Southern Peninsula VIEW Club was formed in 2019.
Currently, the Club sponsors five Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.
We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about.
- Meeting Day on 2nd Thursday of the month at 10.00 am for 10.30 am start
- Location - Rosebud Country Club
Southern Peninsula VIEW club will follow the Victorian Government Roadmap on mandatory vaccination which requires the sighting and recording of vaccination status for people attending our meetings recommencing in 2022 including all other activities held in public venues effective immediately. This will take the form of a double vaccination certificate (digital or photocopy) or a copy of an Exemption Certificate if applicable.
2022 Upcoming Monthly Meetings
Thursday 12th May – Rosebud Country Club
Thursday 9th June – Rosebud Country Club
Thursday 14th July – Rosebud Country Club
Thursday 11th August – Rosebud Country Club
Thursday 8th September – Rosebud Country Club
Thursday 13th October – Rosebud Country Club
Thursday 10th November – Blue Water Room Rye Hotel, 2415 Point Nepean Road Rye.
Thursday 8th December – Christmas Lunch. Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.
Wednesday 25th May – Beleura House and Garden Tour Mornington. Cost $50 includes morning tea, house tour, lunch and garden tour.
Monday 6th June – Ferry trip to Cowes Phillip Island at 10:45am returning 3:20pm. Cost $17 for seniors. Check the latest newsletter for more details.
Friday 29th July – ‘Second Hand Rose’ Bazaar 1:30 – 4:30pm. Planning in progress for a clothes swap afternoon. Venue to be advised closer to the date.
Date to be advised – Make, Bake, Grow auction evening.
November – Garden Party.
Regular 2022 Events
Connect@Coffee social get togethers 10:00am or 1:30pm at rotating café locations. Please note: Connect@Coffee’s may be subject to venue change as some places are having difficulty with staff levels. We will keep members updated.
Tuesday 17th May 10:00am, Rusty’s Café 3293 Point Nepean Road Sorrento.
Monday 30th May 1:30pm, Indulge by the Bay 2871 Point Nepean Road Rye.
Tuesday 14th June 10:00am, Blue Bay/ Wildflower Café 665-667 Pt Nepean Road McCrae.
Monday 27th June 1:30pm, The Hideout 887 Pt Nepean Road Rosebud.
Tuesday 5th July 10:00am, Laneways Espresso 167 Pt Nepean Road Dromana.
Wednesday 20th July 1:30pm, Wombat Café 230 Boundary Rd Dromana.
Book Club regular meeting is scheduled for 3rd Friday of the month at Seawinds Community Hub. The current book is ‘Scrubland’ by Chris Hammer.
A Friday Soiree
Our regular members ‘soiree’ is usually scheduled for 4:00 – 6:00pm 3rd Friday of the month at a designated members’ home.
Our next soiree will be held on Friday 20th May at Sue Purnell’s home. Check out the newsletter for location information.
Movie Days are back at Rosebud Cinema located in Rosebud Parade, Rosebud. Check the latest newsletter for more information.
Wednesday 19th May, 1:30pm ‘How to Please a Woman’.
Monday 27th June, 1:30pm ‘Elvis’.
Southern Peninsula VIEW Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
On Saturday 30th April the Southern Peninsula VIEW club ran their annual Sausage Sizzle at Rosebud Bunnings.
Thanks to the many volunteers who braved the cold and windy weather.
Southern Peninsula VIEW Friday Soiree
A group of members gathered for the monthly soiree at Wendy Eastons home.
Beautiful view of Port Phillip Bay from the terrace in the background.
Members celebrated our third birthday at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. The theme was Black and White and everyone who attended really got into the spirit of the day to celebrate.
Fantastic raffle prizes, a trivia quiz and entertainment from Southern Peninsula Choir. The location was fantastic as was the weather.
Panorama Gardens in March 2022
During March a group of Southern Peninsula VIEW members visited Panorama Gardens in Boneo.
Panorama is a privately owned 55 acre garden and wildlife reserve. The property includes over 25 acres of gardens with panoramic views for over 100 kilometres looking out across both, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay.
On Thursday 10th February the Southern Peninsula VIEW club held its AGM at the Rye Hotel. Lyn Geer managed the formal proceeding and welcomed the new committee members for 2022.
In addition a group of six new members were inducted to the club and received their badges.
Welcoming our new Members
Annual General Meeting
Photo above of new 2022 Committee
There was a great turn out for our two Connect@Coffee get togethers during February. Our members were so keen to see each other following the long lockdowns of the previous two years.
