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Happy 125th Birthday to the grand old icon in the Park The last weekend of November marks 125 years since the official opening of Lambton Park Rotunda. This issue of Lambton Local celebrates the rotunda. Inside you will find your invitation to the community picnic to celebrate the rotunda’s birthday, you will learn that Lambton’s is not the only rotunda in Newcastle but it is the best, and you will read how the rotunda and the park in which it stands have been protecting locals from typhoid for a century and a quarter.

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Above: The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday 1st December 1890, which included a 600-word report sent via telegraph from the Newcastle correspondent of the grand affair that was the opening of the rotunda in Lambton Park. See the report on pages 3 and continued on page 4.

Sydney Morning Herald, Monday December 1, 1890, page 5 [BY TELEGRAPH] (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT) The official opening of the Rotunda in Lambton Park yesterday was a great success. The weather was fine and the attendance numerous, upwards of a thousand being present. The township was en fete. Nearly all the mayors of the surrounding municipalities were present. Amongst the Sydney visitors invited were the Hon. J. N. Brunker (Minister for Lands), and Messrs. Melville and Walker, M.L.A. The Lambton Brass Band was present and enlivened the proceedings. The chair was taken by the Mayor of Lambton, Mr. W. T. Dent JP, who read an apology trom Mr. J. Creer, who was absent on account of the effects of an accident in leaving the train. The CHAIRMAN explained the object of the meeting, which was in the first piece the official opening of the rotunda, and, secondly, to obtain funds to repay the cost of its erection. It was a necessary adjunct to the public park, of which latter the chairman gave some interesting details as regarded attempts to form it 13

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years ago. The necessity for a recreation ground of this nature had made itself apparent by the fact of so many deaths occurring through typhoid fever, produced by the close proximity of the houses in the vicinity. Since the ground had been utilised as a park and public recreation ground, Lambton might be classed now as one of the healthiest localities in the world. The death rate now was only seven in a thousand. The first receipts towards the formation of the park were raised principally by private subscription. The Hon. J.N. BRUNKER, who was received with applause, expressed the pleasure he felt at being present. He referred to the progress of the coal trade in the district, which had made the latter so prosperous. He spoke from an experience of 30 years, and therefore knew what he was speaking of. He then referred to the commonage question, and was glad to know that his action in that matter had met with general approval. In years past there had been efforts made in the Legislative Assembly to arrange matter to settle this question. Of course he could not be expected to please everybody, but having a thorough local knowledge of the question he had made up his

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mind if possible to have the question settled. He had a bill framed and passed in Parliament which had given previous residents upon the commonage the right of purchasing their holdings. He was aware that the settlement of the question had not given satisfaction to everyone, but in matters of this kind this could hardly be expected. In his place as a Minister he had endeavoured to do justice to every man, and he believed he had been so far successful. He then referred in sympathetic terms to the late strike, and expressed his sincere gratification that this great struggle was over, and that the amount of wages received this previous evening was a certain sign that the mining district has resumed its normal happy and prosperous condition. The meeting was also addressed by Messrs. Melville and Walker, M.L.A, and Mr. T. Croudace JP. A collection was made to aid in defraying the expense of the erection of the rotunda, and it, amounted to £25. Votes of thanks to Mr. Brunker and the other members for their attendance were carried. The proceedings closed with an exhibition of sworddancing, and cheers for the chairman and the Lambton Municipal Council. (Source: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper)


You’re invited to a community picnic

Lambton Residents Group and Lambton Local invite the community to come along to celebrate living in Lambton with a good oldfashioned picnic around the rotunda from 3pm on Saturday 28th November. This will mark 125 years since the rotunda was officially opened on Saturday 29th November 1890. “We’ve kept it as a simple picnic. There’s no cost to attend, no jumping castles or fairy floss. Bring your family, neighbours and friends. Bring your picnic eats and drinks. Set up a game of cricket or just relax in the shade of the rotunda. There’ll be a cake to mark the rotunda’s birthday which we’ll cut and share around.” said Mark Brooker from Lambton Local. “Newcastle City Council waived the usual charges for holding an event in Lambton Park. Our thanks to Councillor Andrea Rufo, who is also a member of the Residents Group, for his efforts in making that happen.” Mark said. For more information about the picnic call Mark on 0455 210 000 or go to the Lambton Local Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ lambtonlocal


