Community Diary: events and meetings around Cessnock City

COMMUNITY EVENT: Walkers on the track at the 2016 Cessnock Relay For Life. Picture: Krystal Sellars

COMMUNITY EVENT: Walkers on the track at the 2016 Cessnock Relay For Life. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Cessnock Relay For Life

Relay For Life is a fundraiser for Cancer Council’s research, advocacy, education and support programs.

Some important dates for this year’s Cessnock Relay For Life include:

Saturday, October 14: Cessnock Relay For Life at Baddeley Park, Cessnock, 10am-10pm

Call Clint Ekert on 6572 5405, email Clint.Ekert@nswcc.org.au or visit cessnockrelay.com for more information.

Open day at Community Kids Cessnock

Community Kids Cessnock will celebrate its official opening with a free family fun day on Saturday, May 27.

The fun day will run from 10am to 1pm, with activities including an animal farm, jumping castle, face painting, balloon twisting and much more.

The community is invited to come along for a sausage sizzle, meet the educators and learn more about our centre and the services it provides.

Community Kids is located at 223-225 Vincent Street, Cessnock. 

Bingo day for Westpac Helicopter support group

The Wesptac Rescue Helicopter Cessnock Volunteer Support Group will hold a bingo/tombala day at Bellbird Park Bowling Club on Monday, June 5.

Be there at 10am for 10.30am start. Great prizes to be won, all are welcome.

Freemasons trivia night

Masonic Lodge Tomalpin will hold a trivia night at Kurri Kurri Senior Citizens’ Centre on Saturday, May 27 to raise funds for Marli Accommodation Services.

The trivia night will start at 7pm. Teams of eight to a table can be booked.

Cost is $10 per head, including light supper with tea and coffee. Teams can bring other drinks and nibbles.

Call Graham Smith on 0408 333 604 to book your table.

Quilters and Embroiderers

Cessnock Quilters and Embroiderers on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Cessnock Toyota Stadium from 9am to 1pm.

Machine embroiderers meet on the last Monday of the month.

New members are welcome, no skills needed, come along and learn.

Contact Sue on 4991 1671 or Chris on 4990 8560.

Coalfields Cancer Support Group

Coalfields Cancer Support Group raises money for Calvary Mater Newcastle’s cancer research department.

Meetings are held at Cessnock Leagues Club on the first Monday of the month at 2pm.

The group will attend Christmas in July at Buttai Barn on Friday, July 28.

The group is also running a nine-day trip to Caloundra, departing October 17.

Bookings for these trips 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 come along and listen, learn and offer their opinion in a friendly atmosphere.

Call 4998 6288 for more details.

Peer Support Network

The Intellectual Disability Rights Service has established a peer support network in Cessnock.

The group is for people with an intellectual, cognitive or learning disability, and their support persons, advocates or carers.

The group will meet at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre seniors room every second Friday at 1.45pm, starting March 3.

Meetings are free and refreshments are included.

For more information, call or text Michael on 0439 162 227 or email michael@idrs.org.au.

​Cessnock Garden Club

Cessnock City Garden Club meets at the Girl Guide Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 10am.

The club’s annual bus trip will be held on September 20, visiting two gardens and a wholesale nursery.

New members are always welcome.

Kurri Retired Mineworkers

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

Retired mineworkers, retirees and pensioners, are cordially invited to attend.

Diabetes Support Group

Coalfields Kurri Diabetes Support Group’s next meeting will be held at Kurri Bowling Club on Tuesday, May 30.

The meeting will start at 10am. The guest speaker will be dietitian Naomi Moore. Bring along labels or anything that you might need help with and Naomi will interpret.

New members are welcome. For more information, call Lorna on 4930 4799, John on 4937 3995 or Brenda on 4932 7649.

Country Women’s Association

The Cessnock CWA Evening Branch meets at 163 Vincent Street on the first and third Monday of the month at 7pm.

For more information, like the branch on Facebook.

Toastmasters Club

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

Visitors are welcome to come along and see Toastmasters can help develop confidence, leadership qualities and great communication skills.

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

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.

​Cessnock RSL Women’s Auxiliary

Cessnock RSL Women's Auxiliary meets on the first Saturday of the month at the RSL Hall on Wollombi Road.

The group is seeking new members to help with its fundraising, which supports Defence personnel currently serving overseas and ex-service men and women through local welfare and Defence Care assistance.

The monthly meetings start at 10am. For more information, call Carmel on 4990 4093 or Raylene on 4990 4747.

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 speakers at the May 25 meeting will be Terry Wheeler and Jim Newton, who will talk about prostate cancer journeys from diagnosis, treatment, recurring cancer treatment and incontinence.

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

For more information, contact Rose on 4990 4554 or Barry on 0457 073 852.

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 julie.killeen@sfnsw.org.au.

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.

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 guest speaker at the May 23 meeting will be Alison from Older Wiser Walkers, to give advice on what seniors should do when they walk.

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.

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.

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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.

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