WA Branch Social Calendar

      2017  DIARY OF EVENTS

You are invited to attend a function as a friend to meet our members before joining.

The Society hosts a variety of events based on the preferences of its members and consistent with its aims. You may prefer a casual drop-in on Sunday afternoon for cheer, chips and chat with people who share your interests and humour; or lunches or morning teas with interesting guest speakers; or formal events such as the Queen’s Birthday celebration. We also celebrate traditional Aussie events, the Melbourne Cup and Australia Day.  Where practicable, the Society joins with other organisations with similar values to attend each others functions as this offers a wider range of events to a broader range of members.

Event payments made payable to the Australia Britain Society WA,                                        PO Box 3044, YOKINE WA 6060

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Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch – 3rd Sunday each month

Join members and friends at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park at 12 noon for a traditional 3 course roast lunch. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it and in good company. Cost $35

Reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by contacting Joy: 9349 5043

Saturday 26th August – Australia-Britain Society Annual General Meeting


Monday 14th August 2017 PESA National Final Melbourne

The WA State Winner Esther Nixon of Ursula Frayne Catholic College will compete in the National Final Melbourne.


Saturday 29th July – Plain English Speaking Award Presentation of the WA State Shield.

Parents, teachers, Society members and friends are welcome to join us at the Royal Perth Golf Club South Perth to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Plain English Speaking Award. The State Winner will be presented with the WA State Shield by Her Excellency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia.

All PESA enquiries to the President: PO Box 3044 Yokine 6060


Saturday 22nd July – Plain English Speaking Award State Final

Parents, teachers, Society members and friends are welcome to join us at the Victoria League Rooms Shenton Park to hear the speeches of the state finalists. The State winner will represent Western Australia in the National Final in Melbourne in August and if successful will represent Australia in London UK in the International English Speaking competition for Commonwealth students.

Saturday 10th June  –  Plain English Speaking Award Semi Final        Parents, teachers, Society members and friends are welcome to join us at the Victoria League Rooms Shenton Park to hear the participants in the PESA public speaking competition for 15 to 18 year old students.  The first session commences at 9.45am  and the second session commences at 1pm.   The winner of th2016 PESA Shielde first PESA State Award in 1978, Leon Cohen from Scotch College, will present the Certificates.

40th ANNIVERSARY of the PLAIN ENGLISH SPEAKING AWARD

The Australia-Britain Society Western Australia is proud to present the Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) again this year on its 40th Anniversary.
Since 1978, the Australia-Britain Foundation has sponsored the PESA public speaking competition open to senior secondary school students throughout Australia.  The program was created to encourage the best use of the English language in Australian schools. Thousands of young people who have participated in the competition have said it had been a valuable experience and a worthy mention in their résumé.
Aim of the Award                                                                                                                       The PESA recognises the key role of the spoken English Language as a link among Australians and as a medium for international communication and understanding. The primary aim of the Award is to encourage and maintain the best use of clear and effective English.
The Competition                                                                                                                         The competition is open to students from private and state schools aged 15 to 18 years who are Australian citizens and permanent residents. The student must present a prepared speech, an impromptu speech and be interviewed on stage.

Registrations for 2017 closed on 1st May 2017.
The winner of the Australian National Final receives sponsorship from the Big Brother Movement (BBM) to enable them to represent Australia in the international Plain English Speaking competition conducted in London UK organised by the English Speaking Union.



Captain Stirling Hotel Nedlands  –  1st Saturday each month                           Come and spend a casual Saturday afternoon relaxing and chatting with friends who share your interest and humour. Have lunch or just a drink in a special area of the hotel.  Arrive around 12 noon for lunch and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact Kevan: kevanbarrett@gmail.com

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MAY 2017 

Saturday 6th May – Lunch, Cheers & Chat from 12noon at the CAPTAIN STIRLING HOTEL Stirling Highway Nedlands.                                                                  Come and spend a casual Saturday afternoon socialising with friends. Have lunch or just a drink with Aus-Brit friends. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact Kevan: kevanbarrett@gmail.com

