Planned for three, stayed for 10

Thong is such a character, he’s a genuinely great guy that brings a lot of joy to the community. I love Thong’s enthusiasm and love of life, plus he makes an awesome steak sandwich.

Meet:
Allyson Little

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This week I sat down with my local food lover and all round nice guy, Thong. We chatted about all things life and work. He’s such a happy, hilarious guy that he’s just infectious with his love of people. When we drive past in my husband’s wedding cars, he’ll yell out “Ally, I’m waiting, I’m ready.” We’ll have to take him for a spin one day soon. Thong is such a character, he’s a genuinely great guy that brings a lot of joy to the community. I love Thong’s enthusiasm and love of life, plus he makes an awesome steak sandwich.

How long have you been at this location

10 and a half years, I was in Sydney before that. I couldn’t afford to start my own business in Sydney so my wife and our twins boys moved up to Newcastle.

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What inspired you to get involved with this business

I like food. The boys are involved too, they help us on the weekend and Friday nights. They’re about to finish school with plans of heading off to uni.

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What do you bring to your local community

I think the happiness, I always have a joke with anyone that comes into the shop. I like to make people feel happy. When we came up from Sydney, my plan was to live here for three years and then head back to be with our families. But all of a sudden I love it up here, people love us. We bought property around here.

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What do you love most about living locally

We love the lifestyle, it’s very relaxing. Even when I’m working hard I’m still really loving it.

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Do you ever have a day off

Christmas Day, Boxing Day. I do have Tuesday afternoons off but only a couple of hours. I spend that time shopping, paying bills and other things that have to be done when running your own business.

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What are you thankful for

I’m very thankful that I live in Australia, a place we’re proud to call home.

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How do you want to be remembered

As a good person, a happy chap with a kind heart. Always helping people. That’s very important to me.

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For your chance to Win:
We’d love to hear from you! To win a meal out valued at $50 from Whitebridge Takeaway & Cafe tell us what you love about Thong and his family-owned business? 

The winner will be announced this Friday 22nd September and Ally will shout you a meal out at the value of $50.

Whitebridge Takeaway & Cafe
149 Dudley Road Whitebridge, NSW 2290

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 7am – 7pm

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Over the next few weeks, I will be chatting with some of my locals to gather some insights into what they love about our Whitebridge community.

Next week I’ll be chatting with Melanie from Pegs Cafe.

The unexpected welcome of a community

Whitebridge is one of those hidden gems amongst the local community. To an outsider, it seems like the go-between for people who live in the suburbs and the beach. But when you start digging, this place has something truly unique to offer.

Meet:
Allyson Little

Ally-12I never had plans to move to Whitebridge, I’ve lived mainly in New Lambton, which I have always loved. When my husband Steve and I decided on a change we wanted to live somewhere different. Steve’s a builder so we found this really cute house on a large block which he could renovate and re-sell.  We weren’t  planning on living out this way but we felt very relaxed and comfortable with the area and decided to stay. We have now called Whitebridge home for the last 10 years!!

Ally-whitebridge-7.jpgWe didn’t realise what Whitebridge had to offer, but we fell in love with the relaxed lifestyle and friendly feel. I love the fact that it’s only a short stroll down to Fernleigh Track to take my dog Billie for a run. We always run into to someone up for a chat along the way.

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Every time our grandkids are in town we have to take them down to the dam to feed the ducks which is literally two minutes from our house.

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We love the convenience of the local shops at the top of our street. Everything is there that we need. The general vibe of our community is amazing!

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We’re lucky enough to have the best neighbours. On Sunday afternoon young Kyle from across the road bought over two lovely flathead for us that he had caught that day. How amazing is that! The neighbours two doors down bought up two bags of lemons a couple of weeks ago, for us to enjoy.

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We love connecting with people, which this community fosters. For Steve and I, it’s not just the location, it’s the people that have made it easy for us call Whitebridge home. Steve meets a lot of the locals being the Grounds Administrator of Whitebridge High. The kids love to call him “Mr Willy” thanks to the Simpsons reference.

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Locals supporting locals

Over the next few weeks, I will be chatting with some of my locals to gather some insights into what they love about the Whitebridge community.

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We also want to hear from you, the Village community. You’ll have the chance to let us know your thoughts by the end of each week for your chance to win some awesome prizes from our locals.

