Probus Club of Lower Templestowe (c)

Probus Club of
Lower Templestowe (C)

OUTINGS in 2024

Ballarat Race Day

Thirty hopeful members happily boarded the 9.15 bus to Ballarat.  After a quick pit stop on the way we arrived at the course around 11.30.  On settling in at our designated table area in the bistro, members wasted no punting time and immediately purchased necessities – essential for a good race day-their drinks and race book.  After all every serious punter should study the form guide.

After a bistro lunch the serious   work began.  The adage “Winners are Grinners” was clearly evident. Those who did not take their punting so seriously went for a walk through the stables and the mounting yard.

We stayed until the 4pm race as there were so many wins that we had to wait for the correct weight to be given before the punters could collect their winnings. Once again there were many happy winners.

A long and enjoyable day was had by all. Dawn and Geoff Head.

More photos on The Pulse.

Luncheon at William Angliss

The hospitality students at William Angliss Institute treated our members to a delicious two course meal at their dining room in March. The tables were beautifully set with linen cloth and napery when we arrived, and excellent service ensured we were all fed and watered promptly. A main course of either steak or succulent chicken was followed by dainty desserts, both the meringue and cheesecake with berries and the chocolate tart being tastefully decorated. Members met at the Institute, having travelled there by tram, train or bus, and everyone had a most enjoyable time. Members: more photos on The Pulse page.


Christmas Luncheon

2023 ended with a bang when over 80 of our Members attended a three course luncheon at the Manningham Club. The Club provided an attractive venue, with well-spaced, attractively decorated tables and glimpses of green through the wide windows. Each of us was warmly welcomed on entry by President Lyn, unfortunately not captured on camera. Most Members sported a festive touch of some sort, with a few absolutely starring, as you will see. At the head of the large room, a table laden with a generous selection of attractively presented hampers  and other prizes provided a colourful focus. Above the table, there was a large screen showing photographs from past Outings throughout the afternoon. Dawn and Geoff, our President Lyn, and Aileen and Trevor all did a wonderful job.

A Christmas Welcoming Committee
Past-President Max and Elaine
Pamela and Barry in the spirit
Jeannie and Jenny P

Members, there will be many more pictures in the Pulse……

Inverloch with Cabin and Caravan Group

A terrific, well-organised and friendship-filled few days at the delightful seaside town of Inverloch, marred only by cold, rain and howling winds. Despite that, participants had a great time and plenty of fresh air! Many thanks and congratulations to Aileen, and hope the weather gods shine on the next trip.

Footy Luncheon

While not strictly an Outing, the Annual Footy Luncheon attracts most of our members each year and thus qualifies as a Real Occasion, deserving mention here. Members took the request to feature their teams colours seriously, resulting in a lot of black and white, with splashes of red and other colours. Many more photographs in the September newsletter.

Peter and Max in Magpie splendour
Rupert also in Collingwood regalia
Some daring red opposition from Peter and Judy
Cynthia a lone Hawk in a sea of black and white

Christmas in July at Overnewton Castle

An Arctic experience with style! Probably one of our best excursions this year.

Fifty one members filled our bus. On arrival at Overnewton Castle, we alighted to be greeted by high winds and a 10 degree icy blast – the Owner asking us to pretend we were in the Scottish Highlands. Despite the cold, Members were in high spirits and enjoyed a (mercifully) brief outdoor tour. This was followed by an indoor tour in the welcome warmth. 

After admiring the beautiful vaulted and timbered ceiling of the old billiard room, now used as a chapel, we were divided into two groups to view the ground floor rooms.

Following the tour, a lovely three course meal was served in the dining room. The attractive room was warm and bright and the tables set with matching linen and festive gold Christmas bonbons. While enjoying our initial steaming hot tea or coffee, served in bone china cups and saucers, all tables made a start on their 56 question Christmas quiz. The two winning tables won prizes.

The meals were served promptly and were hot, tasty and enjoyable. 

After our three courses and further coffee or tea, we braved the bitter cold and rain again for the bus trip home, filled both with food and contentment after an excellent outing.

Goulburn River Tour

We have had many fun excursions, however few have equalled the interest, fun and quality of our day at Nagambie.
On an 8am arrival at our usual meeting place (Ted Ajani Reserve) we were greeted by a large state of the art Dysons Coach.  
Our enthusiastic group, headed for a short pit stop and coffee at Seymour. Back on the coach until we reached our destination Nagambie where we were treated to an informative river cruise.  We then alighted and wandered a few meters up the road to the Nagambie Rowing club to be greeted by friendly staff.  A big wood fire was burning brightly and full table service was set up along the windows overlooking the lake.  A truly magnificent setting for a cold winter’s day.
More than content with our day, which unbeknown to us was about to get a whole lot better, we motored down the road to Tahbilk winery. 
We were once again treated to a friendly meet and greet on the steps of the museum.  After a brief summary of the property (reported to be the oldest winery in Victoria), the doors opened and lo and behold, a further surprise:  there were at least 12 to 15 large cheese platters placed around the hall for us to feast on. These platters alone are worthy of special mention with generous portions of cheese varieties, home smoked almonds and olives all served with large slices of gourmet crisp bread.  
The wine and cheese tasting over, we happily wandered across to the cellars to inspect the large vats and purchase the wine at will.
Our guest visitors were a welcome addition to this outing and were warmly received by all.  Hopefully we can encourage more of the kind with the possibility of increasing membership.
Home at 5.30pm. As a member was heard to say: ‘What a great way to spend a cold winter’s day!’