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Mrs Finch’s memories of Lambton in years past

Mrs S. Finch of North Lambton recently sent Lambton Local a letter in response to seeing the Lambton Heritage Walk brochure produced by Julie Keating earlier this year. Mrs Finch has kindly agreed to us sharing her recollections of living in North Lambton since the 1950’s. I was very interested to receive the Lambton Heritage Walk brochure recently and would like to congratulate those that created it. I do not have any modern gadgets so cannot contact them. I would appreciate it if you can pass this on to the proper people. We only came here in 1953 for my husband’s work. In about 1941 my mother and I had come on a visit to my Uncle and Aunt who owned a large market garden and florist in Griffiths Flats, as it was then known. Later it was Oldhams Meats and then other business. My Aunt made bouquets and wreaths and flower arrangements for theatres. The area was quite open then. We then went on a tram along what is now the bike track off Croudace Street. We must have gone to Wallsend and then to Argenton by bus to visit my mother’s sister. My cousins took us to either Rathmines or Swansea to watch sea planes landing on the lake. When we first came to Newcastle there was no accommodation at all available. We moved into our garage and began building our house. The whole western hillside at North Lambton was bare except for weeds and blackberries. It was a new housing estate known as “North Lambton Heights”. “The Heights” seemed to get lost. People and mail went to New

Lambton by mistake. There were about three houses in the area and three other families living in garages and building houses. Janet and Compton Streets were only bush tracks, full of pot holes and ruts. Local boys told me they swam in the Reservoir, which was then uncovered and unfenced. Horse riders and motor bikers often went across our property, so it was quickly fenced as we had a toddler (now aged 63). There was a local store in Percy Street which had a sub post office. There was a butcher in William St and a small shop near the Primary School (Jesmond) which I think was also a sub-post office. Bread was delivered by horse and cart, also milk and meat, and groceries from a shop in Lambton, perhaps Savemores. The boy came to take orders every week and delivered next day. “The Store” did this too and later had a big truck set up as a shop. Fruit and veg were delivered once a week from the shop in Percy St by George Wall in his horse and cart. There was a celebration in Jesmond Park, maybe it was Jesmond Public School’s centenary or something. Some local people dressed up in costumes and there was a nice photo in the paper, I think it was the Newcastle Sun. There was a pamphlet put out with some local history and I think I still have both. I remember there was a goat farm mentioned as being near the rail crossing which was where the roundabout is now near Bluegum Road. The coal trains ran from out Minmi way and we could see the

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little trains miles away across the paddocks and then along what is now a walking track in the uni grounds, parallel to University Drive. There was an old lady who lived in a funny shaped house, I think it was on the corner of what is now Bluegum and Newcastle Roads, now Hungry Jacks perhaps? She refused to move and held up works for a long time. I think they had her removed and were able to demolish the house. Where the supermarket is now used to be a very dirty coke works. The golf club was the garbage dump and often alight, so both were unpleasant. Warrabrook was the abattoirs and the poor cattle would bellow all Sunday night. This hill was full of holes and there were several cave-ins. The man who drove the bulldozer to clear the estate told me they filled in a lot of holes. It seems it was a place where people in the Depression years mined their own coal. There must still be a few oldies who recall more than me. I am 85. Another event was the opening of the Skyline Drive In off Croudace Street which is now a housing estate. I think it went broke when TV came in. It had a shop selling hot food and snacks and a children’s playground. A man, I think he was called Uncle Rex, welcomed the children with a lolly. Children in those days (the early sixties) did not have sweets very much so it was considered special. They also had a birthday call. Our children watched the cartoons and then slept when they were ready. Mrs S. Finch - Summit St, North Lambton

