Free Come and Try Nordic Sports Day

Nordic Sports Australia is having a Nordic sports day where anyone can come along and try various Nordic sports for free and find out more about available courses in Perth. Activities will be held at two venues in South Perth on Saturday 9 May between 11am and 2pm:

  • Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth
  • Scented Gardens, South Perth Esplanade

Nordic Sports Australia is Perth’s largest Nordic walking business with four weekly walks Perth-wide. They also offer roller ski and cross skating courses and tours. Many of their regular walkers are from Scandinavian or European  backgrounds and they look forward to connecting with more like-minded people in WA. Some of their walks are free Heart Foundation walking groups and they also offer a weekly Seniors specific walk in East Perth.

For more information regarding venue and meeting times, please check out www.nordicsportsaustralia.com.au or contact Hannes on 0411 551 132 or by email: nordicsportsaustralia@gmail.com

Nordic House News

  • Anni Summertonsix has contacted the Association looking for some
    friends she lost contact with many years ago.

    Ditte (Edith) Larsen, her husband Harry and children Edward, Ove, Inger, Tony, Mugh younger, Ulla and Merete used to live in South Australia, but Anni lost contact with them in 1973. She has tried  everywhere to find them.

    If the Larsens have been members of our Association or anyone knows of them, would you please contact Anni direct by email to annigsummerton@gmail.com or let the SCANPOST editor know at nawilson@cygnus.uwa.edu.au

  • The Over 50s Lunch will be held on 8 May at Nordic House at 12 noon. It will again be Bring a Plate format, but this time, please bring a Norwegian dish to celebrate the coming national day. Cost for lunch will be $12 if you bring some food and $20 if you don’t. Please book with Nina Herrero on 9245 8768, 0414 109 939 or by email to ninahkimba@gmail.com Any donations for the raffle will be greatly appreciated.

From the Committee

viking-shipAbout 25 people enjoyed a dinner with a difference on 28 March at Nordic House.  Instead of our usual barbecue, we had some delightful smørrebrød, made by the Danish Butcher in Rockingham. The open sandwiches were very tasty and there was a great choice of toppings, both hot and cold, salmon, liver paste, roast beef, egg and prawns, egg and caviar, roast pork, fish fillets and hakkebøf. It was good trying something different and we hope that the butcher will continue to make the smørrebrød available for another time in the future.

Now we look forward to our next Over 50s Lunch on Friday 8 May at Nordic House at noon. Please come along and join us – details will be published on the Coming Events page, but do book with Nina to let her know if you are coming and what you are bringing. As this lunch is close to the Norwegian National Day on 12 May, we will take the opportunity to decorate Nordic House for that day.

You may notice that a few maintenance jobs have been attended to around Nordic House: a tree which contained termites at the front of the house has been removed, stump grinding removed two old tree stumps and a broken window has been replaced. Some electrical work has also been carried out with the installation of a new electrical switchboard, two safety switches, a smoke detector and the replacement of a faulty power point. In addition, a new stove has been purchased for the kitchen and that too is now installed and operational.

At the Busy Bee on 29 April, quite a few repairs were completed, both in the house and garden – there was plenty of activity all around. Thank you so much to the 11 people who came and helped.  It is much appreciated. We enjoyed lovely cakes for morning tea and later, when
the work was complete, hot dogs with the lot.

We will celebrate the remaining Nordic National Days on Saturday the 6 June  at 3 pm with an afternoon tea with æbleskiver and pancakes, so bring the whole family along to enjoy this event.

And, like last year, the Skt Hans Bonfire will be held at Nordic House on Saturday 20 June. We hope you and your families will support your Association by attending these events  and look forward to welcoming you there.

With best regards
The Committee 

Danish Biometric Passports – Mobile Unit visiting Western Australia on 20 May 2015

danish-flagThe Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit will again be visiting WA to enable Danish citizens in WA to renew their Danish passports in accordance with the new biometric guidelines.

Passport applications will be accepted at the Harbour Room, Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle on 20 May 2015. Danish citizens who wish to take advantage of this service should phone the Royal Danish Consulate on 0418 955 949 or by email at henningjacobsen123@hotmail.com to make an appointment.

The service expects to visit Western Australia again in about 6 months time.

Busy Bee on Sunday 19 April

Another busy bee will be held at Nordic House on Sunday 19 April from 9.00am to undertake general maintenance, outdoor painting, gardening and clean up around the House.

Please contact Henry Jensen on 9452 0854 or h.jensen@bigpond.com to advise if you can help out on this day.

If anyone wishes to bring some cake or salad to share, you are most welcome.

