Turramurra Women’s Bowling Club turns 60!

Turramurra Bowling Club Turns 60

On Tuesday the 7th March, the Women’s Bowling Club of Turramurra celebrated their 60th Birthday with a rainbow theme in support of the Zaidee Foundation*. The day was filled with laughs, celebration and reflection of the history of a wonderful club for the women of the local community.

The Women’s club was officially formed on the 5th March 1957, by a small group of wives from (the then all male) Turramurra Bowling Club.

In 1956 it was decided to purchase the present site, which was part of a subdivision of Apps dairy, from Mrs Norma Apps (later Norma Forbes), a Foundation member of the Women’s Club.  This property comprised of two acres on the corner of Apps Avenue and Bobbin Head Road and also contained the family home.

Few visitors realise that parts of the original house are still incorporated in the modern, comfortable clubhouse that has become a favourite meeting place for so many members, families and local organisations.

 

In April 1959, shortly after the clubs second birthday, the “Women’s Club” was officially opened with a membership of 20.

In the early days, the main source of income for the club was from donations, raffles and fundraising functions held at members’ homes. It has been recorded that, a function that was held at Mr Harry Wallbank’s home, involved the engagement of an “Amateur Hour Hillbilly Artist”, 1 dozen bottles of beer were donated and raffled producing a profit of 81 pounds 8/6d. A pretty good return at 7/6d. per head!  Fundraising, of course, continues to this day.

The ladies original mission to help the club socially, flourished with many successful social events raising much-needed funds for both the clubs running expenses, and for local charities.

Turramurra and Lindfield Community Banks have been proud supporters of the club since 2003, in fact, the Turramurra Bowling Club was one of the first organisations to receive a sponsorship from the Turramura branch. The bank has also hosted many functions at the clubhouse throughout the years (without a dairy cow in sight!).

Such is the great relationship held between the club and the community bank, Sharon and Michelle were fortunate enough to join the ladies, for what was a truly wonderful celebration of the Women’s Bowling Club 60th Birthday.

Happy Birthday Turramurra Bowling Club – Keep up all the great work you do for our community.

 

*About The Zaidee Foundation

Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner – aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. Zaidee’s parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation not long after.

At the time of Zaidee’s death the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. From this gift, the lives of up to seven other people were improved or saved.

Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs.

The Zaidee Foundation aims to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation.

Making Fresh Tracks

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 700,000 Australians have a brain injury, and as many as two in every three acquired their brain injury before the age of 25. And while it’s estimated that each year 1000s of young Australians will suffer a brain injury each year, given the right opportunities; their brains have an amazing ability to recover…

For the past three years the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® branches of Bendigo Bank have enjoyed a mutually cohesive relationship with local foundation, Fresh Tracks. A registered charity, Fresh Tracks aims to improve the quality of life of young people suffering from an acquired brain injury through Cycle Hubs, music therapy, sailing, group programs and individual support.

Fresh Tracks CEO Alan Lawrence explains, “In 2014 we invited the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches of Bendigo Bank to come along to the Cycle Hub at St Ives. With that, Branch Manager Warren Dwyer came along as a representative of Bendigo Bank to see what it was all about and he was impressed by what he saw. Twelve months later, having suffered a severe stroke, Warren actually joined the program.”

Housebound due to a right visual field defect, Warren joined Fresh Tracks, in particular the Cycle Hub. Fresh Tracks make use of recumbent bikes and run programs aimed at strengthening and stimulating the brain.

“Fresh Tracks enabled me to strengthen my left and right scanning skills, and ability to judge distances and speed of other cyclists. They are all important skills, particularly navigating large groups of people during peak hour and on public transport.  Going to Fresh Tracks, also gave me an opportunity to get out, to socialise and to interact with other people, which was an important part of my recovery.”

Now back at work three days a week Warren continues his therapy and also volunteers for the foundation. Along the way, Warren received more than just his mobility back.

“I’ve learnt resilience from the program. The things that some of these people have been through (and I’ve been through a stroke), but these guys go through a much tougher time than I do. They are all at different stages of recovery but it gives you so much appreciation for who the other participants are and what they do,” explains Warren.

In late 2016 the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches awarded Fresh Tracks with a Community Grant which was used to purchase a new bike for the Cycle Hub program. This incredible grant has provided an opportunity to bring new patients onboard to essentially improve their quality of life.

“The more cycles we can have at Cycle Hub, the more we can help those people in need. They’re expensive but they’re adjustable and robust which you need for the range of different people we cater for,” says Alan. “We’re so grateful for the support of Bendigo Bank. It’s wonderful to have a local bank supporting a local initiative to help people who live locally.”

Strokes and brain injuries can happen to anyone, but there’s hope; and our community is strengthened when we band together.

Visit freshtracks.com.au to find out how you can get involved.

Business Spotlight: Elegant Outdoors

Your Business is Our Business: Elegant Outdoors

Mike and Susan migrated from London in 2002 in search of a new venture. Looking for a change in career and a fresh start, they stumbled across a business for sale on the corner of Rohini Street & the Pacific Highway, at Turramurra. With some much needed improvements and upgrades made in the early years, Elegant Outdoors started to take shape.

