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Social Outings


Our next outing will be to the NSW Art Gallery in Sydney on Saturday 23rd February 2019.
Following the train trip to Sydney, we will have a comfort stop and morning tea at the recently refurbished Central station. Suitably sustained, we will then travel by train to St. James and from there, a mostly shaded walk to the Art Gallery. One of our members recommended one of the exhibits (Masters of Modern Art from The Hermitage), having viewed this earlier while overseas. While entry to the Gallery is free, along with many exhibits, there are some exhibits with an entry fee (including the one mentioned) which vary in cost from $16 – $24 for those on display on our day of travel. Full of knowledge of ‘The Arts’, we will then have lunch, either at the Gallery, or if too busy, we can return to Central, prior to boarding our train home.
When:  Saturday 23rd February 2019
Depart Newcastle Interchange 6.53am
     ”      Hamilton 6.55am
     ”      B’Meadow 6.59am
     ”      Cardiff 7.06am
     ”      Fassifern 7.17am
Arrive  Central 9.29am
Central to NSW Art Gallery for visit.
Lunch (either at the Gallery or Central)
Depart  Central 2.18pm, 3.18pm
Arrive   Newcastle Interchange 5.04pm, 5.54pm
Cost:    Opal Card – $2.50, M/Tea at cost, Gallery Entry/Exhibits – free, Optional Gallery Exhibits – $16-$24, Lunch at cost.
We suggest that you endeavour to travel down in the 2nd carriage. On arrival at Central, please assemble at the end of the platform so we can meet up in case this did not happen on the train – we can then travel as a group. Please note that while there are lifts at Central to assist in changing trains, there are stairs at St James station, followed by a 15 min. walk to the Gallery where lifts and ramps are present. We suggest that comfortable walking shoes be worn. We have shown 2 return departure times for Central for those who wish to return earlier or later.
Please click here to download the attendance form, complete the details and submit. If you have notified us you are coming and are running late or can’t make it at the last minute, please give me a call so we can keep track of those attending. Also, please keep the email (or come back to this site) until after the outing date so you will have all the day’s details on hand.
I look forward to seeing you on this excursion to ‘The Big Smoke’.


Brenton Elsey
Social Secretary
0438 997 310


7th December – Christmas Lunch

Ho Ho Ho ! 


Our member’s Christmas lunch was held on Friday 7th December at the Mayfield Ex-Services Club with some 61 participants.

Of additional interest this year was the announcement of the section winners of our own Club’s Writing and Photography competitions. Following ASSCA’s cancellation of their national competitions, our own Barry Keen took the initiative and was the driving force behind our own competitions to which our neighbouring clubs were invited to participate – well done, Barry. A high standard of entries in both competitions was ‘heard and seen’, with the winners receiving certificates. President Sandra Keen briefly outlined Club activities, along with the need to push for more participation in the ‘Be Connected’ scheme through which our Club received a substantial grant – much needed and put to good use.

With a slight dose of hunger pains amongst those present, it was time for members to select their favourite dishes and enjoy each others’ company prior to the Christmas/New Year break. A great time was had by all, creating a happy conclusion to the ComputerPals 2018 year.   

Friday 16th November saw our intrepid group of nineteen members off to enjoy the morning out at Mortel Sheepskin Factory at Thornton where we enjoyed a lovely morning tea/coffee & scones

then a quick visit to the shop before our conducted tour over the factory which proved very interesting. A great day out!


Monday 15th October 2018 – Members Morning Tea & #Try1Thing as part of Get Online Week

40 members and visitors met in the Islington School Hall to enjoy some fun exercises as part of Get Online Week. All enjoyed the morning tea.



Our member’s Annual AGM and Lunch was held on Friday 10th August at the Cardiff RSL Club, with 34 members attending.

Following the usual welcome to members and guests by outgoing President Sandra Keen and annual reports by the various committee members, it was then time for the Returning Officer to declare all committee positions vacant and called for nominations for all these positions. Sandra Keen was re-elected President, along with Merv Pope filling the Vice President role and Grahame King as Treasurer. All other Committee positions were filled with no changes to the outgoing committee members.

