REMEMBRANCE DAY: Carinity Cedarbrook resident Gordon Jamieson, 97 in a WWII jeep, is one of Queensland's last surviving POW's and Thai-Burma railway workers. Gordon honoured his fallen army mates on November 11.
REMEMBRANCE DAY: Carinity Cedarbrook resident Gordon Jamieson, 97 in a WWII jeep, is one of Queensland's last surviving POW's and Thai-Burma railway workers. Gordon honoured his fallen army mates on November 11.

Group guide: Gold Coast

VIEW CLUBS

VIEW (Voice Interests and Education of Women) is a proud supporter of The Smith Family and its Learning for Life Programmes.

 

Coolangatta Tweed

OUR club's last meeting for 2018 will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads commencing at 11am for 11.30 am DST. This will be our Christmas Luncheon so we will have the pleasure of an Entertainer, John Broomhall and Santa will be along too. Come dressed in traditional Christmas colours and please bring a gift to the value of $8-$10 for the Secret Santa. For apologies phone Elaine on 07 5524 4461 or for information about VIEW contact President Penny on 07 5534 3931.

 

Southport Day

OUR next meeting will be held at the Southport Yacht Club from 11.30am on December 19. Our last meeting's guest speaker was David Lomman on Men's health. We also had a fashion parade with Kelly Bradford "The Style Forum" which everybody thoroughly enjoyed. We club meets on the third Wednesday of each month for a delicious luncheon at the picturesque Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach overlooking the Broadwater. Time: 11.30am for noon. Each month there are interesting guest speakers or entertainers. This is a great way to meet and make new friends. The first Friday of each month is Social Day when various 'get togethers' are organised. Visitors are most welcome. Inquiries and bookings please contact Robin on 07 5537 4593.

 

Surfers Paradise

WE HOLD our meetings and lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at the Southport Golf Club. Meeting at 11.30am for lunch at noon. 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 on 0412 639 574 or 07 5592 6730.

SCLERODERMA SUPPORT GROUP

THE Scleroderma, Raynauds and Sjogrens Gold Coast Support Group will hold their Christmas Lunch at Varsity Lakes Tavern from 10.30am on Monday, December 10.

SOUTHPORT MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM

THE Southport Military Heritage Museum will again open on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 9am-noon. Our display, honouring some of "Our Forgotten Anzac's", And more renovations, have been favourably received thus far, by every visitor. Our newest display honours WW1 General Sir John Monash, and his WW1 allied Commanders. Groups of 6-20, will be gladly accommodated, just phone Noel on 0437 732 575 and organise a time and day during any week.

The Southport Military Heritage Museum is located in the Qld Naval Brigade Drill Hall at Owen Park, Mick Vievers Way, 201 Queen Street, Southport. (Next to the Southport Primary School). Entry is free and there is free parking. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

GROUP FITNESS

GROUP Fitness classes to improve fitness, strength and balance. Suitable for men and women, over 50's & fitness levels. Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's at 9am. Cost $5. Maher Hall Burleigh Heads Senior Citizens, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads. Phone Caroline on 0402 812 227.

OVER 50'S EXERCISE TO MUSIC

SENIORS fitness and strength class to improve cardio health, balance, coordination, strength and general well-being. Suitable for all fitness levels. Great music, meet people - Monday's 9.30am Aveo Retirement Community Hall Glenside Dve Robina; Tuesday's 9am Casey Hall, Fairways Drive Clear Island Waters; Thursday's 9am Robina Community Centre. Cost $7. For further information phone Rochelle on 0438 333 308.

END OF LIFE CHOICES

EXIT International is a voluntary euthanasia group that meets quarterly. Meetings are held at the Robina Community Centre. Attendees must be Exit Members. Further information on our website, go to exitinternational.net or phone Local Coordinator Elaine on 07 5580 8215 or 0421 796 713.

PROBUS CLUBS

 

Burleigh Heads Ladies

OUR club members were passengers on the "Solar Train" in the lush country side at Byron Bay recently. The train used to be the Red Rattler in 1949. The Diesel engine was removed and replaced with Solar.

Now it is the first Solar Train in the world and boasts 100 very big comfortable seats. 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. Visitors welcome. Contact Helga on 07 5520 2426 or Glenda 07 5576 0303.

