Elma May Wilkinson, born in Coraki NSW 100 years ago, celebrated her birthday recently with friends at Nerang's Liberty Community Connect Inc.
Elma May Wilkinson, born in Coraki NSW 100 years ago, celebrated her birthday recently with friends at Nerang's Liberty Community Connect Inc.

Group guide: Gold Coast

CANCER SUPPORT SISTERS

CSS are holding a Tropical Christmas Party on Thursday, December 5 starting at 5pm at the Southport Bowls Club, 2 Marine Pde, Southport. Cost is $25 pp for a two-course meal.

Dress up in your tropical clothes and come along and have some fun. Payment into Westpac Bank no later than Monday, November 25. BSB: 034610; ACC: 329706.

Phone Fay on 0421 331 576 or Rhonda on 0401 584 997 after you have deposited your money.

U3A BROADBEACH

UNIVERSITY of the Third Age, welcomes new members who are over 50 and looking to continue their learning in a fun and social group setting.

Take a look at our website, U3ABroadbeach.com to get a flavour of our broad range of courses, activities and excursions and advice on how to join us.

Our activities are centred on Merrimac State High School and opportunities include languages, history and memoirs, mah jong, yoga, art, choral singing, card playing, walking, armchair travel, discussion group, lunches and excursions. We are also always delighted to have volunteers to tutor new courses.

 

Members of the Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club visited the Brisbane Tramway Museum and enjoyed the informative history lesson.
Members of the Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club visited the Brisbane Tramway Museum and enjoyed the informative history lesson.

PROBUS CLUBS

 

Burleigh Heads Ladies

OUR members were fascinated by the passionate volunteers who don caps and uniforms and are also the drivers and conductors of the Trams they meticulously restored.

It happened at the Brisbane Tramway Museum, located at Ferny Grove in a bushland setting.

It is an Australian Tramway Museum that has preserved a collection of Trams, most of which operated in Brisbane from 1897 until 1969. Members were also in awe when they were invited to look back into history; standing in front of a 1914 Tram in the workshop, where the Tram is in the process of being restored to it's original glory.

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at Burleigh Heads Surf Lifesaving Club.

Morning tea is enjoyed at 10am followed by a meeting at 10.30am which includes an interesting speaker. Lunch can be ordered.

A coach trip or social activity is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Visitors welcome. Contact Helga on 07 5520 2426 or Jennifer 0402 860 650.

 

Burleigh Waters

Our recent outings were a Picnic in Preston Park, as well as a trip to Gympie area, where activities included visits to Yandina Ginger Factory, Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, and the Everglades, plus a ride on the Mary Valley Rattler.

At our meeting Tracy McLean talked about the activities of Community Support group 'Rosies'. Retired or semi-retired men are invited to join us at Club Meetings, 10am, on the third Monday of each month at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave. Burleigh Waters. Nominally a men's club, but wives are very welcome to share the club's fellowship, friendship and fun at all club meetings and outings.

Phone Brian 07 5520 6332 or Des 0434 873 626.

 

Burleigh Waters Probus group having lunch on Gympie Railway Station platform after riding the Mary Valley Rattler.
ALL-ABOARD: Burleigh Waters Probus group having lunch on Gympie Railway Station platform after riding the Mary Valley Rattler.

 

Runaway Bay

WE MEET at the Paradise Point Bowls Club on the third Monday of each month.

A guest speaker and morning tea is enjoyed with friends.

A luncheon is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, meeting at 11.30am at the same venue.

Don't miss an opportunity to hear interesting guest speakers and go on amazing bus trips. Visitors and new members welcome. Phone Lou on 0450 967 961.

 

Sorrento

ANOTHER very successful morning tea was enjoyed by our members recently.

Our group visited Surfers Paradise RSL to view their beautifully "revamped" venue. It is larger and brighter, and all newly decorated. Members appreciated the delightful morning tea and coffees. We are a growing mixed Club, meeting in the Southport Bowls Club every second Thursday at 10am. We enjoy excellent speakers, coffee mornings, lunches and great trips.

Phone Cate on 0468 370 659 for more information.

 

Presentation at the World Seniors' Scrabble Championships in Southport, August 2019. Dawn Critchlow (right) with winner Edith Hollis.
A presentation was made at the World Seniors' Scrabble Championships in Southport, August 2019. Cr Dawn Crichlow OAM (right) with winner Edith Hollis.

 

Varsity Lakes

OUR members enjoy a very socially active program such as our recent Mystery Bus Trip to various venues including the Beenleigh Village and Historical Museum.

There we enjoyed Lunch and Raffles. On the way home we went to Canungra for afternoon tea and chat about the great day.

