Maydena cafe making news (and waffles)

THE 12th print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is on the streets tomorrow (Friday) with another 32 pages packed with purely local news. Among the 50-odd items in the paper is a great story introducing the new owners of Maydena’s new cafe, general store and fuel stop.

Jeanette and Mike Callow have renamed the business Fika Time Cafe in a nod to Jeanette’s Swedish heritage. The former jockey and jillaroo and her ex-serviceman husband have moved to Tasmania for the climate and have appreciated the warm welcome received at Maydena.

Jeanette explains that “fika time” translates to coffee time, or a meeting with coffee. The couple opened their business in the former Mountain Cafe on March 1 and the house specialty is Swedish waffles in sweet and savoury varieties. Read more about it in the New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News print edition for May.

The May paper is just two weeks after our special election edition. If you missed that one, your local newsagency might still have a copy, or a digital copy can be downloaded for $2. Tomorrow’s paper has three pages of Anzac Day photos from across the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands, another two pages of your letters, our popular puzzle pages, and three pages of sport including some great junior soccer photos.

Craig Farrell MLC (below) writes for us about last weekend’s election, and we have a special column from Ian Cole who is well remembered as one of the most popular teachers at New Norfolk High School.




Derwent Valley shops stocking the paper include the New Norfolk Newsagency, New Norfolk Foodmarket, Eagle Snack Bar, New Norfolk IGA, Mood Food New Norfolk, Bushy Park Roadhouse, Westerway Roadhouse, Ellendale Post Office, Hamilton Post Office and the Bothwell Supermarket.

Other sellers include the Lagoon Store, Granton; Claremont Newsagency;  Kingston Nextra; Glenorchy Central News; Moonah News, New Town Plaza, Elizabeth Mall News and Salamanca News. You can even pick up a copy at the Longford Newsagency.

Readers in any part of Tasmania can ask their preferred newsagency to order them a copy via the Mercury as the distribution agent. New Norfolk residents can ask the Norfolk Newsagency to organise for a paper seller to visit within the town boundaries. More distant readers might prefer to download a copy from

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