Sunday 7th May “A Sea Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams                                 The UWA Choral Singers are performing  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony on Sunday 2.30pm at Winthrop Hall UWA.  This is a wonderful British piece.  The UWACS is one of the longest existing choirs in Australia and 2016 marked its 85th anniversary. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online http://www.uwacs.com.au  $40 – $45

18th to 27th May Gilbert & Sullivan Society                                                                             HMS Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first musical success together. Set in Portsmouth in 1878 when Britannia ruled the waves and HMS Pinafore was the pride of the fleet. In the tradition of Gilbert & Sullivan  the words are wickedly witty and the show is musically charming. Tickets: $59.90/ Cons $49.90  Contact: 6488 2440   or more details at : http://www.gilbertandsullivanwa.org.au/

21st May – Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch                                                                           Join members and friends at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park at 12 noon for a traditional 3 course roast lunch. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it and in good company. Cost $35 Reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by calling Joy: 9349 5043

7th June 2017 Swinging Years Seniors Ball                                                                               The Ball is organised annually by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA. Once again it is being held at the Astral Ballroom Crown Perth from1pm to 4.30pm. Live Band, Floorshow and afternoon tea.  Tickets $36pp Contact: 9492 9771

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APRIL 2017

EASTER Good Friday 14th April 2017

Friday 21st April – SPECIAL EVENT Her Majesty’s 91st Birthday Dinner This year we are delighted to announce that arrangements have been made to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday on her actual birth date, 21st April. The joint Loyal Society Committee is also pleased to be able to hold this special event at Government House, Perth, WA. Invitation to be sent to members only.

Tuesday 25th April  ANZAC DAY 2017

Sunday 30th April – GOVERNMENT HOUSE OPEN DAY

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MARCH 2017

Sunday 5th March – Sunday 2nd April                                                                        Moon & Sixpence Traditional English Pub – Cheers & Chips and Chat from 2pm. Come and spend a casual Sunday afternoon socialising with friends at the Moon & Sixpence 300 Murray St., Perth. Only a hop, skip and jump 100 yards up Murray St from the Underground Train Station. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact Kevan: kevanbarrett@gmail.com

The 2nd April was the final Cheers, Chips and Chat at the Moon & Sixpence as the building has been sold and will be demolished to make way for bigger and better facilities.  We will advise members of a new location as soon as possible.

Sunday 12th March                                                                                        Commonwealth of Nations Observation Day   special service at St George’s Cathedral Perth Evensong at 5pm. Members are invited to attend this service given by The Dean Reverend Richard Pengelly.

Sunday 19th March                                                                                                 Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it and in good company.  Cost $35 Reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by calling Joy:  9349 1354.

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JANUARY and FEBRUARY 2017

Thursday 26th January                                                                                   Australia Day Lunch.     You are invited to join members and friends at the Albion Hotel Cottesloe for a 3 course lunch served at the table. Cash bar.  Arrive at 11.30am to socialise.  There will be some favourite Australian poetry and fun with a quiz testing your Australian and UK knowledge. Contact Joy 9349 1354 to book you place.  Cost $40

Sunday 5th February                                                                                            Moon & Sixpence Traditional English Pub – Cheers & Chips and Chat from 2pm. Come and spend a casual Sunday afternoon socialising with friends at the Moon & Sixpence 300 Murray St., Perth. Only a hop, skip and jump 100 yards up Murray St from the Underground Train Station. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact Kevan: kevanbarrett@gmail.com

Sunday 19th February                                                                               Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it and in good company.  Cost $35 Reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by calling Joy:  9349 1354

Wednesday 1st February  –  LAUNCH of PESA                                Registrations to participate in the Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) coincides with the return to school by Senior School Students on 1st February 2017.  Students are advised to ask their Classroom Teacher (English/Drama/Humanities) for details about Registering to participate in PESA. Registrations close on 1st May 2017.  Only 2 students per school may participate in the State Semi-Final/s to be conducted in June 2017. The State Final will be held in July in Perth and the winner of the State Final will have an expenses paid trip to compete in the National Final in Melbourne in August 2017. The winner of the National Final will participate in the International English Speaking Award in London in 2018.                                   Teacher initial enquiries:             Ann 0412 49 89 42.

