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Biggles’ Bugle #109 (7/7/2008)


The Island’s PineRidge Chapel overflowed on Sunday June the 15th for the Memorial Service of “Max” (Leonard John (Jack)) Lewis.

Pastor Bruce Warwick conducted the service and the Eulogy was read by Max’s Daughter Michelle Sadlier who expressed her thanks to family and friends for their support.  Following the singing of Amazing Grace, Carol and Seth Highley spoke most sincerely of their friendship with Max whom they met when they first came to the Island.  There were a few amusing moments, e.g. when Carol spoke of Maxs’ interest in their menagerie of pets.

Norma Green spoke on behalf of Jone Morganti and herself about his love of Westerns and presented the family with one of his favourite books.  Biggles talked of some of their yarns about experiences in the Army, during and after the Korean War.
Thankyou to Maureen Watson who did her usual sterling job on the Organ and to Gail Webb, our Island’s friendly Funeral Director.

Ian Rowland did a great job of recording the service thus allowing a DVD to be sent to family members in Melbourne – thanks mate (he also mentioned he would collect on the six pack Max owed him one day)

Maxs’ last words to me over the phone from Greenslopes Hospital were “make sure that Skipper’s looked after – and thanks to Jacqui Cresswell he is doing very well – bless you.

Although quite capable of “ruffling a few feathers”, deep down Max was a “rough diamond – not a bad bloke” and he will deservedly be remembered as one of the Coochiemudlo Island Characters – R.I.P. Max. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him”!


Elizabeth and Allen (Coochie Kiosk) have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary and Frank and Dorothy Green again – congratulations to the happy couples. (N) – Many more please.


By the time this issue hits the decks, the Club’s Christmas in July will have been celebrated – more news next issue.


This Group meets each Sunday and Tuesday with playing commencing at 8am at the Courts at the Laurie Burns Recreation Oval.  All equipment is provided and new members and visitors are welcome.  Fees per session are $2.00 for Members and $3.00 for visitors – for more info ring Cay Wilson on 3207 8147


Many of us were not aware until the last few days that the Resort is closed from Monday the 30th June to Saturday the 19th July for major plumbing works.

The re-opening will feature a “Fine Food and Wine Dinner” with Clare Valley Premium Wine maker Greg Cooley conjuncting with Head Chef Tim Banks to offer what appears to be a sumptuous array of tucker and plonk.  Cost is $70pp (all inclusive) and $65 for History Society Members.  Bookings are essential, the Office is open during the mornings to take email or phone bookings and all tickets must be paid for by the 16th of July.

Phone 3207 7521 – this should be a fitting start to the Flinders Day Weekend.


Marty Screen is celebrating as well as Werner and “Jammy Pammy” (don’t ask me, that is what I was told).  (N.)  OOOOPPPS I nearly forgot Kasey-Lee Dillon – hope your birthday was as happy as you always seem to be, love from Aunty Snorm and Uncle Biggles.

TIED UP TURTLE by Hanna Colville-Richardson  

“On Monday the 9th June, the 4pm ferry stopped to pick up a crab pot.  Dan did this so that during the night it would not get caught in the ferry props, disrupting the ferry.  As Shane pulled up the crab pot, we discovered that a turtle was caught in the rope of the pot.  Shane and a passenger cut the turtle free with a pair of scissors.  The turtle had a skin problem, which Shane operated on and then set it free.  It is a timely reminder that we share our waterways with others and we need to take care.

    JOKE:    Q.    Which petrol station do turtles go to?
            A.    Shell !! “

Thank you Hanna.  This is the second time you have been involved with turtles on the Island.  Unfortunately the first was not so fortunate in spite of you and your Mother caring for it and taking it to the Hospital at the Australia Zoo.

Youngsters, if you have any interesting stories to tell, please consult your parents, put it in writing and get it to The Bugle.


Graham and Ros Kelly would like to say Thankyou to the people who have been supportive to them over the last couple of months and a BIG Thankyou to Gail Webb for arranging the Funeral and her on-going care and support.

!!!! by Terry Smith  

“Luka Phoenix (Kerry Denman and Micheal Reading’s son) who has been at Circus School for quite a while now has successfully auditioned for performance troupe with the FLIPSIDE YOUTH CIRCUS.  He will be seen at Southbank in circus performances and other venues throughout this year.  Luka is now a PROFESSIONAL Circus Performer.  Congratulations and Good luck with all you performances Luka.”


