Lambton Local - January 2016

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January 2016

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Library hours cut I s s u e 21 • A c o m m u n i t y n e w s p a p e r f o r L a m b t o n & N o r t h L a m b t o n • F R E E

Regular Lambnton Branch Library user Ruth Purvis is concerned that locals who work through the week will no longer be able to access Lambton Library at all

Lambton Branch Library will no longer open on Saturdays. This will reduce the days of operation from three to two. In recent years the Library has operated Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 5pm (closed for lunch) and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12 noon. The decision to cut hours appears to have been made without input from or consultation with Lambton library users and is the result of 12 months of monitoring of opening hours across Council’s network of libraries. “Our monitoring showed there were limited users coming into Lambton Library on Saturday mornings and by relocating our staff from Lambton on Saturday mornings we will be able to extend the opening hours at six other branches.” Libraries Manager Suzie Gately told Lambton Local in a statement. The closest branch libraries to Lambton are New Lambton, Hamilton and Adamstown. All three of these branches will have longer opening hours of 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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Wishing Pat a happy retirement

Email: Phone: 0455 210 000 Mail: PO Box 130, Lambton NSW 2299 Publisher and proprietor: Mark Brooker ABN 48 260 331 896

Pat Butler (above) has worked in just about every role from mail sorting to lottery sales to front counter at Lambton Newsaganecy and Post Office during almost two decades of employment. The community thanks Pat for her service and wishes her a long and happy retirement

Lambton Local is hand delivered each month to more than 3,800 residential letterboxes and businesses in Lambton, North Lambton and parts of New Lambton and Jesmond. You can read current and back issues anytime at: Readers, advertisers and community groups are encouraged to contribute to Lambton Local with news items, community news events and any matter that may be of general interest to residents of the area. In contributing news items the contributor accepts that such information may or may not be published in print and/or online using websites and social media channels at the sole discretion of the publisher. No guarantee of publication is ever implied by this invitation to contribute. Except where otherwise noted, all information, photographs, text and images, contained within Lambton Local is subject to copyright. Such copyright material cannot be reproduced and distributed in whole or part without the prior written consent of the publisher. Page 2 > Lambton Local > January 2016

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Many locals will know the friendly face of Pat Butler. Pat retired from working at Lambton Newsagency and Post Office in December after more than 18 years of service. According to Pat’s daughter Trudy, “She loved seeing the locals come into the store, she would always be friendly, have a chat, I am sure the regulars will all miss her.” Pat worked for a number of different owners of the Newsagency over the years. She started when Garry and Jenny James first took on the Australia Post outlet after Lambton Post Office closed in 1996 and finished with the current owner Bill. Although she now lives in Elermore Vale Pat could truly call herself a local having been a resident of Lambton for 40 years where she has raised her three children. Pat is looking forward to retirement so that she can spend more time with her eight grandchildren who all live locally.

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Loving memories of Sue whose key found When I read our copy of December’s Lambton Local I was overwhelmed by the story about Sue’s 21st Key. I knew Sue and I’m sorry to say she passed away a few years ago. Her girls Jenna and Callie are based in the UK. Her husband Greg still lives locally. I first met Sue when our children Jenna and Craig started kindergarten at Lambton Public School. Our daughter Callie and Laura were the same age and got on like a house on fire. Sue started to mind Laura a few days a week whilst I was working and I had Craig before and after school. To describe Sue as a firecracker would be underestimating her.

Sue was kind, intelligent, down to earth and could mix it with the Marie Walton Ballet School mums and dads as good as anyone. Many good times were had in that house and many friendships strengthened. I hope Carolyn and her family enjoy knowing that there was always love and caring before them in their home. Sue’s girls followed her passion for dance and both achieved the highest levels of competition in Australia before moving to the UK to follow their dreams. Sue and Greg followed the girls and lived there for many years. You will probably be inundated with emails from people who knew Sue and Greg, and as I type

this, I am tingling all over. She was special. I miss her so much, as I know her family do. Remembering her with love.

