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Wednesday 24th April 


Elizabeth from Bellfield Community Garden introduced her talk by explaining her reasons for becoming involved in Bellfield Community Gardens.  Essentially, she and her family were interested in growing their own food and getting their young family to understand and be involved in this too.  She said the process required quite a bit of trial and error although other members of the community are very keen to share their expertise.  The other aspect of the garden is the sense of community that this engenders. Elizabeth donated some seeds and a tomato plant for us to put into our new herb and vegetable patch in the Ryder-Cheshire gardens.  She has challenged us to care for and watch the new additions grow and when fully mature send her some photos of our flourishing garden. As usual a delicious afternoon tea was provided by the ladies from Alphington CWA. Out taste buds were duly tickled.

Thursday 11th April – Music Night 


Another wonderful night of music where our 8 patrons left with smiles, giggles, chit chats and much gratitude.  Our trio always bring something new to ‘the gig’, tonight there was new material, Geoff’s guitar work shone and one can never tire listening to Deb’s gorgeous voice, even Johnno stretched his vocal cords.  Plus their ‘music trivia’ were residents have to ‘name that tune’ always find one wrestling with their ‘tips of tongue’ is always fun.  Residents success rate averages, approx 90%, yay.

Thursday 11th April – Easter Raffle

Thanks to all who entered our raffle and helped to support the Ivanhoe Homes raise money for new linen. Our raffle was drawn by Mr Les Clark who is one of our valued maintenance volunteers.  Congratulations go to………



Sr Jane Gorey

Won 1st prize

A lovely handmade quilt donated from the recent Quilts, Art & Bric-A-Brac Sale & Display



Mary Mercuri – Won a $50 Ivanhoe Traders Voucher

Donna McPhee – Won a box of luxurious chocolates

Jan Stephenson – Won a beautiful handmade bear

Diana Watts – Won a Lily & Tate toiletry set

Thank you to all who donated these wonderful prizes

Thursday 28th March – Music Night


We had an attendance of 10 guests which was smaller in numbers although spirits were high.  Comments such as “great night” and “enjoyed it” were shared but it was the all-round smiles, laughter and the ‘sing-a-longs’ that were telling of how much residents enjoyed our trio.  Again ex-resident patient Mick and carer wife Deb, who were with us about 8 months ago, came to jam with our musos again, (having done so pre Xmas).  Mick with his great mop of hair had bragged this time about having to have his first cut-and what a joy it was.  Their participation in our music night is their way of saying ‘thank you’ to Ryder-Cheshire, and shows how much our residents value the music nights. Thanks again to our wonderful, talented and much valued trio for bringing us together and for sharing the healing power of community and music.

Sunday 17th March – Annual Volunteers Luncheon 

The Committee extended a warm welcome to volunteers who able to attend.  This year we were again fortunate with the weather; a superb, warm, sunny 28C˚ day!

Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch with an extra special mention given to the Portuguese Tarts!

Volunteers who were unable to attend… we look forward to seeing you next year!

Saturday 2nd March 2019 – Quilts, Art & Bric-A-Brac Sale & Display

There were quilts and paintings on display plus some for sale. Trading tables were set up with bric-a-brac, handcrafts, cards and much more. Along with a Quilt Raffle and Art Raffle.

Entry was $10 which included Afternoon Tea with all proceeds going to the Ryder-Cheshire Home in Timor Leste and the Ivanhoe Homes.

Many thanks to those involved with the day and those who attended.

Here is a link for those wishing to further support the Ryder-Cheshire Home in Timor Leste….. and

Here is a link for those wishing to further support the Ivanhoe Homes in Victoria.

Thursday 28th February – Music Night 


Music night is always so rewarding seeing the residents faces light up.  As per usual lots of laughter and lifting of spirits was experienced.  Our delightful trio never disappoint, and are a very important part of the Ryder-Cheshire family. Marty, one of our residents, ‘blew people away’ with his impromptu performance on the night.

