ERIC and Beryl Rumbold have donated countless hours and endless enthusiasm to the City of Belmont since they arrived at Faulkner Park Retirement Village in September 1999.
Mr Rumbold was president of Faulkner Park for over a decade and has been secretary of the All Saints Anglican Parish in Cloverdale.
“Eric’s the president, the busy one; I’m the personality,” Mrs Rumbold said.
Through their church, the husband and wife duo have helped with activities from creating mosaics to assisting with fundraisers for people with disabilities and support for refugees.
Mr Rumbold has gone into schools and taught the children about Belmont’s history, as part of the City of Belmont’s Tales of Past program, passing on its legacy and his own experiences,
The City of Belmont recognised their contribution with a 2016 Community Service Award presented The Rumbolds met in the Wheatbelt town of Bruce Rock 50 years ago.
She was a young teacher from Singapore, he a South African who worked at the local bank. In their twenties and single, they moved to WA in search of adventure. “My headmaster thought a young girl like me needed somebody so he took me to the bank and told Eric to look out after me,” Mrs Rumbold said.
The couple raised three daughters in a 1915 wood-and-iron Claremont home bought for $6000. on December 3.
“It was an unreal situation, we certainly never expected anything like that,” Mrs Rumbold said.
Mrs Rumbold said she had never been as happy in her life as in Belmont.
“I believe old people shouldn’t hibernate,” she said.
Her only criticism of the suburb was the divide she saw existing between Aboriginal residents and other members of the community.
“I can’t understand how people can be racist,” she said.
“How can you not feel what they feel?”
Singing a modified version of Advance Australia Fair in a clear, sweet voice, she removed references to ‘young’ and added in a Dreamtime lyric.
“I find it very silly singing ‘young and free’; heaven forbid, we aren’t any longer,” she said.
“One hundred thousand years of occupation makes us old,” Mr Rumbold added.
Belmont Mayor Phil Marks with Beryl and Eric Rumbold.