Anyone who would like to become a member should phone Geoff on 0409 673 066 and arrange to come to our Wednesday Meetings at Robina Community Centre, Antonio Drive Robina.

The meetings commence at 9.30am.

ROTARY CLUB OF CURRUMBIN- COOLANGATTA -TWEED INC.

DO YOU want to Grab some Fantastic Bargains? Or sell some of your Unwanted Items?

Then make sure you come to the Rotary Car Boot Sale on the second Sunday of each month between 6am and 10.30am in the carpark at the Stocklands Shopping Centre in West Burleigh Heads.

No special stand required just sell from your car boot.

Hundreds of cars, thousands of goods on sale and plenty of eager buyers.

There will be a Rotary Sausage sizzle, Bacon and Egg breakfast wraps and even a gourmet Expresso Coffee Van.

A large part of the carpark is under cover so weather is not usually an issue. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Currumbin-Coolangatta- Tweed and all proceeds go to local charities.

Have you ever thought that you would like to give something back to your local community but are not sure how to?

Come and join us for a meeting and see just what we do and whether or not our ideas are the same as yours.

The Currumbin- Coolangatta-Tweed Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 6pm in the Gusti Italian Restaurant at Twin Towns Services Club.

Visitors are more than welcome to attend. or you can contact:

The Secretary via email rotarycctsecretary@gmail.com or phone 0421 576 816.

 

Some of the models for The TwinTowns VIEW club Portofino Fashion Parade, are (from left) Sharon, Kym, Maureen, Sheila and Beth.
CATWALK READY: Some of the models for the Twin Towns VIEW club Portofino Fashion Parade (from left): Sharon, Kym, Maureen, Sheila and Beth.

PIMPAMA MEN'S SHED

THE shed is located at 15 Clark Way Pimpama, behind the School of Arts opposite Pimpama Primary School and is open from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The shed is equipped with excellent woodworking and metalworking equipment.

Members can work on personal tasks, help with community projects or just sit and enjoy a cuppa and a chat.

Social, health and welfare programmes, speciality visits and presentations are also offered. Come along, have a look and decide if you would like to join us. Further details phone Vince on 0428 200 805.

TABLE TENNIS AT BURLEIGH

ANOTHER Seniors fun activity now available at the Burleigh /Miami Senior Citizens Club located at 40 Matilda St. Burleigh. For only $3 you can play for 3 hours on Mondays between 1pm and 4pm. Exceptional value and a great way to keep active, healthy and have a lot of fun getting involved. You are Never To Old.

Phone Allan for more on 0433 227 676 or Hailo on 0479 090 310.

DAWN'S DAY -COMMUNITY PICNIC

FOOD, music, company and a nice day out at one of the Gold Coast's prime waterfront venues is scheduled for Sunday, November 17 on the Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands. The event is to pay tribute to retiring City Councillor Dawn Critchlow's dedication to supporting community spirit over the past 30 years or so. At present there are no less than ninety-nine local groups within Division 6 which enjoy Dawn's patronage.

These groups span a wide range of interests from music, sport, historical societies and neighbourhood watches to cultural pursuits. Over the years Dawn has tirelessly found funds to support them in some way and has given her time to attend their special events and presentations. As a token of their appreciation, representatives from these pursuits have met to organise this Community event especially for her. The picnic will be from 10am-2pm and is a non-alcoholic event suitable for families to enjoy.

Music will be provided throughout the day by the Gold Coast Country Music Club and the Gold Coast Brass Band, both of which are nurtured by Dawn. Bring along everything; food, seating, shade.

The restaurant, Fish Shack, will be open as usual. Community groups will have their own weighted down gazebos but the public is invited to join in.

It's just the sort of event which embodies that community spirit which is so important to Dawn.

TWEED COAST CFS/ME/FMS SUPPORT GROUP INC

FIBROMYALGIA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Information and Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10.3 am at the HACC Community Centre, Cnr. Heffron Street and Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. All welcome.

For more, phone Bronwyn on 07 5593 9319.

 

 

Table Tennis Instructors Hailo and Debbie we welcome you to the Burleigh/Miami Senior Citizens Club located at 40 Matilda St. Burleigh.
Table Tennis Instructors Hailo and Debbie we welcome you to the Burleigh/Miami Senior Citizens Club located at 40 Matilda St. Burleigh.

GOLD COAST BRIDGE CLUB

WE WELCOME learners and bridge players at all levels.

We conduct regular beginners classes.

Our experienced teachers will teach you how to brush up your bridge or learn new skills. We provide coaching at all levels and conduct bridge sessions 6 days and 2 nights a week.

Join "the friendly club" and meet interesting people from all walks of life.

We welcome you to take part in our many social occasions.

We are located on the highway in Surfers Paradise.