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

Sunday 19th August 2018 – “Lost in the 50’s” Museum, Cameron Park

Sunday 19th August saw a cold but sunny day and a large crowd of interested people to greet 18 members at the entrance to the ‘Lost In The 50’s’ Museum at Cameron Park.

This museum has housed a private collection of ‘all things American’ through the 50’s (and 60’s) and is closing the doors next month, the owners stating that they feel it is the right time for a break. The usual array of immaculately prepared motor vehicles was on display, resplendent in chrome and glass and with a variety of colours and finishes. Also featured was a mock-up of a period café/milk bar including fittings and signs, numerous glass cabinets containing a wide range of model cars, signs, old radios, petrol pumps and a whole host of various memorabilia pertaining to that period. Tin signs and posters were prevalent everywhere, along with life sized models of Elvis, The Rat Pack and café staff. An old caravan, bicycles and toy pedal cars for the young ones were on display – in fact, there wasn’t much else one could think of that was missing from this wonderful collection. Outside, several classic and vintage car clubs presented some of their best, while the coffee and food outlets did a roaring trade.

After viewing the offering, the group headed for a seat and some refreshments before disbanding and heading for home.


Morning Tea/General Meeting held on Monday 18th June, a very cold and wet day on which some 35 members braved the elements to attend – an excellent response given the weather prevailing.

President Sandra Keen opened the meeting with a general overview of the Club’s activities and current financial situation. This was followed by a very detailed and informative Powerpoint presentation by Lindsay Threadgate, highlighting our financial status and the very real need for the Club to find a new base and change the way it operates – well done Lindsay for the time and effort in putting it together.


Morning tea followed, with a welcome addition of some hot finger food, along with the usual array of biscuits etc.

Our guest speaker for the day was Michelle Pirie, who lightened the tone of the meeting with some ‘Chair Yoga’. Everyone participated in this fun exercise routine that would prove helpful for stiff necks and sore backs when using a computer for lengthy periods. Anyone wanting follow-up yoga with Michelle can contact her on 0400 790 479


With many members assisting, pack up for the day was swift, so a big thank you.

FRIDAY 15th June 2018 Saw 15 members visit The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

After a brisk walk across open spaces, we arrived at The Mint where a hot coffee and some nibbles settled everyone for the exploration ahead. One of Sydney’s oldest buildings showed some interesting artefacts and beautifully crafted models depicting times past. On to the Hyde Park Barracks next door, where 3 stories of colonial history were documented in an excellent and descriptive manner. It didn’t take long for one to realise just how tough life must have been ‘back in the day’. With the odd creaking knees from up and down the many steps, lunch at The Bakery inside the Barracks grounds was a most welcome agenda to the day’s outing.


Members Morning Tea – Monday 9th April 

Jenny Samuels from Seniors Rights Services spoke on Seniors Rights in different types of Retirement Accommodation/strata units or townhouses and their Service will advise in dispute situations.

Also spoke on Seniors Abuse, need for Will/Power of Attorney/Enduring Guardianship.

Their support service is free – covers – Legal/Advocacy/Education.

Phone: 1800 424 079 (speak to a real person) – website:


An adventurous group of 15 participants set out on Saturday 3rd March for our trip to Dangar Island.   

An early train ride to Hawkesbury River/Brooklyn saw us board the local ferry service to our destination. With our friendly and informative skipper, Matt, at the helm and a warm sunny day ahead, a most enjoyable trip ensued, culminating in a group photo on the island’s wharf. With a single-minded caffeine fix required, we made our way to the island’s general store/café set on the water’s edge adjacent to the wharf. Here, the friendly staff saw to our needs prior to our exploration of the island.

While the map was flat, the terrain certainly wasn’t. A line of wheelbarrows near the wharf are basically the only means for the locals to cart the shopping home, where, apart from a few living by the water, most houses are built on the side of very steep terrain. Indeed, some even had a miniature ‘scenic railway’ to haul their assorted items up from the tracks (read streets or roads in mainland speak!). The answer to several ‘seedy’ locals was the island’s ‘Dangardegras’ (Mardi Gras?) held the previous night, evidenced by the many rainbow flags and the odd party masks visible. Time to return to Brooklyn, with the ferry ride enabling the ‘huffers and puffers’ to catch their breath prior to fish and chips by the river and the train home.