December Meeting venue change

December Meeting venue change

Matthew Flinders Hotel, Longitude Room, December 11

Attention all HRA members and friends. The venue for the December 11 HRA meeting will move to: The Matthew Flinders Hotel. 667 Warrigal Rd, Chadstone. We will be meeting in the Longitude Room (navigators will delight!) Our meeting room opens from 7pm. Meeting starts 8pm.

Ed Ordynski, the 1990 Australian Rally Champion (amongst a ton of other victories) is  our very special guest speaker, talking about his rally experience over many years – sure to be entertaining.

SO DESPITE WHAT THE HRA NEWS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED A WEEK OR TWO AGO SAYS, the venue has now changed to the Matthew Flinders Hotel.

Nothing else has changed. Same day, Wednesday December 11, same time, same chance to take home the second to last ever HRA Gnome (number 99). There will be the usual massive Christmas raffle hamper giveaway and all proceeds going to charity.

Also, 4 very special awards annual are made: the most improved Driver and Navigator, the HRA Clubman award and the HRA Best Official.

Meals commence from 5:30 pm. Meals can be eaten in the Bistro ONLY (not our meeting room) and bookings for dinner are strongly advised. Book on 03 9568 8004 or via their website:

Meals range in price from $20 (Grazier’s Beef Pie) $22 roast of the day, $23 Schnitzels or Gnocchi or Avocado, Leek and Tomato Risotto, up to $32 for those who can’t resist a Garlic and Rosemary Lamb thingy. Good news for some of you (some..?) SENIORS MEALS ARE JUST $13 to $17!!!!! You can’t take your meal in the meeting room, but drinks you can OK. (some ‘latitiude’ there – hah, another navigator in-joke!)

Of course, you don’t need to have a meal at all, but we’d love to see you at the meeting. This change is brought about by the unavailability of the East Malvern RSL from Mid November onwards. The RSL is forced to change its method of operating and the venue is no longer available. Your HRA committee has quickly locked in this alternative for the December meeting.

Whether the Matthew Flinders is our new home or not is not decided. However, as the real Matthew Flinders was a Navigator and cartographer, the venue was an obvious choice. Well, that’s not true, but it fits.

Pic: Matthew Flinders statue at Euston Station, London.