So many opportunities for seniors

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

IF you are retired or semi-retired, there are many clubs and groups for seniors to suit a diverse range of interests and needs in our local area. Whether you are looking for a seniors-oriented social club, enjoy using your hands or keeping busy with crafty activities, or are keen to keep your brain active with weekly contact bridge or mahjong, we are spoilt for choice around Glasshouse Country and the hinterland region.

If you would like to meet others, extend a hobby or just get out of the house to do something different, here are a few local clubs to help pique your interest.

Men’s sheds are great way for blokes to meet with other fellas in a friendly environment to get into a hands-on project through woodworking, leatherwork or metal fabrication, or just drop by for a cuppa and yarn. Maleny and District Men’s Shed is located at 7 Bryce Lane, with the main days on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am-12noon. Glasshouse Country Men’s Shed is located at 352 Peachester Road Beerwah and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am-12noon, with the main meeting day every Wednesday.

If you are looking to be social, Glasshouse Country Senior Citizens Club holds regular outings and meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at Beerwah Community Hall from 9.30am. Maleny and District Senior Citizens meet Wednesdays and Fridays for coffee and fun. Glasshouse Country VIEW Club is a group of local ladies who alternate a monthly lunch meeting and outings on the first and third Wednesday. The club also raises funds for The Smith Family.
Mooloolah Community Centre hosts a senior ladies morning tea at the Mooloolah Hall on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10am.

Games like contract bridge and mahjong are not just a social experience but also great ways to keep your brain active. Maleny Bridge Club runs regular sessions at its clubhouse at the end of Parklands Drive from Monday-Thursday. Beerwah Contract Bridge Club operates from the Beerwah Golf Club on Tuesdays and Fridays. A regular mahjong group meets at Mooloolah Public Hall every Tuesday from 9.30am-12.30pm (except the fourth Tuesday of the month).
If you fancy getting crafty, there are several local arts and craft groups.

Glass House Neighbourhood Centre hosts a long running craft group on Friday mornings from 9am-1pm, Beerwah Knitters meet every Wednesday morning and Landsborough Down Under Craft Group meets every Wednesday at Landsborough Hall from 9am-12 noon.

Local Probus clubs invite active retirees to be involved for fellowship and fun. The Glass House Mountains club meets at the Glasshouse Country RSL on the second Wednesday of the month and hosts interesting excursions and guest speakers. The combined Probus Club of Maleny meets at the Maleny Uniting Church on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10am, and North Blackall Range Probus Club meets at the Mapleton Bowls Club on the second Friday of each month.

If photography is your thing, then U3A Beerwah GRAFX might be the club for you to enhance your skills and knowledge. The group meets every Tuesday during the school term at The Hub at Beerwah Sportsground.
The Glasshouse Country Toastmasters also offer lively company and an opportunity to develop public speaking skills. The group meets every second and third Thursday at the Church on the Rise Beerwah at 9am.

Maleny and District Men’s Shed: Kevin 0419 793 809
Glasshouse Country Men’s Shed : Rick 0422 638 466 or Sandy 0455 344 113
Glasshouse Country Senior Citizens Club: Judy 0448 762 637
Maleny and District Senior Citizens: Lyn Burgess 0409 266 507
Mooloolah Senior Ladies morning tea: 5494 7822
Glasshouse Country VIEW Club : Jill 0417 793 708 or Janet 0448 845 303
Maleny Contract Bridge Club: Jean 0488 182 504 or Alan 0400 016 502
Beerwah Contract Bridge Club: Martine 0403 220 900
Mahjong Group Mooloolah Valley: Lizz Barker
Glass House Mountains Craft Group: Colleen 0433 713 854 or Alison 0411 436 713
Beerwah Knitters: Judy 0448 762 637
Landsborough Down Under Craft: Shirley 5494 1686
The Combined Probus Club of the Glass House Mountains – Deb 0419 481 034
The Combined Probus Club of Maleny: Diane 5429 6259
Probus Club of North Blackall Range: Kay 0407 586 309
GRAFX U3A Photography:  Illia 0437 030 432
Glasshouse Country Toastmasters: Martine 0403 220 900