We met on Tuesday 15th February at Blue Mini Café in Rosebud and on Monday 28th February at Aqua Blue Café in Rye.
Open Gardens Delgany Portsea
On Friday 25th February a group of our members visited the beautiful gardens surrounding the Delgany private estate in Portsea.
Delgany was built around 1925 as the holiday residence of Western District grazier Harold Armytage (of Como Toorak). It was built of local and Mount Gambier limestone and set in 3.6 hectares of heritage listed gardens.
Tootgarook Primary School
Pictured opposite are the books purchased in February by the Tootgarook Primary school library from the $50 donation from Mornington Peninsula VIEW club.
2022 February Outings
Photo shown above and below of the beautiful Portsea Estate
Lunch At The Pig & Whistle
A group of our members took advantage of the opportunity to get together to have a lovely lunch at The Pig and Whistle in Main Ridge on Thursday 13th January.
Packing Library Bags In January 2022
On Wednesday 19th January a group of our members convened at treasurer Sue’s home to pack the wonderful library bags which Southern Peninsula VIEW members had sewn during the extended COVID-19 lockdowns in 2021. The bags have been distributed to preps at Boneo Primary school while a book voucher has also been donated to Tootgarook Primary school.
A fabulous time was had at our Christmas lunch meeting on Thursday 2nd December which was held at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. There were many winners of the fabulous raffle prizes and $1,017 was raised from the raffle and other activities on the day (Check the newsletter for further details).
We were entertained by SPUkes (Southern Peninsula Ukelele Club with Christmas carols and the members joined in with gusto.
A group of our members met in person for our final soiree of the year on 19th November in the Gazebo Room at Rye Hotel. It was fabulous to meet in person after such a long period of time in lockdown.
During October we continued to meet remotely via Zoom when we were able.
We met virtually via Zoom for our general monthly meeting on Thursday 14th October. We welcomed our speaker Dirk Jensen (Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation Group) who spoke about the local koalas, their habitat and how we can help in protecting them on the Mornington Peninsula.
A group of our members met once again on Friday 1st October for a soiree via Zoom. We’re looking forward to meeting in person in November.
During the last month of the extended lockdown our members joined Connect@Coffee and Soiree ZOOM get togethers. In addition, our two bookclubs also met via Zoom to share thoughts on the fascinating books on offer.
Once again due to continuing Victorian Covid lockdowns we only managed one Connect@Coffee catch up on Wednesday 4th August between lockdown dates. A group of fourteen members met and enjoyed each others company at 3 Knots Café in Rye.
Unfortunately our August monthly meeting was cancelled but our book clubs have reverted to online Zoom calls. We are hopeful we will meet again in October.
Christmas in July 2021
A large group of members attended the Rye RSL to celebrate Christmas in July on Tuesday 13th July. A merry time was had by all with some fantastic raffle prizes.
Enjoying the Day
Monthly Meeting in July 2021
Due to a repeated Covid lockdown in Victoria we only managed to have a small number of activities during the first half of July.
We met for our monthly meeting at Rosebud Country club on Thursday 8th July, and welcomed speaker Teresa Gillespie, who is the Team Leader of Advanced Care Planning, Peninsula Health. Teresa provided an excellent overview of the advance care planning process.
Mordialloc/Chelsea Evening VIEW 30th birthday dinner
A group of our members attended the rescheduled Mordailloc/Chelsea Evening VIEW Club 30th birthday dinner at Woodlands Golf Club Mordialloc on Tuesday 6th July. The theme was Pearls and everyone got into the swing of things and thoroughly enjoyed the music and comedy from DJ for the evening.
Unfortunately, due to limitations on numbers following the most recent Covid lockdown, we were not able to meet for our regular monthly meeting or our Friday Soiree in June.
To make up for this, once lockdown was lifted, many of our members attended Connect@Coffee at Café Jett in Dromana on 15th June. In addition a special evening get together was organised by Faye and Mandy at McDaids Irish Pub in Rosebud on 23rd June, in place of our regular soiree, as numbers to attend homes was restricted under Covid rules.
Life after Lock-Down
Celebrating Second Birthday
On Thursday 11th March the Southern Peninsula VIEW celebrated its second birthday at Rosebud Country Club. The theme was Movies and TV shows from 1950s – 80s and many of our members dressed as some of their favourite characters from those decades.
We were delighted that our local Victorian Legislative Assembly Member Chris Brayne, who holds the seat of Nepean, could attend the celebration and Chris got into the swing of things drawing the many raffle prizes.
