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February 2014 swancare resident newsletter Across My Desk CEO’s Report Another year bites the dust and we now focus our attention to 2014. I trust that all of you had a great festive season, and like me have had a good rest and are full of enthusiasm and excitement about the year ahead and what this will bring to SwanCare Group. For us, 2013 was a breakthrough year as we started to capitalise on the significant changes and hard-work that we endured during 2011 and 2012. We are now blessed with a strong and sustainable foundation to our business with the outlook a very positive one. In addition, we are also extremely well-positioned to handle and adapt to the changes that we will face as our industry prepares itself for the July 2014 changes to the aged care sector. Putting it succinctly SwanCare Group is set up for a very bright, secure and successful long term future. Therefore, it is for this reason I am very positive about 2014, and beyond, and feel that these will be great years for all of those who are part of the wonderful SwanCare Group Community. Let me kick-start this month’s article with a quick overview of what we are expecting to see happen during the ensuing 12 months which will assist in driving the continued success of SwanCare Group, and in turn further enrich the lives of our residents.

What’s on the Radar for 2014 2014 is going to be a year of planning and preparing for changes that the industry will face. It is a year in which we are going to position ourselves to be able to handle

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whatever may come our way, and put us in a position where we can effectively seize opportunities and adapt to circumstances and changing demands. We will prepare ourselves by undertaking some major planning and rationalisation of our key business drivers, such as:{{ Developing a detailed Facilities Management Plan. It is extremely important that to succeed in the ensuing years we must have our assets, buildings and infrastructure in ship-shape condition. This facilities plan will outline in detail the extent of work and development that we will plan to undertake to our asset base over the next few years to ensure that we present ourselves in the best light possible to not only our current residents, but also our future clientele as well. {{ Developing a Strategically-focussed Marketing Plan. In the changing climate that lays ahead it is important that SwanCare Group is very clear on the What, Who, Why and How of its business, and in particular the message that it portrays to the broader community. The Strategic aspect of our marketing will focus on the following key objectives:—— To improve the awareness and knowledge in the broader community of the SwanCare Group brand. This also extends to heightening the awareness of the brands of the separate (but undeniably related) business units of Bentley Park, Australind Rise, Residential Care and Community Care. —— To expand the messaging around SwanCare Group’s ability to be a fully-integrated service provider of independent living, community care and residential care. —— To set realistic goals for the sale of new independent living units at both Australind and Bentley, and, —— To promote SwanCare Group as an employer of choice.

Bentley Park Social Club Sunday Concert - 9th February

{{ Developing a Workforce Management Plan. It goes without saying that our staff are our greatest asset, and we would not be the successful organisation that we are without the dedicated, committed and skilful staff that we currently have. It is therefore vitally important that we prepare a management plan to ensure that we can continue to retain, attract and effectively train our staff to ensure that we can maintain the high standards and level of service for the long term. It is also important that this workforce plan establishes a blue-print for our future staffing resources, its organisational structure and establishes a management process that allows for appropriate succession planning. {{ Revising our Long Term Master-Plan for Bentley Park. Bentley Park, our 15 hectare site, is constantly undergoing change as it adapts to the demands and altering nature of the clientele to which it serves. It is therefore important that the old master-plan, prepared in 2008, is reviewed and updated to accommodate the future directions and ambitions that will drive SwanCare Group into the future. The master-plan is the over-riding plan that guides the longer term development of the site and is used as a foundation for all major capital investment and infrastructure development and growth. The above four plans will feed off our current Strategic Plan and will complement the three key strategic pillars that we are focussed on; Sustainability, Service Delivery and People.

Stage 5 - Update Let’s now take a look at one of the key infrastructure developments that will commence during 2014, subject of course to attaining the desired level of pre-sales. I am referring to Stage 5 of the Bentley Park redevelopment. As mentioned in previous editions of Tidings Continued Page 3 this development

Inside this issue > Village News - pg 4 Bentley Park Social Club - pg 5 What’s On - pg 6 & 7 Residents Advisory Council - pg 8 Club News - pg 10-11

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Rowethorpe Uniting Church Weekly Sunday Services are conducted in the Rowethorpe Chapel 10:00am with visiting Ministers. Contact Pam Hind – 9470 4139 and Mary Perreau 9355 5381

Church Services at Kingia

Christian Fellowship of Bentley Park We would love to see you at our Sunday Service of praise and song. We are from all denominations and would love to welcome you into the Christian Fellowship. We meet at the JP Stratton Centre every Sunday 9.30am. The fourth Sunday of each month is our Prayer & Praise service, led by members of our group. All enquiries and transport phone Mrs Betty Bennett – 9472 6857.

