THINK PINK: Liz Thomas-Ellis, Josie Daly and Denise Murphy from Chapel Hill VIEW club.
THINK PINK: Liz Thomas-Ellis, Josie Daly and Denise Murphy from Chapel Hill VIEW club.

Group Guide: Brisbane


NINE Brisbane centenarians were honoured when Bolton Clarke hosted its second annual Centenarian Club morning tea at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday, October 2. The event coincided with International Day of the Older Person celebrations on October 1. Special guests included returning club members Elma Tadman, 105, from Bolton Clarke's Treetops residential aged care community at New Farm and Thelma Sprott, 102, from Bolton Clarke's Inverpine residential aged care community at Murrumba Downs. Eileen "Mackie” Sutton, who will celebrate her 103rd birthday on Saturday, October 6 at Inverpine, also attended. Bolton Clarke Chairman Pat McIntosh and Brisbane City Council Chairman of Council, Councillor Angela Owen, welcomed new members and presented them with a book of historic images of Brisbane and surrounding areas.


Chelmer and District

WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley Street, 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 (07) 3379 7237 for details.

Redcliffe City Mixed

THIRTY-TWO Probian Members and friends flew to Milan, Italy to enjoy cruising both the eastern and western side of Italy. Having researched the places we wanted to visit, all were keen to see them. Home bound to Brisbane, we stopped in Dubai for a few hours rest in the airport hotel. The group thought that the tour was a great success and enjoyed friendship and fellowship.

Some of the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus club members enjoy coffee time in Cinque Terre on their recent tour of Italy.
Some of the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus club members enjoy coffee time in Cinque Terre on their recent tour of Italy.


THE combined Probus Club of Sherwood Inc meets at 10am at the Magpies AFL Club in Chelmer St East, Chelmer where there is plenty of parking. We have a short meeting followed by a lovely morning tea, then an interesting speaker. We finish about noon when some of us may have lunch at the club. We do day tours by coach and sometimes extended tours to places of interest. There are many independent groups run by volunteers such as theatre, dinner, lunch, garden, mah jong, scrabble and book groups. We have vacancies for new members, both men and women. If you would like to join us for fun, fellowship and friendship, please phone either Pam on (07) 3375 4698 or Pat on (07) 3379 7525.


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. The guest speaker for October was Elizabeth Melvin from the Pyjama Foundation. Elizabeth is a volunteer for the Pyjama Foundation and explained that the object of the organisation is to improve the literacy and numeracy levels of children in care and give them a chance to reach their potential, despite a fragile start. Volunteers, known as 'Pyjama Angel', are screened, trained, recruited and then matched with a child in foster care. Together, they spend an hour a week reading books aloud, playing educational games and engaging in fun activities. A Pyjama Angel's role is to provide consistent love and support, and most importantly, instil a love of learning in children. 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. For further information, phone Bev Worthington on (07) 3359 2056 or Kay Davidson (07) 3263 8072.


AS THE years turn to decades and time goes by, there is always something to commemorate. This month it has been the Centenary of the railway arriving at Mitchelton, followed a week later on November 11 by the centenary of the end of a terrible world war. As a local history society it is our responsibility to bring these events to your notice and we do so with pride in our district's progress. Next year we will have our own reason to celebrate; our silver anniversary. Our library is at your disposal every Thursday between 9am-1pm to research or to browse, be you an historian or a member of a community group. Other times can be arranged; come and we will show you how those earlier generations lived and coped with war and depression. We are situated in the wheelchair friendly Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street, itself a part of our district's history for more than a century. New members are welcome. For more information, phone Dave on (07) 3366 3191.


HAVE you started your Christmas shopping yet? Come along and support the independent residents of Moonah Park Retirement Village and local small businesses. You just might find that perfect present for family and/or friends at one of our stalls. We will have a variety of wonderful handmade items and food on offer, so don't miss out on this opportunity to find something special. You will find us in the air-conditioned Community Centre on 28 Blaker Road, Mitchelton between 8am-noon on Saturday, November 17. For further details, email Janet Delaney: janet


ON OCTOBER 20, members headed north to the Buderim Spring Garden Festival. The first impression of the Spring Flower Show was the blaze of colour: after that, we started to admire the flowers, all of a high standard. A little dazed by the brilliance of the blooms, we tottered onto the veranda and down a few steps into the Plant Market - an extension of the spring show. What a pleasure. Beautifully laid-out stalls presented a wide range of plants for sale - precisely labelled, carefully presented and the stalls managed by pleasant and informative plant enthusiasts. Heaven for gardeners.

