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25th September 2015 will be the 150th anniversary of the opening of Lambton Public School. A number of events are planned to mark this auspicious occasion. On Thursday 10th September staff and students will dress in costume and ‘go back in time’ participating in activities that replicate life at school through the years. On Friday 12th the entire School and past students and teachers, led by Newcastle RSL Pipe Band, will march along Elder Street from the park to the school. This will be followed by the Official 150th Anniversary Assembly which will include the sealing of a time capsule. At 6.30 on the Friday a Reunion Dinner will be held at Wests New Lambton.

Lambton Public School Principal Jan Partridge and Kindergarten teacher Kerrie Beavan with the coal hopper On Saturday 12th an Open Day the Grand Finale of “Lambton’s and Fete will be held from 10am- Got Talent”, market stalls, and 3pm. Entertainment will include amusement rides. (continues pg 3)

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From this month Lambton Local has a new ‘sister’ publication covering New Lambton, New Lambton Heights and Blackbutt areas. New Lambton Local will focus on community news and events for the area it serves and will be delivered free to more than 5,000 letterboxes across the area Welcome to you r at around the community news new paper same time as Lambton Local hits Lambton letterboxes each month. You can pick up a copy of New Lambton Local at a Dalton number of outlets including advertisers in New Lambton or you can read it online at www. issuu.com/newlambtonlocal • A com muni

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Happy birthday Lambton Public School! (from page 1) For Kindergarten teacher Kerrie Beavan the 150th anniversary is the culmination of a special project she has been a driving force for. Her family’s connection to Lambton Public School spans four generations. She herself has been both student and teacher. “I thought I could do something special for the school. I wanted to show all of Lambton not just the school community something of the area’s history.” Kerrie said. As you walk or drive past the school you will notice the railway carriage or coal hopper that has pride of place just inside the boundary. This 12-tonne installation acknowledges the coal mining heritage that is so much a part of early Lambton. According to Mrs Beavan “In the early 1860s there were a lot of local children who were not receiving any formal education, so the mine’s operators (Scottish) Australian Mining Company helped to buld the School’s first building. The carriage has been signwritten and bears markings reminiscent of a coal hopper that might have been used by Lambton Colliery in days gone by.

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A council-owned building in Lambton Park that has been vacant for 12 months looks set to get a new lease on life. The Lambton Memorial Baby Health Centre on Elder Street, which is next to the Lambton Branch Library, was vacated by Hunter New England Health in September 2014. Council recently voted to support a Plan proposed by Councillor Declan Clausen and other Labor Councillors to allow for the adaptive reuse of the building. Council will now seek proposals from the public for alternative uses of the building including as a cafe or kiosk. The Plan compliments more than $550,000 in funding allocated to Lambton Park by Council for expenditure in the next twelve months. “Lambton Park is one of Newcastle’s most highly patronised open community spaces” Cr Clausen said. “My community supports its Park, and I’d like to see upgrades continue.” “This Plan will ensure that Council’s assets are utilised most effectively, for the benefit of the broad community” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that the proposal will add value for Newcastle’s ratepayers. “Adaptive reuse of an empty facility is a win for the Lambton community, it’s a win for council and it’s a win for ratepayers.” Cr Nelmes said. “Empty buildings are costly to maintain. A new use for this facility will add value to Lambton Park, reduce costs for Council, and provide new options for visitors”. Lambton Residents Group chair, Nicola Hirschhorn said that “While it’s a real shame that the Baby Health Centre is no longer there for the families of Lambton, we are keen for this community asset to be put to good use.” “A member of our group had noticed that the building has been vacant for some months and was

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Local researcher and author Julie Keating with her book “Lambton A Nineteenth Century Mining Town” compiled by local resident Julie Keating is a concise history of life in the Lambton mining community and the hardships that were endured by the early residents. When an outcrop of good quality coal was discovered near Chilcott Street in the 1860s, the area was scrubland, with some swampy areas in the low lying parts. There were no town facilities, no formed roads and no services provided. The book contains a number of photographs taken by Ralph Snowball. Working from a studio at his residence in Clarence Road, New Lambton Snowball travelled the area documenting life in the mining communities. A number of drawings of churches and hotels by Coralie Watson also add to the visual experience of early Lambton. Newspaper articles of the day from the National Library’s Trove database add a factual and often amusing account of people, places and events. “Lambton A Nineteenth Century Mining Town” will be officially launched on Tuesday 1st September. Signed copies will be available from Lambton Branch Library on Tuesday 1st and Saturday 5th September from 11.30 am. The book is available for purchase for $30 from Lambton and New Lambton Newsagencies as well as MacLean’s Booksellers in Hamilton.















