BBC MEN’S CHANGE-ROOM RENOVATION

Drum roll. Yes we have set a date for the start of the renovation to the Men’s Change-room. Work will commence in earnest on 1st of May, 2019. Installation of temporary facilities will commence in the week of 15th April.

Ross Boakes and his team will be coordinating and overseeing the renovation. We are using the same builders as we used for the Women’s Change room. We all agreed that they did a fantastic job of the women’s area and the plans for the men’s look just as impressive. Follow the link to see floor plans and some finishes, for those who are interested. There will also be material in the Top Room display cabinet for you to view. Ross and the team have put lot of work and thought into these plans and they are now finalised and signed off.

This extensive renovation is necessary and overdue. The timber floors, showers and other fittings and fixtures are all very much in need of replacement.

The footprint of the change room will basically stay the same and most importantly THE OPENING IN THE ROOF WILL REMAIN! There will be more lockers and hooks available for use and we will do all we can to give the same lockers back to the individuals that are using them at present.

At some point before the start date we will ask all locker owners to remove the contents of their lockers. Please do this as promptly as possible.

So, with such a large scope of works there will obviously be disruptions. The most obvious one being the back courtyard being taken over by a temporary shower shed for the men to use. There will be showers in the shed and we will be making use of the undercover area for changing. Ross has it all planned!! Please note we have opted for no temporary toilets as we believe they will be smelly (think Port-a-loo smell). The 2 toilets near the top room will be available for use. We figured that if the women survived without temporary toilets when their change room was being renovated, then surely the men can survive this small inconvenience too!

We are looking at approximately 4 months for the job but you never know what we will find once work commences.

It’s going to be fantastic when it is completed and I hope you will all be flexible, positive and patient.

Best Regards

Cathy Mackay

BBC Mens Change Room Drawings

STORYTELLERS MARCH MEETING – CREMORNE ORPHEUM PICTURE PALACE!


For our March meeting we’re going to the Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace!!  

Why you may ask?

  • Since 2005 the club has supported the annual Balmoral Swim for Cancer. The event has continued to grow in popularity and funds raising. Close to $1.2 million dollars has been raised through swim entries and donations for the Children’s Cancer Institute in their mission to eliminate Childhood Cancer.
  • This year’s swim is coming up in a couple of weeks’ – 7th April.
  • One of our club members, Kieran Kelly, and a group of young film makers, have spent the last year shooting and editing a documentary feature “Spreading Hope” dealing with the traumatic impact of childhood cancer on families and some initiatives being made to fund research into the disease.
  • So on Thursday (NOT the usual Tuesday) 28th March at 6:00pm you are invited to attend BBC Storytellers at the premiere of “Spreading Hope”. You will be able to have a drink or two and some canapes, see a viewing of the film and the chance to meet the crew.
  • Due to the size of the theatre it is a ticket only event and we can't let people in on the night or allow people to pay at the door. The Cremorne Orpheum is very strict about this.
  • There are about 40 tickets left. Note tickets are not free. $10 per head which will cover drinks and canapes.
  • If you would like to join us and meet the crew, you can book via the link below.
  • https://www.trybooking.com/BADZJ
  • Husbands/Wives/partners/children all welcome.
  • This is rather a one-off for the Storytellers and I would ask that you support this event.

Summer Sunday Dinners Starting January 27th

Come and relax at the club at the end of the weekend on Sunday evenings. Catering by Function 8 with a new and varied menu every Sunday.

Click thumbnail images below to view individual menus.

Bookings essential on www.trybooking.com

Click here to see a pdf with all menus.

