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Bell Park News (in reverse chronological order).
A very Merry Christmas to all members of the Bell Park family from Sue, the
office ladies, Stretch and Trish, Mabel and the other cleaners, Al Crooks
and all who make Bell Park what it is. Bill Stowers has the word for it: Utopia.
So everybody, have a really special Christmas and come back again in 2016.
We'll have a brand new Patrons' Page to fill.
And guess what, all you hardware lovers? There's a Bunnings in Yeppoon now.
It's where the Home Hardware used to be.
Al Crooks is back in Emu Park and firing on all cylinders. What a change in
a man! The pacemaker documentation Al was given on his discharge from hospital
informs him that he can resume a normal sex life six weeks after having the
pacemaker fitted. This has caused great hilarity in the park and we are counting
down the days for him.
For anyone that doesn't know Al, he lives alone and celebrated his 86th birthday
yesterday. He didn't want any fuss on his birthday but as Sue (who is a vegetarian)
won the meat tray at the bowling club on Friday night she decided a celebration
barbecue was in order. Sue also bought a beautiful cake that came in a white
box with calories leaking everywhere.
Ann and John are back in Bell Park. Remember Ann's beautiful art and her unique
jewellery? They are staying for a week so Happy Hour attendances will receive
Two more of the nice people that are currently in the park are Big Dave and
his wife, Glenys. Remember them? They have a huge 5th wheeler.
AL CROOKS' PACEMAKER
Yesterday, 25 September, Al had a pacemaker fitted to stabilise his heartbeat.
Michele reports that all went well and Al's heart is now pumping at 75 beats
per minute and he says he's feeling better already. Michele attributes
this to the faster pulse increasing the oxygen supply to his system. She isn't
yet sure when he will return to Emu Park.
Incidentally, according to my records Al, will celebrate his 86th birthday
on 4th October. Unfortunately I don't know which hospital he's in but he'll
hopefully have been discharged into Michele's care before any 'get well' or
'birthday' cards could reach him.
WINTER FAMILY NEARLY ALL GONE
'Our' park is occupied by strangers. Marion left yesterday (25th September),
Lionel and Noreen today and Terry and Di plan on leaving on Tuesday. That
will only leave Pam and I of the Winter Family and we have three more weeks.
It's lonely, people; happy hour only needs one table and sometimes only one
side of it. But never mind, it'll soon be June.
A STUNNING SUNRISE FROM THEO
The rising sun, still not visible, is lighting the underside
of a spectacular cloud formation
and the sea is bouncing back the light reflecting from the clouds.
This beautiful photo was taken on Fisherman's Beach, Emu Park. To achieve
such excellent results Theo would have had to be up before dawn. Now that's
LUNCH ON GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND
Take-off was booked for around midday. There was time for
pilot Lance to take a group photo.
After a quick circuit of Emu Park it was up the coast to
look at the real estate, then ...
... over Rosslyn Marina to check for empty berths large
enough for our yacht - if we win lotto.
The flight crew then headed out over the Coral Sea. Choppers
are flown from the right seat and while
the Captain flew the aircraft, the First Officer kept a keen eye out for
any sign of MH370 ...
... occasionally turning to confer with the Captain. "The
head temperatures are a little high again, Captain".
The Vertical Speed Indicator (just visible far right) reads a gradual descent
of 100 feet per minute.
Lunch overlooking the beach was very peaceful and pleasant,
the island being all but deserted.
On the return flight we looked down on deserted beaches
... a lone gaff rigged schooner, South Passage, making good
way in the breeze.
All too soon we were over the houses of Emu Park - I wonder
who lives down there? - then back on the ground.
A fantastic day; never let anybody tell you life in Emu Park is boring!
TWO WILDLIFE PICS FROM THEO
These sunbirds were trying to nest under Theo and Susan's
awning but, aware that they would be moving
before any chicks had flown, T. and S. did the kindest thing and made the
birds nest elsewhere. Note the
left sunbird; its body is hanging inverted but its head is twisted right
way round. And the turtle?
In Theo's words, To my surprise a turtle came past, watched me packing
up and waved goodbye!
WHAT A GREAT NIGHT!
It was Wednesday, August 19th 2015 and the combination of the newly formed
(and as yet unnamed) Bell Park band and Terry's cocktail combinations and
concoctions made it perhaps the best evening of the year.
Mr Cocktail; Terry with his taste bud titillating collection
The musicians. Left to right: Amos, Jock, Jan, Ozzie, Lionel,
and Greg. That's Greg's wife all rugged up.
What better way to relax than sitting in the sunshine listening
to good music with a cocktail in your hand.
What's up, Terry? Bottle empty already?
No problem, Marion is more than happy.
What about that band, folks? Aren't they terrific? Considering the short time
they've been together, they're really fabulous. As indeed are Terry's cocktails.
What a great caravan park Bell Park is but what a shame the season is ending
just as everything is coming together.
Three Leo Girls in this picture. Is that Cathy on the far
left ... no, I think you're right Gail; it's Maureen.
Oh, come on Lionel, it wasn't nearly that big!
I have $550 at the back. Do I hear $600 anywhere? 600
anybody? All right, I'll take $580.
I have $580 on my left. Do I hear $600? I will
sell at $580. Going once. Going twice. Gone!
Cut it out, Trixie, that's my job.
ANOTHER FABULOUS VISIT TO THE FERNS
Sunday August 16th was another glorious, sunny day in Byfield where a busload
of Bell Park patrons again visited the Ferns Resort for a top class meal and
an afternoon of music. Marto was, as always, in good form.
Hans and Lorraine at The Ferns.
Joyce and Derek
- never happier than where there's music.
