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Traffic congestion crisis

Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) to make plans to alleviate congestion on the road from Wallsend to Newcastle. “This section of road is heavily congested in peak hour times and motorists are unable to reach 50km/h most of the time. I travel the road numerous times a day from home to my office and to attend meetings and I can feel the frustration motorists have with the congestion.” This follows a reduction in the speed limit in March to address the high volume of traffic accidents on the corridor. However, as the western suburbs grow, congestion is expected to remain an issue for commuters and residents. “Congestion on the Griffiths Road/Newcastle Rd/ Thomas St stretch of road connecting Lambton, Jesmond and Wallsend with Broadmeadow, Hamilton and Newcastle is reaching crisis levels.” “As the western suburbs continue to grow, RMS needs to look at ways of reducing congestion in the

long term. Recent changes to local bus timetables and routes, forcing more people onto the roads, has only exacerbated the problem.” “Upcoming infrastructure projects, including Stage 5 of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, will help but we need a more comprehensive approach.” “The Government needs to look at the transport mix in the western suburbs of Newcastle.” Ms Hornery said.

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An artist’s impression of Bonkers enjoying her recent outing to the Newcastle Jets game

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Bonkers jets out and back A wing and a prayer has brought a beloved pet home, three days after going missing from her Lambton home. Bonkers, a rainbow lorikeet, took a flight of fancy from her Howe Street Lambton nest last month, initiating a social media and letterbox campaign by her owner Alissa McEntyre. While local homes received flyers, Alissa was active on Gumtree, Parrot Alert and Facebook ‘Lost and Found’ pages, trying everything she could think of to locate Bonkers. Three nights passed with no luck, until, on Easter Sunday, Alissa got a phone call from an unlikely place – security at McDonald Jones Stadium. Despite not purchasing a ticket, Bonkers had decided to attend the Jets game and caught the eye of several spectators, who suspected she may have flown the fence. While she was mixing with the fans Bonkers was identified by a person who had seen Alissa’s campaign, and after several attempts to rein her in, she was captured and passed over to stadium staff before returning home that evening. When Alissa took the call from the stadium she was still out letterboxing, such was her belief that Bonkers would be found.

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Aerobics with Timothy is here

It was from a conversation between ex-aerobics instructor Timothy Cooper and freelance journalist Laura Jackel that ‘Aerobics with Timothy’ was launched in Newcastle CBD in 2015. After a break due to careers and babies, ‘Aerobics with Timothy’ is back for 2018, and this time in New Lambton! “Timothy is a great aerobics teacher and is also a lot of fun. I married his best friend Julian and we have a shared love of 1980s and 1990s music and dancing,” said Laura. Timothy and Laura have been pleased with the turn out and the enthusiasm for something like this on a Tuesday night. “It has been really popular and while it is a ‘fitness class’ it is just as much about having a laugh with friends and moving to some great retro music.

“We encourage guests to dress up and have fun with the retro aerobics theme. People have arrived in leotards, bright colours, legwarmers or just their gym gear – whatever they feel comfortable in. We certainly enjoy the chance to be creative and silly with our own costumes,” said Laura. The class costs just $5.00 per

person and is held at 6.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month in the Savoy Room at New Lambton Community Centre. You can follow the Aerobics with Timothy page on Facebook to receive updates and event notifications.

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Photos of former Churches sought Dear Lambton & New Lambton Local Jesmond Park Uniting Church has recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of our current facilities opposite Jesmond Park. The Church Council would like to complete a record of the process by which several churches combined over a period of 20 years from 1977, when the Uniting Church (Lambton Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational) was established, until 1997 when Jesmond, Lambton and Waratah Uniting Church congregations decided to amalgamate on the Jesmond site (1998), to create the current congregation. We have been trying to find photographs of the buildings and have not been able to obtain photos of all of them. Would readers have any photos of the former Methodist Church in Elder Street? I have been able to obtain a 1956 black and white photo, also an earlier photo of the same building. However we have not been able to find a more modern photo after the front of the building had been changed after 1956. Interior photos of that building would also be appreciated. We have obtained a black and white photo of the former Presbyterian Church which seems to be around 1977 when the Uniting Church was established. Does anyone have any photos of that building, inside or outside. It was demolished at some time after 1977. If any reader has photos of these buildings it would be appreciated if the Church Council could have copies of them. They would of course be acknowledged.

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Visit to Blackbutt captured in book The magic of Blackbutt Reserve has been brought to life in a children’s picture book, authored and illustrated by a North Lambton local. Elise Asquith has penned and painted A Visit to Blackbutt Reserve, which details many of the animals visitors are able to see, accompanied by spectacular pencil and watercolour illustrations. Whilst Elise has a professional background in environmental science and science teaching, she has held a passion for natural history illustration since she was a child. This is Elise’s third book, and was inspired by visits she makes to the reserve with her son, Owen. It features 29 different birds, seven mammals and half a dozen amphibians and reptiles. Elise has previously published Counting Colourful

Elise Asquith and her son Owen reading her new book at Blackbutt Reserve’ Creatures and The Hippo who was Afraid of Water. A Visit to Blackbutt Reserve is available at the Blackbutt Reserve Kiosk for $10 or online at www. budgiebooks.com, for $15, including Australia-wide shipping. The book has a limited first print run but if demand is there Elise will order additional copies. Lambton & New Lambton Local has a copy of A Visit to Blackbutt Reserve to give away. To be in the running, email your name to enquiries@budgiebooks. com by Friday, May 11.

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The Quiz

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Move afoot for podiatry practice

From humble beginnings as a part-time podiatry practice just six short years ago Lambton Foot Clinic has grown to now incorporate six other clinics across Port Stephens and the Hunter. Growth has been so strong that when larger premises became available in Elder Street Lambton recently owners Patrick Tehan and James Ivers jumped at the opportunity. “We’re a full service podiatry clinic. We provide everything from the simple task of cutting a patients toe nails or corns right through to more complicated orthotic therapies and disease treatment.” Patrick said. “Like any other service industry the provider needs to be trusted. We really care for feet and we’re confident that our patients notice that.” He told Lambton & New Lambton Local. “We’re grateful to Dr Fluit from Elder Street Practice for the chance to move into new larger premises from mid-May.” James Ivers said “From there we’ll further grow the clinic and continue providing the very best podiatry services available.” James Ivers said.” he added.