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Shout out to Lawrence as seat returned home I would like to give a huge thanks to Lawrence from Lambton for noticing my wrought iron seat (as reported in last month’s Lambton Local) dumped in the car park of Lambton Bowling Club and returning it to me. Unfortunately the chair is broken and cannot be repaired, but having it returned to me is wonderful.  Thank you Lawrence for being so kind. Connie Sourris Martinelli – Young Rd, Lambton

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Bede Jarrett (right) and Cal Webb of Jarrett’s Quality Meats, regional winners of multiple Sausage King awards for a second consecutive year It’s hardly news to their regular customers but now everyone knows that Lambton’s own butcher has the best sausages in Newcastle and the Hunter......again! Bede Jarrett and the team at Jarrett’s Quality Meats in Elder Street took out the prestigious Traditional Australian category at the regional heat of the Australian Meat Industry Council’s ‘Sausage King’ awards for the second straight year recently. “To do it back to back is great especially in the Traditional category. Not everyone goes for the fancier varieties of sausages with the exotic ingredients, but everyone loves a plain snag.” Bede told Lambton Local recently. “That’s not to say we didn’t go well in other categories. We picked up a 1st place for the ‘Continental’ and three 3rd places for our ‘Chicken’, ‘Ausssie Lamb’ and ‘Gourmet’ entries. It was a pleasing result all round” He added. The recipe Bede uses for his traditional sausage was shared with him about 20 years ago by a butcher who’d been making sausages himself for 40 years. As regional winners Jarrett’s Quality Meats will go up against the best in NSW and the ACT in this month’s state finals. Good luck Bede!

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Lambton Public’s 150th celebrated in print

Local historian and author, Robert Watson is a former student of Lambton Public School

This month Lambton Public School celebrates its Sesquicentenary or 150th anniversary, having opened in 1865. A committee of school staff, P&C members and a university research assistant have been working with local historian Robert Watson to compile a book to mark the occasion. “I grew up in Hill Street and was a pupil at the school for the Centenary fifty years ago in 1965,” said Robert. “Every pupil at the time received a souvenir 24 page book, and I think everyone has kept their copy! “We have tried this time to produce an equally precious book of 152 pages, and our hope is that this too will be treasured. The P&C have assisted with funding of the book’s costs so that each and every current pupil at the school will receive a copy at no charge. Around two-thirds of the content covers the history of the school, with a strong emphasis on the 1940s, 50s and 60s. There are over 100 photos, including the 1889 plan for a new Girls Department and three photos of the school from 1909, which according to Robert have never seen in print before. The book will be for sale at the school’s Open Day on Saturday 12th September.

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Local pubs featured in new book Local historian and author Ed Tonks launched his latest book ‘No Bar to Time’ in New Lambton recently. ‘No Bar to Time’ is a pictorial study and history of more than 60 hotels in the Newcastle local government area. Divided into suburbs, it covers all the current watering holes of the Lambton area. Many of the older photographs of local hotels were taken by Ralph Snowball around the end of the nineteenth and the

beginning of the twentieth century. In his Dedication, Ed offers his “...grateful appreciation of the drive, energy and vision of New Lambton based photographer Ralph Snowball. He has left us with a great legacy to work with” ‘No Bar to Time’ is available for sale at most newsagents, local book shops or online at www. nobartotime.com.au/ Lambton Local has one copy of ‘No Bar to Time’ signed by the author to give away to a reader. For your chance to win just send an email to lambtonlocal@gmail. com telling us about an early memory of one of our local hotels. Entries will close Monday 14th September and the winner will be announced next month.

