NWR Newsletter 2017 V5_Newsletter 16OCT17 - Page 11

EASTERN SUBURBS REPORT We held our planning meeting in February. In March Heather Hawkins was our guest speaker. Heather gave a really inspiring talk about her marathon running. She started running after having been diagnosed with Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer in 2007. Her cancer journey was the catalyst for her to get stronger, fitter and re‐ connect with her sense of adventure. She has certainly achieved her aims having completed a number of marathons including the World Marathon Challenge which involved running 7 marathons, on 7 continents, in 7 days. Our April meeting involved members talking about what they had done during the last month as well as reading a favourite poem and sharing that with the group. In between meetings, one of our members organised a boat trip along the Hawkesbury River and a 1.8km walk called the Hermitage Foreshore Walk which runs between Vaucluse and Nielson Park. At our May meeting members brought along items of memorabilia and shared some interesting stories associated with those items. A very unusual item that one member showed was a sewing basket which had belonged to her grandmother and it was made from, of all things, the skin of an armadillo. No‐one had seen anything like that before. Our June meeting was held at a member’s home which made a cosy setting in which to talk about books that we had enjoyed (or not enjoyed) reading. The book reviews covered a mix of fiction and non‐fiction. The oldest book brought along by one member had been given to her grandmother in 1906 when she was 11 years old. The book was titled “The House We Live In” or “The Making of the Body”. The aim of the book was to “Assist Mothers in Teaching their Children How to care for their Bodies, and the Evil Effects of Narcotics and Stimulants”. It was quite fascinating. In July we opted for an outing rather than an evening meeting. For a donation of $5, Friends of the Town Hall provided a wonderful guided tour of the Sydney Town Hall. We were joined by Barbara Howse from the Guildford NWR group in the UK. Everyone enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of this magnificent building, and for several members who have performed in concerts and eisteddfods over the years it was even more significant. We were all impressed by some beautiful stained glass windows, intricate floor mosaics and inlaid timber flooring. The lady Mayoress’ suite had a wonderful artwork depicting a portrait of