The Kingia Care Facility has the Swan Room furnished and set up as a Chapel. Monthly Church Services are held by the Anglican (4th Tues 1.30pm), Catholic (1st Fri 10.30am) and Uniting Church (3rd Wed, 10.30am), and residents of the village are welcome to attend.

The Christian Fellowship (Get Together) Meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Stratton Centre at 10:30am. We meet for coffee, tea & tidbits. We find plenty of things we enjoy sharing & discussing. Ring Betty Bennett – 9472 6857.

At other times the Swan Room is available to all as a venue for private reflection.

Catholic Services

Don Pederick – 6250 0402

1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Stratton Centre commencing at 11am.

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CEO’s Report (continued) is perhaps the most crucial that we have undertaken during our long history. This project will set the guidelines and direction for the major development along the main thoroughfare of Adie Court and will ultimately change the entire shape, look and feel of our Bentley Park site.

Artists impression of Stage 5A, showing the café on the ground floor adjoining the piazza.

General Snippets from around our Community Brain Trainers The two Brain Trainers are now operational in our care centres and are bringing much enjoyment and benefit to our residents who are residing in care. The Brain Trainers are unique, interactive, touch-screen machines that provide intuitive games that stimulate the brain. They are designed as a therapy tool to help offset the emergence of dementia and other neural diseases, but probably more importantly for the residents, they are simply just great fun to use and a good source of entertainment. We are extremely grateful to the hard-working activities team who raised funds for this equipment and to the generous support of the Kingia / Tandara Auxiliary who also contributed some $3,000.00 towards the purchase of these machines.

Australia Day Celebrations Stage 5 will provide modern apartmentstyle housing to those residents entering the community, and more-over it will provide a new and exciting leisure hub and community asset for the entire resident population of Bentley Park. This development will link the entire village together and will be the centre-piece of our community. Already we are experiencing significant interest from potential residents wishing to acquire one of only 44 first stage apartments. These apartments will sell quickly, so if you know of anyone that might be interested in obtaining more information about these units, I suggest that you get them to touch base with Harry Pearson on 08 6250-0016 to register themselves on the information list. It will be a first come, first served basis so make sure you don’t miss out.

Australind Rise Community Centre – Stage 2 Not only we will be undertaking building works at Bentley, but our south west community at Australind Rise will also be undergoing redevelopment with the much anticipated second stage of their community centre. This stage will incorporate extended leisure areas, alfresco entertaining and a heated indoor pool. The community centre upon completion will further enhance this community’s fast growing reputation as the most desirous retirement location in the Australind / Bunbury region. We expect to commence construction in the first half of this year.

Our Australia Day Celebration was once again held in heat-wave conditions, however, forward planning from the Social Club to hold the event in the auditorium meant that it was pleasant conditions for all that attended. Congratulations to the Social Club for organising the event and it was good to see a solid turnout for what has become a traditional and well-patronised event on the Bentley Park calendar.

Feathers Forms Just a quick reminder to continue to keep on the lookout for spotting staff members going above and beyond the normal call of duty in helping out our residents. When you do happen to be on the receiving end of impeccable service, or you catch a staff member going that extra mile to help, can you please take the time to fill out a feathers form in acknowledgment of this great service. The Feathers reward scheme is very quickly becoming a great success story in itself and staff are very appreciative of receiving the nominations and in turn receiving their Feathers. Nomination forms are available from any of the general reception areas. And finally to round off this month’s article I would like to conclude with a series of Congratulatory events. —— Firstly, I would like to offer our best wishes to our IT Manager Paul Grzelec who on the 10th January married his beloved Kathryn. We wish them the greatest of happiness and a lifetime of treasured memories together. On a similar vein we also send our sincerest and heartfelt congratulations

to Margaret Robinson who recently announced her engagement to longtime partner Ian. Margaret is very well known to many of our Bentley Park residents, and now she is putting her indelible stamp onto the Australind Rise community. As with Paul, we also wish the greatest of happiness for Margaret and Ian’s future lives together, as yet we don’t have a date set for Margaret’s nuptials, but we will continue to press her for this all important information. —— The next round of congratulations relate to two very important and long serving staff members who have decided that their time with SwanCare Group has reached its conclusion and both these ladies are setting about on new chapters of their lives as they move into welldeserved retirement. The two ladies are Coral Williamson, an EN from Kingia and Tandara with over 20 years’ service, and Jenny Horton our Accounts Administration Officer with approximately 9 years’ service. Both Coral and Jenny have provided tremendous dedication to SwanCare during their respective periods of employment and both will be greatly missed. Both ladies, with their respective partners are embarking on sea changing adventures as part of their retirement, Coral is off Caravanning around Australia, and Jenny is relocating to her property in Beverley. We wish them both the best of luck and our sincerest best wishes and happiness for the exciting times that lay ahead. That’s all for this month, see you around the village. Graham Francis - CEO

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CEO’s Coffee Club Join the CEO for a morning coffee and cake on Friday 14th February. Meet at 9.45am in the foyer at Admin, bus will leave at 10am, returning at approx. 11.30am. To secure your seat contact Karen on 6250 0010 – limited numbers so get in quick!


