NEWSLETTER - Highton Senior Citizens Club
Highton Senior Citizens Club 84 Barrabool Road
Highton VIC 3216
Ph: 03 5244 2258



MERRY XMAS & A HAPPY & SAFE NEW YEAR to all our members and renters from the Highton Senior Committee.


Centre reopens on Sat 11th January after the Council repolish the Hall Floor.

Activities start for 2020 on;

Sat 11th January BOWLS

Fri 17th Jan TAI CHI

Thurs 23rd Jan TABLE TENNIS

Fri 24th Jan BINGO



Our Table Tennis trial was a huge success. Many keen players turned up for an energetic time. We're also happy to hear members planning to get together on Thursdays for cards, dominoes and other board games.

WELCOME BACK BBQ & Activity Day on Sat 11th January 2020

The club welcomed back approx 30 members to the activity day.

Thank you to all who bought along their special salad or a sweet to share with our BBQ meat.

While the film was being shown some were pracising their bowling skills ready for the afternoon comp and also others enjoyed the challenge of playing the new game similar to Quiots. This game bought back many childhood memories.

Mexican Train Dominoes game as well as "Hand and Foot" card game was also in progress.

Everyone was busy either participating or just chatting and enjoying just being back at the club with their friends.

It was pleasing that people were lending a hand to set up the day .Thank you All .

HOME STYLE ITALIAN COOKING one of our events for the October Seniors Festival

This was demonstrated by Oriana and Ornella from Cucina Con Noi translated "Cook with Us". The event was well attended with all participants taking notes on the technique of making fettucine pasta and bolognese sauce. This was eagerly devoured for our lunch with everyone agreeing it was delicious.

TAI CHI Demonstration Monday 7th October was our second successful event during the October Senior Festival .

Instructor Watson had a captive audience when demonstrating the art of Tai Ch. About 30 interested people attended including some of our regular participants. It was pleasing that some people showed an interest in attending our regular clssses each week.

Beginners: Monday 1.30-3.00pm Advanced: Friday 9-10.15 am

FREE LINE DANCING Tuesday 8th October was our third successful Senior Festival Event

Many new people attended and showed an interest in continuing. Instructor Margaret Young was pleased with the response. Those people who bought morning tea to share received a FREE Ticket to attend again without paying.Thank you

Thank you everyone for making our Senior Festival Events a success and has also been a way to inform people of the activities that are at our great club.

A few of our members took advantage of their free travel voucher and had a day in Melbourne. Generally people attended many of the free activities and were looking forward to next year. The cooking demonstration was the 12th outing for one couple who attened.


  • Pot holes in carpark have been filled.
  • We have a photocopier in the Ross McDonald Room for members to use. Paper is available but you might have to bring your own sometimes.
  • Our beautiful colourful garden. Thank you to those who are watering and keeping the garden tidy, especially as Jill Scouller has been ill (she can't wait to get back to the garden and Bingo)


Our competent Secretary Sandy has been awarded a "MOST VALUED MEMBER" trophy by her 140 member singing group in Christchurch NZ. This was in recognition of her many hours/weeks/months transferring the choir onto their new website (this included 1,500 songs).

Recently Sandy travelled to New Orleans with the Sweet Adelines Christchurch City Chorus to compete at the Sweet Adelines International. Her group came 7th from 1,000 groups, a great achievement. Sandy's group had 130 members, but a Swedish group had 170 .

This was on top of the hours spent on our club work. Well done Sandy!

KNIT & CHAT (by Val Madden)

The knitting group has been donated a large amount of knitting yarn. As the "group" is small Val is appealing for help to knit some squares which can be made into blankets for charity.

A "Kit" of yarn, needles and instructions will be available for members to take and knit at home or at the Centre then return knitted squares to Val at the club.

The charities chosen are Melbourne Children's Hospital and Geelong Mums where items are provided for families less fortunate than we are.


With the number of members and renters outnumbering our car park spaces we find it difficult to get a car park. It would be appreciated where possible to car pool with a friend or taxi.

"Many Hands Make Light work"

FRIDAY BINGO 1.00pm - 3.30 pm

Bingo numbers have increased. Thank you to our members who organise the games each week. Many prizes to be won.


"Fun afternoon, like Seniors kindergarden

Wanted to be with everyone and not sit at home by myself

Company, enjoy, keeps mind active, love meeting people

Love playing Bingo , all lovely people

Love helping set up the Bingo "

Best Bingo Markers are: Dob O Ink, Bingo O Marker



Ha, Ha, Ha, and Ho, Ho, Ho,

As on the carpet I Go, Go, Go.

If I'm lucky I get on kitty

If not on the ball I get quite niggly

After all it's just a game

When all's said and done

Winning's the aim

Bowls are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1.00pm

Two new Bowling arms have been purchased for the use of members. These arms enable players who have difficulty getting down to bowl, thus enabling players to still enjoy the game of bowls.

Name down for carpet bowls at 12.45pm. This enables teams to be written up and start play at 1.00pm sharp. Now that the weather is improving the 3 mats are being used. Door prizes and competitions are being organised. All welcome to come along and enjoy the bowls as well as meeting with your friends over a cuppa during the afternoon. Cards and board games are available for members to play on these days.


Elder Abuse Prevention and Support

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust (such as a family member or friend).

Abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and include mistreatment and neglect.

