Friends Activities

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The last drop...

Thank you for being in touch! After 14 weeks of catching up from our homes, we will be taking a break from our Friends cuppa sessions. When the lockdown started, a weekly Zoom catch-up was a chance to exchange views on how the pandemic was affecting people in rural areas and to support each other. Over the weeks we’ve discussed many issues, from chickens and snakes, to reconciliation and the... read more

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Coming out of COVID...

CuppaFolk: Ans Van Erp, Qld; Wendy Downs, NSW; Sue Wade, NSW; Josh Arnold, Qld; Chris Moorhouse, Tas; Martin Butler, Vic; Janine Turnbull, NSW; Adrian Schoo, Vic; Leanne Coleman, NSW; Irene Mills, WA; Gordon Gregory , ACT.

Ans van Erp welcomed everyone and acknowledged traditional owners, past, present and emerging. It's Carers Week in the UK and Ans paid her respects... read more

Josh Arnold

It's here—the 'Build 'em up!' video!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this fantastic muscial collaboration brought to you by Small Town Culture and Friends of the Alliance. We received so many inspiring lyrics, ideas, photos and videos from people all around Australia that capture... read more

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‘In this together’ and the importance of local media and sport

Rachel Yates welcomed everyone and acknowledged the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of Country where the Alliance is situated, and also acknowledged the traditional owners of other lands around the country.

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Monica Glenn OAM - an inspiration to us all, including during COVID-19

Friends of the Alliance first got to know Monica from Dondingalong, NSW a few years ago when she attended the 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra.  We have kept in touch and were so delighted to see her again at the 15th National Rural Health... read more

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Bandy Bandy Snake. Photo Will Brown

Snakes: "harmless and cute - but not on the verandah"

Gathered around the billy this week were Wendy Downs, Lily Sher, Lynne Strathie, Linda Beaver, Adrian Shoo, Gordon Gregory, Rachel Yates, Felecity Gemmell-Smith, Renee Strazzari, Sue Pagura and Janine Turnbull.

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Friends valuing rural and remote nurses!

Felicity Gemmell-Smith, from GPSynergy, welcomed everyone to the cuppa session on 15 May 2020. Felicity has a nursing background and acknowledged that 12 May 2020 was International Day of Nursing, and 2020 the... read more

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Bad habits, gratitude, orchids and Jimmy Possum chairs

We are well into 7 weeks working from home and this was our fifth Friends cuppa session. This week’s conversation focussed on gratitude, bad habits, orchids and the history of the Jimmy Possum chair.

Lynne Strathie, sitting in front of beautiful orchids from her garden and a photograph of her family in time for Mothers’ Day this weekend, exchanged orchid tips (digital... read more

Supporting the arts in the lead up to Reconciliation Week 2020 during COVID-19

This is the end of the sixth week working from home and the fourth Friends cuppa session.

This week’s discussions focussed on the weather, COVID-18, supporting the arts and Reconciliation Week 2020 -
“The theme of National Reconciliation... read more

Josh Arnold

Launch of ‘Build ‘em up!’

Thank you to everyone who contributed inspiring lyrics and ideas that have resulted in the launch of this musical collaboration between Friends of the Alliance and Small Town Culture.

Josh Arnold has collated contributions and we are very pleased to launch ‘Build ‘em up... read more