Community Diary: events and meetings around Cessnock City

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

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

Croquet Club

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

The group has changed its playing times with the arrival of the warmer weather.

Play is from 4pm Tuesdays and 9am Fridays.

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.

Christmas Family Night at Bunnings

Bunnings Warehouse Cessnock is inviting Cessnock residents to join a fun-filled family night on Thursday, December 8.

The night will include entertainment and activities for the whole family, such as free gift wrapping, ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ Kids D.I.Y. Workshops, light refreshments and even a special visit from Santa himself.

The family night will run from 6pm to 8pm. Bookings are recommended on 4991 9500.

Cessnock Garden Club

Cessnock City Garden Club will wind up another successful year with its Christmas party at Drayton’s Log Press Café on Wednesday, December 14.

The lunch will start at 11.30am. Members can bring a gift for Secret Santa.

The club would like to thank all of its guest speakers and helpers over the last year.

Club will resume on Wednesday, February 8 at the Cessnock Girl Guide Hall at 10am.

The club is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 with a luncheon at Cessnock Leagues Club.

Anyone wanting more information about the luncheon can call the club president on 4990 4049.

Toastmasters Christmas meeting

Cessnock City Toastmasters Club will hold its final meeting for 2016 on Monday, December 12. 

This meeting will include Christmas dinner in the Cessnock Leagues Club bistro and some festive entertainment. 

Visitors are welcome to attend.

Cessnock City Toastmasters Club meets at Cessnock Leagues Club on Mondays from 7pm to 9pm (except public holidays). 

Participation in Toastmasters is a fun way to develop great communication skills and the confidence to tackle any social or professional situation.

For further information, contact Judy on 4990 4581 or judytts@bigpond.net.au.

Christmas Concert

International touring group Endless Praise will perform at the Salvation Army Cessnock’s Christmas concert on Sunday, December 18.

The concert will be held at the Salvation Army at 14 Hall Street, Cessnock at 10am. Entry is by donation.

Kurri Retired Mineworkers

Kurri Retired Mineworkers’ December 12 meeting will be the branch's Christmas fish and chip day.

It will be held in the Senior Citizens Centre at 10am.

The guest speaker will be Ian Wiskin from Pymore Recyclers, who propose to build a lead-acid battery recycling plant at Kurri. Mr Wiskin will speak on the planned state-of-the-art facility and the recycling processes involved.

All retired mineworkers, retirees, pensioners, wives and widows are cordially invited to attend.

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.

​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 will resume on February 1, 2017.

The 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 julie.killeen@sfnsw.org.au.

Coalfields Cancer Support Group

Seats are still available for Coalfields Cancer Support Group’s nine-day to Gippsland Lakes, leaving March 6, 2017.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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Do you have an event or meeting you would like to publicise? Email the details to cessnock@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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