Two Mouseketeers (Mickey Mouse Club)
Two Sandy’s (Movie Grease)
Miss Marple & Mary Poppins
The Flying Nun
Wednesday & Morticia Adams
On Thursday 13th May, at our general meeting, we were delighted to welcome Angela Knox Carter (Family Partnership Coordinator) from the Smith Family Frankston hub. Angela gave a very informative presentation on the work undertaken by the Smith Family in the local Frankston area and to thank Southern Peninsula VIEW for providing stationery filled library bags for the prep classes of Mahogany Rise primary school Frankston North and Kananook primary school Seaford.
In addition, we welcomed Stephen Edmund (Deputy Chairman) Rye & District Community Financial Services (Bendigo Bank) who accepted our thanks to Bendigo Bank for supporting Southern Peninsula VIEW with a generous grant to allow us to make and fill (with stationery items) library bags for the Frankston hub prep classes of 2021 and book prizes.
We also celebrated Mother’s Day with a raffle for members. The lucky winners are pictured with their prizes.
Bendigo Bank speaker Stephen Edmund
Australian Ballet School
On Friday 21st May a group of our members attended a performance by The Australian Ballet School at Frankston Arts Centre. Program Officer Mandy has written about the experience.
What can I say? BRAVO!
Where do I begin? The music was uplifting. The dancing was precise, athletic, and most inspiring.
The choreography ranged from traditional to the most modern. The costuming was beautiful for the ballerinas and virtually non-existent for the male dancers…Sets were limited which only made the atmosphere more electrifying.
As an audience, we were provided with nearly 2 hrs of entertainment that showcased the talents of our Australian Ballet School. All I have to say is BRAVO!
Thank you to Faye for organising the event and for such great seats- FRONT ROW DRESS CIRCLE-perfect view!
May 2021 Friday Soiree
On 21st May the Southern Peninsula VIEW ‘Friday Soiree’ was held at Delegate Jude’s home. Program Officer Mandy has written about the experience.
Again, a great gathering! Jude’s place had all the trappings for a relaxing soiree: multiple decks to lounge upon: a crackling “open fire”; a panoramic view of our lovely Peninsula and last but not least, a sunset to gasp in awe of!
Our lucky members who attended were provided with, yet again, a sumptuous feast of hors’douvres and nibblies and a variety of beverages to complement the occasion… Conversation was light and invigorating and some members were brave enough to rug up [thanks Jude for the RUG collection] to make the most of the late autumn weather on the front deck.
Visit to Mulberry Hill
On Tuesday 27th April a group of our members visited ‘Mulberry Hill’ a national trust home in Langwarrin South. Program Officer Mandy has written about the experience.
As you venture through the front door of Mulberry Hill you are taken back to a bygone era when life was quite genteel and, in many ways, surreal. As the home of Sir Daryl [artist] and Lady Joan [writer/artist] Lindsay, the home had its beginnings as a farmer’s cottage prior to them purchasing it in 1926. After extensive restoration and extension, it became their primary home and studio. As a mecca for artists and” Melbourne’s Cultural Elite”, Mulberry Hill gained quite a reputation in artistic circles. The house itself, though modest in proportions, highlighted many innovative home designs of the times such as having an “ensuite bathroom “connected to the guest bedroom. Our guide did tell us that Dame Nellie Melba had been a regular visitor to the property.
Every room was laden with art of the era and you can imagine that groups of artists spent leisurely summer days painting the local scenery and posing for portraits in the studio. Joan Lindsay, famous for penning PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, did much of her writing at Mulberry Hill in her upstairs retreat whilst husband Daryl painted in the studio directly below. Our guide alluded to the fact that the couple often communicated by tapping coded messages on the floor and ceiling. The outside “walled garden” and surrounding areas are a testament to the work done by the owners in creating a uniquely beautiful and inspiring landscape. Much of the artwork displayed captures the natural beauty of the surroundings.
The home is a time capsule full of treasures of this bygone era-1920-1980. It is a glimpse into how a very “special group of talented artisans” lived, worked, and played. I am sure our members who attended gained much insight into the life of this couple and the contribution they made to their local community and to the wider Victorian community.
Well worth a visit!
On Friday 15th April the Southern Peninsula VIEW ‘Friday Soiree’ was held at Secretary Sue’s home.
The idea for the soiree originated from some highly entertaining Zoom drinks sessions on Fridays during the Melbourne Covid lockdown in 2020. A hardy group of members enjoyed each other’s company at Sue’s home while braving the cooler autumn conditions with wine and nibbles.
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