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Our first meeting was fun. There were only three of us. I wonder if there will be more next month.
We sat together at a table, drank coffee or hot chocolate (the tea remained unopened) and discussed a wide range of things, including, of course, writing.
Pat suggested a quick writing exercise, which we tried. It amazed me that it is possible to create something so easily like that, even though I thought it would be difficult to just come up with something on the spur of the moment. I think what helped was the fact that there was no judgement and we didn’t expect anything deep or inspiring. It gagged my internal censor and out popped something I would never have normally thought of.
Thinking about that this morning while I was surfacing from sleep, it hit me how many things I’ll never write because I don’t simply sit down and do so. Time marches on. I’ll never have another now. The minutes are valuable. I should be creating as much as I can before it’s too late. I don’t want to die with all my stories still inside me. That would be a waste.
Come along to the next meeting. Yes, I know it will be during NaNoWriMo. Perhaps we can use that to help us all write more.
EDIT: We’re changing it to 9am on the first Wednesday of each month. Anybody with thoughts on the matter?
First a reminder of the General Meeting this Friday at 5.30 pm at the Hall. All members welcome. Lots to discuss, including where the Hall is going, and planning fun things for the future. There may even be a cup of tea and bikkie after, or something better!
There are two new regular activities stating at the Hall, for your general well-being, erudition and pleasure.
- The first is that we are pleased to welcome Claire Dixon to take a class in gentle Hatha yoga at the Hall on Saturday mornings at 9.30 am starting from Saturday 7 October. Claire is currently teaching two classes in Kenilworth during the week (see the attached flier) and is willing to teach at Gheerulla for all of you who are unavailable during the week. The cost is $10 for an hour of rejuvenation, stretching and bliss. And O the benefits for those of us with dicky backs!
- Miriam is starting a Writers’ group, at 9am on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Gheerulla Hall. A group of people interested in writing will be meeting. The aim will be to help spur our writing and to discuss the craft. Old hands and aspiring writers, those who indulge in NaNoWriMo and those who enter local competitions, people with decades of experience and others who are new to writing — all are welcome. Bring along something you’ve written or just your ideas. Entry is free. We ask, but don’t require, a gold coin donation to the Gheerulla Hall for letting us use the venue.
- Don’t forget too Jo’s Fit Club on Wednesdays at 9.30 am, suitable for all ages, abilities and genders. $10 for a gentle, but all-encompassing workout with a bunch of wild people. You can help your heart, increase energy, stop growing old, reduce wrinkles, and achieve world peace. The closest get fit experience this side of the black stump. Wherever that is.
- And Line Dancing with Irene, if you haven’t yet had a go. Low impact but still weight bearing, and a workout for the brain. Irene is generously taking these classes for only a gold coin donation to the Hall. Move with attitude to all kinds of music – hip-hop, Irish, Doris Day, the Beach Boys, and more. The experts say you can make friends. So there. As well as boost memory, increase flexibilty, diminsigh depression, other stuff, and get sexy legs. Maybe one day the Gheerulla Team my enter a competition! Again, suitable for all comers, ages and genders. That’s on Friday mornings, 9.00 am during summer.
- It’s SCARECROW season shortly, and I propose to put a gallery of scarecrows up at the Hall. You can either make your own, or join in the fun as we try and make some. If you want to help make a SCARECROW to put up at the Hall, respond to this e-mail, with the times you are available, and I’ll set some dates. Probably most afternoons this coming week, as it won’t be so hot. Broom and mop people especially welcome, so don’t throw out that old cleaning apparati – turn into a facsimile of YOU, doing aerobics, of course. Or line dancing. Or writing. Or… we may have some materials and ideas for you to put one together. Get creative! Or help me immortalise insane world leaders in paper mache.