Village News

Roleystone Volunteer Firies Get a

Volunteers Luncheon

Coffee Fix Thanks to SwanCare

As is the SwanCare tradition, during the first week of December each year we

Bentley Park Show

Espressos, lattes and cappuccinos will

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all the positive feedback and suggestions you gave us after last year’s Show. We really appreciate your interest and have taken your suggestions on board for this year. It is not too late to let us know if there is something you would like changed in order to make our Show even better and more enjoyable for us all.

be the norm for volunteer firefighters at

acknowledging the extraordinary efforts of

Roleystone’s Volunteer Fire Brigade thanks

our many volunteers.

You made it very clear to us that you wanted a completely new format for 2014. Changes to the Schedule, the way entries are displayed in the Auditorium and opening hours are some of your ideas we have already started work on. Definite changes which have been finalised are: THE SHOW WILL BE HELD FOR 1 DAY ONLY – SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER. OPENING TIME 10AM – 5PM. Art section will have just 6 categories – Oil, Watercolours, Acrylic, Pencil, Pastels and Mixed Medium – any subject in each of these – and there will be a maximum total number of art entries each person may enter, because of our space limitations (This number hasn’t been decided on yet).

to the recent donation of a new coffee machine from SwanCare Group’s Bentley Park Retirement Village.

SwanCare Group Chief Executive Officer Graham Francis said the organisation was on the lookout for a good home for the machine after recently upgrading their staff coffee machine.

“One of our staff members is affiliated with the Roleystone Volunteer Fire Brigade, so she suggested they may be able to put the machine to good use,” he explained.

“We are delighted that the ‘old machine’ has Recycled Article section has been dropped due to lack of interest. Christmas Decorations section has also been dropped but suitable decorations could be entered in the Art & Crafts section. Although our overall number of entries were up last year, the ‘Art & Crafts’ section, with the exception of handmade cards, had considerably less entries than previous years. If anyone has ideas for ‘New’ or ‘Different’ crafts we could include which may encourage more entries for this section, we would love to hear from you. I will keep you informed as we work our way through the Schedule so that you can start planning your entries. It is unlikely that other sections will be changed drastically and so you can use last year as a guide for the time being.

been donated to such a worthy cause, to help support the volunteers who tirelessly give their time protecting their local community from the threat of bushfires, particularly coming into summer.”

Roleystone Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Bill Samson said the coffee machine was a welcome addition to the kitchen, which will be well-used by the 50-strong brigade of volunteer firies after attending incidents, and during training sessions and meetings.

Once again, thank you all for your interest, suggestions and support you have given us. We really do appreciate it. KEEP SMILING Cath Devereaux Coordinator Ph. 6250 0407

Joining Our Community


Our community extends a warm welcome to Mr John & Mrs Judith Sheehan, Mrs June Smith, & Mr Paul Murphy and Mrs Shirley Smith.

celebrate International Volunteers Day by

SwanCare CEO Graham Francis with Roleystone Fire Brigade’s Bill Samson

This year we held a 1950’s styled “Buffet Luncheon” to say “THANK YOU” to our very special people.

Bentley Park Social Club In this February 2014 issue of the Tidings, I wish to sincerely thank my Committee Members: Nancy, Betty, Mary, Kath, Laurie and Beryl, who have worked tirelessly throughout 2013 to ensure that there is a full programme of entertainment for the benefit of residents. The Committee Members have been assisted by many willing volunteers, not only with the ‘setting-up’ and individual jobs during the events, but also with the ‘cleaning up’ at the end of a function which is greatly appreciated. We also thank you, the residents, who have supported events by your attendance and appreciation, during 2013. The Op Shop continues to flourish, with

students and local residents also enjoying a browse and a buy. (If you are interested in assisting in the staffing of the Op Shop, please contact Beryl, the Manager, so she is able to consult a Reserve List if someone is away.) A load of Cans has gone to the Recyclers recently and the Recycling of Newspapers continues, with a large load taken away before Christmas. Do please remember not to include the glossy inserts from the newspapers in your bundles for the Paper Shed but put them in your own recycling bin, along with other inserts with staples in them. The Sunday Concerts will begin in February and, as usual, there is a range of other events in the schedule for 2014. The Calendar of Events will be displayed on noticeboards

around the Village but please be aware that sometimes the day or time may be altered at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. By February when these Tidings are distributed there will be a new Social Club Committee in place, and it is hoped they enjoy an interesting and rewarding time in office. Thank you all for your continued support. Best wishes to all. Shirley Barnes President, Bentley Park Social Club.

