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Issue 20 • A community newspaper for Lambton & Nor th Lambton • FREE

Baby Health Centre for lease Expressions of Interest (EOI) are open for leasing the former Memorial Baby Health Centre on Elder Street from Newcastle City Council. The building has been idle since it was vacated by Hunter New England Health in September 2014.

The EOI documents do not specify the type of business Council is wanting to attract. However the Notice of Motion passed by Council in August was to “...seek proposals for the adaptive reuse of the vacant Lambton Memorial Baby Health Centre, including as a café or kiosk.” For those interested, the building will be open for inspection from 2-4pm Wednesday 2nd December. Documents relating to the EOI can be found at http://www. newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Business/ Opportunities-Investment/ Expressions-of-Interest/

Above: Lambton Park’s Memorial Baby Health Centre building, unused since Hunter New England Health vacated it last year, is set to be leased by Newcastle City Council. Expressions of Interest close will on 22nd December. What “adaptive re-use” would you like to see the site have? Send your thoughts to us at lambtonlocal@gmail.com or at our Facebook page or mail to PO Box 130 Lambton 2299.

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The Lambton community was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the area’s longest serving and best known business people recently.

John Kevin Simpson, known to all as Kevin, was the second generation to operate and build on the shoe repair and retail business that his father Steve first established in the 1930s. Kevin entered the business against his father’s wishes when he commenced his boot-making apprenticeship in 1952. By 1969 the business had been renamed Simpson and Son Pty Ltd, and Steve moved into semi-retirement, suggesting that Simpson Senior ultimately approved of his son following in his foot steps. Kevin’s son Craig joined Simpsons Shoes in 1978 and has since gone on to grow and further diversify the family business. Kevin retired in 1993 and enjoyed an active retirement with plenty of fishing, boating and time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his children John, Craig, Jane and Maryann and their families.

Christmas Bus is en route to you When Newcastle Buses driver Margaret Pannell decorated her bus with a few bits of tinsel and played a cassette of Christmas carols during her work day back in 1997 she was just trying to bring some festive spirit to her passengers. Since that time the Christmas Bus has delighted many thousands of passengers and raised many thousands of dollars for local charity. The Christmas Bus idea has grown to become an annual institution, much loved by young and old. Many local families make a point of finding outr when the Christmas Bus will be running on their local route and make an outing of it. Other passengers, unaware of the Christmas Bus, can’t help but smile when a bus fully decorated inside and out swings around the corner and takes them on their way. This year the Christmas Bus will run on a number of regular routes in and around the New Lambton area including Routes 100, 222, 225, 230, 231 and 363 from Tuesday 1st December until Boxing Day. To see the full timetable of when the Christmas Bus will be at a stop near you go to www.thechristmasbus.com. au/ or like The Christmas Bus (Newcastle Buses) page on Facebook.

Above: The Christmas Bus is seen here dropping passengers off at John Hunter Hospital. Margaret Pannell and her team of drivers are looking forward to bringing delight to young and old again this year. See the full timetable at www.thechristmasbus.com.au

Kevin’s funeral was held on 6th November at Jesmond Park Uniting Church.

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Christmas Carols in the Park on Sunday 20th On Sunday December 20, Lambton Park will be turned into a Christmas spectacular once again as thousands of locals come together for “Christmas Carols in Lambton Park”. An army of volunteers from Hunter Bible Church are putting on the event, including a fire-works display at the end of the night. Over the past few years Carols in Lambton Park has grown enormously, with over 4000 people attending last year. A host of stalls and activities are organised to kick-off from 5pm, with jumping castles, facepainting and a fire-engine. There will be a variety of Newcastle food vendors set-up as well as some local arts and crafts stalls. There’s no entry fee for the event, instead Hunter Bible Church puts on the night for the local community to come and enjoy together at no cost. Pastor Pete Witt, who will be hosting the night says, “We’re just really excited to serve the community in this way. It’s a special time of year to gather with family and friends, and we think Jesus is worth making a big deal of. The band and performers look forward to it, and we really hope everyone who comes has a great night.” More details are available at www.lambtoncarols. com.au



Hunter Bible Church will once again present Christmas Carols in Lambton Park on Sunday 20th December. Festivities kick off at 5pm, Carols will commence at 7pm and the firweorks finale is at 9pm. Above and at right are photos from the event in 2014.



