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RUC Gig Guide

RUC Gig Guide

The RUC has LIVE MUSIC from 7.30pm – 11pm every Friday night. Come into the club and support local Canberra artists. See a guide to our upcoming gigs below: October 29 - Special K November 5 - Chicago Charles November 12 - Porty & Co November 19 - Mitch Canas...

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Racing and sports @ the RUC

Racing and sports @ the RUC

Book a table at the RUC for the next big game – you’ll want to place your bets, grab your mates, and pull up a chair in front of the big screen to celebrate this ripper month of sport.  Here is a list of some of the sporting and racing events we’ll be showing...

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The RUC, Working With Our Community to Promote Sustainability

The RUC, Working With Our Community to Promote Sustainability

Our community has always been the backbone of the RUC. We believe in supporting the people who support us, and part of that is taking care of our shared environment.

For years, the RUC has been ahead of the game in terms of being an environmentally friendly venue.

We have a number of policies and measures in place to ensure we are as sustainable as possible, because the health and wellbeing of our community, and the environment, are important to us.

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John I Dent Cup 2021 Season Preview

John I Dent Cup 2021 Season Preview

Canberra’s premier rugby competition, the John I Dent Cup, returns for its 83rd year in 2021 with a new format that includes a full finals series, meaning all six teams will play knock-out rugby come September. Back-to-back Champions, Royals, will be the team to beat...

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Ben Alexander – A Cause Worth Fighting For

Ben Alexander – A Cause Worth Fighting For

Brumbies and Wallabies legend Ben Alexander will be stepping into the ring on May 1 for a charity boxing match against former Raiders captain Terry Campese to raise money for Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy and The Terry Campese Foundation, held at the Hellenic...

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A beginner’s guide to rugby union

A beginner’s guide to rugby union

Did you know that ‘the RUC’ is a shortening of the ACT Rugby Union Club? That’s right - as well as being the best place in Canberra to enjoy a cold beverage with mates, our roots go back to the early days of rugby in the ACT. For years, locals have...

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Top 4 tips for a perfect group booking

Top 4 tips for a perfect group booking

So, you need to organise a group booking or function and you don’t know where to start. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with our top 4 tips for the perfect group booking! Consider the purpose of your booking. Is it corporate in nature? You know, conference style...

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Which RUC beer is the one for you?

Which RUC beer is the one for you?

A lot of factors go into choosing the right beer, and if you get the choice wrong you might end up with the misguided impression that you don’t enjoy any beers at all, when in fact there’s a tasty lager just waiting to become your go-to schooner. These days you can...

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Barefoot Bowls – Tips & Etiquette

Barefoot Bowls – Tips & Etiquette

It’s that beautiful time of the year again - no more frosty mornings, just long balmy afternoons that run well into the evening, perfectly suited for sipping a cold one while catching up on the latest from your mates. And what better activity is there for doing this...

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The RUC COVID-19 Update

The RUC COVID-19 Update

The RUC is currently open and maintaining all necessary precautions and restrictions advised by the ACT Government in step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. We have completed the required COVID Safety Plan and are...

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The RUC COVID-19 Update

The RUC is currently open and maintaining all necessary precautions and restrictions advised by the ACT Government in step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. We have completed the required COVID Safety Plan and are maintaining maximum capacity limits and cleanliness...

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RUC Gig Guide

The RUC has LIVE MUSIC from 7.30pm – 11pm every Friday night. Come into the club and support local Canberra artists. See a guide to our upcoming gigs below: 27th Nov - Mitch Canas 4th Dec - Ash Chapman 11th Dec - Special K 18th Dec - Julius Dator Our gig guide will be...

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Spring racing and sports @ the RUC

The 2020 sporting season is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean there’s any less great action on our massive screens! We have Australia’s final Group One race meeting on Saturday December 5 with the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot, followed by the Wallabies...

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Parking at the RUC

Are you looking for parking near the city that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Parking at the RUC is now available for a little as $6 per day if you book in for the year, or $8 per day if you book monthly. Parking is available from Monday to Friday and there are no...

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The RUC is back

The RUC is pleased to announce that we will be reopening the RUC this Saturday 30 May – finally! We will follow the advice provided by ACT Health and the Australian Government and we will act in the best interests of our patrons and staff. The RUC will be enforcing...

