Nautical artisans !

Nautical artisans !

When it comes to competing in RQYS's WAGS race each Wednesday afternoon, none of the 30-60 yachts which starts has a shipboard artist as crew(wo)man, except Ted Reye's 33' 'Colombina'.Artist and author Wendy Allen, a past president of the Half Dozen Group of Artists (with a membership of around 130), enjoys crewing on Colombina as time off from her Manly studio.

 "On Wednesday (31 July), I managed to leave my camera at home," said Wendy. That was the very day when Colombina crossed the finish line in front of 37 boats.  "I had no choice but to mark the occasion with a sketch," she said.
Your diligent Websiter has unfortunately had to crop Wendy's objet d'art to squeeze it onto this webpage, but be assured that her handiwork has been a hit not only with Colombina's crew but the wider circle of Manly yachting enthusiasts.
 Wendy is currently preparing for an exhibition covering Australia's maritime history from 1788 onwards, so the subtle details of sky, waves and boats are not lost on her weekly under sail adventures .

A winning feeling at WAGS !

A winning feeling at WAGS !

A quick recovery !

A quick recovery !

We just think that New Farm Park provides just a very accommodating venue for all that we do, twice a week. Our very well supported MISSFITS programme comes to the Park on a Monday and a Friday !  I have some great help from Nikki and Belinda who have developed quality links with all of my classes and those delightful participating mothers . Mondays and Fridays in NFP have taken on  new dimensions in the areas of our programme intensity and the anticipated good outcomes. The Babes in Arms programme, in NFP, is something quite unique and special.

Jugger League

Jugger League

Now, here is a strange one. To a first time observer, the Jugger League is an intimidating experience. Outfitted and protected in a variety of garbs, swishing and looking very threatening with some odd looking instruments, (especially the game timer), these players are very serious in the way they approach their sport. They are seen in the Park on a regular basis, and attract big crowds.

www.jugger.org.au

New Farm United Soccer Club

New Farm United Soccer Club

New Farm United Soccer Club also enjoys a presence in the Park utilizing the spectacular playing facilities that the Park provides. United have been involved in the Park for a very long time and they compete in the many divisions of the local Soccer Competitions held in Brisbane. Vocal  and loyal spectator involvement usually  makes for a spicy afternoon’s entertainment. Opposition teams really enjoy coming to the Park. Half time lemons under a spreading Jacaranda is just the tonic. It is genuinely village soccer at its very best.

www.newfarmunitedfc.com.au

New Farm United Junior Soccer Club

New Farm United Junior Soccer Club

The 2009 Season has kicked off with the Club’s best ever player numbers, filling 26 Teams. More than 240 players have registered for this Season’s fixtures, in teams ranging from  ages under  6 to under 16 . All training sessions are carried out in the Park during Monday to Thursday afternoons. These sessions, like the Saturday fixtures, are well supported by parents and friends alike. Soccer in New Farm has never looked so robust and healthy.

www.newfarmsoccer.com.au

Merthy Bowls Club

Merthy Bowls Club

The Merthyr bowls Club enjoys a very well deserved reputation as one of the premier places to visit in the whole of New Farm. Blessed with a river view that still draws oohs and aahs from all visitors, the Club provides a strong community base for both local residents and a buzz for people  from other parts. The Bowls facilities, traditional and barefoot are good, but more than matched by the conviviality that a session at this place can bring.

www.merthyrbowlsclub.com.au

 

Living Chi

Living Chi

The sight of a large group of earnest people involved in the tai chi classes held in the Park is the source of much wonderment for casual observers. Rod Ferguson conducts his regular weekly classes in the tranquility of the Park, and those who make the early morning effort to participate are clearly the better for it. Rod is the Convenor of the activity with classes also held in other Brisbane Parks. Full details are available on their Site - www.livingchi.com.au

Sports & RecreationSports & Recreation

Convenor and Editor - Kate Beeley

Sports & Recreation

New Farm Park plays host  to a wide and varied array of recreational activities.

