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Stafford Probus has a very active group of members who join in many activities arranged by the Activities Coordinator.

Our activities have been tours to the Back of Bourke; day tours to Toowoomba area; Brisbane river cruises; many morning teas and lunches, just to name a few.

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January 2024

Morning Tea, Geebung RSL.  Once again we started the year with a Morning Tea to bring members together again and get the Probus year underway.  A great time was had by all, some fun and laughter, with lots of food.   Members were tested with "individual table" quizzes answering a range of unusual questions.  It was obvious that some tables (i.e. the winners) did better than others.  Geebung RSL again provided a pleasant venue, and yummy scones and mince pies to go with the tea and coffee.  Thanks to Linda and the team for arranging a day which was enjoyed by all.

December 2023

Christmas Lunch.  Those Probus members who ventured out on a very hot Thursday in December, were surprised to find the Aspley Bowls Club venue was cool with air-con working.  Seems our concerns over the possible hot room caused by roofing repairs in progress were "put on ice".   On entering, we collected from Liz B-B our lucky door tickets and drink tickets before finding places at the well decorated round tables.  The round table format makes catch-up chats easier.  Our attention was soon centred on the MC, with  Graham getting used to the microphone while he strolled the room.  Question sheets (solve these Rebus)  on the tables soon got the grey cells working, some more successfully than others.  As Graham revealed the answers, any "discussion" was adjudicated by LizB-B.  After a delicious lunch, the official guests,  local Brisbane City Councillors Cr Tracy Davis and Cr Danita Parry,  were warmly welcomed and door prizes were drawn.  A big thank-you to Tracy and Danita for their donation of gift baskets and their support during the year.  Also many extra thanks to club members and local businesses who donated prizes.   We must thank Liz B-B and the team who not only worked before the day, but started early on the day - especially getting the air-con working just in time for our arrival.  Thanks to Graham for the MC role well done, and a big thank you to all.

November 2023

Busways and Tunnels Tour.  39 of us boarded a chartered BCC bus at Stafford City terminus for an enlightening tour of Brisbane's busways and tunnels.  We were soon into a tunnel and out onto the Inner-City Bypass, then into the Legacy Way tunnel out to Toowong, then out along the Western Highway to Moggill Road where we u-turned and proceeded up the back way passing by all the TV stations to Mt Cootha for morning tea.    Then it was back to Roma Street under King George Square, over the Victoria Bridge and onto the Southern Busway, under the Mater Hospital and all the way to Eight Mile Plains.  We then backtracked and joined the Eastern Busway which services Langlands Park, Stones Corner, Buranda then under Bogga Road Jail and onto the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to Queensland University where we were shown the clever recharging system for electric buses.  Then  through the Clem Jones tunnel under the river to Bowen Bridge, then back through that first tunnel to Stafford City.   Our thanks go out to John, our very capable BCC bus driver ( a former airline pilot), and especially to our guide Mitch, the BCC Event Transport Services Officer, who was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and prepared to answer all our questions with a big smile and a big personality.  Afterwards most went across to Stafford City Tavern for a "buy your own lunch". Special thanks to Terry H for arranging a great day out.


 Rosewood by Rail.  9am on the 23rd, 49 Probians assembled on Platform 8 at Roma Street Station waiting for the train to Rosewood, a small country town between Ipswich and Toowoomba. 90 minute and 28 stations later we arrived and headed off to explore.  Coffee was on the agenda for many and Harry's Cafe and the bakery filled up rapidly for much needed refreshments.  Next some retail therapy, especially for the ladies.  There were two well stocked dress shops, one of which, Elly Rae Fashions, had been alerted to our visit and and promised a 10% discount. It was not long before the shop's distinctive mauve bags were seen in the hands of happy customers.  Unfortunately we were unable to visit the church, the largest timber Catholic church in the country,  but there was a Cobb and Co coach on display near the Vinnies Op Shop , also well patronised, and an old world Post Office (what have we lost!). The staff were very welcoming and helpful.  Soon it was off for lunch at the Rising Sun Hotel circa 1908, currently being renovated and restored - should look impressive when fully restored.  Very many thanks to Anne, Nev and Carmel Sh who worked hard to arrange this outing.

October 2023

Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens.  On a clear sunny day, 21 members undertook a walk/amble along the garden paths  led by volunteer guides.  We were divided into 3 groups, and, as the Gardens are divided into specialised sections, we were able to explore different areas without crowding each other.  Our guides gave us interesting information on the plants and sometimes their countries of origin.  I don't know how many members were inspired to rush out to their local nursery with ideas of seeing their gardens look like these Botanical Gardens.  After our exercise many members adjourned to the Cafe to enjoy a well-deserved lunch.  Thanks to Liz Lysaght for organising this enjoyable outing.  

September 2023

48 probians and friends undertook the trip to Toowoomba on Thursday 21st.  It was BLOOMING from beginning to end, very well organised by our wonderful Activities officer Carmel.  Not only were the gardens beautiful, but the weather was BLOOMING hot! 

  • Bus driver Bob did a fabulous job of driving us to the gardens, parks etc AND served our meals at the Bowling Club!
  • Larkspur, lavender and ladies abounded.
  • Outing was well managed and on time throughout the day.
  • Ostentatious and overabundance of flowers both cottage garden and parks.
  • Members from three clubs participated in the outing,
  • Information was readily available from Bob and from the brochure we were given.
  • Nourishment was enjoyed at morning tea at Picnic Point where Bob even washed the cups.
  • Garden show was spectacu;ar with flowers and plants of every variety in private gardens and parks.  

The author had a great day as I am sure everyone did.  Our V.P. Barrie offered a vote of thanks to                        Carmel for all her hard work and to Bob for his  punctual driving.