- And cos we’re cultured too, prior to Christmas, we may have some ukulele/music/singing sessions at the Hall on a Friday afternoon. Let me know if you’re a wannabe muso, and dust off your trombone, lagerphone, jug, balalaika, or that one you bought in India, and join in the Gheerulla Ensemble. Dates to be confirmed, but it will be Friday afternoons, probably.yours,Pollyanna
9am on the first Tuesday each month
at Gheerulla Hall
(Tuesday, 3rd of October 2017)
(optional gold coin donation for the hall)
All interested in writing are welcome!
We’ll try to help each other, give tips on things we’ve learned, such as ways to overcome writer’s block and how to find story ideas. Should you write for yourself or for the reader? Should you fit your story to a genre? Should you use a computer or write freehand? If a computer, what programs are suitable?
If you want to attend, but the date and/or time doesn’t suit you, ring Miriam 5472 3151 and we’ll try to work out a better one.
9am on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Gheerulla Hall
A group of people interested in writing will be meeting. The aim will be to help spur our writing and to discuss the craft.
Old hands and aspiring writers, those who indulge in NaNoWriMo and those who enter local competitions, people with decades of experience and others who are new to writing — all are welcome.
Bring along something you’ve written or just your ideas.
Entry is free. We ask, but don’t require, a gold coin donation to the Gheerulla Hall for letting us use the venue.
1. Sorry about the typos in a recent e-mail. I blame gmail. If their rotten system wasn’t so confusing I’d have clicked the ‘send’ button on the right e-mail. Not the rough draft one. Which means I might have to send it to you again. Properly. My hatred of gmail and Hotmail,for that matter, is second only to my hatred of all things Telco. I have the Communications Ombudsman’s number in my speed dial, if anyone wants it.
2. YOGA. I am delighted to be able to offer you the chance to do yoga (gentle) at a hall near you! Claire, who has classes already in Kenilworth on Tuesdays (9.30 am), and Thursdays (5.30 pm); is willing to also teach at Gheerulla Hall. choice of Thursdays 9.30 am; or Saturdays 9.30 am. Possibly starting after the school holidays, by the time we sort it out. Could those interested let me know their time preference. Classes cost $10, for an hour, and we would need a minimum of 5 people. I have been and my body loves it.
3. Scarecrows. Yes, it’s that time of year, when Mary Valley Arts hosts the Scarecrow Festival, (www.maryvalleyartslink.com.au) (Oct 7 – Nov 11) and all sorts of weird creations and otherwise piles of junk start appearing all through the valley. I have this hope that Gheerulla hall can be a ‘site gallery’ and put up several scarecrows. There is also a possibility of setting up a few ‘group making sessions’ in the hall. If you have ideas or thoughts or want to be involved – let me know. I have a desire to revisit my Donald Trump scarecrow and make him scarier. Other suggestions??
4. General Meeting: Next meeting will be at 5.30 pm Friday 6th October at the Hall. Note this time may be different from the earlier email. Come along and have your say about the development of the hall, hear about the proposed new ramp, the proposal for the Men’s Shed, and generally everything.
Now that we’ve recovered from ‘Dancin the Night Away’ (well, some of us are still in recovery) – there are a few things to put in order. Firstly, thanks to the Sunshine Coast Council for their 50th Anniversary Grant of $1,000 which allowed us to pay the band. Also I would like to thank our amazing team of volunteers who helped clean up, set up the decorations, prepare the food and of course run the bar, and photographers. They are Barry and Jim, Shona, Viv, Miriam, Brenda, Joy, Kathy, Lori, Don, Alana, Eamon and Angela. It was a very successful night and enjoyed by all.
Now back to business.
The ramp is to be upgraded soon. We have a design and need to get some quotes before commencing work.
Table tennis, Cards, Indoor bowls, Darts etc?
Are you interested in meeting at the hall maybe once a month on Sunday afternoon to lay table tennis, cards, or other games or just have a social get together regularly. Let us know.
Gheerulla Men’s Shed:
The Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce asked if we would support the establishment of a Men’s Shed on the Gheerulla Hall site. We have agreed in principle. Since then a group of Men’s Shed advocates have been meeting fortnightly at the hall to progress this. It’s all happening very quickly. They have applied to Sunshine Coast Council to establish the Men’s Shed on the site, and have applied for grant funding for the purchase of the shed. The site chosen is between the tennis courts and the Hall with a pathway for access to the area on the south of the Hall. Members are invited to share their views on this at the next meeting, as below.