Do things go bump in the night at your place?

With its intriguing past as an important old colliery township Lambton holds many secrets. Renata Daniel, tour guide and business owner of Newcastle Ghost Tours is looking to delve back into that history in a new and fun way with a new tour for 2016 filled with history and ghost stories. “I am always being told about ghostly encounters in Lambton – they seem to be happening still today! I am interested to find out if any of these new encounters have a link to what people were seeing 100 years ago”. Renata Daniel of Newcastle Ghost Tours (on right) invites you to share your stories of other worldly encounters in Lambton

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One ghost story is detailed in the Sydney Evening News on 24th December 1913 with a story of women and children being too frightened to go out because of the sighting of an apparition in Lambton at a cottage where locals were also hearing strange knockings and tapping. “It would bring out the whole suburb with people trying to lay the ghost” Renata says. Renata is currently researching the history of the area and on the hunt for local stories. If you can help out with tall tales, your own ghostly experiences or information about any local unforgettable characters from the area worth a mention please email her at info@

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Diggers’ swimming for 50th season

The original members of Newcastle Diggers’ Swimming Club probably knew that the club they founded would last well beyond their time in the pool. Formed in October 1966 by local ex-servicemen the club’s first swim was on October 16th of that year with 40 swimmers taking part. Since then the club has met at Lambton Memorial Swimming Centre every Sunday from late September until the end of the swimming season in March or April each year. The only exception being when the club travels to a swimming carnival, perhaps twice a year. Times have changed of course, and whilst still honouring the memory of the Diggers, membership is now open to all. The club meeting is never cancelled on account of the weather; in fact club president Denis Johns reckons it barely makes a difference to the turn out of members. “Our members just love coming along, rain hail or shine. The older members, some of whom are now in their 90’s are so welcoming of the young ones. Our youngest members are 6 or 7 years of age, so we truly cater for all ages. Some families have been swimming with us for three generations now.” Denis said. “We’d love to see new members in our 50th season. Club registration is only $10 for adults and $5 for kids for the entire season. Pool entry each week is extra.” Denis added For more information contact Denis on 0414 721822.


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WAVE Kids Club at Lambton in January A month of school holidays is about to hit parents across Newcastle, and soon kids of all ages will be looking for something to beat the boredom. Don’t fear, WAVE Kids Club is on from the 11-15th of January. Hunter Bible Church’s annual holiday program, WAVE Kids Club, provides a chance for your kids to hang out with other kids, learn about Jesus, and have heaps of fun whilst doing it. It’s also a great time for parents to have a break with morning tea and barista-made coffee provided in the Sideline Cafe every morning. The day program at Lambton High School, is for babies to Year 9 students, kicking off at 9am and finishing at 11:30am. For students in Years 10 – 12, from 7pm-9pm there is a night program run at The HBC Hub, 14 Heddon Rd

Broadmeadow. WAVE only costs $4 per child per day, or $60 maximum per family for the week. WAVE is a non-profit event run by Hunter Bible Church, and all costs are used to cover things

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January is back to school time and that means new school shoes for most students. “School shoes are an important investment in your child’s foot health” according to local podiatrist, Peta Tehan of Lambton Foot Clinic. “It’s best to see your local retailer armed with the best advice for shoe fitting. That way you will know your child will be comfortable and your money is well invested” Peta said. “Children should have some room from their longest toe to the end of their shoe to allow for growth. Beware however, if too much room is allowed they may have issues with blisters. Conversely, if you allow too little growing room, you could be back at the shops by June! “

