.
The Big 4 Caravan Park is approximately 300 metres on the left, and Torrens Street, where the Marong Community Hall is located is on the right almost opposite the Caravan Park. See location on our Home page, or on Google Maps.
Accommodation: Big 4 Bendigo Marong Caravan Park,
1449 Calder Highway, Marong, 3515.
Phone: (03) 5435 2329 Free Call: 1800 642 329
Good Cabins and On-Site Vans available. This is a Big 4 Caravan Park.
Please book early as there are limited sites available.
Please tell them you are with the V.F.G
Bring everything chair, table, adaptors, power board, 10x, head visor, transfer jig, dops, dopping medium, bucket, tissues, rough material and whatever you need for a good weekend’s faceting. Don’t forget your mug for a cuppa.
The Maiden Gully is Hall is virtually next door and within easy walking distance to the Caravan Park. Also, there is good heating that we'll keep cranked-up if it gets too cold, for our Workshop attendees to enjoy.
Friday 10th: Arrive and set up 2pm. Faceting until 5.00 pm then an evening session 7pm to 9pm.
Saturday 11th: Start 8 am faceting all day until 5pm, then an evening session 7 pm to 9 pm.
Sunday 12th: Start 8.am faceting until 10.30 am Meeting will start. After meeting continue faceting till 5.00 pm. Evening session 7pm to 9.00 pm.
Monday 13th: Start 8am faceting until 12.00 Noon.
WORKSHOP FEES - We charge a Minimal Fee to attend the workshop.
Once again, we will be continuing our tradition of the past few years by re-visiting the superb Pratty's Patch restaurant in Maiden Gully for our Saturday Evening Meal.
On offer is an excellent mouth watering Menu that we are sure will cater for own taste and requirements. Set in historic surroundings and the warm and homely old world atmosphere, this is bound to be a memorable occasion for the weekend Workshop.
As usual, the Group will be collecting names at the Workshop of those who would like to attend, so that we can confirm our booking. And, so that nobody misses out, if you do intend joining us at Pratty's Patch for a delightful evening, you can alway let us know in advance by Contacting Us, so that we can put your name on the list.
The above image is by courtesy of Pratty's Patch, thank you.
Pratty's Patch is a unique 150-year-old stone and brick cottage situated in Monsants Road Maiden Gully. Pratty's Patch was built in 1863 by John Fellows to replace a smaller bark hut constructed about 3 years earlier by John and his convict wife.
Pratty's Patch was made into a restaurant during the early 1980s. The large function room was extended ten years later and the public bar was added in 1996.
We trust that you will enjoy the homely old world atmosphere at Pratty's Patch.
BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park is an ideal location to stay while at Marong for the Faceting Workshop. The Park promises you a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay along with other members of the Victorian Facetors' Group.
Owner Justin Morris looks forward to personally welcoming you to BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park and the stunning historic Goldfields region. They offer free wifi, as well as a relaxed holiday park experience, in a lovely rural setting.
Enjoy all of the tourist activities in the region, or just relax in the park and make the most of the facilities on offer. The award winning Marong Family Hotel is just a 300 metre stroll from the park, to cater for all of your lunch and dinner needs.
All sites are located in close proximity to our centrally located amenities, camp kitchen and BBQ facilities.
BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park,
1449 Calder Highway,
Your friendly hosts, Justin and Errol Morris, look forward to making you feel truly welcome!
Office Hours: 8:30am - 7pm
Bookings: 1800 642 329 (Call)
Telephone: (03) 5435 2329
We have a variety of accommodation Cabins to suit all travellers and combined with friendly staff and great facilities, we have no doubt you will create some great memories with us.
Our Premium Powered Sites are all large shady sites with a gravel drive and concrete pad surrounded by trees and grass.
Large grass powered sites with ample shade are on offer.
Situated in the historic Post Office, Bendigo Visitor Centre can help you sort out all your needs while you are here, including accommodation, shopping, dining, booking attractions & tours, and provide you visitor information, map and guide books.
They also have quality gifts and souvenirs so it is a must stop during your Bendigo Visit. The Visitor Centre opens everyday from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day).
Download the Official Visitor Guide
The Victorian Facetors’ Group promotes the faceting of natural and man-made gemstones and the enjoyment of this hobby.
Whether you are a member of a gem club or not, or an old hand or even a novice, we will help take your faceting skills to the next level.
Our Group meets four times a year in different locations across Victoria running four-day Faceting Workshops.
The object is to give as many members as possible the chance to attend a workshop and get together with like-minded facetors in a very supportive and welcoming environment.
Faceting Workshops are usually held as follows:
3rd Weekend February
3rd Weekend May
2nd Weekend August
3rd Weekend November
Full details and what we do are published in our quarterly Newsletter.
Bring your own faceting machine and divide your time between faceting, and sharing advice, and participating in some friendly discussion sessions. Or just call in for a coffee.
Perhaps contemplating the purchase of your first faceting machine?
We usually have a variety of models in operation so you can compare them and chat with the owners.
There are always experienced people
on hand if you need help – And it is
always willingly provided.
Expand your Interest in Faceting
Our Workshops are designed for people of all ages, and for any level of skill in a most friendly environment.
Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome to any of our Workshops, and may attend for the entire four days or you may prefer to just come and visit for a few hours or even a couple of days.
If you are interested in the lapidary art and in particular learning about faceting & gemstones, then you'll be made most welcome when you visit our Faceting Workshops.
Gemmasta GL4 Faceting Machine