Group Reports

60’S PLUS MOVIE CLUB REPORT FOR 2017 - Co-ordinators Heather Wyatt & Betty Woods

The Movie Club seems to go from strength to strength with numbers attending as high as 36 and seldom if ever falling below 20 club members.

The Co-ordinators meet with the Manager at Rialto Cinemas prior to the Club outing one Sunday a month and discuss the potential films for the upcoming outing.  We try to ensure that the selected movie has not yet been shown locally and have seen a movie each month from February to November.

Very few movies have failed to live up to expectations with some being particularly successful.  Following the movie attendees are given the opportunity to meet for refreshments at the Black Dog café to socialise.

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Coffee and Culture Group - These were our outings for 2017 – Gail Douglas

February 17

July 21 and 28

 

Distinction Hotel
Over 40 people visited
Afternoon tea there.

 

Tour of the Otago Daily Times
15 people in each tour
Coffee at Morning Magpie

March 17

August 18

 

Walk around Jetty Street plus other streets viewing murals.
About 25 enjoyed
Coffee at Vogel Street Kitchen

 

Tour of Hopes Crematorium,
Mosgiel
About 15 attended.
Coffee at Blackstone Cafe

April 21

September 22

 

Dunedin Botanic Garden walk around and enjoy coffee there
About 20 attended

 

Milford Gallery, guided tour
About 20 attended
Coffee at Excelsior Cafe

May 19

October 20

 

Art Station, Cleveland Awards,
About 20 attended
Coffee at Ironic.

 

Guided tour of St John’s
About 25 attended.
Coffee at Coffee Club

June 23

November 17

 

Dunedin Art Gallery, guided tour
About 20 attended.
Coffee at Excelsior Cafe.

 

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum,  
Self-guided tour.
About 29 attended
Coffee at Ironic

The most popular outings were The Otago Daily Times and St John.

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60+ Tramping Club - Report for the year 2017 - Karen Byers

In spite of a very wet winter the group managed to get out most weeks except when the rain became really ‘serious’.    There is an average of 10 – 12 members on each walk.   We have lost a few members through health problems mainly but have had new ones coming in.  Everyone is very happy to take their turn to lead a tramp which is one of the stipulations of the group but there is always input from everyone on the day. 

The group has taken on track clearing in the Sandy Mount area as our responsibility.
The annual camp took place at the end of November based at Coronet Peak.  Tramps undertaken were from Lake Alto up to the Wye Saddle on the Remarkables Ski field area, Ben Lomond, the Twelve Mile Creek track and two members hiked the ridge track from Coronet across to Arrowtown.

Two notable occasions during this period were:

After a great tramp from the Northern Motorway down to Warrington Beach lead by Mark Walton in December 2017, we were met by members who no longer tramp and celebrated the 80th birthday of Noel Dickel.  On that day we had 22 members which was wonderful.
Just after New Year 2018 and after a trip up Puketapu and then around to Karitane Henry Stoddart produced a cake and drink to celebrate his 80thbirthday and once again we were joined by ex-members who came out by car.

There are approximately 25 members but many are unable to come out regularly but it is great to see them when they can come and tramp the hills with us.

We are very sorry that Kay Pearson can no longer come out with us and she is sorely missed as she has been a really keen member and a great help with the organising of the group.  We really hope that she may be able to re-join us in the future.

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BOOK CLUB - BOOK DISCUSSION SCHEME – Lorene Cecconi

This is a low-key group that meets once per month in the homes of the members. Our books are couriered down from Christchurch, for which we pay approximately $73 per year (which includes the courier charges) per person.  We have a cap of eight members since that is a comfortable number to seat in a typical living room or kitchen/dining table.

We receive a catalogue of the available books in March, though they are also listed on line.  We each pick out five titles we’d like to read, then at the May meeting we decide on twenty-five titles which we order from the BDS office in Christchurch, and at which time we pay our fees. 

We meet at 2 p.m. the meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at the homes of the members in turn, and we specify it is not necessary to have a big afternoon tea, in fact the hostess needs only to make, for instance one batch of muffins, though there are some of us who make a sweet and a savoury.

The books we read vary considerably, sometimes we all love the book, sometimes several of us dislike the book, and in any case each book comes with a set of notes and questions, so we can use them as a discussion tool.