“Shoes should feel comfortable straight away. If they don’t feel broad enough or they have a seam that rubs, that will not improve over time.” she added. “Quality leather shoes will quickly become more supple and flexible in the early days of wear, but don’t be fooled into thinking they will ever stretch to the correct size”. “School shoes are the shoes that your child will spend the most time in, so it’s worth taking the time and potentially spending a little more money to ensure you get a good fit, and a supportive shoe. A firm heel counter, firm middle and flexible toe are important, but most of all fit is the key. Whilst fashionable, ballet flats and skate shoes are not the

ideal shoe for children’s growing feet and not suited to being worn for eight hours a day for five days of the week.” said Peta. Another useful tip from Peta is that the best time to shop for school shoes is when you are all relaxed, have ample time and a full tummy. It is well worth the time it takes to be fitted by a specialist show retailer. If your child has ongoing issues with footwear or any type of foot pain you should consult with a podiatrist. Lambton Foot Clinic is located at the rear of Elder Street Practice, 92 Elder Street Lambton and can be accessed from the De Vitre Street car park.

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Last month’s mystery photo (above) was of course the “Temple of Knowledge” in the southwest corner of Lambton Park. It now

serves as storage for Council‘s outdoor equipment but according to Mary it was once a special place where the older men could have a yarn and play a game of dominoes or cards. This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find most of the answers within the pages of Lambton Local... Question 1 in what year was Newcastle Diggers’ Swimming Club founded? Question 2 What days of the week will Lambton Library now be open? Question 3 What brand of dishwashing tablets are on sale at Lambton Grocer this month Question 4 Where is WAVE kids club being held in January? Question 5 According to Dr Stuart Edser what are the five ingredients to a healthy

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Lambton then, Lambton now Maps

by Lachlan Wetherall

I love old maps. They are like a time machine allowing us glimpses of our past environment, and occasionally it is surprising to discover that something long gone has affected the shape of our present urban landscape. A good example is the area where Acacia Ave meets Griffiths Rd today. The map (top right) is from a 1906 poster advertising land for sale (the shaded areas) and shows that the Waratah Coal Company railway once ran along the present day Acacia Ave and a section of present day Griffiths Rd. What is now Lambton Rd and Traise St, was originally Waratah Rd which intersected the colliery railway at a spot known as “Betty Bunn’s Crossing”. The map reveals other interesting details such as the location of the Lambton Courthouse on Dickson St, and the names of various land owners along the rail line, such as T.G. Griffith. But as with much historical research, old maps can

pose as many questions as they answer. Lloyd Rd is shown in a dotted outline extending across Lambton Park. Was this a road that once was and is no more, or a road that once was meant to be, but never was? Why was the railway intersection known as Betty Bunn’s Crossing? Was Griffiths Rd named after T.G. Griffith? For all these questions, there is one answer that I find most satisfying. On the corner of Griffiths Rd and Kahibah Rd there is a building with a bend, because the block of land is bent, because it was once hemmed in by the railway. I worked in that building for 17 years, never once realising that the funny little kink in the middle owed its existence to a colliery railway that was removed over a hundred years ago. The past does indeed cast long shadows into curious places in the present. You can view these photos and more details at www.

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Obesity affects your pet’s health Is your pet’s weight a growing concern? It is estimated that over 40% of Australia’s pets are overweight!

There are many contributing factors to overweight pets but the main one is overfeeding. If you have noticed that your pet has adopted a few extra kilos over the past year or is a little tubby in general, then now is the time to set your pet off on the right paw and incorporate the support of a professional weight loss program. Like with people, over weight pets are at risk of a lot of health problems, listed below. Luckily we as owners and carers can ensure they are in good health! Pet obesity occurs when excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health is negatively affected. We know that obese pets live a less active and shorter quality of life. They are disinterested in exercise and play. They’re more prone to arthritis, skin problems, urinary tract infections, heat stroke, heart and breathing problems, diabetes, cancer, reproductive disorders and are at greater anaesthetic risk during surgery. The way to tell if your pet is overweight without weighing it, is to use your eyes and hands. First look down over your pet’s back. They should have a waist – a typical hourglass look – out at the chest, curving in at the waist and back out again at the hips. Secondly look across your pets’ back – if you can use them as a coffee table they’re overweight. Lastly feel your pet’s ribs with light pressure – if you can’t feel them without digging in they’re overweight. If you feel your pet has a weight problem, which can include being underweight, then give them the best start to the new year by getting them back in tip top shape. At your local Greencross Vet we offer pet personalised weight management advise to help you get the healthiest pet possible.

