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An ace of a club for Springfield’s seniors

Daniel Bouwmeester    December 7, 2023    2 min read   

Friendships form fast at a local seniors club, where residents from near and far come to chat over coffee, play cards and board games, and have a ball.

The Springfield Seniors Group runs on Monday mornings at the Bob Gibbs Oval Club House, and one of its organisers is inviting new guests to come along and give it a go.

“It’s just a friendship thing, really!” organiser Jenny Hawyes said.

“The seniors like to meet up and have a cuppa, and have a chat. We play games, we have guest speakers, we go on trips… It’s great!”

“It would be lovely to see new members!”

Residents meeting their state representative, while chatting and playing games over coffee. Image: Charis Mullen MP.

Club history

The non-profit club has been active for around 20 years, and – rather surprisingly – started out as a university project, courtesy of Jenny’s son.

The $4 entry cost covers tea, coffee, cakes, and biscuits – all home-made by volunteers – which helps fund their annual excursions, Jenny explained.

“Usually we go on two coach trips a year – sometimes three – and we also head out on local trips at least once a month.

“We’ve been out on the CityCat, [and we’ve] been to old buildings… Next week we’re going to the Elderflower Café and garden centre at the North Tivoli Nursery.”

Last September, Jordan MP Charis Mullen visited and also personally donated $500 to the club, acknowledging that funds had been limited in recent years particularly due to the pandemic.

Two of the group’s organisers, Gloria McDonald and Joe Buhagiar, were there to accept.

“Our club was very grateful for the donation and Ms Mullen’s visit was really appreciated,” Gloria said.

Joe volunteers his time at Ms Mullen’s office to conduct a free tax return service for people with lower incomes.

The Springfield Seniors Group meets Monday mornings – from 9:30am to around 12:00 midday – at the Bob Gibbs Oval Club House, at 8 Ashby Close, Springfield.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.