Thanks from Pearl Box Inc. Just a quick note to thank Lambton Local on behalf of the Pearl Box Inc. I would also like to thank both the larger community and the businesses who supported our recent fundraising day at Lambton Park Hotel. As a result we will be able to donate $4,000 to the John Hunter Hospital’s Neurological department. Plans are already being formulated for next year’s fundraiser and I look forward to sharing the details with you when they are confirmed. Greg Box - Morehead St, Lambton

Maggies find new home

The Magpies who have called the large Norfolk Island Pine at the back of Lambton shopping centre home for more than a decade have had a tragic past two months. In the early hours of Sunday16th August, a fierce shed fire at the base of the tree sent flames 30 metres up the tree. This destroyed their nest, as well as badly damaging the tree. Not deterred by this tragedy, they

hurriedly rebuilt their nest in the burnt tree to get their breeding season back on track. Unfortunately early on Saturday 17th October, a team of men and a very large crane arrived to remove the damaged tree. Unaware of the magpies nest until I informed them, they compassionately went out of their way to ensure the nest and it’s precious contents were safely rescued. With the help of a box from the local fruit and vegetable store the nest and two baby magpies were successfully relocated to another tree in my backyard. The ‘father’ was very quick to locate his missing babies, ‘mum’ was a little disoriented for a day, kept flying back to where their tree used to be. Happily both are now busily working to feed two hungry fledglings in their new temporary nesting site (pictured) Tom Eschebach-De Vitre St, Lambton



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Hunter’s premier art market coming to Lambton Park Art Bazaar is coming to Lambton Park later this month! Held three times a year, Art Bazaar is a major art event for the Hunter region. It has attracted many thousands of visitors to the Hunter since it began in 2002. The Hunter’s premier artisan and design marketplace, Art Bazaar is an initiative of Hunter Arts Network (HAN). HAN is a non-profit group of local artists, designers, jewellers and craftspeople who carefully hand pick stallholders to ensure that shoppers have an array of quality local, handmade, unique, and original products, making Art Bazaar an affordable opportunity for both the public and the creative people of Newcastle and the Hunter. Recent accolades for Art Bazaar include 2015 Hunter Local Business Awards Finalist, 2015 Stockland Community Grants Winner & 2014 QantasLink Hunter & Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism Finalist. Some visitors to Art Bazaar have been following the event for over a decade and are assured by the quality of the local handmade products that they will find at each and every event. Membership into HAN is by juried entry. This has been an entry point for many up and coming artisans who have flourished as a result of the demand for their unique products at Art Bazaar.

For the public, entry to Art Bazaar is absolutely free. There will be plenty of food and drink on offer with Bellarossini coffees and drinks, Oz Thai Cuisine, Ice Creamery on Wheels, Sprocket Roasters and Antojitos Street Food all on hand. Live music from Sandy Bennett from 9-11am, Kerrie Garside 1112pm, and A Girls a Gun from 12-2pm will keep the crowd entertained. HAN proudly supports ‘Shop Small’ which is committed to supporting the thousands of small businesses that are the heartbeat of our community. HAN encourages everyone to shop at the small shops and businesses that make your neighbourhood a great neighbourhood. This of course includes Art Bazaar at Lambton Park. ‘Shop Small’ is a movement dedicated to supporting the small business owners who do big things for customers and communities throughout our region and across the nation. The family businesses, the start-ups, the independents, the small businesses that give your neighbourhood its colour and convenience. It’s no secret that thriving local shops creates local jobs which in turn creates thriving communities. Art Bazaar will be held from 9am to 3pm on Sunday 29th November at the Howe and Morehead Streets area of Lambton Park. For more information on Art Bazaar at Lambton You will enjoy meeting the artists and designers Park see opposite page and visit www.artbazaar.com. who have carefully created their work and gladly au, www.instagram.com/hunterarts or www.fb.com/ provide access beyond the traditional boundaries of artbazaarhunter the gallery. Page 14 > Lambton Local > November 2015

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The Big Rotunda


To commemorate her 125th birthday this month’s quiz is all about Lambton Local’s favourite public building...yep you guessed it, Lambton Park Rotunda. But firstly, Dianne Gray of Croudace Street was the winner of last month’s Big Quiz. Congratulations Dianne, your $40 Lambton Grocer voucher has been posted to you.