So you have a 2016 fitness resolution? By Anne-Marie Adams, owner/ personal trainer at Inspirational Group & Fitness Training Great. So what’s your plan? Made you think didn’t I? Lots of people make resolutions when the clock strikes midnight on 31st December but when the end of the next year comes they have not achieved their goal. Never fear though. I have a few simple tips that will help Set smaller goals If you have set a resolution that lasts all year odds are you will not achieve it. What successful people do is break that main goal down into manageable chunks. Set a smaller goal for 12 weeks and then break that down into what you have to do monthly, weekly and even daily. Put together a simple workout Learn how to do simple exercises like pushups, situps, squats etc. Add to these some walking or running and you will get a great workout. Just make sure your warm up and cool down properly to avoid injury.

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Move EVERYDAY Our bodies were made to move so get outside and walk the dog, run around with your kids at the park, or get into the water instead of lying on the beach. The recommended amount of steps you should do each day is 10,000. Buy a pedometer and make sure you reach this number. Find help If you find you have trouble staying motivated ask for help. There are plenty of options out there and you can find something that suits you. At Inspirational Group & Fitness Training we have people who like to exercise with other people so they come to the group sessions and I also offer personal and couples training for people who feel more comfortable training by themselves or with someone they know. Find something that suits you and you will find it easier to work towards that goal. To achieve that New Years Resolution make sure you make a plan and then do the most important step……… TAKE ACTION. Without action your goal will stay a wish and never become a reality. So until next time, love life, dream big and become the inspiration Anne-Marie


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by Dr Stuart Edser PhD. MAPS. MCCOUNP. MASCH. Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health

Five ingredients of a life well-lived...

Happy New Year. May it be a year full of love and laughter, learning, health and contentment. When you have these five things in your life, you know you’re doing well. LOVE is important. We all need to love and to feel loved. It’s an essential in life, like water. We need to engage with love; through a special person or partner, through family, friends, a dog or pet. When we connect with an ‘other’ through love, it meets a deep-seated need we are all born with and never lose. LAUGHTER is wonderful. It reminds us that life is not all about being serious and meeting our responsibilities. It allows us to loosen up and enjoy our life more. It changes our body chemistry and decreases our stress levels, and we end up being more relaxed about life. LEARNING is important. As conscious creatures, we can learn over the whole course of life. We don’t stop learning when we leave school. It’s important to make room for personal growth and development. No-one really wants to be the same person they were thirty years ago. HEALTH is essential. Try this year to put some regular energy in to looking after yourself; your physical health and mental health. When you are feeling stronger in mind and body, it makes the world of difference to your quality of life. CONTENTMENT is a wonderful attribute. It’s about gratitude for what you have in your life and takes you off the hamster wheel of relentless striving. When you know your relationships, financial security and health factors are all in train, it’s great to be able to feel that contentment as a relaxing balm. My best wishes for 2016 - Stuart Edser