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Fun & fundraising at LPH for research

Lambton Park Hotel will be the venue for the 3rd Pearl Box Inc. fundraiser on Sunday 20th September. Pearl Box Inc is the brainchild of local man Greg Box. The aim for this year is to raise funds for research into rare neurological diseases by John Hunter Hospital. Pearl Box Inc has raised in excess of $15,000 for research in a few short years. The Rockabilly-themed day will start at midday and include trivia, raffles, auctions both live and silent, best dressed judging and plenty more. Live music will be provided by one of Australia’s most respected practitioners of Rockabilly and Roots music, Pat Capocci. A special attraction on the day will be a charity beard shave. Each of the men lined up for beard removal, including Lambton Park

Hotel’s very own Joel Turner are seeking pledges in support of Pearl Box Inc. For more information on the fundraising event contact Greg Box on 0425 200 982 or Lambton Park Hotel on 4956 1376.

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Mrs Pamela Turner of Fitzroy Rd Lambton was the winner of last month’s Big Quiz. Congratulations Mrs Turner, your $40 Lambton Grocer voucher has been posted to you.

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This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find the answers within the pages of Lambton Local... Question 1 Where was the Black Dog Institute Barefoot Bowls fundraiser held? Question 2 Name the local researcher and author who has launched a book titled: “Lambton A Nineteenth Century Mining Town” ? Question 3 What route will Lambton Public School march along in celebrating their 150th anniversary on Friday 11th September ? Question 4 For how many consecutive years has Jarrett’s Quality Meats won the regional Sausage King award? Question 5 What names were given to the two steam engines that powered Lambton’s first electric light station?

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The Lambton Locals City2Surf Charity team would like to thank everyone that supported their efforts to raise much-needed funds for The Black Dog Institute... Our goal was to raise a minimum of $1000 per team member or $6000 in total. Thanks to the support of this great community, our friends and families we raised $7300. Whether you came to the Barefoot Bowls Family Fun Day, bought tickets in one of our many raffles or made an online donation we want you to know that it has all made a difference for those who have mental illnesses such as depression. There is a stack of businesses we’d like to thank, (and hope we haven’t missed anyone) • Bar 121 • Ducks Bungalow Lake Macquarie •Elder Street Pharmacy • Flowers by Leigh • Inspirational Group & Fitness Training • Jarrett’s Quality Meats • Jenda Collection • Just Liberated Hair • KOKO Hairdressing • Lambton Bowling Club • Lambton Fridge • Lambton Grocer • Lambton Local • Lambton Park Hotel • McLeish Estate • PT2Go • Pure Performance Sports • The Mark Hotel • Waketts TV & Aerial Service • Warren Irvine Massage & Bowen Therapy • Wicked Beauty

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Above: (L to R) Kerrie Smith, Leigh Tickle and Mitchell Smith, all of Lambton, at the Lambton Local’s Barefoot Bowls Day Black Dog fundraiser in early August. Below: Ben Rees (front) and Vince Drinkwater (rear) of ‘Cheshire Grin’, who entertained the Barefoot Bowls crowd on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Lambton Bowling Club

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They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau, brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war, star alongside Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll.

In this electrifying thriller by New York Times bestseller Linda Castillo, Kate Burkholder must uncover a family’s long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones--and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see, she’s much more than just the girl on the train… Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller.

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Lambton then, Lambton now Electric light for Lambton

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Ralph Snowball’s photograph of the Lambton Electric Light Station’s opening 9th September 1890. Photos reproduced with permission of Newcastle Region Library

The small black plaque above the door of this unassuming building (above) reads “Lambton Electric Light Station. W.T. Dent – Mayor 1890”. September 9th will mark 125 years to the day when this Ralph Snowball photograph was taken at the official opening ceremony. To power 160 street lamps spread over 25 miles of wiring, this station was constructed in a disused quarry between High St and Young St (now Newcastle Rd.) The system was supplied and installed by H.H. Kingsbury at a cost of £6350 to the council. Lambton was the first township in the Newcastle area and only the third in the state to have electric lighting, following Tamworth and Young.

to all concerned, as can be seen by the beautifully polished machinery, and gleaming tiled floor. The electric generators were manufactured by the Thompson-Houston Company in Boston USA, and were a cause of many months delay. Just as in modern times when a new technology arrives, it seems everyone wants it at once and the manufacturers can’t keep up with the demand! The electric light station operated for nine years, before sending the Council broke, and even landing some of the aldermen in Maitland Gaol over loan defaults. In 1899 the bank seized control of the station and put the equipment up for sale. The national enthusiasm for electric lighting was somewhat dimmed by now, so the plant wasn’t sold until 1904. It was eventually bought by the Caledonian Coal Company, split up and sent off to the Killingworth and Mt Kembla collieries.

