2020 Annual General Meeting & Sundowner
28 October 2020
A most enjoyable and successful evening! Congratulations and welcome to the 2020/21 Management Committee.
Members and invited guests.
Members and invited guests
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Jeni Owens receives an Hon. Life Membership Award.
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WCC's 2020/21 Management Committee.

Term 4 gets underway
12 October 2020
Welcome to the start of Term 4 and the fantastic programme of events.  It has been such an extraordinary year, so it’s good that WCC is been able to be  adaptable. The introduction of the e-News in March is a classic example of this and you can find the latest edition HERE. 
Bookings for our Christmas Party on Wednesday 2 December are open now, providing an opportunity for members to celebrate our successes and to catch up with friends in a relaxed and festive environment. We hope to see you there.

Term 4 (12 October - 11 December) - Programme available online
21 Septermber
Our latest e-News edition was emailed out to 491 subscribers this morning, outlining the Term 4 programme. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know. Enrolments are open online from 9am today (21 September).
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A most enjoyable art workshop with Michelle Kickett.

e-News #10
31 August 2020
 WCC e-News #10 has been launched and should be in your in-box this morning. If not, please check your junk/spam folder - just in case. Or you can click on the link to read it online. Please continue to send in your photos and snippets of information to keep our community up to date on local activities.

e-News #9
10 August 2020
We’re delighted to bring you another edition of the WCC e-News (link), packed with interesting and informative news and opportunities. Bookings for events are open online (link) or you can ring and leave us a message on 9286-8676 and we’ll get back to you. Alternatively, you can book in person in The Pod (in The Grove Library) on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm.  
 Helping out some little feathered friends

WCC recently received a lovely letter from the Penguin Foundation on Phillip Island, thanking our Knit & Crochet for a Cause group for making some little penguin jumpers to assist in the rehabilitation of these beautiful creatures. A well-deserved round of applause to you all! If anyone would like to know more about our Knit & Crochet for Cause Group, please click HERE

Term 3 is here!
20 July 2020
Hello there and welcome to Term 3 at WCC. We have a number of exciting new events and activities on offer in e-News #8 and bookings are open  
 Thank you to our Knit & Crochet for a Cause group
Following a donation of handmade toys and garments, WCC received a delightful thank you letter and certificate of appreciation from angelhands Inc., a non-profit organisation that serves at the heart of trauma recovery in WA. We would like to add our thanks to all those dedicated knitters and crocheters for brightening the lives of others.
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 Birds around Bouvard
Earth and the wonder of its myriad environments with differing peoples, cultures, floras and faunas have held a life-long fascination for WCC member, Alice O’Connor. She loves to travel, capturing precious memories with photographs and words, ranging from ancient rock art to high-rise architecture of Chicago, Asian markets to pyramids across Mexico and South America. This year, during COVID-19 lockdown, Alice retreated to Bouvard, just south of Mandurah, where Fairy wrens enticingly flashed their blue tails outside her window. and the local white egret elegantly waded through the water just beyond the back gate.  Thus began this year’s bird photography project - collecting photos from late April until end of June. Click HERE to read more ….

Final e-News for Term 2
 29 June 2020
The team is about to take a well earned break from programming and planning. As we will not be sending out our regular printed newsletter, please see our Term 3 programme in WCC e-News #7. We look forward to seeing you at WCC at some of our great Term 3 events soon.

Get the latest e-News
 15 June 2020
Members have been out and about having fun this last fortnight, making the most of the reduced restrictions on movements. Find out more in the latest edition of the WCC e-News.
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We've extended our programme
 1 June 2020
 WCC e-News #5 has been launched and should be in your in-box this morning. If not, please check your junk/spam folder - just in case. Or you can click on the link to read it online. There are a number of new events on the programme and lots of news from the past couple of weeks.
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The latest news in WCC eNews#4
 18 May 2020
 WCC e-News #4 is available now, with all the latest updates from the WCC Management Committee, some interseresting opportunities, online links and a recipe from our Chef's Archives.
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Connect online with WCC eNews #3
 4 May 2020
We launched WCC e-News #3 this morning, packed with interesting ideas on how to stay connected online. We hope you enjoy visiting WASO and the State Library in the virtual world and that we'll see you at our online coffee mornings, bookclub and more. For those who are interested, you can either download the biscuit recipe and instructions for edible finger paints mentioned in the eNews or request them by emailing WCC.
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Recipes and more from e-News #2
 20 April 2020
WCC e-News #2 should have arrived in your email inbox by now. For those who have expressed an interest, here are Basil's Roast Pork Shoulder recipe and the Trauma Teddy knitting pattern. We look forward to 'seeing' you all in your driveways or on your patios on Saturday to pay tribute to veterans, active service people and to those working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you'd like to knit or crochet a Remembrance Poppy (or two) before then, you can find a couple of simple patterns here.