How will my estate be distributed if I don’t have a will? by

Chris Hill-Smith of Appleton Law, Lambton

When a person dies without a will their estate is dealt with under the intestacy laws. Firstly the funeral expenses and other debts or liabilities must be paid and then the appointed administrator must distribute the remaining estate assets according to a statutory order. The existence of either a spouse or spouses or ‘issue’ (children) of the deceased person has the effect that all other classes of relatives are excluded from entitlement to the estate. A ‘spouse’ may be a person who was married to the deceased person immediately before their death or, a person who was in a de facto relationship with the deceased person immediately before their death and, the relationship was either in existence for at least two years or a child resulted from the relationship. A person can of course have more than one spouse and in that situation generally the spouse’s entitlement is shared. The children who are entitled under the intestacy laws are the ‘issue’ of the deceased person. That is descendants only, children, grandchildren etc. ‘Issue’ does not include step children or children related only by affinity. In the situation where a spouse or spouses and issue of the deceased survive the deceased, the distribution of the assets depends firstly on whether there are one or more spouses, and secondly on whether the surviving children of the deceased are also children of one or more of the spouses. The common situation of blended families these

days obviously means that the estate of the deceased would very often not dealt with as the deceased would have wished had he or she documented their wishes in a will. If there is no surviving spouse or children of the deceased the estate is distributed through a prioritised order of relatives starting with the deceased’s parents and continuing to more remote classes of relatives such as brothers and sisters, grandparents and aunts and uncles. The existence of a particular class of relatives excludes more remote classes from any entitlement. If a person in an eligible class has already died but leaves a child, that child or children will take the share that their parent would have and the more remote classes of relatives are excluded. If there are no persons of the defined classes of relatives surviving the deceased, the state takes the whole of the estate. 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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Lambton High Notes by Mr Martin Rosser

Term 4 is always a busy time in the school with assessments and reports, culminating in formal recognition assemblies at the end of the year. During this period we underwent two external audits where we were required to provide evidence against the School Excellence Framework, which was validated by an external panel, and Disability Standards conducted by the Audit Office of NSW. On both occasions the findings indicated high quality practice in the three domains of learning, teaching and leading. At school level, our 2015 major award recipients were: ADF Long Tan Teamwork and Leadership AwardMemphis Bourne Blue (Year 12) and Monique Rosser (Year 10); Tim Crakanthorp MP Social Justice Award- Andrew Gay; Creative and Performing Arts Rising Star Award- Sophie Carson; Franklin Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement- Kelcee Byrnes; Sportswoman of the Year- Kelcee Byrnes; Sportsman of the Year- Joseph Parente and Jake Bramble; and John Lawler Trophy for the Most Successful Knockout Team- Open Girls Water Polo Team (NSWCHS Champions) Other significant achievements include:

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•9 students received a Hunter Secondary Schools Sports Award with Kelcee Byrnes recognised with the Hunter SSSA Female of the Year Award.

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•6 students represented NSW All Schools in the Pacific School Games with Jake Bramble selected in the All Australian Baseball team.

The February edition will be distributed to letterboxes from 29 to 31 January.

•Kelcee Byrnes was awarded the prestigious NSWCHS award for successfully representing the school, region and state in elite levels of school sport, and for her achievements and leadership in the sport of Water Polo. She was also the recipient of the Sydney Markets Sporting Scholarship for the most outstanding female representative in year 11 or below.

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This year why not make yourself a super resolution? by Gary Croese B.Bus (Acc.), CPA, FPS. Principal of GC Accountants

Make this New Year’s resolution one that creates a measurable difference in your life by taking some simple steps to boost your superannuation. There are several simple steps you can take to boost your fund’s eventual value. But first let’s do an update on annual contribution caps.

can make a real difference to your final balance and may reduce income tax. Check investment options: Investigate how your super fund has invested your money. Is it too conservative or aggressive? If you think it doesn’t fit your current risk profile, speak with a financial adviser. Calculate your fund’s fees: A superannuation fund’s management fees can make a big difference to your final balance. Check your fund’s fee levels and consider shopping around for a better deal. These are all areas a financial adviser is best advising you on as they will need to get to know your individual situation and circumstances. Come make an appointment with us as we will be able to get your superannuation on track. GC Accountants ABN 46108440768 are authorised representatives of Count Financial Limited ABN 19 001 974 625, AFSL 227232. This article may contain general advice but does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs.

