As the only Branch in the Gladstone area, we attract members from neighbouring areas including Calliope, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Miriam Vale, while some members travel from even further afield to participate in our gatherings. We extend a warm welcome to visitors, and experience has shown that these visitors soon become new and lifelong members.
We endeavour to be a social gathering where people 50+ can meet, enjoy themselves and make new friends. After the meeting formalities, we break for morning tea to enjoy the fellowship of others before we welcome a guest speaker. There are usually several raffles and a chance to sign-up for our various activities which include national and international holidays, excursions to local and district points of interest, and theatre visits. Join us at our next meeting and experience for yourself the unique experience of mixing with mature, well-travelled and family oriented people who make up our membership. Indeed, several of our members are also very active in Gladstone community life and can point you in those directions. Fee for the morning is a very reasonable $2.00 to cover the cost of morning tea.
For more information contact Terry (President) on 0418 185 380, or Larney (Secretary) on 07 4978 5462 or 0400 610 276. Also, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Emu Park, Yeppoon and Rockhampton Trip
Sixty plus happy National Seniors boarded a coach and a mini bus at 7am on the morning of Tuesday 5th March at the Mall and headed North to Emu Park. Had a rest stop at Rockhampton Information centre before continuing on to a welcoming Morning Tea of warm scones, pikelets, jam and cream, all washed down with a cuppa at the Pine Beach hotel.
The threatening showers stayed away long enough for all to walk with excellently thought out layout and information presentation at the War memorial Walk. I learnt much eg the first time Australian soldiers fought overseas was in late 1800’s, early 1900’s in the New Zealand Maori conflict. Even the Testy wind did not deter the walkers.
Then off to Yeppoon for another walk around the newly opened shore line pool and water park complex which surprisingly had 3 lifeguards on duty and 2 people enjoying a dip. Think the unpleasant weather conditions may have been a deterrent. It is an attractive facility for families.
Lunched at Sailing Club where one had to locate one’s seating card which served 2 purposes. It allowed members to meet and sit with those whom they may not have previously meet or conversed with and also assisted waiters to serve the pre ordered meals as tables were as per sitting eg steak, fish etc.all the while looking out at the wind churned ocean and the islands in Keppel Bay.
Tripped up to the now defunct Iwasaki Resort before heading into Rockhampton Zoo. Many made the most of being able to refresh with an ice cream before walking down to listen to an informative talk re the Zoo’s Chimpanzee family and of course the chance to see and watch CAPRI, the cute wee baby, and note how attached are she and mum. Mind you we could have done without the battalions of mossies that attacked relentlessly.
Again another great National Seniors trip enjoyed by all. Thank you to our wonderful Activities Officer, Pauline
Judy A – Publicity Officer
Capricorn Caves Trip
37 Gladstonites and 3 Mt Larcomites boarded a Rod North coach on Tuesday, 30th April at 7am and headed north to a much appreciated comfort stop at Rockhampton Botanical Gardens. All enjoyed a very welcomed cuppa and scones. It was great having the time to leisurely walk around the zoo to view all the animals and birds. Have to say the older Chimps didn’t want to get out from under their blankets, despite Capri's efforts to wake/annoy them.
All aboard again at 10.30am and away to The Caves. Due to the cloud cover and occasional shower the day’s outside ambience was very, very pleasant. Our driver John surprised us with a short trip around The Range area looking at all the beautifully appointed Queenslanders. ( homes ).
Enthusiastic, cheerful, gentle tour guide, Emilie, guided us for 60-70 minutes into and around, informing us about the cave area and environment. Some did share their singing voices in The Cathedral cave where the chatter of the resident Bats could be heard from an adjoining cave.
After the walk, all sat around long tables and enjoyed each other’s company and chat over lunch before heading homewards. Checked out the Vietnam war memorial in Kershaw Gardens. Proved to be "find the needle in the haystack" hunt to locate the simple memorial and meeting area. Our legs got exercised and a light shower blessed us.
Again thank you Pauline and each of you who shared the day. Judy.
Fern's Hideaway (Christmas in July) Trip
From Publicity Officer: Judy
On a 9 degrees morning in my kitchen on Friday 19th July, 62 rugged up young ones boarded a 7:30am bus or a small carrier driven by Trevor Heard and headed for Fern’s Hideaway north of Yeppoon. Stopped off at Rockhampton Botanical Gardens for our obligatory scones, jam & cream washed down with a favorite warm beverage, then off to FERN’S.
Friendly welcoming faces greeted us.
All chose their preferred seat at the tables then many went walk–about viewing the peaceful surrounds. When getting to the creek I was disappointed with myself for forgetting to ask at reception for a paddle to enable Lurleen and I to canoe on the creek. Had to be satisfied with a 4 in group photo instead.
Lunch of turkey, ham and 5 veg followed by apple crumble & ice cream or plum pudding & custard was yummy, washed down with as many cuppas or wines as one wished. (Wines had to be paid for)
All the time we were entertained by John the singer guitarist and his Bongo drummer John. Many joined in singing, and or dancing. Well done to those ladies and one gentleman who dressed Christmassy and paraded for our Christmas in July outing. Congrats Norma Smith, Judy Finlay and our Christmas Elf, Leah Hall, who were judged Best Dressed. Oh! And not to forget the one & only Trevor Heard who flew the male flag. We were farewelled by John & his wife who seemed sad to see us go.
Both were overwhelmed by how “Happy a crowd” we were and shared how much they enjoyed having us visit.
Travelled home via Farnborough along the beach front and through Yeppoon who were preparing for their triathlon being held on the Saturday.
Thank You Pauline Bambling for another great Nat.Snrs’ days’ outing.
SPRING MORNING TEA - Gladstone Botanic Gardens
Tuesday 10th September is the date set for our annual SPRING MORNING TEA at the Botanic Gardens kiosk starting at 9:10am
Cost $15.00 -
This is an ideal opportunity for showing off your Pretty Spring Outfits.
MURIEL's WEDDING - Lyric Theatre Brisbane
Unexpectedly but happily I found myself at Gladstone Railway Station last Tuesday morning, meeting up with 18 smiling faces all preparing to board the Tilt train to Brisbane.
Surprisingly the train was only 10 mins late. All aboard and it didn’t take long for the group to establish a jovial rapport with the conductor and a few cheeky comments to flow.
Due to sickness, staffing was down by 2 which necessitated those keen for their morning coffee hit to have to walk to buffet car to purchase same and rock & roll back to one’s seat.
Disembarked at Roma Street station and well and truly stretched the legs walking to our Ibis Hotel accommodation near Queen’s Park. Proximity to Queen Street Mall, Irish Pub, Casino and across Victoria Bridge to Southbank found many out and about on foot.
The reason for trip, to see the musical “Muriel’s Wedding”. An extremely well scripted, choreographed, amazing prop designs and changes with synchronized singing etc. A great musical.
All enjoyed the trip home and many of us learnt that Australia has had 3 Australian astronauts, and one can make the Native bird, the Eastern Spinebill fly by moving a $5 note around. (bird is in middle of opaque strip).
Everyone was in agreement that they enjoyed their train journey. Again, a great, relaxing National Seniors trip.
THANK-YOU Pauline Bambling and wonderful fellow travelers. Judy A ….
2019 CHRISTMAS DINNER - at Yaralla Sports Club
Mark the date on your calendar
Once again we will be holding our Christmas Dinner at the Yaralla Sports Club.
Good Company, Good Food, Great Music, Raffles Galore, Trivia questions to test us, Fine Entertainment and Plenty of good cheer. What more could we ask for?
More info at our September and October meetings.