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Local historians collaborate to publish Two local historians have collaborated to write about the early history of New Lambton. For Julie Keating it is a continuation of her series on the early history of Newcastle and Lachlan Wetherall writes a monthly article for this paper and produces an online blog. The story of New Lambton begins in 1867 when James and Alexander Brown, owners of the Minmi Colliery, heard that the owners of the Lambton Colliery were in arrears on one of their mining leases. The Browns paid the amount owing and obtained the rights to mine the area. Thomas Croudace, manager of the Lambton Colliery, was incensed that the Browns had taken advantage of the situation. It was further inflamed when the Browns decided to call their colliery New

Lambton, a deliberate act to trade on the good name of the Lambton Colliery. This was the setting for the development of New Lambton. Ironically Croudace played an important part in both Lambton and New Lambton Municipalities. When New Lambton Municipality

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That was then, this is now

The Dog and Rat The origin of the name may be uncertain and the precise location unknown, but the “Dog and Rat” pit was once a celebrated colliery of the East Lambton area. In 1862 James and Alexander Brown obtained a 280 acre mining lease south of Waratah, and in 1866 opened the unremarkably named A Pit and B Pit. By 1871 however, the southern pit was known as the “Old Dog and Rat”. There have been several explanations offered for the name, that it is rhyming slang for “Griffiths’ Flat” or because miners took their dogs underground to hunt rats. The likely explanation is that it derives from the sport of rat coursing. The earliest report on the origin of the name notes that

“although the area was a dense bush, with swampy ground on either side, quite a number of men could obtain a day’s sport with their dogs hunting the rats.” The name of the pit also attached to the road leading to it. What is now Young Rd was once known as Dog and Rat Rd. The pit closed in 1884, although there were a few later attempts to extract remnant coal. It is last mentioned in the Department of Mines annual report of 1893, where “David Hughes gave notice that he had ceased all work at the Old Dog and Rat, and filled up all shafts.” The colliery was gone, but the name hung around. In 1925 the East Lambton Progress Association wrote to the Council

by Lachlan Wetherall

requesting that the name “Dog and Rat” be discouraged. The Mayor responded that as it was not an official name, there was nothing to be altered. Where was the pit? Three clues point the way. An 1871 report indicates that it was within the Lambton Municipality, which places it north of Womboin Rd. An 1874 report states that it was south of Young Rd. Finally, the western boundary of the Brown’s lease means it was located somewhere in the triangular area shown below opposite. You can view these photos and more details at www.lachlanwetherall. com/then-and-now

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Above: Ralph Snowball’s studio at 19 Clarence Rd, New Lambton. The colliery headframe barely visible on the horizon is probably the Dog and Rat pit. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections. Below: The Old Dog and Rat pit was located somewhere in this triangular area of East Lambton. Google Earth

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he Lambton Residents Group recently invited Lambton & New Lambton Local readers to submit poetry to its inaugural Local Poetry Prize. All entries received are published on this page and those following. The competition rules were simple: the poem had to be your original work of 16 lines, must include the word ‘Lambton’ in your poem and should be uplifting and complimentary of your suburb. One of the organisers of the poetry prize, Louise Evans said the group was pleased with the response. “For a first year we think 24 entries is a pretty good result.” Louise said. “The judge of the Poetry Prize, a retired school English teacher, used words like heartfelt, funny, witty, clever and a lovely description of people and places when she spoke of the entries. The Winner in the adult category was Claire Strickland whose ‘A Pocket of Loveliness’ appears on

this page. For the children’s category the Winner was Aurora Beveridge whose ‘Lovely Lambton’ is featured on page 25. The Winners each receive a $50 voucher from MacLean’s Booksellers. As well as the category Winners there were a total of five Highly Commended awards made by the judge. Please take some time to read the entries on the following pages and appreciate the talent of our readers.

AND THE WINNER IS…

A Pocket of Loveliness How much longer can I endure Commuting in cars to concrete spaces, Getting lost and disorientated In sprawling cities with unknown faces. Return me to sender – to Lambton – Whom I know well and I am known by, So I can meander across her grounds To breathe – to think – to simplify.

Poetry Prize organiser Louise Evans of Lambton Residents Group

A village, nestled within a city, Marked by cottages and swept by breeze; Where the modern desert yields a reprieve Lined with roses and hemmed by trees. From Claire Strickland Lambton & New Lambton Local>>May May2018 2018 >> Page Lambton & New Lambton Local Page19 19


HIGHLY COMMENDED

Inside the Spider’s Cage

New Castle

My four-year-old self believed New Lambton’s streets resided inside a cage belonging to a giant spider. He dropped the cage on Dec 28, 1989 and I felloff the swing, grazing my knee.

A broken man finds little rest, in Sydney’s Inner West, Endless traffic passes fast, it’s the hectic eclectic. Noise relentless, housing prices senseless, upwardpressed, Suits travel their moneyed trail, light rail, power, electric.

Walking the peaceful paths of Hawkins Street at dusk on the shoulders of my father, I was a brave explorer, spotting luminous eyes of owls, dark shapes prowling the powerlines, and shaking the outstretched arms of pines. I commanded an army of treetops on my swinging Sky Horse at Lewis Oval, ‘Up, Down! Up, Down!’ they always followed my orders. From the enclosed second-storey verandah of my grandparents’, blackened noses pressed against the fly-screen, we saw the smoke stacks of BHP. I thought my father and Nonno were chimney sweeps. These quiet streets stoked the fire of my imagination.These quiet streets were my whole world. From Bianca Sibert

Lambton Lambton lies beneath the sun Between the lanes of busy roads Soaked in rays of glorious light With bathers deep in pool’s delight Lambton lies amid the parks With children laughing, having fun Swinging high and climbing up Kicking balls and scoring goals Lambton’s high in expertise Creative artists, crafts and food Libraries, theatre, clubs and sport Talents on display and shared Lambton’s filled with friendly faces Old and new, work and play Gardens, trees, paths in shade Abundant calm and beauty here From Pamela Carter Page 20 Local > May 2018 Page 20 >> Lambton Lambton&&New NewLambton Lambton Local > May 2018

