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WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING
CHRISTMAS PARTIES AT OAKS ESTATE
To the strains of Jinge Bells from 130 very excited children Santa Claus arrived at a fancy dress party at the Oaks Estate on Saturday night. It was the first large function held in the hall, formerly a 2STC hut. Mr J Fields, a retired builder who has spent a great deal of time in the erection of the hall was
among the 50 adults at the party. Enthusiastic members of the Oaks Estate Progress Associa- tion decorated the hall with col-
oured streamers, balloons and a
huge Christmas tree. Mr. F.
Quinane and Mr. W. I. Byrne opened the function. After the grand parade, Father Christmas gave presents to each child. The tables were turned when the president of the association, Mr B. Tongs, presented a gift to Santa Claus. Games, Christmas carols, dancing and supper fol- lowed. Twelve-year-old Dawn Hamilton, who lives on the es- tate, helped her patents make 87 paper caps for the party.
GUESTS IN HAPPY MOOD AT SERVICE PARTY
AMONG THE GUESTS,at the R.A.A.F, Offi cers' Moss Christmas Party on Saturday night were (left to right): Mr. ' and Mrs. C. R. Lam bert, Mrs. J. Tippetts, F/O J. Tippetss, Mrs. L. R. Thompson, F/O L. R. Thompson. F/O Tippetts and F/Ó Thompson are members
of the active reserve.;
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT* COTTER i
Aneitfeer seasonal function on Saturday night was a Chrisiuiab .¿inner at the Cotter Kiosk, held I by the A.C.T, Employers' Asso-
ciation and the Chambe« of Com I mercé. About 70 attended. B.S.L. AUXILIARY FET13 RAISES £100
Realistic roses, alters an'l other paper flowers filled a pop- ular stall at the R.S.L. Women's Auxiliary annual fete at-Ainslie Hall on Saturday afternoon., Mrs G. Genders, of Ainslie, ''turned her hobby to profitable account when she made more than112 dofcén flowers, most of which
were sohl. .(>
The fete cleared £100, which will tie used to buy comforts for R.S.L/ members in hospital and distressed families. At the offi- cial opening, the High Commis- sioner for Ceylon, Mr. J. Aub- rey Martensz, congratulated the auxiliary on its efforts, particu- larly its weekly hospital visits, which he described as outstand- ing. The Canberra-City "Band played outside the hall during the afternoon. No one guessed "Mary Anne," the mime chosen by Mr. Martensz for a doll naming competition, so,a name was "drawn out of a'hat. Mrs. P. Webb was the winner of the doll. Other competitions result- ed:-Bassinet, Mrs. Holey; Xmas cake, Beverley Parker; Dutch doll,'Lorraine1 Abigail; bed lamp, Mrs. Buckley. . '
TRADITIONAL YULETIDE TABÏiE DECORATIONS
fled candles and holly decor- ated the supper table at the Christmas paity of St. PatricK'f. branch of the Canberra Catho- lic Women's Association on Wed- nesday night. One hundred mem- bers and their friends attenJed the party at the Hotel Canberra. The president,'Mis. C. Lancaster, made a large Christmas cake foi, supper. A short, humorous play, '"iioliday Camp," written a"na produced' by Mrs. P. Purcell, wai presented. ' '
Christmas carols sung by a small group ofs chonstsis undei the direction of Mrs. P. Ryan concluded tha programme.
ABSENT M.1VS VOICE WILL BE HEARD AT PARTY
So that tradition would not be broken, Mr. J. R. Fraser, M.JP" has recorded two songs and a brief ¡Christmas message foi members of the Thursday Club next week. Since its incep'.ion, Mr, Fraser has sung at every Christmas party and piovidcd a large i Christmas cake. "Next week he will be ' engaged in the Gwydir campaign) but has not forgotten his friends at the club. The recording will be played at the annual Christmas party ol the Thursday Cub on December' 17. Then Mr. Fraser's gift cake will be eaten.'