Don’t forget about these handy SwanCare services! We can help with your laundry!

We can clean too!

Got dirty washing piling up?

Keeping a squeaky-clean house can be a challenge! Let us make your home sparkle.

Let us work our magic and have your washing back to you, all fresh and clean, on the same day! Laundering options include: • Manchester / linen + pressing Simply call us before Wednesday of each week and we’ll get an order form and a washing bag to your home. Put your laundry in the bag and it will be picked up on Wednesday morning between 7am and 8am. We will then deliver it back to you on the same day. Easy! For price information and more detail on the services we offer please call 6250 0118.


Customise our housekeeping service to meet your needs and budget. We can do your dusting, vacuuming & mopping, those back-breaking jobs like organising the cupboards and cleaning windows or the fridge or perhaps just some general cleaning and tidying. You decide how often you would like us to come and how much work needs to be done. You might like us to come weekly, fortnightly or for a once-off spring-clean if you’re returning from vacation. We even offer a full housekeeping service where we come two or three times a week. If you would like to book us in, discuss what will best suit your needs or just talk about pricing for our Housekeeping Services, call us on 6250 0118.

Take care to remove any personal belongings from your pockets and bedding etc. before we pick it up. SwanCare Group can’t take responsibility for any lost items.






What’s On








Christian Fellowship of Bentley Park 9.30am JPS (For Transport Ph. 9472 6857)

Christian Fellowship of Bentley Park 9.30am JPS (For Transport Ph: 9472 6857) Sunday Concert 2.00pm AUD

Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm General Exercise Group 8.45am RSC Pottery Group 9.00am PGS Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Line Dancing 9.30am AUD Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Bridge 1.00pm JPS Handicraft/Beading 1.00pm HR Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Darts Club 6.30pm JPS Patchwork Group 6.30pm HR

Art Group Computer Club Exercise Club Snooker Club Rummycub Tai Chi Chi

Art Group Computer Club Exercise Club Snooker Club Rummycub Tai Chi Diner’s Club







Christian Fellowship of Bentley Park 9.30am JPS (For Transport Ph: 9472 6857) Bentley Park Gardens Interest Group 2.00pm JPS

Christian Fellowship of Bentley Park 9.30am JPS (For Transport Ph: 9472 6857)


Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm General Exercise Group 8.45am RSC Pottery Group 9.00am PGS Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Line Dancing 9.30am AUD Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Bridge 1.00pm JPS Handicraft/Beading 1.00pm HR Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Darts Club 6.30pm JPS

Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm Pottery Group 9.00am PGS General Exercise Group 8.45am RSC Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Line Dancing 9.30am AUD Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Bridge 1.00pm JPS Handicraft/Beading 1.00pm HR Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Darts Club 6.30pm JPS

Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm General Exercise Group 8.45am RSC Pottery Group 9.00am PGS Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Line Dancing 9.30am AUD Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Bridge 1.00pm JPS Handicraft/Beading 1.00pm HR Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Darts Club 6.30pm JPS Patchwork Group 6.30pm HR

9.00am ABL2 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.00pm JPS 5.00pm AUD

9.00am ABL2 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.00pm JPS 5.00pm AUD 5.30pm Outing

Art Group 9.00am ABL2 Computer Club 9.00am ABL2 Exercise Club 9.30am JPS Residents Coffee Morning 9.30am AUD Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Rummycub 1.00pm JPS Tai Chi 5.00pm AUD Diner’s Club 5.30pm Outing

Art Group Computer Club Exercise Club Snooker Club Rummycub Auxiliary Meeting Tai Chi

9.00am ABL2 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.00pm JPS 1.30pm AUD 5.00pm AUD


Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm Op Shop Open 8.30am - 12pm Stretch & Balance 9.00am RSC Computer Club 9.15am ABL2 Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Rummycub 1.00pm JPS Indoor Bowls 1.00pm AUD Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Canasta 6.30pm JPS


Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm Op Shop Open 8.30am - 12pm Stretch & Balance 9.00am RSC Computer Club 9.15am ABL2 Fellowship Coffee Morning 10.30am JPS Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Indoor Bowls 1.00pm AUD Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Canasta 6.30pm JPS


Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm Op Shop Open 8.30am - 12pm Stretch & Balance 9.00am RSC Computer Club 9.15am ABL2 Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Rummycub 1.00pm JPS Indoor Bowls 1.00pm AUD Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Canasta 6.30pm JPS


Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm Op Shop Open 8.30am - 12pm Stretch & Balance 9.00am RSC Computer Club 9.15am ABL2 Fellowship Coffee Morning 10.30am JPS Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Indoor Bowls 1.00pm AUD Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC Canasta 6.30pm JPS



General Exercise Group Computer Club Exercise Class Stretch Balance Group Snooker Club Scrabble Club Bingo


Computer Club Exercise Class Stretch Balance Class Snooker Club Scrabble Club Bingo


Computer Club Exercise Class Stretch Balance Class Snooker Club Scrabble Club Bingo


Computer Club Exercise Class Stretch Balance Class Snooker Club Scrabble Club Bingo


8.45am RSC 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 10.00am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.30pm JPS 7.00pm AUD

9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 10.00am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.30pm JPS 7.00pm AUD

9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 10.00am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.30pm JPS 7.00pm AUD

9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 10.00am JPS 1.00pm SCR 1.30pm JPS 7.00pm AUD


Library Open 9.15am - 12.15pm Art Group 9.00am ABL2 Computer Club 9.00am ABL2 Writer’s Group 9.30am CL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Balance Group 11.00am RAC Fish & Chip Luncheon 11.30am JPS Snooker Club 1.00pm SCR Mahjong Club 1.00pm CL Darts Club 6.30pm JPS Bush Poets Muster 7.30pm AUD


Library Open Art Group Computer Club Exercise Class Balance Group Snooker Club Mahjong Club Darts Club


Library Open Art Group Computer Club Exercise Class Balance Group Snooker Club Mahjong Club Darts Club


Library Open Art Group Computer Club Exercise Class Balance Group Snooker Club Mahjong Club Darts Club

9.15am - 12.15pm 9.00am ABL2 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 11.00am RAC 1.00pm SCR 1.00pm CL 6.30pm JPS

9.15am - 12.15pm 9.00am ABL2 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 11.00am RAC 1.00pm SCR 1.00pm CL 6.30pm JPS

9.15am - 12.15pm 9.00am ABL2 9.00am ABL2 9.30am JPS 11.00am RAC 1.00pm SCR 1.00pm CL 6.30pm JPS


Op Shop open 8.30am-12pm Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC

Bentley Park Calendar of Events

February My events to note:


Op Shop open 8.30am-12pm Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC


Op Shop open 8.30am-12pm Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC

If your club would like a diary date inserted into the Tidings monthly calendar, email the details to:


Op Shop open 8.30am-12pm Undercroft Bowling Club 9.15am RCL Exercise Class 9.30am JPS Swan Bowling Club 6.15pm OBC


ABL2 Administration Building Level2 AC

Adie Court


Art Room (Admin Building)

AUD Auditorium CC

Cultural Centre


Coffee Lounge (2nd Floor Administration)


Committee Room (Admin)


Handicraft Room (Administration Building)


JP Stratton Centre


Kingia Concourse


Leisure Centre


Millstream Gardens

MSHP Multiple Sclerosis Hydrotherapy Pool (bus pick-up at Bentley Park) OBC Outdoor Bowling Club PGS Pottery Group Studio RAC Rowethorpe-Activity Centre RCL

Richard Cleaver Lodge

RPG Rowethorpe-Physio Gym RSC Rowethorpe-Sutton Centre SCR Snooker Club Room

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Open 7 Days Friendly service & professional advice. Phone and speak to one of our helpful staff today. We look forward to being of service to you. Our friendly team: (left to right) Michelle, Linda, Sue, Alex, Joanne, Doris, John, Melanie, Gill, Cheryl, Sian, & Regina

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(from our “Script Boxes” Monday to Friday)

Administration Building

11am & 3pm

Drummond Way Apartments 11am & 3pm Grocery Store

11am & 3pm

Mavis Cleaver Court

11am & 3pm

Medical Centre

10am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Plantation Apartments

11am & 3pm

Richard Cleaver Lodge

11am & 3pm

Monday to Friday

3.30pm - 5.30pm


2.00pm - 3.30pm


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8.00am - 6.30pm

Sunday & Public Holidays

9.00am - 5.00pm

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Webster Packing (even for customers not living in Waminda Care Centre)

NDSS Sub Agency Darrell Lea Confectionery Fax Services Giftware Laminating Services Photocopying Photo Developing Selfcare Cards Vitamins

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Residents Advisory Council - Carolyn Wellstead At the time of writing, it seems ages since we had meetings with residents or management, so there is little to report this month. By the time this is printed though, the January meeting will have passed, at which our CEO attended so those present will be up to date with what is happening in the village. Graham Francis attends meetings each quarter (January, April, July and October) so we urge residents to come along to those meetings in particular.