 6 April 2020
Even though our physical doors are closed, we're still here for you and have been working hard behind the scenes to find new and innovative ways to stay connected to our terrific WCC community. Our latest initiative is our WCC e-News, a chatty and informative mini-newsletter delivered to your (email) inbox. We do hope it'll brighten you in lockdown and would love to have your feedback. Please let us know if you'd like to be added to our mailing list.

Given the continuing and unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a result of Covid-19, and following the government guidance, the Management Committee has decided to postpone all WCC events until further notice, effective as of 17 March 2020. We'll let you know when WCC events will recommence and keep you updated regularly.

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 Covid-19 (Cornavirus) Update to all WCC Friends and Members

All the experts apcovid 19 symptoms graphicpear to agree that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) will be with us for some time. Although the risk in Australia is low, it is an evolving situation and therefore vitally important for all members to follow a strict hygiene regimen and to stay away from the Westcoast community room or events if feeling unwell.

The Shire of Peppermint Grove has advised they have placed posters on best practice for hand washing in the public toilets at The Grove Precinct. They have also ordered bulk hand sanitisers for everyone to use as they enter the building foyer.

Please note that hands must be washed for a minimum of 20 seconds and dried using the paper towels provided. If you sneeze, please do so into a tissue and immediately throw it in the bin and wash your hands. If you feel a cough coming on, please cough into your elbow - not your hands. And do try not to touch your nose except when using a tissue.

If you have recently returned from overseas, particularly from a cruise or from a visit to China, Italy, Iran or South Korea, then you are most at risk of having been in contact with the virus. We suggest you visit your doctor before returning to any Westcoast events.

We rely on your good judgement to help keep our community centre safe and thank you for adhering to these measures.

Westcoast Community Centre remains open for now and we will continue to monitor the situation. Members will be advised immediately should there be any change to this status. More information on the virus is available from the WA Health Department web page.

Kind regards, Anne McCrudden (Chairman). 9th March 2020.


Thank you for your support

In December 2019, the Management Committee asked WCC members to support The Grove Library in collecting food for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. The response from our WCC community was heart warming and greatly appreciated. A huge thank you to everyone involved - and to The Grove Library for coordinating this initiative.

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From the Chairman - Term 1 2020

I can’t believe it’s 2020 already and 27 years since Westcoast Community Centre Inc. (WCC) was founded in 1993 by our Patron Carole Crommelin, OAM and Annie Gregg.

I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that you are ready to start 2020 with enthusiasm and energy. This term WCC is offering a programme jam-packed full of new, exciting and different outings, talks and activities. I am especially looking forward to Prof. David Mackey’s (2015 Churchill Fellow) talk on Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Diseases. Many of your favourites have also returned, with Pony Canasta, Knitting and Crochet and Mah Jong being just a few.

2020 01 18 Post article re rent GrovePrecinctIt was a long wait, but negotiations for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between WCC, the Shire of Peppermint Grove and the Towns of Cottesloe and Mosman Park for the use of the Grove Community Room have now been resolved. The cost per annum to be paid by WCC has been increased from $4,292 to $9,000. WCC agreed to pay this amount in good faith if the MOU was for five years and the councils and shire gave an undertaking to provide an alternative venue should the Community Room no longer be available. For those interested, there will be a detailed report on the negotiations in the Chairman’s report at the AGM.

On Wednesday, 25 March 2020 WCC will hold its Sundowner and Annual General Meeting. This is the one gathering all members should try to attend. Please make every effort to join us in socialising and helping to guide the Management Committee by electing management committee members.   If you feel that you have the skills, time and commitment, or know someone who might, please think about nominating for the Management Committee. WCC needs you.

As previously mentioned in other newsletters, WCC is unique in that it is managed, the programme planned and all activities delivered by volunteers.

Please take time to read your newsletter, choose what is of most interest to you and enrol in person, online or by posting your registration form. And don’t forget to renew your membership if it is due.

On behalf of the Westcoast Management Committee, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you all safe and sound in 2020.

Anne McCrudden,  Chairman.