LEGACY WARDS AND
WIDOWS REMEMBERED AT XMAS
The year's activities of the Le- gacy Club Women's Auxil'aiy ,were brought to a close when the president, Mrs. E. Solly, en- tertained members at a party at
her Braddon home. Mrs. C
| Allen, of Forrest, won a prize
for a guessing competition, when ' each guest represented a book. Legacy has sent 106 parcels to widows of - - Servicemen and Christmas gifts are being given -to-itU, hegney warris.
CLUB DONATES CABARET PROCEEDS TO SPASTIC»
The Snast'c Centre Council
will bcnclit by about £10 from a cabaret dance held by ihe Work- men's Cub on '1'huiSi.ay night. Mt mbcio of the council were
->.mong ;the 60 persons -who at
'.cnueu. Tac connel >s conduct-
ing a raffle for a Christmas ham, to be drawn on December IT. TWO PARTIES HELD 1$¿ CAftiVN Ii.b.L.
An illuminated Christmas tree' was the highlight of decorations in the ,°;a'ly decked Lady Gowrie Hall at Manuka on Saturday. The occasion was the Barton R.S.L. sub-branch annual child-
ren's party. In addition to re- ceiving sweets, soft drinks, bal- loons and ice-cream, eacli of the 180 children present was Intro- duced to Santa Clau3 and receiv- ed a gift from the committee. At night more than 100 members and their wives attended a cab- aret dance In the hall.
CHRISTMAS PARTY AT R.A.A.F.* STATION
i,. With efficiency typicai of the R.A.A.F., a green light, indicat-
ing when dancing was In pro
.gxess In tlie ballroom, flashed in 'the lounge at a party at the
R.A.A.F. Officers' Mess on Satur- day night. Fit. Lt. and Mrs. G. 'Hendy received 150 guests on behalf of the Officer Command- ing, Wing Commander K. S. Hennock, who was a late arrival after attending the Holmes wed- ding. Lt. Col. C. A. E. .Fraser, from Duntroon, and Commander Ashley Brown from H.M.A.S. Harman, - officially represented the other Services. . The major- ity of the . men were in dress uniforms or mess jackets. They included a number of reserve officers. There were fairy lights and Chistmas trees in tubs out- side the mess" and a gaily-dress- ed tree stood in the entrance hall. Brightly coloured stream- ers and. balloons to be realeased at midnight decorated the ceil- ing of the ballroom. Sister Or 3III and Section Officer Donovan enlisted the aid of R.A.A.F. per- sonnel for the decorations. A children's Christmas party will br held at the station ou Friday
NOMADS ROAST PIG IN, APT-PUIMITIVE STYLE '
The .Nomads Convention for ?December took the form of a barbecue and Christmas pwrty ,at the Murrumbidgee River last night. Many visitors wore pres- sent " and the' guest of honour ?was a -monster pig, which was cooked in the open. "Future.ac- tivities, ,. for. ithe club include, a visit . to Young over Christmas week, where members will bo 'guests of, Mrn O'Dea, the well known grazier. The Nomads Is a social club, comprised/ mainly of persons living at Acton Guest '-louse and Mulwala House. It took its name from the widely scattered homelands of its mem- bers.
BUSHWALKERS VISIT GIBRALTAR FALLS
. The Bushwalkers' " Sunday walks are continuing with un- abated popularity. Last . week- end 23 persons went to Gibraltar Falls on Gibraltar Creek at Tid- binbilla. ?»iMr. Keith Green, of ."Rock Valley," Tidbinbilla, led the party to the falls, which, are hidden in the ranges behind Gib t al tar Peak, and arc rather dif- ficult to locale. The walkers had lunch at the foot of the falls, which had a good flow of water coming over in spite of the dry weather. The parly followed the line of the creek down for some distance and then crossed iback over the' ranges slightly south of Gibraltar Peak, returning to "Rock » Valley." .The day was competed by a swim and barbe- cue tea at the Murrumbidgee Stands on the way liomc.