Yes, the History Room at the Cleveland Branch of Redland Shire Library is archiving The Bugle as it does all “local” publications.  Kerry Ryan, from that Department, had only been receiving the Bugle from issue 82 and asked if they  could borrow the previous copies.  We obliged of course – Thankyou R.S.C.   Noticed the news about the Grant – congratulations. (N)


Our little Library is powering on – many residents have donated good quality, up to date books and we even had a donation from a Mainlander! Thank you one and all for your kindness.   May figures were 175 clients borrowed 444 items and June, 156 clients borrowed 397 items. (Of course we don’t have Max popping in every week for his dose of Westerns and that has knocked our figures around.)

Weather permitting (and it had better!) the Community Library will have a “coffee table book sale” which has proved pretty popular and keeps us in stationery etc.

I would like to thank all those who use the Library, visitors are always welcome and arrangements can be made if you are ill (ring Norma on 3207 8895) and books etc. can be dropped off or picked up if required.

DVDs are proving popular so if you go through yours and find some you have watched and are no longer wanting to keep – we will give them a good home.  Apparently a lot of Video players have collapsed and are not being replaced so there is a big demand on our small population of DVDs. (Norma)


Cay Wilson and Margaret Broadbent have been laid up with the latest lurgy doing the rounds, Frank Green has been off colour and Jock Allen is still hopping around trying to be as mobile as possible.  Sam Chivers had a little visit to Hospital to have a perve on the nurses, but is doing well now.   Kel Cranston is in and out of Hospital like a yoyo – settle down boy and stay home for a bit!  Brian Saunders is also back on his home patch – come on you lot – get well soon.  (N)

ISLE OF COOCHIE GOLF CLUB   (Newsletter -Nadine Archibald) 

A very busy time for our club.  We have now finished with the golf club annual championships played over 4 rounds,, 22 players broke their handicap so it could be said there was some very good golf played during that time.  The final results of the men and women’s championships for gross and nett scores will be announced at our  Annual Presentation Dinner on the 15th August at The Wishing Well, Colburn Avenue.  Numbers will be set, so an early booking is required.

We have had another visit from the Rochlea Rotary Club and our members were invited to a challenge for the Challenge Trophy – sad to say we did not win it but there will always be next time.  We put on a good fight!  Our bar was open and a fun BBQ was enjoyed by all.  This week on Thursday the 10th July we are having another challenge – this time from our long lost cousins from over the water – Bay Islands Golf Club.

This used to be a bi-annual event with visiting reciprocation each year; in recent years it has been difficult for both the clubs to get together due to costs of hiring ferries, however we have overcome that problem I am pleased to say and we are now expecting a full field to resume the fight for the trophy – watch this space for results.


This special annual event is rapidly approaching and local businesses and groups are urged to partake – where possible.   There will be a number of “firsts” this year.  Our new seaworthy “Trim” will be used by members of the Flomerfeld Family to row Matthew Flinders (aka Mark Bowden) ashore.   They will be under the watchful eye of vessels from the Wooden Boats Association.  Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club will be displaying a number of vintage/veteran cars in the parade and there will be a couple of Mini Mokes under the watchful eye of Ian Rowland, 

All Associations, groups and businesses are eligible to enter a float or marching group so why not be in it, but please contact Biggles or you could end up “tail end Charlie” and marching backwards behind the Fire Engine.


Traffic will be restricted in Elizabeth Street from Morwong to Main Beach and to Phillips Street from 9.45am to 10.30am and from Cnr. Elizabeth Street and Victoria Pde to James St. from approx. 10.30am to 12.30pm. Please keep roads clear at all times to allow access for emergency vehicles. WATCH NOTICE BOARDS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

To join in the parade, please get in touch with Biggles on 3207 8895 or for a stall space, call Bev. Holcroft on 3207 8315.   Be in it and enjoy the day with friends.   Dress up in period costume ( 1800’s style).  Aussie tea and damper will be available and of course the Progress’ licenced Norfolk Bar will be operational.

Two Dragon Boats will be racing this year at 12.30pm – rumour has it that one could be a “fair dinkum” one, made in China and bearing the real Dragon head.


Recently, the subject of special parking for the four wheel electric scooters came up, when four of them were seen parked at random in the notice board area.   These special vehicles deserve a space of their own, naturally as close as possible to the jetty.  Perhaps the owners could get together and we could approach Council for consideration.


In the last Bugle (107) we missed out on telling you all about the entertainment provided to Russleigh Duo (Le Anne and Russ) at our March Craft Market Day.   A superb day was had by all – Le Anne also took time out to represent  all the tables with enthusiasm and humour.   Despite a little rain, the entertainment continued and a fine selection of songs was enjoyed.   Le Anne & Russ are regulars at Flinders Café, providing excellent entertainment before and during dining.