Eira (back), Margaret,
Kevin and Don. Photo: NOT
MARION PUNISHED FOR WAGGING OFF CLASS
When Marion Smith heard that the card-making class would be colouring-in at
the next session she decided to wag off, hoping nobody would notice. She reckoned
without the other Bell Park girls in her class. The others were not going
to tolerate this behaviour from young Marion who was given a detention on
Friday morning. Her punishment was supervised by infamous 'Corporal' Cath
Parry, a demon with a ruler over the knuckles for any that step out of line.
Marion, sentenced to crayon for two hours. My God, is she
pulling her tongue out at Corporal Cath? Corporal Cath's nickname is nothing
to do with a military rank, rather to her predilection for inflicting corporal
punishment. (Learning cameras would be present, Cath left her skimpy black
leather outfit and whip at home. Pity.)
C.C. really has a heart of gold so when young Marion made
a good job of her colouring, all was forgiven.
Photos courtesy of Gail Dubczyk
THE LEO GIRLS CELEBRATE THEIR 2015 BIRTHDAYS
All born under the Leo star sign. Standing, L to R: Jan,
Gail, Cathy and Sue.
Seated, L to R: Barbara, Pam and Suzanne.
Lunch at the Megalomania Bar and Bistro in Yeppoon was again the
venue for this annual celebration. The Leo Girls were accompanied by four
of their husbands whose role was simple; drive the car and pay the bill. The
meal was excellent and enjoyed by all.
The celebrations, however, were not yet finished. Back in Bell Park, Cathy
produced a fabulous black cherry cake made by the local bakery ...
Wow! Count the calories in that! It was helped down by free-flowing
Sue sliced up the cake, much to Suzanne's delight. Pam,
are you drooling?
THE DARLING OF BELL PARK MODELS FOR ROCKMANS
Our very own Suzanne Curtis, smiling as always, wows the
audience at the C.W.A. Fashion Show.
Photo: Gail Dubczyk
WHO REMEMBERS PAT RHYS-JONES?
Pat used to be a regular winter visitor to Bell Park. Susan (Graze) tells
me that Pat keeps up to date with goings-on in the park by reading our web
site. Susan reeled out a list of people here today that know you, Pat, so
here's a big Hello from all of them.
MINIATURE HORSES VISIT LIONEL AND NOREEN
What happens when something unusual happens in a caravan park? A crowd quickly
gathers, that's what. Sunday, 2nd August was no exception. Four miniature
horses visited Lionel and Noreen in their 'van just before 11:00 a.m. and
your fearless correspondent was summoned to report the incident to you, the
faithful readers,(regardless of his residual blood/alcohol level).
The relative height of Lionel and the little horse give
perspective to its size.
C'mon, guys, at this rate you'll have Stretch out of work
... Stretch cuts the grass.
A DAY CRUISING THE ISLANDS OF KEPPEL BAY. MAGIC!
All set for the big day ... Keppel Marina in the morning.
Looking back at the rock which watches over the Marina.
Don't believe that?
Check out the eyes at the top of the rock.
The day was perfect with warm sunshine, little wind, gentle seas and a beautiful
boat. Grace II was crewed by her owners, Anthony and Vicky, who were
warm, friendly and always obliging. This account is from the Grace II
but the experience for the party on the Funtastic (see later) would
have been similar.
Leaving the Marina the crew raised the sails and cut the engines. For a while
we proceeded on windpower alone but the cat required a wind of about 13 knots
to make sufficient headway and the breeze was only blowing around 5 knots.
Anthony restarted the engines and we were propelled by a combination of sails
On the first leg out to Middle Island a large turtle surfaced very briefly
close to the boat but was gone before the Captain could call out. A large
sea bird flew over the boat and the Captain settled the argument by declaring
it was an albatross. A little while later a whale breached a short distance
away. The Captain stopped the boat and the whale, which was thought to have
a calf with it, showed itself many times. This was, for many, the highlight
of the cruise. The sheer size of the mammal was breathtaking.
The whale blowing. Photo: Rhonda.
The whale didn't wait around for photographers. Photo:
Shortly after seeing the whale we anchored off Middle Island and were joined
by another catamaran, Funtastic, which anchored about forty metres
away. The two boats were booked by Bell Park parties for different dates but
delays due to weather resulted in both the Grace II and the Funtastic
sailing within a couple of hours of each other. Their itineraries were not
identical, though both cats did meet and moor together in this bay off Middle
The Funtastic pictured from the Grace II.
Not close enough to converse but we could recognise people.
The Grace II pictured from the Funtastic.
Our crew pointed out an eagle's nest on rocks overlooking the sea, not quite
close enough to guarantee a good photo but ... worth a try with a 200mm lens.
It was hard to know whether this was a parent bird or a
fully grown chick.
Nobody went ashore from either catamaran on Middle Island though the crew
of Grace II gave us the option. However, since our next stop was
to be in a more sheltered location where we would be able to walk on the island
or swim as the boat was making a lunch stop. Those keen to swim were content
When we anchored for our lunch stop many took advantage of the opportunity
to go ashore or snorkel on a nearby coral reef. Those going ashore were ferried
in the boat's dinghy.
A shuttle service was operated by Anthony, left in both
photos, to the island. Both
dinghy ashore to ferry passengers to and from the island. Photo
Others swam from the boat to inspect the reef which appeared to be a disappointment.
The crew equipped those going snorkelling with wetsuits, masks, flippers,
Jerzy's feet were bigger than he thought. Problem
Gail? Are you in pain?
It all came together in the end and who could doubt that
they are really having a wonderful time?
Others were content to stay dry and relax on the boat with a wine or beer
while a fabulous lunch of prawns, ham, sausages (the boat had an on-board
barbecue), three different salads, bread rolls and all the condiments was
laid out in the cabin. The cherry tomatoes were fresh from Anthony and Vicky's
garden. It would be hard to imagine a more perfect place to enjoy lunch than
under a sky of blue, warm sunshine and the clear water gently rocking the
boat. And not one fly!
