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:

Sunday, March 26: Barefoot bowls day (hosted by Ang’s Army) at Bellbird Park Bowling Club, 11am. Tickets $25pp, teams of four. Email mwoodbine@yahoo.com.au to register.

Saturday, April 8: Trivia night and launch party at Cessnock Leagues Club, 6.30pm. Tickets $25 pp (including finger food), teams of eight. Tickets from the club.

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.

World Day of Prayer

A World Day of Prayer service will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Cessnock on Friday, March 3.

Each year the Christian women of a different country prepare the service.

This year’s service has been prepared by the women of the Philippines, and the theme is "Am I being unfair to you?".

All are welcome to attend, and a special invitation is made to those who have come from the Philippines, who may even wish to wear their traditional attire.

The service will start at 7.30pm and a light supper will follow.

Picnic for Multiple Birth Awareness Week

The Hunter Valley Multiple Birth Association will hold a free picnic for families with twins, triplets or more on Sunday, March 19 (during Australian Multiple Birth Awareness Week).

The picnic will be held at Glendonbrook (20 minutes from Branxton).

RSVP is required by March 8. Anyone interested in attending, or wanting more information about the association, should contact Jenny on 0417 658 033 or jetals1@westnet.com.au.

Coalfields Cancer Support Group

Seats are still available for Coalfields Cancer Support Group’s eight-day trip to Broome, leaving September 5.

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

The 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.

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 50th birthday celebrations will be held at Cessnock Leagues Club on March 8. Any former member who would like to attend should contact president Wendy on 4990 4049 before February 25.

Cessnock Retired Mineworkers

Cessnock Retired Mineworkers and life members are welcome to attend the branch’s 75th anniversary morning tea at Cessnock Rifle Club on Friday, February 24.

The morning tea will start at 10am. Finger food will be served; please bring a plate of sweets.

RSVP to Florence Little on 4990 2537 or Laurence Ellis on 4990 6822.

Kurri Retired Mineworkers

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

The branch will hold a lunch for the Leukaemia Foundation at Weston Workers Club on Monday, February 27 from 11am to 2pm.

Cost is $22 per person and  includes lunch and entertainment. RSVP to Nita on 0400 025 943 by February 20.

Diabetes Support Group

Coalfields Kurri Diabetes Support Group will meet at Kurri Bowling Club on Tuesday, February 28 at 10am.

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.

Cancer Council Hunter regional manager Shayne Connell will be the guest speaker at the February 23 meeting.

Mr Connell will speak about the Cancer Council’s latest prostate cancer research results and upcoming projects.

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

For more information, contact Barry on 0457 073 852, Rose on 4990 4554 or Steve on 0419 511 145

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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