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But Jesus uses this parable to talk about who he is and why he was born. Jesus is a shepherd, like the one in the parable, who has done something crazy.


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It seems like a nice story at first, but when you think about it, how crazy is it to leave 99% of everything you own, without any protection, just to search for the lost 1%?!

But for those of us who do feel lost, empty, or burdened with guilt… Jesus’ birth and appearance makes us feel like lost sheep who have seen the shepherd in the distance come to take us home.




So it’s probably worth considering some of the things Jesus was recorded saying. One of Jesus’ famous sayings is the parable of the man who left 99 of his sheep in an open field, to search for one that was lost.

That’s why Christmas can feel so strange to many of us… if you don’t feel “lost” then it’s hard to see what’s being celebrated.


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A Christmas message from the Anglican Parish of Lambton

I find that this happens to me more than I like to admit. It’s usually the keys or my mobile phone! The same may be for God and especially in the Christmas season. We look for God in all kinds of places when God is all around us all of the time. God chooses to be in relationship with all of his As I write this, the creation. And that is why I celebrate Christmas. Jesus world has again heard of the son of God being born into our world. His world! terrorism on a scale that And the images I like are `word’ and ‘light’.These is mind bending. Such words are filled with meaning at Christmas destruction of life in a Because we use lots of words at Christmas…happy, terrible and merciless merry, have a good one!….and then there is light. way is unacceptable and This is what we need the most when things seem inhuman. We have all at the darkest. Through His word and the light that felt the pain. Some have felt pain in ways that are Jesus brings to this world I can have hope and I pray that all of us at this time can experience His love, His unimaginable. light and His HOPE for a world that sometimes seems We all cry out !! Where is God in all of this? Is God in darkness. God took on all of what we are, took on Hiding? physical form, flesh and bone so that we could have a Have you ever looked for something, turning better chance of seeing what is hidden in plain sight everything inside out and upside down to find that all along. one thing you seek is still missing? Happy, Holy and Merry Christmas Then….you realise that it was there all along. From the Anglican Parish of Lambton Canon Maree Armstrong Hidden in plain sight and completely accessible.


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Dear Lambton Local...

Two great locals share birthday

As our community gathered on Saturday 28th November to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Lambton Park Rotunda, another local great blew out the candles in celebration of her own magnificent milestone. Marjorie Griffiths, a resident of Lambton for 64 years, spent the day celebrating her 90th birthday with close friends and family. Purchasing their family home in the May of 1951, Marjorie has seen three generations of children play in her large garden, along with the many developments which have shaped her beloved community. “I remember the depression when men would walk about the street selling sapling sticks to prop up your clothes line. Then we had the milk man, the baker, the ice van, the green grocer, the butcher and the ‘rabbito’ (he of course sold rabbits for stewing) that used first a horse and cart, then when times changed a vehicle, to deliver goods right to your door. And being no other way of communication, the postman delivered mail twice a day and there was a newspaper printed in both the morning and the evening!”. “I also remember the government referendum that called for the closing time of pubs to change from 6pm to 10pm, and that sport and shopping were never allowed on Sundays as this day was reserved for church”. Marjorie added “My home had a ‘copper’ to boil our clothes and a ‘wringer’ to dry them. While the introduction of the wireless radio from the days of the

Dear Lambton Local...

What is the key to finding Sue?

We are currently renovating a house in Pearson Street and found this key (pictured at left) under layers of lino when we pulled it up. It’s approximately 20cm in length, made of brass and engraved with ‘Sue 27.2.77’. Presumably it was presented to Sue at her 21st Birthday Party. According to our neigbours the previous home owners were named Sue and Greg Roberts. They had two daughters Jenna and Callie. That may be the Sue we are looking for but we have found no way of tracing her. With the help of Lambton Local readers we hope we might reunite the key with its owner. Perhaps even in time for Sue’s 60th birthday, in February 2016. If any readers can assist in identifying and locating Sue or her family they can contact me via email at carolyn@keypoint.com.au Carolyn Cox - Pearson Street, Lambton Letters to “Dear Lambton Local” are always welcome. You can send them to us at PO Box 130 Lambton 2299 or email to: lambtonlocal@ gmail.com or use a carrier pigeon service. The choice is yours.