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Lambton then, Lambton now The Rotunda

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Ralph Snowball’s photograph of the Hospital Sports Day in October 1909. Reproduced with permission of University of Newcastle Cultural Collections.

settled, the rotunda was officially opened on Saturday 29th November 1890, 125 years ago this month, by Mr. Brunker the Minister for Lands. The ceremony included a brass band performance and a demonstration of Northumbrian sword dancing, to celebrate this handsome addition to Lambton Park. You can view these photos and more details at www. lachlanwetherall.com

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letters page of the newspaper. Mr W. Conn suggested that the rotunda have a plaque expressing gratitude to Thomas Croudace for his work in establishing Lambton Park. This elicited some rather spiteful letters in response, mocking Mr Conn and making negative insinuations towards Mr Croudace. The idea of the plaque was quietly dropped, and instead, in the latticework above the Corinthian columns adjoining the entrance steps were placed the words “W.T. Dent, Mayor, Erected 1890”, still there today. (see facing page) At a final cost of £361, construction of the rotunda was completed by the contractor Timothy Boyle in September 1890. However it was decided to postpone the formal opening until an ongoing miner’s strike was resolved, when the populace would be in a more festive mood. With the miners’ dispute eventually




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Lambton rotunda in the news through the years Extracts from Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate Tuesday 20th March 1923


LAMBTON. The West Wallsend Band, conducted by Bandmaster Kelley played at the rotunda, Lambton Park, on Sunday evening, There was a large attendance, and the music, which included descriptive pieces, was thoroughly enjoyed. The collection in aid of the band funds was liberally responded to. Monday 7th September 1925

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LAMBTON A function in continuation of the juvenile frolic, in aid of the Wallsend Hospital, which was held in the park on Saturday afternoon, attracted a large attendance. The fancy costumes of the children and the comical characters presented a pretty sight. Mr. Butterworth, the principal of. the school, assisted by Mr. Davies and Miss O’Keefe, were in charge of the general arrangements. The children, after marching, formed up in front of the rotunda. The march was greatly admired, and applauded by the spectators.... Thursday 1st August 1940 LAMBTON BAND ROTUNDA. Greater Newcastle Council decided last night to vote £32 for painting and improvements to the band rotunda in Lambton Park. Extract from The Newcastle Sun Thursday 11 May 1950 We mentioned the other day that the rotunda in Lambton Park had not been used for many years. Mr. A. Gow, of Lambton Parents’ and Citizens’ Association, writes that on Empire night, May 24, there will be a cracker night there and all Lambton children are invited to bring their own fire works to be let off under the supervision of members of the association. The association is concerned about the number of fireworks accidents and hopes in this way to prevent them. (Source: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper)

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It’s Carols time again! The Anglican Parishes of Lambton and New Lambton

will combine to put on the 4th annual Carols by Candlelight in the grounds of St John the Baptist Anglican Church Morehead Street Lambton on Sunday 29th November. This free entry, non profit, family-oriented event will include school groups and other performers from the local community. The Lions Club will be there with a sausage sizzle or people can bring a picnic tea. A coffee cart will be available for drinks. Remember to bring your picnic rug and chairs. The event runs from 5.30 to 8.30pm.