Theo found he had inserted his leg into an arm hole. The
fat, lazy photographer stole Gail's bean bag.
Both photos: Gail
While lounging on the deck I saw a cloud in the sky which resembled a large
bird. I know some people are interested in unusual cloud shapes.
I think the cloud was triggered by rising heat
from a fire down the coast.
Left: Captain Anthony taking the dinghy ashore.
Right: Marion and Michael (M & M).
KEVIN'S FACE WAS A PICTURE!
Kevin and Margaret have been together for around fifty years and in all that
time, Kev has never, ever, seen Margaret at the bar. Until, that
is, schnitzel night at the Pine Beach Hotel ...
Caught bang to rights! Margaret (behind Eira) at the bar.
But wait, just being at the bar is not enough. Did you buy a round of drinks,
GREETINGS FROM PHIL AND BEV BALE.
We haven't seen them for a couple of years but they are healthy, happy and
enjoying the odd game of bowls down on the Gold Coast. They emailed Roger
Klose who emailed me - thanks, Rog.
Phil and Bev are on the right. This picture was taken when
the Diamond Jim road sign was unveiled.
Phil was instrumental in naming the road after Jim Waterman (3rd from the
Phil was also known as the Baledog, a name affectionately bestowed
upon him by Jim. We also knew him as the Boilermaker. Whenever there
was a heavy steelwork job to be done around the park, Phil was there. Jim
awarded a shield to him for his untiring work crushing beer cans so they could
be sold for scrap.
One of the reasons for their absence from Bell Park is the loss of their house
sitter. Their son lived with them so their house was secure when they travelled
north. Now he's bought his own home and moved out of theirs. Phil noticed
that there was a fair amount of maintenance necessary, the sorts of things
that creep up on a householder like rusting gutters and downpipes so he's
been working hard.
Rumour has it that Phil will turn eighty this year and possibly dragging a
caravan up and down the coast is a thing of the past. Nevertheless, the same
rumour has it that he and Bev may - just may - come on up and stay
for a while in a cabin so they can attend happy hour and catch up with the
goss. Phil, Bev, please do, it would be s-o-o-o good to see you.
Ladies, Bev sends her love and wishes you all the best.
DI HAS A GUEST FOR MORNING TEA.
Was Di perturbed when this python slid under her 'van, climbed
onto a wheel and coiled up for a snooze?
No she wasn't, not in the slightest.
Di had another guest - an invited one - and a nice custard tart waiting. All
she wanted was to sit down and chat, albeit within a metre of the dozing snake.
However, half the park (exaggeration) had gathered around, many imparting
'expert' opinions on what type the snake was and the best course of action.
Di was having none of it. The snake can stay as long as it wants, she said firmly and unwrapped
the custard tart. The snake was out of sight except from within Di's annexe
so everyone went home. So too, did the snake. When it was ready.
ECKARD AND MONIKA - 52 YEARS MARRIED.
Many congratulations to Eckard and Monika Dietrich on their fifty second wedding
anniversary last Monday (July 27). They celebrated with lunch at the Spinnaker
Restaurant in Yeppoon.
Left: Karl and Elizabeth Centre:
Eckard and Monika Right: Pete and Pam.
FOLLOW-ON COMPUTER AND IPAD CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS.
Classes are in the Emu Park Community Hall from 10:00 to 12:30 on the following
24th August, 7th September, 26th October, 16th November. Bring your PC/iPad
and charger. Morning tea supplied.
For bookings call 4913 3840.
AL'S MOBILE AGAIN - AND SILENT WITH IT.
It's painted red for danger but that won't help you if Al is approaching from
behind. His electric motor is all but silent so stay alert! At the time the
picture was taken Al hadn't attempted a speed trial (Michele was watching)
but it looks a mean machine. Wanna race, Jock?
Al's opinion of his new transport? Two words: Beats walking.
Dead right, Al ...
and quite a few tinnies will fit in that basket.
ANOTHER SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE FERNS COMING
UP ON AUGUST 16.
The cost will be approximately $50 per person which includes transport there
and back, a fabulous lunch and great entertainment. This is really good value
- trust me (I'm with the Government). All enquiries to Suzanne, the organiser
par excellence, on Site 50. Don't miss out and regret it for the
rest of your life. Book early before it's all sold out! Er ... did we mention
there's a bar?
HAS RONNIE MONOHAN SEEN THE LIGHT?
Is this possible, Ronnie waving a Bulldogs flag? What will his family and
friends say? What caused this change of heart, Ronnie? Will the sun rise in
the west from now on?
So you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
Or should that be 'a new Dog old tricks'?
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE FERNS ANOTHER WINNER
Two busloads arriving at The Ferns pause for a
Princess, you should have gone as soon as the bus stopped!
What a fabulous day! The buses were prompt, the journey pleasant, the weather
perfect and the food, drink and service magnificent. All these superlatives
apply equally to the wonderful company we had - yes YOU, folks - and what
can we say about Suzanne who organised the event? Again, Thank You
seems totally inadequate so thanks a million times, Suzanne; everything was
My personal thanks to Pam for wielding the little Cannon. To view many more
individual photos, CLICK HERE.
THE DEAD RETURNING FROM THE DEEP?
I shivered as I watched them emerge from the ocean, arms
dangling limply at their sides. The morning was dull and misty and I heard
no sound as they approached me. Terror gripped me and I swiped my new sunglasses
from my eyes to reveal ...
... those mad 'icebergs' from the caravan park.
Moral: Don't wear sunglasses when you don't need to. Thanks, Theo, for the
WHERE ARE JOAN AND BARRY THIS YEAR?
