Resident highlights 2023

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Residents enjoyed a range of activities and outings in 2023, and here are some of the highlights!
Ashburn House’s cultural visit

This year the team from Ashburn House worked closely with staff from the Art Gallery of NSW to help residents enjoy visits to the cultural institution.

Residents had been requesting a trip to the Sydney gallery, and after a successful initial visit in May, they went again a few months later.

Those who attended reported that the exhibits were outstanding, and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Courtlands Village Open Day

More than 70 people attended the Courtlands Village Open Day in April to find out more about our North Parramatta retirement community.

Visitors were welcomed by the Village Committee President and the Village Manager, and there was lots of laughter shared over morning tea.

There were a series of tours of the grounds and Independent Living Units, and questions were answered by current retirement residents and the Village team. Our Chief Clinical Officer also supported everyone with some great barbecue food.

There has been strong interest in the Village since the Open Day, and given its success, there are plans to have similar promotional events next year.

Heritage College visit

Three busloads of Courtlands residents enjoyed a performance of the children’s musical Tut, Tut! at the Christadelphian Heritage College Sydney in June.

Staff and volunteers put in a huge effort to support the residents to attend the school, and the residents talked about their experience for many days.

Maranatha Spring Fair

The Maranatha Spring Fair raised more than $10,000, after returning to the Kallangur Village recently after a hiatus due to pandemic restrictions.

The Fair was held near the Recreation room, which provided some welcome cover from the sunny day, and was opened by Christadelphian Homes Chair Phil Cubbin.

He acknowledged the incredible efforts of all the Fundraising Committee, including the President, Dawn Middlecoat for organising the Fair again, on the traditional ‘Second Saturday in September’.

Dawn helped arrange the very first Fair back in 1979, and has been the Committee President since 1993. Since then, the Fair has raised more than $600,000 for use towards a large range of projects and items for the Maranatha community.

Our thanks to Dawn and the entire committee, as well as many volunteers, helpers, train enthusiasts, and visitors for a successful and enjoyable day.

Northcourt’s dancing legends

A local dance studio got Northcourt residents up and moving this year with the introduction of ballroom dancing sessions.

The instructors demonstrated some of the most popular dances including the Waltz, Samba, Foxtrot and Quickstep, before inviting residents to join them on the dance floor. The first session was such a wonderful success it became part of the monthly activity program.