Marjorie Griffiths of Lambton with three of her great grandchildren Malachi, Jackson and Eli, who live in South Africa gramophone was extraordinary. Then not to mention the first black and white TV, my hat!”. When her husband passed away many years ago Marjorie devoted herself to caring for children with Cystic Fibrosis as part of the John Hunter Hospital Kookaburra Carers, while also welcoming her grandchildren and their many friends into her home for a strawberry milkshake and homemade Anzac biscuits. Treasured by all who know her as a woman with a heart of pure gold, we asked her to describe herself and her 90 year journey in five words. Her answer was immediate: Loving, Accepting, Forgiving, Hopeful and Faithful.

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If you pass Marjorie in Elder Street as she attends to her regular appointments, be sure to stop and have a chat. She is undoubtedly one of the community’s unsung heroes and her quiet ways and profound wisdom gained from a lifetime of change and experience is bound to be the highlight of your week. Amy du Toit - Cape Town, South Africa. Amy is Marjorie’s grandaughter. She wrote to Lambton Local to tell us how excited Marjorie was to read last month’s issue and find that she shared a birthday with Lambton Park Rotunda. Happy Birthday Marjorie!

Thanks for keeping an eye on timepiece

On Melbourne Cup Day I was in Elder Street around 9am when my watch dropped off my arm. A lady picked it up off the road apparently and I quickly found out it had been taken to the cake shop. I would like to convey my thanks to her as no one was able to tell me her name. Mrs Robyn Kempton - Charlton Street, Lambton

Baby boy’s blue blanket

Some weeks ago we lost our baby boy's crocheted blanket in Elder Street. We were walking our kids down to the park when we realised it had fallen off the stroller. We retraced our steps but it appeared that someone had already picked it up. His great grandmother made it for him. It is white with a blue border. If anyone found it we would love to hear from them by email at kerrinleebunt@yahoo.com Thank you, Kerrin Bianchi - Fifth Street, North Lambton

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Dear Lambton Local...

Garden volunteer disappointed

As a member of the small group of volunteers that regularly tend to the gardens behind the War Memorial Gates in Morehead Street I was disappointed to see that some plants have been stolen. Recently when I was pulling out a few weeds from the garden beds, I noticed that someone had removed one of the gardenias. Also, the native daisies that were planted only recently near the toilets, are slowly being pinched. These gardens are there to be enjoyed by all, and it is sad when the hard work by volunteers, that give their free time for the benefit of the wider community is met with this behaviour. The memorial garden is intended as a garden of respect, and love for all those that fought for our freedom. I believe that anyone seen stealing plants should be reported to police. Tammy Russell - Karoola Rd, Lambton

The gardens adjacent to the War Memorial Gates in Morehead St have been transformed by volunteer labour in recent months.

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Michael Woolaston of Hill St North Lambton was the winner of last month’s Big Quiz. Congratulations Michael, your $40 Lambton Grocer voucher has been posted to you. Last month’s mystery photos were the lesser known and far less attractive rotundas around Newcastle’s suburbs. Rotunda A is in Dangar Park Mayfield, Rotunda B is in King Edward Park and Rotunda C can be found at Tyrrell St Wallsend.

