12.6 C
Byron Shire
May 23, 2024

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

Latest News

Kinship Festival returns Saturday 25 May to Murwillumbah

The Kinship Festival – a free North Coast cultural festival led by First Nations people – will be held in Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Saturday, 25 May.

Other News

Goonellabah Skate Park overhaul to start next week

New ‘skate elements’ to be introduced have reportedly been designed by skatepark specialists Trinity Skateparks, with input from ‘local enthusiasts’.

Kinship Festival returns Saturday 25 May to Murwillumbah

The Kinship Festival – a free North Coast cultural festival led by First Nations people – will be held in Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Saturday, 25 May.

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina temporarily closed today

Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina has been temporarily closed due to a broken water main just north of Prospect Bridge.

Danny’s world

Danny Wakil would have us believe that Israel is a sweet little peace-loving ‘sister democracy’ that can do no...

Garry Simes racks up 25 finishes at Australia’s oldest ironman triathlon

Ballina Triathlon Club member Garry Simes has achieved the milestone of finishing the Port Macquarie Ironman Australia race, one...

Rally demands action over Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, a march through Byron’s streets last Saturday demanded immediate action from the Australian Labor government to stop the genocide and mass starvation of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

Connecting Generations in Bangalow. Photo Marit Schallert.

Eve Jeffery

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Organiser Ruth Winton-Brown said the event was a particularly fun day for young families to mix with all generations on the theme of pirates and treasure chests. ‘All ages joined in donning pirate scarves and eye patches and earrings, making treasure chests and pirate puppets,’ said Ruth. ‘The dads were extraordinary in their willingness to participate!’

Connecting Generations is a group of Possum Creek elders (all with Working With Children Checks) who are bringing together people of all generations to share in the joys of each generation, offering support and enriching each other’s lives.

Photo Marit Schallert.

Opportunities for young families to meet different generations

‘We run picnics in the Bangalow Parklands (near the weir) once a month to provide opportunities for young families to meet different generations either with the aim of connecting for long term mutual support or just having fun in the park. Long time resident, the talented trumpet player, John Hoffman serenades us with a wide variety of music from Bob the Builder to Miles Davis.’

Ruth said that John sounded his horn to assemble everyone, young and old to begin the hunt for jewels along the ground to lead to the treasure chest. ‘It was spilling with jewels and pearls and magical gold coins and most of all precious books where parents or older folk could read to the book the child chose.

Photo Marit Schallert.

Duck – Duck – Goose!

‘The day was topped off with a strenuous game of musical statues and Duck – Duck – Goose.

‘The most valuable result was young families making connections with and older community member for mutual support.’

Ruth said the experience of life in a multi-generational and complex community teaches us how to be human. ‘Intergenerational bonding is good for everyone.

‘We are not a babysitting service, however, in the busy lives we all lead we can offer support for a doctor’s appointment, or we can come into your home to read stories, or we can play with the children while you make dinner etcetera.’

The plan is to run these events in the Bangalow Parklands on the last Saturday of the month. For more information on the Connecting Generations group and their activities, email Ruth: [email protected].


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

St Helena Tunnel, Ewingsdale – changed overnight traffic conditions 

Essential maintenance at the St Helena Tunnel will be carried out overnight on the Pacific Motorway at Ewingsdale from Monday, 27 May.

First Nations job seekers in Casino foot in the door to career

Trying to find something you might be interested in doing is always a challenge and local Casino barber Michael Day has come on board to help Aboriginal job seekers the chance to kick start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Primary care nurses supported in community

Health services, particularly GP services, have been stretched over recent years and new funding to support nurses and build their capability as primary care...

Goonellabah Skate Park overhaul to start next week

New ‘skate elements’ to be introduced have reportedly been designed by skatepark specialists Trinity Skateparks, with input from ‘local enthusiasts’.