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DECEMBER Thursday 15th                                 “Best of British Concert”   at the Perth Concert Hall.  The ever popular Max Kay will again MC this annual concert celebrating traditional British music, sing-a-long, stories and humour.  Max is joined by actor Michael Loney, and opera singer Emma Pettemerides, and the show-stopping sounds of the Perth Highland Pipe Band.  Book direct at the Perth Concert Hall.

DECEMBER Sunday 18th                          The Aus-Brit Christmas party   members and friends are invited to come and partake of some Christmas cheer at the Victoria League Rooms 276 Onslow Rd., Shenton Park at 12 noon. There will be a 3 course traditional lunch and musical entertainment.  Telephone Joy 9349 1354 to reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by 1st Dec. Send no money – pay on the day $40.                           Bells a-ringing and folks a-singing so wear your party dress.

 

FlagsHomeThe President and Committee extend best wishes to all members and their families for Yuletide. 

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NOVEMBER                                                       The British Film Festival at the Windsor Cinema Nedlands.  ROOM AT THE TOP (1959), HIGHLANDER (1986), THE MAN WHO FELL FROM EARTH (1976), SID AND NANCY (1986), and box office heroes CARRY ON CAMPING (1969) and CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER (1968).  Telephone the Windsor Cinema direct  9386 3554 to book.

NOVEMBER – Tuesday 1st    SORRY- TICKETS SOLD OUT                   The Race that stops the nation -Melbourne Cup.  If you haven’t already booked your date for the Melbourne Cup, come and join members and friends at the RAAFA Bull Creek for lunch and race and fun. Tickets selling fast so contact Kevan or Evelyn right away 9349 5043 to reserve a ticket

NOVEMBER  – Sunday 6th                         Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm. Come and spend a casual Sunday afternoon with friends on the first Sunday of each month at the Moon & Sixpence Traditional British Pub, 300 Murray St Perth. Only a hop, skip and jump up Murray St from the Central Station Underground. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

NOVEMBER – Sunday 6th                                                    An afternoon of nostalgia with Justin Freind. Join members and friends at 2.30pm at the Old Mill Theatre South Perth. to enjoy the “Hits of the War Years” . Tickets $15 includes afternoon tea.  Contact Justin 0408 855 458 to reserve a ticket or book direct www.trybooking.com/KNQQ.

NOVEMBER – Friday 11                                                            Armistice Day Act of Commemoration special service at St George’s Cathedral Perth Western Australia at 10.30am by the Villers-Bretonneux Cross. Check website for details www.perthcathedral.org

NOVEMBER – Sunday 13th             Combined Ex-Services Federation  A service of commemoration and thanksgiving at 12.30pm for all who have served in the United Kingdom defense services. There will also be a special Remembrance Service at 5pm.  Check website for details: www.perthcathedral.org

NOVEMBER – Sunday 20th                    Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it and in good company.  Cost $35 Reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by calling Joy:  9349 1354

NOVEMBER Sunday 27th                                          Advent Carol Service   at St George’s Cathedral Perth at 7.30pm.  Music includes excerpts from Messiah (Handel) and works by Gibbons, Weelkes, and others.

 

 

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OCTOBER – Sunday 2nd                                                         Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm. Come and spend a casual Sunday afternoon with friends on the first Sunday of each month at the Moon & Sixpence Traditional British Pub, 300 Murray St Perth. Only a hop, skip and jump up Murray St from the Central Station Underground. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

OCTOBER – Sunday 16th                                                   The Victoria League Rooms 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park. A traditional roast dinner at 12 o’clock. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it accompanied by convivial conversation. Cost $35 pay on the day.  To reserve your seat contact Joy: 9349 1354

OCTOBER – Sunday 16th                                              Government House Open Day Members and friends are invited to visit Government House on Sunday 16th October between 11am and 3pm.  Entry is free. You will have the opportunity to tour through the rooms and gardens.  You may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy seated on the lawns or purchase refreshments that are on offer. No booking required.

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SEPTEMBER – Sunday 4th  and  OCTOBER 2nd                 Cheers, Chips and Chat get-together in a private area of the venue from 2pm at the Moon & Sixpence 300 Murray St, Perth. Come and go as you please, casual, no entry fee as food and drinks are at your own cost. Contact: Kevan: 9349 5043.

