Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th April 2023
After farewelling Andy late last year,
it was decided at the time that we would have a Queensland group meet to
honour him once the weather got a little cooler the following year. After a
few phone calls back and forth with a couple of members from New South Wales
to make certain dates were suitable for them we locked in Friday the 14 to
Wednesday 19 at Atkinsons Dam scout camp, a venue that could cater for our
group. We sincerely thank Michelle a scout group member who had booked the
grounds for the week for leaving early on the Friday, allowing us to have
the extended weekend.
We had a group of seventeen campers and two day visitors partake in the camp
and also a few apologies as some members would certainly have come had they
not been overseas or travelling at the time. It was good to have our New
South Wales members, Rob and Carol, Keith and Carol and George who arrived
late into the night after flying into Brisbane and hiring a camper van for
the weekend. Glad he did not get lost and found the gates that we had
decorated with fairy lights to guide the way in the dark.
Special welcome to Andy’s brother Chig and Kathryn and long time friends
Stephen and Marie who camped with the group for the duration and the visit
of Andy’s brother Bob and family for a day visit. It was certainly fantastic
to have family come and join us and we all felt Andy’s presence around us.
Everyone gathered for morning tea on the Saturday to be introduced to each
other and many stories were spoken about regarding our times and memories of
Andy and this was repeated again in the afternoon to include Bob and his
family. Carol Sanderson presented members with a homemade card to remember
Andy and coming for the weekend, a very special keepsake.
Lots of conversations, laughter, banter was happening at all camp sites
during the day, around the fires at night which made for a very relaxing
camp time at Atkinsons Dam which was also great to camp at with water for a
change, 87% full because last time we camped there it was 3%, a huge
difference. I wonder what it will be in November as we have booked in for
another meet from the 9 November.
Thank you to all.
Robyn and Lindsay
photos from Rob