Tahbilk E2

Williamstown Ferry

Our Outings organiser Dawn must have a hotline up above! Despite the weather bureau’s gloomy outlook, our group gathered at Southbank in glorious sunshine and the rain held off until our return. The ferry captain was a font of information on the Port of Melbourne past and present during our trip to Williamstown. An excellent lunch at the Custom House Hotel was enjoyed and we were then able to spend time at leisure before we had to depart. For many, this meant a visit to an ice-cream shop with fascinating flavours, followed by a stroll through the gardens or possibly a seafood purchase for dinner – lobster rolls, anyone?

Living Legends, Woodend and Mt Macedon

Once again, Dawn and Geoff managed to arrange perfect weather for the day’s outing. Our primary destination was Woodlands, a beautiful Greenville property with a historic homestead and spendid old eucalypts. Here, winning racehorses from around the world are retired to live out their lives. Gigantic scones with generous amounts of jam and cream fuelled us for our guided walk around the paddocks. Dani and other staff showed us around, telling us about the horses and the memorial garden, Horses who have moved on to that great Stable in the Sky are interred and commemorated by plaques detailing their winnings. Plenty of carrots were provided for the horses. Almost all members enjoyed the whiskery slobber of happy horses on our outstretched hands. A shuttle bus was available for members struggling with the distances.

A scenic drive followed, first to the attractive small town of Woodend for a pub lunch, then on to Mt Macedon. The glorious weather gave us wonderful views from the top and tantalising glimpses of Mt Macedon’s beautiful gardens. A full day, thoroughly enjoyed by us all.

OUTINGS in 2022

Phillip and Churchill Islands

A glorious day came sandwiched between very rainy periods for the outing to Phillip Island. An early bus departure allowed us to visit the Nobbies and stretch our legs down the steps and back again before re-boarding the bus. A tasty lunch at the San Remo Hotel, then across the bridge to the working farm on Churchill Island,

Churchill Island was new to most members. The site of Victoria’s first European garden in 1801, it has attractive grounds and a restored and fully furnished original homestead. The whip cracking and sheepdog displays were very popular with all the visitors and completed an extremely successful outing

Footy Luncheon

The annual Footy Luncheon began as an end-of-year celebration for the members of the Footy Tipping Interest Group, but has grown to include any interested Members.

This year’s do was bigger than ever to recognise Peter’s tremendous contribution to our Club. Among many other things, Peter established what was originally the Magpie Supporters Group over 20 years ago.

It has now morphed into the more general Footy Tipping Group. Over 80 Members rolled up to the Templestowe Hotel in their footy colours, with the winner for best outfit almost unrecognisable in her footy shorts and blonde wig.

The event was a great success with both footy fans and foes.

Yarra Valley Trip

On a cold but mainly fine day, many Members celebrated our increasing freedom from Lockdowns by a bus trip to the Yarra Valley. The noise level on the bus grew as people caught up with their friends, while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

A visit to the historic Yering Farm allowed for wine tasting for those interested, but the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery proved even more popular. Many Members enjoyed their ice-cream as an “appetiser” before managing to eat a generous lunch at the Yarra Valley Hotel, accompanied by lots of chat.

Unsurprisingly, the trip home was quieter as we digested our meal/s.

Christmas in July

Two buses of Club Members assembled at the Ted Ajani centre in July for our traditional Christmas in July celebration.

When we arrived in Sassafras, we had time to walk through some of the delightful shops. The one with literally hundreds of teapots, ranging from stylish to quirky, was a highlight. This year, we had a delicious Christmas feast at Fortnum’s, taking over the whole restaurant to do so. Our three courses were topped off by generous serves of a genuinely home-style Christmas pudding. A local choir accompanied our meal, singing a medley of Christmas and folk tunes.

As we were about to depart for home, one of the Fortnum staff gave a speech which many of us found quite moving. She spoke about how difficult Lockdowns had been for everyone in Sassafras and at Fortnum’s, and thanked us for our custom.

Pakenham Races

The last day of the racing calendar at Pakenham last month was keenly enjoyed by our Members. During the bus trip to the racecourse, Members who hadn’t travelled that way for some time were surprised by the mushrooming of housing estates along the South-East corridor.

At the Clubhouse, those Members with previous racing experience helped the novices evaluate the horses and place their bets. Lunch in the Clubhouse was another opportunity for the experienced betters to tutor the beginners, and the success of the day was enhanced by one Member’s substantial winnings.

Queenscliff Caravan and Cabin Trip

A three day getaway to Queenscliff saw Members settle into the caravan park on the first night and enjoy a barbecue dinner together.

The following day, they took the ferry to Sorrento, enjoying their walk around that charming area and meeting again for lunch at the Sorrento Hotel. Of course, they couldn’t leave Sorrento without fortifying themselves with the famed – and enormous – Sorrento vanilla slices!

The next day featured an interest-packed guided tour around historic Fort Queenscliff, with its original signal towers. Amazing to think that the massive guns there were placed in the late 1800s for fear of Russian invasion…………

Christmas luncheon

Our Christmas luncheon at the North Balwyn Bowls Club on 12th December was again a great success, thanks to the hard work and inspiration of Lois and Sue, with Dawn’s assistance. Club members were treated to a selection of tasty spit-roasted meats with accompanying salads. This was followed by the choice (or choices!) of desserts. Winners of the various raffle tickets were rewarded by generous  hampers, or by the hand-crafted table decoration , cleverly put-together by Muriel with support from Elaine. A much  sought-after prize was  the beautiful Christmas cake, baked each year by Carol.  

Not content with the excitement provided by raffle tickets, our intrepid organisers initiated a new challenge: each table of members had to rise and sing a well-known Christmas carol. Everyone put forth their best efforts, with the winning table showing the benefits of church choir! A terrific afternoon, thanks to all contributors.

The photos depict first our winning carollers, second our very own Elf on the Shelf, Annette, and finally our Logie winners, Cynthia and Joan. This was a special prize awarded by Dawn for entering into the spirit of the day.