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The Bendigo group are very excited to announce that we have been accepted as entries into the 2024 Bendigo Easter Parade.

This auspicious event will retrace the historic 1958 parade where the Melbourne Vespa club had a number of entries and wowed the crowd with their futuristic bikes and performed accrobatic displays.

Two events are planned which include the Torchlight Presentation on Saturday night and the Gala Easter Parade on Sunday, we are entered in both events.

Our entry is for twenty vespas, the Bendigo group are planning on entering ten bikes. We have an open invitation for other members to join us for this fun weekend and if you would like to be a part of the the parade we have ten spots available, please let us know via a response in this chat.

TO REGISTER:

Mark yourself as 'Going' here on this event. By 15 February.

Then email Russel - kaysel@bigpond.com - with 1. Your  Name (as it appears on your licence) 2. Your Driver Licence Number & 3. Your Vespa Registration Number. Russel will then lodge you with the City of Bendigo.

Members: 1. There will be a Melbourne ride up to Bendigo on the Saturday morning. It will go up as a separate event. Of course you can come even if you don't want to be in parade. Should be a great club weekend away and a good laugh.

2. The club has reserved some accommodation at a very reasonable price very close to the centre of town for Saturday and Sunday night. We'll put up more information very soon. But please indicate whether you'd want to be in this, on the comments below. Or you can book your own.

Other activites we are planning will include:

Saturday

- Torchlight parade

 -  meet up at the Black Swan hotel after the torchlight parade for a chat and light dinner.

Sunday

- Breakfast Gathering

- Gala Parade

- Dinner

Monday

- Ride to the Rheola country easter carnival

Please check this post often as updates will be posted regulary with additional detail including accommodation options and further information regarding the parade.

Accommodation Options for 30 Mar - 1 April in Bendigo - Please book Now. 

The other option is to book something for yourself, but being Easter the options are limited and expensive.

Please put your name against a room if you wish to stay at the Bendigo Backpackers with Greg and myself.  It has fabulous reviews and is in the perfect location. Couples or singles welcome.

1. Bendigo Backpackers - 33 Creek St South Bendigo Backpackers

This lovely place sits just back from the main street so very convenient to restaurants and shopping. In the well-fitted kitchen, guests will find a stovetop, a refrigerator, kitchenware and an oven. The double room offers air conditioning, executive lounge access, a terrace with garden views as well as a shared bathroom boasting a walk-in shower. 

Booked through AirBnB the price below is for 2 nights and you will need to pay me direct.  If you comment you want one of these rooms, I will send the banking details.

Room 1: Queen Room $220 - Greg and Julie 

Room 2: Queen Room $220 - David & Imam

Room 3: Queen Room $220

Room 4: Queen Room $220

OR

2. Eaglehawk Motel - 401 Eaglehawk Road, Eaglehawk Eaglehawk Motel

3 x Deluxe Queen Rooms - $270 each for 2 nights

These rooms are booked under my name, Julie Pond on Booking ID: 2534210    

If you want one of these rooms please ring direct on 54 463 444 by 24 March, otherwise they will be released.

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Looking forward to seeing you in Bendigo this Easter.

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  • MEMBER

    Hi Russel

    Whoohoo Vespa Bee theme, that will be so much fun, and lights for the bikes for the twilight parade ok. :)

    You should have Greg's and my insurance certificate in your email box now.

    Also if there is anyone still just wanting to come to Bendigo for the weekend, there is still 2 rooms at the Airbnb Backpacker where we are staying, it's an old removated house in the heart of town, so please let me know if you want a room a.s.a.p.

    There are rooms also at the Eaglehawk as far as I know, also in my name.

    Not long to go so please act now and let us know your intentions.  This is going to be such a fun and memberable weekend, we'd love you to join us.

  • MEMBER

    Hi all, its getting close now.

    For those members who are registered and attending/participating the Bendigo Easeter Festival this year we have finally settled on a theme at this mornings breakfast. After much debate regarding the options which included Easter dragon, Vespa Bee, naked, italian, 50's rocker or come as you are, we have a consensus for the Vespa Bee laughing.

    The costume will be Yellow and Black stripped T-shirt with black pants and Bee antena. We have some options for the costume which Alicia is putting together and is taking orders for soon.

    Dress the bikes appropriately for both the torchlight and gala procession. Christmas style lights are ideal for the torchlight parade which will be held on Saturday night.

    The City of Greater Bendigo has also requested evidence of current motorcycle insurance in the form of an image of the insurance policy. I have provided the rider and motorcycle details to the city as previously requested.

    We are also hoping to print up a commemorative penant for the event subject to approval from the club.

  • MEMBER

    Hi Russel

    That is great news and thank you for putting in all this work.  Being Easter we hope there will be some members from Melbourne who will be able to join us for this wonderful weekend in Bendigo.

    Cheers Julie

  • MEMBER

    All, in addition to the itinerary above, I have also been in contact with the owner of the Black Swan hotel. He is hopefully going to open his private motorcycle musuem for us to attend Saturday afternoon. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Indian Motorcycles along with rare examples of other motorcycle marque`. Apparently there is even a Vespa or two in the collection.

    I will provide confirmation and additional details closer to the event date.

    Don't forget to get on board by the 15th February as I need to have numbers finalised and registered with the City of Greater Bendigo for those entering the Torchlight and/or Gala parade over the Easter weekend.

  • MEMBER

    If you want an Easter to remember, then join us for some great fun with our Bendigo crew. Please sign up asap. 
    Registration needs to be completed by 15 Feb. 

    Accommodation has been reserved. 

  • MEMBER

    Accommodation Options for 30 Mar - 1 April in Bendigo - Please book Now. 

    The other option is to book something for yourself, but being Easter the options are limited and expensive.

    Please put your name against a room if you wish to stay at the Bendigo Backpackers with Greg and myself.  It has fabulous reviews and is in the perfect location. Couples or singles welcome.

    1. Bendigo Backpackers - 33 Creek St South Bendigo Backpackers

    This lovely place sits just back from the main street so very convenient to restaurants and shopping. In the well-fitted kitchen, guests will find a stovetop, a refrigerator, kitchenware and an oven. The double room offers air conditioning, executive lounge access, a terrace with garden views as well as a shared bathroom boasting a walk-in shower. 

    Booked through AirBnB the price below is for 2 nights and you will need to pay me direct.  If you comment you want one of these rooms, I will send the banking details.

    Room 1: Queen Room $220 - Greg and Julie 

    Room 2: Queen Room $220

    Room 3: Queen Room $220

    Room 4: Queen Room $220

    OR

    2. Eaglehawk Motel - 401 Eaglehawk Road, Eaglehawk Eaglehawk Motel

    3 x Deluxe Queen Rooms - $270 each for 2 nights

    These rooms are booked under my name, Julie Pond on Booking ID: 2534210    

    If you want one of these rooms please ring direct on 54 463 444 by 24 March, otherwise they will be released.

  • MEMBER

    I have just received additional information from the City of Greater Bendigo. For those who intend to participate in the Easter parades the following information is required no later than Friday 16 February (note the bolded information is mandatory):

    1. The name and contact number for each driver present on parade day. Nb. All drivers will be required to provide proof of full license in the parade assembly area prior to the parade.
    2. Registration number of each vehicle(s)
    3. Receipt/proof of recent vehicle service (within 3 months) if applicable.
    4. Receipt/proof of hiring vehicle (if applicable)
    5. Certificate of Insurance for each vehicle(s)
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