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Back to Tea Gardens Hawks Nest

The Back to Tea Gardens Hawks Nest weekend has been 3 years in the making. It started when ex residents and school mates Robbie Hughes and I reconnected through Facebook.  We decided that it might be nice to catch up with a few more friends so we started a Facebook page of our own and called it “Back to Tea Gardens Hawks Nest”.

We started adding people from our friends list and they did the same. We now have a base of 450 people. Some have left the page but there are always new people wanting to join in. Photographs and stories have been added to the page along the way and makes for interesting reading.  We reminisced for a while about old school friends, 3 digit phone numbers, the punt, the bridge opening the many festivals and parades we had seen. How so much has changed.

We thought a get together might be fun so we started planning. We got help along the way from our Facebook team Allan Tennyson, Kathy (Winn) Hammond, Karen (Murray) Markham, Kelly (Kehane) Pietsch and more recently Christian Patteson. Jan (Motum) Winn and my parents Carolyn (Legge) & Max Burrows have also been really helpful with photographs, addresses, suggestions and moral support. 

An "invitation" list was drawn up involving our Facebook page, email contacts and a mailing list. Around 600 invitations were sent. The criteria was that you must have lived in Tea Gardens Hawks Nest area between 1950 and 1985 and be born before 1974. While we tried to contact as many as we could, there will be some who missed out and we do apologise.

Please don't feel like you have been snubbed - it is more an over site or a case of we couldn't find you. If you are interested in attending, please contact me (details below).

The Reunion” is on the 10th and 11th of June 2017. It is a get together for people that lived (or still live) in the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest area between 1950 and 1985. It is NOT a school reunion. Anyone who lived here during that 35 year time frame is most welcome. You don't have to have left. It will be a great opportunity for long-time residents to reacquaint with people that did leave the area.

The weekend will start from 10am. A meet and greet has been organised for  the Hawks Nest Community Hall where you can have a cuppa & catch up with old friends and acquaintances. A gold coin donation would be appreciated to help cover our costs.  There will be old photos and memorabilia on display. There will also be a selection of local, historic books available to purchase at the hall on Saturday and the Surf Club on Sunday morning.  The Lions Club will have a BBQ lunch available to purchase in their marquee in the park.

 If you were born before 1974, Saturday continues with nibbles & a 2 course Spit Roast dinner followed by entertainment. Bookings and PRE - PAYMENT are ESSENTIAL for this event for catering purposes and numbers are strictly limited. Bookings close 31st May and NO MORE will be taken after this date. For more information re: cost and how to pay, contact Anne-Marie  on 4997 8125 or email  Sunday morning we continue with the Surf Club offering a BBQ breakfast for purchase from 8.30am at the Hawks Nest Surf Club. 

We hope that this event  is beneficial to the businesses in town. I wrote to the local Chamber of Commerce to let them know what we had planned. I know that people have booked accommodation and I am sure some people will branch off and go to one of the many lovely cafés and restaurants  of Tea Gardens Hawks Nest.

While essentially this is not a fund raiser it will hopefully give the Lions and Surf Clubs a little boost. Any other  funds raised after expenses will be given to Tea Gardens Public School.  We hope to have lots of stories and photos to share of a great weekend of “being home” again – even if  for a short time.

Anne-Marie Barry ( Burrows).

Waiting for the Ferry - before the bridge was built