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Celebrating 90 years at Open Day

This Sunday, March 31, Lord Somers Camp and Power House hosted our 90th Celebration Open Day Festival, putting on a day of fun and excitement. Despite the trying wet weather conditions, the guests were entertained throughout the day, as special performances in the Terrace area from the Slush Brothers Band, Mike Bowers Blue Experience and Lil’ Airplanes had the crowd up and dancing. The Slush Brothers Band provided some smooth tunes for the audience, presenting yet another enjoyable act for the Somers community. Alternatively, the Mike Bowers Blues Experience all the way from Myrtleford, put on a show for the crowd, which was quickly followed by Lil’ Airplanes who rocked out on the mainstage. These performances led to the aisles of the Outdoor Theatre to be full of dancing kids and adults, as they the beat proved too hard to resist.

Meanwhile, throughout the day, there were many family friendly activities such as a jumping castle, face painting and crate stacking at the multi-purpose court. The highlight of these activities was witnessing the amazing work of one of the young kids who managed to elevate to 15 crates high, almost bursting through the roof of the multipurpose court! The kids swarmed around the phenomena of the jumping castle, ultimately providing them with endless excitement and fun. The Coltman Hut was also a frequently visited place, as the video and photography slideshows provided great Big Camp memories for the 2019 groupers, Slush and volunteers.

And somehow, amidst the in-climate weather, Rick and Liz Burman, along with John Lavery, facilitated tours around Lord and Lady Somers Camp, showing off the various hidden gems of the campsite. Of course, Rick Burman’s 2-hour tour ensured that every part of the campsite was explored, leaving no space undiscovered or unseen.

Ultimately, the Open Day Festival, despite the inclemency of the season and the barbarity of the weather, provided a fun and exciting day for all who attended.


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Summer Salty’s at Power House

Power House held host to the Salty Sessions who coordinated 2 amazingly talented groups, Majak Door and Velvet Bloom to play to an interment audience of 50. Salty Sessions, made up of 2 young ladies, Saacha and Tilly who after discovering the lack of live entertainment venues for up and coming artist, have set about making positive inroads for emerging musicians. Salty Sessions historically have hosted artists at family and friends back yards and homes lead their first event at Power House.

Majak Door is a toxic honeypot of Indie surf, jangle rock and dream pop nonsense, but the four-piece are quite happy to let the listeners describe it as they please.

The boys spent 2018 by releasing their debut EP ‘Weird Guy’, (which has enjoyed over 35,000 streams on Spotify), playing a barrel-load of shows, including support slots for NSW act PLANET on the Melbourne leg of their ‘Save.Sold’ single tour, as well as a juicy slot supporting SEASIDE on the Melbourne leg of their ‘Golden Girl’ single tour, fresh off their Splendour in the Glass slot.

Velvet Bloom is a Melbourne based music project – foundered by Maddy Herbert. Maddy is a story teller who uses her  jazz/ balled style vocals and soul/pop sound to bring her emotive lyrics to life.
Currently Maddy performs solo & with her live band; ‘The Vito Collective’.  The band has five members including, Anthony Rennick (bassist), Nic Morton (drummer), Alex Marko (lead guitarist), Noah Hunter-Dorsey (keys/ backing vocalist) and Shani Turner (backing vocalist).

If you missed this event at the Power House, keep an eye out as the Salty Sessions is sure to return.

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Power to the People

It is with great excitement that we bring you the good news that Lord Somers Camp and Power House has received confirmation  from the Federal Government of a $5 million grant towards our Albert Park facility redevelopment.

We have been working with the offices of Greg Hunt (Federal Minister for Health and Member for Flinders) and Kate Ashmor (Liberal Candidate for Macnamara) for quite some time now and together they visited us on Monday to break the good news of the expected $5m budget commitment.

Thank you to all of our members who have helped in developing these strong relationships with Government.  The collective impact of the ground work of many members is at the heart of our tradition and this recent good news. It was that same collaborative hard work and sharing that originally resulted in the building of our facilities at Somers and Albert Park.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Power House redevelopment would give quality assistance to people at risk, who should know they were not alone. “Our commitment will support the organisation to promote health and well-being, active participation and social and intergenerational connection,” he said.

We expect to have even more positive news regarding funding for the building redevelopment in the coming month so stay tuned.


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COI at Presentation Family Centre in Balnarring

The Community Outreach Initiative is on this weekend at the Presentation Family Centre in Balnarring, VIC.  The Presentation Family Centre provides short-term respite accommodation to families and individuals in difficult circumstances due to financial hardship, illness, distress, misfortune or intellectual disability. We can’t wait to see the work of our volunteers throughout the weekend

The Community Outreach Initiative is a volunteer led annual working bee, often described as The Block for social good. The aim is to provide coordinated assistance to organisations and communities that require a helping hand. Past projects have included painting and repairing community facilities in Montserrat and Bendigo, creating a sensory garden for a special development school and the reconstruction of fence-lines destroyed by floods in Northern Victoria.

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