August 2023

 Walk'n Talk at Sandgate:  "Another beautiful day at Sandgate" was how the Probus outing was described by a number of members who attended this annual event.  26 members drove to the seafront at Sandgate for a chance to spend time with friends, play games and more importantly to partake of morning tea provided by members.  The day was warm; the park was filled with laughter from many children and their mothers and we were entertained by the windsurfers out on the ocean.  Cold winds blew in at lunchtime which prompted a mad rush over the road for the best fish and chips at Sandgate.  All in all - a great day out, thanks to Margaret.


Jumpers and Jazz in Warwick:  45 people, rugged up in winter woolies, boarded the Cross Country Tours bus for a day out in Warwick.  Apart from a brief stop in Aratula, the trip was uneventful with driver Bob pointing out places of interest including the new Coles warehouse which stocks items for all Coles stores in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. It is a massive building and one could imagine the number of staff required to move items around ready for delivery.  Bob put us on the right track - apart from a few administrative staff, all the work on the floor is done by robots.  Arriving in Warwick we all went our separate ways and spent the day listening to the jazz bands and singers; investigating all the food trucks selling delicious food; having a look for items to buy at the suitcase rummage or making our way to the Art Gallery or Kings Theatre to check out the wares made by the creative folk of Warwick.  The weather was kind to us.  The community of Warwick had really put in a huge effort with all the knitted and/or crocheted covers on lamp-posts and trees.  If looking for a knitted hat for winter, there were hundreds to choose from. Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Festival and who knows - we may revisit for another great day out.  Thanks Carmel.

July 2023

Club Birthday Lunch: It was a glittering affair of Hollywood - Black and White.  The stars turned out in the "thousands' tripping up the red carpet (dodging the intrusive paparazzi ) along the way.    Entering the Grand Ballroom came Minnie Mouse, Cher, Cleopatra (less Asp), a two-gun pistol packing Gal, Ollie Hardie doffing his hat on entry, some unnamed spiffy men dressed to the tee, the whip cracking adventurer  with hat pulled down. Anon also turned up looking lost.      The room was full to overflowing with glamour and was set for the occasion with black and white table dressing and decorations by our host Geebung RSL.    When settled down, our meal was served and talk at the tables filled the room while Graham the MC worked the room to keep proceedings moving along - with a few jokes, tall stories and lots of laughter.   There was a bit of Hollywood trivia and some lucky door prizes to fill the day.  The organising team, led by Bev, did an amazing job to provide members with an enjoyable day of friendship and fun. To each one of them our thanks for their time and skills in preparing and running such a successful function.

 June 2023

 Trivia Morning Tea: On Monday June 5th, two teams, A and B, representing Stafford Probus arrived at Geebung RSL Club with 22 other club teams for the annual Bridgeman Downs Probus Club Trivia Morning Tea.  After answering numerous questions on many subjects, and enjoying a beautiful morning tea served at our table, Team B was announced as tied for second place. Upon answering a tie-breaker question ( what is height of Mt Cootha above sea level to nearest metre?)  our leader accepted third prize on our behalf. Thank you to our team and to Margaret St for organizing another activity of fun, friendship and fellowship.


Breakfast at Tiff - no - at Crepe Cafe, Aspley:  A crisp winter morning and 30 members scanned the delights of the menu. What choices we had and some even had "eyes bigger than their bellies" Service and food were thoroughly enjoyed by all and by the sound of our talking, we were all happy campers.  Thanks to Liz and June for arranging the day.


Sausages in the Park: 42 members attended a morning tea and sausage sizzle held on a beautiful sunny day at Teralba Park, Everton Park.  The outing started at 10.00 a.m. with home-baked goodies from Brian, Sylvia, Jan, Liz B-B and Margaret St. Then Brian, Terry H and helpers fired up the barbeques and cooked snags and onions to be eaten with sauce on slices of bread.  Thank you to the men and women who took responsibility for making sure everyone in attendance was well fed. (And there were left-overs!)  Margaret St was the lead for this event and as usual she excelled in organising this very popular annual winter Stafford Probus Club event.

May 2023        

Eleven happy Stafford PROBUS Club members recently ventured down to the Bright Autumn Festival in Victoria with members from the Springwood PROBUS Club who organised the 6 day five night escorted tour. With our suitcases full of jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves the eleven of us met the tour guide Val Henry and members from the Springwood club at the Brisbane airport early morning on Wednesday 26 April. It was a glorious day in Melbourne when we arrived at 10:30am and were met by our bus driver, Nick, who welcomed us all with a big Italian smile before setting off for our first stop near the Melbourne Airport, the home of equine royals, The Living Legends. We were all able to rub shoulders with these magnificent horses, some of which were previous Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup winners and stroll around the Woodlands Homestead heritage gardens before lunching at the Black Caviar Café. After lunch we drove to Glenrowan to take a look through the Ned Kelly Museum and replica homestead before driving on to Myrtleford and our accommodation at the Myrtleford Motel on Alpine.

Day two we left our lodgings early and travelled along the Scenic Great Alpine Road towards Mount Beauty stopping along the way at the Tawonga Gap Lookout and Sullivans Lookout where we were all afforded magnificent views. After a welcome cuppa in Mount Beauty we drove to the Kiewa Valley Hydro scheme before a self-guided tour through the museum. After lunch in town our first stop of the afternoon was at the Australian Stoewer Museum where John spoke about the family behind Germany’s Third Car manufacturer and showed off his well maintained Stoewer car collection. Back in Myrtleford later in the afternoon we visited the Old School Museum which provided an interesting insight into the township and tobacco industry which was driven mostly by the large number of Italian migrants who settled down in the Myrtleford region in the 1920’s.

