Our next Social outing will be a nature walk and photographic opportunity at Tilligerry Habitat along with Tanilba Bay Foreshore Reserve, Tanilba Bay. Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone the event until we are out of COVID lockdown and things ‘normalise’. We’ll send out emails advising the new scheduled date as soon as we can.
With ongoing COVID – 19 concerns, an outdoor experience has been preferred, hoping it will be a sunny Winter’s day. With few options at Tanilba Bay and Lemon Tree Passage, we will meet at McDonalds Williamtown for a coffee ‘fix’ before tackling the main event. 
The Tilligerry Habitat is a State Reserve Trust run entirely by volunteers – the paths throughout the area are a credit to them, with well graded gravel paths and timbered bridges and walkways where required to traverse low lying areas and creeks. There are numerous paths to explore, along with the main walk circuit which will begin and end at the Centre’s office, taking you through a myriad of trees, palms, grasses and herbs including Scribbly Gum Eucalyptus, Burrawang palm like plants, Blady Grass, along with Egg & Bacon Herbs. Along the foreshore you will see a number of trees fallen into the water and virtually rooting into the sand below the surface. All the while , there are numerous bird species calling this area home, along with Koalas ( if you are lucky enough to spot them). The main circuit should take approx. 1 hour plus exploration and photographic stops, while there are a number of other tracks to explore. Unfortunately, the Visitor Centre is closed (COVID), however, information (including a map) can be obtained from
When:  Postponed – date to be advised
Meet:   McDonalds, Williamtown
Time:   9.15am – Morning Tea    


            10.00am – Leave for Tilligerry Habitat
Cost:   Morning Tea, Lunch wherever ??? (your option), N/C for Habitat entry 
The usual outdoor activity ‘necessaries’ are suggested, including comfortable walking shoes, hat/cap etc. and of course, your camera. It is suggested that you print out the walking trail map and bring it with you for obvious reasons. Direction maps are attached.
When we give the word, we’ll have to get you to register/re-register.
Please click here (NO – NOT YET) to download the attendance form, complete the details and submit. As always, we do need this information to keep track of everyone attending. Please also check your emails regularly before this adventure for any change/cancellation due to COVID.
See you at ‘Maccas’,
Brenton Elsey
Social Secretary

Saturday 1st May 2021Car Observation Run

Starting point was McDonald Jones Stadium, with a route taking us through Broadmeadow, Islington, Carrington, Mayfield North, Kooragang Island and finishing in Stockton where we lunched at the Boatrowers hotel.The weather was kind to us and we all enjoyed a great day out.

Monday 19th April 2021 – NSW Seniors Festival event – Learn & Lunch (in the Islington School Hall)

We had an excellent turn out of participants (best we’ve had for years). Everyone appeared to enjoy the program and were very active in their participation. The BeConnected presentation from Carolyn Keane & Mitzi Gordon on Smart Home devices was well received. The photos taken at our last social day out were displayed on the big screen in a slideshow and smaller versions were printed and posted on boards around the room for judging by those in attendance.

The sandwich lunch went down well also.

The major lucky door prize went to Ian Watson

Saturday 6th March 2021 – SOCIAL DAY OUT – A WALK

With the Bureau of Meteorology report promising???? a cloudy day with a possible morning shower, 20 intrepid photographers gathered in Carrington for a photographic walkabout.

Cards were handed out showing 8 topics to capture, all within a marked territory on the participant’s maps, covering parts of Carrington, Maryville, and Wickham. With one of the topics being Exercise, a few shooters grabbed an early lead by snapping a short 4-legged canine chasing after his athletic master around the adjoining park – quite a laugh for all to see. The wide range of topics to cover saw the field quickly scatter in all directions, hoping to capture those special shots. With 4 ‘eateries/drinkies’ located throughout the target area, there was ample opportunity to call in for a pit stop refresher. With their mission accomplished, the shooters then dispersed in all directions to fill in the rest of the day, no doubt a little weary in the legs, but hopefully satisfied with the result of their efforts. Participants were invited to submit 2 entries in each category to be judged in a popular vote at the upcoming Seniors Festival Learn & Lunch in April.