SEPTEMBERSaturday 10th and Sunday 11th  Live Broadcast from London – “Richard ІІІ”  to be shown at the Windsor Cinema, Nedlands at 1.00 pm. Book direct.

SEPTEMBER – Thursday 22nd                                                    The Karrakatta Club      4 Sherwood Court, Perth. 11.30am to 2.00pm. An elegant historic venue and a classic roast dinner is the perfect setting for our special guest. We are delighted to announce that Justin Freind, one of Australia’s leading Gilbert and Sullivan performers will be the special guest speaker/singer at the Karrakatta Club on Thurs 22nd Aug . Justin enjoys performing from Baroque to Broadway which are featured in his Sunday Serenade Concerts at the Old Mill Theatre. Coffee/tea will be served and a cash bar is available.  For further information contact Bevan: 9313 8471.

SEPTEMBER – Sunday 25th          The Victoria League Rooms 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park. A traditional roast dinner at 12 o’clock. The room has traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it accompanied by convivial conversation. Cost $35 pay on the day.  To reserve your seat contact Joy: 9349 1354

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Come and meet members at the regular Cheers, Chips and Chat at the British Pub the Moon & Sixpence from 2pm on the 1st Sunday of each month.                                 Contact Kevan: 9349 5043     - or

Come to a traditional roast dinner at 12 o’clock at the Victoria League Rooms on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  To book, contact Joy: 9349 1354.

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AUGUST – Saturday 6th                       Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 10.30am at the Victoria League Rooms 276 Onslow Rd., Shenton Park.  For further information contact Hon Sec Joy: 9349 1354

AUGUST – Sunday 21st                         Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park. The room is traditional British decor, the meal is as you like it and in good company.  Reserve your seat by tel or txt Katie: 0417 933 947  Cost $35

AUGUST – Tuesday 30th                      The British Pension      Members and friends are invited to have a “Conversation with Mike Goodall” the foremost authority on British Pensions in Western Australia.  Mike has a regular column in the Have-a-Go community newspaper on the subject. Come to the Victoria League Rooms 276 Onslow Street Shenton Park on Tues 30th at 10.30am  to hear his perspective on Brexit and your Pension. Cost $20  For bookings contact Joy: 9349 1354

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JULY – Saturday 2nd                        St George’s Cathedral  at 10.30am there will be a celebration of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for all those who have served in the Royal Western Australian Regiment and the Volunteer Infantry Units of this Colony since 1861.

JULY – Sunday 3rd                              Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm. Come and spend a casual Sunday afternoon with friends on the first Sunday of each month at the Moon & Sixpence Traditional British Pub, 300 Murray St Perth. Only a hop, skip and jump up Murray St from the Central Station Underground. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

JULY – Sunday 3rd                             Men of St George’s Cathedral Choir will sing plainsong at the 5pm Evensong Service to honour the Aboriginal West Australians killed in The Somme.  This service is part of NAIDOC Week.

JULY – Saturday 9th                           Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) Final Public Speaking Competition for senior school students.  The Finals will be held from 1pm at the Victoria League Rooms cnr King & Onslow Sts. Shenton Park. All welcome.  Refreshments served. For further information contact Veronica: 9479 7564

JULY – Sunday 17th                              Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner at the Victoria League Rooms, Cnr King & Onslow Sts., Shenton Park. The ambience and company are great and the meal is as you like it.  Reserve your seat by tel or txt Katie: 0417 933 947

JULY – Saturday 23rd                           Morning Tea with the Minister for Education, Hon Peter Collier MLC at the Royal Perth Gold Club Labouchere rd., South Perth. The Minister will present the State Winner of the Plain English Speaking with the PESA Shield and a trophy to the 2nd Place Winner.  The Winner will go to Sydney to compete in the National PESA Finals and if successful will travel to London to participate in the International Plain English Speaking Competition.  10.30am to 12.30pm.  Contact Joy: 9349 1354  to book or request booking form. $20 payment by cheque or EFT.