We are excited to announce the relocation of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic, just around the corner to 126 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow. y Our brand new state of the art Vet Clinic is a ta S safe, friendly new home for you and your tuned for ur details of o pets to be cared for. With modern facilities, ON OPEN DAY we now have more space and comfort to DEC 5TH! provide you with our premium care standards. Ph 4952 8809 • www.newlambtonvets.com.au

Part of the crowd at last year’s Carols by Candlelight in the Anglican Church grounds

Where there’s a will...or not by Chris Hill-Smith of Appleton Law, Lambton Statistics show that many, in fact most people do not have a will setting out how they wish their assets to be distributed upon their death. It is perhaps a subject often not thought about because it is not dealing with the ‘here and now’ but relates to how our estate will be dealt with when we are no longer here to worry about it. There are however very good reasons for having a will which sets out how you would like your estate distributed when you pass on. An effective and valid will sets out who you wish to deal with

your estate, who will inherit your assets and which assets the particular beneficiary or class of beneficiaries will receive. Other matters can also be dealt with in your will including such considerations as your preference in relation to burial or cremation, who you wish to appoint as guardian of your minor children and whether you intend a charity to receive a gift. What about do-it-yourself will kits? There are several pre-printed will forms available and they may be a perfectly valid form of will when correctly completed and attested. That is the tricky part. The law relating to wills and estates is a particularly technical area of law and strict rules must be complied with in order to ensure that a will is valid. If the rules are not complied with a will may not be valid and therefore not accepted by the court in an application for probate of the will unless there

was a successful application to have the will accepted as an ‘informal’ instrument. That of course would involve significant additional costs. Common difficulties with wills include, non-compliance with legal requirements, mistakes in the gifts which are made, incorrect recording of the testator’s wishes and not understanding the significance or effect of using particular words or phrases. Consider this; a person makes a gift to their “children” in their will. Does that mean their natural children only, their natural and adopted children? What about step-children, do they fall within the definition of “children” for the purposes of succession?

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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Eating healthily on a budget Mind matters One of the biggest excuses that I hear is it is too expensive to eat healthy. Studies show that it is not only beneficial for your health and waistline to eat healthy but it is also great for your hip pocket. So I am here to give you a few tips on how to ‘shop healthy’…….. •

I am not going to lie to you. Your first shop will be a little more expensive than usual. This is because you will have to buy some new cupboard staples. The good news after the first shop you only have to buy these again when they run out. Stick to buying ingredients rather than premade things. The studies conducted show if you buy the so called healthy pre-packaged meals you will end up spending more money but if you buy healthy ingredients then make your food it works out much cheaper than the unhealthy prepacked foods.

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Shop towards the outer edges of the supermarket. Most stores are set out with the fresh food towards the outside and the prepackaged food in the middle. Avoid temptation and shop towards the outer edges of the store.

When you control your portion size it means you eat less. In turn this means you spend less because you don’t have to buy as much.

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Organise yourself. Make a list of breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks for the week and then write a shopping list based on the ingredients you need to buy. The most important bit……stick to the list. To help with this never go shopping when you are hungry and avoid aisles that tempt you.

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The final point I would like to make is that eating healthy is an investment in YOU. The sad fact is if you do not look after your health then it can lead to all sorts of diseases and illnesses. If you think you are saving money by not taking care of yourself just imagine when (noticed I said when, not if) you get sick all the doctors’ bills and medication you will be spending money on to treat something that could have been avoided. Take care of your body because all the money in the world will not buy you a new one.