The other photograph (opposite page) shows the interior of the station, with two 20 horsepower Fowlers’ steam engines manufactured in Leeds, England. The two engines “Amy” and “Thirza”, were christened by and named after Amy Palmer and You can view these photos and more details at www. Thirza Payne, daughters of two Lambton aldermen. lachlanwetherall.com The new system was a source of considerable pride Page 18 > Lambton Local > September 2015

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

What is depression?

Depression is a nasty business. It can take hold of any of us and none of us are immune. The former Premier of Western Australia and the Opposition Leader of NSW both had to resign their jobs due to its effects; so it is certainly not evidence of a weak mind. So what is it? Depression is an aggregation of several symptoms. For a diagnosis, there has to be either a depressed mood (down, sad, blue or flat) or lack of interest in usually happy behaviours (anhedonia) for two weeks or more, plus three or four of the following symptoms: lack of energy, demotivation, short fuse, change in weight or appetite, change in libido, insomnia, sleepiness, feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness, inability to concentrate, woolly thinking, what’s the point thinking, suicidal thinking. This is an awful way to live. For many people, things will improve on their own, often within about three months. However, for others, they may need to seek professional assistance to help them get through it. Traditionally, clinicians talked about reactive depression where there was a specific trigger, and endogenous depression, with no specific trigger and thought generally to be more biologically based and medication the first line of treatment. These days, we tend to talk more about non-melancholic depression, which would normally be treated with psychological therapy, and melancholic depression, which has all the symptoms of the former, plus psycho-motor disturbance, typically a slowing down, and requiring medication. I liken depression to being lost in a heavily wooded forest that is covered in thick fog with only one track out and I have no idea where it is. Depression does respond to good targeted treatment. Don’t hesitate to get help if you think you might need it.

Spring time is in the air By Anne-Marie Adams, owner/ personal trainer at Inspirational Group & Fitness Training

This also means………wait for it……you guessed it…….it’s time to for a SPRING CLEAN of your house. Yes we all dread it but once it is done it feels amazing to have everything back in order and nice and clean for another year. I am here to help you get motivated and get the most out of your spring clean, fitness wise.

(these figures are based on a 68kg person but changes depending on intensity, body composition and weight) The most important thing to remember is that it cannot replace your normal exercise routine. It is a combination of both incidental exercise (active things we do in everyday life) as well as a regular exercise routine that leads to a healthy and active lifestyle. Just remember when you are scrubbing those floors, vacuuming or even cleaning out that cupboard it is worth it because it is not only leading to a cleaner house but also to a healthier lifestyle…..and we can all be happy with that. So until next time…..Love life, dream big and become the inspiration Anne-Marie

Before I was a personal trainer I owned my very own cleaning business (hello to all those people that I used to clean for). I know for a fact that done right cleaning can help you burn calories as well as make your home beautiful. Intensity is the key. The faster you go and the more you put into it the more calories you will burn. To help motivate you put on some motivating music and tighten those abs. The more you bend and stretch the more toned and flexible you will get. If you have stairs in your house use them to run (safely) up and down and this then creates an aerobic workout.

Group Outdoor Personal Training

Lambton Park, Morehead St, Lambton & Regent St Park, (corner Railway Rd), New Lambton

During an hour you will burn •

153 calories mopping

170 calories vacuuming

167 calories cleaning your windows

190 calories scrubbing your floors

153 calories washing the car (not cleaning the house I know but why not chuck it in anyway)

All ages and fitness levels welcome

Fun social environment

Boxing for Fitness and Cardio/Toning sessions available

Contact Anne-Marie today to organise your FREE trial session on 0421 958 671 or email annemarie.adams83@gmail.com www.inspirationalgroupandfitnesstraining.com.au Find us on Facebook Lambton Local > September 2015 > Page 21

