Member Newsletter Lucky Draw

Terms and Conditions

Who Can Enter?

The Warwick Friendly Society Member Newsletter Lucky Draw promotion is open to Warwick Friendly Society members who have provided an email address and are subscribed to our newsletter.


There are two gift packs per store to be given away. Hampers are to the approximate value of $50 and include a $25 Store Gift Voucher.

Entry into the competition means you (the entrant) accepts these terms and conditions.

How Can You Enter?

· Members who receive our member newsletter or who sign up to receive the newsletter prior to 31 August 2020 are eligible.

· You can do this by providing an email address online, becoming a member or renewing your membership.

· The winner will be chosen by a random generated draw from current members with eligible email addresses.

What Are the Important Dates?

Our Member Newsletter Lucky Draw promotion:

· starts on Friday 17 July at 10am.

· First Draw entries close approx. 4th August (approx.) when the mailing list is drawn. Second Draw entries close approx. 4th Sept.

· First Draw winner will be announced on Friday 7 August 3pm. Second Draw winner will be announced on Friday 4 September 3pm.

Privacy Any personal information will be used in a manner that is compliant with the Australian Privacy Principles. You can review our privacy policy on our website.


Winners will be notified by phone or email if they are successful.

The name of the winner will be published in our member newsletter in August and Sept.

Prize Requirements

The prize will be held in store for pick-up by the winner or for home delivery by arrangement.

The prize is not redeemable for cash

Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week, being held from 15-21 June this year, aims to provoke thought and discussion about what needs to be done to improve male health.

Suicide prevention is one focus of the week. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that 1.5 million Australian men aged 18 and over had a self-reported mental or behavioural condition in 2014-15. The statistics are staggering, with 1 in 8 men experiencing depression, and 6 out of every 8 suicides being men.

Other men’s health facts include:

  •          Men are at significantly higher risk of dying from liver disease.
  •          Men are more likely to die of heart disease at an earlier age.
  •         80% of spinal cord injuries occur in young men.
  •          Men on average live 4.4 years less than women.
  •          Top 3 reasons for reduced lifespan in men are cardiovascular disease, suicide, and motor accidents.

So, what can we all do about this I hear you ask? SUPPORT each other.

Headspace Warwick is a wonderful confidential service helping young people in the community aged 12-25 with their mental health and wellbeing. They will focus your care around individual needs and work with their in-house team to offer you tailored support. Please feel free to call them on 07 4661 1999

Beyond Blue’s Support Service (1300 22 4636) which is a 24/7 service, can be a great starting point if you are worried about your mate and think he might need a bit of extra support. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of people around the world, both physically and mentally. Beyond Blue is a great haven to seek support.

The Warwick Men’s Shed not only passes on real life skills, but it’s a way of talking over problems with a few mates while doing something constructive.

Be sure to speak to your local GP about your concerns – they are a vital support for both your mental health and physical well being.

From all of us at the Friendlies, please support each other and spread awareness during Men’s Health week.

Community Focus- Warwick Men’s Shed

Warwick Men’s Shed are looking forward to getting back in operation this weekend after having been shut down for the past 9 weeks.

Many Warwick Men’s Shed members are in the most vulnerable age group so it was not hard to get them to see the importance of the lockdown during Covid-19.

Some were able to continue a limited amount of community projects at home and we look forward to getting back into full production in the coming weeks.

Very soon we will have the new purpose-built sheds a 29-31 Activity St.  Southern Downs Regional Council have done a wonderful job to provide this great new facility for the Warwick Men’s Shed and the Warwick Woodcrafters.

We will widen the scope of work we are able to do with some fine new equipment that we have purchased through grants available over the past couple of years.   

Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind.

If you look inside our shed you might see a number of men making furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles, making Mynah bird traps, fixing lawn mowers or making a cubby house for one of the community groups or schools in the area or working in our garden.  The men are keen to get into the new shed where there will be a fully equipped welding shop for them to learn new skills.

You will see a comfortable area where men can sit and talk and enjoy a cup of tea.  Also, in our new shed you will see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or learn how to contact their families by computer.

Becoming a member of any of the Men’s Sheds in the district provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.

And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.

Warwick Men’s Shed is an active member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association “Spanner in the Works” Men’s Health Program and in association with Local Doctors and Warwick Friendly Society regularly conducts informative discussions around Men’s Health.

For more about the Warwick Men’s Shed call 0490 170 569 or go to their webpage or facebook.

How can I help?

How Can I Help?

There is no doubt COVID-19 is causing great upheaval in our society. Social distancing restrictions
necessary to prevent the virus spreading are causing considerable financial and social stress to many sectors and groups within our communities. If you, however, find yourself with a bit of time on your hands, wondering how you can make a difference, here are some top tips…

Give Blood

Australia needs 29,000 blood donations every week to maintain supply for a variety of uses. Lives
depend on donated blood, it helps people recover from surgery, accidents and even cancer. Regular blood donors may be self-isolating if they are in vulnerable groups so it’s up to the rest of us to bridge the gap. If you are generally well and healthy check out how to donate here

Support food banks and charities

As more people face financial hardship and food insecurity, these organisations will be relied upon more than ever to support people in need. Usual fundraising activities have been curtailed reducing their ability to maintain their community service delivery. (See our story on The Lighthouse.)