For more information, phone Lynley on: 07 5538 3112 or 0418 984 856.

 

NATIONAL SERVICEMEN'S ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

 

The Gold Coast South-Twin Towns Branch

SERVING from Tallebudgera to The Tweed.

We will hold our next General Meeting on Friday, November 29 at 10am (QLD time) in the RSL Sub Branch Anzac Room of the Twin Towns Resort.

For further information, phone Tom Hughes, Public officer on 07 5513 0665. If you served in any Forces of the Commonwealth "between" 1951 -1972 then why not join us and re-kindle the camaraderie you experienced during your Service.

New Members are always welcome to attend.

TWIN TOWNS & DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB

WE WILL next meet on November 11 at 10am (NSW time).

Doors open at 8 .30am. Benching will be accepted until 9.15am.

Remember to wear your badge. Trading, Cutting and Seed tables will commence selling at 8.45am.

Morning Tea (bring a mug), raffles, library, newsletter will be available at the meeting. Guest speaker will be: Tracy Foster from Lindisfarne School, talking about the 'development the school garden' their amazing initiatives and their future direction of gardens and children.

New members and visitors welcome.

Twin Towns & District recently held their National Gardening Week initiative, 'Picnic in the Park' which was a huge success.

SIP N SUP CLUB - GOLD COAST

WE MEET each fortnight at a great restaurants around the Gold Coast.

All men welcome for beer, wine and food.

We critique restaurants, have guest speakers but most of all we have a lot of fun.

Generally Thursday afternoons, however, some evening events. There are 23 meetings per year.

Gain more information on facebook and search for @sipnsupgc and/or phone Michel on: 0412 757 535 or email michel_44@bigpond.com.

GROUP FITNESS CLASSES FOR SENIORS

Group Fitness classes to improve fitness, strength and balance. Suitable for men and women, over 50's and fitness levels. Tuesday's and Thursday's at 9am. Cost $5.

Located at the Maher Hall, Burleigh Heads Senior Citizens, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads.

Phone Caroline on 0402 812 227 for more.

VIEW CLUBS

 

Burleigh Palm Beach

MORE than 620 women - representing almost every State of Australia - were treated to a long weekend combining passion with purpose on the Queensland Sunshine Coast from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September, for the VIEW Clubs of Australia National Convention.

VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women and is a national organisation boasting more than 15,000 members dedicated to supporting children's education charity The Smith Family.

"VIEW was established in 1960 by The Smith Family as a service to women and the community," said VIEW National President Jan Roberts. "Our members are proud to sponsor more than 1,380 students through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program by supporting their education, as well as volunteering, fundraising and advocating to improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged Australian children and young people."

"I started going to a homework club in Maroochydore when I was in Grade 4. I would go along and receive help with my homework, which took some stress off Nan, and really helped me. I was then accepted into The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Now that I'm older I have realised how much this has impacted my life," said Mason.

 

 

Burleigh Palm Beach VIEW Club

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh at 10am. New members are always welcome at this friendly club.

For more information, phone Ros on 0431 442 030.

 

Coolangatta/Tweed

MORE than 620 women from around Australia came together recently at the Sunshine Coast for a long weekend combining passion and purpose for the VIEW Clubs of Australia National Convention.

Through The Smith Family, young disadvantaged children are helped to succeed at school so they can create better futures for themselves.

VIEW was established in 1960 and we now proudly sponsor more than 1380 students through the Learning for Life Programme.

Four ladies from Coolangatta/Tweed VIEW Club were able to enjoy this informative convention which is held every 2 years.

We were delighted to learn that in 2021 National Convention will be held in Adelaide.

For more information about VIEW Clubs in your local area:

Go to view.org.au or phone Di Lutze on 07 5590 9119.

Our next luncheon is on Thursday, November 21 at the South Tweed Sports Club at 11am for 11.30am start (DST). All ladies are very welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. Our guest speaker this month is Toni Cameron (Jack Evan's daughter) from the Porpoise Pool. Reminder of our trading table all donations will be welcome.

Apologies/Bookings phone Carolyn 07 5524 7265 Monday prior to our luncheon.

 

Runaway Bay

WE MEET every second Tuesday of the month for lunch at a new venue. Enjoy making new friends and listening to interesting speakers.

For more information, phone 0428 911 077.

 

Surfers Paradise

OUR club supports The Smith Family plus 9 Learning For Life Students. We hold are meetings and lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at the Southport Golf Club. Meeting at 11.30am for lunch at 12noon.

Always with an interesting guest Speaker. New members and visitors are most welcome.

For an opportunity to meet new friends and join in our social activities and really enjoyable outings. Phone Nancy Uren on 0412 639 574 or 07 5592 6730.