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Over 60s Entertainers - Loris Miller - Coordinator

We had 16 members in the group for 2017. Unfortunately we lost a great member in Nola Stanaway and she is sadly missed. One member resigned but we now have got 2 new ones, everyone is very keen and this creates for a great team as we all work well together. We performed at 18 venues during the year and were very well received. Great comments about our costumes which are spectacular.
We continue to practice each Wednesday morning and we have good feeling of companionship within the group.

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60’s Singers: - Agnes Hodges

The 60s Singers commenced practising in February and began learning a new programme of 21 songs.   Conducted by Willie Campbell, accompanist Agnes Hodges and thirteen singers.   Throughout the year the 60s Singers have performed at Bradford Manor, Redroofs Rest Home, Queen Rose Retirement Home, Oxford Court, Summerset Rest Home, Leslie Groves Rest Home and Ross Home.  Their final engagement for the year was at the 60s Plus Club’s meeting in December.   Christmas lunch was held in December at St. Barnabas Home.

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Tavern Lunches - Lynn Howson

Tavern Lunches are held at different venues on the 4th Wednesday of the month, February to November inclusive.  The average number of folk attending is 40 - 50 and they are popular for our foodie mid-day get togethers. I took over as convener in May of last year and am finding it interesting going to the different venues.

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60+ Club  Line Dancers - Lorraine and Jennifer Macmillan 

Throughout 2017, the Dunedin 60+ Club line dancing group continued to meet at the South Dunedin Community Hall on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3pm. With approximately 80 members on our books, we had an average weekly attendance of 36. Due to these higher attendances, the weekly fee remained at $2.

As the level of skill within our group varies from novice learners to dancers with many years’ experience, our ongoing aim was to offer a mix of established dances along with new choreography. This provides a welcome challenge and the opportunity for us all to learn together and master new dances.

Given the positive feedback from theme days we’d enjoyed together the previous year, we decided to continue with them during 2017. These included St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas festivities. We also continued to celebrate events within the group e.g. a spring wedding theme, when our first two line dancers tied the knot, at the end of September! These themed days were enthusiastically received and it was wonderful to see how everyone participated in dressing up, helping to decorate the hall, and in their enjoyment of the specially selected music and dances for each occasion.

We also continued the tradition of an annual subsidised lunch for the line dancing group. This was held at the Mornington Tavern in early September, and was a very festive occasion.

In April we paid our annual licence fee to One Music (APRA) for the year. Although we are a not for profit organisation, One Music insists that this licence is necessary for us to play music at our classes.

Mid-year we updated the group’s sound system from a cd player to an I pod and Bose speaker. This has provided a much better quality of sound for the group. The speed and ease of selecting a track has also been beneficial.

In July, Lorraine and Jennifer were contacted by Caroline Sutton Clark, this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance. Her project titled “Dancing Our Stories – Dunedin” involved recording the oral histories of as many different dancers and dance types she could find in the city. These were then to be handed as a collection to the Hocken Library to be available in perpetuity for public listening and future research. We were surprised at her request but were happy to assist.

This year we were not asked to perform at the wider 60+ group midyear or Jubilee function, but the line dancing Christmas party was extremely enjoyable and well attended by 55 dancers. It was a pleasure to have Becs, an Otago Hospice representative, join us on the floor. A year of friendship, fellowship and fun for our group was capped by donating over $1000 to the Otago Hospice from surplus funds in the line dancing account. This was a highlight for most of our members, including ourselves.

Line dancing helps us all find the song in our hearts, the beat in our feet, and a passion for life!
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60 Plus Bowls – Allan Wilson coordinator

12 to 16 people meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday from April to October.
We meet at St James Church hall, King Edward Street at 1.45 pm. We play 2 games of 7 ends with afternoon tea finishing about 4 pm.

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60 Plus Ramblers Report – Brian Ralph

The Ramblers have continued to walk on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month with just a month break at Christmas. We generally have numbers in the low 20’s with the largest turn up being 26 and the lowest 16 on a few poor weather days. A few walks have been cancelled due to rain. Generally some of us go for coffee on such days. This year we have seen a number of new members join and just over 40 people have attended at least one walk since January. On most days over half continue on to a cafe for refreshment at the end.
From June to August the walks are just in the morning starting at 10 am and finishing by lunch. The rest of the year we start at 9.30am and finish between 2 and 3 pm. (Continued…..)
We had 25 members at the Mid-Winter Lunch held at Robbie’s in South Dunedin in July and 23 at the pot luck luncheon held after a short beach walk at Warrington in December.