For a little while now, we'll hand over this section of the site to our nearby friends at the MERTHYR CROQUET CLUB and our dear friend, Santina Musumeci. As you'll find out below, the Club has played an important part of the NFP logistics for a very long time. This is a very good story.

The Merthyr Croquet Club was founded in 1908, the same year as the New Farm Bowls Club. Both clubs were established on a parcel of land at the bottom end of Brunswick Street, opposite the present New Farm Park. 

 By the late 1800's the section of the New Farm peninsular that is still called Merthyr, was the cultural and social hub of Brisbane's colonial life. The Croquet Club honours Sir Samuel Griffith taking its name from his family estate that he called Merthyr. Sir Samuel often referred to as the 'father of Australia's Constitution' had in 1871 been elected a Member of Queensland's Legislative Assembly, and later to the vice regal office of Lieutenant Governor of Queensland. On two occasions Sir Samuel held the position of Premier of Queensland. He was the State's first Chief Justice of the High Court.   
 
The early 1800's had seen the low-lying swamp land at the bottom of Brunswick Street, bordered by Sydney Street, filled using convict labour and, on the site, a racetrack was built. The location remained a favourite gambling haunt of the male members of the colonial community until the track was removed in 1913 along with the dense scrub growing in its centre. This decision made way for a recreational park for the citizens of Brisbane and was named New Farm Park.
 
The Merthyr Croquet Club moved to its current site within New Farm Park in 1923 and in so doing helped to establish the Park's reputation as a fashionable retreat suitable for the entire family. The Park soon offered Brisbane's residents not only the elegant sport of croquet, but also a intricately designed garden with over 18,000 rose bushes, an array of shade trees, as well as a choice of basketball, football and cricket facilities. Visitors enjoyed refreshments in the period teahouse and attended regular musical concerts and recitals at the rotunda. 
 
The 102-year-old Merthyr Croquet Club sits within this superb setting on the Brisbane River.

 

Sports & Recreation

Unfortunately in 1952 disaster struck when its original clubhouse was destroyed by fire. It was only through the unstoppable efforts of member Em Cornelius and the support of her builder-husband that the current clubhouse was reinstated. During the devastating flood of 1974, along with much of New Farm, tragedy struck again when this clubhouse was flooded and as a consequence the club lost most of its records and many other irreplaceable treasures.

 The Club has hosted Queensland State and Interstate Croquet Championships, and was the chosen venue for several test matches between England, New Zealand and Australia. One of Queensland oldest institutions, the Merthyr Croquet Club is highly respected by the sport's fraternity. 
 
In 2002 the Brisbane City Council resumed two of the club's croquet courts to establish new neighbouring tennis facilities. Although the club's grounds were reduced in size, the remaining courts are utilised all year round by a growing membership, guests and visitors. 
 
The Merthyr Croquet Club is a hidden gem within New Farm Park. So often this unique piece of Brisbane and New Farm's history is overlooked. Sadly the Croquet Club remains virtually unknown to many of the area's new residents and to the thousands of park visitors because in recent times it has been partially hidden behind the temporary coffee van.   
 
Local residents and visitors to New Farm Park are welcome to visit the club, and if they choose join in and try their hand playing this seemingly gentle sport. It is game that is challenging to the strategic minded player.  
 
The Club is extremely popular for private parties and functions.   It offers social and corporate events organisers a private, tranquil setting with a unique old world charm, within close proximity to the CBD. A bonus is the born out of necessity MissFit developed Baby Boot Camp to balance the fitness needs of new mums who have a club's own car park, with Brisbane City Council buses and the Citycat terminal, all within easy walking distance.
 
New Farm Park has something for everyone, it is full of surprises ! 
 
Sports & Recreation

  

One of my favourite Sunday afternoon activities is watching the “kite man”, who after some serious preparation, pulls and strains against his wind filled “toy”, making the thing  almost talk. Michael has a great relationship with his kite, juggling his activities between footballers, joggers, picnicers and even photographers.  (note  the St. Kilda jumper colours of the kite).

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