Trendies walk frocked puppies, lit-up like captive guppies, Step in sync with upturned nose, now doggy’s done a pile. Cork-sniffin’ wine-spittin’ yuppies, these tastefully, tasteless wasters, A mirthless smile, then old mate yells aloud, ‘Doggy style’. He’s grown slightly older, his pen flows brightly bolder, to be set free, How so, well he places a housing swap ad, then he prays. A guy replies, ‘My husband lives so far, so far, away from me,’ Ol’ mate has to say, ‘Newy sounds great, I’ll be up there very next day.’ Palm trees at front, fruit tree space out back, the serenity, Distracted from his calling, he fell far short of glory land. Now his home’s a castle, with a garden of his own, New Lambton versus Sin City moved his hand. From Andrew Carter


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Lambton Park

A Suburban Joy

The bright green heart And lungs breathe an Air of energy

Lambton is a special place with many things to do And as it took up so much space they added North and New I’ve grown up on its vibrant streets and live there ‘til this day It’s where the people fill the seats to watch the great Knights play

Dark metallic arteries Magnetically draw busy bustling traffic Towards it Lazily gazing at rolling green fields Paths that stretch through mini forests The sheer size is awesome People relaxing People exercising People socialising Replenished and refreshed Relaxed and rejuvenated Souls full of life A fun day out at Lambton Park From Alwyn McNamara

New Lambton We came to New Lambton in ‘54, Bakers and pastry cooks with cakes to adore. The pharmacy, butcher and fruit shop we knew, There was no competition so our business grew. The Savoy Theatre was our special delight, Pictures with friends every Saturday night. The Methodist Church attracted the young, A dance after the service made us belong. New Lambton was classed as the place to reside, Enjoying its atmosphere with a sense of pride. Shops in Regent Street developed and grew, Changing the past from that which we knew. Town houses were popular and trendy too, Buildings replaced for something brand new. New Lambton is considered a special place, Retaining its quality of style and its grace. From Don Elsley

It too is home to kangaroos at Blackbutt’s own Reserve Be sure to wear your walking shoes to conquer every curve And when it’s time to grab a beer you’ll find me at The Mark The Duke and Wests are also near, not far from Lambton Park There’s always someone new to greet or faces that you’ll know When coffee calls you from your sleep, to Elder Street you’ll go A pool is there to cool you down when summer days are long It’s at the heart of this great town, you really can’t go wrong Our schools are held in high regard, the future sure looks bright There’s so much more to my backyard than I could ever write I’ve seen the world from many ways in cities big and small But Lambton owns my greatest days and it could have them all From Alex Welsh

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OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Lambton

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Lambton took great pride in its school Education, so important it was taught to rule. Teachers were scarce, the colony new, Seventy in a class some teachers knew.

Streets, parks and people Friendly faces greet you I love my Lambton

The school was popular, the classes grew, Children, of the working class, no privileged few. Education offered the future, an independence, Everyone being equal, there was no pretence. A Company from Scotland owned Lambton Pit, 500 people were employed working their shift. Coal mined at Lambton was ten foot deep, Being destined for other countries, not to keep! The Institute Hall, the community built, For concerts and dancing where people commit. Roads built and widened, parks and gardens combined. Lambton became Township, the community thrived. From Don Elsley

Lambton Lambton is the place we live Where friendly people just long to give We’ve raised our lovely girls right here With our friends and family and lots of cheer We will always love our Lambton Park Where it’s nice to roam from morn till dark We’re here to stay hip hip hooray Until the day we’re called away From Leonie Alexander

From Anne Szczurowski

My Suburb I moved here many years ago, to a suburb that did impress, And very quickly I learnt, that it is the very best, It may have had many names for locals to ponder on, But in the end it was Lambton that they settled on, The parks and schools and hotels too, along with good neighbours old and new, Makes it a place to come over to, Now, Blackbutt is a place of show, All types of creatures to get to know, Barbeques and children’s parks, Can make your day from sun up till dark, If your tummy is empty and needs some food, There are many places to get you in the mood, Churches too are here in place, Especially if you are seeking eternal grace, So now it is the end of the day and the birds and I have to say, What a great place is Lambton, Hey! From Peter Slevin

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OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Untitled A veranda of yesteryear A Hills hoist that has held the washing of more than eighty years doors that squeak with the history A yard that has seen dogs, cats, bats and balls and children who hide and seek The echoes can be felt of the families who preceded Time moves on but this house stands still This little house, this humble home Laughter and tears have soaked the walls Old and new stand nose to nose We can still borrow a cup of sugar old time values still hold weight not just a post code, worth more than just dollars my beloved house, my tiny home stands solid and proud in the heart of my home town Mine, yours, our – New Lambton From Joanne Milton

Untitled To win a competition like this You’d have to be a wordsmith, a forger or crim. To write about a suburb Whose name rhymes with nothing within But I’ll give it a crack As I roll up one last smoke. Sitting at the rotunda The coloured flowers given me hope Time ticking by And no thoughts no whim Watching ladies play tennis Kids kicking footballs and on swings Defeated as I slump back home At least I can give the dog a bone As we are having Lambton Night Maybe tomorrow I’ll continue the plight. From Andrew Collins

The blooming flower The light gleamed like fancy made of golden hair, For a township of miners to share, The wallaby scurried across the flat, The miners entertained by “The Dog and Rat”. The church bells rang like bugles in the night, The coke ovens opened before light, The soap works cleaned miners pores, Lawyers walked through the Court house doors, Lambton Park steeped in tradition, The gully crowded after competition, The Kings theatre still thriving, Gardens of Rotunda surviving, Houses booming beyond the railway line, This proud little town continues to shine, Above a sea of blue, on the top tower, The city that surrounds is like a blooming flower. From Mark Wilson

Lambton Fair Though Lambton is far from the lights of the harbour, the horns of the ships penetrate the arbor where I linger with my lady love. The summer air is heavy with Star Jasmine perfume. We lay on the grass and quietly swoon drunk on the heady spice of love. Out from us mills the leisurely crowd of the casual New Lambton Fair. Smells of coffee, fresh bread, soft music and laughter fill the air the band plays on soundtracking our summer love. From Simon Beveridge Lambton & New Lambton Local> >May May2018 2018 > Page Lambton & New Lambton Local Page23 23


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My Place

The Gully Line – Part One

This Lambton is still kind of new 6 years a house, a home for two Short ride to town to work each day Much longer that we plan to stay

The Gully Line as in the forties not the weather but the last decade, when Lambton, Turton and Bridges Roads joined trams and coal trains in cavalcade.