 

ALL-ABOARD: Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus club members were passengers on the
ALL-ABOARD: Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus club members were passengers on the "Solar Train" in the lush country side at Byron Bay recently. The train used to be the Red Rattler in 1949.

 

Burleigh Waters

OUR members enjoyed a ride on the world's first Solar Train during a recent visit to Byron Bay, and at our meeting John Crittenden told us about U3A and their programmes. Retired or semi-retired men are invited to join us at Club Meetings at 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 on 07 5520 6332 or John 07 5520 6661.

 

Burleigh Waters Probus Walking Group are pictured at the Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve.
Burleigh Waters Probus Walking Group are pictured at the Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve.

 

Coolangatta Tweed Heads

WE RECENTLY awarded a Life Membership to long time Member John McKean. Presenting the award to John at a morning tea with a small group of fellow members, Club President Bruce Cowled mentioned John's outstanding contribution over a period of 15 years including 8 years as Secretary fostering the Probus aspirations of providing Fun, Friendship and Fellowship for members.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month (except January) at Tweed Heads Bowls Club featuring a guest speaker and has monthly dine outs to local restaurants and other activities for the enjoyment of members and visitors. Anyone interested in joining, recently retired or new to the area seeking more information about our Club, contact Barbara on 07 5523 4840.

 

Runaway Bay

FELLOWSHIP, friendship and fun are promoted by the Probus Club of Runaway Bay. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the Paradise Point Bowls Club, Thrush Avenue, with an interesting guest speaker invited to each meeting.

The next meeting is on Monday, December 17. Lunches, starting at 11.30am are held at the same venue on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Regular bus trips and group activities are enjoyed. Phone Marilyn on 0407 758 854.

TWEED HOSPITAL AUXILIARY

RECYCLING PLASTIC BOTTLES - Do you recycle your plastic bottles at the Tweed City Return & Earn Station? From now until February 24 you will be able to donate to the Tweed Hospital Auxiliary by using the donation button when you return your bottles. This is a great way to recycle and also help the local hospital. The Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who supported its many fundraising activities during 2018.

All the funds raised go towards purchasing equipment for the local Hospital. We wish all the members who have worked so hard during the year and all the supporters, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Sunday Bingo will continue every Sunday at noon at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club over the Christmas break. We look forward to your support in 2019.

U3A

 

Twin Towns

NEW volunteer tutors and course leaders are always welcome. Share your knowledge and experience for short courses or full year classes in topics such as history, geography, philosophy, film appreciation, music, craft, technology, exercise and dance. Share your ideas with the friendly members at U3A Twin Towns. Located at 4 Boyd St Tugun, we run more than forty classes per week. For more, phone (07) 5534 7333 or email u3atwintowns@gmail.com.

SOLACE

SOLACE is an Organisation for people grieving the loss of a partner. We meet every Second and Fourth Wednesday at 10.30am at Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. For more information phone Betty on 07 5580 7034.

 

FANTASTIC FRIENDSHIPS: Friendship Force Gold Coast members, visit Travemunde, Germany.
FANTASTIC FRIENDSHIPS: Friendship Force Gold Coast members, visit Travemunde, Germany.

FANTASTIC FRIENDSHIP FORCE ADVENTURE

RECENTLY 13 members of Friendship Force of the Gold Coast together with one member from FF Melbourne club, returned from a once in a lifetime journey. Their trip included one week of generous home hosting with members of FF Toulouse in France and one week with FF members of Lübeck, Germany club.

A Few Highlights: Toulouse week - exploring the Rose City with the locals, day trips to nearby Albi which boasts the 13th-century, red-brick Gothic Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, & the "Toulouse Lautrec" Museum, another day through the countryside to see where the "Canal du Midi" originated then on to "Château et remparts de la cité de Carcassonne" with its amazing ancient fortress & cathedral sitting atop the city. Together with long lunches in locally known boutique restaurants, there were visits to places of local historical interest & of course time spent with their hosts and other club members.