Fast forward fourteen years and the successful garden centre affectionately known as “The Jewel in Turramurra’s Crown” is thriving in the hub of a supportive village community, where local residents have become loyal customers and in many cases, good friends. Mike and Susan have been banking with Turramurra Community Bank since 2004 (not long after the branch opened) and value the friendly service and likeminded community semblance provided to them.

Offering a broad range of plants including flowering perennials, annuals, succulents, topiary, feature trees, indoor & hedging plants, Elegant Outdoors also sell a variety of decorative pots, water features, and garden art, along with all the gardening essentials like mulch and plant food. It’s not just the garden that this little gem caters for, with a gift and homewares shop located inside the centre aptly named “HOME with Elegant Outdoors.”

 

 

 

Products change seasonally keeping things fresh and enticing for customers.

Along with the large offering of plants and giftwares, Elegant Outdoors offer plastic plant pot recycling. Plastic pots can be dropped off at the garden centre, where they will then be taken to a recycling depot and eventually broken down and made into new pots! Every little bit helping reduce the input into landfill.

Mike and Susan are proud of the industry awards they have won over the years, including; “Best Small Garden Centre in NSW & ACT” and “Best Small Garden Centre in Australia.” Susan attributes her successful business to having a great team working alongside her, upholding sound principles and ethics, offering exemplary customer service and maintaining a positive can-do attitude.

 

Fast Fact: Did you know that Elegant Outdoors is a collection point for empty Nespresso pods? A great initiative by Nespresso, Terracycle and Elegant Outdoors, which typically sees 50kg of empty pods collected and saved from landfill each week!

Pop in and say hi to Mike & Susan next time you walk past Elegant Outdoors, they would love to welcome you into their beautiful garden centre.

The Bobbin Head Cycle Classic – March 2017

In the early hours of the 26th of March, keen cyclists were hitting the starting line before dawn for the annual east coast Bobbin Head Cycle Classic.

Amongst those at the starting line was our very own Turrumurra and Lindfield Community Bank employee Alexandra Milford, who was joined by her husband Andrew, and son Aiden for the 27km leg of the event. The Milfords formed 50% of the Bendigo Bank team riding on the day.

Having never participated in a cycling event previously, they were very excited and focused on conquering the long 4km uphill ride from the bottom of bobbin head.

“The climb from the bottom of Bobbin Head back up was always going to be a daunting task, but after doing years of running races we were sure of one thing”, said Alexandra, “not to stop on the hill as it would be twice as hard to get going again. This was the only plan we had and I can proudly say we all made it up the 4km hill without stopping”

Raising Funds for Lifeline H2H

The decision by the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches to become a silver sponsor of the event was an easy one due to the long running relationship with Lifeline H2H. In addition to sponsorship of the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic, a number of community grants have been provided to Lifeline H2H by the Community Bank to fund a variety of programs, the most recent being a grant of $5,940 in late 2015 for the program ‘Helping Angry Men”.

The Bobbo delivers tremendous community support in raising funding that goes towards charities such Lifeline H2H, who partner the event with The Rotary Clubs of Turramurra, St Ives, Wahroonga and Ku-ring-gai. In the six years the event has been running, over $900,000 has been raised, half of which has gone directly to Lifeline H2H allowing them to continue their vital telephone crisis support service. This much needed service responds to callers in crisis 24/7 every day of the year. Much of the funds raised afford Lifeline H2H to provide training and supervisors for the 250+ volunteers manning the crisis support lines.

“Events like the Bobbo are critical to Lifeline H2H as it is extremely difficult for us to run, hold and operate enough fundraising events to ensure on-going, sustainable funding in isolation.  We are working extremely hard to become more self -sufficient in funding and less reliant on the Government (and making great progress), however shops and book fairs alone are not enough” says Lifeline H2H CEO, Wendy Carver.

“Running an annual gala ball also means asking a lot of our friends, colleagues, volunteers and families, and to try and tap into these same people yet again for additional fundraising events risks burning people out and actually losing support.

Partners like Rotary, are able to provide new resources, and energy to run other significant events for and with us.  Before we established these major fundraising events, our Lifeline Centre and crisis support services were at risk of closing and lives would have been lost.  With the support of the Bobbo, our services are currently very financially secure and sustainable.”

Local Heroes

Amongst the huge fundraising efforts and masses of volunteers, some heart-warming stories stand out from the crowd; Lifeline H2H Fundraising Manager, Emma Bagley comments on the generous donation of Banana’s from Terry Xanthos of Natrano produce:

 “This is quite simply a huge donation provided to Lifeline every year. Three years ago Lifeline were seeking bananas to feed the hungry riders participating in the BHCC, and we eventually connected with Terry Xanthos from Nutrano Produce out at Sydney Markets. Terry has since then organised for a different banana grower to donate 3500 bananas for the BHCC each year (this year being the third consecutive year) Terry makes sure the bananas are donated in full, and that they are ripe and ready to be collected the day before the event. He has been extraordinarily generous as have all three banana growers who have contributed to our event each year.

This year Connie from H2H went with the president of Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club (in our Lifeline van) to personally collect the bananas from Terry at Sydney Markets.  He is a true Bobbo and Lifeline hero!”

The team at Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank branches have already started to enlist participants for next year’s event, with Alexandra and her family looking forward to riding with the team in such a wonderful, well organised event again.

What a Bobbo it was… until next year!