So many people have enquired about Joan and Barry Lang that Susan Graze thought
we should use this forum to tell everybody that, due to Barry's ill health,
they won't be coming to Bell Park this season. However, Joan assures Susan
that they'll be back next winter without fail.
From all at Australia's best caravan park, get well soon Barry. We're thinking
of you and the park isn't the same without you two.
CONGRATULATIONS, BELL PARK!
It started with a sausage sizzle to commemorate the anniversary of Jim's*
passing. The sausage sizzle unintentionally made a profit and there were many
uncooked sausages left in the fridge to be frozen for a future event. Then
followed a burger night to accompany the screening of the State of Origin
decider and it was decided to make that a fund raiser for either cancer research
or the Oncology Ward and throw in the earlier profit. Many people gave extra,
over and above the cost of the burgers.
Last night, 22 July, there followed another sausage sizzle - this one was
definitely a fund raiser - to use up the remaining sausages. Again
attendance grew until the frozen sausage supply was totally inadequate and
the Emu Park butcher, baker and IGA had to be 'troubled' again. So many supported
the event that the barbecue area was bursting at the seams in spite of the
weather. Did the people of Bell Park allow the rain to spoil the evening?
The end result is that YOU, the members of this wonderful big family that
is Bell Park, made a fantastic $533 for the Oncology Ward. And so many people
deserve thanks for their work that naming them all would be impossible; so
let our great chef, Leigh Curtis, represent them all and receive our thanks
on their behalf. Thanks a million, Leigh.
A cheque will be delivered to the Oncology Ward at the Mater Hospital, Rockhampton,
tomorrow and hopefully a photo or two will be added to this text.
Friday, July 24th:-
On behalf of the Bell Park Patrons, Pam presents a cheque
for $533 to Dianne and Angela of the Oncology Department at the Mater Hospital,
Rockhampton. Everybody there remembered Jim very fondly.
*For anyone new to Bell Park, Jim Waterman was the much-loved manager
of Bell Park for many years. He tragically died from cancer on 15 June 2014
and is still terribly missed in the Park. He developed the social culture
that lives on, stronger than ever, under his lovely wife Sue, who is now the
BELL PARK BAND
Following a tip-off by a very kind person about a photo opportunity in the
north-west corner of Bell Park, investigations uncovered a sextet of musos
practising together ...
All were so intent on their instruments that they paid no
heed to the camera.
The group doesn't have a name yet though one of them has suggested The
Retreads. If you can suggest a better name they may appreciate hearing
it ... or they may not. A totally unsubstantiated rumour suggests that if
the act comes together successfully, they may perform at Happy Hour one afternoon.
TOUR D' EMU PARK
Hans, Lawrie, Kevin, and John preparing to leave on the
next stage of the Tour d' Emu Park.
John, looking very relaxed, is currently wearing the yellow jersey. Hans
is looking a little tense -
possibly worrying if his choice of front tyre was wise for the mountain
section. Photo courtesy of Lorraine.
THEO, SUSAN AND JOHN REPAY BELL PARK
Theo, Susan and John have planted a Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus Sinuatus)
to replace a tree lost during Cyclone Marcia. What a great way to give something
back to the park that we all love and which gives us so much pleasure. Good
for you, guys.
Any vehicle cutting the corner could easily crush a sapling,
... a substantial post was placed to protect it.
After it had been well watered ...
... it was time to sit down with a well-earned beer, kept
cold in a Bell Park cooler of course, and watch it grow.
Photos courtesy of Theo and Susan
BOWLING CLUB FRIDAY EVENING MEALS EXCELLENT - REPORTS
After a previous change in the volunteer kitchen staff at the Bowls Club,
standards fell and patronage followed suit. Now, however, all reports on the
quality of the meals are glowing and the restaurant is again full on a Friday
RONNIE MONOHAN SHOWS THE WEB SITE HIS CERTIFICATE
Ronnie Monohan, well known recorder musician of Bell Park
North, plays for his admiring audience
as Maureen Schadendorff holds up his Certificate for the camera. Fame at
BOWLING DAY VERY SUCCESSFUL AND GREAT FUN
The team that made it happen: Jerzy Dubczyk, BJ Adams and
A fabulous afternoon, guys. Thank you.
The bowlers on the eastern green.
The bowlers on the western green.
The winner of the Most Improved Bowler shield, Marion
Congratulations, Marion. Don would be so proud of you.
And of all the pleasures of the afternoon, one of the greatest
was to see Al Crooks there.
Wonderful to see you well enough to come, Al.
UPCOMING COMPUTER AND WRITING CLASSES
This is just a heads-up. The full details are posted on the Park Notice Board.
Beginner Computer and Ipad Session in the Emu Park
Community Hall on the morning of Monday, 27 July. Free. Writing Your Life In Ten Dishes A creative writing
class on food by Jeannette Delamoir. Saturday, 1 August and Thursday evening,
6th August. $15. George Street, Yeppoon.
The Women For Knitted Knockers (not Knotted Knickers) were very busy on the
afternoon of Monday, 13th July, stuffing filling into the 'boobs' they had
Looks like the ladies are holding up balls of wool but not
These are bra cup fillers for the poor souls that have had a mastectomy.
There are strict rules for those knitting the prostheses. The ladies must
wash their hands thoroughly before starting and must not wear make-up, perfume
or hand lotion. The knockers - yes, that's what they call them - will come
into contact with scar tissue on the user and any risk of infection is serious.
You'll notice on the picture that the table in the Camp Kitchen has been covered
to keep everything sterile. Also, the knockers are not made from wool but
special 8-ply cotton that is low-irritant.
This afternoon was devoted to filling the knockers with
stuffing. The cleanliness rules still apply.
Monika, who doubles as Quality Controller, is holding a completed 'C' cup
The ladies give their time for nothing and there are plenty of volunteers.
Bell Park is so rich in big hearted people.
