NRL Grand Final 2022
Around 35 residents gathered in the Centre to watch the 2022 NRL Grand final on the big screen. They also enjoyed some appropriate food..
(A choice of Hot Dogs or a serve of Pies, Mashed Potato and Mushy Peas).
Babara enjoyed the evening and reported as follows;
Brenda & Michael did a terrific job setting up and arranging all the food and many thanks to them. Here are the Pies, Mash and Mushy Peas ready for eating..
Cabaret Dinner Dance – 17th September 2022
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our resident, Carol, exactly 80 residents gathered in our Centre for a night of feasting and dancing. Earlier, the Social Committee had done an excellent job of setting up the Centre and laying the tables.
The evening commenced with a served spit roast meal followed by sweets, all prepared by outside caterers.
One point of note was that this was first major event in the Centre since the installation of our new bar courtesy of Living Choice management. Barbara and Nancy had the pleasure of running the bar on this significant occasion.
Dont they look happy????
Our thanks go to Living Choice for the new bar, along with or assurances that it will be well used into the future..
After the meal it was time to strike up the band in the form of our in-house group,
And here are several of the band members on a break;
Soon the dance floor was filled with many trying to follow Carols lead in performing some of the old time dances that she had planned. Carol even had a dance practice session a week before but, alas, we still all failed miserably.. it was a total shambles with everyone laughing too much. But it was all good fun..
Here are some photos of the gathering..
And so after a night of feasting, drinking and dancing 80 happy residents headed for home well fed and exhausted. It has been a long time since we spent so much time on the dance floor.
Thanks Carol for a great evening
Volunteering in Nepal – 9th July 2022
Events in our Community Centre have essentially returned to normal after covid restrictions have been lifted. Saturday 9th July saw the return of our monthly “special” happy hours. For new residents, and others that cannot remember, a “special” happy hour follows the same format as the usual weekly ones but with the addition of some hot snack food served by the social committee and an “interest event” which is held before hand.
After such a long break this first “special” happy hour drew a capacity crowd which filled the auditorium to overflowing.
In this case the “interest event” was a presentation by a fellow resident, Dr Philippa Hudson, who entertained us with a very interesting talk and slide show on her adventures doing voluntary work in Nepal. In 2011, Philippa had the opportunity to assist International Nepal Fellowship, the oldest NGO in Nepal, improve the reporting of the outcomes being achieved through their Community Health and Development programmes.
Her power point presentation covered pictures and information on these programmes through her travel to six remote regions in Nepal, trekking sometimes on foot over mountains to very isolated communities where she sat with the local people and documented the transformations being achieved among some of the poorest people in Nepal.
Well done Philippa, a great start to our “special” happy hours.
Allouras Got Talent – 26th March 2022
(First of all a big thank you to the gang of photographers who provided all of the pics below)
The theme of this night was “ALLOURAS GOT TALENT” hosted by the Gunnadoers Band and the Social Committee. Our residents not only turned out in force for a great night out but also showed that some could get with the theme and show off…. (their talents that is!!!)
The band had the joint jumping once again with a range of musical numbers.
And the bar did their usual brisk trade of course.
But highlights of the night were a bunch of local performers;
But congratulations to all that stepped up and had a go!!
Here are few pics of the appreciative crowd;
– Another successful night out in the Village –
GunnaDoers Concert – 3rd December 2021
In a further sign that we are well on our way out of a long Covid lockdown, our resident band, the “GunnaDoers” had our Centre really rocking with a full scale concert on Friday evening, 3rd December 2021, with the theme of “HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN”.
A good size crowd of over one hundred residents turned out for a fun evening.
On with the show….
There were many solo spots by our talented band members.
And it wasnt long before the audience took to the floor to show off their skills as well..
Dianne led an enthusiastic Conga Line around the Centre..
It was great to see out Centre back in full “Theme Night” use again, may there be many more to come..
Good work GunnaDoers
Roland Storm Concert – 19 May 2021
“Cummon’ everbody its 6 o”clock so lets Rock… huh huh huh… huh huh huh…..”