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

Depression and demotivation

Last month, we looked specifically at the isolation of depression or ‘going into the cave’. When we do this, we disengage or unplug from all the things that would normally bring a sense of joy or happiness to our lives. If we’re into gardening, we stop. If we like singing, we stop. If we like meeting friends, we stop. If we enjoy a hobby, we stop. This ‘stopping’ action guarantees that the potential for a good time or happy feelings is precluded. These positive emotions cannot happen because we stayed in the cave. So, what stops us? It is a depression symptom called demotivation. Basically, it just means, ‘I can’t be bothered’. When depression is around, demotivation sits on the throne of our lives and tells us, ‘you don’t feel like it’. How about some gardening? I don’t feel like it. How about meeting up with your friends? I don’t feel like it. And on and on. Demotivation robs us of potential happiness. One of the essential skills that I teach people with depression is how to ignore this demotivation voice. I have to ‘act despite my feelings’. Even when I don’t feel like it, I do it anyway. How about some gardening? ‘I don’t feel like it’, says the demotivation voice. ‘You’re right’, says I, ‘I don’t feel like it but I’m going to do it anyway’. I lightheartedly call this the Nike technique. Nike’s motto is ‘just do it’. When depression stops me from doing the things that bring me joy by demotivating me, telling me I don’t feel like it, then if I want to beat it and feel better, then I need to act despite my feelings. Don’t think about it, just do it.

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Getting your retirement lifestyle right

lifestyle, and it is very likely that your retirement will be even more fulfilling than any period that has come before. Fitness and health

by Gary Croese B.Bus (Acc.), CPA, FPS. Principal of GC Accountants

How do you plan a perfect retirement? The very act of stopping paid work can introduce a sudden lack of routine, a shortage of networking and socialising opportunities and the purpose that a retiree may have enjoyed in the workplace. Concentrate on the following specific aspects of

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important. A lot of people who work full‑time probably don’t have a great deal of time to do physical exercise, but in your retirement you need to make a plan for physical health. Look at joining clubs, like tennis or golf, so you can socialise and maintain your physical fitness. It’s also important to maintain your cognitive health, by doing things such as crosswords or Sudoku puzzles. Socialise by volunteering Socialising in retirement is very important. Many choose to volunteer, and that could be through formal volunteering. For example, a lot of organisations are now looking for experienced people to sit on Boards. There is also informal volunteering, like grandparents taking on caring roles for their grandchildren. Indulge in hobbies

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This is the time when a lot of people are looking forward to finally pursuing whatever it may be that they love. It could be travel or home renovations. Having time to pursue personal interests is a big drawcard for people in retirement. A lot of these activities are often through community houses and local municipal sectors, so there is a lot of opportunity for people to engage in an interest and develop local social connections as well. Be a lifelong learner An attitude of lifelong learning is something that I am quite passionate about. Learning should not end at retirement, and there is an opportunity to mix this in with personal interests. It could be to do with knowledge or to do with learning new skills. This not only maintains cognitive health but contributes to your social networks. GC Accountants Pty Ltd ABN 46108440768 are authorised representatives of Count Financial Limited ABN 19 001 974 625, AFSL 227232.

Vet chat Dr Tessa Jongejans Greencross Vets, Lambton

Preventing heartworm

In the last few months I have talked about preventing parasites, like ticks and fleas, that live on our pets. But we also have to prevent infestation with parasites that live on the inside, the intestinal worms and heartworms. Intestinal worms can be prevented several ways, most people choose worming with a tablet. These intestinal worms can be a nuisance but rarely cause major health problems. It’s a different story with heartworm! Heartworm disease can be deadly to both dogs and cats. Traditionally we have protected our dogs against infection but now we know that we need to protect our feline friends as well. Immature heartworm are picked up from infected animals by mosquitoes and then transferred to other pets. This means your pet does not need to be in direct contact with other animals, every pet is at risk. In our lovely Newcastle area there are plenty of mosquitos, in some areas even all year round. And unfortunately they do not only like our blood, but also the blood of our four-footed companions. Once injected these immature heartworm migrate to the heart where they grow and mature. Overtime this damages the animal’s heart and can cause illness.