A favourite place for a Sunday walk Or just listen to the locals talk Of times gone by of coal and steel A friendly face and hometown feel

Where Cec Baber and his chatty butchers walked back and forth on the timber sawdust floor and bought our Herald and Sun papers read threepence a pound and not a penny more.

A Friday tune, or pub fare feed It’s not too far to fill the need All pets and kids they’re welcome here Or always find a ready ear Not just a place within the burbs If garden plots or pots of herbs And even if not land you own You’ll simply find your place, you’re home

Young Syd Baber, with his horse and cart allowed us kids to ride yeh! Undisciplined, delivering white paper parcels tied with string and how we laughed when the horse broke wind. From Robert Joice

From Leighton “Jim” Barnes

The Gully Line – Part Two My Friend and I It was further down from where I lived Howe Street from whence you came. To Lambton Infants School – Kindergarten 1954 Heather your name. The seeds of an everlasting friendship Now 64 years was sown. For each other we are there to lend an ear to care to shed a tear to cheer to share Maybe no longer Lambton School’s barn chicks now more seasoned birds. Lambton is forever dear to our heart – the wonderful place where our friendship did start. From Maree Thorpe Page 24 Local > May 2018 Page 24 >> Lambton Lambton&&New NewLambton Lambton Local > May 2018

Old Man Baber up Lambton Road was scary scowled, grunted as he maintained the fire, the blacksmiths essential wherewithall, red hot iron hammered and skins perspire. But this was entertainment on the way to school, not exactly in the Cameo or Savoy pictures class, yet saved the pennies, zacs and deeners for Miss Harvey’s shop and the lollies behind the glass. Those were the days we’re told, the future arriving slow but sure. Has something changed along the way? More concern for now and how the young will endure. From Robert Joice


FROM THE KIDS… AND THE WINNER IS…

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Lovely Lambton

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Cycling round Lambton Park in the dark having a lark. People round the pool having a barbie dipping into cool.

Lambton Park has these sparks that are as clear to see as an exclamation mark. It’s as beautiful as a national park with Lambton pool, minus the tiger sharks; it’s as fun as going to an amusement park!

Sights to be seen on a summer’s eve. Cockies screeching over head blood moon red as its name says.

Playing on the kid’s park is fun, except for when you eat bark, and after eating too much bark you develop plaque, which won’t be fun when you get your teeth unmarked.

Cycling past the tennis courts ball flying over my head lifted on a summer’s breath. Gentle winds whistle past lovely Lambton in the dark. From Aurora Rose Beveridge (age 9)

Lambton Park has certainly made its mark, with its beautiful rotunda; you’ll often find me under there hiding from the thunder. From Jess Sewell (age 12)

The Moon across Lambton Across the park in Lambton with a big big blood moon it looks as big as its moonly name and then it’s all a ZZZZZZZZZ! From Liam Beveridge (age 6)

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This month in the news Compiled by Sjanie Griffiths using the resources of trove.nla.gov.au

News stories from around the local area for the month of May through the years: 1. from Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners Advocate 13th May 1880; 2. from The Arrow (Sydney) 7th May 1926; 3. from The Sun (Sydney) 2nd May 1948 1.

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HEALTH Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic

Immune boosting for winter

As the nights become cooler and the days shorter, our minds turn to how best to keep ourselves and our families well through yet another cold and flu season. Forecasts indicate it should be another challenging season. I recommend prevention and quick response to keep you as healthy as possible during winter. One of the best ways to keep your immune system strong during winter is to manage your stress. Recommended tactics include exercise, especially if outside, as well as calming the mind through meditation, self-hypnosis, reading, and restorative sleep. Another way is to avoid the viruses. This can be done by frequent hand washing and avoiding those that are sick, especially in the work environment. Maybe you need to work from home or speak to your teams about staying home when sick to keep the workplace healthy. Strong gut health is another way to prevent illness. Approximately 70 per cent of your immunity rests in your gut, so keeping your gut strong and healthy means you are less likely to fall victim to the nasty colds and flus this season. Tips include: - Eating clean, simple foods in a wide variety of colours - Increase in vitamin C rich foods such as capsicum, kiwi fruit, papaya, and guava - Increase in zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, beef, lamb, and chickpeas Finally, acting quickly once you feel unwell is key to a speedy recovery. First and foremost is to stop and rest. Allow your body time to fight off and heal from the virus. Also, follow the principles of a strong healthy gut above. Most importantly, get help. Natural antivirals are a great support to the body when ill. Vitamin D and probiotics are also amazing to help the body fight off, and recover from, this season’s viruses.

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TAI CHI

Chat with Amanda Heidke of The Tai Chi Centre

Origins of Tai Chi Tai Chi is an ancient martial art which originated in China in about the 12th century. Mystical accounts date as far back as the 15th, 12th and even the 8th century. A Taosist priest of the 15th century, known as Zhang Shanfeng, was believed to possess super human ability and immense internal power. One night he dreamed a Taoist Immortal advised him to ease his harsh martial art training. Zhang Shanfeng

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did not understand the message of the dream until one day he witnessed a snake and a crane engaged in fierce combat. What Zhang Shanfeng noticed was that before the snake attacked it raised its head, bowed its body and appeared to gather its energy in readiness to strike. In response, the crane would simply deflect the strikes and retaliate by stabbing down at the snake with its sharp beak. Using its flexibility to dodge the stabs allowed the snake to lash out at the crane’s legs, but the crane would simply raise the threatened leg. The natural display of yin yang demonstrated that yielding is more effective than using brute force. Less romantic accounts of the origins of Tai Chi date back to the 16th century and to Chen Wangting, a Royal Guard of the Chen village who was greatly influenced by schools of boxing, particularly of the famous general of the Imperial Army, Qi Jiguanghe. After Chen Wangting retired from the army he spent his time in seclusion researching, studying and teaching martial arts. He took characteristics from various Chinese martial art styles, using flexibility and suppleness rather than strength and force and created his own style known as Chen Style, which is the oldest of the Tai Chi styles.