Oh yes indeed, with Covid restrictions easing after many long dull months, we shrugged off the blues with a themed night of good old ROCK & ROLL. If you were not around as a teenager in the ’60’s you might not remember Bandstand and 6 o’clock Rock on the old black and white TV in the lounge room as you got ready for a big Saturday night out. Perhaps you might also not remember one of the regular performers on those shows by the name of Roland Storm.
Well, we really went on a trip down memory lane with Roland Storm performing live in our Auditorium on the 19th May. One of our ladies who I shall not name even regretted not bringing over a pair of her “bloomers” to throw on the stage.
(Did teenagers really do that back in the 60’s???)
With the stage all set around 75 eager residents arrived looking forward to a memorable evening.
And then it was showtime..
While many of us remembered Roland singing on the TV, his current live show is much more than that. He of course performed many of the hits from “back in the day” but he also told us many juicy stories of what went on behind the scenes and refreshed our memories about many of his fellow performers that we had long forgotten about. And he also entertained us with a surprisingly large bag full of humorous jokes which had us all chuckling.
All too soon the concert was over so we all rocked our way home after a great nights entertainment. And that was our main takeaway of the night, Roland Storm is not just a singer but is now an all round entertainer.
Here is Roland with our resident, Bob, who organised the night for us. Thanks Bob….
And if you were not there you really are square
Valentines Day Concert – 22 February 2020
The usual quiet January month in the village is now past and our social event organisers are getting back into the swing of things.
And “swing” is a term that certainly did apply to the first of our themed events for the year which was a Valentines Day Concert featuring a large “big brass band” playing many of the romantic golden oldies as well as many newer numbers.
The U Bouddi Big Band certainly got the joint jumping much to the delight of over 70 of so residents who came along and paid their $3 entry fee.
Anne and Lorraine made sure nobody “snuck in” without paying while also expertly fleeced guests for the raffle tickets on offer.
The band started with a set which wowed the audience. Before long there was a lot of toe tapping going on under the tables and many residents commented later that they were amazed by the professionalism of the band and the great sounds that they were hearing. Not bad at all for an amateur local Central Coast group.
The bar was doing its usual roaring trade staffed by Paul and Brian who were doing a great job.
After the first set it was time for an interval and a yummy supper
And here are just a few of the appreciative audience.
After enjoying supper the band launched into its second set.
While a few had ventured onto the dance floor during the first set, it was not long into the bands second set that the dance floor was full and the pace really stepped up.
Was it the band, the yummy supper or maybe the bubbles claiming credit for this???
Thanks for a great night Rosemary and crew……
If you were not there;
YOU WERE SQUARE
St Andrews Day Evening Event – 30 November 2019
Another great theme night was held in our Centre when over 60 residents gathered to celebrate all things Scottish on St Andrews Day eve.
The evening was expertly hosted by Hamish, one of our resident “Scots”.
He even arranged a sample taste of a real haggis for those inclined to partake of this kind offer and while around 50 showed an interest perhaps just a few backed out at the last minute..
The servers did a great job, most of those partaking of the haggis said that when served it was nice and hot and they were very impressed with the speed that all were served.
In the meantime Hamish was ensuring that the food was accompanied by the appropriate “wee dram” of a good whiskey to wash it all down.
Of course there was tea and coffee for those that wanted an alternative.
After the meal it was time for some entertainment with good Scottish music and many old favourites. Our multi talented resident band, the “Gunna Doers” adapted to the theme of the evening and soon had us all jigging along with them.
Also performing for us, Gloria and Peter presented a couple of old time favourites.
One highlight of the night was a visit by a troupe of young Scottish dancers to entertain us.
Normally your webmaster is reluctant to post photographs of children on our website but they did such a good job that it would be unkind not to recognise their efforts with just one photo.
Here are a some photos of just a few who enjoyed the evening;
Finally, it was time for Hamish to thank everyone for coming and to say;
“Guidbye Bye Bye for noo See ye efter”..
And lead us into a closing musical rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”.
“Hoots mon Hamish, b ‘e deagh oidhche“
Back to the 60’s Masquerade Night, 26th October 2019
WOW.. what a fun packed night and great entertainment. It was a real hoot. Our Centre was absolutely filled to capacity with well over 130 residents, family and friends attending which must easily be a record.