Our Coffee Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 9.30am in the

Auditorium), followed by morning tea. Do come along to share in the information dispersed by our guest speakers and the social interaction among residents. If you have any queries, please do contact one of the council members listed below and we will do our best to provide an answer. Carolyn Wellstead

Ph 6250 0505

Cath Devereaux

Ph 6250 0407

Tom Brazier

Ph 6250 0496

Shirley Barnes

Ph 6250 0558

John Jacobs

Ph 6250 0504

Carol Greenaway

Ph 0459 540 921

Carolyn Wellstead, Chairwoman Village Residents Advisory Council

Stratton Luncheon/Concert Arrangements for the 12th year of Stratton Fish & Chip Luncheons and Concerts 2014 have been completed. The first will be on Friday Feb 7th when the entertainer will be vocalist Gary Lynn, an established favourite. The Luncheons will be held on the first Friday of each month through until December. Tickets cost $10 – bookings can be made by ringing Shirley on 9355 4767. These events run from 11.30am to 2.30pm and the ticket price includes the Fish & Chip meal served at the table, wine and soft drinks, tea and coffee and afternoon tea and cakes. The 1 hour concerts are performed by quality entertainers and run from 1pm to 2pm. Please book early as seats fill quickly. - Peter & Shirley Brunt

Cattle of the North West

Sheep of the North West

The cattle of the Kimberley are fat and shiny sleek. You can see they water well and eat good grasses all the week. They are bright eyed, and bushy tailed to keep the flies at bay! And living in the tropics they sleep at noon each day.

The sheep of the Kimberley are like their cattle mates, Long white woolly jackets clean, supported by black legs. Their heads are high, their ears are pricked, they take in everything. A queen’s choice leg of lamb would likely be their offering.

The cattle of the Ashburton now they’re a different breed. Living on sagebush and spinifex they’re very hardy indeed. Their hides are rough, they’re skin and bone, they’re never make the grade. The stations bring them in to sell

The sheep of Ashburton what a sorry sight they are, Dirty, daggy, flyblown, sick, and they run away from cars. The spinifex and saltbush brush is all they have to eat. Few trees, and not much shade have they, to beat dry, dusty heat.

when muster times are made.

- Nancy Coe.

Bentley Park Diner’s Club Our first outing for 2014 is on Tuesday 11th & 18th February, this month we are going to the Bentley Hotel Albany Highway Bentley. It is a 2 course meal for $24.00. You will have choice of Chicken Parmagiana, Rump Steak, Griller or Battered Fish & chips, all served with salad. Cake, tea and coffee to follow. You don’t need a partner as there will be a bus full of friendly Villagers to welcome you. Please book your seat as soon as possible as I need to book drivers. Please contact Lorraine on 6250 0425 if not home please leave a message. 13 Wootliff Way.

Theatre Go-ers Club The group is free to join – just buy a ticket. On Feb 7th we go to Guildford to see “Brilliant Lies”. There may be last minute ticket returns available. On Fridays Feb 28th & Mar 7th we go to Kalamunda to see “Breast Wishes” an Australian musical directed by Terry Hackett. Tickets sales open on Mon 3rd February at $28. Flyers have already been circulated around the village. On Mon 3rd March tickets sales open for ‘Café Brosse’, comedy. Price $26 each at the Harbour Theatre Fremantle on Fri 28th March. Co-ordinator: Austin Gillanders Email: Ph: 0412 786 669. Assisted by Joan Fenton. Ph: 6250 0529.

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Bentley Park Gardens Interest Group The Bentley Park Gardens Interest Group is planning to meet on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Stratton Centre, starting February (please note change in April to accommodate the Easter holiday). Meeting dates for the Gardens Interest Group.

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February 16th - Planning meeting – all welcome to contribute ideas. Sharing of gardening tips if time. March 16th - Guest speaker from the Geranium and Pelargonium Society. April 13th - “All about Bulbs” – Discussion lead by group members.