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The first local I’ll be chatting with is Thong, Whitebridge’s Takeaway and Café owner. Not only does he dish up an awesome steak sandwich but he also creates an amazing atmosphere with his warm and welcoming nature.

About Villager

Since 2015 we have been building something unique, with a strong focus on community. At Villager Property we are all Villagers, our story is your story. I use my market knowledge, real estate experience, and my friendly nature to welcome everyone to the Villager experience. Having fun and truly enjoying what you do are key ingredients to contributing to this wonderful community. I’m just one person, a part of something bigger – the Village.

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Looking for some expert advice from a local? Give Ally a call on 0458 495 649

Check out Ally’s locals below

Thong from Whitebridge Takeaway & Cafe

Mel from PEGS Cafe

To all the rad Dads & Grandads

To mark this special occasion of celebrating the best blokes in our life, we thought we’d start off the day with a list of our daggiest dad jokes. Enjoy!

Wishing the men in our extended villager family a Happy Father’s Day.

To mark this special occasion of celebrating the best blokes in our life, we thought we’d start off the day with a list of our daggiest dad jokes.

Got a good dad joke?
Scroll down and comment below.

Want to come to yoga dad?
Na’ maste in bed.

What’s brown and sticky?
A stick.

What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror?
Haloumi

Why couldn’t the bike stand on its own?
Because it was two tyred.

I swear if my memory was any worse,
I could plan my own surprise party.

What kind of shoes do frogs wear?
Open toad shoes.

What time did the man go to the dentist?
Tooth hurt-y.

How do you make a tissue dance?
Put a little boogie in it!

I’ll call you later.
Don’t call me later, call me Dad.

Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon?
Great food, no atmosphere.

Enjoy your Sunday Newcastle!

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Welcome home

Surrounded by tranquil gardens, this wonderful freestanding home boasts contemporary styling while sympathetically embracing its heritage. Sandstrom’s an entertainer’s delight, the traditional frontage opens to flowing interiors and outstanding outdoor space.

A house with a picket fence, leadlight windows, and a knockout established manicured garden. There’s so much to love about this tucked away gem in the heart of Mayfield.

 

Stunning private verandah, gorgeous feature hall entry, and three spacious bedrooms.

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The kitchen is flooded with natural light thanks to the concertina doors, which open onto the sun-drenched North facing covered alfresco.

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This home brings together the functionality of a family home with ease of creating a livable space perfect for entertaining.

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To find out more contact Ben by clicking here.

 

Art, Design & Makers Conference

The guys are back for their third year and they have some awesome things in store. This event brings together the communities of artiest, designers and makers.

Newcastle’s creative scene is forever building, forever evolving and forever supporting those who love creating, designing and making. Newcastle’s very own MAKEit MADEit conference is no exception. The guys are back for their third year and they have some awesome things in store. This event brings together the communities of artiest, designers and makers. August 12th will be a jam packed of inspiring creative talks, exhibits, masterclasses all set amongst the backdrop of our forever changing village, Newcastle.

Our Creative Director, Myf Garven secured her ticket months ago, so we think she’s pretty keen!

When: Saturday, 12th August
Where: Newcastle Museum
Check out more here.

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Villagers Matchmaker

Live | Laugh | Love 

Are the values that our new Sales Consultant Kelli Bell lives by. 

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A few words to describe Kelli; bubbly, friendly, outgoing, fun, loyal, focused, passionate, determined with a smile to boot.

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Kelli’s experience focuses on relationships. 

Her warm, friendly, and honest nature makes you feel like you’ve known each other for years. She cares, she listens, and above all she’s there with you every step of the way.

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An open home enthusiast. 

 Prior to Villager she spent her weekends racing around town checking out all the amazing open homes. She’d keep up to date with the current listings and quickly became the go to expert for friends and family. Her passion for helping people find their dream home lead to becoming known as Villager’s resident matchmaker.

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Contact Kelli Bell if you’re tired of searching for a needle in a haystack.

Beyond Champagne

 

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting an end of financial year celebration as a ‘thank you’ to our wonderful landlords for their continued support.

It was great having a night dedicated to celebrating where we’ve come from and where we’re going. Thank you to those who joined us and made it a night to remember. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We really value your support and friendship because here at Villager we focus on building something beyond the work relationship. We believe that Home Begins Here; with you, with us, with our community.

A night of music, good food, a sprinkle of magic, a fire twirl of spark and above all people. And finally, thank you to Central Bar for providing the perfect venue for our Villager event.

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