Community Diary: events and meetings around Cessnock City

A previous Pink Ribbon breakfast at Paxton Bowling Club.

A previous Pink Ribbon breakfast at Paxton Bowling Club.

Pink breakfast at Paxton

Paxton Day Centre will hold its annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast at Paxton Bowling Club on Thursday, October 27.

The event will raise funds for the Cancer Council to help beat women's cancers.

It will start at 9.30am and costs $10 for breakfast and morning tea, or $5 for morning tea only.

Raffles will be held on the day.

Cessnock Ladies Squash Club reunion

A reunion for Cessnock Ladies Squash Club will be held at Stonebridge Golf Club, Cessnock on Saturday, November 12.

Finger food will be served at $20 per person.

RSVP to Allison on 0499 744 711 by November 5 for catering purposes, or find ‘Cessnock Ladies Squash Reunion’ on Facebook.

Train trip raises funds for rescue helicopter

The Motor Rail Society is running a train trip to the Muswellbrook Races on Melbourne Cup Day (November 1).

All proceeds to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Cessnock Support Group.

The cost is $70 which includes the train trip from Maitland to Muswellbrook and back, morning tea and entry to the races.

For bookings and more information, phone Trish on 4932 6967 or 0413 672 408.

High tea for breast cancer

LJ Hooker Cessnock and Kurri Kurri will hold a high tea at Hunter Valley Gardens on Sunday, November 6 to raise money for breast cancer research. 

The event will run from 10.30am to 1pm.

Tickets are $50 per adult (including Gardens entry, delicious food and a glass of bubbly) and $25 per child.  

Tickets are on sale until Thursday, October 20 at the LJ Hooker’s Cessnock office (93 Vincent Street).

For more information or to book your tickets, email or call 4990 5333.

Markets at Branxton

The St Brigid’s Markets are held at Branxton on the third Sunday of the month.

The markets take place in the old school grounds on Station Street, Branxton from 9am to 2pm.

Stalls include home wares and locally-made arts, crafts, candles, jewellery, clothing and gifts and many more.

Stallholders inquiries can be made to Helen on 0427 047 024 or Julie on 0427 381 250.

Diabetes support group

Coalfields Kurri Diabetes Support Group meets at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10am.

All are welcome. Call Lorna on 4930 4799 or John on 4937 3995 for more information.

Kurri Retired Mineworkers

Kurri Retired Mineworkers meet at the Kurri Senior Citizens’ Centre on the second Monday of the month at 10am.

The branch's Christmas Dinner is on Monday, November 28 at the Kurri Workers Club. The dinner charge is $20 and covers meal, drinks, door prizes and entertainment.

All retired mineworkers and pensioners, families and friends are cordially invited to attend.

Cessnock Retired Mineworkers

Cessnock Retired Mineworkers’ next meeting will be held at Cessnock Leagues Club on Monday, October 31.

The meeting will start at 10am. Payments for the Christmas dinner and the December get-together will be taken at this meeting.

Pelton-Ellalong Colliery reunion

A reunion of former workers from Pelton-Ellalong Colliery (pre-1998) will be held at Bellbird Workers Club on Saturday, November 12.

The reunion will start at 1pm.

Cessnock Garden Club

Cessnock Garden Club’s next day outing will be to a large wholesale nursery at Wyee Point on November 2, leaving the Guide Hall at 9.30am (this will be the last outing for the year).

The garden club’s regularly monthly meetings are held at the Cessnock Girl Guide Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 10am.

Memorabilia is sought for its 50th birthday in March 2017.

Call the club president on 4990 4049 for more information.

Weston P&C shopping trip

Weston Public School P and C association still has seats available on its bus trip to the Sydney warehouses and markets on Saturday, October 29.

The trip will visit the Nut Shop, Christmas Warehouse World, Surf Factory Warehouse, Shire Sweets, Home and Gift Warehouse, Adore Shoes, Manchester shop as well as Paddy's Markets.

Cost is $30 a seat and the bus will leaves Weston School at 6.30am but can pick up along the way.

For inquiries or to book a seat, phone Mary on 4937 3119.

ADFAS Pokolbin lecture

ADFAS Pokolbin will hold its last lecture of the year at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday, October 31.

The guest lecturer will be Sarah Cove, a UK-accredited paintings conservator, technical art historian and accredited NADFAS lecturer.

Originally with a background in fine art, history and languages, Cove did a BA in art history, specialising in 19th and 20th century art, design and architecture, at the Courtauld Institute in the 1980s.

The last lecture of the year will once again include a special performance by the Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools choir.

Doors will open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start – half an hour earlier than usual for the children’s choir performance.

Tickets are $25 including a light supper and wine. RSVP to Judy on 0409 986 565 or

Pelaw Main Public School shopping trip

Pelaw Main Public School will run a shopping trip to Sydney on Saturday, November 5.

Funds raised will go towards improving the school’s playground areas.

The bus will leave Pelaw Main School at 7am and will visit outlets including Bonds, Surf Warehouse, manchester, lolly shop, toy shop and more.

Cost is $50 per person, and lunch can be purchased for additional $10 (includes a glass of wine).

Raffles and games will be played on the day.

Contact Jodie on 0428 469 399 or Brooke on 0422 888 551 by October 31 to book your seat.

Kurri Kurri Community Markets

Kurri Girl Guides hold a market in Rotary Park on the second Saturday of the month.

The market runs from 8am to 1pm with various stalls.

Cessnock Probus Club

The Cessnock Probus Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 9.30am at Cessnock Ex-Services Club.