This month’s quiz questions are at below. You’ll find most of the answers within the pages of Lambton Local... Question 1 What charity will the Big Christmas Raffle at Bar121 support? Question 2 What are the first names of the three generations of Simpsons to operate the shoe store in Elder Street Question 3 The Water Board Bowling Club has been operating for how many years? Question 4 What denomination was the first church built in Lambton? Question 5 Who is the Principal of Lambton High School

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The Water Board...the bowlo ‘hidden’ on hill Dick McGuigan reckons not a week goes by when someone doesn’t stumble upon the Water Board Bowling Club and exclaim “How long’s this place been here?” Tucked away just below the crest of the hill in Compton Street North Lambton, the Water Board Bowlo has been serving up great meals, icy cold drinks, good company and of course bowls for more than 45 years. “It’s incredible how many locals would drive by every day and not know we are here” said Dick, who is the Club’s honorary secretary. “That’s not to say there’s no one at the Club. We have a very loyal band of 70 or 80 members and guests who wouldn’t miss Wednesday Schnitzel night. And you can understand why when you see the chicken schnitzel, chips, salad and gravy that caterers Wayne and Lisa Bull serve up for just $7. The comment from first-timers is often “Why would you bother to cook at home?” Dick added. Wayne and Lisa would be familiar to many local residents from their time at the former Lambton-New Lambton RSL Bowling Club. The Bistro is also open for dinner on Friday and

Honorary secretary of the Water Board Bowling Club Dick McGuigan Sunday nights, and Saturday nights for functions. As well as the weekly meat raffles held Friday evenings, the Club has its famous ham raffles coming up every Sunday until Christmas with more than $2000 in hams up for grabs each week. Tickets are on sale from 4pm, drawn at 5.30pm. Club membership is only $8 for the year, or $3 for University students. You can’t go wrong at those prices.

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Lambton then, Lambton now Church life

On Christmas Day 1864, just one year after Lambton colliery began operation, the first church building in Lambton was opened. This was a small wooden Primitive Methodist chapel in Elder St, built on land generously given by Thomas Croudace, the manager of the colliery. It stood on the site of the former Uniting Church, now home to Elder Street Early Learning Centre. Although belonging to the Church of England, Mr Croudace was very supportive of the establishment of churches from other denominations, and was often asked to speak at the opening celebrations. By 1892 Lambton had a total of 13 churches, coincidentally the same number of hotels in the town. The first Church of England building wasn’t constructed until 1869. It was built on the current site on Morehead Street, and unsurprisingly Thomas Croudace was instrumental in making this happen, presiding over public meetings assisting in the raising of funds. Although originally plans were made for a stone church, this was too costly, and instead a modest wooden building was constructed for £300

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and opened by Bishop William Tyrrell on 17th October 1869. After 38 years of use the wooden building had fallen into such a state of disrepair that “one could put one's hand through the wall, and the place rocked in the gale”. It was time for something more durable, and finances allowed for a new brick building to be constructed for £600, which was opened in October 1907. Thomas Croudace, who had been a member of the church since its inception, had passed away the previous year, and his family gifted to the new building the stained glass windows in the east wall as a memorial to him. Over the years, churches have come and gone in Lambton, and although now numbering fewer than 13, there are still thriving church communities in Lambton today to celebrate the birth of Jesus this 25th December, just as the Primitive Methodists did in their new building in 1864. You can view these photos and more details at www. lachlanwetherall.com

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Lambton High Notes by Mr Martin Rosser

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Sonia Hornery MP State Member for Wallsend Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. My office will be closed 21 December to 14 January inclusive. Telephone: 4950 0955 • Fax: 4950 0977 E: wallsend@parliament.nsw.gov.au facebook.com/SoniaHornery @Sonia_Hornery Page 22 > Lambton Local > December 2015