Lorraine modelling a knocker. Way too small, Lorraine.
The special cotton and filler are supplied to the volunteers by the Knitted
Knockers Australia organisation at no charge. The organisation keeps a
close eye on quality control. The completed knockers are given to the recipients
free of charge.
Here's an interesting fact: The original pattern for the knockers included
a nipple. Australian women prefer not to have the nipple (unlike their American
counterparts) so the pattern was modified.
GUARDIAN PHARMACY SPAT SORTED
All you knitting ladies, the Guardian Pharmacy is again accepting garments
for the Save the Children Fund so go for it. Your blood is worth bottling!
CHRISTMAS IN JULY - WHAT A NIGHT!
It was Tuesday 7th July when the seemingly endless preparations of Suzanne
Curtis and Brenda Jean (BJ) Adams all came together at the Pine Beach Hotel
and everything went perfectly.
Those two wonderful ladies that organised the best Christmas
in July ever!
Somehow just saying Thank you both so much to BJ and Suzanne seems
The 'Pinie' was packed with one hundred Bell Park Patrons and Friends of Bell
Park. The meal was served promptly and it was delicious. Thank you also to
Mark, the Pine Beach licensee who must also have pulled out all the stops
to cope with the numbers at his end. Thanks a million, Mark.
Last but by no means least, many thanks to Sue who was determined, come hell
or high water, that this traditional event would not lapse despite her enormous
workload. Using her managerial skills she delegated the organisation to two
willing, hard-working and trustworthy ladies - Suzanne and BJ. Result: a fantastic
All photographs courtesy of Pam
STATE OF ORIGIN DECIDER; DID N.S.W. TURN UP?
The evening following the Christmas in July celebration was another big evening
in Bell Park. We extended Happy Hour into a Burger Barbecue to fill the time
until the Origin game started. Many thanks are due to Suzanne, Cathy and Pam
for organising the burgers so well, to Leigh who excelled at cooking them
and to the Emu Park butcher who made the delicious beef fillings.
As an experiment the girls tried selling tickets for the burgers and it worked
very well, keeping the money and the food totally separate and ensuring every
burger was paid for. There were beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers available
and again the ticket system avoided confusion. Cathy took on the role of Chief
of the Ticket Police ensuring everyone in the queue had a ticket. Nobody messed
with Cath! On ya Cath.
The big match started around 8 pm and Sue loaned us the big screen TV from
the park office. Thanks, Sue, it worked beautifully. Also to Colleen for the
antenna, one being useless without the other. For a change it was set up over
the fridge in the Camp Kitchen where everyone could see and hear it. We were
lucky in that the wind was blowing off the ocean so the back wall of the Camp
Kitchen blocked most of the chill from the audience.
Although N.S.W. believed they would thrash Queensland, they reckoned without
the volume of gratuitous advice directed at Queensland from Bell Park's Camp
Kitchen! On ya, Jock! The occasional cries of Go the Blues gradually
faded to silence as the match progressed. What an incredible score!
FAREWELL TO LAUREL
Laurel Webb, the little lady who lived in the house at the north end of the
park, passed away on Tuesday 7th July. Very little is known about Laurel's
previous life - she was a very private person. Nevertheless, she was part
of the rich variety of personalities that make Bell Park what it is and she'll
be missed. Footnote: Laurel had left instructions that,
should she collapse under the circumstances in which she did, she was not
to be resuscitated. Because nobody except her daughter was aware of this,
the paramedics had no choice but to attempt resuscitation. If you have a similar
wish it is essential that you leave a document to that effect with Sue, the
Park Manager. Word of mouth cannot be accepted by the ambulance crews.
OVERHEARD AT HAPPY HOUR We've never stayed here before but I have to say that this is the friendliest
park we've ever stayed in.
Credit must go to Susie (the fabulous Boss Lady), the lovely office ladies
and all who came into contact with these first-time visitors. They are very
keen to come back again for a longer stay.
THE BELL PARK ICEBERGS ARE BACK IN THE WATER
Hans: Looks c-c-c-cold Susan:Oh
all right, I'll go in first.
Come on in, it's 18°; there's nothing to be afraid of.
Once Susan had disposed of the croc, she and Theo went swimming
before returning for some delicious, fresh crocodile steaks.
STATE OF ORIGIN DECIDER, WEDNESDAY 8th JULY.
The State of Origin Decider broadcast will be shown in the Camp Kitchen
on July 8th.
What screen will be used? That beaut large TV from the park office has been
offered by Sue. Thanks, Sue.
As the broadcast doesn't start until around 7:30, those interested in watching
the game could delay Happy Hour until 6:00 pm when hamburgers and chickenburgers
will be cooked in the BBQ area if there is sufficient interest.
We will need numbers a week in advance so please put your name on the list
on the notice board outside the office.
Please Note Burgers in the BBQ area at 6:00 pm, and the screening of
the State of Origin in the Camp Kitchen are separate. Come to one, come to
both or come to neither. Perhaps bring/wear warm clothing for the rugby.
A SAD FAREWELL TO JOYCIE COLLINS, ONLY 71.
Joycie, wife of Don Collins, passed away in Cairns after a stroke. See 'Vale'
62 YEARS MARRIED!
Congratulations to Karl and Elizabeth, 62 years married on 20th June.
COMING SOON - A FUN BOWLING DAY FOR ALL.
There is to be a fun - emphasise FUN - bowling day at 1 pm on Thursday
July 16th. This is for everybody whether you bowl or not.
Fancy having a go in a relaxed atmosphere? This is for you.
Want to just relax and socialise with friends? This is for you.
There will be a sausage sizzle if you feel hungry and the bar will be open
if you are thirsty.
For those who wish to bowl, the $10 charge includes the sausage sizzle. For
those not bowling there is no charge unless you wish to purchase a sausage,
in which case there will be an honesty box near the sausage sizzle.
