Community Diary: events and meetings around Cessnock City

Cessnock Relay For Life 2017
Cessnock Relay For Life 2017

Cessnock Retired Mineworkers

The next meeting of the Cessnock Retired Mineworkers will be held at Cessnock Leagues Club (1 Darwin Street, Cessnock) from 10am on Monday 8 October.

The guest speaker for the meeting with be from Cessnock Police.

Garden Glub

Cessnock City Garden Club’s October meeting will be held at Drayton’s Winery BBQ area (555 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin) from 10am on Wednesday 10 October.

Members are reminded to bring a plate of salads or sweets, a chair, mug and cultery for the luncheon.

For more information, phone the president on 4990 5547.

ADFAS Pokolbin lecture

The next lecture for the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Pokolbin will be all about 18th century English entrepreneur and industrialist Matthew Boulton.

Boulton, who helped develop the steam engine with James Watt and the creation of exquisite silver and ormolu with John Fothergill, stands at the very centre of the industrial and intellectual revolution.

The lecture will be given by Martin Ellis who was the former principal curator and head of collections research and development at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The lecture: Art Power and Money: The Life and world of Matthew Boulton will be on at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 8 October from 6.45pm.

Visitors welcome but prior notice is appreciated. For more information, phone Judy Wearne on 0409 986 565 or email

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The next meeting of the Cessnock Prostate Cancer Support Group will take place on Thursday 27 September from 3pm at Cessnock Leagues Club.

The meeting will feature the screening of a DVD that will give men and their families an insight and better understanding about prostate cancer awareness including PSA, Gleason Shore, grading and scans.

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

Cessnock Area Mental Health Support Group

The Cessnock Area Mental Health Support Group are restarting in the meeting rooms of the Wine Country Motor Inn (5 Darwin Stree, Cessnock).

The meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from 7pm to 9pm. There is also an optional dinner at the adjacent Cessnock Leagues Club at 6pm. However, there will be no meeting in October.

The monthly meetings offer mutual support, guest speakers and educational workshops.

For more information, contact Margaret on 4937 1200 or Hugh at

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.

Register your team at or contact Clint Ekert from the Cancer Council on 6572 5405 or for more information.

​​​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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.