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PROPERTY

Matters with Mark Kentwell of PRDnationwide New Lambton

50 per cent capital growth in five years

Recent data released by realestate.com.au reveals robust growth in house prices in New Lambton and surrounding suburbs. Compared to the same period five years ago, the median house sales price for houses increased 51.8 per cent, which equates to a compound annual growth rate of 8.7 per cent. In fact, in the calendar year of 2017 the growth in house prices topped 10 per cent, according to RP Data. The median price is now just above $700,000 with rentals averaging $450 per week.

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This data reinforces our view that New Lambton and surrounding suburbs continue to grow in popularity. And it makes sense, with great local village shopping centres, being close to Blackbutt Reserve and within a few minutes drive of both Newcastle and Charlestown. The popularity of local schools is also a driver for capital growth. PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie recently opened our fourth office and it is no accident that we chose Regent Street in New Lambton for our latest ‘high technology’ agent hub. Prior to opening the office, we enjoyed significant market share in the region but this has seen further robust growth since gaining a foothold in this hot spot. Several of our agents now live and work in your suburb. Their children attend local schools and they are involved in local community and sporting groups in your area. They are true specialists and are ready to provide up-to-date advice on property trends and values. PRDnationwide has a proven system to maximise the selling price and rental of your property. It starts with great presentation, great marketing, world class open homes and, of course, skilled agents who negotiate a win/win for buyers and sellers.

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WELLBEING

Matters by Lee Clements

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What is meditation?

developmental or spiritual and the different objects on which one can meditate. These include: breath awareness, visualisation (creative imagination and visual objects), mantra (including music and natural sounds), physical sensations and inner feelings, movement (including yoga, tai chi and dance), contemplation (including prayer, affirmation, quiescent introspection and reflection), stillness, mindfulness (sati), insight meditation (vipassana), and choiceless awareness (open monitoring). I have been teaching meditation courses for 20 years now and have had a personal practice for over 35 years. People from all works of life can benefit from learning how to meditate.

Meditation is an umbrella term for a range of prac- A lot of people I teach have come to learn meditation tices designed to cultivate a calm, concentrated and as a last resort to managing their stress and anxiety and for pain management. absorbed state of mind. ‘Meditation’ can describe both a practice and a state You don’t need to wait till you feel overwhelmed by and derives from the Latin word meditari , which life. means ‘to reflect upon.’ Starting a practice early in life will help you manage The broad variety of meditation practices derives life’s ups and downs with more ease and grace. from their different aims, which can be therapeutic,

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VET Chat

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Finding stray animals

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unaccompanied pets without name tags? We scan many a lost pet at the clinic and usually (not always) they are found close to home – often stuck on the other side of a main road for instance. All veterinary clinics have a free scanning service and all pets are legally required to have a name tag and a microchip which has up-to- datedetails of the contact details of their owners. The Emergency Centre on Lang Road Broadmeadow will scan animals after hours. If animals are injured the veterinary clinic will give emergency careand pain relief until such time as an owner can be contacted. Some pets of course miss out on being microchipped – in this case they are not considered to have legal owners, and the best placefor them is the animal shelter at the RSPCA where distraught owners will look first for them. Injured wildlife should also be taken to the nearest vet as soon as possible where they will be given emergency care. When they are well enough a foster carer from the Native Animal Trust Fund is contacted and they will be looked after until they can be released. A veterinary clinic will never make a decision to put an animal to sleep unless it is the only way to provide sufficient pain relief for them if they are ill or injured – that’s just not what we’re here for!

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MONEY

Matters by Chris Stevens CPA Partner at GC Accountants, Lambton

Make sure you are A-OK for EOFY

It’s often the only time of year that we know how much we’re able to afford in terms of extra super contributions. EOFY is also a great reminder to take a step back and check how you’re going in terms of savings, debt, investments and more. But how do we best take advantage of this valuable urge to get our financial affairs in order? The best way to start is to be fully across your financial position in the lead-up to EOFY. This helps you avoid financial shocks and helps you make informed decisions.

Don’t be afraid to ask yourself questions. How much super have you contributed this financial year? How much are you allowed to contribute? How much cash do you have? What expenses are coming up and what How do you best prepare for the end of the financial can you pre-pay? What are your debt levels? year? Adopt some of this advice and it could make a It’s wise to avoid getting too close to the end of real difference to your financial position. financial year and realising you could put some extra Usually as we approach the end of financial year (EOFY) we begin thinking seriously about tax effective spending and investing, extra concessional contributions to superannuation and financial spring cleaning.

super away before June 30, only to discover it’s too late as you wanted it done through salary sacrifice and you may only have one pay period left to do it, or you’ve missed your super fund’s end of year cut-off time for contributions to be made. This is the time of year to begin a regular financial health check regimen. If you’ve got a savings, investment, superannuation or repayment plan for instance, then it’s a good idea to write down at least once a year a summary of your overall financial position.

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MIND

Matters by Dr Stuart Edser

Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health

Depression What makes it worse? What makes it better? Depression comes in all shapes and sizes. There is a whole list of symptoms for Major Depressive Disorder, some of which you may have, some not. For a formal diagnosis, people have to have either, (i) depressed mood, or (ii) anhedonia (a marked decrease in interest in pleasurable activity), plus at least four other common symptoms over a minimum two-week period.

The three most common things that make depression worse are worth noting. Isolating yourself is very unhelpful. When you isolate yourself, you cut yourself off from other people and the world, both of which are part of the healing strategies to beat depression. Not getting enough sleep makes depression worse. Depression often interrupts sleep, so it is important that you do whatever you can to try to get as close as possible to eight hours of sleep. Alcohol does not help, it disrupts sleep. There are lots of ways sleep can be improved. Finally, an error of judgement called ‘all or nothing thinking’ is very unhelpful. This is where you see life on only two ends of a continuum, such as black or white, left or right, success or failure, instead of allowing for everything in between. It can lock us into some very negative views about how the world works and our place in it. Two things that can help enormously with depression are regular exercise and good nutrition. Exercise, say a daily walk, helps calm us down and can release endorphins, the feel good and pain killing hormones, into our system which makes us feel better. When we eat a healthy balanced diet of fresh food and cut down on take aways and sugary confectionary, we tend to feel better and are more energised.