Firstly, thank you to Lambton Local for the opportunity to contribute to the community paper. I look forward to highlighting programs and student achievements at your local high school regularly. On Tuesday 10 November we inducted our 20152016 Student Leadership Body. They are an aspirational leadership group and have strong ideas in the direction they would like to lead the school. Congratulations to: Captains: Ellie Bright and Andrew Gay, Vice-Captains: Lisa Cochrane and Lachlan Rinkin, Senior Prefects: Milly Hughes and Zac Hudson, Prefects: Zarifa Cenna, Bronte Curry, Livana Hamad, Senar Hamad, Adrienne Harvey, Melissa Kantarovska and Bella Roope. Harrison Bendall, Tim Bailey Coles, Tyler Chapman, Liam Farmer, Kye Manning and Lachlan Rinkin. The Year 12 Formal was a very enjoyable evening for the students and they looked fantastic! The students have been great school citizens and positive role models for our school community. We will meet again on 17 December at the Year 12 barbeque to share their HSC successes. Other significant acknowledgements recently include: •Our school captains Ellie Bright and Andrew Gay represented the school at the Lambton-New Lambton RSL Sub Branch Remembrance Day Service. •Andrew Gay has been selected to participate in the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra, as a result of his strong representation at the NSW Schools Constitutional Convention. •Chloe Hopkins and Tyler Chapman’s HSC works have been nominated for selection in the ARTEXPRESS 2016. This is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by HSC students in the Visual Arts course. •Tyler Chapman, Jake Bramble and Annie-Rose Hayward have had their artworks selected for First Class at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery in March 2016. •Our Year 8 student volunteers took part in a large project which saw 15,000 plants added to Lambton Park. Martin Rosser - Principal

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But what if you retire 10, 20 or 30 years from now? There is no calculator to tell you what you will need in future-dollar terms taking all economic movement into account, but perhaps a rough estimate could be achieved by allowing for compounding effects of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures changes, over time, of a ‘basket’ of goods and services that roughly represents spending patterns of Australian households. If it was assumed that CPI was 2.5% annually every year between 2015 and 2045, using those figures in the ASIC calculator to achieve a modest lifestyle for a single person in 2045 you would need $49,633 and for a couple you would need $71,424 per year When other contributing factors are taken into account – such as Aged Pension rules, people living longer and markets going up and down over time – it’s clear that planning for your ideal retirement lifestyle sooner rather than later can make a big difference.

According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), assuming you own your home, right now the ‘comfortable’ figures stand at $42,861 annually for a single and $58,784 for a couple. ‘Modest’ lifestyle figures drop to $23,662 a year for a single and $34,051 for a couple. Those without retirement savings must rely on a lessthan-modest lifestyle offered by the Age Pension of $20,393 for a single and $30,743 for a couple. The ‘comfortable’ figures translate to a retirement saving total of $545,000 for a single and $640,000 for a couple. But of course these are simply average figures and do not take into account an individual’s wishes for a more luxurious lifestyle, or the dollar GC Accountants Pty Ltd ABN 46108440768 are authorised amounts required by somebody retiring 20 years from representatives of Count Financial Limited ABN 19 001 974 now, for example. 625, AFSL 227232. For those on higher incomes, the Australian Securities

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It would appear that we are ending our year on a somewhat sad note, after the carnage we have witnessed recently in Paris and in other cities around the world. It is sometimes easy to get despondent and to despair that the world will ever get its act together. Well don’t despair, the good guys far outnumber the bad guys. Think about all the acts of kindness and friendship that occur every single day, even just around your own neighbourhood. People helping people, doing a good turn, being compassionate, lending a hand to someone in need, being kind, making their small part of the world a better place. Then multiply that by every other neighbourhood, and then every town, every city, every country. People going about their daily lives, looking after their families, doing their best to be a good neighbour, a good family member, a good citizen, a good person. We know about the psychological benefits of altruism and how it not only fosters greater community cohesion but is also positive for the individual’s own mental health and emotional well-being. It helps us maintain that ‘glass half full attitude’ and everybody wins. At Christmas, whether you are religious or not, it is a great time to remember that the desire for peace and for a world where there is plenty for everyone is still a quest worth striving for and that the days of warring tribalism are surely decreasing to the point where hopefully one day they disappear. Peace and kindness within our own hearts. Peace and kindness in our world. This Christmas, make your part of the world a better place and let’s remember that the good guys far outnumber the bad guys.