ANNUAL MORNING TEA AT ANGLICAN CHURCH CANCELLED.
The annual Morning Tea with Entertainment, normally held at the Anglican Church
each July, is cancelled this year due to a shortage of volunteers to erect
WHAT A NIGHT! JIM WOULD HAVE LOVED IT.
Sorry to those not in this picture, I had to stand on Judy's
head to include this many.
I think the night was a great success, what about you? Financially speaking
we covered costs, made $113 perhaps for the hospital ward that looked after
Jim and even had half the sausages left over so we can do it all again. Which
means that many people added a donation to the sausage price so thank you
all for coming, donating and making the evening so much fun.
Finally, thanks Jim for leaving the power on. Hope you enjoyed it too, Mate.
LADIES OF BELL PARK - A MESSAGE
Due to a dispute between the Gardian Pharmacy and Save The Children,
no knitware donated to Guardian Angel is being accepted by the Pharmacy. (Nothing
to do with the Zilzie Pharmacy) If/when the situation changes I will notify
you here. Pam.
A MEMORIAL CELEBRATION TO REMEMBER DIAMOND JIM
June 15th will be the first anniversary of Diamond Jim's passing. In Jim's
memory we will be holding an extended Happy Hour and sausage sizzle in the
barbecue area next to ...
... the Diamond Jim Memorial Garden.
The aim is to make this occasion a happy one, the sort of shindig Jim would
have loved. So come on over and bring your bottles and cans. No speeches or
formality unless someone wishes to propose a toast to Jim. He'll probably
be there anyway so if you're reading this Jim, no power cuts this time, please.*
To cover costs there will be a $2 per sausage charge with any surplus being
donated to the Cancer Foundation. See y'all there.
* You won't believe this. Not two hours after posting this
article on-line, and right in the middle of Happy Hour, there was a power
cut! Go on, say it was just coincidence. Are you trying to tell us something,
EMU PARK'S NEW MEMORIAL BOARDWALK IS PHENOMENAL!
Walking up Emu Street past the Super IGA and to the top of the hill we were
confronted by a new development facing us. ANZAC Court wasn't there last year.
Dominating a forecourt of sandstone slabs and pillars surrounded by lawns
and gardens is a backdrop of rusty steel plates making up a wall. Across the
face of the wall stagger the figures of exhausted troops in battle dress and
carrying arms. The troops are also of steel plate, galvanised to a bright
silver against the brown of the rust. The montage is not only dramatic but
tasteful too. The work so far, including the boardwalk as far as the Singing
Ship, marks the end of Stage One; further development will take place over
the remaining centenary years of WW I (2014 to 2018).
ANZAC Court, the gateway gallery entry, will be the focal
‘The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk' when all stages are completed.
A little to the left of ANZAC Court a new boardwalk has been constructed along
the rock face giving spectacular views of the Coral Sea and offshore islands.
However, at the start of the boardwalk is a 'window into the past', so placed
that as you look through the window towards the horizon, you are faced with
a scene of boats landing troops who are storming up the dunes towards you,
rifles at the ready.
Brilliant! What a fabulous idea.
The picture on the glass is taken from part of a painting called The Spirit
- Gallipoli Landing 1915 by British painter, David Rowlands. It depicts
the second wave of the 10th Battalion (South Australia) scaling Anzac Cove
at 5:00 a.m. just 30 minutes after the initial landing by parts of the 9th
(Queensland) and 10th and 11th (Western Australia). By noon, 10,000 men were
ashore. In order to avoid confusion with the headwear of the Turkish troops,
the Australians were ordered to wear field caps, not their usual slouch hats.
As you turn from the 'window' and proceed along the walkway you find information
plaques with photographs and details of different stages and theatres of World
Nobody who takes this walk can forget the troops that went
and those that didn't come back.
The plaques form a timeline, the first one being for 1914 and the subsequent
plaques consecutively cover each year to 1918.
As the boardwalk followed the shoreline towards the Singing
Ship, the wind nearly blew us over.
At the completion of Stage One the boardwalk terminates
at a viewing deck below the Singing Ship and
the wind was giving the ship's pipes a good workout. It also made for a
bad hair day ... for those with hair.
In future stages the boardwalk will be extended from the viewing platform
towards Fisherman's Beach. In the other direction, a new boardwalk will commence
at ANZAC Court at the top of Emu Street and descend to Main Beach. There is
a lot more artwork to come, some in the form of sculptures. The overhead power
cables presently suspended above Emu Street will be re-routed underground.
Cabling for boardwalk lighting has been laid and the bases for the lights
(presently marked by red and white cones) are ready to receive them .
The brains behind the design and construction of this wonderful work deserve
congratulations. It adds greatly to the many existing attractions of Emu Park
and will undoubtedly attract tourists if the present excellent quality is
Rosemary plants, which grow wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula,
are much in evidence.
THE FAMILY TREE ENTERTAINS BELL PARK
The Happy Hours of the 7th and 9th of June were pleasantly different here
in Bell Park due to a young and very musical family who perform under the
name of The Family Tree. The Imeson family are from Yamba and consist
of, Dad, Mum and their three lovely and talented children. They sang and played
L to R: Molly, Joel (sitting), Amy (behind), Charlie and
The Family Tree gave a wonderful concert with plenty of variety. Rob (Dad)
not only sang and played very well, but mixed old favourites with songs he
had composed himself. Amy (Mum) sang and played a flute, a penny whistle and
a guitar. Joel played a guitar, a ukelele and a 'drum' - that's his drum he's
sitting on in the picture. Molly played a violin and little Charlie sang very
The family played and sang out of the kindness of their hearts. They were
grateful to anyone who bought a CD from them but there was no fee or collection.