WELFARE COMMITTEE AIDS NEEDY PENSIONERS
,, A committee formed five months ugo to relieve the dis- tress of old people in the A.C.T. hau d.stributed firewood and clothing to the value of £65 since its inception. It is the Aged Pensioners' Welfare Commiuee, which has raised the money by street collections. At its last meeting it considered appeals Crnii-" Ave npnsioners. Four were
supplied with two-ton loads of wood, and the fifth was given 'three bags of coko. , ,,
.MERRIE ENGLAND," CAST CHOSEN
The principal Lojoists for tha Ph lharmon'c Society's produc- tion of "Meirrlo England" have been announced. They include many who were featured in the eccnt "Arcadians " The follow-
ing have been chosen by the casting comnrttee: Betty Purn J'l, June Weatherley Margaret
Pricker, Gooree Shaw, Stan A-t- ' lîinson, Hec McMillan', Tem Hall,
<Oavid r Venables, Colin . Telfer, I Ron Wright, Eob Donaldson,
Chan belingham, Basil Pcnney.l Albert Hill, Betty. Atkinson and I Robert Robson. Lois Belling- ham, the producer; hopes "Mer- rie England" will be staged late in March or early in April. -The final practice for -the . y.?ai\will be held on Thusday night. Re- cently the sccety held a social
to bid farewell to Miss Gwyne I Neville, who had a leading - role |
in "The Arcadians." MiS3 Nev- ille has moved ,to Sydney.
GIFTS FOR OLD PEOPLE
FROM YOUNG CONTINGENT
Coloured lights decorated the garden of Miss Jean Sheaffe's home at Forrest for the Victoria
League Young Contingent's Chrjptmas party on f Saturday night. Documentary films were shown out of doors, and guests danced on the lawns to recorded music. As often happens,-com- mittee members who preparsd and served a four-course, supper to the 100 guests were almost too busy to participate in the fun. Each person brought tinn- ed foods, nuts, dried fruit and other delicacies to be presented to the old folk .at the'Thursday Club this week. Members of the Young- Contingent and their friends will hold a tennis party at the Manuka Association courts to-morrow niglit. '
350 EXPECTED AT W.V.S. CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Women's Voluntary Ser- vices have decided.on an Oriental flavour for. its Christmas'party at the Hotel Canberra this after- noon. Tile wife of the Minibtcr
for China, Madami^ Chen Tai Chu, will be the guest of honour and speaker. Lord Lindsay of Birker will play recorded Chin- ese and ¡Japanese music on a radiogram, outlining the charac- teristics of each p'ecc. Other members of the diplomatic corps have prom'sed to attend. The festive touch will be provided by Miss Myra Law with the,' singing "of Christmas carols.
Last year the W.V.S. gave 20 Christmas cakes and puddings to needy pensioners, and will do the 'same this year. Activity! during the last month has been'
directed towards the distribution of gauze dressings and lint to' sick pensioners. A W.V.S. mem-j bei-, a nurse, is now looking after sick pensioners in the Narrabun-I dah district. Next year it is. hoped to have a nurse ^ in each; suburb available to provide any' care needed by the pens'oners, supplementary to the District Nursing Service. ,
WIDE VAIUETY OF FILMS FOR CENTIÎE
The activities of the Film1 Centre are nearing an end for this year with the screening of, the December programmes. Last Wednesday an interesting pro-' gramme of Ind'an and Japan- ese films was screened,. include ing "Kimono," "Japanese New Year," "Our Neighbour Nepal," "Rajasthan Mcwar," "The Iron Horse," "Our Lady Nicotine" and "Rustic Delights." To-mor- row the Scientific Division will screen a programme of scientific films which" always have a-'wide appeal. Finally, as a ¡gesture icr the children of members and their friends, a special hour's programme will , be presented next Friday night, from seven o'clock. The films will include "Trouble in Toy Town," "Adven- tures of Bunny Rabbit," "Arc- tic Cog Team," "Richard Takes a Train Ride" and "Venturing Puppies." For the remainder of the financial year it is hoped to show a wide variety of films, as has been the practice in the first half. Some of the programmes will include a Continental film
"Orphee" or "Les Amants de Vérone," documentary films of
Tsrn'cl hnrt a ¡feature film, i 1