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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Long delays for aged care home care packages

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, released Home Care Data in March this year which showed that there are over 104,000 older Australians waiting to access home care packages for which they had already been approved. 82,000 of those Australians were on the queue for a high level package. The waiting time for a high level package is currently more than 12 months and 6-9 months for low level packages. Around 46% of people on the national

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waitlist receive a level of interim support while they wait for their approved support to become available. More must be done by our Federal Government to cut the unacceptably long period of time that older Australians must wait before they can access these essential services. The services provided in these packages can include, shopping, cleaning, mowing, gardening, transport, meal preparation, social connection, respite care, help with medications, clinical care and personal care. These services are what many people need to continue to live at home, where they want to be. Not in a nursing home. Given these long waiting lists I would encourage you to plan for your future care if you wish to remain living at home. You can only enter the wait list for a Home Care Package once the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assesses you as requiring care. Can you think about what support you may require? Talk with your family, if they’re available, and let them understand your feelings and needs. Start doing your research about which organisation you would choose to provide your care. Get the help you need. The Myagedcare.gov.au portal is a good support for aged care planning or ring them on 1800 200 422. Organisations such as NovaCare can also help you navigate through what can seem like a bit of a confusing maze.


FITNESS Matters with Ali & Dan Marshall of Corefit Newcastle

Overcoming the little voice inside your head

Remaining focused on your health and fitness can be tough. There are many reasons as to why people fail to sustain a healthy relationship with food and exercise. But often it’s a case of your head getting the better of you. We’re all human after all. At CoreFit, we call this ‘head trash’. The truth is, the more you win the internal battles that go on in your head, the stronger you become over time. The ability to flex your mental muscles over time builds resilience.

Resilience is a fantastic quality to have. It allows you to navigate a path through the tough times when you’re feeling defeated, which is often the case at some point when you’re striving to remain healthy and achieve your goals. There will be days where you feel like it’s all too hard, that’s normal, but these days begin to happen more infrequently the more you learn not to give in to that voice in your head. So how do you beat head trash? It comes from experience. Having a strong purpose tied in with your health always helps! Here’s an allegory that we think sums it up best: One evening an old man told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside of people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One wolf is evil. It’s anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good. It’s joy, peace, love, hope, sincerity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed”. So which wolf will you feed?

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LAW

Matters by Chris Hill-Smith

Accredited Specialist-Wills & Estates of Appleton Law, Lambton

Advantages of a Discretionary Trust Will

that only individuals of high wealth or with significant assets should think about having a trust will prepared. The advantages of a trust will are essentially three fold. Firstly there are significant tax advantages, secondly protection of assets from creditors, and thirdly, the preservation of Centrelink benefits. In relation to the income tax liabilities of the beneficiaries; the key is that income can be ‘streamed’ to beneficiaries in lower tax brackets and to children under 18 who are taxed at the same rates as adults, including the benefit of the tax-free threshold. That means for example, that if the income from estate assets is streamed to three children, with the benefit of three tax-free thresholds, income of approximately $54,600 can be distributed before any tax is paid.

The tax advantages can be significant, even in situations where the will maker has a home or unit as Wills can be essentially of two types. A ‘simple’ will their only significant asset, because their beneficiary where there is the appointment of an executor and may be able to lessen the impact of extra income on all property is given directly to named beneficiaries. their tax liabilities. A trust will is a will that includes a discretionary testamentary trust with a range of potential Asset protection is often a concern for the will maker beneficiaries and the assets are held by the trust and who does not wish to see their hard-earned estate not the beneficiaries. Traditionally it has been thought dissipated to creditors of their children or other beneficiaries. By holding estate assets in a trust will arrangement, assets can be protected from bankruptcy trustees and creditors, whereas if the assets are gifted in a simple will the assets are vulnerable to claims from creditors and to ‘claw back’ from the trustee in bankruptcy.

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Having the estate assets in a trust arrangement may also provide some protection from family law claims relating to the beneficiaries, often your children. Assets given to a beneficiary directly under a simple will may affect Centrelink benefit entitlements, whereas beneficiary support trusts or special disability trusts can be used to reduce or minimise the risk of the beneficiary losing some or all of their Centrelink benefits. Trust wills are more expensive to prepare however the advantages for the beneficiaries, even in modest estates, can be very significant. 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.


PHARMACY

Matters by Brett Plumb Pharmacist at Piggott’s Pharmacy Lambton

Medicines and driving It is estimated that road crashes cost Australia $27 billion every year. Since record keeping started in 1925, there have been more than 189,000 road deaths in Australia. We all know alcohol can slow our reflexes, but many medicines can do this too. If your driving skills are compromised by medicine side effects, you may cause an accident and risk death or injury to yourself or others. Other risks include fines, property damage, and loss of licence, or even time in jail. Many over-the-counter medicines including

antihistamines for allergy, and prescription medicines such as opioid pain relievers and benzodiazepines (for anxiety or sleep disorders) come with warnings against the operation of machinery – including motor vehicles – for a specified period of time after use. This is because these medicines can impair driving and make traffic accidents much more likely. Medicines can impair driving by causing drowsiness, slowing reaction time, affecting concentration, causing shakiness or unsteadiness, causing blurred vision, causing aggressive behaviour, and affecting coordination. These are some of the effects that can make driving unsafe. There are many factors that can cause the effects of medicines to vary. These factors can include the individual’s metabolism, the strength and time of dose, whether it is initial treatment, whether the dose has increased, whether it was taken in combination with other substances (e.g. other medicines, illicit drugs, alcohol, and some complementary medicines). Remember, your driving can affect not only you, but also your passengers and others on the road. For more information on how your medicines could impact your driving ask Piggotts! Brett Plumb

Here’s what’s on every week… BISTRO UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Specialising in the classic Aussie bistro favourites!