For more information, contact Geoff Brown on 4991 1879.

Cessnock View Club

Cessnock View Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at Cessnock Leagues Club.

For more information, call Jan on 4990 3282 or June on 4990 3093.

Cessnock Prostate Cancer Support Group

Cessnock Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at Cessnock Leagues Club from 3pm to 4.30pm.

The guest speaker at the October 27 meeting will be Dana Buzinec from the Cancer Council. Ms Buzinec will give an update on new support and transport services available for people during and after their cancer treatment.

​All are welcome to attend the meeting; cost is free and afternoon tea and coffee is supplied.

Contact Barry or Rose on 4990 4554 for more information.

Cessnock Breast Cancer Support Group

The Cessnock Breast Cancer Support Group meets at the Unicare Clinic at Cessnock Hospital on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm.

The group was formed to help any woman who has had a breast cancer diagnosis. It is made up of women who have been through, or who are still undergoing, the breast cancer journey.

Sometimes social outings form the meeting, other times guest speakers are invited to address the group.

Contact Katrina Richardson on 0422 978 254 for more information.

Mental health support group

Cessnock and Area Carer and Consumer Mental Health Support Group meets the first Monday of the month at Cessnock Leagues Club.

Dinner is from 6pm, then a meeting at 7pm in the bistro.

For further information, contact Julie at the Sunflower Centre on 8315 1450 or

Coalfields Cancer Support Group

Coalfields Cancer Support Group’s next meeting will be held at Cessnock Leagues Club on Monday, October 31.

The meeting will start at 2pm and new members are always welcome.

The group raises money for Calvary Mater Newcastle’s cancer research department.

Seats are still available for the group’s nine-day to Gippsland Lakes, leaving March 6, 2017.

Bookings can be made by ringing Marie on 0432 253 717.

Philosophy group meets at Cessnock Library

The Cessnock Philosophy Group meets at Cessnock Library on the third Friday of the month.

Meetings run from 1pm to 3pm, with a topical discussion each month.

All are welcome to join the exchange of opinions and interesting ideas.

Remaining topics for 2016 are:

November 18 – Karl Marx

December 16 – end-of-year lunch, venue TBA, topical Christmas debate 

Call 4998 6288 for more details.

Weston Senior Citizens

Weston Senior Citizens meet on pension day at the Weston Civic Centre.

The meeting runs from 11am to 12.30pm and new members are welcome.

After the meeting, members have a light lunch and a cup of tea. Cost is $2.

The group will be taking a five-day coach trip to Canberra in October.

For more information, call Sue on 4937 1172.

Ice Breakers support group

The Ice Breakers – a support group for carers, families and friends of people experiencing substance misuse and a mental illness – meets at Greta Workers Club on the third Tuesday of the month.

Every second month, the group holds a public forum from 7.30pm to 8.30pm prior to its monthly meeting.

The carers group is supported by The Sunflower Centre, a service of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.

The group regularly invites guest speakers on a range of topics, conducts fundraising for support group activities, has social outings and participates in community awareness activities.

For more information, call Sonnie on 0455 683 607 or Nadine 0423 767 468.

Meeting for friends and family affected by an alcoholic

Is someone's drinking bothering you?

Al-Anon, a meeting for friends and family affected by an alcoholic or problem drinker, runs from 2.15pm to 4.15pm every Thursday at the Salvation Army (rear) hall, corner of Cumberland and Hall Streets, Cessnock.

Phone 1300 252 666 for more information.

Visit Marthaville Cottage

Marthaville at 200 Wollombi Road, Cessnock is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

All are welcome to come and have a look at the historic house and all of the lovely gifts for sale.

Landcare needs help

Cessnock Landcare has been granted council approval to carry out bush regeneration on Bridges Hill, Convent Hill and East End Oval.

The group is hoping to attract local volunteers who are keen to help protect the public parklands, which attract abundant bird life.

The group meets by arrangement on Sunday mornings. Call Bernice on 4991 1688 for more information.

Live at The Crossing: spoken word, poetry and music

The spoken word is now being celebrated every first Saturday of the month at the Crossing Café, Kearsley.

It runs from 2pm to 4pm, with poetry, storytelling, music, art and coffee.

There's open mic so anyone interested in a walk-up slot, make yourself known to the host Pip Sheehan.

Croquet Club

Cessnock Croquet Club meets Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings at Calvary Retirement Community.

The club was established at the former Allandale Bowling Club site in July 2014.

Anyone interested in trying the social sport – which is suitable for all ages and levels of experience – is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Derek on 4990 5640, Toni on 4990 4622 or George on 4990 4161.

Hunter Valley Seniors meet at East Maitland

The Hunter Valley branch of National Seniors Australia meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month the at East Maitland Bowling Club, 9.30am for a 10am start.

Monique McGuire from OzHarvest will be the guest speaker on October 25.

The club hosts regular lunches, morning teas, day and extended coach tours and has an active walking group.

New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information, phone Stan on 4934 1125.

Are you over 50 and single?

Hunter Valley Over-50s' Singles' Social Club meets at the Maitland Polish Hall on the first Sunday of the month at 10am.

​​If you are 50-plus and looking for friendship in a friendly group environment, why not come along and enjoy morning tea.

Outings throughout the month include dinners, picnics, shows, movies, lunches and morning teas.

The group will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a dinner dance at the Polish Hall on Saturday, November 26 at 6pm.

Contact Mary on 4951 4407 or Glenda on 4934 3136 for further details.


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