Patricia King

“It’s not about me” – “There’s always someone worse off than yourself” – “Say what you think and then move away”. These are just a few of the nuggets of wisdom unearthed in a conversation with 88 year old Forever Young choir member, Patricia King. Having had 6 children of her own and now with … More Patricia King

Carolyn Bartlett

It is such a gift to feel life, rather than simply process it and Carolyn Bartlett is one of those lucky people who can immerse in life and revel in its colour whilst maintaining a high degree of control over her own emotions. It makes for very pleasant and very interesting company. Carolyn grew up … More Carolyn Bartlett

Geoffrey Phelps

For someone who opens a conversation explaining that when he was 7 years old he received 13 “cuts” from Sister Anne at St Laborious Primary School, and that he left school at just over thirteen years of age, Geoffrey Phelps is incredibly upbeat. An optimism and unbridled energy permeates everything that he says and he … More Geoffrey Phelps

Pamela Vine

The message garnered after a chat with Forever Young choir member, Pamela Vine, is that in life it is better to follow your interests, not the rules. It seems to have worked extremely well for her. Where some parents might insist that their child stick to the instrument they have chosen to play and to … More Pamela Vine

Cheryl Axell

When Cheryl Axell entered the Forever Young choir over 2 years ago, it may have involved a teeny, tiny white lie. To be in the Forever Young choir, members must be at least 65 years old as Cheryl quickly points out and she is nearly 66. Given her naturally youthful looks and personality, questions were … More Cheryl Axell

Bing Lilburne

Although christened Cyril George, after his father and known by his family as Billie, it was whilst working at Angliss Meatworks in 1942 linking sausages to be canned for Australian soldiers off at war, that Billie Lilburne became affectionately known as “Bing”. At the time, a group of six ladies on the production line were … More Bing Lilburne

David Humphreys

At ninety five years of age David Humphreys, without fanfare or assistance, mounts the five or so steps onto the stage in the Girton Grammar Junior School hall to have his photo taken and to be interviewed. He is a classical music lover, so perhaps having to master the modern rock genre that defines the … More David Humphreys

Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts reckons that you don’t meet many genuine friends in a lifetime so he counts himself extremely lucky and somewhat surprised to have met fellow choir member, David, with whom he has created a unique bond. At 95 years of age, David is the oldest Forever Choir member but Frank maintains that their friendship … More Frank Roberts

Moya Anderson

When Moya bravely turned up to her first Forever Young choir rehearsal on her own, a lady called Eril immediately approached her and invited Moya to sit with her. Eril and Moya have been sitting together at Forever Young choir rehearsals ever since, and that was 4 years ago. “There is such a sense of … More Moya Anderson

Christine Haddrick

Christine has been with the Forever Young choir since its inception. She responded to the invitation to join from another choir member because she thought it might help her meet people and adjust to life in Bendigo, having just retired and moved from Melbourne. She says in hindsight that taking on two massive life changes at … More Christine Haddrick