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May 18th - Focus on Native plants – Guest Speaker – TBC


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June 15th - The Volunteer group is available to assist any residents who would like help with weeding or tidying their garden. Please forward all requests through SwanCare Administration using the Bentley Park Gardens Interest Group Volunteer request form available at Administration Reception. Ellen Clair


Club News Swan Village Bowling Club The committee wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Our social evening was a great success, and our thanks must once again go to the ladies who organised the event. As usual we held our Christmas Raffle during the evening and the winners were as follows. First prize of the Stocking - Peter Greaig 2nd E Siras - Hamper 3rd Leona Douglas - Hamper 4th Chris McLennon - Hamper 5th Harry Popelier - Fruit & Vegie Hamper Our thanks to all who bought tickets, and to our members who gave their time selling them. The Christmas Lunch to the Clansman was enjoyed by everybody who went, in my opinion it was the best Xmas dinner I had, thanks once again to Hazel, Jim and myself for organising and driving safely. Hazel will be organising another bus outing soon so keep your eye on the notice board. The skid marks on the green have been reported to Admin, and also we have requested some of the residents of MCC to report to Security if they should see any culprits. Joyce Barker is now on our sick list, what a great lady she is, always willing to help in anyway, from all, the club we wish her well. Also our Vice President Tom will be indisposed, for, we hope a short while. Please make a note in your diaries for the Half Yearly meeting, the date is Thursday March 6th at 9am. The match committee has organised the Mix Pairs competition, I will give the results in the March Tidings. Hazel has once again organised a bus outing for Feb 13th to the Ravenswood hotel, please look for the notice on the board. Enjoy your bowling Tony Ryder, President

ART GROUP Club mornings are Tuesday and Friday from 9 - 11 am in the Art Studio 3rd floor of Administration Building. New members are


always welcome. Sheila Barley, Secretary


B I N G O C LU B ! Thursday Nights in our Auditorium. Eyes Down 7.00pm Don’t forget your Thursday night Bingo!! We welcome new players to join us in our nice warm Auditorium. Good prizes to be won on Bingo and our raffle basket is always a great favourite - tickets - 3 for $2!!!! Lucky numbers a $1 each!! Lots of fun for all!! Tea, coffee & biscuits for 50c!! Can’t do better than that!! Come along on Thursday’s from 6:30pm and join the fun! $2 PER BOOK, Flyers a $1 each, Raffle Lucky Numbers – Break Opens – Lucky door Prize. NEW PLAYERS ALWAYS WELCOME. Our bus will pick you up from anywhere in Bentley Park, Cooinda or Rowethorpe, commencing at 6:15pm. Just call Laurie on 6250 0477. Company is good and we will bus you home by 9:30pm. Bingo recommenced on the 16th January. Carol Greenaway, Licence Holder 0459 540 921


Held every Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Bus pick up approx 6:15pm. $1.00 to play, & $1.00 for lucky numbers. Supper is provided. New members are welcome, we will teach you if you can’t play. Enquiries, please contact Maureen Thompson, Ph: 9472 7967

The Snooker Players Association The Snooker Players Association is situated on the second (Social) floor of the Administration Building. Playing sessions are held Tuesday to Thursday from 1–3pm. New members are welcome and we would especially welcome ‘recently-moved-in’ residents. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played for many years, as the ‘old touch’ will soon come back! If you decide to join, the membership fee is only $10 per year and you pay 20c for each frame played. Think about it, come along, or give me a ring. Peter Brunt, President Ph: 9355 4767

Handicraft All residents are welcome. To join us any Monday afternoon 1pm-3pm on the 2nd floor of Administration. Tea and biscuits free for 1st visit. 50cents each thereafter. Wendy Paull, Coordinator, Ph: 9470 1966

Mahjong Club The Mahjong Club meets every Friday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. Mahjong is played in the Administration building on the 2nd floor of the Coffee Lounge instead of the JP Stratton Centre. New players always welcome & we will teach new players the rules of the game. Maureen Thompson, Ph: 9472 7967

DARTS CLUB Darts are on Monday and Friday at 6.30pm. Don Mabbott, President



Our AGM will be held on Monday 10th. February 2014. Please make a note in your diaries and come along to the meeting to help plan the year and elect your committee for 2014. The Pottery is open on Monday mornings between 9am and 11am in Allen Court, next door to Kingia. Many thanks to all who participated. Ann Morris/Secretary

Line Dancing will resume Monday 3rd February at 9:30am in the Auditorium. We’ll be starting again with the basic steps and easy dances so don’t worry if you’ve forgotten what you learnt or you’re a newcomer giving it a try. I go through the basic steps at each session for any new people so you can join at any time.


We meet Tuesdays at 5pm in the Auditorium. For more information please contact Tom Brazier on 6250 0496.