 Monday 28th January – Australia Day Awards 2019


The Hon Jenny Macklin MP presented Sandra Findlay and Sue Kelly with Australia Day Awards in recognition of their valued contribution to the community in the Federal Electorate of Jagajaga.

…. Congratulations …

Sandra Findlay:

For her diligent book-keeping work which sees her spending long hours ensuring that the Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes Foundation Inc. can fulfill its obligations and help ease the suffering of others.

Sue Kelly:

Sue has been a reliable and invaluable volunteer at the Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes Foundation Inc. for over 20 years, exemplifying their mission statement “For the Relief of Suffering”.

24th January Music Night 


The first of our 2019 Music Nights saw the biggest attendance we have had, it was full house with 26 in attendance. It was lovely seeing our dedicated trio of musicians all geared up and excited for another year, while residents were lining up at the door! Special mention was for Michael (& Debbie Welsh) who was a patient/resident/carer  at Ryder some 7 months ago, came for the night to ‘jam’ on ‘snare drum’. He looked fabulous, fighting fit, with a great mop of hair, and having introduced him to the current residents was a great source of inspiration, faith & hope for residents. Also we were extremely pleased to  see Marty back in fine form, so much so two lady patients could not resist getting up to dance, which bought much applause, smiles & laughter all round.  So it was another successful fun night! Some residents comments: Excellent, fabulous, uplifting of spirits, brilliant & many thank you (s) with one couple who mentioned they rushed home from their dinner so they could join in on our night, is a lovely compliment.

2018 News

Tuesday 25th December, Christmas Day 2018

A big thank you to Anne  our Resident Carer who organised a feast for us on Christmas Day


Thursday 13th December


Our annual Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Homes was celebrated in style this year with many residents, committee members, staff and volunteers attending. The food was wonderful, company sparkling and enthusiastic carol singing topped it off.

This year Angie, our Office Manager, celebrated ten years of dedication to the Home.  Here is a picture of our President, Don Hamilton, presenting her with some token’s of appreciation at the Christmas party.

Friday 7th December


According to Sr Jane, morning coffee and afternoon tea programs have been running at he home for around thirty years.  All of the sandwiches and cakes are donated as are the raffle prizes.  During that time, the profits from the program, averaging $1500 annually have been donated to Ivanhoe Homes. In addition, many of the attendees at the program buy gifts from the trading table.  A morning tea as put on for the most recent refreshment contributors of the program to thank them for their wonderful sandwiches and cakes provided monthly.  From next year, the Alphington CWA will kindly be providing refreshments.

Thursday 29th November


Deb, Geoff and John entertained us with another wonderful music evening. One of our residents, Ray, accompanied them who ‘has a beautiful mesmerizing, soothing voice’, which was enjoyed by all. We are all looking forward to the trio returning in 2019.


Wednesday 28th November



The last monthly speaker scheduled for 2018 was pianist extraordinaire Dorothy Nowell  who was accompanied by an enthusiastic gathering singing Christmas Carols and getting into the festive spirit.

Tuesday 6th November 2018



One of our Resident Carers’, Anne, kindly prepared and hosted a sumptuous Melbourne Cup afternoon tea this year, including the traditional cup sweep.  The gathering was held in the community room where the race could be watched on the big screen.


October 2018

RC Merle Gilbo certificate

Merle Giblo was honoured at the October  afternoon tea with a ‘high flyer’ certificate.  Merle has been distributing flyers for the morning coffee and afternoon tea program for many years to the library and local churches.  Merle was also one of the many ladies who contributed to the refreshments for the morning coffee/afternoon tea program for many years.

Thursday 27th September 2018


Certificates of Appreciation for Deb, Geoff and John were individually presented to them by Don (our President) and Angie (our Office Manager). This trio have tirelessly supported the Ivanhoe Homes for many years now coming down each month to entertain our residents, giving them something special to look forward to.