Neigh­bours farewell War­ragul West icons

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Phillip and Beth Allan were re­cently farewelled fol­low­ing a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the War­ragul West com­mu­nity.

Fol­low­ing a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the area that dates back to the 1930s, Phillip and Beth have moved off the land to a villa in Bun­yip’s Hil­lview re­tire­ment vil­lage.

Phillip first moved to their Lard­ners Trk prop­erty with his par­ents as a tod­dler. He was a dairy farmer all his work­ing life, tak­ing over the fam­ily farm af­ter mar­ry­ing Beth, when his par­ents moved to War­ragul.

The fam­ily had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the War­ragul West Pri­mary School, where Phillip joined his sis­ter Phoebe in 1937. His father Syd­ney was listed as the first pres­i­dent of the school com­mit­tee in 1940. Phillip later held roles of sec­re­tary (1966-67) and trea­surer (1964-65) of the school coun­cil.

Phillip and Beth had four chil­dren who all at­tended the school. The fam­ily were all ac­tive in the com­mu­nity, with Beth the in­au­gu­ral pres­i­dent of the school’s moth­ers’ club in 1967-68 be­fore again hold­ing the role in 1973-74.

Phillip and Beth were both in­volved in many as­pects of the school, in­clud­ing help­ing out at work­ing bees, street stalls, ca­ter­ing at clear­ing sales, as­sist­ing with Euchre card nights, school pet pa­rades and check­ing school fire ex­tin­guish­ers. They also hosted many of the schools’ stu­dent teach­ers.

When the school held its cen­te­nary in 1989, Phillip was the pres­i­dent of the cen­te­nary com­mit­tee.

The fam­ily was very in­volved in the War­ragul West ten­nis club, lo­cated op­po­site the pri­mary school on the cor­ner of Lardner’s Trk and Danes Rd un­til it was sold off some years af­ter the school had been closed.

In those days War­ragul West had a great sense of com­mu­nity and al­most all neigh­bours were dairy farm­ers. The ten­nis club held many fundrais­ers in­clud­ing Guy Fawkes nights and pro­gres­sive din­ners. The Al­lans were al­ways will­ing to help out with these events.

Phillip also ren­dered sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the Coun­try Fire Author­ity, hav­ing joined the Lardner fire bri­gade on Fe­bru­ary 1, 1950. He was awarded life mem­ber­ship in 2009 and re­ceived the CFA medal for 65 years of ser­vice in 2015.

A com­mu­nity farewell af­ter­noon tea was held for the cou­ple at the home of San­dra and Rus­sell Bell re­cently, with Phillip and Beth’s four chil­dren present.

Also at­tend­ing were sev­eral of the fam­i­lies who had also lived in the area for most of their life and whose chil­dren at­tended school and played ten­nis with Beth and Phillip’s chil­dren.

War­ragul West stu­dent from the 1960s San­dra Bell spoke on the his­tory of the cou­ple’s long and en­joy­able in­volve­ment in the War­ragul West com­mu­nity. Her father John Kin­rade (who had known Phillip since he was 17) ac­knowl­edged Phillip’s skills as a dairy farmer/jersey stud breeder and the cou­ples’ won­der­ful sup­port over the years.

Ann Slater spoke on be­half of her fam­ily on spe­cial mem­o­ries she had grow­ing up as friends and neigh­bours of the Allan fam­ily.

The cou­ple along with all in at­ten­dance en­joyed a lovely day of rem­i­nisc­ing and catch­ing up.

It was re­marked although they have moved from War­ragul West to their new res­i­dence at Hil­lview units in Bun­yip, they will be missed but will be al­ways a part of the com­mu­nity.

The War­ragul West com­mu­nity bid farewell to Phillip and Beth Allan at a re­cent af­ter­noon tea. Pic­tured back row from left John Kin­rade, Bill Man­ley, Wilma and Allan McMinn. Front row left Mau­reen Lu­cardie, Phillip and Beth Allan, Lor­raine Kin­rade, Mary Slater and Ethel Man­ley.

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