Day three saw us travel back across the valley to Bright where we were joined by Helen our local guide who took us on a tour of the highlights of Bright and Porepunkah and through the National Trust registered Wandiligong Valley to the village of Wandiligong viewing orchards, tobacco farms, nut orchards and autumn colours of the towering Wandi Poplars along the way. We visited Nightingale Brothers, the producers of crisp juicy apples, chestnuts and persimmons and lunched at the 5 Acres Bar and Kitchen which was a perfect setting for an outdoor lunch before heading back into Bright to experience the delightful Elm Haven Garden. Our final stop of the day was at the Australian Pumpkin Seed Company which specialises specifically in growing a special variety of heirloom pumpkin originating in the founding family’s homeland Slovenia.

It was a very cool Saturday in Bright when we arrived back there to have a look through the Bright and District Historical Society Museum which was situated in the old Bright Railway Station. Morning Tea was at the Dougherty’s Bridge for an insight into the gold mining and crushing facilities and a tour of the Bright State Battery and Mining Museum by a local historian. Left to our own devices for lunch found most of us at the fabulous Pie Shop to experience a wide range of hot pies and/or delicious slices and cakes. After lunch Nick drove us to Tatanka Gardens so that we could walk off some of our lunch inspecting the gardens, gift shop and nursery. The final stop on our journey was a visit to the Red Stag Deer Farm where we were given an introduction talk on the 70 acre farm before a chance to feed, touch and learn about deer, emus and ostriches. Those of us who were lucky enough to find a seat on the café verandah were able to take in stunning alpine views including the beautiful Mount Buffalo National Park.

Another cold morning on Sunday saw us travel to Beechworth where we met up with our local historian before enjoying our tour of the Gold Rush History and Ned Kelly walking tour. Our tour led us into the Old Beechworth Goal, which is one of Australia’s most significant post-European cultural sites. Its role in the chain of events that led to the execution of Ned Kelly is significant as it housed Ned’s mother, Ellen Kelly, many of the Kelly sympathisers and Ned himself, alongside his brother Dan and the rest of the Kelly gang. The Robert O’Hara Burke Museum was next on the itinerary on Sunday which was absolutely fascinating.

With bags packed and farewells made to the wonderful staff at the Myrtleford Motel on Alpine, we departed on our final leg of the journey early on Monday morning and drove straight through to the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Memorial Walk in Seymour. The Commemorative Memorial Walk is a wonderful tribute to those fine men, conscripts and regular Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, who fought in the Vietnam War. It is well worth a visit for visitors to Seymour.

Final stop after Seymour was the Melbourne Airport where we said our goodbyes to Nick who had driven us safely on our six day journey and also to some of our Springwood friends who had planned to stay on in Melbourne. The rest of our goodbyes were said at the Brisbane airport when we arrived home again at the end of a long but happy six days with a great group of friends.

April 2023

Just before ANZAC Day, members visited the ANZAC Square Memorial Gallery for a guided tour of the display and the friendly guide offered insights on the material in the memorial. A very moving coverage of the Anzacs through world wars, Korea amd Vietnam conflicts along with many other areas where Australian Forces have served their country.  Following a lunch break in David Jones' food court, members went on to the World War 2 headquarters of General Douglas Macarthur at  Macarthur Chambers.  Macarthur arrived in Australia in March 1942 as Commander-in-Chief of the South-West Pacific area.  Thanks to Carmel for arranging this outing in preparation for ANZAC Day.

March 2023

Trip to Kingaroy: 16 Probians and 3 friends left from Gaythorne on a Granite Highlands Maxi-Tours bus with driver Eugene. If ever we have another trip with them, be on it!     A sightseeing and overeating tour with scones/slices for every morning tea. Rooms Motel in Kingaroy had no dining room, so after the first night we arranged for dinners to be served in an undercover outdoor area which was much better for pre-dinner drinks and fellowship.   The tour included Nanango Power Museum, Kingaroy Art Gallery and Museum, "Bethany" with John Bjelke-Petersen and pumpkin scones, several wineries, shoe shops, the Endeavour Factory, Bunya Mountains with snake, the Peanut Van, Mulanah Gardens, Bunya Red Farm's capers, caperberries and alpacas, Wondai's South Burnett Timber Industry Museum and Woodcrafters Workshop, Bjelke-Petersen Dam, Murgon then sleep on the way home.


Growl Theatre:  Paris 1934. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong?  As our Probus group found, quite a lot as the ego-loaded tenors, wives and girlfriends changed partners, places and rooms frequently while producer Henry Saunders tried to stop runaway chaos.  Very clever staging to have the singers perform to the large "stadium" crowd. Thanks Marilyn for another entertaining outing to Growl.


Murwillumbah and Margaret Olley Art Centre:  21 Probians had an 8.00 a.m. departure with Cross Country Tours for the trip south through the tunnel to join the morning "rush". Nerang for morning tea and comfort stop, across the border and roadworks on a major scale then lunch at a Service Club on the banks of the Tweed River.  The Art Gallery building afforded us a beautiful view of the mountains and farming valley.  Art works on display were well organized and featured Aboriginal works and large works of famous Australian women - Julia Gillard portrait.   The Margaret Olley rooms were a replica of her original home and studio. The amount of furnishings & bric-a-brac cluttered artistically on tables, beside chairs on the floor included her famous Vases of Flowers.   A stop at the Yatala Pie Shop was a must on the way home.  Thanks Carmel and Margaret for another great day out.

February 2023

Crazy cards:  41 players lined up and were sorted into groups of 4 per table.Terry dealt out the cards,well not literally, but he did set the rules and mixed it all up, keeping the players on their toes.  First rule: deal out the cards and follow suit - but what is a suit? However we were fast learners and the game was under way.  We next had to come to grips with the "winners" moving on to the next table and the "losers" changing seats so all players had a change of partner.  Did you win with the highest number of tricks or points?  Rules kept changing so it was open to interpretation.  Some players did not move tables a lot.    The winner was Arch with a whopping 93 points and Margaret St won lowest score prize with 46 points.  Lots of fun and laughter and arguing with the umpire for a very enjoyable morning topped off by a very tasty morning tea prepared by Liz, Sylvia and June.  Great day and thanks to Terry for leading the fun. 

