Group guide: Brisbane


SENIORS helping seniors. Our next meeting will be held upstairs at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club at 10am for start at 10.30am on Tuesday, November 12. You can join the club, on the day, for an annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to 4 weeks of 2 hours per week or some of lesser duration. The club welcomes anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. We are continuing with our popular "one on one" sessions, where a member has one on one learning with a specific coach for an hour, who happens to teach a subject selected by the member. Irrespective of the type or duration of a class they only cost $10. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don't be afraid to make a start.

For more information, phone Lavina on 0411 806 154 or go to


WE ARE holding our annual Christmas Cent Auction on Saturday, November 16 at the RSL Hall Melville Terrace, Manly from 1pm for 1.30pm start. Entry $7 includes afternoon tea and Lucky Door Prize. Tickets $1 per sheet and raffles. All proceeds go to supplying Christmas hampers for struggling families in our local area.

Phone Cheryl on 07 3890 4671 or email

EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Sue Colquhoun, Margaret Anne Wilson and Gloria Gledhill are all Life Members of the Stafford Garden Club.
EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Sue Colquhoun, Margaret Anne Wilson and Gloria Gledhill are all Life Members of the Stafford Garden Club.


A FREE workshop for women over fifty is giving ageless confidence and a new sense of self, health and wellbeing.

Run by Peta Gillian the event will give women the ability look, feel, taste and experience living life beyond 50. At this event guests will hear from an expert guest speaker and talk with women who love sharing advice based on their personal experiences around Fitness, Food and Friendships. The event is Free, it's at Uniting Church Hall, 37 Riverhills Road, Middle Park, QLD Saturday, November 9 from 9.30am-11.30am. Bookings can be made online, go to This event is supporting the Wesley Mission RedBag Appeal.

For further inquiries, phone Peta Gillian on 0402 025 447.


WE MEET at 1 Edmond street Carina on the second Tuesday of every month (except Jan and Dec) and our coach trips are on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except Jan and Dec). The September outing to Majestic Theatre at Pomona was a fun day. We had an enjoyable morning and much laughter et the theatre. The atmosphere took us back many years with the restored white organ and the music and the wonderful "Silent Movie" After a luncheon at Cooroy we returned home with many having a "Nanna Nap. The October meeting was a successful day with the Annual "Bring & Buy" our only fundraising event of the year. Our thanks to all who brought articles to Buy & those who bought them. We were entertained by the "Carina Men's Shed Choir" which we all enjoyed & our thanks for being with us on many occasions. The Guest Speaker for the November meeting will be a representive from The Carina Library.

November will be a very busy month with Melbourne Cup at Edmond St, Carina. Christmas Luncheon at Carina Leagues Club on November 26. We also have our final trip of the year "Brisbane & Moreto Discovery Trip". We would like to thank all our supporters & volunteers for their attendance during the year.

For further information, phone Maureen on 07 3398 4236 or Eddie 07 3395 3337.

Pine Rivers VIEW Club Member Elizabeth Hoffman presenting Nico De Rooy with a certificate for his interesting talk about snakes.
Pine Rivers VIEW Club Member Elizabeth Hoffman presenting Nico De Rooy with a certificate for his interesting talk about snakes.


WE MEET at The Kallangur Community Hall, 1480 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur. Our activities include: Indoor Bowls - Held every Tuesday at 9am. Live Concerts - Held every second Wednesday of month 9am start morning tea included. Bus Trips - Held every third Wednesday of month. Bingo - Held last Wednesday of each month, 9am start, morning tea included. Outdoor Games - Held every seond and last Wednesday of month. Cost of membership per year is $7. Cost of each activity is $4 except for bus trips.

Phone President/Secretary Maureen Evans or Caroline Adam on 07 3481 0732 or 0413 704 511 or just come along to the club.


Pine Rivers

U3A Pine Rivers will be holding our annual "Open Day" on Thursday 14 November 2019 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Strathpine Community Centre, Mecklem Street, Strathpine.

