This month we chatted to Northbridge resident, Kerrie Williams, who has been living in the area for 50 years now and working with Willoughby’s Meals on Wheels, a service for senior residents who are unable to shop, prepare, or cook for themselves, for over 20 years. She shares her local favourites with us and why she loves the area.
How long have you lived here and why did you choose Northbridge?
I moved here a little over 50 years ago when my husband and I had a toddler and a baby and we were looking for a bigger house. A friend told us of this house advertised in Northbridge and so we came and looked at it. It was a lovely older home with lots of room (although later we added a second storey). My husband worked in the city and the 202 bus stopped at the top of our street, the local school was close by, also the church and shops.
Best thing about the area?
Northbridge is close to the city and transport, and it’s a peninsula, so there isn’t any drive-through traffic. It had everything we were looking for; a nice quiet family suburb because then we went on to have two more children!
I can’t think of any – perhaps sometimes the difficulty parking at the Plaza.
Best coffee in the area?
I most often go to Inner Cravings Cafe in Northbridge Plaza and Bonds Corner is very popular especially on the weekends.
Any local hidden gems you’d be kind enough to share with us?
The Northbridge Sailing Club, Clive Park.
What’s your favourite room at home and why?
Definitely our back family room where we have had so many lunches, dinners, family functions, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. We have an extension table that can seat 12 and we often add to that. It faces north and is lovely and warm in the winter. We literally live in it all the time.
What’s your perfect weekend?
Reading the paper on Saturday morning, having our grownup children and grandchildren visit and maybe having one lot for dinner. And then Sunday going to the Orpheum Theatre in Cremorne with the senior’s vouchers our children have given us for Christmas or birthdays.
And can you tell us how you got involved with Meals on Wheels?
My friendly neighbour asked me to join her in delivering meals from the Dougherty Community Centre in Chatswood. When she could no longer do it I asked another friend, and then another – so I delivered for 20 odd years in the Willoughby area. Then some years ago I was asked to be a receptionist to organise the inside part of things so I am rostered three times a month. Apart from that, I am on the committee of Northbridge Probus Club and I am also one of the rostered keyboard players to accompany the choir at my local church.