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Local & Live entertainment this month Local & Live entertainment this month Alder Park Bowling Club

Sun 22

Cliff Richard tribute

Bar 121

Duke of Wellington Hotel

Tue 3 Fri 6 Sat 7

Dr Zoom Duo

Sat 21


Thu 26 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane Fri 27

Dai Pritchard

Sat 28

Love That Hat

Blackbutt Hotel Fri 6

Hot Fox

Sat 7


Fri 13


Sat 14


Fri 20


Sat 21

Phase III

Fri 27


Sat 28


Fri 6

Greg Bryce


Fri 27

Warren Hunter

Sat 28

Stuart Hamilton

Northumberland Hotel Fri 6

Mick Boogaard

Live N Local

Sat 7

Tommy Gun

Fri 13

Adam Gear

Thu 5

The Paper Kites

Sun 8

The Jungle Kings

Fri 20

Michael Peter

Dr Zoom Duo

Fri 6

Rick Price

Fri 13

Gareth Hudson Duo

Fri 23

Jim Overend

Sat 7

Van the Man

Sat 14


Sun 8

Reynolds & Co (lunch)

Sun 15 Phase III

Sun 8


Fri 20

Bobby C

Wed 11 Live N Local

Sat 21


Thu 12

Jetty Road w. Kirsty Lee Akers

Sun 22 Milestones Fri 27

Kim and Mik

Cookin on 3 Burners feat. Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico

Sat 28


Fri 27

The Gaudrys

Sat 28

Greg Bryce

Hotel Jesmond

The Shedmasters

Bonny Wythes

Kim and Mik

Sat 5

2 Good Reasons

Best of British

Fri 20

Tues 3

Thu 26 Angamus

Sat 14

Sat 21 Chris Ah Gee & Jazzella

Thu 19 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane


Love That Hat


The Big Bang

Fri 20

Sat 14

Sun 29 TBA

Sun 1

Fri 4

Fri 13

Grace & Jonno

Just Jace

Dr Peach

The Mark Hotel

Wed 4

Fri 6

Fri 13

Sat 28

Mark Wells Trio

Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Thu 12 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Bobby C

Bobby C

Thu 5 Sat 7

Fri 27


Sat 7

Twinsanity Trio

Fri 13

The Cruisers

Wests New Lambton

Sat 14

The Big Bang

Fri 20

The Steves

Piano Lounge

Sat 21

Love That Hat

Fri 27

Iguana Trio

Sat 28


Mon 2

Ben Hanley

Tues 3

Terence Koo

Wed 4

Peter Wall

Thu 5


Fri 6

Peter Wall

Sat 7

Frank Wakewood

Mon 9

Warren Hunter

The Steves

Sat 7

The Levymen

Fri 13

Fri 13

The Remedy

Sat 14

Tapestry of Fire & Rain

Sat 14


Fri 20

Michael Mills

Sun 15

Lazy Sunday Lunch w. Men from Earth

Sat 21


Wed 18 Callaghan College

Tue 10 Angamus

Fri 27


Thu 19

Ami Williamson

Wed 11 Warren Hunter

Kim and Mik

Fri 20

The Wolverines

Thu 12 Angamus

Sat 21

Wendy Matthews

Fri 13

Warren Hunter

Sat 14

Stuart Hamilton

Sat 28

Lambton Park Hotel Fri 6

Ryan Daley

Sat 7

The Hazels

Sun 8


Fri 13

Tom Buckley

Sat 14

The Dew Cats

Sun 15 TBA

Sun 22 Chad Morgan (lunch) Tues 24 Australian Surf Movie Festival - Rough Cut Wed 25 IMAGINE - John Lennon tribute

Newcastle Theatre Co. Beyond Therapy A play by Christoper Durang Sat 21 Nov

Thu 26

Girls of Country Tour

Sun 22

Fri 27


Wed 25

8pm 8pm

Fri 20

Holly Wilson

Sat 28


Fri 27

Sat 21


Sun 29

Lazy Sunday Lunch w. Rehab Brass Band

Sat 28

Sun 22 TBA

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Wed 2 Dec

2pm matinee

2pm matinee & 8pm 8pm

Piano Lounge Fri 6

Fri 6

Sun 29 Hornet

Mon 30 Ben Hanley

Mon 16 Ben Hanley

The Starlight Room Thu 12 Toni Childs

Tue 17 Terence Koo Wed 18 Peter Wall Thu 19 Angamus Fri 20

Peter Wall

Sat 21

Frank Wakewood

Mon 23 Warren Hunter Tue 24 Angamus Wed 25 Warren Hunter

Fri 20

Lennon - Through a Glass Onion

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Local Community Noticeboard... 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. 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 0418689815 anytime. 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.