Our program of activities on show will include Exercise, Choir, Music and Dance. Tutors will display information regarding their classes and various activities. Memberships and renewals will be accepted on the day. A free shuttle bus will operate from the Strathpine Shopping Centre to the Community Centre for your convenience.

For more, phone 07 3880 6677, Monday to Friday mornings.


BRING your friends along to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, November 5 from 10am-2pm at 1 Edmond Street, Carina. Cost $15 and receive bubbles and punch on arrival. Please bring a plate of morning tea or finger food to share. Sweeps available and watch the races on the big screen.

For more information, phone 07 3395 4636.


LOTUS Vana proudly facilitates a senior's social group, in addition to an NDIS approved program for people 18 years plus with disability, in Logan Village. With engaging activities including art and craft, music, games, and delicious food, we believe in uniting our community through restoring connections and social inclusion. In addition we host events such as fundraising BBQ's, the Pub Lane Markets, and participate in local functions including the Mental Health Wellness Walk.

We warmly welcome new attendees, in addition to people wishing to volunteer and make a difference in our beautiful city. Phone 0431 152 547 or 0432 562 181 today.

DR Challen SC, OAM , with Logan VIEW ladies at the VIEW Club annual conference at the Gold Coast..
Dr Challen SC, OAM , with Logan VIEW ladies at the VIEW Club annual conference at the Gold Coast.


ON THURSDAY, November 7, we will meet at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, in Trundle Street. African Violets is the topic of guest speakers, Althea and Barry Connor. The meeting commences after morning tea served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The December meeting on the 5th will be for members and invited guests only, and will consist of end of year activities such as presentation of prizes to successful exhibitors, celebration of the club's 55th anniversary which occurred last month, and other entertainment. This club will then go into recess until the first Thursday in February 2020. The hall is accessible by wheel chair and close to public transport. For more information phone Pat, the president on 0733561256.


IN DECEMBER we will cap off a successful silver anniversary year by unveiling a commemorative plaque in our research library in Enoggera Memorial Hall. We then go into recess for a month before our 26th year opens on January16. For those wanting to visit our library we will be open every Thursday between 9-1.30 until November 28. Should you want to contact us any time between November 29 and January 15 phone the number supplied. Enoggera Memorial Hall is located at the corner of Wardell and Trundle streets; entry via Trundle Street. Limited parking is available, accessed by either Pratt Street or Glenalva Terrace. Council bus routes 350 361 390 598 and 599 stop near the hall and Enoggera Station on the Ferny Grove line is a short walk. Looking for a suitable Christmas gift? Our range of local history books is available at the hall. Contact us by our website or phone Dave on 07 3366 3191 or by email


THE association exists for the welfare and benefit of Australian nashos called up for either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and their wives and widows. Conscripts who served a country other than Australia are welcome to join as associate members.

To discover the benefits of membership; to apply for either of the two medals available to Australian nashos or to find a branch near you, phone 07 3324 1277 or consult, go to Brisbane North West branch meets at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month (next October 20) commencing 10.15. Visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting take the opportunity to join fellow members for lunch in the bistro bar.

For further information, phone Dave on 07 3366 3191 or email

The Bribie Butterfly House is run entirely by volunteers and uses its entry fees to give extremely generously to various charities. The guide during the Stafford Garden Club visit time was Ray.
The Bribie Butterfly House is run entirely by volunteers and uses its entry fees to give back to charity. The guide during the Stafford Garden Club visit time was Ray.


WE WILL hold our Summer Orchid Show at The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong on Saturday, November 2 from 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday, November 3 from 8.30am-3pm. Admire displays of beautiful orchids and browse the sales tables for a future prize winner of your own! Helpful growers always on hand to give advice. Watch orchid repotting demonstrations. Buy all your orchid growing needs at the trade tables. Light refreshments and craft for sale. Raffle of orchids and foliage drawn at 3pm Sunday, winner advised by phone. Entry: Adults $4, Children under 14 yrs free.

