STICKING TOGETHER: Gayndah Senior Citizens at their Christmas in July party at the Golden Orange Hotel Motel on Thursday, July 18.
STICKING TOGETHER: Gayndah Senior Citizens at their Christmas in July party at the Golden Orange Hotel Motel on Thursday, July 18. Alex Treacy

Low on numbers, Gayndah's seniors still know how to party

THE snap of playing cards, a clatter of rummy tiles, and the steady buzz of shared conversation: these are the sounds of Gayndah Senior Citizens' Christmas in July event in the Citrus Room at the Golden Orange Hotel Motel.

President Beryl Palmer said regular events like these help keep the mind young.

"We think it's important, you make new friends and keep in contact with everyone,” Mrs Palmer said.

Aside from board and card games, it's the "chatter” which keeps people coming back, she said.

The club meets every Monday for a social gathering in the RSL Hall at 9am and every second Monday is the official monthly meeting.

As well, there are special events, where the club either travels or hosts other seniors' associations in the region, including Biggenden, Gin Gin, Wondai and Childers.

This is the club's third year hosting Christmas in July, and they also have an end-of-year Christmas breakup annually on the second Monday in December.

Gayndah Senior Citizens president Beryl Palmer and member John Stott at the club's Christmas in July event at the Golden Orange Hotel Motel on Thursday, July 18.
Gayndah Senior Citizens president Beryl Palmer and member John Stott at the club's Christmas in July event at the Golden Orange Hotel Motel on Thursday, July 18. Alex Treacy

"We enjoy it, but we're getting low on numbers through old age,” Mrs Palmer said.

"There are some who would love to come but they just can't get around any more.

"We would love some more over-50s and we have had younger before as well.

"They can bring in some new ideas to keep our brains working.

Mrs Palmer said, were they to find more numbers, they could also add bowls to their regular roster of activities.

However, several club members regularly attend indoor bowls in the RSL Hall every Thursday night at 7pm.

Bowlers from the Binjour Bowls Club will be attending indoor bowls on August 22 for a showdown.

Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Mrs Palmer on 0428 567 618.


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