Easy ways to help you reduce tax

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

Be charitable Every donation over $2 you make to a registered charity is tax deductible. After you make any donation you should be given a receipt. At tax time, add up all of your donation receipts and you will be able to claim this on your return

Medicare Levy Surcharge If you do not hold a private insurance policy, as soon as your income exceeds $90 000 for singles or $180 000 for families, you will be required to pay a minimum of 1% extra in the form of the Medicare Levy Surcharge. This is on top of the compulsory 2.0% Medicare levy paid by most Australian taxpayers. Often the cost of private health care will often cost less than this 1% surcharge

should be beneficial now and into the future – there is no point saving a small amount of tax now if it is a poor investment and you end up losing your original capital in the long run.

Investing Depending on your individual finances or circumstances, making an investment can also help you reduce tax. Before you decide to invest, speak to your financial planner who can advise you of the investments suitable to you. Remember, the investment

Seek the Advice of Tax Professionals In most cases using a tax agent or accountant can not only save you a lot of time, but will also improve your tax refund or net payable. This is why the ATO’s statistics show 70% of Australians use a tax agent’s service – like GC Accountants

■ Tax & Rental Property Advice ■ Small Business Experts ■ Self Managed Super ■ Business Set-up and Advice ■ Negative Gearing & Capital Gains Specialists Visit our website for the complete range www.gcaccountants.com.au

88 Elder St, Lambton Phone: 4956 1640

GC Accountants Pty Ltd is a CPA Practice

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Remember the Little Things Whether or not your deduction is $2, $20 or $200, all these items can really add up over the year. Make sure you are saving all receipts, no matter how small they are and you will be surprised at the result.

Vet chat Dr Tessa Jongejans Greencross Vets, Lambton

Ticking the boxes

Most local pet owners have had some experience with the catastrophic consequences of tick paralysis. But we still meet clients who aren’t fully aware of the risks. Tick paralysis is a syndrome seen in pets caused by the toxin of a tick named Ixodes holocyclus. These ticks are endemic to our area and they are generally carried by native wildlife. Tick paralysis can have devastating and potentially fatal consequences for your pet if not diagnosed and treated early. The toxin injected by these ticks blocks normal function of nerves and muscles, leading to muscle paralysis. The symptoms of tick paralysis in the early stages can vary considerably so it’s important to be aware of the common warning signs which can include: • Weakness in the (hind) limbs • Changes to the sound of bark/meow • Vomiting or regurgitation of food • Laboured breathing • Reduced appetite • Lethargy or reluctance to get out of bed • Coughing or retching • Falling over or wobbling Advertisers and contributors please note the Remember, not all of these symptoms may be displayed, and any unusual behavior should raise your concern for following deadlines for the October 2015 edition of the possibility of a tick. Lambton Local Veterinary treatment includes the required administration > Advertising bookings close Wed 16 September of an expensive anti-toxin and generally 24 to 48 hours > Advertising copy & layout must be of nursing care. The worst affected animals require finalised by Thur 17 September assisted ventilation by a life support machine and around > Classifieds bookings close Tue 15 September the clock vet care. Unfortunately, when animals reach that stage they may die as a result of the toxin. > Contributions of news and community group As always, prevention is better than the cure! We have information must be received by Wed 16 September been removing paralysis ticks from dogs already in the The October edition will be distributed to letterboxes last few weeks. Please remember that the only 100% from 27 to 30 September. safe prevention is doing daily tick checks. The most Current and past editions of Lambton Local are important areas to focus on during checks are the head, neck, shoulders, armpits and under the tail, although they available to read online anytime at can hide anywhere. Clipping long-haired animals is a http://issuu.com/lambtonlocal/ useful way to may tick checks easier. Email: lambtonlocal@gmail.com with any enquiries Please come and see us at the clinic to help you select the or phone 0455 210 000. best tick prevention products for your pet.