NEW LAMBTON WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB Rain, hail or shine, our ladies get together for a game of bowls on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on our undercover greens. We are situated on Tauranga Rd behind the Wests New Lambton car park. The cost is $6. Any bowls uniform is acceptable. Tuesday and Thursday start at 10.00am be there by 9.30 (phone Bev Ranclaud by 9.00am on 49351544 to book). Saturday start at 1.00pm be there by 12.30 (phone Bev by 10.00am on 49351544 to book or before Saturday on 49549421) 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). The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd November at 7.30pm. Guest speaker, Kathie Bowtell, will talk on Art, Work,Family and Suicide. All members and interested visitors are welcome. For more information contact 49578296.

Local Community Noticeboard

All groups and organisations are welcome to submit notices for publication. 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. Thanks for your understanding... Page 30 > Lambton Local > November 2015

NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship, as well as partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. We meet at New Lambton Community Centre 14 Alma Rd New Lambton. Contact Secretary Barry Hoare on 4963 4631 for further 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. 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 (3rd November) commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club, Karoola Rd. No RSVP necessary but if you would like more information you can email: lambtonresidents@ gmail.com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854.

Local Community Classifieds...

Placing your Local Community Classified is easy! Email lambtonlocal@gmail.com 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.


PIANOLA Beale 1920’s original excellent working condition, a beautiful piece of furniture. Lots of music rolls available $1,500.00 Contact Cathy on 0413 995 111 RECLINER CHAIR FOR MOBILITY-IMPAIRED


KNITTING AND CROCHET CLASSES Special handmade leather craft and personalised orders. Phone 4929 7255 or 49575501 after 4pm QUALIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST Local, inhouse or outcalls. $70 for one hour’s relaxation. Please call Mark on 0408 409133 to arrange a suitable time.


Over 50’s/ Back Care/ Yoga Therapy/ Chair Yoga NLCC Stretch your Body and Mind Shoalhaven brand. New price over $2000.00. Inspection welcome. Excellent condition, Purchased new and only used for a few months. Built in lateral and lumbar support. All-over leg rest for extra pressure relief. Fully approved for high care nursing home situation. Will sell for $1200 ono. Ph 0412 923 584 or 4952 3584.

NOTICES DO YOU KNOW ANYONE THINKING ABOUT SELLING THEIR HOME? Our family, with children already attending Lambton Public School is seeking a home with north-facing aspect in the gorgeous Lambton patch between Elder St and Durham Rd. We need 3 bedrooms, can pay up to $650,000 and can be really flexible around settlement terms. If you know someone please ask them to contact Mel on 4023 1468 or 0402 102 229 or email: melburgess@gmail.com

Small friendly classes focusing on Spinal tone, Breath Awareness and Relaxation. Wednesdays at 9.30am Details: ph Catherine on 0411358460 email: backtobalanceyoga@hotmail.com www.backtobalanceyoga.com.au


Tickets available Live Theatre in Sydney. Coach or Show Only “Matilda” 6 January 2016 “Cats” Nov 2015. “The Sound of Music” Dec 2015 to Mar 2016. Anthony Warlow April/May ‘16. We Will Rock You – Sing’ In The Rain. Further details phone Don on 4952 8590 To place your free classified ad in December edition, just email lambtonlocal@gmail. com by 15th November or post it to PO Box 130 Lambton 2299.



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Lambton Local is the first choice for community news and information in Lambton and North Lambton (Newcastle, NSW)