Concessional contributions are before-tax contributions taxed at a maximum of 15% (unless you earn over $300,000 a year). For many, this means these contributions will be taxed at a lower rate than their marginal tax rate. Extra contributions from your salary then, can be tax-effective. But there is a limit. If you were 49 or younger on June 30, 2015, your concessional limit for the 2015–16 financial year is $30,000. This includes all compulsory employer payments. If you were 49 or older on that date, your limit is $35,000. Non-concessional, or after-tax payments, are capped at $180,000 for the 2015–2016 financial year. Those under 65 may bring forward two or more years of nonconcessional payments, allowing a non-concessional limit of $540,000 in that year. Keeping these limits in mind, let’s explore superannuation boosting options. Make concessional contributions: Organise with your employer for an amount, however small, from your regular salary to be paid into superannuation. This

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

Fri 8

Marissa Lee

Sat 9

Just Jace

Thu 14 Jam Night with Ty and Zane Fri 15

Rachel Rachel

Sat 16


Sat 16

Fri 22 Chris Ah Gee & Jazzella Sat 23

Ryan Daley

Fri 29 Sat 30

Thu 21 Jam Night with Ty and Zane Fri 22

Dai Pritchard

Sat 23

Disco Biscuit

Thu 28 Jam Night with Ty and Zane Fri 29

Dave Carter

Sat 30


Mark Wells Duo

Lambton Park Hotel

Fri 1

Michael Mason

Sun 3

Dai Pritchard

Fri 8

Bobby C

Moonlight Drive Duo

Sun 17 Hornet Fri 22

Marissa Lee

Sat 23

State FX

Wests New Lambton Piano Lounge

Tue 5


The Rumour Trio

Tue 26 DV8

Thu 7


Marissa Lee

Fri 29

The Remedy

Tue 12 Angamus

Hotel Jesmond

Sat 30

The Gaudrys

Thu 14 Angamus

Michael Mills

Sun 3

Mark Wells

Wed 13 Live N Local Thu 14 Nathan Hawes

Sat 9

Adam Miller & Holly

Sun 10 Jarrad Hoogwerf

Duke of Wellington Hotel

Fri 15

Matt Semmens

Sat 16

Baltic Bar Mitzvah

Sat 2

Greg Bryce

Sun 17 Scott Felton

Fri 8

Beth Gleeson

Fri 22

Jake Folbigg

Sat 9

Dave Carter

Novo Trio

Fri 15

Daniel Arvidson

Fri 8

Bubble & Squeak

Sat 23

Sat 9

The Steves

Sun 24 Zackari Watt

Sun 10 Mick Jones Fri 15

Kim and Mik

Sat 16

Daley Holiday

Fri 29

Holly Wilson

Sat 30

Tom Blake Trio

Sun 31 Jason Lowe


Sun 17 Chris Unicomb Fri 22

The New Cool

Sat 23

Mard Max

Sun 24 Ryan Daley Hartley Duo

Sat 30 Novo Sun 31 Damien

Sat 2

Karise Eden

Sun 3

Karise Eden (lunch)

Fri 8

Brian’s Famous Jazz & Chilli Crab Night with Scott Felton

Sat 9

Dire Straits - Greatest Hits Tribute

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Sat 16

Sun 24 Mark Wells Duo

Sat 2

Fri 29

Sun 10 Melinda Schneider does Doris Day (lunch)

Fri 15

Ray Beadle

Sat 16

Richard Clapton

Sun 31 Love That Hat

Newcastle Theatre Co.