The exciting week culminated in a Cocktail Cruise on a private boat on the River Garonne in the centre of the city. Ten members then enjoyed the delights of Amsterdam while three explored Berlin for 3 days, then it was on the train & off to Lübeck, city of the 7 spires, for more...... Lübeck - everyone was "delivered" to their welcoming hosts by club members. Lübeck is right on the Western border of the old East/West German sector & one of the excursions was to view the old German Check Point & Border Patrol Museum. There were more amazing buildings of historical significance, a day trip to Travemunde where the River Trave meets the Baltic Sea. Another day was spent visiting the impressive city of Hamburg with a guided tour that included tickets to the viewing area of the 3 year old "Elbe Philharmonie" - the very expensive - new Philharmonic Theatre sitting right on the edge of the river with extensive city views.

This was followed by a Seafood meal by the waterfront where bookings must be made due to the popularity of the restaurant. Of course no visit to the ancient Hanseatic city of Lübeck would be complete without a visit to the Holsten Gate. Beside the Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral & the Church of Our Lady in Munich, it is the most famous German building in the world.

Just some of the amazing & enjoyable experiences, seen through the eyes of friendly, generous locals. Also, two of the Gold Coast members had enjoyed one week with Bergen, Norway club & Derbyshire, UK club with a group from Friendship Force, Wellington, NZ. The option of joining other clubs adds another dimension to travel as there are over 350 clubs worldwide, 24 in Australia with a similar number in NZ. Friendship Force offers travel of a different kind & is well worth investigating to see if it could be for you.

Go to FriendshipForceGoldCoast.org.au, email friendshipforcegoldcoast@gmail.com or phone Mary 07 5539 1814 or John 0414 376 110.

 

Recently, 13 members of Friendship Force of the Gold Coast together with one member from FF Melbourne club, returned from a once in a lifetime journey. They are pictured stopping for lunch at
Recently, 13 members of Friendship Force of the Gold Coast together with one member from FF Melbourne club, returned from a once in a lifetime journey. They are pictured stopping for lunch at "La Croisee des Saveurs, Grenade", France.

 

WWII POW HONOURS FALLEN MATES

A PRISONER of War who is one of Queensland's last surviving Thai-Burma railway workers honoured his fallen army mates at a special Remembrance Day service on November 11. Gordon Jamieson, 97, laid a wreath in respect of soldiers and civilians killed in war at his home, the Carinity Cedarbrook aged care community at Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast. Gordon served in the Australian Army during World War II and fought in the Malayan campaign. Following Japan's capture of Singapore in February 1942, he was a prisoner of war for three-and-a-half years. "We became captives of the Imperial Japanese Army six months after arriving in Malaya and following a ten-week battle. Thus began a 42-month phase of my life, a period of tragic events the memories of which will remain for all time," Gordon says.

Gordon was held in prison camps in Singapore before he and fellow Allied troops were "herded into metal rice vans" and transported to a remote jungle area to work on construction of the infamous Thai-Burma railway. The prisoners of war (POWs) would work shifts of up to 18 hours building embankments, bridging creeks and digging cuttings with picks and shovels. More than 2,800 Australians were among the 12,500 Allied POWs who died while working on the railway, while around 75,000 Asian labourers also perished.

"The memories of my war and not those of victorious battles or ignominious defeat, but of the human spirit of our Australian soldiers. I was fortunate that I survived to return to my wonderful country and a loving family, but leaving so many of my companions behind, the memories still linger," Gordon says. Gordon has since travelled to Thailand and Japan to take part in commemorative ceremonies honouring prisoners of war. Carinity Cedarbrook Residential Manager Wendy Kane says the Remembrance Day ceremony at the aged care community was a solemn occasion. "Many of our residents knew someone who fought in World War II and sadly many of those people didn't return home from abroad following the end of the conflict," Wendy says.

The Remembrance Day ceremony at Carinity Cedarbrook featured one minute's silence, playing of "The Last Post", and a display of World War II and Vietnam War vehicles supplied by Military Jeep Club of Queensland members from Mudgeeraba.


Meghan, Harry ‘struggling to cope’ in LA

Meghan, Harry ‘struggling to cope’ in LA

Dream of a blissful new life has quickly turned into a nightmare

Fresh confusion over virus 'detention'

Fresh confusion over virus 'detention'

Thousands of Melbourne public housing residents have been provided with "detention...

Man in iconic 9/11 photo dies from virus

Man in iconic 9/11 photo dies from virus

This man miraculously survived the 9/11 terror attacks