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Laurel Club members outside Cockington Green. Image: contributed

Lower Clarence Laurel Club

At the September meeting of the Lower Clarence Laurel Club there were eleven members and six Legatees present.

A minute’s silence was held in honour of Norma Pascoe, a lovely lady who passed away recently. Vice-president Diane Lee resigned from her position because of ill health and, sadly, she has since died. Del Morrison has taken over as vice-president.

It was announced that the Movie Day will take place on Wednesday October 30.

The correspondence included a letter from Grafton Legacy thanking our club for assistance given during Legacy Week.

Our Christmas lunch will be held on Monday November 18 and the Legacy Christmas party will be on Monday November 25 at Yamba Bowling Club.

In place of a guest speaker, president Marie told the meeting about the very enjoyable trip she had recently to Norfolk Island with Northland Travel.

The raffle was won by Ruth Meppem, Alma Belle Fielder and Del Morrison. 

The next meeting will be on Monday October 21.

Prior to the club’s visit to Canberra with Riverland Travel the organiser, Zoe, invited everyone to a delicious morning tea so that Laurel Club members and other participants could get to know each other.

Setting off early on Monday September 23, we flew from the Gold Coast on Virgin Airlines for a smooth flight to Canberra and our lodgings at Rydges Hotel. The next day started with a drive to see the various embassies, followed by a cruise on Lake Burley Griffin, then to Floriade to see the magnificent floral displays of multi coloured tulips and pansies. Wednesday started with a drive up Anzac Parade to see thirteen memorial sculptures, culminating in a visit to the Australian War Memorial with its very moving photos and walls covered with the names of the fallen and red poppies.

A drive up to Telstra Tower on top of Black Mountain gave a wonderful view over Canberra then on to Cockington Green where the miniature scenes of English life are interspersed with colourful flower beds. The final stop, and arguably the best, was at Tulip Top Gardens covering ten acres of beautiful flower beds and hundreds of spring blossom trees.

Our last full day involved a visit to Old Government House and the Royal Australian Mint — no free samples but the robot, Titan, was extremely entertaining as he danced for the crowd.

The next morning featured a tour of the new and amazing National Museum of Australia then to the airport for our flight home.

A big thank you to Zoe and Alwyn who looked after everyone so well on our never- to- be- forgotten trip.

 The guest speaker will be Sue Howland who was the 2019 Clarence Valley “Citizen of the Year”.

Maggie Combley