In the past week several different organisations have held their Xmas break-up by playing barefoot bowls, using the bar and snacking on festive goodies.

Peter Hanson has organised these dates and he has also recruited many of the men to lend a helping hand outside. Without these volunteers the days and evenings would be impossible to run, so a big thanks to Peter himself and then Peter Caldwell, Trevor Dawson, John Coles, Matt Cursio, Tak Shum, Ian Hampson, John Nelson, Tim Fewster, Lou Anastassiou and Geoff Bandy. Warren Griffin from Bowls Australia also came to help with the Doncaster Gardens year six school break-up.

On Tuesday afternoon December 13th, a team of workers from NEAMI came. This is an organisation which supports individuals living with mental health challenges. NEAMI employs 1500 and helps 38,000 people from right across Australia.

On Friday afternoon December 16th, the teachers from two nearby schools held their Christmas parties. First was Belmore Primary School which is a special needs school in North Balwyn.

Secondly the staff from Templestowe Heights Primary School arrived later in the day.

On Monday morning December 19th, it was the turn of 110 Year Six students from Doncaster Gardens Primary School to try their hand at bowls.

Lastly on the Monday evening 70 members of the Doncaster Football Club arrived. They cooked their own BBQ, and left quite late in defiance of Geoff Bandy who kept calling “ Time please Gentleman .”

Thankyou to Peter Hanson, Peter Caldwell, Trevor Dawson and John Nelson who have taken the many photos which always make the article so much more interesting. I do appreciate your help. Lyn Goodman.