Ten Years of English Club!

On Tuesday 21 May 2019, some 20 supporters, leaders past and present, and participants past and present, gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Margaret River English Club with a Korean meal prepared by chef JD Kim, a former participant and now owner of Margaret River Kimchi, and a 6-layer rainbow celebration cake from Grab A Spoon, Cowaramup.

10 years ago, on 21 May 2009, 6 young backpackers, all from Korea and all on working holiday visa in Margaret River, gathered to begin casual conversation in English, under the auspices of the Margaret River Uniting Church.

Since that time, nearly 2000 young adults have passed through the program. Taiwan has had the most participants, followed closely by South Korea, however, 9 other Asian countries, 15 European countries and 4 countries from South America have all been represented by one or more participants.

Additionally, some 26 local folks have assisted by being discussion or small group leaders over the years.

At our celebrations, it was noted that 11 marriages have also come out of English Club friendships!

Participants were invited to relate a memory of their time in English Club. Several funny stories were related, along with heartfelt thanks to the Uniting Church and the community of Margaret River for their support.

English Club continues to meet every Tuesday evening from 5 – 7pm during school terms. New participants are always welcome.

New discussion leaders are also invited to make contact with Barbara Maidment, Convenor, on yuri2au@gmail.com

Happy Birthday!Article credit to Barbara Maidment, photos by Theo Matthews.

The Margaret River Uniting Church congregation are so grateful for the dedicated work of Barbara, and the other volunteers that have helped make English Club happen, and of course to the wonderful participants who have passed through our doors over the last ten years! 

 

English Club – Friendship and Learning

English Club is starting fresh for 2018 with a new regular day and time of Tuesdays from 5-7pm. The change was made to accommodate the changing needs of the volunteer leaders, and for the group its directed towards, many of who work on Thursday evenings in hospitality, or prefer an earlier start time as they are working early mornings in the vineyards.

We had a great kick-off to the year with 14 participants and 6 leaders on the first day back, lots of food and lots of laughter! There was an excellent vibe in the room, which is a good forecast for the rest of the term.  The majority of participants were from Taiwan and Japan in the first week, however anyone who doesn’t speak English as a first language is welcome, so that includes all of Asia and South America and Europe! English Club is an informal collective of people with participation changing week to week, and seasonally depending on the work available at the time.

Plans for the term involve interesting discussion and games around relevant topics.  Learning is through casual conversation and discussion, in a supportive and caring environment of volunteer leaders. Last Tuesday we talked about summer vacations and what people do, followed by a made-up ‘crazy story’ about Uncle Lee who wants to come to Australia on holiday and what we would advise to prepare him for the visit.

Some grant money has been received to support English Club activities and we’re hoping to have a ‘field trip’ to Ferguson Valley before the weather turns. Stay tuned for more information about this as plans are finalised!

English Club have a Facebook group you can request to join – CLICK HERE or to find out more contact Barbara Maidment – yuri2au@gmail.com

English Club 2018
English Club 2018 Discussion Time