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Letter from the Board

Dear Members, What a rollercoaster ride 2020 has been so far!  One thing is for sure, it has kept all of us on the edge of our seats.   Your Board meets at the beginning of every calendar year to refresh our strategy, and plan for maximising opportunities and...

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Closure of the RUC

23 March 2020 In response to the ACT Government’s announcement regarding the compulsory shut down of all non-essential services, the RUC has closed our doors to members and the wider public.  This is a measure that everyone at the RUC is on board to ensure the...

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Clash of the Titans: Rugby World Cup @ the RUC

There may be spring snow in Canberra, perfectly timed as we eagerly await the Rugby World Cup in Japan. We are reserving the main bar and our function room for all the best games. Book a table and enjoy the following games with your friends and fellow supporters:...

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Put the FUN in functions

Life’s a party, so why not celebrate with a bit of FUN? We can help you put the FUN in functions for your next big birthday, engagement party or simply because you have always wanted to organise a karaoke night with 60 of your closest friends! (Yes, we can really do...

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BOOK YOUR BREAKFAST TABLE FOR THE BRUMBIES SEMI-FINAL GAME

Come on, Brumbies! After a thumping quarter-final win over the Sharks last Saturday, our beloved Brumbies will battle the Argentinian Jaguares in the Super Rugby semi-finals this Saturday morning. Can’t make it to Buenos Aires to cheer our boys on in person? Don’t...

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CNBC ACT Bowls Rookie Champion

A big shout out last weekend’s true “high-bowler” and women’s Singles “Rookie” winner (…if you can call her that), Gina Dowley! She truly played like a star and even had our Secretary Manager Jeremy, shaking in his boots at the thought of going up against you.

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RUC SUPPORTS BELCONNEN UNITED SHARKS SENIORS

Belconnen United Sharks RLFC was established in 2016, being formerly, Belconnen United Scholars. The Sharks focus on creating a family orientated community club that coaches, managers, staff and members can come and experience local Rugby League. To congregate,...

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UGG BOOT BOWLS ARE BACK!

It’s official, winter is well and truly coming! Canberra has finally been hit with that cold front we all know too well. So it’s time to dust off those UGG boots and head down to the greens at Turner for a game of our favourite winter past time, UGG Boot Bowls. Here...

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RUC supports The Belconnen United Sharks

The team in the Black, White and Blue: the Belconnen United Sharks JRLFC commence their 32nd year in the local league competition in 2019. While they may not be the biggest club in the comp, they are well-known as the family club. They have families who have been with...

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Introducing Matt & Nick

Welcome to our new kitchen team, Matt and Nick, who work really hard dishing out your fave meals. Matt’s background has brought him to us with 20 years chef experience from pubs to two Michelin Star restaurants. And Nick has extensive experience working in sports...

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Autumn Carnival Race Schedule

Autumn brings out some seriously good horseracing, with many of the best horses running between now and just after Easter. Celebrate Autumn racing in style at the RUC with screening of the group ones from Flemington, Caulfield, Randwick, Rosehill and Moonee Valley....

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Get your tips ready for the new Sportspick RUC NRL tipping comp

It’s hard to believe it, but we are just over a month away from the start of the 2019 NRL season – it’s footy time! We’re proud to announce this year’s new Sports Pick RUC NRL tipping comp which kicks off in NRL Round 1, Thursday 14th March, and runs right through...

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Beat the back to work slump

We’ve all been there. No matter how much you love your job, there’s always that sinking feeling when you must face facts – Christmas is over, New Year’s has been, your pants are a little tighter and your holidays are drawing to a close. It’s the back to work blues. On...

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Warmer weather, hotter RUC

Think Sundeck Bar, a DJ for Liquid Sunshine sessions, extended hours to take advantage of our balmy Canberra nights, and have we mentioned the Coronarita? Now that is something worth paying attention to. Our new Sundeck bar is now open Saturdays and Sundays from...

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Sun-times ahead! Our new Sundeck Bar is open

Sun-times ahead! Our new Sundeck Bar is open

  Welcome to Summer…well it’s not exactly summer just yet. But it sure will feel like it on our new Sundeck Bar. We've decked out deck.. get it... with a cocktail bar, so you can be served from the Sundeck while you lounge in the deck chairs, or from the greens...

