Instrumental founder honoured with Tweed memorial

Instrumental founder honoured with Tweed memorial

The name ‘Mick Winders’ has a long and prominent history on the Tweed Coast including at Bolton Clarke’s Winders Lodge residential aged care community.

Former Gold Coast Deputy Mayor and Twin Towns Services Club founding Chairman, the late Mick Winders, was a driving force behind establishment of the community.

On 6 March, his legacy was celebrated by Winders Lodge staff, residents and guests with the installation of a memorial plaque donated by the Twin Towns club.

Winders Lodge residential manager Michael O’Connor said he couldn’t be prouder to have Mick’s face greeting visitors to his community.

“Mick was adamant the club gave back to the community,” he said.

“The contributions of the club extended to preschools, surf clubs, sports clubs, palliative care centres, and in our case aged care.”

Mr O’Connor said above all, Mick’s most valuable contribution was the development of Winders Lodge and Cottages.

Bolton Clarke Tweed

Ruth Warner and Ruth Cowie cutting the ribbon on the memorial of Mick Winders

One grateful resident who attended this week’s ceremony is Melva Cobban, who took residence in the community’s first Independent Living Unit in 1991.

“They hadn’t even finished the driveway when we moved in,” she said.

As a regular visitor to the Twin Towns Club she saw models of its construction and knew it was the place she and her husband wanted to live in.

“Mick Winders had wonderful foresight,” she said.

“My husband loved it here, he called it heaven with the gate shut.”

Today, the Winders community continues to thrive, as does the Twin Towns Club just across the road (where Mick famously pulled the first pint behind the bar in 1957) – the organisations connected by their history and continued commitment to supporting residents with the services they need in their local community.

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