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NEWS DESK Socialising veterans THE 1066 Hastings Day Club has received $6285 through the Veteran and Community Grants program to allow its members to participate in bus trips and activities to help reduce social isolation. “These bus trips allow our members to get out and about and to see places they might never have been to before,� secretary Doreen Greve said. “Many of our members don’t have their own transport so this enables them to visit other areas safely with a great social group. “Our activities are the highlight of the week for many people. This funding from the federal government allows us to continue to provide this service to the community.� Club members are aged 60-90 and its activities include bus trips, social gatherings and hearing from guest speakers. New members are always welcome. “The dedication and hard work of organisations such as the 1066 Hastings Day Club ensure veterans and their families receive services, support and opportunities in their local community,� Flinders MP Greg Hunt said.

Family history THE role of the Hodgins family in in Hastings will be outlined by Lance Hodgins at the next Mornington coffee held by Hastings-Western Port Historical Society. The meeting starts at 10.15am, Thursday 9 February, at Hastings Museum, corner Marine Pde and Skinner St, Hastings. All welcome. The $5 entry includes the chance to win a door prize. There will also be a raffle and plant sales. Details: 0490 132 011 or 9781 1141.

Retired but still going strong Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au EARLY childhood teacher Lyn Knight has retired after 22 years at St Marks Uniting Church in Mornington – a playgroup that she started. During that time she was said to have influenced hundreds of children and their families. “Lyn is such a special person and warrants recognition,� said Katherine La Nauze, a mum who attended the playgroup for four years. “The magic of Lyn Knight will dance with us for the rest of our lives. “She provided a unique warmth and educational experience for children and their families at her playgroup.� Ms Knight said she started the playgroup because “there was a real need for young parents and their children to meet somewhere safe and welcoming�. “We had many new families here – some even coming from overseas – and I wanted them to feel comfortable; it was enjoyable and satisfying. “Among some families I knew the eldest down to the youngest, and I value the friendships I had with their young parents.� Volunteer Dick Matthews said Ms Knight committed her time most days of the week for 22 years “even during personal hardship and only in the past year scaled down her days�. Ms Knight was renowned for incorporating key aspects of early childhood learning into play activities to enhance children’s communication, speech and language, social and emotional development and motor skills, Ms La Nauze said. “She created

Fond memories: Early childhood teacher Lyn Knight will still enhance children’s lives. Picture: Gary Sissons

a fun, caring and positive learning environment and encouraged creativity, imagination and openness to the community and world around us. “She shared her love for animals and the garden, and always brought animals for the children to nurse and care for and made beautiful posies of flowers from her garden for the children to take home. “She had an incredible way of making time for everyone and making people feel as though they belonged

to something special. She had a wonderful way of subtly addressing the individual needs of everyone. “Lyn was an inspirational teacher and a friend. She inspired volunteers to become involved and help families through the playgroup.� Ms Knight hosted past and present playgroup members to a picnic at her Dunns Rd, Mt Martha farm, on her retirement. She continues to devote time to others, and donates all proceeds from the

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sale of eggs, flowers and vegetables from her five-acre farm to the Isabella and Marcus Paediatric Brainstem Tumour Fund. “Children love coming to the farm to pick flowers and feed the animals,� Ms Knight said. “I love having them here. I love hearing them talk – that’s something I will take away with me.� Families wishing to visit should call Ms Knight to arrange a time on 0414 598 974.

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