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Three ways to celebrate spring at the RUC

Our DJ playing tunes, you kicking back and lounging in the sun. Hey spring, welcome back. Find out our top three way to celebrate spring returning at the RUC. Here’s three ways to celebrate the return of spring at the RUC: Soul Sunday - every Sunday, from 2 – 6pm,...

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Rug up and Ugg up for Uggboot bowls

Rug up and Ugg up for Uggboot bowls

Barefoot bowls are out, Uggboot bowls are in. Our favourite winter pastime, Uggboot bowls is back, and we want to tell you our top four reasons why you should play the game this winter.   Embrace the Canberra climate. One of the best parts about our city is that...

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Meet the RUC’s master chef, Navi Singh

Meet the RUC’s master chef, Navi Singh

There’s nothing better than a hearty meal from the RUC. But they don’t just appear out of thin air – they’re created in the RUC kitchen by our head chef, Navi, the man behind the meals.

We interviewed him to find out what his culinary background is, what his favourite dish is (beef short rib, by the way, and it’s pretty darn good) and what he gets up to in his spare time.

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HEY YOU! This app will make ordering your coffee a breeze

HEY YOU! What’s the quickest and easiest way to get yourself an award-winning coffee from Fish River Roasters coffee on your way to work? Order one from the T-RUC using the Hey You App and you don’t even have to leave your car. Simples. Here’s the easy steps to follow...

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King & Queen Mixed Pairs Tournament

King & Queen Mixed Pairs Tournament

The King & Queen Mixed Pairs Tournament will be held on Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May 2018 at the RUC. The tournament may be the longest-running bowling competition in the Canberra region as it has been held each year since 1983-84. Enter now by filling out the...

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Hooray for Canberra Day!

Hooray for Canberra Day!

The Canberra Day long weekend is a special time for us all. We get to celebrate our cool little capital and make the most of all it has to offer. So where better to spend the long weekend than at your local, with the most iconic views of Canberra at your fingertips? We’ll be having a jam-packed four days, full of your favourite weekly events.

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Holidays are us

Holidays are us

  We’re all going on a summer holiday… Well, most of us are, in some form or another. What’s in it for you this year? Will it be heading to the coast? An overseas trip maybe? Or perhaps you’re hanging out at home enjoying the extra hours of sunshine and glorious...

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RUC supports local rugby with new gym

We just love our local sport at The RUC! We currently support several sporting groups including local cricket, rugby, touch football and hockey. There are about a dozen clubs that use The RUC function and meeting rooms for their presentations, dinners and meetings,...

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Name the new RUC van and win.

It’s got coffee, it’s got beer, it’s definitely got character. But it doesn’t have a name…yet. That’s where you come in – we’re leaving it in the hands of the Canberra community to name our brand-new RUC Van* What’s old is most certainly new again with this renovated...

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It’s baaaccccckkkkkk! Barefoot Bowls are go!

It’s baaaccccckkkkkk! Barefoot Bowls are go!

Spring. Time to shake off the winter blues, fill up your calendar with social events and above all, get out and enjoy the sunshine of our clear Canberra days. Spring is also the time we bring back one of the RUC’s much-loved offerings, barefoot bowls.

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A letter to members on The RUC’s community contributions

A letter to members on The RUC’s community contributions

Across the first half of 2017 there has been a lot of commentary about clubs and their community contribution requirements. In the last week this commentary has accelerated and was further fuelled by a press release from Anglicare claiming that: “…nearly 3 in 4...

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It IS Easy Being Green

It IS Easy Being Green

Our annual greens report has come through, and The RUC has scored perfect results on two of our greens (and near perfect on the third). Such great results mean that we’re happy to say we have some of the best greens in the ACT. So, what do perfect greens mean for our...

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We’re all brand NEW

We’re all brand NEW

We’ve totally done it. The new RUC is now rockin and rollin for your enjoyment. So, what’s in it for you? Plenty it turns out – new RUC, new chef, new menu. New RUC? Yep, well a big part of it is new. You know how we’ve been doing those renos over the last few months…...

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Tradies, we love you!

Tradies, we love you!

Tradies. The hardworking tradesmen and tradeswomen who spend their days slogging it out hard for the development of Canberra. And after a long day at work, the RUC is a great place for all tradies to kick back after a long day on the tools. Why? Simple really... When...