SUMMER OF FUN – 2018 EVENTS

SUMMER OF FUN – 2018 BEACH EVENTS

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DATE RACE Dist. OTHER EVENT
Sat – Dec 22 7:30AM Day 1
Summer of Pain Trophy – the Round Bay
1,000M Opening day of the Summer of Fun
Tue – Dec 25 7:30AM Rex Hayhow Trophy 1,000M Regular BBC Event
Wed – Dec 26 7:30AM Foundation Cup – Round the Bay Skins 1
Thu – Dec 27 7:10AM Chariot Race – Demonstration
Thu – Dec 27 7:30AM Cord Cup – Club to Peggy’s Rocks & return 1,250M Skins 2
Swim/Paddle/Run
Fri – Dec 28 7:30AM Hunter Bay Classic – Club to Peggy’s Rocks & return 1,250M Skins 3
8:15AM 120M SOF Calcutta
Sat – Dec 29 7:00AM Rugby Sand 4’s
Sat – Dec 29 7.30AM Smugglers Keg – Baths to Bathers 1,080M Skins Quarter Final
8:15AM Charm 500 500M
Bikini Bash – Champagne Cup
Sun – Dec 30 7:10AM Masters Race 200M
7:30AM Balmoral Blue – deadmans to Peggy’s Rocks & return 1,500M Skins Semi Final
  1. Generation Relay
  2. Children’s Sprint
Mon – Dec 31 7:30AM The Final Siren – Round the Bay 1,000M Skins Final
8:15AM Team’s Relay
Tue – Jan 1 7:30AM New Year’s Gift – Round the Bay 620M
8:00AM 280M Boardshorts Race
9.00AM Major Awards Prize Giving

THE FUN EVENTS OF THE SUMMER OF FUN

EVENT DAY TIME LOCATION CONTACT
Season Opening BBQ & Great Debate Sun – Dec 23 5:00PM BBC Chris Webb
Terry Carroll
Sailing Day Picnic Thu – Dec 27 11:00AM Balmoral – Manly Jack Stening
Golf Day Fri – Dec 28 1:00PM Northbridge Golf Course Mark Simpkins
Gerry Elkan
Wine Tasting Sat – Dec 29 4:00-6:00PM BBC Top Room Greg MacKay
Ross Boakes
Mon – Dec 31 8:30AM
Manly Walk Wed – Jan 2 10:00AM Spit – Manly Denise Elder
Bridge Lunch Sun – Jan 6 12:00PM Upper Room Beach Club John Mather

Storytellers – A Scotsman Held for Ransom & The Flight of the Elephants

For the last meeting of the year we were fortunate enough to have two excellent presenters. Regular Storyteller Jon Attwater told the story of his Scottish Great Grandfather A.C. Mackay who left home at the age of 10, went to sea and finished up being held for ransom in Manchuria. Jon was followed by Guy Cooper, who has had a 25-year association with Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, presenting the “Flight of the Elephants” – the journey to Australia of eight Asian Elephants covering events both chronicled and unrecorded.
Jon knew from a young age a little about his Great Grandfather Alexander Clarke Mackay but there was limited detail. However, through a conversation with member Chris Barrie who said he had some photos of Jon’s Grandfather (turned out to be his Great Grandfather), he was prompted to roll his sleeves up, get out the old trunk in the garage and conduct some serious research. The connection with Chris was that Toni (Chris’s wife) and Jon’s mother are cousins.

A C Mackay was born 1857 in Golspie – a fishing village on the North Sea Coast of Scotland. Alexander left home at the age of 10 and went to sea. Family history doesn’t record what ships he sailed on though he eventually landed in Melbourne in 1880. After a seafaring life, a desk job was not on and he took to the timber industry in Victoria and worked in the Otway Ranges and Gippsland areas, becoming mill manager for the Comet Mill in Clonbinane (the largest in Australia, 55km north of Melbourne) and had a financial interest in the Longwarry Saw Mill, 85km south east of Melbourne. He married his partner’s daughter Annie.

Jon’s research discovered a letter that Alexander wrote to the Department of Education offering to build a school if they would provide a teacher. The nearest school was 5 miles away and the road almost impassable in winter, so he built a school hall. The hall was only 30’ x 14’ and was jointly used for local meetings and dances. As Jon commented “It must have been real cosy”. Continue reading