Support local businesses

The best way to keep people employed is for the public to keep buying products/services. Local cafes and other discretionary goods providers are going to be hardest hit by the pandemic as people stop spending. Consider buying takeaway from local cafes or gift vouchers you can spend later.

Reach out – make a call, write a note or a letter

Connect with a neighbour, friend or older relative during this time. A card, letter or phone call could make a big difference in someone’s day. You may also like to check if they need any help. Consider helping with shopping, dropping off scripts or a regular call. (Don’t forget to observe social distancing!) Let them know Warwick Friendly Society can help with home delivery of medications and pharmacy items. If you don’t know your neighbours, you can use a Queensland Health Kindness Card to break the ice.


Some volunteers are reducing their usual involvement, especially if they are in a particularly
vulnerable group or have to provide increased support for family and friends. Whilst some not-forprofit activity is on hold, other volunteer roles are now in higher demand such as community transport, community visitor schemes, food banks and other community delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. There may also be opportunities for volunteering online. Or consider joining the Care Army.

Check out your local Community Radio station – Rose City FM

Rose City FM has their finger on the pulse of our community and brings a mix of culture and
entertainment that you may find refreshing in these trying times. Rose City FM depends heavily on volunteers and support from local businesses who are also doing it tough and may have to withdraw or downsize their financial contributions. By engaging with these community groups we are demonstrating our solidarity in supporting services that mean a lot to listeners who are doing it tough. So tune in!

Adapted from Volunteering North Queensland –

Community Focus- The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Community Centre is an emergency relief organisation operated to help Warwick’s most vulnerable community members.

Each year the Lighthouse supports around 500 at risk people in the Warwick area. They offer food distribution, emergency hampers, blankets, and domestic violence services. Their Op Shop provides inexpensive clothing as well as funding their charitable activities.


While they recently have had to curtail some of their services due to Covid-19, The Lighthouse is still providing food for pickup from their location at 37 Guy St.

Food for distribution is donated to The Lighthouse from Aldi, Woolworths, Subway and Donut King each day. Depending on the season this may also be supplemented by food purchased with their own funds if required.

The Lighthouse is able to help with emergency food supplies to those having financial difficulties during Covid-19. Current service Manager, Daphne Porter, says she is most concerned for those community members who have been unable to work or access Centrelink services and those who may have been underprepared entering self-isolation. She asks that if Friendly Society Members know of people who are struggling to let The Lighthouse know so they can help.

Recently Daphne took a call from a person who was interstate and was concerned about his Warwick friend in need who was self-isolating but had run out of supplies. Fortunately, The Lighthouse was able to provide a food hamper to assist.

The Lighthouse is an independent welfare organisation based in Warwick, near the Warwick Uniting Church. The organisation was established by Pastor Judith Kunkel as a central, one-stop-shop for people in need within the community.

For more information or to provide financial assistance: 4661 8211.

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band

From Warwick to Moscowthe Warwick Thistle Pipe Band to march at the Peace for World Festival in Russia 


Warwick, Queensland, 6 March 2020: 

The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band has been given an amazing opportunity: it has been invited to travel to Russia in April-May 2020 for the two-week long Peace for World Festival. 

“We are thrilled to have this incredible opportunity as the only Australian band at the festival,” said Chris Donaldson, Warwick Thistle Pipe Band pipe major.  

Participating band members are working hard to build their music repertoire, and their fitness. During the trip, the band will be expected to play in concerts of at least 45 minutes of non-repeated music and to march and perform over distances of between 1km and 4km on most days.  

The 2020 Peace for World Festival marks the 75th anniversary of peace in Europe after World War II, with the most monumental event being The March of the Immortal Regiment in Moscow on May 9. Up to one million Russians are expected to participate in this march with 250 million people following the event on television. 

In addition to participating in the march, a key objective for the band’s tour of Russia is to engage in cross-cultural activities. The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band performances will give Russians the opportunity to interact with a group of Australians playing Scottish music, and band members will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with Russian people and learn more about the country’s music, culture and traditions. 

The band is working hard on fundraising efforts to send its players to Russia, including barbecues at Bunnings, raffles and market stalls. They are extremely grateful for the support of over 25 local businesses including Warwick Friendly Society. 

They have set up their own Gofundme page, for which it is inviting donations: Donated funds will be used to help pay for additional uniform of international standard to wear in the Russian weather and lighter instruments for our children to play in daily long marches. 

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band is the oldest and most recognizable pipe band in Warwick, Queensland. Band members range in age from 10 to over 80.   

The Band aims are to foster an enjoyment of the piping and drumming disciplines in a friendly, family, supportive environment, as well as performing at a number of community performances to provide Scottish culture to the Southern Downs region and more widely. 
Band rehearsals are held at the band rooms in Albert St across from Leslie Park each Friday from 7pm until 9pm. 
The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band welcome experienced players and those who wish to learn. Tuition is provided at no cost to the student. 


  • For more information on the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band go to their facebook page.