The Duo is also available for Island Weddings or functions.  Contact Russ 0432  914  128 or text Le Anne on 0435 031 821


In June we received 102.5mm.  This month we have already received 69.5mm to 7am Tuesday the 8th (41mm having fallen in the last 24 hours).  Note, we are getting it early in the month to allow for a fine Flinders Day!.


A number of people have contacted Liquor Licencing and the Ombudsman re the above and Biggles has supplied information to both and received acknowledgement of same.   Last Wednesday I spoke to a Redland City Council meeting and pointed out the lack of support by the previous “administration” and sought the total support of Councillors and Staff in any further dealings.   For those who may not be aware, the Applicant was granted a four year Provisional Licence from the 31st March 2008 and in that time facilities are to be brought up to standard and trading commenced.


After a miserable day weatherwise, 60 -odd ( I meant an uneven number) guests enjoyed an excellent three course repast and each others company and our Local Member John English enjoyed the fun too.  The Community Hall was beautifully decorated with a Christmas theme, even Father Christmas was sitting on the stage.   Naturally the big “rolling” raffle was popular and Secretary Peter Pritchard advised


The Coochiemudlo Recreation Club would like to thank all those generous people who donated all the wonderful prizes that were raffled at our “Christmas in July” dinner last Saturday night, and those who worked so hard – I am sure that everyone had an enjoyable evening.”
Also, apart from the Committee which did a wonderful job of organizing the night, Hartley looked after the “mike”, Ros and her able dining staff who made sure the food was nice and hot, Johnno – maitre’d and “security”, Pam Shultz led us in several rounds of Carols and Christmas songs – and the scandalous goings-on of those selected to draw the raffle tickets – well done all – a top evening! (N)


President of our Progress Assn. Len Turner, has apparently received the use of the “blue board” which is the Council board near our community installation.  This will be for use by special groups, so contact Len if you have a community notice to display – more next issue.


SEQ Catchments Inc. assisted by the History Society are holding this even 9am to 12.30pm SATURDAY 19th July at the Coochiemudlo Recreation Club, Elizabeth Street.  This is to discuss global warming and its effect on our Island.  Light lunch will be provided so for catering purposes, please  RSVP on 3207 9867 or 3207 7695. or by Monday the 14th of July.  The first Seminar was apparently very interesting and this one will follow on with more information. Lead speaker is Assoc.Professor, Peter Waterman  (N)


A long awaited meeting is being planned very shortly – all Officers will be notified and notices will appear.  We have been further delayed in our distribution of Household Kits due to the apparent loss of a faxed order. 
Our Co-Ordinator Graham Staib has been promoted to Sergeant and transferred to sunny Townsville – congratulations Graham.

Since the last issue of the Bugle, there have been two reported incidents of unlawful entry and theft of alcohol.   Both were reported to Police.  On or about the night of Friday the 27th June, there was an incident at the Community Hall where a park bench, 2 chairs and a quantity of china (flying saucers.? N) and toilet paper were thrown from the back of the hall area down onto the beach and rocks.    Public spirited persons gathered the majority of fragments and placed them on the larger rock along with the two chairs for later removal.

Late on Saturday night/Sunday morning a number of bottles were broken in the park area cnr. Tageruba St. and Victoria Pde. Sth.   Also, the fire hose was run out and drawn down across the road in the vicinity of No. 356 and 360 Victoria Pde.   The vandalism was reported to Redland Bay Police on Monday.

More recently, notices appeared relating to projectiles being directed at a family whilst they were crossing the Golf Course from the beach to the car park.  The complainant claims that two of the alleged juvenile offenders are known and if you have a similar experience, please contact Peta and Cleveland Police on 392 94111.

An anonymous sign appeared on the notice board referring to a car owner chasing their stolen vehicle and observing two teenage boys running away leaving two bicycles – “enquire at shop”.  The Kiosk knows nothing of the bicycles.
MESSAGE TO MOTORISTS – P L E A S E remove your keys and lock your cars.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANK AND DOROTHY GREEN – THEY HAVE A NEW GREAT GRAND-SON- second one this year ( little bird told me there are two more bubs on the way this year.  Talk about “populate Australia” (Phew!!!) (N)

MANGROVE JACK ASKS:  How much deeper would the oceans be without sponges?

BIGGLES – BRUCE E. GREEN   3207 8895
The Bugle copied and stapled – courtesy of Mr. John English M.P.
Thank you for donations of paper for the Bugle.

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