Founder’s Day this year was more a “Founder’s Weekend”. Some 14 friends – OF’s and partners – journeyed up or down (depending on your perspective) to Fairbridge on the Saturday and stayed overnight in Fairbridge House. It was a great atmosphere – lovely fire glowing in the lounge room grate as the Dockers v Brisbane progressed on TV with partisan comments aplenty. Many of the Saturday stayers were escorted up to Basin Pool in the hills on Saturday afternoon via the least arduous route. Being a rainy day, they all got soaked to the skin in the heavy showers. A fabulous supper was taken in Fairbridge House dining room (through the fabulous efforts of the ladies) and after that a few beers and wines; tales, memories and laughter, flowed on into the late evening. Despite the stormy weather a group of ladies still managed a late-night torch-lit stroll around the village! Making up for the night before, it was noted that one very esteemed male OF slaved over a hot stove producing a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms and other culinary delights (oh, he did have help)! Hands up all those who want to be a part of this next year!

Norm and Pat Henshall are off to the UK next weekend and we wish them a safe and rewarding trip.

Founder’s Day had a good turn-out despite the rain. It was great to see “new” Old Fairbridgians Pat Doran (over from South Africa) with sisters Betty and Isabel Steer in the Clubhouse. The west wing of the Clubhouse (now minus the accommodation cubicles) was officially named the Belinda Barry Wing recognising her work and dedication to Fairbridge.

I hear that friend and OF Paul Boyland over in the UK is sick and we wish him all the best, and a speedy and complete recovery. It doesn’t seem like a minute since we last saw Paul but in fact it was 29th July 1990 – 19 years ago! Far too long. All the very best wishes to you, Paul.