Rob, Amy, kids, if you read this please come back to Bell Park soon - we'd
all love to see you again.
REPORTS ON CYCLONE MARCIA - FEBRUARY 2015.
Bell Park Caravan Park was evacuated yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Sue Waterman
is staying with Janet and Bill Kneebone; Al Crooks is staying with Lorna and
Dougie Rossiter. Others are scattered around the area. All touring 'vans have
left and the park is closed, as are are all other parks along the coast. At
the moment, as you probably know from the television coverage, the eye of
the cyclone is over Yeppoon and they are anticipating a flood tide of 2 -
CYCLONE MARCIA - SUNDAY 11 A.M.
Total silence from Emu Park. The weather report for the area indicates all
has settled down. Absence of communication is probably due to ongoing power
problems - no power to mobile phone towers (or no upright mobile phone towers).
CYCLONE MARCIA - MONDAY 9 P.M.
Brief text message regarding Bell Park from Sue: Trees down, no power,
Marcia has refurbished the park. Need to conserve phone battery; can't recharge.
Good to hear from you, Sue.
Message from Glenness and Amos Task: We feel for you guys and hope that you
are all safe, Bell Park will rise again. All the best, Glenness and Amos Trask
Thanks Glenness and Amos, all safe as far as I know. And you're right, not
even Marcia's Hissy Fit will keep Bell Park down. P.
CYCLONE MARCIA - WEDNESDAY UPDATE
Thanks, Sue, for the update and the photos. Emu Park (the town) has had power
restored but the main power line feeding the caravan park was brought down
by a tree. At the time of writing, Sue was waiting for an electrician and
looking forward to again having cold drinks and working fans.
What about this woman, folks? After the year she's had she's still in there
battling and sounds as cheerful as ever. Isn't she terrific? (That should
be worth a good site discount.) Thankfully her house is okay. Go Susie!
The speed limit's TEN, Marcia. Can't ya read?
Thanks to Hans Schulte for information regarding the temporary closure of
Keppel Bay Sailing Club's three venues, The Clubhouse, The Spinnaker and Krackers
Bowls Club. As the reopening dates vary and are not yet fixed, perhaps phone
0437 708 063 for more information if needed.
Thanks, Noreen and Lionel, for your kind words. It's great that your caravan
came through the cyclone undamaged.
And YES, folks, the television mast and antenna still stand.
The following article appeared in the 'Morning Bulletin' of Saturday, 27th
Told ya that sand was too soft to take the weight of your fat belly,
This photo was sent to Pam by Sue. Did you take it, Sue? We love it.
Emu Park from a helicopter flying at 1,000 feet.
Rosslyn Marina from the helicopter. The island tours depart
from here. Photo: Pam
Location, location, location.
From Pete and Pam:
Hi, everybody. On Friday, 16th January, we called to see John and Helen Paul
at their beautiful Dolphin Point home overlooking the ocean. We found them
both well and we spent an enjoyable couple of hours with them.
Pam with Helen and John at their Dolphin Point home by the
Another From Pete and Pam:
Pam again, this time with Hans and Lorraine at Tamberrah
Cottages, Tambo. This idyllic setting is perfect
for a break from everyday hustle and bustle, for a wedding, to spend your
honeymoon or just to pop in
for a pizza or even a full meal in their licensed restaurant. Check out
their website: www.tamberrah.com.au
Tamberrah Cottages is just 25 kilometres from Lakes Entrance, slightly less
from Bairnsdale. We enjoyed a really nice pizza there. And speaking of food,
we found a pretty good spot to have a barbecue. The staff did more than a
fair job of cooking it for us!
They did a sterling job; thank you ladies.
And Yet Another From Pete and Pam:
Leaving Lorraine and Hans in Lakes Entrance we journeyed on west to visit
Roger Klose. We stayed in Traralgon, about 20 kilometres from Roger's home
Roger and Pam in Walhalla - not surrendering, waving. Hello,
As had Lorraine and Hans, Roger treated us like royalty, giving us conducted
tours of Traralgon, Morwell, Churchill and much of the Latrobe Valley region.
Roger's son, Adrian (a.k.a. Noddy), arranged for me to have a fabulous flight
over the area with a work colleague who owned a Jabiru microlight aircraft.
We met Roger's friend, Dawn, and visited Morwell Bowling Club (where Roger
is a member) for meals on two occasions.
We went to the little town of Walhalla (population less than 20) and rode
the restored train to Thomson and back along the bottom of Stringer's Gorge,
criss-crossing the creek on rickety-looking bridges.
We had a barbecue at the Park Lane Holiday Park (where we stayed), went to
Roger's house for a lovely dinner and Rog came to the Park for breakfast.
Phew! What a busy week. Thanks Rog, and it was lovely to meet Dawn at last.
And Even More From Pete and Pam:
We might be in big trouble here. On Sunday, 26th October, while on Bribie
Island, we were invited to a beautiful lunch at the home of Doddsie and Michele.
We spent a wonderfully relaxing afternoon at their beautiful home. We entered
our visit onto our own website but FORGOT TO MENTION IT HERE. Sincerest apologies,
Alan and Michele.
Eight Meet at the Greyhound Bistro
It started with just two couples, then gradually expanded to five couples
and finally settled at four. And here we all are:
Left to Right: Eckard, Monika, Hans, Susan, Theo, Lorraine,
Pam and Pete.
Photo: A composite of one by Theo and another by Pete.
Pete and Pam catch up with Jerzy and Gail
Hello to Everybody From Jerzy and Gail at a Wonderful Evening
at Santini's Restaurant, Werribee.
Guess who these three are?
You probably got it right, but just in case ...
Cathy and Phil Parry with Pam on the bank of the Murray
River at Barham during a fabulous day out.