All this and a ceramics display plus a cafe. We almost had to be dragged away to tour some Open Gardens - private gardens open to the public, with entrance fees going to charities - interrupted only by lunch at the Buderim Tavern, with its breathtaking views to distant Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast. Stafford Garden Club has 3 or 4 day trips per year, all of them interesting and informative - and always with at a least one opportunity to purchase a plant or two. Stafford Club's last meeting of the year is on Thursday, November 15 with visiting speaker Ruth Higgins talking about cactus and succulents from 9.30am for a 10am start, OES Hall, corner of Kitchener Road and Bohland Street. Come along, it's always friendly and informal. Our October day trip was to Sirrromet Wines and Redlands Sports Club for a buffet lunch.


WE 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 16 and January 18, 2019. For more information on the club and its activities, contact president Leonie on 0427 846 057 or Les (activities officer) on 0466 377 618 to register your interest, email New members are always welcome.

CHEERS AND SMILES: Some of the Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members on a recent outing to the Sirromet Winery.
CHEERS AND SMILES: Some of the Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members on a recent outing to the Sirromet Winery.


WYNNUM Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 13 upstairs at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to four weeks of two hours per week or some of lesser duration. 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, please phone Lavina on 0411806154 or go to We look forward to seeing you there.


MAKE new friends, come along any Tuesday between 9am-noon to the Community Centre, 19 Nerida Street, Rochedale. Members of a Senior Citizens Club play indoor bowls or are entertained with a concert on alternate Tuesdays. Tuition provided for new players and new members are most welcome. For more information, phone Shirley on (07)32091682.


VICTORIA Barracks on Petrie Terrace in Brisbane is home for Army Museum South Queensland. A new Exhibition will launch in February 2019. Displays will include meticulously researched stories of the aftermath of "the war to end all wars” and how peace negotiations affected the Australian way of life. Public tours of Victoria Barracks are on Wednesdays only. The price of $15 per person includes the professionally researched and curated exhibition, an escorted tour of historic Victoria Barracks, Devonshire Tea served in the original Officers' Mess, souvenir booklet and digital photo. Groups and individuals must always make prior bookings, go to armymuseumsouth, phone 0429954663 or email info@armymuseum NB. Volunteers will be required at the Barracks from March 2019 either on Wednesdays or Tuesdays. Applications welcome from all age groups. A background of Australian Military procedures is an advantage but not essential. Training will be provided.


WHAT to get mum or dad for Christmas? Queensland Family History Society has single or double memberships that provide 24/7 access to MyHeritage a worldwide genealogy database from your own home pc. Are you interested in researching your family? For only $84 for a single membership or $119 for a dual membership you can acces: over eight billion worldwide records; UK and USA censuses with images; directories, guides, biographies, wills and probate records; government, land and court records; access to subscription journals, QFHS publications and more. For QFHS online, go to join-qfhs-or-renew- membership.


WE INVITE you to our Annual Christmas Cent Auction at the RSL Hall Melville Terrace Manly on Saturday, November 24 from 1pm for 1.30pm start. Entry $5 includes afternoon tea. Great opportunity to get some presents for Christmas, while supporting our local charities. Phone Cheryl on (07)38904671 or 0481986165.

Western Suburbs Branch Australian Red Cross members Jenny Poulson and Valda Lavery raised over $800 for the farmers from their Bring and Buy Table.
Western Suburbs Branch Australian Red Cross members Jenny Poulson and Valda Lavery raised over $800 for the farmers from their Bring and Buy Table.


THE Association of Independant Retirees (AIR) are the North side branch of our national group which meets monthly at Kedron. We are either fully or partial self funded trying to enhance our lifestyle socially or financially. Our meetings are held normally on the third Friday of the month starting around 9.30am and finishing at noon. We have guest speakers on most months but we will not be here for December till starting again in January.

We also have a finance discussion group meeting on each second Friday at Chermside for members, we do not give financial advice. Bus trips we do are a very popular event. Our Kedron meetings are held at the OES Hall, 2 Boland Street, off Kitchener Road. Off street parking is available. For details phone (07)38811820 and (07)33514126 prior to 5pm or email sitram@


NEW laws to protect the rights of older Queenslanders who live in retirement villages will be explained at a series of free education sessions being hosted by National Seniors Australia. The Queensland Government introduced new laws to enforce simplified contracts and require ongoing fees and charges to be clearly declared upfront. It also introduced a minimum 21 days to evaluate the contract before signing and limited the time for payment of a resident's exit entitlements to 18 months.