Next meeting will be at 5.30 pm Friday 6th October at the Hall. Come along and have your say.
Yep, an old-fashioned get-ready-for-the-party style clean up!
Clean-up: Thursday 17 morning (from 9.30 am) Wash floor, clean toilets, wipe down kitchen, etc.
Decorating:Friday 18 afternoon (from any time after line dancing – suggest from 1.00 pm onwards) Set up tables, chairs, decorations, balloons, or other things -who knows what else.
Food Prep: Not entirely sure about this, but suspect there’s some serving and dishing up on the night, some actual dishes to clear and wash. If you want to do some cooking for the event, contact Mary Ann
Post-party Clean-up: Probably some on the night, and/or on Sunday.
Please let me know which of these you can be involved in.
Well, if you haven’t been to any of the Festival of Community Halls events, you’ve missed a good time. Country Rock dance at Obi, music at Eudlo, great retro market and stuff at Mapleton, with music by Mzaza and Vardos…. Eat your heart out.
But fortunately for those of you who are slow off the mark, there’s more to come! This weekend, there are:
Friday 11 August
- a concert with Roy Morris at Caloundra 9 am!!
- ‘Inigo Jones and the Deluge’ movie, meal and memorabilia, Peachester – Inigo Jones was the legendary (and controversial!) weather forecaster and artist – 6 pm
Saturday 12 August
- Montville Village Market -‘ From Farm to Cafe’ from 7 am
- Princess Ball, Kenilworth – 7 pm
And that’s only THIS weekend! Seven more weekends to go!!
see www.sunshinecoastcommunityhalls.com for more info.
And of course, there are other events in addition to the Halls festival!
Pollyanna (Social secretary)
In case you’re not aware, the Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce is organising a trial bus service from Kenilworth to Nambour once a week. The important thing to note, is that it will pick up (and drop off) at Gheerulla by prior arrangement.
Currently, the bus goes on Wednesdays, departing from Kenilworth Info Centre at 10.00 am (passing Gheerulla about 10.15 / 10.20 am). The return cost is $8.00 only, but needs to be booked a day or so earlier. The route includes stops at the Nambour Hospital, Nambour Plaza, and Coles shops. It departs Nambour 2.30 pm from Nambour.
Yours truly is going this Wednesday, to enjoy the delights of a sojurn in Nambour. Join me!
Well, by now if you don’t know about the great 60’s DANCE NIGHT happening at Gheerulla Hall on the 19th August, then you’ve been living under a rock. Not that I can blame you. There’s some pretty nice rocks around. Take Kenilworth Bluff for instance. Now there’s a nice rock. But now it’s time to emerge and join in the party, especially as it’s part paid for by your hard-earned ratepayer dollars.
As part of the Celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast way back in ’67, and as part of the Festival of Community Halls (www.sunshinecoastcommunityhalls.com) Gheerulla Hall members and guests, and, in fact anyone, can come and DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY to the LIVE music of The Strangest Dreamers, that fabulous band of old rockers. Or you can just come along and enjoy the music and watch everybody else like you used to do.
The Strangest Dreamers
Tickets can be purchased on line, at www.trybooking.com/QZSC, but if you hate the internet with a passion, you can buy your tickets just like you did in the 60’s by going to a shop and coming away with a pretty bit of paper. Both Johanna Designs and West’n Colour in Kenilworth can sell you tickets, for a mere $20, which is pretty good, seeing as you’ll also get a morsel of food in the evening to keep you boppin’. Or you can contact us.
So put a ring around the date:
|When: Saturday 19 August
Time: 7.00 pm
Where: Gheerulla Hall
And for those of you who like to read everything, here is the full press release that’s gone out to the papers:
See you at the DANCE!
This event is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council 50th Anniversary Fund.