January 2023

Morning Tea:  This free event at the Everton Park hotel is always well attended, with some members arriving early as usual.  A great mixture of members including Past Presidents and future Presidents arranged ourselves at 5 round tables.  We played the Alphabet game  with much hilarity and noise while waiting for scones and coffee. Well worth the wait.  Does the jam go on first or the cream?  A great morning of Fun, Fellowship and Friendship for the first event of 2023.  Thank you Margaret. 

November 2022

First Aid Course: 18 members attended the course at Gaythorne Bowls Club.  Michelle our Queensland Ambulance Service instructor was brilliant. She showed us how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies. We had to practice CPR on the test mannequins. Those of us who could got down on the floor and discovered how much effort was required to do the chest compressions. We also got to see how the AED (Automated External Defribillator) machine worked.  These machines are located in shopping centres, clubs etc.  Epi pens and Ana pens (training versions) were passed around so we could recognize and use them. We had fun trying to make triangular bandages into arm slings. Most amazing were the bandages for snake bites. The rectangular shapes imprinted on these bandages changed to square shapes when the right amount of compression was reached. We discovered there is a smartphone app called Emergency Plus that will help you call 000 and allow you to accurately communicate your location to emergency call takers. Handy if not sure of an exact address like at the beach or on a bush road.  A big thank you to Michelle and all our other wonderful paramedics. 


Maleny Bus Trip: We left early from the old Stafford Bowls Club, took the Motorway then the Steve irwin Way to Beerwah having close-up views of the Glasshouse Mountains. As an alternative to the usual route, the driver took us through the villages of Coochin Creek and Peachester and the district of Crohamhurst. As we climbed on to the range we had magnificent views down to the coast and back to the Glasshouse Mountains.  After morning tea at Mary Cairncross Park, next stop was Maleny where we had ample time to look at the township and its shops. Lunch was at Mapleton. No matter how often you travel the road from Maleny to Mapleton you are still amazed by the views. On the way home there was the mandatory stop at the Banana Bender complex (the old Aussie World) for icecream. Thanks to Peter for organising such a great day.

October 2022

Government House: 24 members assembled under dark clouds and were met by guides Teresa, Katherine, Kate and David.  David outlined the history of the house from pastoralist's residence in 1869 to merchant's residence in the 1890's to temporary Government House in 1911 to permanent residence in 1937.  We were guided through the rose gardens with views of 10 hectares of natural bush, the swimming pool and tennis courts.  In the Investiture Room, Teresa outlined the layout of the House before Her Excellency The Honourable Dr Jeanette Young arrived and gave a candid description of her time there and plans for changes including a modern bathroom for a future visit of King Charkes and Queen Consort Camilla.  The group split in two to visit the foyer, billiard room, sitting room and dining room which was set for a formal dinner that night with Waterford crystal on the table and in the chandeliers.   On leaving the building we admired the dark blue Rolls Royce Phantom VI before Alan  moved a sincere vote of thanks to the guides. Most of the group left for lunch at The Gap Tavern.  Thanks to Alan for organising the activity.  

 September ,2022

Golf Croquet.  17 members went to Toombul Croquet Club for morning tea and play on the 4 croquet courts under the guidance of Toombul club members.  Whist skill levels were not high, the games were fun.  Lunch followed at the Prince of Wales Hotel.  Thanks to Nev and Anne - they even arranged  blue skies.  

 

Eating Out at Mt Glorious:  42 members and visitors braved the cool weather to go to lunch at Mt Glorious with a stop at windy Jolly's Lookout on the way.  Bus driver Peter did an amazing job backing down the long steep driveway at the restaurant.  Even though it took a while to get our pre-ordered meals, I noticed that it was a typical Stafford Probus get-together as the noise level of chatting rose. It was lovely to see members mingling  and catching up with friends. Many thanks to Anne and Nev.  An organizing challenge for them.  

August 2022

Ipswich Bus Trip.  42 members and guests left our old meeting place at Stafford with Brisbane Buslines in peak hour traffic along the Western Freeway.  After a slow trip we had a generous morning tea on the verandah at the Ipswich Information Centre.  Probians love to shop and that we did, availing ourselves of locally made goods and products.   Sandra, a local guide, joined us for a history tour of Ipswich. We saw signs of recent flooding. Many shops in once flooded areas were still closed which made the area a little desolate.  We saw many beautiful and well kept Queenslanders. (New homes are called "interlopers").  We heard about the historic schools and churches and their respective ghost stories.    Sandra left us before our pre-ordered lunch at The Prince Alfred Hotel, a new hotel on the site of a 1860's wooden hotel surrounded by  cotton fields.   We then moved on to the Ipswich Art Gallery situated in d'Arcy Doyle Square.  Great exhibits of paintings and crafts.  Thank  you Margaret!

 

Theatre.  After lunch for some at the Crown Hotel, 34 members attended Growl Theatre to see "Charley's Aunt", a tale  about an aunt in drag, brought in to help chaperone two 19th century young ladies.  Lots of confusion and frivolity followed.  All in all a very enjoyable afternoon.  Thank you Marilyn.

July 2022

Club Birthday Lunch.  The celebration of the club's founding was at Arana Leagues Club. It was an enjoyable day and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Liz B-B (not recognizable in an outstanding 70's outfit) and her band of merry helpers.  There was a group of fancy dress participants, from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. There was a table display of nostalgic goods from those eras.  The band played all the old songs and even people dancing. Prizes for best dressed female and male were awarded.  "yeah man, a groovy time was had by all".

