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It is with regret to inform members of the passing of Captain (Retired) John Patrick Kelly RAAMC, QM of 8 Field Ambulance SVN 1967/68. John passed away suddenly on Thursday the 28th of July at Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane.
His funeral will be conducted at 1130 hrs Thursday 4th of August at the Church of the Little Flower on Bribie Island Qld. Those who have known John and live in the area are asked to attend his service (Medals to be worn).
John was a career soldier and much respected in both service and civilian life, he was a true Christian and a gentleman and will be remembered as such.
Condolences to his wife Patrica and family.
Vale: John (Neddy) Kelly.
8 Field Ambulance SVN 67/72
(We have 87 member registered to attend)
VARIOUS ACCOMMODATION WITHIN METUNG. Individual bookings by members.
“MEET and GREET” from 1600 hrs start until 1900 hrs – Sausage Sizzlesupplied by the RSL, (Please make a gold coin donation). Venue RSL Club – (NOTE: No credit card facilities available - Drink prices; beer $4.00 and wine $5.00 full glass).
The planned Roast Spit has been cancelled due to our numbers. Evening meal is now own choice, maybe eat out in groups at the various restaurants, cafes, hotel, and take-a-ways or maybe self-cater.
TRIP TO BUCHAN CAVES VIA TAMBO VALLEY, TRIP BACK VIA LAKES ENTRANCE
Coach Depart 0930am from outside Metung Motel (two Coaches provided).
Coach cost $ 20.00 per person - Children Free. Group Payment.
Program: Travel to Buchan via Tambo Valley approximately 1 hour trip. Tour Caves at 11.00 (optional), entrance fee own cost. Lunch at the new Buchan Hotel (burnt down in 2014) own cost.Trip back via Lake Tyers, afternoon tea at the Wheelhouse Pub.Depart for Lakes Entrance, stopping at the Look Out on the way to Metung.
Dinner is again own choice; i.e. Restaurants, cafes, hotel, take-a-ways or maybe self-cater.
Cost per person $ 20.00 per person - Children Free. Group Payment.
Depart from Main Jetty (see map) at 1330 until 1630...
Program: Board the MV SEABIRD at Metung, cruise to North Arm, Lakes Entrance fishing fleet, call in to Barrier Landing to view 90 mile beach (20 minute stop), return to Metung approximately 1630 hrs.
Note, there is no catering on board, BYO drinks are not permitted, and drinks are available at Bar Prices on board.
Dinner BBQ at Metung Yacht Club
Cost per Adult $ 20.00 children $ 10.00 Group Payment. Starting time 17.30hrs or earlier for our customary afternoon steadier.
Venue is the Upper Deck of the Yacht Club with views over Bancroft Bay. Ample room to relax, salads included BBQ will be steak, patties, sausages and chicken. Two BBQ available. Yacht Club to supply drinks at bar prices.
AGM 9.30am at Metung Yacht Club (members only).
Official Dinner Metung Yacht Club commencing 18.00hrs. Cost two courses $ 28.00 children $ 15.00. Own cost.
Dawn Service Held at the Cenotaph at the Village Green at 06.00 hrs.
Gunfire Breakfast: Held following Dawn Service at the RSL for those wishing to attend.
March: Form up at the RSL (March off 1100 hrs), it is only 150 metres downhill to the Village Green Cenotaph opposite the Hotel. A short service will be held, wreath laying etc. followed by a gathering back at the RSL.
Afternoon activities include Anzac entertainment at the Hotel, Footy - Bombers and Magpies, Horse Racing, kids can play footy on the Village Green.
Farewell Dinner: Own arrangements, Hotel, Self-Cater or a selection of Restaurants.
Note: There are several Cafes/Eateries in the village for those who want to go it alone, also a General Store that have groceries, veggies, dairy and frozen meats etc.
THURSDAY 26th: FAREWELL UNTIL NEXT YEAR
FUTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Pete & Susie Graham
firstname.lastname@example.org (Prepared by Bob Bald on behalf of our reunion Coordinators on Friday, 5 February 2018)
RETURN OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE
At our Official Dinner at Launceston Reunion 2015, John Frewen on behalf of his son Nick presented to our Association an original full size Golden Fleece. As most would remember our ‘Active Eight’ logo was penned by none other than “Flo” Boddenberg on convoy duty from Puckapunyal to “Exercise Barrawinga” Queensland in 1966.
Flo was riding ‘Shot Gun’ with Bob Bald in a MK 3 truck, and on reaching our first stop after “Pucka” was a small town in N.S.W called Narrandera where we stopped for fuel.
There was a small crowd of people gathered at this Truck Stop with TV camera’s rolling, as it turns out a national television personality called Stanley was there to open this new state of the art Golden Fleece Truck Stop. A banner was fluttering in the breeze with the words “Active 8 is Great Mate” referring to the fuel. Flo never one to be short for words, immediately seized the opportunity declaring……..Bob there is our new slogan for the unit ( later it was shortened to just Active Eight ).
Golden Fleece Petrol long gone, thought up our slogan and we through Flo Boddenbergtruly adopted it!!
Of course the name stuck and was carried right through Vietnam to this very day, affectionately referring to 8 Field Ambulance.