Newsletter 17 August

August 17, 2022

Important Dates

  • Save the date…Friday, 11:00am 26 August.
    A shoe shop is coming to Hester Canterbury and will set up in the main lounge with shoes, slippers and sandals for both men and women. Please feel to invite friends/family.
  • The Hester Canterbury Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10:30am 31 August. Again if there is any matter you would like brought up at the AGM please put it in writing and place in the Residents’ Committee mailbox. Nominations for places on the Residents’ Committee will close on the end of business Monday August 29 Please note the current convener John is not able

House Keeping:

  • Robyn would like to thank all residents for their stamp donations; the stamps are forwarded to Legacy who then raise money from the sale of the stamps to help fund their very worthwhile work. Please continue to save your used stamps and give them to Robyn, who will be sending the next lot to Legacy in mid- September.
  • A gentle reminder that for the next 3 or 4 weeks the weekly exercise class will be held at 10.00 am of a Tuesday and not of a
    Thursday. As soon as there is no longer an issue with staffing the class will revert back to its original time and day.
  • If there are any announcements you would like included in our newsletter please let Alexia know and it will be organized.

Week Two of the Winter Menu starts on Monday 22 August..
Please place any orders by lunchtime the Thursday before.
Bon Appetit!

Some Trivia About the Country We Call Home…

  • The world’s longest golf course – an 18 hole par 72 golf course along the Nullabor Plain (which is also the longest straight road in the world).The course encompasses 2 states (WA and SA) and is a whopping 1,365 km (850 miles) long.
  • Approximately 45 million packets of TimTams are sold each year (that is over 670 million individual biscuits).
  • We were the first country to legislate seat belt laws for all vehicles in 1970.
  • The first police force in Australia was made up of the most well behaved convicts!
  • The world’s largest rock is not Uluru, it is in fact Mount Augustus in Western Australia and is approximately twice the size of Uluru.
  • In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’. The ban lasted only one day.
  • Australia has around 600 varieties of eucalypts.
  • Lamingtons were named for Lord Lamington who hated them, describing the cakes as “those bloody poofy woolly biscuits”.
  • The Great Barrier Reef has its own post box.
  • Steve McQueen’s character in The Great Escape is based on Australian flying ace John Williams. As a boy Williams had built his own surfboards on Manly Beach Sydney. Later as a prisoner in the infamous Stalag Luft prison camp he persuaded his fellow POWs to use the 1000’s of wooden boards in their bunks to build the tunnels through which they later escaped.
  • 80% of our native animals are unique to our country.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte – emperor of France, sent an expedition here in 1800 to explore and bring home some souvenirs for his wife Josephine. The expedition returned with kangaroos, emus and black swans. Despite being fed bread soaked in wine for the entire voyage the animals flourished in France and actually outlived Napoleon himself.