For more information, phone 07 3865 5615.


COME join us. We would love to welcome you to our Senior Citizens' Group every Tuesday from 9am-12noon at the Community Centre, 19 Nerida St, Rochedale. Play indoor bowls or be entertained by a concert group on alternate Tuesdays. Morning tea provided. Lunch (bring a plate) is enjoyed after the concert. For more information, phone Shirley on 07 3209 1682 or 0468 563 260. Mature aged women are very welcome to a social group for friendship, fun and information on healthy ageing.

Chris and Heather showed their Melbourne Cup Party finery at the Newmarket VIEW Club pre-party function.
The Bribie Butterfly House is run entirely by volunteers and uses its entry fees to give back to charity. Ray was the guide during the Stafford Garden Club visit.


Bribie Island

WE HOLD our meetings on the third Thursday of the month from 10am. Next meeting is on November 19 at the Bribie Island RSL Club, 99 Toorbul St, Bongaree. Phone Anne on 0408 007 370 or Older Women's Network Queensland 07 3358 2301. You're welcome to come along and meet new friends.


WE HOLD our meetings on the first Wednesday of the month from 9am. Next meeting is on November 4 at the Capalaba Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Ney Rd and Zandra St, Capalaba. Phone Naomi on 0424 060 603. You're welcome to come along and meet new friends.


MATURE aged women are very welcome to a social group for friendship, fun and information on healthy ageing. We meet fortnightly on Thursdays from 10am at the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre, 10 James St, Beenleigh. Next meeting is on November 14. Phone Linda on 0414 436 209 or Older Women's Network Queensland 07 3358 2301. You're welcome to come along and meet new friends.


WE HOLD our meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10am. Next meeting is on November 27 at the Picabeen Community Centre, 22 Hoben St, Mitchelton. Phone Judith on 07 3351 3763 or Older Women's Network Queensland 07 3358 2301.

Woody Point

WE HOLD our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, 9.30am. Next meeting is on November 10 at the Woody Point Memorial Hall, Oxley Ave, Woody Point. Phone Helen on 0418 796 365 or Older Women's Network Queensland 07 3358 2301. You're welcome to come along and meet new friends.


Centenary Evening

WE ARE very grateful recipient of a grant from Round 101 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. This was announced recently by Mount Ommaney State Member, Jess Pugh. The money will be wisely spent on equipment needed for our meetings. Monday, December 9, will be the date of the next dinner meeting of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club. Meetings are held at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Crescent, Middle Park, 6:30 pm for 7 pm. The cost is $35 and bookings are essential. Please telephone the number above to make your booking and for more information. This is our Christmas meeting and members and guests will be celebrating the end of a very successful VIEW year. Our traditional Christmas-themed Bring and Buy stall will be conducted.


WE MEET on the third Monday of the month has a lunch meeting starting at 11.15am sharp at the Bellbowrie Tavern. The cost is $5 to attend. Bookings are essential with Robyn by the Friday prior on 0434 015 102. Our November Guest Speaker will be Christine King National President CWA. Kenmore VIEW supports 10 students on the Learning for Life programs as well as providing an opportunity for women to socialise with others through our book clubs, Mah jong and walking groups. Outings are arranged monthly to a range of interesting places. The club is arranging on November 12 for members to attend the Lord Mayor's concert at City Hall followed by lunch afterwards. For more,go to VIEWClub.


OUR ladies attended The Annual VIEW Club Conference held on the Gold Coast in September. Some of our VIEW club ladies were fortunate enough to meet, and listen to Dr Craig Challen, SC, OAM .Dr Challen was a key note speaker at the VIEW Conference. By all accounts he gave a very informative and interesting address. He is a Veterinary surgeon by profession, and an Australian technical diver and cave explorer. In 2009 he was awarded the Oztec Diver of the year award for his services to caving. In 2019 he was joint winner of The AUSTRALIAN of the Year. In 2018 Craig, along with his dive partner Richard Harris was involved in a cave rescue of 12 children and an adult from a cave in Thailand. Craig also has the Medal of the Order of Australia. Craig Challen , very importantly, is The Smith Family's National Ambassador. The annual VIEW club conference is held to gather VIEW members from all over Australia. It is run over 3 days in a different venue each year. In 2020 the conference will be in Adelaide, South Australia. The conferences entail interesting speakers of note, serious discussions, fun, friendship and making new connections and friends.