Vet chat Dr Tessa Jongejans Greencross Vets, Lambton

With all festivities during the Christmas season, it is only right that our pets should be part of the celebrations. However, there can be many health risks associated with this time of year, so here are some tips for a safe Christmas for all. Our pets can be very intrigued by the big tree sitting in the corner of the lounge with lots of shiny, hanging toys on it that they assume are especially for them. If you are lucky enough to have a real Christmas tree, be mindful that ingested pine needles can puncture your pet’s intestines, so be sure to clean around your holiday trees and wreaths regularly. Drinking the water from the Christmas tree base can cause diarrhea, mouth sores, vomiting and loss of appetite. Cover your tree stand tightly with skirting and distract your pet from tree temptations with holiday toys and treats and ensure that you unplug your tree lights when you are not home. Cats can be very tempted to eat tinsel which can cause problems. Keep your tinsel high to avoid your pet from eating it! Giving them something new and exciting on Christmas morning will hopefully distract them from human gifts and treats that could be harmful. Please, never give cooked ham, steak, or poultry bones to your pet. Ingestion of these bones can cause perforation or obstruction of the bowel - a potentially life threatening situation. Ingestion of fatty food that your pets are unaccustomed to can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea and may lead to a serious disease called pancreatitis.

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Christmas sweets can cause stomach aches and diarrhoea. Chocolate contains theobromine, a caffeine-like substance, that acts like a stimulant and can cause seizures or heart failure and can be fatal to dogs and cats because they are unable to metabolize this chemical. Christmas is the time for giving, so why not provide your pet with some pet safe Christmas goodies like a new toy and some healthy pet treats. We have tasty pet advent calendars at the clinic, with 100% of the proceedings going to the RSPCA! Have a lovely Christmas from the team at Greencross Vets Lambton!


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This time of year is full of so much joy and hope but with so much to do it is no surprise that people don’t take care of themselves. However it is important to make yourself a priority so you go into the New Year feeling happy and healthy. • Get plenty of sleep This time of year can be a time of late nights and stress. Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep a night and you will find your mindset will be more positive. • Make a schedule for at least the last four weeks leading up to Christmas There is a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’. Schedule in: Social gatherings, Exercise, Down time (time to unwind), Work commitments, Christmas shopping Work these out early and you will find it easier to fit everything in rather than leaving everything to the last minute. • Get active together When spending time with family and friends find something get active to. Go the park and play a game of cricket/footy or enjoy the nice weather and go for a walk along the beach. Get moving and it will counteract some of the food you will indulge in as well as produce endorphins which helps lower your stress levels. • Remember what is truly important It is easy to get swept away with the craziness of this time of year but remember what it is really about….. spending quality time with your loved ones. For more tips and advice on how to stay happier and healthier this Christmas/New Year season check out Lambton Local’s sister publication New Lambton Local with my column all about how to enjoy that Christmas food without stacking on the kilos. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and New Year. So until next year……Love life, dream big and become the inspiration. Anne-Marie

What happens if I don’t have a will? by

Chris Hill-Smith of Appleton Law, Lambton

When a person dies without a will, or their will is held not to be valid, their estate is dealt with according to the laws of intestacy. Legislation, specifically the NSW Succession Act sets out a statutory order under which particular persons or classes of persons are entitled to share in the estate of a deceased who dies without leaving a will. The statutory order essentially follows what might be considered a traditional view of the order in which persons should normally be entitled to share in a person’s estate, the spouse, the children, the parents etc. Often however modern families do not follow traditional lines and therefore the eventual distribution of a deceased’s estate is frequently not as the deceased would have wished if he or she had decided. Blended families in all of their various make-ups are not well catered for under the intestacy rules. Interestingly, the Succession Act intestacy provisions do provide for the situation where a person dies leaving multiple spouses, often with each spouse oblivious to the existence of the other. That can be a very interesting discussion for the family to have.

When should my will be updated?

Clearly there are times when your will should be updated. In general a will is revoked by marriage and a will is also revoked upon the termination of a marriage subject to some limited exceptions.

Updating your will ensures that you retain control over how your estate will be administered and prevents your estate falling within the intestacy provisions which often produces completely unintended consequences. If there is a significant change in one’s circumstances consideration should be given to updating your will. Such changes may be related to your family or relationships, your assets, superannuation considerations and even retirement. Superannuation is often the largest component of a person’s estate and careful consideration should be given to how it will be dealt with upon death to ensure there are no adverse taxation consequences or at least to minimise the effects of tax on any balance of the fund remaining at the date of death. Disclaimer: the content of this article is provided for information purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice and should not be used as such. Formal legal advice should be sought in particular matters.