Bob and the Gunna Doers really put on a good show, they just seem to get better with every performance. And of course they were complimented with a surprising array of resident talent in the “Allouras Got Talent” quest during the evening.
The first task for every arrival was to enter through the “Welcome Archway” which is becoming a tradition at our themed nights.
Snacks and nibbles were the first order of the night.
And then it was Showtime.
Which included a surprise visit by a superstar.. ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE!!!
After enjoying this treat, guests were even further amazed by resident performers during
“ALLOURAS GOT TALENT”
All of the acts were judged worthy of the first prize and could not be separated so no one got anything!!!..
As a finale there was yet another group of surprise visitors performing .. YMCA….
Several of the guests elected to dress up for the occasion and our resident judges decided to award several prizes for their efforts.
To conclude the evening the “Gunna Doers” performed another segment and many took to the dance floor.
This report started with ;
“WOW.. what a fun packed night and great entertainment. It was a real hoot.”
And indeed it was.. Well done to all that contributed!!!
Back to the 50’s night, 6th April 2019.
(Unfortunately, your webmaster was away overseas and did not attend on the night. However a range of photos have been gathered which give a flavour of the event.)
A good number attended and seem to have enjoyed themselves and many dressed up to suit the occasion. Here are a few of the best dressed.
The bar did a roaring trade as usual.
The Zumba ladies put on a special show.
There were several solo performances as well.
And the Gunna Doers once again entertained the crowd.
So it was another successful night organised by the Social Committee and enjoyed by many…
WELL DONE FOLKS
St Patricks Day, 16 March 2019
Unortunately, your webmaster was away overseas and missed this event, but here are a few random photos to attest that a good night was had by all.. There was lots of GREEN around, even the food served up was mostly green.
Those that were there confirmed that they really enjoyed the night…
Western Night, 28 July 2018
Unfortunately the Webmaster was on holidays again so is not able to post a personal report of the Western Night in the Centre which took place on 28 July 2018.
But we have been able to gather a range of photographs from those that did attend on the night which attests to a great night out enjoyed by all…
Upon arrival everyone had to walk through an expertly crafted “Ponderosa Arch” just to get them in the mood..
David and Margaret were among the early arrivals..
Good to see that a few “Squaws” attended.. Is that war paint Kerry????.. it could be a rough night..
Now this guy looks like a Bad Dude dressed all in black..
Ah its OK.. It look as if the Texas Rangers have arrived just in time.
Yvonne even brought her own horse.
Nice six guns there Ted!!! They may well be needed before the night is out.
These two obviously shop together..
Been to the same shops???
Another Squaw… things are hotting up..
More Marshals have just arrived so things should stay calm..
The Saloon owners look a bit nervous!!!
In every western movie the piano player keeps playing on during a saloon fight so Bob and the gang thought they would try the same thing to keep everyone calm.
Another Squaw on stage…
Soon it was time to bring on the dancing girls… Maybe not quite the Can Can girls we usually see in the western movies but some very talented “boot scooters” instead.
Here they are.
And away they go.
Well done girls!!!!
Phew!!!.. the outlaws did not cause a ruckus, the Indians did not attack.. so the night was voted as a great success..
Well done to the organisers
Hawaiian night, 24th March 2018
Around 100 residents made their way to the Community Centre to enjoy a Hawaiian themed fun night. It was a BYO dinner evening with appropriate fancy dress called for.
The Social Committee had done a great job once again dressing the Centre to suit the theme of the evening.
As the guests arrived Pam and Kathy manned the donations bucket collecting funds for the residents account.
Many residents made a great effort to dress up and here is just a small selection.
And some more
After the guests had eaten it was time for a musical treat from our very own resident band.
THE GUNNA DOERS
After a much appreciated round of toe tapping tunes the guests were treated to a real surprise finale which was the highlight of the night.
THE HEAVENLY HULAS from HAWAII
This their Dear Leader…
Doesnt he look grand????
And here are his talented Heavenly Hula team of dancers.
A great night out enjoyed by all…