The new consumer protection laws assist current, former and future retirement village residents and manufactured home owners. The National Seniors education sessions will be held: November 29 at 10-11.30am at the Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane. Registrations for the free events are essential. For more information, phone 1300 765 050 or go to rlo.


ON DECEMBER 7 the club's last meeting for 2018 will take place. It is for members only and invited guests, and will consist of activities such as prize giving for successful 2018 exhibitors, a luncheon and entertainment. The club will then go into recess until its first meeting on February 6, 2019. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the calendar month, except January. There are vacancies for new members. The venue is the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street near Wardell Street. Visitors and new members are most welcome.

Ladies from the Lymphoedema Association Of Qld enjojed a recent outing to the City Botanical Gardens, followed by lunch at the caf.
Ladies from the Lymphoedema Association Of Qld enjojed a recent outing to the City Botanical Gardens, followed by lunch at the caf.


WE WILL be hosting a Lymphoedema Forum 'Living Positively with Lymphoedema' on Saturday, November 10 at Merthyr Road Uniting Church, New Farm, Brisbane from 8.30am-1.30pm. Invited speakers are Dr Michael Gattas MBBS FRACP, Clinical Geneticist and Professor Jane Turner, Discipline of Psychiatry, UQ. The aim is to provide those who are affected, also family and friends, an opportunity to meet with those who have met the challenge and gain a greater understanding of causes, treatments current and emerging, exercise options and dealing with emotional issues.

There will be trade displays of garments and therapy options. Multidraw raffle. Cost $15 with catered lunch and morning tea. To check availability and register, message on 0403 782 795 or email A support group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Toowong Library from 12-2pm. A shared lunch followed by guest speakers and an annual outing. All welcome.


ONE hour of free assisted local, Australia and overseas research is available at Caboolture Family History Group Inc, located at Caboolture Historical Village, Beerburrum Road on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and second and fourth Saturdays between 9.30am-2pm, (no entry fee to village for CFHRG research). Phone (07)54282018 or email us at cfhrg55@bigpond. com. Our monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday each month starting at 10am in our rooms.


WE ARE having a 'Come and Try Day' with a sausage sizzle on Sunday, November 18 from 12-2pm. Come along and join in the fun with hats, sunscreen and smooth flat shoes or bare feet. Coloured bowls and casual dress. Phone Sue on 0412 608 041 or email o assist with catering numbers.


THE AGM of the Older Women's Network Queensland was held on September 20 at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Hall, New Farm, attended by 40 members representing the seven Queensland branches. We had great guest speakers: Aloma Fennell, the president of National Older Women's Network, and Lorrae and Vince O'Rourke from Carers Outlook at Nambour.

All the members enjoyed the guest speakers and it was a chance for those attending to meet with members from the other branches and exchange ideas. The new management committee are Lee Hodgson (president), June Donnelly (vice-president), Barbara Barnes (treasurer), Judith Heindorff (secretary), Helen Stanton, Ruth Sargent and Pat Wendt (ordinary members). It will be a good year for OWNQ. Phone (07) 3358 2301 or coordinator@

The AGM of the Older Women's Network Qld was held at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Hall, New Farm and attended by 40 members representing the seven Queensland branches.
The AGM of the Older Women's Network Qld was held at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church Hall, New Farm and attended by 40 members representing the seven Queensland branches.


THERE will be a variety of stalls with handmade gifts as well as craft supplies, jewellery, homewares, shoes, clothes , plants and more. Our on-site cafe will be open and there will be a Devonshire tea and cake sale as well as a sausage sizzle a raffle and door prize. We would love to see you there on Saturday, November 17 from 9am-1pm at 22 Lacebark Street, Meridan Plains.



OUR final meeting for the year is on Wednesday, December 5 at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra. Doors open at 10.30am for a 11am start to our meeting. Cost is $27 for the two-course lunch with tea and coffee included. We will be having our bumper Christmas raffle and our usual lucky door prizes, all proceeds of which go towards supporting our Learning for Life students. The theme for the Christmas meeting this year is "A winter wonderland”. Our special guests on the day will be the Grovely School Choir who will be singing Christmas songs to get us in the Christmas mood. Phone Carol on (07) 3355 5349 to book by noon Monday, December 3.