MONDAYS

 Line Dancing from 9am

TUESDAY

 Mens & Ladies Gala 9.30am

WEDNESDAY  Zumba from 10am THURSDAY

 Mens Gala from 10am  Raffles drawn 1pm

FRIDAY

 Bingo from 11am  Raffles on sale 5.30pm, drawn 6.30pm

SATURDAY

 Ladies Gala 9.30am  Mens Gala 1pm  Raffles drawn 4pm

SUNDAY

 Raffles drawn 1pm

Bistro open for Lunch & Dinner Tuesday to Sunday Karoola Rd Lambton • Phone: 4957 3272 lambtonbowlingclub.com.au • lambbc@bigpond.net.au • Like us on Facebook •

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TRAVEL Matters by Ian and Sue Roberts

of Memorable Destination www.memorabledestination.com

Plan your luggage needs carefully

Giving lots of advance thought to your baggage is becoming more and more important for airline travellers. The number of airlines charging for check-in luggage has accelerated the trend toward flying with carry-on bags only. And that, in turn, has led to passengers stuffing as much as they can into overhead cabin bins. Carry-on bags have got bigger and bigger, stretching cabin luggage limits Space in the overhead bins can be at a premium, which means it isn’t always possible to stow your

cabin bags near your seat. To overcome this problem, travellers are tending to rush onto the aircraft leading to unsightly jostling for prime positions at the boarding gate. On our most recent flights, we saw people literally running down the jetway to board early, just to get overhead luggage space near their seats. So, it’s wise to prepare for the liklihood of your cabin bags ending up at one end of the plane, while you are seated at the other. This is important to consider if you need to get to medication, iPads, laptops etc during the flight. If you are like us and usually opt for multiple airlines, it’s also smart to examine check-in baggage requirements across all companies - even it you have a single ticket only. For example, in Spring we flew from Sydney to Athens with Scoot Airlines, which had a generous baggage allowance. However, we had to keep in mind the fact that, on alighting, we were off to Crete with Aegean Airlines, which wasn’t as generous. It’s also common sense to make use of the discounts for paying online. This doesn’t stop with baggage fees. With some airlines, it can be cheaper to print your boarding pass at home, instead of the airport. For travel tips and information, follow Ian and Sue Roberts online at www.memorabledestination.com

ALPHA TOASTMASTERS

HAVE YOU VISITED A

Samaritans Shop

We invite you to pop in and grab a bargain. We run four quality recycled clothing stores.

Donations of clothing, manchester, bric-a-brac and other collectible items are always welcome! You can deliver items directly to any of our Retail Stores. STORES & OPENING HOURS

HAMILTON - 4961 5233 | 19 Beaumont Street, Hamilton MAYFIELD - 4960 9015 | 131 Maitland Road, Mayfield WALLSEND - 4951 5779 | 145 Nelson Street, Wallsend BOOLAROO - 4958 2307 | 15 Main Road, Boolaroo

Monday–Friday: 9am – 4.15pm Saturday: 9.30am – 1pm

www.samaritans.org.au/shops

Unfortunately due to inadequate storage we are unable to accept furniture or electrical items. However baby furniture and small items can be delivered directly to our Wallsend shop for sale.

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MAY BE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR…

DO YOU WANT TO:

➤ Communicate better with colleagues or clients ➤ Deliver more effective speeches and presentations ➤ Be confident ➤ Become a better leader … YOU NEED ALPHA TOASTMASTERS! At Toastmasters you can develop your communication and leadership skills in a safe and friendly learning environment. COME ALONG AND SEE WHAT TOASTMASTERS CAN DO FOR YOU… We meet every Monday night at the Alder Park Sports Club, 132 Bridges Road, New Lambton Arrive 6pm for a 6.15pm start. All welcome! FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.alphatoastmasters.org.au


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Little Locals...

JUNIORS in SPORT

This month in Little Locals we feature the Regals Junior Hockey Club. Formed in 1975, Regals has nine teams in the Newcastle junior hockey competition and boasts more than 100 players. The Club plays at the Newcastle International Hockey Centre next door to McDonald Jones Stadium. The team featured in these photos is Regals Gold. They play a noncompetitive, shorter form of the game using a quarter field. They have great fun learning the basic skills of the game of hockey. Players as young as 4 years old are welcome at Regals Junior Hockey Club. For more information about the Club go to h t t p s : / / r e g a l s j u n i o r h o c k e y. teamapp.com/ or search @ regalsjuniorhockey on Facebook.

Above: Samantha maintains possession of the ball; below left Max looks for a way through the defence as he prepares to take a shot; below right: Olivia keeps an eye on the play

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Little Locals...

JUNIORS in SPORT

Above: The Regals Gold Junior Hockey team (L to R): Olivia, Bayah, Samantha, Daisy, Cienna, Zahli and Max (absent: Sophia and Philip). Below left: Daisy is at the ready; below right: Zahli takes a good swing

If you would like your junior sports team featured here next month ask your coach or team manager to get in touch with Lambton & New Lambton Local on 0455 210 000 or by email at mark@lambtonlocal.com Lambton & New Lambton Local > May 2018 > Page 41


Local & Live entertainment this month Duke of Wellington Hotel

Sat 5

Angry Old Men

Fri 4

Michael Hawke

Sat 5

Duotones

Sun 6 Edith Piaf Story (lunch) Joseph Tawadros (dinner)

Fri 11

Rox

Wed 9

Sat 12

Jackson Broadway Duo

Thu 10 The Cherubs

Fri 18

Matt McLaren

Fri 11

Bondi Cigars

Sat 19

Greg Bryce Duo

Sat 12

The Idea of North

Fri 25

Bobby C

Sat 26

The Levymen

Sun 13 Beatnix Mothers Day lunch

Hotel Jesmond Fri 4

The DuoTones

Fri 11

Mardmax

Fri 18

Crawfish Stew

Fri 25

Ryan Daley

Lambton Park Hotel Sat 5

The Illustrators

Fri 11

AQWA

Fri 18

DJ Perry Carter

Fri 25

Guy Richards

Lizotte’s

Newcastle Theatre Co.

Live N Local

Tue 15 Dr Feelgood Wed 16 Live N Local Fri 18

Let’s Spend the Night Together - Rolling Stones Tribute

Sat 19

My Leonard Cohen

Sun 20 The D Majors Cancer Choir Memorial Lunch Concert Tue 22 Whitebridge High School Music Showcase Wed 23 Live N Local Thu 24 The Best of Jon Stevens Fri 25 DIAMOND - The Show Sat 26

Thu 31 Mike McCarthy Band plus Amy Vee

Rumors - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Tues 1

The Whitlams

Wed 2

The Whitlams

Thu 3

Mark Wilkinson

Sun 27 Australian Dance & Talent Centre (lunch)

Fri 4

Van The Man

Wed 30 Live N Local

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler Directed by Cheryle Svechles Wed 2 May

8pm

Fri 4

8pm

Sat 5

2pm & 8pm

Wed 9

8pm

Fri 11

8pm

Sat 12

8pm

Northumberland Hotel Fri 4

Greg McKew

Fri 11

The Instigators

Fri 18

Pap & That

Fri 25

Jim Overend

Wests New Lambton Fri 4 Sat 5 Fri11 Sat 12 Fri 18 Sat 19 Fri 25 Sat 26

Phonic Trio Iguana The Big Bang Loko Band Snape Trilogy The Smarts Gen-R-8 The Remedy Trio

The information on this page was correct at time of printing. Please check all details with the respective venues. Page 42 > Lambton & New Lambton Local > May 2018


NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEEKLY GROCERY BUDGET? THEN COME INTO THE FOOD WAR Talk to out staff and let us make your grocery costs a little easier on your pocket.

