The Ipswich Golden Years Community celebrated a special milestone last month – their 40th birthday.
The group, led by then President May Willis was created for members of the public who wanted to attend social outings without paying a joining or membership fee.
The group grew from humble beginnings in 1977 where eight founding members contributed 50 cents of their own money to create a bank account, to go onto hosting their first event in February 1978 – a game of hoy– at the W.G. Hayden Humanities Centre. Only 17 people were present.
Presently, as many as 80 people regularly attend their weekly get togethers.
Celebrating their Ruby Anniversary at QRI Banjo’s Bar, members reflected on fond memories over lunch and a singalong led by country singer Kevin Smith.
Member for Blair Shayne Neumann congratulated the group for lasting a “biblical generation”.
“It’s not just about singing, it’s not just about friendship, it’s about true fellowship,” Mr Neumann said.
“People here have had a lifetime together, learning and experiencing that deep bond and commitment with one another.”
Golden Years President John Williams said attendees get a lot of benefits out of the weekly events, with indoor bowls days held every Monday and Thursday and a country sing-a-long held each Friday.
“They love it, they enjoy the music, they get up and dance sometimes,” Mr Williams said.
“It costs 50 cents to attend, which gives you a cup of tea and a piece of raisin toast.
“Raffles are 20c each, where there’s plenty of items up for grabs.”
John’s advice for those considering coming along to any Golden Years Community event? “If you like country music, socialising or just a nice morning out, come along!”
For more information, call the Humanities Centre on (07) 3205 5203.