This December 2013 edition is the final issue of Fifty-Plus News to come to you under the control of the Riddle family. The decision to cease publication has not been made lightly, because we are aware that many groups and individuals find the newspaper a useful addition to their lives as older people, in a media environment that does not always bring them the news and information they need. However, the time has come to ‘move on’ as they say in the world of politics — or perhaps “to zip”!
Producing Fifty-Plus News for almost 23 years has been a fascinating journey and, as with most journeys, when it comes time to reflect, it is the people you engage with on the way that form the best memories.
Countless people have made important contributions to our positive recollections: people we have employed over the years; a succession of government workers and advisers dedicated to the cause of positive ageing; the hardworking and indomitable organisers of a variety of seniors’ groups; our regular contributors, many of whom have been providing excellent copy on time and with aplomb for decades; our printers, distributors and others who have provided exemplary service; our extraordinary regular advertisers; and, of course our loyal readers.
Our heartfelt thanks to you all; it has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you and to know many of you as friends, relationships that will continue in years to come.
It is possible that Fifty-Plus News will continue in 2014 under new ownership, so look for it at your usual outlet in February, just in case. Any news about continued publication will be posted on the website www.fiftyplusnews.com
Our very warm wishes to all for a safe and joyful festive season and a stimulating, satisfying 2014 and beyond.
(Other members of the Riddle family have been involved over the years — Cathy, Malcolm and Matthew in particular — and our special thanks go to them and to the rest of the clan who have been supportive in other ways.)
December 10, 2013 No Comments
Recipients of this year’s Senior of the Year awards were recognised for exemplary service to their communities in an illuminating array of inspirational, constructive and worthwhile projects and ventures.
The 14 award winners are involved, frequently as leaders and innovators, giving their time and energy in a wide variety of ways: pastoral care, education programs, support for veterans, instigating and guiding multicultural programs, building and nurturing seniors’ groups, giving practical support and comfort to the ill and the needy, tutoring young immigrants as well as important volunteer roles with meals on wheels, community visiting and the like.
Geelong resident, Pat Smith, who received the award of Victorian Senior of the Year, devotes an enormous amount of volunteer time to Uniting Care, providing pastoral care and support for vulnerable people. Notably, she established the Education Assistance Program, which helps vulnerable students and their families to ensure the students continue schooling, assisting as many as 437 students in the past year.
“Within the Geelong schools network, she is known as the person to turn to when seeking to help a young person continue their education,” said Minister for Ageing David Davis, who presented the awards at a special ceremony at Government House.
Other awards went to:
Graham Malloch of East Bentleigh: Veterans Community Award.
Jane Hansen of Spotswood,: Healthy and Active Living Award.
Jill Pattenden of Swan Hill: Promotion of Multiculturalism Award.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria Senior Achiever Awards:
Pamela Adams of Wodonga; Bruce Coller of Berwick; Barbara Dohle of Dunkeld; Lindsay Doig of Southbank; Beryl Logie of Ashburton; Javad Macsood of Templestowe; Janice Morris of Anglesea; Elsie Mutton of Doncaster East; John Nicolaou of Reservoir; Heather Wheat of Southbank.
November 6, 2013 No Comments
There is a lively ‘Festival After Dark’ program at the Melbourne Town Hall Hub. Running from 7pm to 9.30pm in the Swanston Room from Monday 7 to Friday 11 October, all performances are free.
Jazz music features prominently in these concerts with an evening of traditional jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club on Monday 7 October with some of Melbourne’s best known jazz musicians led by Clint Smith, Southside Jazz Band leader. Bookings are essential, 9553 3850.
On Thursday 10th the Victorian Jazz Archive presents the New Melbourne Jazz Band, another great favourite on the Melbourne jazz scene and much further afield. Bookings at 1300 797 210. [The Victorian Jazz Archive also has a program of Festival events at its headquarters at 15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna. For details ring 9800 5535.]
Everyone loves a trivia night and Life Activities Clubs Victoria has pandered to those needs by arranging a Festival Trivia Challenge as part of the After Dark program. Get some friends together for a night of fun and brain fitness on Wednesday 9th. Again bookings are essential: www.trybooking.com/CVIC or email@example.com
The Nunawading U3A Choir and Irish Music Trio will entertain on 8 October (bookings 1300 797 210) and on Friday 11th Golden Days Radio hosts a night of swing music with Paul Hogan (no, another one!), bookings 9572 1466.
October 7, 2013 No Comments
Vibrant, dynamic trio, The Stiletto Sisters (above), will be just one of the attractions to bring an exciting program of entertainment to the big stage at Federation Square on the Celebration Day that launches 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival on Sunday 6 October.
You can catch Hope Csutoros on violin, Judy Gunson on piano accordion and double bassist Jo To playing their signature style of luscious music from wild gypsy melodies and tango rhythms to sensuous songs from Europe and Latin America at 1.30pm on the Federation Square stage.
In addition to the stage program of performances on 6 October, Federation Square will be alive with entertainment, information and diversions of many kinds. You can explore the U3A Carnival of Learning; participate in Life Activities Clubs Victoria ‘Life’s better together’ walk, or their Poker bike ride; enjoy (and even join in) displays of activities from Tai Chi to Line Dancing; and take the opportunity to meet and greet Peter Hitchener who is celebrating 40 years at Channel Nine.
For more Victorian Seniors Festival news, download the September issue, or go to seniorsonline.vic.gov.au.
September 4, 2013 No Comments