Community Diary: events and meetings around Cessnock City

HAIRY GOOD CAMPAIGN: Some members of the Beards of Hope team, Savannah's Boys.
HAIRY GOOD CAMPAIGN: Some members of the Beards of Hope team, Savannah's Boys.

Beards of Hope fundraisers

Cessnock Beards of Hope team Savannah’s Boys are holding meat raffles at the Australia Hotel every Friday night throughout winter.

Fellow Cessnock Beards of Hope team The Crumb Catchers will hold raffles at the Caledonia Hotel every Tuesday in July.

The beard-growing challenge raises money for Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support.

The fundraising campaign ends on September 1, with shave parties to be held at the respective hotels.

Cessnock Prostate Cancer Support Group

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

Guest speakers at the July 26 meeting will be Calvary Mater Hospital prostate cancer specialist nurses Nancy Consoli and Tracy Scott, who will speak about how to contact them when first diagnosed, during treatment and conclusion of treatment.

​​All are welcome to attend the meeting; cost is free. For more information, contact Barry on 0457 073 852 or Rose on 4990 4554.

VIEW Club meets at Paxton

Cessnock VIEW Club will hold its next meeting at Paxton Bowling Club on Thursday, July 19.

The meeting will start at 10am, with Susan Davy from Cessnock Library the guest speaker.

Payment of $10 for the trip to Stockrington Cinema in August will be collected at the meeting.

​​Cessnock Garden Club

Cessnock Garden Club meets at the Cessnock Guide Hall the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings start at 10am and new members are always welcome. Contact Betty on 4990 2810.

Philosophy Hub meets monthly at library

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

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

The topic for the July 20 meeting is ‘perception’.

All are welcome to come along and listen, learn and offer their opinion in a free, friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

For more information, call the library on 4993 4399.

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 is taking bookings for its annual Christmas in July at Buttai Barn on Friday, July 27.

Seats are still available for the group’s trip to Alice Springs and Uluru (flying both ways to Alice Springs and hiring a coach) departing September 3.

The group is also taking a tour to Ballarat in March 2019.

For more information, call Marie on 0432 253 717.

Bus trip to Moree

Cessnock Masonic Village Social Club still has seats available on its seven-day trip to Moree, departing on September 2. The trip will also visit Lightning Ridge and surrounding areas, with most meals included. Contact Dot Chick on 4990 1015 for details.

Cessnock Senior Citizens Association

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

Contact Glenys on 0439 436 346 or Michael on 0415 890 784 for more information.

Woodturners Club

Cessnock Woodturners Club will hold free woodworking demonstrations for members of the public on the third Saturday of the month at Mount View High School.

The demonstrations will run from 9.30am to 11.30am, with entry to the school grounds from 9am to 9.30am.

The July 21 demonstration will be an introduction to wood carving.

It is an opportunity for people to check out the club, its shed and facilities, and discuss the potential to join the club and receive free tuition.

RSVP is helpful; please call Joe on 4937 2543 or Steve on 0407 234 183.

Anxiety support groups at Cessnock and Branxton

The Way Ahead facilitates free, monthly anxiety support groups at Branxton and Cessnock.

The group are open to people over 18 with anxiety disorders, and their friends and family.

The Branxton group meets as Branxton Community Hall on the third Thursday of the month from 10am-noon.

The Cessnock group meets at the PCYC on the last Monday of the month from 10am-noon.

For more information, call Rachel on 9339 6013 or email

Cessnock Relay For Life 2017

Cessnock Relay For Life 2017

Cessnock Relay For Life

The 2018 Cessnock Relay For Life will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 10pm.

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

Upcoming fundraisers include:

  • A tea-tasting party at Exquisite Cakes at Lennert on Monday, August 6 at 6pm (find out more here).

Contact Clint Ekert from the Cancer Council on 6572 5405 or, or stay tuned to for more information.

U3A welcomes new members

Cessnock City University of the Third Age (U3A) invites retired or semi-retired people to join the group for a social afternoon at North End Hall on the first Thursday of the month.

The social afternoon starts at 2pm, with tea and coffee provided and a guest speaker when available.

Cost is $2 per person and all are welcome.

U3A also offers tai chi, exercise, walking, craft, discussion groups, old movies, luncheons, music and lots more.

For more information, call Lorraine on 4936 2384.


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

Anyone looking to try something new, fun and educational is welcome to come along and see how Toastmasters can help develop confidence and communication skills.

For more information, contact Judy on 4990 4581, email or visit

Westpac Rescue Helicopter support group

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Cessnock Volunteer Support Group meets at Wine Country Motor Inn (next to Cessnock Leagues Club) on the first Thursday of the month at 6pm.

New members are welcome. For more information, call Danny on 0439 072 077 or email

Spiritualist Church of Cessnock

The Spiritualist Church of Cessnock (the church of love and light) has moved to the Cessnock RSL Sub-branch Hall on Wollombi Road, West Cessnock.

Services are held on the first and third Sunday of the month at 10am. There is a guest speaker at every service, and healings and readings are given.

For more information, contact Rev Peter Madden on 4990 9363 or 0417 475 692.

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.

War Widows social club

The War Widows’ Guild invites all women in the Cessnock area whose husbands have died in or as a result of military service to join its social club.

For more information, call Flo on 4990 7378.

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.

​St Brigid’s markets at Branxton

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

The volunteer-run market goes from 9am to 1pm, with about 40 stalls each month.​

​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 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.

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.

Meetings are free and refreshments are included.

For more information, call or text Michael on 0439 162 227 or email

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

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.

​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 branch 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.

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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