(The winning entries are shown below – thank you to all who voted on 19/4 and the Tally people)

Abstract – Beryl Elsey

Advertising – Barbara Bartlett

Exercise – Brenton Elsey

Industrial – Barry Keen

Rope – Barbara Bartlett

Transport – Sandra Keen

Urban Pattern – Sandra Keen

Free Choice – Merv Pope


Christmas Picnic Lunch
On Monday 30th November under somewhat grey skies, 39 members were present to celebrate a ComputerPals Christmas Lunch with a difference, held this time as a picnic in Speers Point Park due mainly to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Fearing a Summer heatwave or storm, a decision was made to hire the large, level shelter at the park, enabling members to dodge the possibilities of a hot sun or rain. This decision was vindicated, as an exercise group were occupying the shelter on our arrival and shortly after, a ladies Probus group had intended using it also. A couple of showers added to the justification for this move.
Possession settled, members rolled up with all the usual picnic fare, those forgetting their tables able to dine comfortably thanks to Fred Neal supplying 4 long ones. The shelter provided enough room for those present to sit or move around and mingle while adhering to socially distancing rules. Barry Keen then presented certificates to members who gained awards for the recent ASCCA Photography competition, and for all families an informative publication regarding online safety for grandparents and carers.
With tummies satisfied and conversations slowing, it was time to pack up after what had been a happy occasion for those present. Beryl and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a very Safe and Happy Christmas and New Year – it must surely be better than 2020.



Saturday 7th November 2020 –

Car Observation Run

21 members ventured to Savannah’s Cafe and then on to the Morpeth Museum on Saturday 8/3/2020. Great company and an excellent day out.

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63 members gathered on 6th December at the MEX (Mayfield Ex-Services Club Mayfield) for a fun-filled day with good food and fellowship. If you weren’t there… we’re sorry we missed you!
These a just a few of the photos of everyone having a good time.
President Sandra opened proceedings with a welcome to members present and a brief update of Club happenings, including the news that our Club had won the overall ASCCA Photographic competition for 2019 – a magnificent effort, and congratulations to all entrants with special praise for the award winners. Our Writers leader, Carmel Smith then handed out our award winners from ASCCA 2019, a competition in which our Club has had a very successful run for many years. Treasurer Grahame updated us on the Club’s current financial position, which in no small manner has been improved by some significant special grants associated with the ‘Be Connected’ scheme, the subject of much hard work and effort by the senior committee members led by President Sandra. With the Club’s 20th Anniversary due next year, much thought is required to make it the memorable occasion that it deserves. A Sub-Committee has been set up to co-ordinate ideas for this.

The time for ‘official talk’ over, members then happily selected their favourite dishes from the Buffet and enjoyed each other’s company over lunch. With the Christmas/New Year break upon us, it was time for many to wish each other all the best for the forthcoming Festive Season.

From the ‘Social Department’, both Beryl and I would like to especially thank those members who supported our various activities throughout the year and wish all members a Safe and Merry Christmas/New Year period and look forward to catching up in 2020.

Brenton Elsey (Social Secretary)


Our final social ‘outdoors’ outing for 2019 was to Medowie Macadamias on Saturday 2nd November.
Established in 1980, Medowie Macadamias contains 5 varieties of nuts spread over some 12 acres. The current owners have been in charge for the past 13 years, and have steadily improved facilities to include a café, along with a shop

It was a great day out with 30 members and friends attending – starting with a very enjoyable breakfast then out under the shade of the Macadamia grove of trees where we given a talk on the history of the property and the process of growing macadamias.

Friday 6th September, 2019 – All of our volunteers received an invitation from Sharon Claydon MP to receive recognition in the 2019 Newcastle Volunteers Awards.

Congratulations everyone – well deserved!

Saturday 24th August, 2019 – Social Day Out – to Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Twelve members and partners enjoyed morning tea before viewing the excellent current exhibition in the refurbished historic building.

Most stayed on for lunch at the very popular Gallery Restaurant.

Friday 16th August, 2019 – AGM & lunch

Was held at Cardiff RSL Club.

