WA Branch Social Calendar

Friday 8th December 2017, 12 noon

Xmas luncheon at Blu Grill, 88 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands, opposite Jack Adder Lake. $50.00 per head. Complimentary glass of Champagne, choice of 3 mains, fruit cake with custard or ice cream.

Contact Secretary, Joy Ackland, at 9349 1354, by 1st December

      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 traditional Sunday roast 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 local 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.

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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.