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JUNE – Saturday 4th                          IOLANTHE presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.  Dolphin Theatre 35 Stirling Highway Crawley.  Contact 6488 2440 for more information

JUNE  – Sunday 5th                            Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm.  Come and spend a casual Sunday afternoon with friends on the first Sunday of each month at the Moon & Sixpence Traditional British Pub, 300 Murray St Perth. Only a hop, skip and jump up Murray St from the Central Station Underground. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

JUNE – Saturday 11th and 18th     SEMI-FINALS PESA (Plain English Speaking Award)   The Plain English Speaking Award is a public speaking competition for students aged between 15 to 18 years. The Australia-Britain Society has supported the Award since it started in Victoria in 1977. Each State now holds its own Heats followed by a National Competition in alternating States. The winner of the National competition is rewarded with an expenses paid trip to the UK to compete in the International PESA competition. Participating in the competition has been recognised by thousands of students as a valuable experience. The aim of the Award is to recognise the key role of the English language as a communication link which fosters understanding between peoples around the world. For more details contact the WA PESA Coordinator: veronicahapgood@iinet.net.au or contact the President of the Australia-Britain Society WA: ACK@iinet.net.au  The State Final to be held in Perth on Saturday 9th July 2016. National Finals in August.

JUNE – Sunday 19th                   Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner    at the Victoria League Rooms, Cnr King & Onslow Sts., Shenton Park.  The ambience and company are great and the meal is as you like it.

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MAY – Sunday 1st                         Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm  spend a casual Sunday afternoon with friends on the first Sunday of each month at the Moon & Sixpence Traditional British Pub, 300 Murray St Perth.  Only a hop, skip and jump up Murray St from the Central Station Underground. Have a late lunch or just a drink in an area reserved exclusively for Aus-Brit members. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

MAY – Sunday 8th                        Farewell to Reverend Graeme Napier:  Graeme is a life member of the Australia-Britain Society.  For the past 5 years he has kept the Society informed about the many services and activities organised by the St George’s Cathedral Perth that have a distinctive British cultural background. His participation in the life of the Society will be missed when he moves to Sydney.  Members of the Society are invited to join him on 8th April for his farewell evening service and reception from 5pm.  If you plan to attend, for catering purposes please contact 9325 5868 or email info@perthcathedral.org

MAY – Sunday 15th                      Open Day at Government House.  Members are cordially invited to attend the Government House Open Day from 11am to 3pm.  Members can do self-guided house and garden tours or book for “Meet the Gardener Tour” or “Cellar Tour”.  Further infomation on www.govhouse.wa.gov.au

MAY – Sunday 15th                      SUNDAY ROAST at the VICTORIA LEAGUE ROOMS Cnr Onslow & King Sts Shenton Park at 12 noon.  A traditional Sunday dinner in a traditional setting.  Members and guests welcome.  Bookings call Katie 0417 933 947

MAY – PLAIN ENGLISH SPEAKING AWARD COMPETITION (PESA):  The Plain English Speaking Award is a public speaking competition for students aged between 15 to 18 years.  The Australia-Britain Society has supported the Award since it started in Victoria in 1977.  Each State now holds its own Heats followed by a National Competition in alternating States.  The winner of the National competition is rewarded with an expenses paid trip to the UK to compete in the International PESA competition.  Participating in the competition has been recognised by thousands of students as a valuable experience.  The aim of the Award is to recognise the key role of the English language as a communication link which fosters understanding between peoples around the world. For more details contact the WA PESA Coordinator:  veronicahapgood@iinet.net.au or contact the teacher in your school (child or grandchild’s school) to Register to participate in the Award. State Finals to be held in Perth on Saturday 9th July 2016.  National Finals in August.

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APRIL – Sunday 3rd                    Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm with friends on the first Sunday of each month. Drop into the Moon & Sixpence Pub, 300 Murray St. Perth after 2pm for a late lunch or just a drink at reasonable prices in an area reserved exclusively for ABS. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks. For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

APRIL – Sunday 10th                  Queen’s Birthday Luncheon at 12 noon   This year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second not only became the longest serving British Monarch since Queen Victoria, she has also achieved the personal goal of being 90 years of age – and still actively working.                                                                                                Four Loyal Societies of Perth have come together to organise the Queen’s Birthday Lunch and because this year it is a unique occasion they have decided to extend an invitation to people who have shared some of the “Life and Times” of her Majesty.  You may contact Kevan Barrett on 9349 5043 to request a formal invitation to be posted to you. The Celebration Luncheon will be held at the Pagoda Restaurant on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 12 noon. Her Excellency the Hon Kerry Sanderson Governor of Western Australia will be the Guest of Honour and Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO, past WA Agent General will be the Guest Speaker.