Contact is free confidential help on 1300 368 821

Legal Problems

Barwon Community Legal Service offers free independent legal advice, education and support in Belmont, Corio, Norlane and Colac. Call 1300 430 599 to make an appointment.


The Highton Senior Club relies on volunteers for all their activities, so if you are able to lend a hand please see President Elaine.

We are grateful that the following members have accepted responsibility for organising the following activities;

Kitchen: Vivien - Everything to do with the kitchen.

Cleaning: John, Graham - General cleaning and repairs.

Garden: Jillian, Lynn, Eligio, John, Noreen

Bowls: Beryl - Tuesday; Vivien - Wednesday

Saturday: Vivien and Beryl

Bingo: Rita, Beryl, Elma

Renters: Sandy, Elaine

Opening of Club: John

Finance: Mary, Sandy

Meals: Vivien, Beryl, Heather, Rita, Roma

Line Dancing: Noreen, Ivy, Mila, Shirley, Mary

Newsletter &
Webmaster: Elaine, Heather, Sandy, Angela

Secretary: Sandy

President: Elaine

Highton Seniors contacts Phone 5244 2258



President: Elaine Coles 5248 4327

V/President: Angela Thompson

Secretary: Sandy Beath 0412 004 636

Treasurer: Mary Lyons 5221 4510


Line Dancing - Mon 9.00am, Tue 9.00am, Fri 10.30am Cost $5.00

Carpet Bowls - Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 1.00pm

Cards - Tuesday, Saturday 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Tai Chi - Learners Mondays 1.30pm-2.30pm, Advanced Fridays 9.00am-10.15am Cost $5.00

Bingo - Fridays 1.00pm EYES DOWN

Saturday Meal 2nd & 4th Saturday of month at noon. Meal Cost $7.00/$10

Committee Mtg 2nd Wed of month at 10.30am



Christmas Bells are ringing

Glad tidings they all bring

Carols new and old are sung

What a wonderous thing.

When you hear a carol

Raise your voice and sing

They tell the Christmas story

In messages they bring.


The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour

NOW is the only time you own

Live, love, toil with the will

Place no time in tomorrow

The clock may then be still


Humanity needs to move beyond the notion of 'sustainable' we need to embrace 'regeneration' grazing practices for all our farming landscape.



Give yourself 'mind snacks' that help you in the day...not hinder you.

If you are pigging out on fatty, self depreciating thoughts, throw them in the mental chook bucket as they come to peck you.

Feed your mind with plenty of positive lightweight happy thoughts.

Author Rachael Treasure



Take life by the throat and shake the living life out of it .

Take charge of your life, and work at making each day better than the one before ....

it is up to you.

Smile, no matter how much you dislike the job you have to do..

Always look for the best in people .

Take a problem and turn it into an asset.

Author Sara Henderson July 1995


He lived way out in the outback

Not far from the Birdsville Track

Nothing seemed to worry him

They called him "She'll be right Jack"


One year he lost a thousand sheep

When the rain was really slack

When confronted by his banker

His reply was "She'll be right Jack"


His wife ran off with a stockman

Almost took the shirt off his back

When the boys in the pub said sorry

He simply said "She'll be right Jack"


Well one day our man went to Heaven

To our earth he would never come back

As he firmly shook hands with St Peter

He grinned and said "She'll be right Jack"



ATD: At The Doctors

BFF: Best Friend Fell

BTW: Bring The Wheelchair

BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth

FWIW: Forgot Where I Was

GGPBL: Gotta Go Pacemaker Battery Low

GHA: Got Heartburn Again

IMHAO: Is My Hearing Aid On

LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out

OMMR: On My Massage Recliner

OMSG: Oh My, Sorry Gas

ROFLACGU: Rolling On Floor Laughing Can't Get Up

TTYL: Talk To You Louder


Life is opportunity, benefit from it

Life is beauty, admire it

Life is bliss, taste it

Life is a dream, realise it

Life is a challenge, meet it

Life is a duty, complete it

Life is a game, play it

Life is a promise, fulfil it

Life is sorrow, overcome it

Life is a song, sing it



We must learn to accept ...

To accept life, and to accept ourselves,

not blindly and not with conceit.

but with a shrug and a smile,

To accept in the end existence

not because it's just or reasonable

or even satisfactory,

but simply and plainly because it is all we've got.

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended.

But having these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness.

You can choose not to let little things upset you.


This is the beginning of a new day.

I have been given it to use as I will.

I can waste it or use it for good, but what do I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it.

I want it to be good and not evil, gain and not loss, success and not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.


Happiness is always there within reach no matter how long it lasts.

Let's enjoy life and don't live a complicated life.

Life is too short.

Work as if it is your first day .

Forgive as soon as possible.

Love without boundaries.

Laugh without control and never stop smiling.

Please think of those with cancer or any other illness..


5 Minutes is all it takes to.....

Leave an anonymous thank-you note on a colleague's desk.

Return a shopping trolley to the trolley bay and save someone's car from being dented.

Make someone a cup of tea and start a conversation.

Praise a shop assistant and wish them a happy day.

Collect your neighbour's garbage bin.

Share a joke with someone who needs a laugh.


You will find that when you look back on life, the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.

The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived.



In a hurry? Of course you are.

Remember a happy peaceful time in your past. Rest there.

Each moment has a richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

Allow yourself time to be lazy and productive.

Rest isn't a luxury, it's a necessity.