Nordic House News

Congratulations to past president Kari Mette Taylor and husband Barry on the recent celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary.

Keep 28 March 2015 free!!! There will be a social event held at Nordic House that evening – perhaps with a twist on our usual social barbecue theme. Full details will appear in the next edition of SCANPOST and on the website and Facebook but keep the date free regardless.

Next time you visit Nordic House, call into the library. The Association has an extensive range of books in all Scandinavian languages, across many genres, all available for member loan. VHS videos tapes are also available for those with this equipment. Regrettably however, the Association is no longer able to accept donations of VHS video tapes from members.

The Association continues to fundraise through its sales of the non-stick barbecue liner. This idea is the most economical and cleanest alternative available wherever a non stick cooking surface is required.

The liner is non toxic, odourless and will not absorb any flavour. It always provides a clean surface to cook on. Simply place the liner on your barbecue when you start cooking and remove it when you have finished. After use, remove any residue with a paper towel or a damp cloth if necessary. And then use the liner again and again. For orders, contact Marianne on 9295 4248. For more product details, http://simplydelightful.com.au

At the AGM, a request was received to publish a detailed account of the Association’s expenditure on utilities incurred at Nordic House. A list of the Association’s outgoings for council rates, rates and water usage, and electricity usage for the last financial year has been posted for those interested at Nordic House.

 

Fastelavn

Er mit navn, boller vil jeg have, hvis jeg ingen boller får, så laver jeg ballade……!

2015_02_05 FastelavnThis year’s Fastelavn picnic will take place on Sunday 15 February 2015. This traditional Danish celebration has its origins in an old heathen custom. It is a carnival much loved by children who get to dress up in costume and to hit a wooden barrel specially made for the occasion and decorated with black cats. Prize winners will receive the traditional fastelavnris and there will be lolly bags and icy poles for all children.

Come along at 3.00pm to join the fun of this festival, to be held at Nordic House. Children can wear costumes if they wish. Bring your family and friends, your picnic lunch, drinks, your aerogard, sunscreen and chairs.

Tea and coffee facilities at Nordic House will be available for the usual $3 charge.

Who will be Kattekonge this year?

From the Committee

The end of the year was the usual social whirl of events leading up to Christmas.

2015_02_05 FTC1Another lovely Over 50s Christmas Lunch was enjoyed back in November with lots of delicious food, presents, a visit from Santa, a raffle and good company. Thanks to Annette for coordinating the day and to everyone for bringing the beautiful food to share.

Around 90 kids and adults attended the Christmas Party and Lucia Parade on 72015_02_05 FTC2 December, a greater turn-out than the previous year. We celebrated with Christmas music, walking around the tree, presents and a great Father Christmas. Thanks to Per Hansen for stepping into the role at such short notice.

Again we are grateful to Karen Margrethe for delivering the music, and Hella and her helpers for doing kitchen duties and the delicious hot dogs. And thanks to everyone who came to help set up and take down the decorations. We could not have done it without them.

2015_02_05 FTC4Another of our photos from the evening shows four generations of Edith Christensen’s family: Edith, daughter Ilse, grand daughter Katy and great grand daughter Bianca, a 2014 Lucia girl. Ilse, Katy and Bianca have all taken part in the Association’s Lucia Parade over the years.

Our Christmas celebrations concluded when Bente Holdgaard, the Danish priest based in Sydney, came over for our annual Christmas service and we enjoyed a gathering after the service in the new church hall in Northbridge, chatting and buying lollies, over tea, coffee and cookies.

One of the Christmas elves has done some work at Nordic House over the holidays, so next time you visit for coffee and cake, or maybe to take a roster, see if you can see what has been done.

And so a new year has begun and our first social event will be to celebrate the children’s festival Fastelavn on 15 February at Nordic House. Come along to hit the barrel, play some games and eat delicious fastelavns boller. And, if the kids want to dress up, they can do that and add to the spirit of the occasion.2015_02_05 FTC3

A specially-convened subcommittee has been preparing a survey for members about the future of Nordic House. This will soon be sent out to all members and we encourage you to send your response and have a say in Nordic House’s future viability.

As always, we look forward to your active participation at Nordic House and your attendance at the many events planned for 2015.

With best regards
The Committee

Welcome to new President and Committee members

At the Annual General Meeting on 6 September, we bade farewell to President Peter Pedersen and Committee Member Geraldine Pedersen.

At the same time, we were pleased to welcome Gunnar Horn as a new member of the Committee.

At the first Committee Meeting after the AGM, Øystein Albertsen was appointed as our Association President for 2014-2015.

Our new and continuing Committee Members are shown on our Committee Members page.