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Cracking new weekly events at The RUC

Cracking new weekly events at The RUC

They say a change is as good as a holiday. So we’re going with that. As of this month we’re mixing it up at The RUC with some cracking new weekly events, and some great changes to some old favourites too. So, what’s the deal? Beat those Monday blues with RUC Roast...

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The RUC  – good for what ales you

The RUC – good for what ales you

Well this is going to come as a shock to most of you, but… Did you know that going to the club is actually GOOD for you? True. The research even says so. New research from Oxford University in the UK, and published in an article by The Shout, suggests that visits to a...

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Ring in the New Year at the RUC

Ring in the New Year at the RUC

  2017 is almost upon us. It seems a little shocking but true. No turning back the clock here, the new year is fast approaching. So, what are you going to do for it? Just for a bit of fun, we thought we’d share with you some of the strangest new year’s traditions...

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RUC refresh in full swing

Renovations are well and truly underway at the RUC, so we thought it was time for an update on how the new RUC is coming along. Here we have Jeremy Wilcox from the RUC and Andrew Mills from Bellevue Building to walk us through the renos to date and what’s yet to come....

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Our RUC refresh – renos and refurb to kick off soon

Our RUC refresh – renos and refurb to kick off soon

What’s better than visiting the RUC? Visiting the NEW RUC of course! You may have heard we are undergoing a major renovation and refurbishment. Well, you heard right! We will be refreshing the Club just in time for summer. Refurbs are always a pretty big deal, but our...

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One serve of spring with a side of tennis

One serve of spring with a side of tennis

  Spring is here and what better way to bring it in than with a spot of tennis in the leafy surrounds of Turner. With the Turner Tennis Club right across the road from the RUC, it’s the perfect combination for a sunny spring day in Canberra. At the RUC we are all...

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Your winter bowls day out

Your winter bowls day out

Canberra winters aren’t so bad, with fresh mornings that turn into crisp, sunny days and not a cloud in the sky. We are encouraging you to make the most of it and spend a day out on the greens breathing in that fresh Canberra air. The RUC greens host a sunny patch of...

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It’s time to de-Hipsterfy Canberra

It’s time to de-Hipsterfy Canberra

  Maybe it’s geography, maybe it’s my age – but what is with Hipsters in Canberra?  When did they start popping up and who has been responsible for their surging in numbers? Hipster Marketing - from:...

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RUC Rewards: All you need to know

RUC Member [RUC Mem-ber]: Noun a person who has joined the RUC , is a lover of sports, good company and fun times. Sounds like something you want to be a part of, right? Not only do you get to play an active part of the RUC community we’ve built up over the years, but...

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The RUC at Turner – supporting Canberra sport

Feature blog post by Jeremy Wilcox, Secretary Manager, the RUC We love our sport. And the RUC at Turner loves supporting our local teams. Yes, our main sports following lies with Lawn Bowling and Rugby Union in the ACT, but did you know we also proudly support many...

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Kick off the Brumbies season with us

It’s finally here! Rugby season is ON. Get to Brumbies home games with us on our RUC Courtesy Bus. No need to book, just jump on the bus on the night for free transfer from the RUC direct to O’Connor Ridge. The bus will return to the RUC after the game. If you can’t...

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What’s the RUCkus? Oh, it’s just our awesome menu!

Food really brings people together doesn't it? There’s just something about eating that brings people closer. Family occasions over a meal out, friends sharing a bite over a footy game, a girl’s night out with a delicious nibble and a few drinks. The RUC really is a...

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Start RUCing up the Rewards

RUC Rewards – it’s not the Frequent Flyer program nor Flybuys – you don’t have to spend half of your annual income with one carrier to get a free coffee. As a local community club we want to look after our members and reward those that adopt the RUC as their club. How...

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Mmmm Beer

Poor beer. It doesn’t have the pizazz of a pinot, the sneakiness of a cider or versatility of spirits. It’s often portrayed as making you feel overly bloaty and blokey. And every second week it seems there’s a hipster pushing a “craft” beer manufactured in a...

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Have a crack at Jack Attack

Think lawn bowls is for more mature members of society? That you need to have hours on end spare to play a game? Think again. Jack Attack is the latest craze to take over The RUC. With a frenetic energy and a lower average age to traditional bowls, Jack Attack has...