Monday 3rd June, 2019 – Members Morning Tea

Olivia Paterson & Elizabeth Curran from Service NSW, Wallsend were our guest speakers at our Members Morning Tea.

They informed us about the Service NSW website and what you can do online. How you can access NSW Government services. (e.g. Vehicle Registration, Drivers Licence, Cost of Living savings …. the list of services goes on). There were many questions from the floor and it was all very informative. 

Social Day Out – Saturday 18th May – Rail Motor Society at Paterson

A fine day beckoned on Saturday 18th as 16 members paid a visit to The Rail Motor Society, Paterson.

After a scenic drive through the rolling countryside, members met up at the old Station Master’s Cottage which today houses some railway memorabilia and doubles as the Society’s headquarters. First up was a ride in the historic CPH Rail Motors out to Wallarobba and return. These units were built in the 1920’s for use on the NSW branch lines and provided sterling service for over 60 years before being retired from active service. Given the age of these trains, their condition and running was a tribute to the expertise and dedication of the volunteer workforce entrusted with preserving this area of railway heritage. 

Back on the ground, it was up to the Cottage where tea, coffee and hot dogs provided much needed sustenance before a tour of the depot. Inspection of additional Rail Motors, the workshop area and some old railway carriages being meticulously restored rounded out a very interesting and enjoyable day. Several members showed further interest in the operations of The Society, as they operate numerous shuttles, trips and tours throughout the year – well worth consideration.

My sincere thanks to Lindsay Threadgate for supervising our group, as being a member of The Rail Motor Society, I was on duty there on the day.

Brenton Elsey


Morning TeaMonday 18th  March dawned grey and drizzly for our Morning Tea, held as usual in the school hall adjacent to our premises.

With a pleasing roll-up of some 50 odd members, President Sandra Keen commenced proceedings with an update of Club news and information, highlighting our upcoming classes and courses especially for new members. Special mention was made of the Be-Connected online assistance available for members to participate in rather than just listen, and also the importance of signing in when commencing a ‘lesson’. Next, our special guest speaker was Wendy Birrell from Roads & Maritime Services, who gave an excellent presentation of Road Safety for Seniors and the Light Rail. The last trams in Newcastle were withdrawn from service in 1950, so only a handful of us who lived in the area then would have seen them. Wendy highlighted the need to learn and understand the rules and safety measures taken to ensure a smooth transition to the integration of the light rail with motor vehicles and pedestrians. With these shiny new red and white trams running silently, it is most important to stay alert and keep a lookout when in the area and be aware of the additional traffic signals enabling safe crossing for pedestrians, not forgetting the 40 kph speed limit throughout the length of the tramway. Judging by the numerous questions asked showed this presentation was well received and timely for those in attendance.

With a ‘caffeine fix’ needed, morning tea was then called, enabling members to share a cuppa and a yarn with those present.

NSW Art Gallery in Sydney on Saturday 23rd February 2019

A small contingent of members travelled to Sydney for a visit to the NSW Art Gallery.

Following the train trip to Central, we were met by Elaine Butler (ex C’Pals President and now Sydney resident) and current member Barbara Bartlett who was down there visiting her daughter and family. Following the obligatory comfort stop, we adjourned to the brand new Eternity café at Central Station where one and all marvelled at the transformation and improvements to a ‘foodie stop’ at this location. Next, we proceeded by train and a walk to the Art Gallery.

This magnificent structure has stood the test of time, and the grandeur of the façade is matched by the impressive display halls, while the static and travelling exhibits offer something for all tastes in art. One of the main attractions was the travelling exhibit ‘Masters of Modern Art’ which was recommended to us by one of our members who had seen it while overseas. Organised tours were conducted for this and a few other exhibits, while some chose to wander around at their leisure to study the various art pieces on display. Culturally nourished, we then met up at the Art Gallery café for lunch, with much discussion on the merits (or otherwise?) of the various displays.

At this point, some members chose to stay on a while, while the majority mustered the energy for the trip home, farewelling Elaine and Barbara at the station prior to our return train trip.