Lambton Local > September 2015 > Page 23

Local & Live entertainment this month Bar 121

Thu 3

Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Fri 4

Dave Carter

Sat 5


Fri 18


Fri 18

Pete Gelzinnis

Sat 19

The Smarts

Sat 19

The Remedy

Fri 25

Mard Max

Sun 20 Pat Capocci

Sat 26

Phase III

Fri 25


Sat 26


Duke of Wellington Hotel

Thu 10 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Fri 4


Fri 11

Zane Penn

Sat 5

The Big Bang

Sat 12


Fri 11

Dr Zoom Duo

Thu 17 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane

Sat 12

Steve Werren

Fri 18

Gareth Hudson Trio

Fri 18

Marissa Lee

Sat 19


Sat 19

Love That Hat

Fri 25

Loonatic Fringe

Thu 24 Jam night featuring Ty & Zane Fri 25

Russell Snape

Sat 26


Sat 26

Blackbutt Hotel Fri 4

The Steves

Sat 5

Angel Gear

Fri 11

Sunny Hill Drive

Sat 12


Bobby C

Lambton Park Hotel

Lizotte’s Tue 1

Cardiff High School HSC Showcase

Wed 2

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog - Heat 1

Thu 3


Fri 4

Megan Washington

Sat 5

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes

Sun 6

Vince Jones (lunch)

Wed 9

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog - Heat 2

Fri 11

Stephen Cummings

Sat 12

Holy Holy

Tue 15

Megan Washington

Fri 4

Dai Pritchard

Wed 16 Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog - Heat 3

Sat 5


Thu 17

D at Sea

Fri 11

Beth Gleeson

Fri 18

Ladies of Jazz

Sat 12

Janey’s Alibi

Sat 19

Bob Corbett Band

The information on this page was correct at time of printing. Please check all details with the respective venues. Page 24 > Lambton Local > September 2015

Local & Live entertainment this month Sun 20


Sun 13 Hornet

Fri 25

Wed 23 Grainery Theatre Co presents Robinson Crusoe - Opening Night

Kenny Jewell

Wests New Lambton Sun 6

Thu 24

Grainery Theatre Co presents Robinson Crusoe - Matinee & Evening shows

Fri 25

Grainery Theatre Co presents Robinson Crusoe - Matinee & Evening shows

Fri 18


Sat 19

The Years

Sat 26

The Black Sorrows

Sun 20 Phase III Fri 25

Secret Society

Sat 26

Mark Wells Trio

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Sun 20 80’s Mania

Sun 27 The Big Bang

Wed 30 Isla Grant

Newcastle Theatre Co. Female of the Species A play by Joanna Murray-Smith Directed by Isobel Denholm Sat 5 Sun 27 The Black Sorrows (lunch) Wed 30 Corey Harris

Mark Hotel Fri 4


Sat 5

Glam Slam

Sun 6

Love That Hat

Fri 11

Sundays Record

Sat 12

The Snape Brothers

Sun 6

8pm 2pm matinee

Wed 9


Fri 11


Sat 12

2pm matinee & 8pm

Wed 16


Fri 18


Sat 19


Northumberland Hotel Fri 4

The Harbourmaster

Fri 11

Aaron Hood

Fri 18

Jim Overend

Wests New Lambton has live entertainment most days of the week including Monday to Saturday from 4pm in the Piano Bar and local duos and bands on Friday and Saturday nights. The full list of September entertainment was unavailable when Lambton Local went to print. For full details of upcoming entertainment at Wests New Lambton please go to www.westsnewcastle.com. au/ entertainment/regular-events/ new-lambton

The information on this page was correct at time of printing. Please check all details with the respective venues. Lambton Local > September 2015 > Page 25

Local Community Noticeboard... 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 (1st September) commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club, Karoola Rd. No RSVP is required but if you would like more information you can email: lambtonresidents@ gmail.com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. 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) 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.

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. 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 September meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday the 1st September at 7.30pm at the Lambton Mechanics Institute 68 Elder St Lambton. The guest speaker is Rick McCosker (Stella Maris Chaplain) talking on “Mission to Seafarers Newcastle.” Enquiries phone 49489113 WARATAH GIRLS CHOIR New members welcome! Fun, informal, Christian environment. No special qualifications necessary - just the desire to sing! We’ll do the rest. Musical awareness & appreciation guaranteed. Low affordable fees. Rehearsals held at The Heights Church of Christ, Croudace St, New Lambton. For more information mail: waratahgirlschoir@gmail. com or Ph: 0423 942 942

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 e: menshed@ eccnewcastle.org.au 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.