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Local & Live entertainment this month Local & Live entertainment this month Bar 121

Thu 3

Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Fri 4

Dave Owen

Sat 5


Duke of Wellington Hotel

Fri 4


Sat 5


Fri 11

Love That Hat

Sun 27 Ryan Daley

Lambton Bowling Club Fri 4

Holly Wilson

Sat 12


Thu 17 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Fri 4

Dai Pritchard

Sat 5


Fri 11

Pete Gelzinnis

Zane Penn

Sat 12

Tom Blake Trio

Sat 19

Eye On You

Fri 18

Dane Fitzsimmons

Sat 19


Blackbutt Hotel Fri 4


Sat 12


Fri 18

Mark Wells Duo

Sat 19

Dr Zoom Duo

Sat 26

Ryan Daley

Thu 31 Bobby C

Hotel Jesmond

Sat 5


Fri 11


Sat 12


Fri 18

Phase III

Sat 19


Bobby C

Wed 16 Peter Wall

Sun 13 Diesel

Sat 19

Glam Slam

Thu 17 Angamus

Jim Overend

Fri 18

Thu 24 Grace & Jonno

Fri 18

Lambton Park Hotel

Thu 10 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane Fri 11


Sat 12

Fri 4


Sat 5

The Levymen

Sun 6

Michael Mills

Fri 11


Sat 12


Sun 13 Ryan Daley Fri 18

Phonic Duo

Sat 19

Michael Mills

Sun 20 Chris Unicomb Thu 24 Michael Mills


Wed 16 Vocal Evolution - A Tribute to the Legends Thu 17 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Tribute Fri 18


Thu 3

Glenn Shorrock

Sat 19


Fri 4


Sun 20 A Festive Lunch with James Morrison

A Very Bella Voce Christmas Lunch

Mon 7 The Voice Studio - A Stocking Full of Singers Tue 8 Leading Vocals Showcase Wed 9 Whitebridge High School Senior Music Showcase Thu 10 Winterbourne Fri 11


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Tue 15 Justin Ngariki & The Delta Ladies

Sheena Easton

Sun 6

Fri 18

Peter Wall

Thu 24 The Nick Raschke Duo

Sat 19

Frank Wakewood

Sat 26

Mon 21 Warren Hunter

The Cruisers

Sun 27 Firewall

Tue 22 Angamus

Thu 31 Love That Hat

Wed 23 Warren Hunter Thu 24 Angamus

Northumberland Hotel

Wed 2

Sat 5 The Marvin Gaye Experience

Sun 20 Hornet

Thu 31 Groovin NYE with Doug Williams & The Mix

The Mark Hotel Fri 4

Dan Beazley

Sat 5


Sun 6

Love That Hat

Fri 11

Dr Zoom Duo

Sat 12

The Gaudrys

Sun 13 The Big Bang Quartet

Sat 26

Stuart Hamilton

Mon 28 Ben Hanley

Fri 4

Aaron Hood

Fri 11

Just Jace

Sat 12

Maitland Comedy Club

Fri 18

Little Black Book

Tue 29 Terence Koo Wed 30 Ben Hanley Thu 31 Angamus

Marble Bar

Wests New Lambton

Fri 4

Dr Zoom Trio

Sat 5

Mark Wells Duo

Piano Lounge

Fri 11

Rubber Bullett

Tue 1

Terence Koo

Sat 12


Wed 2

Peter Wall

Fri 18

The Smarts

Thu 3


Sat 19

Snape Trilogy

Fri 4

Peter Wall

Sat 26

Talk of the Town

Sat 5

Frank Wakewood

Mon 7

Warren Hunter

Tue 8


Wed 9

Warren Hunter

Starlight Room Sun 13 Jon English & The Foster Brothers

Thu 10 Angamus Fri 11

Warren Hunter

Sat 12

Stuart Hamilton

Mon 14 Ben Hanley Tue 15 Terence Koo

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Local Community Noticeboard... LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP offering friendship and support for over 55’s. We meet at the Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton every Thursday 9am for canasta or other card and board games, carpet bowls from 12.30. Monthly coach trips. Special occasion luncheons. Ph Des on 4952 6572 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details.