LUNCHTIME meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of month from 10.30am for 11am start at the Gaythorne RSL Club. We are a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings and so perhaps become a member of our Club.

If you wish to know more phone Estelle on 07 3356 7598.

Pine Rivers

VIEW members support the education of disadvantaged Australian children by raising much needed funds for The Smith Family. Through fundraising activities and social events in local communities, members raise money that goes directly to The Smith Family's learning and mentoring programs for disadvantaged students. In 2018-19, VIEW members raised more than $1 million for The Smith Family's programs. VIEW members nationally sponsor more than 1,350 disadvantaged Australian students, through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program, enabling these children and young people to get the most from their education.

Redcliffe Peninsula

WE CELEBRATED our 19th Birthday at the October monthly meeting at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Scarborough. The members where delighted and entertained by duo Romio & Juliette, before enjoying a delicious lunch. This was followed by the cutting of our Birthday cake by three of our very own members: Janette Hoare, Kaye Gleeson and Cath Cramb, all recipients of the National VIEW Club 'Making a Difference Award'. This award is given to those members of VIEW from across Australia, who are active role models of one or more of VIEW's guiding principles, above and beyond the normal expectations. The awardees of the Redcliffe VIEW Club have been members of VIEW for many years and actively demonstrate the core values of being Inclusive and Welcoming; Diverse and Respecting; Supportive and Caring; Locally focused while Nationally active; and Collaborative & Future looking.

This award recognises, that through their tireless commitment and efforts, they have made significant contributions to VIEW's overarching vision and mission. The Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club meets the second Thursday of each month, at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Scarborough. We welcome new members who would like to contribute to the Smith Family Learning for Life Programe, while enjoying the camaraderie, sociable atmosphere and giving back to our local community. The Learning for Life Programe assists young people and their families to achieve educational objectives from Primary through to University, leading them towards a better future. The Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club currently support seven local students and their families through this programme.

Email Anna at if you would like more information.


A 20-YEAR apprenticeship can be strenuous, but two people have just finished theirs. Looking remarkably unfazed by such a rigorous intern-ship, Sue Colquhoun and Gloria Gledhill were recently awarded Life Membership of Stafford Garden Club, having been members for 20 years. To get this recognition, they cheerfully worked their way through a demanding 20 year schedule. Sue is currently President, having previously been treasurer, newsletter editor and daytrip planner, while Gloria puts out a monthly Club newsletter, having previously looked after publicity and before that helped to plan the multi-location daytrips that Stafford Garden Club members enjoy so much. The awards were made by another Life Member, Margaret Anne Wilson. In one day, Leonie Kearney's huge, marvellous, Samsonvale garden; lunch at the Bribie Bowls Club (water views); the Butterfly House on Bribie Island complete with informative guide, and a local garden viewing on the way back to base. A typical day trip, if you belong to Stafford Garden Club. A few times a year, Stafford Garden Club organises a coach trip with multiple destinations. There's a sense of adventure as a group of people set off, often returning to find that an acquaintance has become a friend - and having had a great time.


Chelmer and District

WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite Sherwood Services Club) on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting then a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees.

Phone Kathy on 0408 735 823 for details.