APRIL – SUNDAY 21st                   Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s birthday

APRIL  –  FRIDAY 22nd             To celebrate the life of William Shakespeare(1564-1616) and the 400th anniversary of his death on 23rd April 1616, a special event will be held at St George’s Cathedral Perth. There will be actors, singers, dancers and jesters to entertain people in the Cathedral and in the grounds there will be marketplace food to purchase from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.  Further details and tickets ($45) contact 9325 5766.

 APRIL – Saturday 23rd              St George’s Day:   St George is the Patron Saint of England.  His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the colour of the English flag and part of the British flag. St George’s emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart in the 12th century.

APRIL – Sunday 24th                 Commemoration of the Second Battle of Villiers-Bretonneux A special Evensong and Reception will be held at St George’s Cathedral to commemorate the 51st Batalion.  The Villiers-Bretonneux Cross made by the soldiers of the Batalion is housed in the Cathedral’s Soldiers’ Chapel and will have a prominent place during the service.  French wine and cheese will be served at the Reception. Members welcome.

APRIL – Monday 25th                ANZAC DAY

 

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MARCH – Sunday 8th                          Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm with friends on the first Sunday of each month.  Drop into the Moon & Sixpence Pub, 300 Murray St. Perth after 2pm for a late lunch or just a drink at reasonable prices in an area reserved exclusively for ABS. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks.  For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

MARCH –  Saturday 12th                 Oscar Wilde’s  “The Importance of Being Earnest” captured live for Cinemas from London’s Vaudeville Theatre with David Suchet (Poitot) as the formidable Lady Bracknell.  Members will meet at 10.30am at the Windsor Cinema 98 Stirling Highway Nedlands. Book direct with the Cinema: 9386 3554.  For more information contact Joy: 9349 1354

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FEBRUARY – Sunday 7th            Cheers & Chips and chat from 2pm with friends on the first Sunday of each month.  Drop into the Moon & Sixpence Pub, 300 Murray St. Perth after 2pm for a late lunch or just a drink at reasonable prices in an area reserved exclusively for ABS. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks.  For more information contact: Kevan: 9349 5043

FEBRUARY – Sunday 14th           Valentine’s Day Morning Tea at 10am     You are invited to bring your ‘sweetheart”, be it your spouse, partner, best friend, neighbour, carer, or special family member – whomever you consider to be a ‘sweetheart’ to a Valentine’s Day morning tea at the Victoria League Rooms at 10am. A guest speaker will tell the story behind Valentine’s Day and there will be a brief talk about the establishment of The Victoria League.  Why not treat your ‘sweetheart’ to morning tea as a thank you by buying their ticket to the event as well as your own.  For more information contact Ann:  0412 49 89 42

FEBRUARY – Sunday 21st  – Sir John Winthrop Hackett Senior KCMG (1848 –1916)

Members of the Australia-Britain Society are very welcome to join in this special 5pm Centenary Service at St George’s Cathedral Perth on Sunday 21st February 2016 in commemoration of John Winthrop Hackett (1848-1916) a Great Britton.                      All Ireland was British from 1800 right up until the 1920s. And one of the most amazing British Irishmen to come to Western Australia was John Winthrop Hackett. He is responsible for the founding of The University of Western Australia and endowing many of its scholarships, and posthumously, for the creation of St George’s College within the University. He was the first Chancellor of the University, which was the first free university in the British Empire.                                                                           The suburb of Winthrop on land once belonging to the University is named in his honour.  As owner and editor of The West Australian he advocated for responsible government for WA, free public education for children, and votes for women. As a Member of Parliament and as Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Perth he served both Church and State up to the time of his death. His leadership saw our Art Gallery, Museum, Zoo, Mint, and State Library securely founded and maintained. For further information contact Ann: ACK@iinet.net.au

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JANUARY – Sunday 24th              Burns Supper      SORRY – SOLD OUT.  NO TICKETS AVAILABLE      Members and friends of the Society are invited to attend a traditional Burns Supper being organised by St George’s Cathedral Perth to celebrate the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).  A special Choral Evensong at 5pm will be followed by a procession to Tranby Hall at 6.30pm led by a traditional piper.  Max Kay, well known Perth celebrity, will give the address to the haggis and there will be British and Australian melodies sung by professional musicians as well as community participation.

