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Our first excursion on Tuesday 24 May this year to the Dandenong’s was a huge success. 20 people set off on a minibus complete with individual cushions with Tony, our guide and driver. Another thing in our favour was the glorious autumn day. We drove to Kallista and stopped there for a leisurely morning tea. We then headed to Olinda and on the way even stopped to watch Puffing Billy go by. We stopped at Sky high at Mt Dandenong to enjoy the beautiful views. Lunch was at Lilydale at York on Lilydale, where we enjoyed a 2-course lunch. We then drove back to Brighton Bowls Club to pick up our cars. It was clear how much this day was enjoyed and the main thing was having the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company. With 2 years of lockdowns, this was the most important part of the day.______________________________________________________________________________________________

In April 2022, we had our first Dine Out post-COVID at Chapagne Charlize. 23 of our members enjoyed a great dine-out at Champagne Charlize on 26 April 2022. Members were able to experience good food and drink while relaxing and taking pleasure in the company of other members.


One of our first outings after the COVID lockdowns was a Christmas in July concert and lunch at The Bentleigh Club. It was a most enjoyable outing, and everyone had a great sing along


Unfortunately our planned trips scheduled for early 2020 to see the Sand Sculptures and our dine-out to the Sandbelt Hotel both had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

We'll resunme these outings commencing with a trip to The Silos of the North East on 15 June 2021


It was a lovely Spring day when ten members using their free rail travel vouchers visited Traralgon arriving at around 11 am. Coffee was enjoyed at the nearby ‘Karvery Limnos Kafe’ followed by an inspection of the roses at the well manicured gardens. The members found plenty of interesting shops before enjoying lunch at the Grand Junction hotel with lots of laughter as they recalled past family events and current affairs from a lighter point of view.

The Publicity Officer sincerely thanks David and Maggie for proving information on this Outing.


Thirty-one of our members and guests attended a dinner a Cilantro's Restaurant on Wednesday 13 November. The Chefs and wait staff are all students and they were under the supervision of three of their teachers. The food was an excellent buffet and the service was attentive. After we'd finished, our Dine-out coordinator thanked the students for their efforts.



On Tuesday 15 October, 31 of our members and guests went on an excursion to the Macedon Ranges. The first stop was The Memorial Cross at Mt Macedon. Although it was still quite foggy, the sheer size of this memorial was very impressive. It is only second in prominence to the Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria. Our coach driver put on a morning tea for us but a number of us preferred the warmth of the local café for our morning tea.

We then proceeded on to Hanging Rock (known for the movie – Picnic at Hanging rock that was made there). There were several walks available and an informative Discovery Centre. The walks varied in difficulty, with the climb to the peak being the hardest. However, a number of our members climbed part of the way and were rewarded with a fantastic view of the jagged rock formations.

Then on the coach again to Woodend where we were served a roast lunch and cupcakes for desert.

Finally, on the coach again for the trip home. I’m not sure if all the passengers fell asleep; but I know one who did!

Below are some photos from the day’s outing.

The memorial Cross through the fog.

Two of our members lost in the fog???

Some members enjoying the warmth of the local cafe for morning tea

Checking out the distances to Melbourne, Ballarat and Adelaide. Deciding it is too far to walk!

Our Treasurer checking to see if we're in the right place

The very friendly locals

Below are sonme of the great views of Hanging Rock


Thirty-five of our members and guests enjoyed an outing to grand homes of the West. We stopped for a quick morning tea at Williamstown. Our coach driver, John organised tea, coffee and biscuits for everyone but some ventured over the road to purchase their coffees.

We then ventured on to Point Cook Homestead where a guide talked to us about the Chirnside family and how they came to own large tracts of land throughout Western Victoria.

Then we had lunch at the Italian Club before visiting Werribee Mansion. This mansion was also owned by the Chirnsides and was fitted out with furniture from the late 1800s.

Then a quick tour of new estates around Werribee South before returning to The Bentleigh Club and then home for a well-earned rest.


Our members enjoyed another great Christmas in July at The Bentleigh. Club. There were 50 members and guests. We had coffee and cake while being entertained by John Zammit. He presented some old classics by stars such as Frank Sinatra, and Doris Day as well as some Christmas favourites. We then had our Christmas lunch and plenty of opportunity to sit and chat over a glass or two!


The High Tea at Regnier Cakes was a most enjoyable Dine-Out. Twenty-six of our members attended and feasted on great scones and cakes as well as indulging in a large variety of blooming teas (a specialioty of the house). I’m sure no one will want dinner after that.


On 23 April, over 30 of our members and guests went on a coach trip around the Bay crossing on the ferry between Sorento and Queenscliff.  They stopped in Geelong for lunch. Did some retail therapy in Queenscliff before boarding the ferry. It was a very long but enjoyable day. 


On 6 February 2019, 27 of our members and guests attending Evita the Musical at the State Theatre. The acting was exceptional with Tina Arena being outstanding. The day was a scorcher and we were glad to be sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of the theatre.

The Publicity Officer apologises for the lack of photos to celebrate this occasion but the ban on cameras within the theatre made this task impossible.


Twenty-five of our members attended the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) in late November. The introduction by Lisa Phillips, Director of Education which was followed by a short film, set the stage for the remainder of our visit. Our members split into 3 groups and toured the museum section of JHC under the direction of three guides. This gave them an overview of what exhibits were in the museum and our members were all in agreement that they would come back again to get a better understanding of the stories behind some of these exhibits. The group returned to the auditorium and a holocaust survivor, Sarah Saaroni, aged 92, spoke to them about her life before, during and after the Second World War. Her graphic and eloquent talk was extremely moving for our members. Sarah said that her actions were based on necessity and were not courageous.

Our members then went to a local restaurant, The Goat House, and enjoyed a great meal and attentive service. The discussion continued over lunch and into the afternoon on the highlights of the morning’s visit to the JHC.

Lisa Phillips, Director of Education ay the Jewish Holocaust Centre

Sarah Saaroni, Holocaust survivor and Lisa Phillips.

o\Below are some of our members enjoying lunch after visiting the Jewish Holocaust Centre


Traditionally, we have our last dine out for the year at Cilantros, which is a restaurant attached to Holmesglen university and is run by the students under the watchful eye of their instructors. As usual, the food and service were both excellent and all 35 of our members and guests had a great time.

Our President, John enjoying his desert



Thirty-six of our members enjoyed a delicious lunch at Champagne Charlize in Bentleigh on 30 October 2018. This number filled the restaurant and allowed our members to mingle. The food was superb and at a moderate cost. Below are some photos.


We had a great Christmas in July at The Bentleigh Club on 19 July 2018 There were 56 members and guests attended and all enjoyed the morning tea; the entertainer and a delicious Christmas lunch.

After the lunch, some of our members continued their celebrations


A great 3-day trip was organised for our members and their guests in June 2018. The first day was a very long and full day. There was a 2-hour cruise with Kingfisher tours followed by dinner at the Moama Sports club. It was a great trip with heaps of eating, lots of sightseeing/retail therapy and many laughs. More than 20 members and guests participated and all of them had a fantastic trip. Below are some photos 



In March 2018 we had a trip to Ballarat to see the begonias at the Botanical Gardens. We had a stop for morning tea at Bacchus Marsh on the way up and afterwards, enjoyed a lunch at Pipers opposite the Gardens.

We had 29 of our members and friends attended and everyone had a great time.

Morning tea at Bacchus Marsh

Botanical Gardens Ballarat

Lunch at Pipers