June 2022

Trivia.  The Stafford Demons have struck again.  With 24 tables of 6 players, the Bridgeman Downs Probus Trivia was very well organized.  Stafford Probus for the second successive year won the gold medal answering 31 from 40 questions.  The "B' team won this year, the "A" team last year.  Bring on 2023.


Trade Coast Heritage Centre - Eagle Farm.   We had a beautiful sunny day for our visit.  Rob Tucker gave us a talk on the long and varied history of this old Brisbane site, originally the site of the Convict Women's Prison. A farm was established to provide food for the convict settlement, hence the suburb name - Eagle Farm.  Early pioneers of aviation including Charles Kingsford-Smith and Amy Johnson landed on the paddock after long flights. The American Air Force was based there in WW2.  Hangar 7 was used to reconstruct Japanese Zeros to learn how they were superior to our planes.  A heritage listed testing stand was used to test aeroplane engines.   Thanks to Brian & Margaret for a very interesting and instructive outing.

May 2022  

Theatre.  Growl Theatre "Gaslight". 20 members enjoyed this production of "a classic tale of psychological manipulation". Why was Jack Mannham trying to send his wife mad? A stranger turned up; footsteps were heard in the attic ; what did the maid, Nancy, see in her ghastly boss.  The well chosen cast did a fine job of keeping us all in suspense until the final scene when Jack got his comeuppance and was taken away by the local constabulary to pay for his crimes.              Film history buffs might recall that Angela Lansbury made her screen debut in 1944 playing Nancy. Angela is still gong strong at 96.    Many thanks to Marilyn for arranging this enjoyable outing.h

 

Tall Buildings and Tunnels.   This outing for 28 members was well organised by Margaret Spiller in her usual efficient manner.     We are now experts on the Queen's Wharf development and the Cross River Rail project.  The whole day cost us train or bus fare and lunch of our choice.        The Queen's Wharf development which is bounded by George, William, Alice and Queen Streets is costing private enterprise $3.4B and is on schedule and ahead of target for sales and reservations. It consists  of 4.5 and 6 star hotels, apartments, casino, restaurants and "high end" shops. A "high end" shop is one where if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it.    The Cross River Rail project will cost $6.3B and will take Brisbane's public transport into mid-21st century. It is on schedule in both time and cost and allows for furure expansion.  

April 2022   Trivia.  29 members tried their skills at trivia. Not quite sure if it was best to win or lose but the promise of chocolate soon set the scales for the chase.  Plenty of laughs, a few disputed answers but the adjudicator would have none of that. We were left taking a few (or many) guesses. Some even turned out to be right.  Thanks go to the magic ladies who produced a delicious morning tea.  Thanks to David for preparing the quiz only to be bested by Covid. His stand-in, Brian, took over and tested his French.  A job well done.

 

Breakfast at Pappas Corner.  33 members had a great time just chatting and catching up after covid, Easter and Anzac Day.  Orders were delivered promptly; Carmela thought hers was lost but it came and was twice as delicious.  A little bird whispered that Keith preferred waffles; an order was placed and so he received.  We are so grateful to Anne and Nev for the time and effort they took to make things run smoothly.  

March 2022

St Patrick's Day Lunch.  Irish stew on mashed potato, apple pie on green custard, Irish jokes, a dissertation on Irish history, a trivia quiz on all things Irish, lots of green "dress-ups".  As with other themed lunches, this was another very entertaining and successful day.  

Sausage Sizzle in Teralba Park.  The Gods were smiling on the 40 + who met in sunshine with a light breeze.  A surprise morning tea was followed by the sausage sizzle to rival Bunnings. An overdue opportunity after such prolonged wet weather to just talk with our Probus friends. Thanks to Margaret & Brian and their helpers for organising such an enjoyable activity. 

February 2022  

Here's to a great 2022.   As you all know we had to delay the morning  tea from January to  February 24th.  Well it was worth the wait.  The rain was coming down outside but 42 members were high and dry at the Everton Park Hotel.  The chatter was infectious with members meeting this year for the first time.  Scones, tea and coffee were in plentiful supply.

November 2021:

Theatre:  "The Wickham's Christmas at Pemberley" at Growl Theatre, Windsor.  A lovely day which started with lunch for 11 members at the newly renovated Crown Hotel. Then across the road to meet up with another 11 members to see this light-hearted, funny and well acted play. A big thank you to Marilyn J for organizing a great theatre event. 

Theatre - "The Spider's Web" at Nash Theatre, New Farm. A well presented play with good period settings.  An enjoyable romp through the solving of a murder mystery. Thanks again to Marilyn for finding these gems.

Silent Movies - This visit might have been nostalgic had we all been fifteen years younger. However the 1948 Tom & Jerry cartoon drew much laughter and reminiscences of Saturday matinees long ago. This was followed by a really good laugh at the antics of a "moon landing" interpreted in a 1902 French silent, "coloured" movie. We were then treated to the high jinks of silent actor Harold Lloyd in "Safety Last". We're not sure if the moral of the story was about true love or finding the perfect job, but it certainly was not about safety.   Our catering crew provided a sumptuous morning tea.  Many thanks to Nev for organising this event which we rounded out with lunch at the Fuzzy Duck.

October 2021: 

Theatre - "The Drowsy Chaperone" at Star Theatre, Wynnum SHS.  9 Probians attended this musical comedy performed by Savoyards Company.  Having no idea what the play was about, we found ourselves treated to a delightful production of a parody of a 1920,s style musical comedy complete with singing, dancing, mistaken identities, goodies, baddies, a very thin plot and of course , a happy ending.  The narrator, "Man in Chair", (an ageing and rather lonely theatre fan)  promised that we would be entertained and we certainly were.  Many thanks to Marilyn for organising the excellent seats. 