We keep it easy and have breaks between dances and a cuppa afterwards. It’s good fun, good exercise ( for your co-ordination and your feet) and it’s air conditioned if it’s a hot day.

COMPUTER CLUB SESSION TIMES: Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9 – 11am 9 – 11am 9 – 11am 9 – 11am

Bentley Park Indoor Bowls Games are played in the Auditorium every Wednesday. Socialising from 1:00pm so games can start promptly at 1:30pm. New members are always welcome. Beryl Moule, Ph: 9355 1810

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MEMBERS Our AGM was held on Monday 20th January 2014, details will be available on our Notice Board in the Computer Room. Unfortunately we have had to close our Thursday afternoon session indefinitely as from January 9th 2014 because lack of attendance. We will be installing Windows 8 to a computer to update our systems available to our members. We are located on the 2nd floor Administration Building in an air conditioned room so it is not too hot or cold. Membership is $10 per annum and each 2 hour session is $2 with internet provided A beginners session is run each Friday (am) Ken Thurtell, President - Ph: 0409 296 105 Tony Ryder, Vice President - Ph: 6250 0510

Digital Camera Classes In the Committee Room, Administration Building (level 3). Feb 17th - “Introduction” If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call on 6250 0595. Jim Hopson

The Writing Group

Undercroft Bowling Club By now we should all be back enjoying our refurbished premises. Full credit to our menfolk – especially Doug and the two Don’s. We send Birthday greetings to those celebrating in January & February – Judy Morley, Doug Warnes, Dave Newlan and Sheila Barley.

We are a group of like-minded residents interested in WRITING, READING or STORYTELLING.

Get well wishes to anyone on the Sick List. The Calendar for Fixtures for the coming year is now complete and a copy can be collected from the Club.

We meet MONTHLY on the FIRST FRIDAY of the month, 9.00 am – 11.00 am, Committee Room, Admin 2nd Floor.

The first competition for the year will be:THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES (Saturday March 8).

Come and try us out if you have an interest in writing, reading or just relating something of interest. Call 6250 0538, Brian Dale, for more details.

Ladies of the Night

Patchwork Group Meetings are held at 6.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each calendar month in the Handicraft Room at Administration Building Plantation Drive, Bentley Park. All patch workers and quilters welcome. For more information phone: Marion Pitcher - Ph: 9362 1702 or Jean Buchanan-Hughes - Ph: 9362 5903

However, it should be noted that NOBODY WILL EVER WIN THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES. THERE’S TOO MUCH FRATERNISING WITHIN THE ENEMY. See you on the mat! Mary Gent, Secretary

Pony Canasta Now at the JP Stratton Centre every Wednesday from 1:00 until 3:45pm. New players wanted – will teach. Come and have a cuppa and a game for 50 cents. For more information contact Marie Stephens Ph: 947 25097 or Joan Mellowship Ph: 9361 4106

Kingia/Tandara Auxiliary Welcome to 2014. Our first meeting for the year is on Tuesday 25th February at 1:30pm in the Auditorium.The Committee has been busy organising speakers, fashion parades and the popular outings for this year. Annual Membership fee $5 with raffles, lucky numbers, and afternoon tea $1, as part of our fundraising activities. We hope you will keep the last Tuesday of the month free to join us in our fun events knowing you are supporting our care residents. Maureen Forward President

SCRABBLE CLUB Held every Thursday in the Stratton Centre at 1.30pm. New members welcome. Pam Urquhart





Community Noticeboard SwanMobile Availability Bookings: 6250 0023

Hair at Swan

Snipbitz Hair Design

33 Graham Crescent

at Waminda Care Facility

Hair at Swan now have a beautician specialising in facials, manicures and

Opening Hours

pedicures. These services will be available

Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00pm

every Friday by appointment only.

Thursday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Normal trading hours. Come in or call


9am - 4pm


9am - 12 noon


9361 3596 to make an appointment.

8.30am - 4.00pm

For an appointment ring 6250 0064.

Thank You Girl Guides Association Western Australia Inc For more information please contact Nancy Brazier on 6250 0496 or email

Don and Janet Openshaw of Drummond

Sue would like to thank all her clients at

Apts. wish to thank all Village Staff and

Waminda and the residents of Bentley Park

Residents who expressed sympathy at the sad loss of their beloved son Dr Neill (John)

for their loyal patronage over the past year

Openshaw MBBS FRACS.

and looks forward to seeing you all in the new

Don & Janet


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Tidings Feb 2014  

Tidings February 2014 - SwanCare Group Residents Newsletter