ROTARY CLUB OF ADAMSTOWN-NEW LAMBTON INC. Our Rotary Club is always looking for new members with fresh new ideas for supporting the local community. We love to get involved in local community projects so contact us anytime if you have an interest in becoming involved or just wish to join us for a meeting or two. Contact us by searching Rotary Club of Adamstown New Lambton on Facebook or ring or message Sue on 0418 689 815 anytime.

NEWCASTLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to family history, with interests in families from around the world. The society welcomes visitors to their library in the Mechanics Institute Building at 68 Elder Street Lambton which is open each Thursday 1 pm - 3.30 pm and Saturday 10.00am - 3.30 pm (except public holidays). Our last meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday December 1st, 7pm at Lambton Mechanics Institute 68 Elder St Lambton. This is our Christmas Party, please bring a plate. Enquiries phone 4957 8296.

PROBUS CLUB OF NEW LAMBTON HONEYSUCKLE INC. Our Probus Club is an association of men and women who are no longer working full time. Come and join us at 10am on the 4th Friday of each month at Kotara Bowling Club. Meet new friends, hear interesting guest speakers and enjoy luncheons and day trips. Phone Faye 49433 7855 or Dorothy 4943 6813 for more details

LAMBTON NEW LAMBTON LIONS CLUB INC. has been operating in the Lambton New Lambton area for 36 years. We are a small but active Lions Club where new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining please register your interest via email at Lionsclubs.org.au/ joinlions and record your details there. You can register in the same way if you wish to join the local Lambton New Lambton Lioness Club. Lions Christmas Cakes are now available for purchase from Westpac Bank in Alma Rd New Lambton.

WARATAH MAYFIELD MULTICULTURAL MEN’S SHED is the first purpose built multicultural Men’s Shed in Australia. Membership is open to any man regardless of his cultural background or country of birth including Aboriginal and other Australian born men. The Shed provides men with the opportunity to socialise with others in a “backyard shed” environment. The Shed is located at 2A Platt Street Waratah. For more information ph 4960 8248 or email: menshed@eccnewcastle.org.au

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NEWCASTLE DIGGERS SWIMMING CLUB Our club swims every Sunday from 8am till 10am at Lambton Pool. The season goes from October until April. New swimmers welcome, all ages catered for. For further information contact Denis on 0414 721822. THE LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF NEW LAMBTON Our Probus Motto is “Friendship and fellowship”. Activities, which are voluntary and at participant’s own cost, include: Monthly meetings, birthday luncheons, day trips, theatre, walking, craft and canasta groups. Ph Margaret 4957 4311 or Nola 4952 3685 for further details.

Local Community Noticeboard

All groups and organisations are welcome to submit notices for publication. You can include general information about your group as well as the details of any upcoming events. Email your notice to lambtonlocal@gmail.com or post to PO Box 130 Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Every effort is made to include all notices as submitted each month. Due to space limitations some notices may be edited or omitted. “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising” Mark Twain

Local Community Classifieds...

Placing your Local Community Classified is easy! Email lambtonlocal@gmail.com or post the details to PO 130 Lambton 2299 by 11th December. Be sure to include your name and contact details for clarification and/or verification.



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To place your free classified ad in the January edition be sure to email lambtonlocal@gmail.com by or post it to PO Box 130 Lambton 2299 by Friday 11th December.

NOTICES LAMBTON ANGLICAN PARISH Wishes to advise that there will be a meeting to consider the possible closure of St Margaret’s Jesmond. The meeting will be at 6pm 1st December in the Lambton Church Hall, 18 Morehead Street Lambton. All interested parties are invited to attend this meeting. If you have any queries or questions you would like to have discussed at this meeting please contact Canon Maree Armstrong on 4957 1073


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