Phil and Kath looked after us wonderfully during our four-day stay at Swan
Hill, a town we'd visited previously but never seen properly. It's a lovely
place, we were very impressed. Thanks, Phil and Cath, for your generous hospitality,
I hope we can repay you one day.
A Lovely Picture of a Lovely Lady in a lovely setting.
John Paul sent me this beautiful picture of his lovely wife, Helen, so that
I could share it here with you. It was taken last year at Monet's Cottage
As you doubtless know, Helen has been ill for some time and is now totally
dependant on John to the extent that he has decided that a winter stay in
Bell Park with their caravan is no longer an option. The good news is that
John and Helen may call in and say 'Hello' at some point. Please do, John,
if it is possible.
Pam and Susan will certainly miss making up a threesome for mah-jong with
Helen and I'll miss Helen's excited laughter from outside the 'van when she'd
win a game.
Theo and Susan had a fabulous time in Japan.
Theo, Susan and the Cherry Blossom. Susan, I've never seen
you looking more relaxed, pretty and ... young!
Hey, Theo, you old rogue. Which one did you choose?
Well done Theo, the Bell Park stubby holder has exposure
in Japan. Worth a 15% discount this year, Susie?
Theo writes, we have just returned from three weeks in Japan. It was one of
the best trips we have ever done. We were lucky to have had masses of cherry
blossoms every day. It is such a clean, friendly place. In two weeks we will
be meeting the Melbourne Bell Park campers for lunch before we all head off
north again. BEWARE QUEENSLAND!
The Sad Passing of a Bell Park Patron
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing
of Ron Kern on 28th February 2015. Ron leaves his wife, Jean, and children
to whom we all extend our deepest sympathy.
Ron and Jean in happier times.
Ron and Jean had been coming to Bell Park for around twenty years until
ill health intervened in the last few years. During the winters they called
Site 3 on Diamond Jim Drive home.
Ron and Jim were firm friends, both being keen bowlers. In fact, Ron was
a well-respected player and umpire at the Emu Park Bowls Club.
Though Ron was of Scottish ancestry, he served Australia for many years
in the Australian Army, including service in New Guinea. On retuning from
overseas, Sergeant Major Kern was posted to Western Australia.
Ron's health began to trouble him in his later years and six months ago
he was hospitalised with pneumonia.
Ron's funeral took place on Friday, 6th March 2015.
God bless you Ron. Say hello to Jim and other Bell Park friends who have
Condolences to Roger Klose on his sad bereavement
Our hearts go out to Roger after the passing of his close
friend of many years, Dawn Bond, who had been ill for some time. Dawn finally
succumbed to an unexpected and severe stroke in the early hours of the morning
of Monday, 16th March 2015, in the Latrobe Regional Hospital. Her funeral
will be on Monday, 23 March.
Dawn with Roger in February of this year.
Dawn never came to Bell Park but many will recall Roger referring to her
as 'My friend'. She had been an accomplished athlete in her younger years
and excelled at bowls. It was on the bowling green that Roger and she met.
Dawn leaves three daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a nephew.
She will be sadly missed.
With a heavy heart it is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Alan
Dodds, affectionately known to all as 'Doddsy', at four o'clock this morning
(Saturday, 2nd May 2015). Doddsy battled cancer for many years but this
morning the fight was over.
We send all our love and deepest sympathy to Michele who suffered alongside
Doddsy throughout and was painfully aware in recent days that there were
only hours left. Shell, you are not alone, everyone who ever knew Doddsy
will deeply mourn his passing, their sorrow tempered by the relief that
his suffering is over; he is at peace.
Doddsy is pictured right with wife Michele and sons Leigh
and Glen on the occasion of Michele's sixtieth birthday.
Our thoughts are with the whole family, especially Leigh and wife Kirsten,
Glen and wife Vicki and their children who have lost their grandpa. We also
send our sincere sympathy to 'Old Al' Crooks, Michele's father, who lives
in Bell Park.
Alan's funeral is to be held on Thursday, 7th May, at 10:30 a.m. at:
The Bribie Sports Club,
54 Toorbul Street,
GPS S27.08697° E153.16121°
If you plan to attend, please let Michele know as soon as possible (for
If Shell wishes me to pass on any further information you will find
More distressing News
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Joycie Collins
on June 20th, 2015.
Joycie was part of our Tassie Wanderers for many years at Bell Park Caravan
Park. She was an accomplished bowler and an integral part of the Southerners'
Happy Hour Group.
Many will remember with a smile her cameo performance in Sleeping Beauty
staged at the Emu Park Bowling Club in 2014. Joycie and husband Don arranged
many social outings. Both were popular and contributing members of the Deloraine
(Tasmania) community where Joycie had held the position of Ladies' President
of the Deloraine Bowls Club.
Joycie was a devoted support for Don in both business and private life.
She will be remembered for her generousity to the group and her quiet and
Joycie suffered a major stroke and was initially taken to Mareeba Hospital
but later moved to Cairns for better treatment. However, it was all in vain.
Our hearts go out to husband Don, daughter Anne and sons Paul and Mark at
this most distressing time. Also, of course, to Joycie's grandchildren.
Rest in Peace, Joycie.
The Sad Passing of a Long Term Park Resident
On the morning of Tuesday, 7th of July 2015, Laurel Webb stepped out of
her house into the warm sunshine, collapsed and was dead before the paramedics
arrived. All attempts to resuscitate her were in vain.
Laurel had lived in her house at the north end of Bell Park since 10th November
2007. Never one to socialise much, she withdrew into herself after her sister
died, becoming almost a recluse. Her occasional visits to happy hour ceased
and her health deteriorated. The picture shows
Laurel with Phil Bale.
Laurel was a widow; she leaves a daughter Kerry, sons and grandchildren.
It is believed she hailed from New South Wales, possibly Goulburn.