Reports

Club Group Reports for 2021 AGM covering the 2020 year

60+ Craft Group: I am the co-ordinator for the craft group we have 15 members of the group and now we are having our get together on the 2nd and last Friday of the month, we are having it now at Dunford Place which is opposite to Bayfield high school there is a small hall at the back and a gold coin donation for the day. We have been meeting there for about six months now and it is very successful. We would welcome more people Cheers Jenny Baird

60+ Club Line Dancing - 2020 was a challenging year for us all. For the line dancers, following COVID19 guidelines meant we would only dance at Level 1. This reduced our dancing days for the year by approximately 50%, and also meant cancelling our annual lunch and some planned theme days. This was a small price to pay to keep everyone safe. We truly appreciated the Mondays we were able to take to the floor again, and felt fortunate that we did get to celebrate our St Patrick’s Day, Rock and Roll, Halloween, and Christmas functions together. In an effort to assist new dancers who joined throughout the year, we decided to trial commencing half an hour earlier on the first Monday of each month and dedicated that time to demonstrating basic line dancing steps. Feedback was that beginners found this helpful. Our group was saddened to learn that both Vera and Phil Rawson passed away within two months of each other this year. Vera was an inaugural member of the line dancing group and had been the co-ordinator for five years before passing on the reins in 2015. Phil was a bright light in the group with his cheeky sense of humour, and together they made a great team. As life members of the club, they had both contributed in many ways over the years, and those who knew them remember them fondly. We like to think they’ll now be holding hands and dancing together among the stars. Sadly, our fellow line dancer Jeanette Ledgerwood also passed away late July following a short illness. We still miss seeing her smiling face in the back row. As 2020 drew to a close, a highlight of the year was attending the Club Christmas function, participating in the singing, marching, watching other groups perform, and having other members of the club join us on the dance floor. It was a really positive note to end a difficult year, and we’d like to thank everyone involved. Lorraine and Jennifer Macmillan 60+ Club Line Dancing Co-ordinators

Hikers Group2021 Report by Diane Bartlett - Five new members signed up this year. We lost one member due to health problems. We have a few members who walk with our group and are also part of the Trampers or Ramblers groups. Although the total number of members on the email list is approximately 55, the average number of members coming out each week is 15. We usually have more members coming out on the easier hikes. Our official hiking days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Due to demand, we are also hiking the inbetween Tuesdays as well. Work Days Craiglowan Due to Covid 19 restrictions we have not done any work on the tracks in the Craiglowan area during 2020. This area will be a focus for the group during 2021. Annual Camp Unfortunately, the Covid-19 Lockdown, put paid to the sixth Annual Camp which was to be held at Peel Forest. The camp was planned for March 30-April 4, which was the first full week of the lockdown. Special Hikes In February and March some of the keener and stronger hikers went on ‘longer hikes in the Miners, Cedar Spur, Hunters, River track areas. Personal Locator Beacon We are pleased to report there have been no incidents requiring the beacon to be set off.

Leisure Marchers Report 2021 by Jimsie Smith. Our team meet most Fridays throughout the year, for an hour-long practice in the Caledonian Gymnasium. Last year's South Island event held in Timaru, attracted several teams who demonstrated a 5-minute plan, then collectively all teams executed a maze March. The theme for the social night was a Halloween one and our team dressed accordingly. There were some scary sights! To help fund our trips away, we have had a couple of Mitre 10 sausage sizzles. We also apply for grants, to help with transport costs. Our full team consists of 15 members, ranging in age from 60 to 84 years of age. Some of our ladies assisted as " runners" for the recent competitive marching competitions held in Dunedin. A few members strutted their stuff in the limited space of the South Dunedin Town Hall, at the Christmas function of the club. We continue to enjoy the fun, fitness and friendship generated within our team.

60s Singers Report from May 2020 to May 2021. With lock-down commencing in March 2020 the 60s Singers were restricted from rehearsing until August 2020 and no rest homes were visited owing to the virus. Since January 2021 we have been rehearsing twice a month but no community performances. Agnes Hodges, co-ordinator.

Book Chat report April 2021 We have continued with the same seven members as last year. Although some members have been affected by illness and surgery, we all make it to book chat if at all possible. We continue to read and discuss and share a wide variety of books, mostly from the library, and also chat about a lot of different interests and experiences, finishing with a shared afternoon tea. In December we finished the year with a surgery, very good lunch at the Mornington Tavern. Jean Lawrence

60’s Plus Movie Club The Movie Club enjoys a movie at the Rialto Cinema (generally) on the second Sunday following the Club meeting from February to November. Exceptions are if this falls on a holiday weekend, Mother’s Day etc. when the date is moved. Members are given a concession on the ticket price and there have been between 20 and 25 people attending each month. Following the Lockdown, it was great to be able to go to the movies once again in July and those we have seen have included Rosie, Romantic Road, Papi Chulo, The Secret Garden, Rams, Minari and Nomadland Anyone not able to attend the monthly meeting is welcome to ring one of the co-ordinators to have their name put on the list. Following the movie, some attendees join for refreshments at the Black Dog in Princes Street. Co-ordinators: Heather Wyatt & Betty Woods

Dunedin 60 Plus Tramping Group 2020- 2021 Annual Report - The 2020 – 2021 tramping year started in the middle of Covid 19 lockdown so the group moved to virtual tramps. Each week during lockdown a group member wrote, reminiscing about a trek or hike they had done. We had tales of adventures in Africa, America, northern Australia, and Kathmandu to name a few. These were well received as a way to keep the group in contact. As we moved out of lockdown, we had socially distanced tramps that met MoH guidelines. These tramps required significant planning but it was fun to be back tramping again, albeit in small socially distanced groups. Finally, it was back to real tramping. The group aims to have a weekly tramp of between 12 and 18Km on tracks and farms. We meet in Ardmore Street at 9 o’clock each Thursday and car share to the start of the tramp. This year’s programme included a selection of tramps in the Swampy Ridge, Maungatua, the Otago Peninsula and various parts of Coastal Otago. As usual our programmes included work days where we repaired local tramping tracks. Our group numbers about 42 people, with tramps normally having between 12 and 21 participants. The regular participants are a mixed group with ages ranging from late 60’s into early 80’s.

Photos can be seen at https://60plustramping.myportfolio.com/tramping-photos.

This year’s camp was to Stewart Island where we flew onto Mason Bay beach and after tramping in the area for a day, we tramped to Freshwater Landing to get a water taxi to Oban. Some of the party then tramped to Port William and back.

Photos can be seen at https://60plustramping.myportfolio.com/stewart-islandcamp-2020.

This year we had a very enjoyable Christmas lunch at Sandymount after a short tramp around Hooper’s Inlet. 2021- 2022 is off to a strong start with the tramps being well attended and include a number of new members. Keith Beck