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Liquor Licencing laws in the ACT – how the RUC plays ball

Have you heard there’s been a bit of stick being given to Canberra’s hospitality venues of late? Gaming, health, liquor licencing, noise and the like? If you’re an exclusive patron of the RUC, then perhaps not. Hell yes we’re the good guys and our venues are an...

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Bowls Butlers at your service

Spring is finally here. And with warmer, sunnier and longer days upon us, it’s the perfect time to head down to The RUC at Turner for a game of social bowls or a bowls party with a little something special. Wondering what that something special is? Why it’s our...

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A Beginners Guide to Rugby Union

Rugby Union started at an English school (The Rugby School) when a soccer player thought the game as it stood kinda sucked, so they picked up the ball and ran with it, which was heaps more fun. Who can play rugby? The best thing about rugby is it’s extremely...

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How to make the perfect coffee

Are you a coffee connoisseur? An addict who can’t possibly start the day without that caffeine hit? Or perhaps you’re a social coffee-drinker? Whatever your consumption choice, it has become socially acceptable to drink this deliciously warm stimulant like it’s going...

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Keen to get your bowl on? Read on

Are you eager to play a game of lawn bowls but haven’t a clue about how to actually bowl the ball? What about perfecting your stance? How on earth do you make the ball curve around? We’ve seen many a bowler launch the bowl so hard that it’s like a rolling bomb waiting...

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Choosing the right beer for YOU

A beer’s a beer’s a beer, right? Wrong. With so many standard, premium and craft home grown and international beer varieties doing the rounds right now, your beer tastes can change from season to season, and moment to moment. With this in mind, here’s our quick guide...

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Makes friends with steak

Steak. Is there any better staple pub food than the good old fashioned steak? But…when it comes to steak, do you really know how to choose and cook it well? Here’s our tips from the RUC Head Chef, Fraser Rowntree: Choose and you won’t lose Get to know the different...

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Time to put the ‘Fun’ in Functions

Who puts the ‘fun’ in functions? WE DO! Oh come on, how cheesy it that?! But true, so true, when it comes to functions at The RUC in Barton and Turner. We really can help to make any function you like a happy and memorable one. And fun! The key to a good function is...

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Extend your dollar further at The RUC

We’re betting that for many of you, the Christmas and New Year period left your wallets and bank accounts looking fairly bare. And we’re sure that many of you are now trying your hardest to avoid spending on things you don’t ‘need’ - which generally translates to not...

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Too much Christmas cheer? Here’s to a healthier 2015!

After we’ve all reaped the benefits of the silly season – too much of Nan’s honey baked ham, too much of Mum’s Pavlova, one too many Christmas bevs – we reach a point where we know we have to begin to evaluate our life choices. Did I need that extra piece of Christmas...

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Everything you need to know about ‘barefoot’ bowls at Turner

It’s the height of summer. Time to strip back and enjoy Canberra’s glorious hot sunny weather in your shorts and thongs. Or better still no shoes at all! There aren’t many sports you can enjoy in your new found shoeless state or thongs! But there’s always ‘barefoot’...

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10 signs you’re a sports addict

Dreaming of your team making the grand final? Fantasizing about scoring the winning goal in the final minutes? Gotta run home from a date to catch the game? You could be suffering from what we term, sports addiction. We guess as far as addictions go, being addicted to...

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Bowling for beginners

Do you know your Back Bowl from your Bias? Your Dead End from your Draw Shot? No? If you’re more ‘Crackerjack’ than committed when it comes to lawn bowls it doesn’t really matter. As your mother used to say “it’s not about who wins or loses…” Lawn bowls is a lot of...

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Nights out on the cheap

Work is getting you down and you’re super keen to hang out with your mates. Better still head out for the night with your mates. But is your wallet as keen? Ah…not so much. You could just stay in and watch a movie, play cards, or watch the paint dry. OR you could...

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Taking your kids out to dinner

We’d bet many of you are shuddering at that thought. The idea of not finding anything your kids can/will eat. Feeling like your children will be noisy and disturb other people’s meals. Trying to come up with ways to keep them entertained while you try and eat your own...

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Organising a function? Follow our 4 simple steps

So you need to organise a function but you’re not sure where to start? What’s the purpose of your function? Is it corporate in nature? You know, conference style with lots of people in suits? Or, something a little more on the social side – a birthday, cocktail party...

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