Centenary Evening

THIS dinner meeting will be held on Monday, November 12, starting 6.30-7pm at McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Crescent, Middle Park. Bookings are essential and must be made before midday Friday, November 9. The cost is $35 and our contact is Rita, phone 0413138967. Alternatively, you can email centenaryeveview@ If you want to find out more about our club, look up our Facebook page and check out our very busy social calendar. We have regular coffee mornings at different venues around the Centenary suburbs as well as dinners where partners are included. Of course, Melbourne Cup day will be celebrated in style.

Chapel Hill

'THINK Pink' was the theme of our recent lunch at Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartments to focus attention on breast cancer and its treatment. Tables were decorated with pink serviettes and pink flowers and members responded by wearing pink. Guest speaker was Amanda Harvey, from Queensland Rail, who spoke about the opportunities for tourists within Queensland.

In November, we are off and racing with the Melbourne Cup. Best hat and best outfit will be strongly contested, with the chance to win a lucky door or raffle prize or the sweep. Lunchtime meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10.45am for 11.30am at Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments, Dandenong Road (off Centenary Highway), Mt Ommaney. Visitors are always welcome. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 if you would like to attend one of our functions or email chapelhill


THE 2018 year is drawing to a close. What a delightful year it has been for friendship, fun and successful fundraising to support our eight Learning for Life students. The final meeting for 2018 will be held on Monday, November 18 at the Bellbowrie Tavern at 10.45am for an 11.15am start. The theme will be a 'Bush Christmas' and the guest speaker will the wonderfully entertaining bush poet, Noel Stannard. Bookings are essential with Jean on 0409 268 646. Cost $5. Food and drinks at own cost from an extensive menu. There will be a monster Christmas trading table of edible goodies and home made gifts as well as raffles and lucky doors aplenty. Coffee and Chat will be held on Saturday, November 24 at 10am at Perfect Blend coffee shop on Fleming Road, Chapel Hill. Christmas lunch for members and partners will be held on Sunday, December 2 at Georges Paragon in the city. Bookings essential. More information on our activities is available from Jean on 0409 268 646.


OUR ladies are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children and young people with their education by joining the club which sponsors three school children. We meet at 11am on the second Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Avenue), Kingston. Cost of $25 includes a two course lunch and a guest speaker. Phone Pat on (07)38046931 for further details.

Ladies from the Pine Rivers VIEW club enjoyed a Brisbane City River Cruise recently.
Ladies from the Pine Rivers VIEW club enjoyed a Brisbane City River Cruise recently.

Pine Rivers

IF YOU want to have fun, make new friends and support an Australian charity at the same time, come and join our club. Our luncheon meeting is the third Wednesday of each month. We have either an interesting guest speaker or some other entertainment on the day, including raffles and prizes. If you wish to go we have an outing on the first Wednesday of every month.

Past outings have included boat trips on the Pumicestone Passage, a Brisbane River cruise, visited a butterfly farm, celebrated Australia Day, had pizza and trivia in a local park, soup and crusty bread lunches and even a high tea. On the fourth Wednesday of every month you can also join up with other members for a "Coffee and Chat” morning at a local venue. At each of our functions we raise funds for The Smith Family.

Our club proudly supports three disadvantaged Australian children with their education and we are regularly updated with their news and achievements. We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about. Phone Elizabeth (07) 3886 4937 or Sandra 0448 862 518.


COME and say hello to members of Brisbane North West branch of NSAA as they sell poppies and badges outside Woolworths and Coles at Everton Park during the week leading up to Remembrance Day (Sunday, November 11).

This year is special as it marks exactly 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front and Palestine after more than four years of terrible conflict. The Association exists for the welfare and benefit of Australian 'nashos' who served in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973, and the wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are welcome to join as associate members. To apply for the two medals to which all Australian 'nashos' are entitled; to locate a branch closer to you or to find out the benefits of membership of the Association phone (07) 3324 1277 or go to

Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of each month, next is November 18 and December 16 at Gaythorne RSL from 10.15am. Visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting there is the opportunity to join fellow members in the pleasant environment of the RSL bistro for lunch. For further details about Brisbane North West branch, phone Dave on (07) 3366 3191.

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