Tue 19 Angamus Thu 21 Angamus Tue 26 Angamus Thu 28 Angamus

Sun 17 Richard Clapton

Marble Bar

Wed 20 Live N Local Thu 21 Irish Mythen Fri 22

Lanie Lane

Sat 23

Killer Queen

Sun 24 Fully booked function Mon 25 Kylie Auldist Wed 27 Live N Local Sat 30 Frank Bennett does Sinatra Sun 31 The Rehab Brass Band (lunch)

The Mark Hotel Sun 3


Fri 8

Holly Wilson

Sat 9

Dr Zoom Duo

Proof A play by David Auburn Director John Wood


Sat 2

Twinsanity Trio

Fri 8

Rubber Bullet

Sat 9

Phonic Trio

Sat 23


Fri 15

The Cruisers

Sun 24

2pm & 8pm

Sat 16

the Big Bang

Wed 27


Fri 22

Mark Wells Duo

Fri 29


Sat 23

The Rattle

Sat 30

2pm & 8pm

Fri 29

Snape Trilogy

Wed 3 Feb


Fri 5


Sat 30

Greg Bryce & the Bad Bad Things

Sat 6


Northumberland Hotel Fri 8

Nano M

Sun 10 The Jungle Kings

Fri 15

The Harbourmaster

Fri 15

Fri 22

Kenny Jewell

Fri 29

Brien McVernon

Bobby C

Fri 1

Some local live entertainment venues were unable to provide their January line-up before Lambton Local went to print for this month. Please check what’s coming up directly with these venues.

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Local Community Group Notices 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

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. MARCH STREET COMMUNITY GARDENS GROUP Are you interested in community gardening? The March Street Community Gardens Group at 16 March Street Kotara is looking for new members. Experienced gardeners or beginners are welcome. Please check out our website or contact Gwen Ph 49529655 or Diane Ph 49572843

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. 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:

LOLLYPOP’S PLAYGROUP Every Wednesday of school term from 10am-12pm. Come and join our friendly, welcoming group for toys, games, stories and play. 0-5 year olds, parents, grandparents and carers welcome. Anglican Church Hall, 18 Morehead St, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073 for more details.

LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP All residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (2nd February) commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club, Karoola Rd. No RSVP needed. If you would like more information you can email: or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. 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. 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.

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 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.

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Local Community Classifieds...

Placing your Local Community Classified is easy! Email or post the details to PO 130 Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Be sure to include your name and contact details for clarification and/or verification.



Walk on wheels scooter one owner comes with charger $400 Please call Leanne 0410 425532


KNITTING AND CROCHET CLASSES Special handmade leather craft and personalised orders. Phone 4929 7255 or 49575501 after 4pm PET PORTRAITS Have your pet immortalised in a portrait, or give a pet portrait as a memorable gift by local artist. Phone Michelle 4956 4016

BE PAID TO STAY FIT AND DELIVER “THE LOCAL” TO YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD Your local community newspaper requires reliable, energetic locals who love walking to join the team that gets our community newspaper to local homes. You will be required to deliver the publication at the end of each month. Between 2 and 4 hours walking is involved depending on the area. Register your interest by email at or phone Mark on 0455 210 000 for more details.


PLEASE HELP US FIND OUR IDEAL LAMBTON HOME We are looking for a Lambton home with 3 bedrooms for our young family. We have sold our last home already, and have a rental we are happy in for now, so we come with potential to offer lots of purchase flexibility. Mel 0402 102 229 Adam 0421 323 834 or email melburgess75@ FOSTER CARERS REQUIRED Barnardos Australia, now in Newcastle. We are looking for foster carers for siblings 0-12 years, for a few weeks or up to several months. Training, 24 hour support and generous allowance provided. Please call Amber 1800 663 441 THANKS FROM DON Don of Florida Ave, New Lambton would like to sincerely thank the kind person who found his medical monitor recently and returned it to his letterbox.



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Let Elder Street Pharmacy help you to enjoy a healthier, happier 2016! Whether you want to quit smoking or lose the festive season bulge we can help…

…we’ve got all your New Year’s Resolutions covered. ELDER STREET PHARMACY 117 Elder St, Lambton Phone 4957 3630 Open: Mon to Fri 8.30am to 6pm • Sat 8.30am to 2pm

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