On 6th December, we held our Christmas break up dinner at Eltham Central Pavilion. Here is Carole Meade’s report on the event:
“The evening started with nibbles and drinks at 5.30pm. With the weather being kind, we were able mingle on the verandah while our own G&T (Gillian and Tony) entertained us.
“The main meal was provided by Spitting Image who, from all the feedback, did an amazing job – a variety of good quality food and plenty of it plus professional and helpful staff.
“The door prizes and small gifts, which were kindly donated by Shane McVeigh, were well received. Hopefully we will see those knife sets at many future U3A get-togethers.
“Our raffle netted us around $500. Thanks to all the members who bought tickets.
“Out of Nowhere (Janet and Frank) provided the entertainment after the main meal.
“Guy gave a little speech thanking our tutors and others.
“We finished the night with a large array of desserts and tea or coffee.
“I would like to thank Jenny (Rushton) and Paul (Sparks) from the Eltham Cricket Club who did a fantastic job staffing the bar. As the Secretary and Treasurer of the club, they voluntarily give of their time to raise funds to support the club and the young cricketers in Eltham.
“We were fortunate to have musical 2 duos perform for us, both performing at no cost to U3A. How lucky were we? Both were entertaining and added that extra pizzazz to the evening. A big thank you to both duos!
“I would like to thank Serone Thomas who made the gorgeous cupcakes and the following people who donated to our raffle; allawah Beauty Therapy, Diamond Creek Hotel, Greensborough Hotel, Shane McVeigh, Hoyts Movies Greensborough, the U3A Art groups and Carole & Wayne Meade.
“Finally, thanks to everyone who volunteered to help with the event, either on the night or beforehand. This includes Anne Staples, Brian Jones, Carol Seymour, Cath Bauman, Gary Seymour, Gillian Essex, Hector Hart, James Redup, Jane Hammett, Janet Vague, Judy Vizzari, Laraine Hussey, Leanne Ipsen, Marianne Petersen, Patricia Butcher, Robert Lamb, Ruth Goddard, Sue Bailey and Sue Brenkovich, Wayne Meade and Wendy Smith.
“I hope everyone had a great night and we can now set our sights on the 2023 Christmas break up.”
In addition, I (Guy) would like to thank the organising committee for all their hard work, namely Rob Glanvill, Suzanne McNally and, of course, Carole Meade.