Breakfast at Dragonfly Cafe, Eden Gardens - 32 hungry Probians followed the usual routine for an 8.30 a.m. start - a queue had formed by 8.10.  Organiser Alan was seen rushing along with his folder underarm trying to get all signatures.  We were seated @ 3 long tables, the service was good for a large crowd, the portions large and no one had a complaint!  The rowdy crowd seemed happy with the ambiance and members mingled. The cafe had an excellent payment method. Each person received a docket with their order on it and then took it to the cash register to pay.  This solved the issue @ the end of finding some unpaid meals.  Alan was thanked for organising this happy event.

All happening in September 2021.   

 Aussie "Colonial Days" Lunch on 9th.  Friends arrived in various styles of colonial dress and were ushered into a "colonial" dining room . We were invited to partake of a sherry or two which immediately transported us back to yesteryear. The catering committee offered a home-cooked culinary delights of "kangaroo tail" soup, main course of Wombat  (corned beef) with the famous white sauce and vegetables, finishing with bread and butter pudding or sticky date pud.  An Aussie quiz, aussie songs and a best dressed competition entertained.  Congratulations to the eight cooks and helpers for the outstanding successs of this function.

A Day Out with Friends on 23rd.  An interesting day.  Probians met at Indooroopilly Station Concourse and started as a tight group to "stroll', some faster than others as it happened,  along the river walkway taking advantage of the Riverscape and birdlife. Breathing through masks was a struggle.  Having time to spare before meeting with the non-walkers for lunch at the Indooroopilly Hotel, most extended the walk by toddling across the river on the pedestrian bridge and staggering back.  Food ordering at the hotel was on-line - a shock and a challenge for those still mastering the Co-vid Check in app.  We solved it by ordering at the counter - a shock and a challenge for hotel staff.    One of the non-walkers was late for lunch. He went to sleep on the train and woke up at Chelmer.  Thanks to organiser Anne and let's do it again. 

Hervey Bay Trip with Trade Travel.  Probians and friends enjoyed three days of friendship, fun,  food, magnificent weather, a busy schedule and early morning starts. This trip had been delayed by covid lock-down in August but Trade Travel rearranged the schedule.  The group rode the Mary Valley Rattler with morning tea of giant scones, jam and cream; saw the third largest jigsaw in the world; toured the military museum; mingled with the locals who were enjoying the Mary Poppins Festival; had special early morning entry to the Mary Poppins Museum; went whale watching; visited the Gympie Timber museum; had lunch and a silent movie at Pomona.  Thanks to Margaret S. for an excellent choice for our getaway. 

August 2021.  

Morning tea, Crepe Cafe, Aspley.  The morning was cold and windy but that did not deter 34 Probians from arriving early for their first outing in a long time. Speciality crepes and pancakes with lots of cream were the order of the day, washed down with coffee and hot chocolate.  Our thanks to Bronwyn for her choice of location but she could not do much about the weather.

Theatre Event.  22 members visited Growl Theatre, Windsor for a second time this year. On this occasion to see a performance of the hilarious "Boeing Boeing" by Marc  Camoletti.  Enjoyed by everyone.  Thanks to Marilyn for organising this entertaining event.

June 2021

Trivia Competition with Bridgeman Downs Probus.   (It may be trivia but the results are far from trivial!)  What a performance by both Stafford teams.  With only 3 wrong answers out of 34 questions, coming in FIRST were Cheryle Shaxson, Lyn Clark, Marilyn Jarvis, Gay Sparkes, Margaret & Brian Stokes.  Just missing out of the money by 3 points were the team of Jan Jones, Jan Capper, Liz Brantley Brown, Joan Boxall, Gloria Baird & Gwyn Ogunyanwo. Congratulations to both teams. 

Walk & Talk, Sandgate.  Twenty-seven Probus members met on the foreshore where we played Bocce, Finska (a game with small numbered pieces of wood set up on the ground and you throw a 12" wooden block to knock them over), as well as Outdoor Bag Toss.  Keith excelled, throwing the rice bag through the hole twice.  Bags were minded by a few while the majority went for a pleasant walk.  10 Probians "ate in" at Fish on Flinders while others had take-away back in the park. While we ate lunch, City Council, in their wisdom, decided to dig a couple of areas nearby.  The volume of our members chatting almost covered the noise of the machinery.  We had a lovely day and many thanks to Margaret & Brian S for organising it and providing the games. 

Bus Trip "Roaming through the Redlands", May 2021                                                                Tour leaders Alan and Carol and 40+ Stafford Probians were greeted with sparkling Brisbane winter weather for the start of our ramble - and didn't we ramble.    For many on tour it was a memory recall of Sunday drives and picnics in their youth; but guide Tarnya who had extensive knowledge of the area was able to explain the meanings of indigenous names from tribes who lived there before white settlement. They harvested not only from the sea but also from the nearby islands.                                                                                                                               The red soil of the area attracted many entrepreneurs and over time sugar cane, citrus, pineapples and vegetables were some of the many crops that thrived.  However as Brisbane grew in population and roads, railways and bridges appeared, the attraction of the area plus sea breezes ensured that people were "on the move." Today numerous suburbs with all the necessary utilities are thriving and still growing.                                                                         Driver Mike was a delight and negotiated many roundabouts and steep inclines and delivered us for morning tea at Wellington Point and  a delicious lunch at Redlands Golf Club. So thanks to Alan and Carol for a great day.

Theatre - "The Importance of Being Earnest", May 2021                                                        Thank you to Marilyn who organized this entertaing theatre event for the Club, the second for this year with more to come.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Growl Theatre, Windsor as a group of 22 Club members and friends attended Oscar Wilde's three act comedy. 

