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Interest Groups


COST $2.00

Held at Crib Point on the first Monday of the month at 1.30pm.

Join us for a fun game of either, a good chat and afternoon tea.

New players welcome. We’ll teach you how to play.

Group Leader: Patsy Wilson

BOCCE/Indoor BOWLS                                         


Held at Garden Square in Somers on the first Friday of the month October to May.

Indoor Bowls- $5

Now held at Balnarring Bowls Club June to September

We play on the first Friday of the month, 10.15 for a 10.30 start.

We select teams and play until about noon. Those who wish to get together for coffee or lunch afterwards, do so.

New players welcome. You don’t need to have played before. Come along for a fun time.

Group Leader: Graeme Wilson




UFO (Unfinished Objects) or PHD (Projects Half Done)

 The content of tasks varies according to what people want to do. The group was set up to complete unfinished portable projects (eg,stitching,  knitting, wire work) and to learn mosaics, with projects like bird baths.

We meet the last Thursday of the month, in a member’s home.



  Once a month the dine-out group enjoy a meal together for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant or café. Everyone is welcome.

Group Leader: Paul Buchhorn



Canasta we played but now tis Hand & Foot.

Members were introduced to this game with a strange name.

Each player is dealt with two sets of cards – a Hand & a Foot.

Melds must be made with the Hand before the Foot can be played.

Your grey cells will be tested but you will be on the hook.

30,000 points before the match can end - may take a few games!


Hand & Foot is played with Canasta cards plus extra Jokers.

Either singles or two pairs using six Canasta packs.

Each player is dealt with two sets of cards – a Hand & a Foot.

Melds must be made with the Hand before the Foot can be played.

30,000 points before the match can end - may take a few games!

Group Leader: Pat Taylor



 The Camera Crew takes a light hearted look at photography. The group meets at 5:30pm on the 4th Thursday of the month in member homes. Photos taken for the theme of the month are displayed & related stories told. One or two photos are selected to be published in the newsletter. A bbq or casserole dinner & desserts follow. 

Group Leader: Sandra Shiel                



The Walking Group is structured to cater for easy walking around the many National Parks and attractions of the Mornington Peninsula.

The Group meets on the 4th Friday of every month, weather permitting, to complete a walk of between 6 to 10 Kms.

 Usually we meet at the Balnarring Hall at 9.30 AM  to car pool to our start point. If participants wish it is fine to meet the Group at the start point at around 10 AM.

The walks are of medium range with not too many hills or steps. Most times we try to arrange a circuit walk to prevent doubling up on the scenery or attractions. Of course we try to include a morning tea stop during or at the end of the walk. On special occasions we can also slip in a lunch.

Some of the past or future walks will include Devil Bend Reservoir, Hastings Boardwalk, Mt Martha Balcombe Creek, Bush Rangers Bay at Cape Schanck, Red Hill to Merricks, Bittern to Tyabb Cool stores, Langwarrin Reserve and many more.

Group Leaders:   Glynn and Suzanne Staggard 



 A selection of books donated by members are on display at each general meeting.  A variety of titles
for members to choose from gives plenty of options for a good read at no cost.

Group Leaders: Ian & Marj Wisken



A group of film enthusiasts meets monthly in a member’s home to view and discuss the DVD of the month.

Group Leader: Anna  Buchhorn



Encourages the appreciation of gardening of all different garden-types.

We meet usually on the Third Monday of the Month. We encourage active participation in planning for outings and garden visits.

We also have some plant swaps and seed exchanges amongst our members. We try and have our meetings at some of our member’s gardens but often meet at the conveners Rupert Steiner’s house.

Please keep an eye on the club News Letter for information of upcoming events.

Gardening is good for your health and gives you a greater appreciation of nature in all its form.

Gardens are an oasis for all manner of critters and sometimes preserve plants and seeds that are in peril of extinction. 

Group Leader: Rupert Steiner



When there is a good movie the leader emails the group.



The Singing for Fun group is not a choir, but a gathering of people who love to sing and have fun.

We are lucky to have fellow Honorary Members John Deviny and Jan Shrimpton who  travel from View Bank. They play an important role in our group. John is our accompanist and Jan leads us. 

Our list of songs is many and varied. 

We welcome new members. Everyone can sing!

We meet at  a member’s home in Balnarring, on the Friday of our General meeting. Cost $2.

Group Leader:  Patsy Wilson



We play five hundred at a member’s home in Somers. 

We meet on the second Monday of the month, at 1.30pm.

$2.00 for afternoon tea.

New members welcome. We are happy to teach you how to play.

Group leader: Patsy Wilson



The group meets at members' homes on the first Tuesday morning of the month to discuss the book of the month. The books are accessed from Hastings Library.

Group Leader: Sue Rutley



Do you like to gamble for sheep stations, are hopelessly competitive, or would risk your very life, to "win" at any expense?

Then Backgammon is definitely NOT FOR YOU.

Our group offers plenty of parking, comfy chairs, in a casual atmosphere, pleasant garden surroundings with occasional glimpses of a pair of resident of Plovers, permission to throw as many double six's as you could possibly want, (good luck in that department) afternoon tea if you are really lucky and lastly, plenty of laughs and friendship thrown in just for good measure.

If all these things are what you have been looking for in life, why not join us and share in our idyllic group, third Thursday of every month? 

My promise to you is, you will be made most welcome.


A couple of us may even take the time to teach you how to play. AND, at your second attendance, you will be able to beat the teachers.


Because Backgammon is all down to a roll of the dice and plain old good luck.

Group Leader: June Jacobson