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Family celebrations for a special 90th birthday



Mrs Beryl Foster (centre) and family celebrates her 90th birthday

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Mrs Beryl Foster of Millicent recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a family dinner. Mrs Foster was formerly Beryl Humphries;  a Rendelsham girl who married her husband the late Mr Bob Foster in 1946,  a year before taking over AA Poole’s grocery and farm supply business together.  In the early 1960’s they expanded this business to Millicent with the purchase of the Serv-Wel store in George Street and in 1971  built the present Foodland Store in Kentish Place which was originally called Fosters Discount Foods until becoming Fosters Foodland in 1971.

They had 3 children – Pam, Brian and Catherine,  8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Her daughter Pam said they celebrated with a quiet family dinner and it was nice to have so many of the family together to celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday, which included 2 birthday cakes made by daughter-in-law Cathy Foster.

Mrs Foster recently attended the Millicent Business Community Association Award Cabaret event and saw her late husband Mr Bob Foster recognised for a lifetime of Community Spirit with the Inaugural Award being awarded to Foster’s Foodland. The late Mr Foster proved over his lifetime that generosity and community spirit can be partnered with good business practices and the business he began in 1947 at Rendelsham, before later moving to Millicent, is now into the third generation of the Foster family with his son Brian carrying on his legacy as manager since 1975 and more recently Brian and Cathy’s son David joining the business.

Foster’s Foodland also received the MBCA Hall of Fame Award for a business that has been locally owned and operated over 25 years and has shown generosity to community over that time. The Foster family has been in business for 68 years. Mrs Foster said on the night,  she was overwhelmed by the recognition and the awards and very glad she had attended.




The late Mr Bob Foster honoured with the MBCA Inaugural Community Spirit Award

Community Spirit Award

The late Mr Bob Foster with the Red Truck – Courtesy Komma Media

by S  Lowe 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow

The MBCA Community Spirit Award is a new award created by the MBCA to recognise the generosity of a well-known businessman, the late Mr Bob Foster, who earned a wonderful reputation for his generosity in supporting the community throughout his lifetime. A man who felt so blessed in 1947  to own his own business, decided he would continually seek to bless others through this business. It was a decision he lived by during his entire lifetime and whose generosity has helped so many  –  over many decades.

This award will be sponsored by Foster’s Foodland, in future years, in memory of their founder, affectionately known as ‘boss’.

In a surprise twist on the night of the awards, it was announced that the MBCA’s Inaugural Community Spirit Award was to be sponsored this year by the Millicent Business Community Association as the panel had determined, “there was no alternative than to award it to the business that has set the bench mark for us all to aspire to”.

The MBCA Inaugural Community Spirit Award was awarded to FOSTER’S FOODLAND Pty Ltd.

Brian Foster had been invited by the MBCA to present the award to the winner but instead, a surprised Brian and Cathy Foster  were presented with the Inaurgural Award in recognition of Brian’s  father’s commitment to this community over 67 years in business, and his legacy that has inspired a second generation through Brian and in more recent times, a third generation through David to continue the family business in Millicent; a business that has successfully spanned 68 years since it’s early beginnings in Rendelsham.

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Brian Foster accepting the MBCA Community Spirit Award in honour of his father the late Bob Foster. ‘Dad would be humbled’ he said. Photo courtesy of Steve Chapple Photography.


On accepting the award Brian said his father would be humbled that such an award had been created in his memory. Brian said in acknowledging his father’s achievements, his mother did everything else so that his father could just work and run the business; a partnership that together achieved a great deal.

Each year the MBCA , through the judging panel, will seek to recognise a business, which through their exemplary actions deserves to be recognised for their commitment to community.

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Mrs Foster (centre) received flowers as a token of appreciation for her family’s contribution to community. The Community Spirit Award was awarded to Fosters Foodland in honour of the late Mr Bob Foster’s support of his community. l-r Nicola Meegan, Kathy Sporer, Brian Foster, Mrs Beryl Foster, Cathy Foster & Karen Hateley. Photo by Lucy Pretty

Mrs Beryl Foster attended the event with her daughter Pam and son in law Alan Crowe,  son Brian and daughter in law Cathy,  and was presented with a sheath of flowers as a token of appreciation for all she and her late husband have done for the community and to wish her a belated 90th birthday which she celebrated a few weeks ago. Mrs Foster said she was overwhelmed by the award in her husbands memory and very appreciative of the flowers and best wishes.


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Bill and Kaye Thoroughgood, Pam and Alan Crowe, Mrs Beryl Foster, Mark and Deb Lines Holla-Fresh

Photos:- Lucy Pretty, Steve Chapple Photography