Forest Lake

TUESDAY, October 1 marked the International Day for Older Persons - a United Nations initiative that encourages the celebration of seniors in our community. The first day in October is the day on which it has been held annually since 1991. The theme for 2019 was "The Journey to Age Equality". The day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the senior members of our communities. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society. Forest Lake Probus Club provides a platform for older people to enjoy social activities and be a part of the local community. We aim to encourage people regardless of their age or personal circumstances, to participate and be included in t heir communities, be resilient and enjoy social and economic wellbeing. Our activities are many and varied.The committee is busy planning our Christmas Party next month at The Lion Richlands. We have terrific entertainment lined up and with the help of our local politicians we aim to keep the price as reasonable as possible for members. Our next Probus Club meeting is on Tuesday, November 12 commencing at 10.30am at The Lion, Richlands.

If interested, phone Membership Officer, Ellen, on 07 3879 7784 or Secretary Barbara on 0422 817 924.

Bev Isdale of the Chermside Historical Society and Dellas Weller, Guest Speaker Coordinator for Probus.
Bev Isdale of the Chermside Historical Society and Dellas Weller, Guest Speaker Coordinator for Probus.


THE guest speaker for October was Bev Isdale from the Chermside Historical Society. Bev spoke about the history of the area within the former Kedron Shire (prior to the declaration of the Brisbane City Council in 1859), which included 17 suburbs from Bridgeman Downs in the west to Boondall in the east, from Bald Hills in the north to Kedron in the south. The talk was well presented and very informative. We welcome active retired and semi-retired singles or couples as new members who are interested in fun, friendship and fellowship. Monthly meetings with a guest speaker, local day tours, picnics and theatre outings are part of the club's activities. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at Geebung RSL Club.

Bus and rail transport are virtually at the door and there are adequate car parking facilities.

Contact the Club Secretary Catherine Finlay, via email or via phone 0401 949 646 or Peter Bartlem on 07 3350 1605.


MEMBERS recently completed a 4 day tour to Charleville, in support of the Year of the Outback and to meet with many of their Country members along the way. The group travelled through Miles, Dalby and Chinchilla where they met with member s of the CWA Chinchilla and CWA Wychie branches over lunch, travelling onto Yuleba and stopping overnight in Roma, visiting many of the local attractions, including the Big Rig Oil and Gas Night show and Romas largest Bottle Tree, a magnificent tree. After an interesting tour of the historical town of Roma, they joined members of the CWA Roma branch in the celebrations for their International Day lunch, another chance to talk with many wonderful women and share experiences of life in the Outback. The group then travelled onto Charleville to meet with members from the CWA Charleville branch.Completing over 1300 kms in their 4 day adventure, the group all agreed it had been a wonderful experience to meet with so many of their country members who are all so warm and friendly and incredibly resilient in the devastating drought conditions.

Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members visited the Awassi Sheep Farm at Grantham on a day out recently.
Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members visited the Awassi Sheep Farm at Grantham on a day out recently.


OUR October trip was to the Awassi Sheep Farm at Grantham. The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. Date claimers for the next two meetings are November 15 and & January 17.

For more information on the Club and its activities, phone Leonie, President on 0427 846 057 or Les, Activities Officer on 0466 377 618 to register your interest, email New members welcome.

Recently members from the CWA Sandgate branch took a journey out to Charleville to support
Recently members from the CWA Sandgate branch took a journey out to Charleville to support "The Year of the Outback" .


THE vibrant Brisbane Fair Trade Christmas Market is on again for 2019! Word is spreading and anticipation is growing, as market-goers seeking ethically-created, handcrafted items from around the world await the increasingly popular Fair Trade market just in time for Christmas shopping. With handmade items from artisan communities in Africa, Asia, South America and beyond, this unique market is a yearly celebration of global community partnerships, ethical purchasing practices, and shared opportunities to support vulnerable people across the world. Market will be held at the Western Stand in the Track and Field Room, Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre, Kessels Rd, Nathan (Old ANZ stadium) on November 23 and 24. Opening hours are 8am-6pm on Saturday, and 8am-3pm on Sunday. Entry and parking are free, the market is fully indoors, with disabled access and air conditioning.

Inquiries can be directed to Siham Craftlink via email or phone 0413 627 139.