Cessnock Senior Citizens Association changes name, modifies constitution and revitalises activities

BRIGHT FUTURE: Cessnock Senior Citizens Association treasurer Michael Griggs and president Eileen Allison discuss the association's plans for the future. Picture: supplied
BRIGHT FUTURE: Cessnock Senior Citizens Association treasurer Michael Griggs and president Eileen Allison discuss the association's plans for the future. Picture: supplied

Cessnock’s designated group for senior citizens is now simply known as the Cessnock Senior Citizens' Association.

Previously known as Cessnock Pensioners and Senior Citizens Association, and having operated in one form or another for more than 80 years, the association unanimously voted at its recent annual general meeting to carry a special resolution to adopt the new name.

The association has taken steps to update and revitalise its activities, consistent with opportunities available in the 21st century, and modified its constitution to reflect current objectives.

“This is a most exciting and challenging time for us,” the association’s president, Eileen Allison said.

“While anyone is welcome to join the association, we are now focusing particularly on those people who are retired or semi-retired.

“We hope they may like to participate with us in in activities which are enjoyable, promote good health and social contact.

“We believe our plans will benefit both our members and the general community.”

Ms Allison said the association’s agenda covers planning of day trips, workshops, responding to specific group interests, open days and inviting experts to speak on topical subjects.

The association also supports the volunteers who comprise the Cessnock Seniors Choir. 

The choir is extremely active, giving 28 performances this year to an audience exceeding 2000 people.

Preparations are in full swing for the choir’s Christmas program and touring arrangements, which will including a special concert at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (stay tuned for the program launch in mid-November).

“All in all, there is a very bright future ahead for our association,” Ms Allison said.

The Cessnock Senior Citizens’ Association meets at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre every second Thursday from 10am to noon.

Meetings are held in the seniors room (entry off Cumberland Street); a light lunch is provided for members at a cost of $7 and includes some lucky door prizes.

The next meeting will be held on October 19.

Anyone interested in joining or seeking more information is encouraged to contact president, Eileen Allison on 4990 5844 or treasurer, Michael Griggs on 0415 890 784.

VIDEO: Check out the Cessnock Seniors Choir performing at RFBI Masonic Village Kurri Kurri last Christmas.