Lunch, Tantulli's Italian Restaurant, Stafford, April 2021                                                    Probians braved the sunlight to attend the lunch at Stafford Central.  They came via the tram tracks and even crossed the double lines on Stafford Road.  Some turned up though they were not confirmed participants and others helped the organizers by booking and then were no shows.  The servings were sufficient and lots of plates were returned empty.  Some smart Probians got two for the price of one and took their bonus home to continue the fellowship.  Thanks to the hosts, organizers and fellow Probians who all combined to have another successful day.  Thanks to Nev and Anne - when is the next one?

Crazy Cards,  Cafe 63, Pickering Place,  March 2021                                                              "Spades are trumps', "Diamonds are trumps," "you have to follow suit", "hey Terry, what did you say again?" were heard throughout the morning as 40 club members met at Cafe 63 to play Crazy Cards at this bi-annual event. After morning tea, the crazy rules imposed had players trying to win or lose a nominated card from the deck. The laughter and good natured banter made for an enjoyable day.  Thank you Terry and Margaret for all the years of organizing this event.  

Theatre Restaurant, Redcliffe, February 2021                                                                            Have you ever wanted to "grill" a suspect or solve a murder mystery? Well a small but select group of Club members and friends had the opportunity to do so when they attended the Mousetrap Theatre at Redcliffe Showgrounds.  They watched closely to see "who dunnit' and were able to question all the characters on stage along with the rest of the audience. Sadly they did not pick the murderer  BUT  Andrew and Doreen's team, "The Clueless Quartet", won the prize for best dressed (Andrew as Sherlock Holmes and Doreen as a gangster's moll).  The prize for best team name of "GiveItArrest" was won by our Marilyn, Lyn and Erin.  Good work.

 Morning Tea, Milk Cafe, Ashgrove, January 2021

Club Christmas Lunch, Aspley Hornets, Dec 2020

Christmas Drinks, Kedron Wavell, Dec 2020

Lord Mayor's Christmas Concert, Dec 2020

High Tea in November 2020

Bare Foot Bowls, October 2020

Trivia at Gaythorne Bowls Club - September 2020

Lunch at Hornets, Carseldine, - August 2020

Picnic in the Park, Teralba Park, Everton Park - July 2020

Breakfast, Rosetta's Cafe, Stafford City - February 2020

Club Morning Tea, Gaythorne RSL - January 2020

Lord Mayor's Christmas Concert - December 2019

Club Christmas Lunch, Aspley Hornets - 19 December 2019

Some 50 plus members joined together to enjoy the end of year celebration of Christmas.  On arrival, the work done by the organizing committee was evident and things were quickly under way with Ron Boxall as MC and our President, Carmela , welcoming all.    The meal was very enjoyable with much talking and laughing, drowning out the music provided by our Mr Music, Arch Young (better luck next time).  A bit of excitement was about when the White Elephant gift-sharing took place with just a bit of rule-breaking happening.  We then found out how little we knew about Christmas carols when tasked by Joan Boxall to name carols where two lines only were given.  We shamefacedly had to declare some very poor results when the list was totalled.   Our thanks to everyone on the organizing committee and to all who helped make it such a lovely day.  Keith Catts.

RIVER CAT TRIP FROM NORTH SHORE, HAMILTON, TO LUNCH AT THE REGATTA HOTEL - 21 NOVEMBER 2019

River City Cruises - 19 September 2019

Our cruise on "MV Neptune" departed Southbank with 29 club members already enjoying their devonshire morning tea.  During the 1 1/2 hour sightseeing cruise we we entertained by informative commentary on history and various Brisbane iconic sights along the river.  The spring weather was superb and judging by the level of conversation our members enjoyed the event, with some stalwarts continuing on to lunch.

NASA“A Human Adventure” Exhibit at Qld Museum - Thursday 22nd August 2019   .

On 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped on to the moon with the comment that it was one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.Fifty years later our group of 28 attended the Queensland Museum to view the Exhibition which is touring the world with Brisbane the only stop in Australia.The history of space travel was covered from Buck Rogers before the 2nd World War , the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961, the moon landing by Apollo 11 in 1969 and subsequent space flights. The exhibit detailed the first moon landing with all aspects from the 6 stage rocket and mock-ups of the inside of the space craft and the Lunar Module which landed on the moon. One thing obvious was that the crew was not treated as first class passengers.  Their area was cramped and crammed with equipment.Displays of space suits, sleeping facilities, hygiene facilities, food and eating utensils. These utensils had magnets so they did not float away.For want of a better word the food looked unappetizing.It would be one way to diet.One of our ladies said she was most interested in the food and the underwear.          

The exhibit emphasized the magnitude of the achievement and how brave they were.After seeing the exhibition we adjourned to the Fox Hotel for lunch.Fortunately the lunch menu was better than the food supplied on the space craft.It was a great day.        

Thanks to Linda for organizing it.Nev Langford                                                                       

 VISIT TO BRISBANE TRAMWAY MUSEUM AT FERNY GROVE                                                                                           On Thursday, 15th August, 2019  twenty-four members were treated to a trip down memory lane.  After a visit to the museum office with its comprehensive display of tram memorabilia, morning tea of scones was served by volunteer Peter under a shady tree.  Then the ‘fun’ rides began with volunteers Brian as guide and conductor and Geoff as motorman. 

 1.  Car 47.  Built in 1901 in Brisbane, a ‘California’ combination car running on 600v DC, stepped down by transformer from 11,000v.  Internally  lit by kerosene lamps, bell cord communication (1 ding for stop, 2 for go),  Car 47 was beautifully restored by apprentices at Brisbane City Council workshops after the closure of tramways in 1969.  

2. Car 341. Built in 1936 in Brisbane. A drop-centre tram for easier access; licensed to carry 110 seated and standing; 2 saloon cabins, smoking at rear only; carried ¼ million passengers a year during WW2.  Busiest times were major events – Ekka, race days and hospital visiting hours, 7-8 p.m.  

