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ComputerPals Mission

Our mission is to educate seniors in the use of computers as a way of enriching their lives and making them more self-reliant. We bridge the generation gap and assist seniors to find ways to benefit the community through their collective experience and knowledge.

ComputerPals Training Courses

Classes are conducted on Tuesday - Thursdays in school terms. They are generally of one and a half hours (sometimes over 5 weeks, or 3 hour courses, one-off courses may also run on Fridays. Every Monday morning is a closed session devoted to equipment maintenance. Monday afternoons host meetings of Committee, "Train the Trainer" sessions, or our special interest groups - Digipals, Writerpals. Tabpals meet on a Friday afternoon (see the calendar for actual times and dates). As well as our computing sessions and meetings, we arrange social outings for our members. We have developed training courses for our Senior Citizens so that they can learn about computers without feeling under pressure to keep up with the "youngsters". Membership is open to Novocastrian residents over the age of 55 years, as well as residents of nearby Local Council areas.

Who Provides Our Training?

Tutoring is provided by a band of volunteers, prepared to share their knowledge and give their time, so that we can provide training at minimum cost. Being a member of ASCCA ( Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association ), we have access to ASCCA's resources and links to other Seniors' Computing Clubs throughout Australia. If you would like to become involved as a tutor, or if you know someone who has the skills but is not yet a member, please contact our Tutor Co-ordinator.


Next Excursion 
Our next social outing will be to the Australian Army Infantry Museum, Singleton on Saturday 10th September 2016 (please note the change of date to 2nd Saturday).
Originating as a national School Of Musketry founded in 1911, the first commandant and chief instructor, Major Francis Heritage donated a few firearms from his personal collection to form the foundation of the school's 'small arms' collection. Following the Great War and under the leadership of various commandants, the school gained a number of weapons consisting of machine guns, grenades and revolvers, along with many captured weapons.  World War 2 weapons were donated after 1945, including sub-machine guns, anti-tank weapons and mortars.
In 1965, the collection was redesignated the Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum and based at Ingleburn, NSW. The museum was relocated to Singleton with a change of name, along with the Infantry Centre in late 1973. The exhibition is divided into 2 areas - the ground floor displays focus on the chronological history of infantry operational deployments, from Sudan in 1885 through to our current deployments, while the mezzanine displays focus on the small arms, the infantryman's 'tools of trade'.
Details of the day are as follows;
When:         Saturday 10th September 2016
Where:        Australian Army Infantry Museum, Singleton
Meet/Time:  Rest Area (toilets), Golden Highway turn-off, 9.30am-9.45am
Entry:          $5.00 (concession)
M/Tea:         10.00am-10.30am (own expense at the Museum cafe)
Inspection: 10.30am- ???
Lunch:         General consensus!
This trip will involve car pooling, so if you are intending to come and either need a lift or are able to take someone, please be sure to note this in the attendance form you submit. Please click here to open the attendance form, complete and submit. This is important so we know who is coming to the designated meeting place in order to travel on to the museum together.
I look forward to seeing you at what should be an interesting experience of an important piece of Australian Military history. 
Brenton Elsey
Social Secretary

see the Social Outings tab above for full report on our last trip and other information about upcoming Social Outings.






Want To Join? - For a Membership form, click HERE, print it, complete it and send or deliver it to us. Then go to the 'Payments' tab above and follow the instructions regarding payment. Course information is available on the 'Courses/Timetables' tab above.

For more information contact us at

or phone 02 4961 6576 (during business hours M - F)

Our next Enrolment Day is Friday 16th September

between 9:30am - 11:30am

when you will be able to call in and inspect our premises, enrol for Courses, join the club and pay Membership (new and renewed).

Social Day Out

Grey skies and a few showers did not prevent 8 members and 2 guests from venturing out to Wangi Wangi for an inspection of Dobell House.

The original home of well known Australian artist, Sir William Dobell and now a Heritage Listed property is situated in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Macquarie. On arrival, we were greeted by 2 of the volunteers who look after ‘all things Dobell’. After giving us a brief overview of the property and the various exhibits on hand, we were then able to wander around and marvel at this artist’s colourful life experiences which were not without some controversy. On the ground floor, we were shown the original kitchen with period fittings while the main sitting room contained numerous photos, prints and artefacts depicting this famous artist’s life history. Upstairs was Dobell’s studio where he did most of his painting, and which also contained a bed and side table with ‘liquid refreshments’. Outside, a number of trees and shrubs planted during Dobell’s time here are still very much part of the garden and surrounds.

To discuss the various aspects of the visit and anything else that was thought of, we adjourned to the local cafe for a very welcome cuppa before heading home.

AGM/Guest Speaker/Lunch

Our member’s Annual AGM and Lunch was held on Friday 12th at the Mayfield Ex-Services Club, with 41 members and 3 special guests attending.

Following the usual welcome to members and guests by outgoing President Lindsay Threadgate and annual reports by the various committee members, Harold Franks then took the mike in the position of Returning Officer and informed the gathering that all committee positions were declared vacant, and called for nominations for all these positions. Sandra Keen was elected President, with Merv Pope filling the Vice President role and Grahame King as Treasurer. All other Committee positions were filled except for Social Secretary, and the Club will need someone or a small group to step up and carry on this role.

As a change to the usual format, a guest speaker was included. Back by popular request, Mr. Gil Gordon from R. I. Advice gave a presentation on the benefits of good planning for the future, especially if some unforeseen circumstances occur.

Formalities over, it was then time to sample the culinary delights of the Club eatery and enjoy a chinwag with fellow members.


Our new location is 15 Hubbard St, Islington NSW 2296 (right next door to the Islington Public School - our old location). Easy for you to find.

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PO Box 73 Broadmeadow 2292 Ph 4961 6576

Location: 15 Hubbard Street - ISLINGTON - NSW 2296

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