 

Twin Towns Day

SPECIAL Occasion: The Annual Twin Towns Day VIEW Club Portofino Fashion Parade combined luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 7 at the South Tweed Sports Club commencing at 11am DST.

The fashions come from a very well known fashion house who have up to the minute designs for all ages.

The models are hand picked to suit the garments and all accessories will also be available.

Sales will follow the parade and a percentage will be re-donated to our VIEW Club who then pass it on to The Smith Family. Our club was represented at the VIEW Clubs of Australia National Convention with 7 of our ladies returning home proudly with the knowledge that our contribution of supporting seven 'Learning for Life' students selected for us by The Smith Family is of great assistance.

The Portofino Fashion Parade, followed by a two-course luncheon will cost $28 and again any excess profits go towards our 'Learning for Life' students.

For further information, phone Kathie on 0407 709 629 or Freda on 07 5524 1357.

END OF LIFE CHOICES

EXIT International is a voluntary euthanasia group that meets quarterly. Meetings are held at the Robina Community Centre. Next meeting is on November 8. Attendees must be Exit Members. Further information, go to exitinternational.net or phone Local Coordinator Elaine on 0421 796 713.

GOLD COAST LINE DANCING

ALL classes are $7. Beginner class 11.40am-1pm every Friday; Improver class 1.15pm-3.15pm every Tuesday; Intermediate class 1.05pm to 3pm every Friday at the PCYC, 24 Cayuga Street, Nerang (Next to the Bowls Club).

Phone 0410 505 740 or email pamseye@hotmail.com.

FASOLATI CONTEMPORARY CHOIR

A GOLD Coast community choir wants to raise the roof and plenty of funds for drought-stricken communities out West. Stanthorpe has a special place in the hearts of the members of Fasolati, a fun contemporary choir based on the Gold Coast. That was where four friends, who were visiting Stanthorpe for the weekend in 2011, found themselves breaking into song in a pub late one evening, encouraged by the patrons, as the band was packing up for the night. On the spur of the moment, they decided to call themselves Fasolati, taking the name from the well-known tonal scale Do Rem Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do, which was taken from a hymn chanted at vespers during the Middle Ages. Once home, the friends persuaded music teacher and musical director for many theatre productions on the Gold Coast, Mary Walters, to take up the challenge and form a choir comprising many other friends who love singing and who wish to do it well. Seven years on, the choir numbers around 35 members and Mary, with conductor Anne Ryan, is presenting a concert on the Gold Coast to raise funds for water supplies for families in the Stanthorpe region.

"St Peter's Anglican Church in Southport has invited us to put on a concert at 3.30pm on Sunday 24 November and the choir was unanimous in doing so as a fundraiser to support Stanthorpe and the other regional towns facing difficulties," says Mary.

"We'll be performing a range of well-known contemporary, jazz and classical favourites as well as some newer pieces in our repertoire - and some surprises " she says.

"While the concert is free of charge, visitors will be asked to make a donation, recognizing this is one small way in which we can all show our support for our friends and families struggling in our regional towns."

Concert numbers will include Lloyd Webber's The Prayer (popularised by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) and The Lion King favourite Can You Feel The Love Tonight.

Also included , as well as Lied an die Freude (Ode to Joy), the Russian hymn Tebye Poyem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Annies Song, Bridge over Troubled Water and All that Jazz.

Fasolati performs at 3.30pm on Sunday, November 24, in St Peter's Anglican Church, corner of Southport Nerang Road and High Street.

Admission is free and donations are requested in aid of drought relief. The concert will conclude with cheese and wine around 4.30pm.

OLDER WOMENS NETWORK QLD AGM

IN SEPTEMBER senior women from Queensland gathered at Gunabul Homestead in Gympie for the AGM of Older Women's Network Queensland.

Attendees came from Gympie, Mackay, Bribie Island, Woody Point, Gold Coast, Logan, Capalaba, and Mitchelton for this major event in the OWNQ calendar.

Winner of the Gympie Senior Citizen of the Year Award, Ms Lee Hodgson, is President of Older Women's Network Qld and organised the vibrant occasion with assistance from members from the Gympie Branch.

Over 70 women attended from Queensland and enjoyed good food and company along with enlightening presentations from guest speakers.

Dr Prue Millear from University of Sunshine Coast spoke about ageing well and coping with humour for life's challenges in later years, and Ms Elizabeth Power gave a moving presentation about the humanitarian work of Mercy Ships.

Older Women's Network Qld is an organisation dedicated to providing fun, friendship and social connection for older women to enjoy the company of other women at a similar stage of life. To find out more, contact Lee Hodgson on 0429 831 414 or the state office of OWNQ on 07 3358 2301.