What’s Happening at Gheerulla Hall

Well it’s been a while now since the last missive, so you’re probably going around with your tongue hanging out for news.

First and foremost, your new management team for 2019 is:

President : David Badgery
Vice President : Lucas Johnson
Minutes Secretary: Susan Rough
Treasurer: Don Law

Committee Members: Robyn Pfeiffer, Libby Rough, Mary Ann Law, Ros Barrett, Noala Mockeridge, David Brough, Miriam English.

On the committee Robyn represents the Gheerulla Tennis Club, Miriam looks after the webpage, the writers group meetings, the computer help sessions and the inspirational talks program, Libby Rough looks after the Facebook page. Don looks after hall bookings.

Any member is welcome to attend management meetings or contribute in any way in the management of the hall. The next meeting will be at 5.00 pm Friday 21st June at the hall. So you can be there! The meetings are usually over in time to get home for dinner at 7.00pm. See you there to socialize.

Some of our coming events are:

  • 10am 21st June – Do You Want a Free Computer? Come and have a cup of tea and find out more. That will be followed by TED talk (and other) videos which will give you good reasons to feel optimistic about the future — a change from all the negativity we hear on the news at present.
  • 10am 7th July Switch Tennis organized by the Gheerulla Tennis Club. $15/adult and $5/child including lunch. Booking essential. Carita 0438156009
  • 10am 19th July Morning Tea with Sharon Schofield from Easton Lawyers, Maleny, to answer your questions about Wills. Bring a plate to share for morning tea. All welcome. Leave message on 0448848838 or email gheerullahall1@gmail.com if you would like to attend.
  • 10am 28th July National Tree Day at Gheerulla Hall. This year we’ll plant a number of native plants along the Eumundi- Kenilworth fenceline . The site will ready for planting and all tools provided. Just come with gardening gloves, wear a hat and suitable clothing for a couple of hours enjoying the outdoors. A great chance to enjoy the sunshine. Sunscreen and water will be provided. A BBQ lunch will follow.
  • Don’t forget Line Dancing 9am every Wednesday. As well as being fun, it’s a great way to exercise to great music, and keep senility at bay. Even Catalyst says so! And it won’t cost you the earth – its free or a gold coin donation to the hall. Irene generously prepares the sessions and gives her time for free. Many thanks, Irene. For more information phone Irene 0400097602.
  • Then at 9am every Thursday it’s Exercises With Jo. These are low impact workouts and also exercises your laughing gear. Only $5 as classes are financially supported by the Sunshine Coast Council. Then we recover with a cuppa and other delights. Classes are suitable for ♀♂ LGBTI&Q. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out.

Later in the year at 5pm Sunday 20th October it will be our turn to host the Sunshine Coast Landscape Nature Concert. This is a travelling show across the small halls of the Sunshine Coast.There will be songs , light displays and poetry celebrating the ocean, rivers, mountains, wetlands and rainforests around us. Gheerulla Hall’s contribution will be to provide food and drinks for sale. The organizers have asked if there are any local musicians who would be interested in being part of the concert. If you know anyone who would like to participate let us know. You’ll hear more about this later. This is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council.

We’d love to hear your suggestions or if you would like to help in any way please let us know

Gheerulla Hall Supporting the Local Community

NOTE: Sorry folks. I (Miriam) was supposed to post this a few days ago. The delay is my fault, not Mary Ann’s.

Upcoming events

We have two bookings for the hall:

Saturday, 15th June – Libby’s birthday party
Weekend, 13-14th July – Ahlish and Adrian’s wedding.

Thursday, 5pm, 20th June – the next Gheerulla Hall Management meeting.

Sunday 28th July – I have registered for National Tree Day for planting some more trees followed by a BBQ. Already 10 people registered to help.

Sunday, 7th August – Gheerulla Tennis Club will be holding a “Come and Play” day. Registrations are required. More details will be in the next issue of the Mary Valley Voice.

Landscape Tour

An Invitation
to the soft launch of
Sunshine Coast Landscape

A Celebration Tour
2019 is going to be an exciting year as together we share the beautiful social and environmental landscapes of the Sunshine Coast

  • Come along and meet the Landscape Band
  • Catch up with the reps from all the hosting halls and others involved in the tour
  • Mingle with the Landscape Band as it plays some of the songs you have heard at festivals and hear some new stuff
  • Share information about the tour (why we are doing it, when we are doing it, what it will look like, and what it means for your local community)

Where: 16 Constellation Way, Maroochy River

When: 12:30 onwards, Sunday 20th of January, 2019

Bring a plate to share, BYO drinks

RSVP Thursday 17th
Contact Derek Foster 040 235 2077
Di Fitzgerald

Cent Sale Wrap-up

Hi friends

This is the wrap-up for the Cent Sale. I think you’ll all agree it was a lot of fun and a great success. There was a good variety of prizes including home made cakes , bottles of wine and some quite valuable major prizes. Thanks to Heather and her band of helpers. I will be sending a thank you note to prize donors.

Thanks for your support through the year . I’m looking forward to an eventful year at Gheerulla Hall in 2019.

Hope you  have a Happy Christmas and catch up with your family and friends.

Best Wishes

Mary Ann

Gheerulla Hall Community BBQ

Hello dear Members.

It’s some time since we all got together, so perhaps before everyone gets busy, it’s time to meet up, socialise, and generally chill out.  Members and Gheerulla residents welcome.

You’re invited to

Gheerulla Hall
from 4.30pm, Friday 2nd November for a

Community Get Together & BBQ

BYO food and drinks

Don ph: 041 879 5653


Your Committee.

Seniors Exercise Classes

Sunshine Coast Council sponsored Seniors Exercise Classes
Are you over 55 and wanting to improve your health and wellbeing?

Try out one of the new $5 strength and stability classes at:
Gheerulla Hall
9am Thursday 15th February

Healthy Sunshine Coast Seniors offers a series of low cost group fitness activities for residents aged over 55 to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

All levels of fitness are catered for.

Classes are also available at Nambour and Beerwah. For the full range of
physical fitness opportunities available (some are free), visit council’s website.

phone: 07 5475 7272

Meeting reminder and – Happenings at Gheerulla Hall you won’t want to miss!

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

Sorry about the typos – Yoga anyone? – and Scarecrows…

Hi all.

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.

Ciao amigos,


Update and next general Meeting

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:
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.

Mary Ann