JANUARY – Tuesday 26th          Australia Day Celebration will be held at an elegant historical Perth Hotel trading since 1880 when it was known as the “Halfway House’.  It was a main coach rest stop  between Fremantle and Perth. No ticket/entry fee on the day, just pay for your own food and drinks and enjoy the ambiance, company and fun. You do not need to be a member to attend but it is an opportunity for you to meet some of the members if you are considering joining the Society.  Bookings essential for the benefit of the chef, contact Joy to reserve your seat : 9349 1354.   

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2015 Diary of Events

DECEMBER – Tuesday  22nd     Best of British Concert at the Perth Concert Hall at 7.30pm.  A nostalgic event with Max Kaye, Ian Westrip and company.  Book at the Concert Hall or through tickettek.com.au or tel:132 849.

DECEMBER – Sunday 6th   Christmas High Tea with Royal Over-seas League.    The Royal Over-seas League (ROSL) are hosting a High Tea (venue to be advised). Members of the Australia Britain Society are invited to join them for this friendly social event. For more details contact Toni Bishop at ROSL email: tonib@iinet.net.au

DECEMBER – Saturday 5th      Australia-Britain Society Festive Christmas Lunch at Miss Mauds    Join members and friends for some Christmas Cheer before the silly season starts at Miss Maud’s Restaurant 97 Murray Street, Perth.  $50 per peson.   Contact:  Yvette 9293 4729

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NOVEMBER – Wednesday 11th      Have-A-Go Day at Burswood Park    An annual event coordinated by the Dept of Recreation.  Come and visit the ABS WA tent and enjoy a day out in the park with lots to see and do from 10am.  Free entertainment.  Contact: Richard 9310 6365

NOVEMBER – Tuesday 3rd    The Melbourne Cup    Come and join members and friends at RAAFA Bull Creek Drive Bull Creek from 10.30am for Lunch, hat parade and the Big Race.  $35 per person.  Contact: Kevan 9274 7571

NOVEMBER – Sunday 1st     Cheers & Chips and chat with friends  Drop into the Moon & Sixpence Pub, 300 Murray St. Perth after 2pm and meet up with members and friends. Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks.          Please note:  there will be NO Cheers & Chips and chat in December or January.  Other activities will be offered.  Contact: Kevan 0406 601 728

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OCTOBER – Sunday 4th    Cheers & Chips and chat with friends   Drop into the Moon & Sixpence Pub, 300 Murray St. Perth after 2pm and meet up with members and friends.  Arrive and leave as you please. Buy your own drinks and bar snacks.

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SEPTEMBER – Friday 25th at 11am     Presentation and Luncheon:                                                                        “Mary & Elizabeth – Queens of the Sea”    Mr Chris Frame, a maritime historian, will present a talk on “Mary & Elizabeth – Queens of the Sea” followed by an elegant luncheon at the prestigious Karrakatta Club Perth.  Chris will give a visual presentation of the careers of these legendary ships from their impact on the British recovery from the Great Depression, their service in World War 2, their conversion to stylish tourist ships, their decline and retirement.

SEPTEMBER – Sunday 13th at 5pm    Special Service and Formal Reception at Government House           A special service at St George’s Cathedral Perth to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth becoming the longest serving British Monarch. Following the service at 6pm there will be a formal Reception at Government House by courtesy of the Governor Her Excellency The Honourable Kerry Sanderson.  Ticket required for formal Reception. Proceeds to the Royal Flying Doctor Service ($63.60).  Refer www.perthcathedral/events  VIVAT REGINA

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