Local Community N oticeboard provides space free of charge to community groups and not-for-profit organisations that serve the Lambton area and surrounding suburbs. All groups and organisations are invited to submit notices for publication. Include general information about your group or organisation as well as details of upcoming events. Please keep your notice concise. All efforts are made to publish all notices however no guarantee is made. Email your notice to lambtonlocal@gmail.com or post to PO Box 130 Lambton.

Local Community Notices should be submitted by no later than 15th of the month prior to publication Page 26 > Lambton Local > September 2015

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.


MOBILITY SCOOTER carries passenger, has extra gear for steep hills, little use, red colour, perfect cond., well cared for. Only $2,300 Ph 4957 2976



Good condition $700 Ph 4950 9308

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

MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES Suzuki GSX-R1000 service manual $30 and rear seat cover $$100. Leather bagster, excellent condition $80. Ph 0432 389 024

KNITTING AND CROCHET CLASSES Special handmade leather craft and personalised orders. Phone 4929 7255 or 49575501 after 4pm

PIANOLA Devonport Treacy with 60 rolls, checked by local specialist. $4200. Ph 4957 5501 after 5pm



X-BOX 360 With 2 controllers $100. Phone 0432 389 024


To place your free classified, send your text (including a photo if you like) to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 or email the details to: lambtonlocal@ gmail.com before 15th of the month. Include your contact details for verification purposes. The free classifieds offer is made to private parties only and is not available for business advertising. The publisher reserves the right to not publish any advertising deemed inappropriate and/ or not in the spirit of the free classifieds offer.

Your community newspaper requires reliable, energetic locals who love walking to join the team that gets our community newspaper to local homes each month. You must be available to deliver the publication at the end of each month (around 28th-31st). Anything from 2 and 5 hours walking is involved depending on the particular area you deliver to. Good rates per 100 paid.

If you think you are who we are looking for email: lambtonlocal@gmail. com or phone Mark on 0455 210 000 for more details.


Lawn & Garden Care

Specialising in the care & management of your lawn & garden Lawn Mowing Garden cleanup & presentation Regular maintenance hedging, pruning, trimming, weeding, mulching & more Garden design & creation food, ornamental & native gardens.

Phone or SMS us now for a free quote on 0410 566 104


Tickets available Live Theatre in Sydney. Coach or Show Only “Matilda” & “Anything Goes” Sept & Oct “Cats” Nov 2015. “The Sound of Music” Dec ‘15 to March 2016. Trip to Wollombi Markets Monday 5 October ‘15. Further details phone Don on 4952 8590

GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUTORING Various Styles, Levels & Ages Five Lesson Beginner Course ONLY $89 (Instrument supplied) Term Lessons Available Reasonable Rates Established 2001

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• NEW LAMBTON STUDIO • PH: 4952 4213 OR 0498 485 052

Lambton Local > September 2015 > Page 27

We’ve improved our local pharmacy for you and your family...

■ Dedicated professional service ■ Tailored compounding solutions to suit your needs ■ Express prescription service ■ Free local delivery* ■ Price match guarantee*

HAYFEVER OR ALLERGY? Antihistamines: Pollen, dust and pet hair trigger the release of Histamine causing sneezing, itchy eyes and nose and rashes. The quickest way to alleviate these symptoms we recommend Chemist Own Fexo-180, a non-sedating, 24 hour action antihistamine. Prevention better than cure? You can reduce the severity of your our reaction to exposure to allergens by regularly using an antintiinflammatory nasal spray that “stabilises” your system’s reaction to the triggers. We recommend Nasonex Allergy spray. ay. Want to scratch your eyes out? Neutralise itchy, watery, red eyes with a fast acting anti-histamine eye ye drop to give you relief in minutes. We recommend Livostin Eye Drops.

Your friendly pharmacists Daniel Kebriti & Mark Shaw

117 Elder St, Lambton • Phone 4957 3630 Open: Mon to Fri 8.30am to 6pm • Sat 8.30am to 2pm

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Lambton Local - September 2015 issue  

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

Lambton Local - September 2015 issue  

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