3.  Car 99.  Built in 1936 in Brisbane.  A short wheel-based tram for use on the hilly Botanic Gardens to Gregory Terrace line.  Known as “Jumping Jack”, the result of Terrace boys jumping in a group on one bogie.   

4.  Car 65.  Built in 1921 in Brisbane.  An American matchbox style, coCar 554.   Car 554 was the last tram to run a regular service in Brisbane.  It is one of eight  Phoenix Class Trams built in 1969 on bogies salvaged from the fire that destroyed the Paddington Depot that year.  Using new technology, it was the most comfortable tram -   with fluorescent lights, padded seats, opening windows, sliding doors, rear vision mirrors for safety.

There were lots of questions for our guide, lots of reminiscing by those who grew up in Brisbane,  lots of grunting getting in and out of the older trams,  but also lots of happy memories to keep from the day.  Lunch at the Ferny Grove Tavern afterwards was the usual noisy affair with  trams the main topic of conversation!

A big thank-you to Linda (and Brian, Geoff and Peter)  for organizing the visit.

CLUB 29TH BIRTHDAY - 18TH JULY 2019 

What an enjoyable lunch 47 of our members experienced at the Aspley Hornets Football & Sporting Club for our Club birthday celebration!  The weather was kind to us on the day, the venue was delightful and of course, the food was absolutely delicious.  Ron Boxall very capably navigated us through the day telling jokes, giving away lucky door prizes and of course, giving cheek to all and sundry.  Terry Holmes kept us entertained reciting bush poetry and telling us stories about his time working outback.  If you ever thought you knew about the history of Brisbane, you would have been tested by the Trivia Quizes prepared by Arch and Jan Young.  Our memories were tested and showed us how little we knew but also provided lively conversation at the tables.  Pass the parcel run by Joan Boxall gave members a chance to remember some of the history of the club and service provided by our longer term members.   Thank you everyone who contributed to organising the event which gave much pleasure to those who attended.

LUNCH AT LITSE (Life is too short - enjoy) LOUNGE, KEPERRA

On a chilly June Thursday, 38 Probians met for lunch.  Contrary to the norm, only 6 members were present by 11.30 a.m. stressing hostess Anne.  Others had several circuits of Keperra and enquiries were made at the Post Office before finding the place.

The fare was well presented and delicious. As can happen, when dishes arrived some members liked their neighbour's plate more than their own & our esteemed President thought she had been diddled when she saw Del's duck!  Photos verify the point that the Chicken Roulade was smaller than the duck.  Michael enjoyed the Beef Short Ribs so much he shared them with his jumper.  Ron consumed and enjoyed Max's prawn entree.  With a choice of 2 or 3 courses plus drinks, everyone was satisfied.  Thanks to Anne for organizing a very successful day.

SENIOR MOMENTS - QPAC

On Thursday afternoon, 9th May, 20 Probus members assembled at QPAC to attend the matinee performance of the comedy review ‘Senior Moments’.  We all enjoyed this show immensely since the programme included  a series of sketches and songs – both topical and hilarious – about old people and the young people they have to deal with. Characters in the cast were represented by performers who were old enough to know better – all making fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.  These performers included Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Woods ( Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules),  Max Gillies  (The Gillies Report, Once Were Leaders),  Benita Collings (Play School icon), Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman  (A Country Practice, Underbelly).

MORNING TEA - CREME & CREAM COFFEE SHOP

A lovely autumn morning, 16th May, saw 37 members gather at Stafford to eat, drink, talk and eat some more.  The fare was homemade delicacies – sandwiches, scones, quiches, custard  treats and caramel slices.  The proprietor and her helpers (one who appeared eligible to join Probus) did well to meet our various tea and coffee choices and were all extremely friendly and helpful.  This was a really enjoyable and happy social outing as evidenced by the buzz of conversation.

Crazy Cards & Morning Tea at Hornets Club Aspley

A very pleasant and interesting morning outing was held at Hornets Club on the 21st March. Crazy Cards was the game and it lived up to its name for the 44 members and guests who attended. We were greeted at the door by Linda Lawes and our genial host for cards was Terry Holmes.  Our first interest was morning tea of scones, jam and cream.  After these had been demolished, we concentrated on the serious task of playing cards.   Terry managed to change the rules of play after each hand to keep us on our toes. Fortunately Terry and his crew knew what they were doing.  Being a card player did not help as all rules of card play were broken much to the enjoyment of those present.  We progressed around the tables making it a great social event.  The champion was Mike Leboutillier and the runners up were Jan Lidicky  and Barbara Foley. Competition for the Booby Prize was very competitive but eventually Peter Murphy prevailed.  Afterwards many of our members adjourned to the dining room for lunch.

Our thanks to Terry and his helpers who made it a great day.

The MacArthur Museum Brisbane Tour.

22 people arrived at the bottom end of the Mall ready for their arranged excursion for the day. It was a beautiful Autumn day and in true Probus tradition of Fellowship, Food etc. the majority wandered off for a coffee.

The volunteers then supervised the loading of the lifts; bear in mind the building (the old A.M.P.) was there    before the Second World War. The Museum area is owned by the Brisbane City Council and there are 72 other units in the complex (approximately half owner occupied, and remainder for rent).

See the photo taken in MacArthur's office around a replica table (original table was owned by MacArthur himself and when he moved it moved) MacArthur never owned a house. John, our guide, then explained how lucky     Brisbane was, submarines off Queensland’s coast,    bombing of Darwin, Milne Bay, Singapore, Pearl Harbour, Port Moresby. Also explained the involvement of Aussie and the United States forces.

There was a photo of the ship used in the evacuation of Darwin, also Air Raid Shelters (one still standing at     Kelvin Grove) and many that were in people’s back yards.

The Vice Consul and US Ambassadors had visited the Museum the day before for the 70th anniversary and we were privileged to have a piece of the celebratory cake.

The day was completed with lunch at Harlequin Jacks.