A number of members who find they are unable to undertake the program put on by the Hikers, but still wanting to walk regularly have begun going on an In-Between Ramble on the 2nd, 4th and any 5th Tuesday. These follow the winter format but run all year. As decisions regarding location are not decided until a few days before, they are only available for those with email or have someone who will contact them with the details. Numbers average around 10 to 12 but have been as many as 16. While the 3 co-ordinators lead most of the walks, a number of other members have been willing to take on this task especially the In-Betweens.

15 members attended and enjoyed a 4 day camp at Altamont Lodge in Wanaka in late March. Walks around Lakes Wanaka and Hawea were followed by coffee with a BBQ one night and a very enjoyable dinner out another night.

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ANNUAL REPORT - 2017/2018 - DUNEDIN 60+ MARCHING TEAM - Dorothy Howard

Our marching team has had a busy year as we began learning our new march plan – far more difficult than any plan we’d tackled before – and for a while we struggled as we learnt some pretty tricky moves!

The annual South Island event was held in Christchurch on the 28th October.  We had hired a 45 seater coach, with driver, and left Dunedin at 9am on Friday, stopping at Moeraki Boulders for the very necessary, absolutely essential coffee!  It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed sitting outside looking out over the water.   On then to Timaru for lunch at The Stables Café and Bar – a lovely meal.   We arrived at our motel in Christchurch later in the afternoon - some team members caught up with family and friends and spent time chatting during the late afternoon/evening. There were about 40 teams taking part and we enjoyed a day of watching these teams go through their March plans on Saturday.  As always there was the usual evening event with music and dancing – plus an amazing buffet meal with four different roast meats, vegetables, pasta, rice, salads and breads, with several desserts to follow.   We left early on Sunday morning, and had a beautiful brunch/lunch/coffee at the Verdi Café in Geraldine followed by some shopping (of course!), arriving in Dunedin around 6pm where family/friends were waiting to take us home for a good rest!

On arriving back home plans were already underway as three members from each of three Dunedin teams began planning the 2018 Nationals Event on 4th and 5th March.   This was held in the More FM Arena at the Edgar Centre, where 67 teams, with a total of 700 marchers, began their big week-end at 1.30pm on the Friday with the usual March Past of all teams, followed by individual marching displays by 20 teams, finishing just after 4pm.   Saturday began at 10am with the remaining teams taking part until around 4.30pm.   The usual fun evening event – always very popular - began at 7.30 pm and finally finished around 11.45pm!        We all enjoyed a great week-end! We will now continue our practice sessions each Friday afternoon, as we look forward to our next South Island event to be held in Gore on Saturday 27th October.
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BUS REPORT -Lynley Browne.  

 The bus trips remain very popular with  approx. 45 signing up each time.   We take a maximum of 50 and have reached that number on occasions.   This last season we have been to Rescue Helicopter with afternoon tea at Wals, Meal at Maheno with morning tea at Evansdale Cheese then Peony Garden visit, Maple Glen Garden in Southland, Clachanburn Garden at Patearoa, Totara Park/Moeraki and our final trip before the winter will be Port Chalmers with visit to the Museum and meal at Careys Bay Hotel.   One other trip was unfortunately cancelled at the last moment when the bus company was unable to supply a bus on the day owing to the number of tourists in town on the cruise ships - very disappointing.

Marion Houliston, Kay Moen and myself get together twice a year for morning tea at Mitre 10 and plan the trips.    We come up with ideas and go from there - always open to suggestions from members as well.   Marion is go between for the buses and Kay organises the morning teas.    We all have a turn contacting venues and phoning re meals etc. I usually take charge of the list for the trips but we all have a go at the meetings taking names, cash etc.   Always seems to balance - well done team. 

Our members are always very understanding (especially when plans unexpectedly go wrong) and thanks go to them for their ongoing participation and faith in our organisation.     Thanks also to Marion & Kay for your ongoing help and enthusiasm.