NOW OPEN AT 4 HASSALL ST, HAMILTON We have low cost food for people on a Government Benefit Card. Our selection includes basic food items, fresh fruit and vegetables, personal and laundry items and even food for your pets!

FREE BREAD WITH EVERY PURCHASE! The Food War Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation.

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES HOME-START FAMILY SERVICES Home-Start is a voluntary service offering support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5 where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress. For information about volunteering or Home-Start services ph 4952 9488 or go to: www.homestartaustralia.org/ MAINLY MUSIC Mainly Music is a music program for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers. It runs Wednesdays 9:3011:30 am during school terms at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr Oxford & Cromwell Street, New Lambton Cost is $5 per family. Call Beck Bishop 0416149633 for more info.

COMMUNITY GROUPS 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 commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club. No RSVP needed. For more information email: lambtonresidents@gmail. com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. ST THERESE’S YOUTH MINISTRY Our Annual Trivia night, fundraiser for Youth ministry will be held on Friday 4th May. St Thérèse school hall, New Lambton. Registration from 7pm for a 7.30 start. Max 8 per table, but smaller teams can be combined if desired. It’s a fun event for all ages. Book your tickets now to reserve a spot, or turn up on the night subject to availability. Contact Ellen Hazelton on 0407 513 813 or Marc Grimer on 0421 125 893.

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS ROTARY CLUB OF WARATAH Our Rotary Club is keen to welcome all new members and visitors, and encourages “Service above Self” – our Rotary motto. Our primary focus is through service to the local community and our youth. Join us for dinner and meet our active members. Meetings are held each Monday from 6:15pm to 8pm at Memories Function Centre, Harris Street, Wallsend. Contact President Madeleine Atkins on 0447 523 221 or email madeleineatkins@bigpond.com for more information.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS ALPHA TOASTMASTERS CLUB Come along to a meeting and learn how you can speak with confidence and improve your communication skills. Meetings are each Monday night at 6 for 6.15pm start Alder Park Sports Club, 132 Bridges Road New Lambton. More details are available at www.alphatoastmasters. org.au Email: enquiries@alphatoastmasters.org. au You’ll be amazed at how your leadership and confidence will grow.

NEWCASTLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. Was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to family history studies. 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. The next meeting of Family History Society will be the AGM held on meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday 1st May at 7.30 pm at the Lambton Mechanics Institute 68 Elder St Lambton. For more information phone 4957 8296.

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Local Community Group Notices HOBBIES & INTERESTS AUSTRALIAN PLANT SOCIETY NEWCASTLE GROUP The Australian Plant Society Newcastle Group is holding a Native Plant Fair on Saturday 19th May from 9.30 am to 2 pm at the Wetlands Centre, Shortland. Many varieties of native plant available all $4 each.

SENIORS GROUPS NEW LAMBTON/HONEYSUCKLE PROBUS CLUB is a mixed club enjoying monthly meetings with a Guest Speaker and regular monthly outings. The aim of Probus is for retired or semi retired people looking for friendship, fellowship and fun. We meet at the Kotara Bowling Club at 10am on the 4th Friday of each month. Please contact the President, Alvan Cummings on 4948 8839 NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship as well as to partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. Where? The New Lambton Seniors Assocation, located at the New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. Handy to bus stops! Contact Ph 4963 4631. HUNTER MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES Would you like to be special to someone anmake a difference? Our volunteers assist elderly people with shopping, provide transport to appointments, visits at home or telephone people to say hello. If you would like to experience different cultures, meet new people and make new friends contact Gayle Grayson 4960 8248 or 0425 090 670

LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP Offering friendship and support for over 55’s. Meet at the Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton every Thursday 9 am for canasta, or other card and board games to 12.30 pm. Next monthly outing Tuesday 15 May 2018 to Gresford. Ph Don 4952 8590 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome. MEALS ON WHEELS LAMBTON A delicious meal and a friendly face to your door. Meals on Wheels helps make it possible for you to stay independent in your own home. It’s easy, just sit back, relax … and let us cater for you. Our Lambton branch operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Lambton Meals on Wheels delivers to: Jesmond, Lambton, New Lambton, New Lambton Heights, North Lambton, Rankin Park and Waratah West. To apply for this service phone the general enquiries line 4957 7097 or the Lambton branch on 4957 0482 or email lambton@mow.net.au

SPORTING CLUBS LAMBTON PARK TENNIS CLUB It is easy to book and pay for a court at our club. 1. Just Google “lambton park tennis” and click on “Lambton Park Tennis Club-NSW-Australia” (www.tennis.com.au/lambtonpark). 2. Fill in the date and time you want to book. 3. Click on “Register”, fill in your details and create an account. 4. Click on “Sign up”. 5. Book and pay for your court - and you are all set. Next time you book it will be just a few keystrokes.We even have complimentary racquets and balls which any hirer can use if you don’t have your own. Any problems phone 0401 193 411. So start goggling and have a quick game of tennis whenever you like it at Lambton Park Tennis Club

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Do you need a tradie or specialised service? Look no further than this hand-picked selection of local experts. And be sure to tell them you found them in Lambton & New Lambton Local! Think Local, Buy Local, Love Local...

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Local Community Classifieds...

Placing a Local Community Classified is easy! Email: admin@hunterlocal.com.au or post to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Be sure to include your name and contact details in case clarification or verification are needed.

FOR SALE

CLOTHES Ladies winter clothes size 18 to 20. Pants, jackets, tops, skirts, shoes 9-10. Lots more all in good condition Ph Jan 0424 061 370. DINING TABLE Berryman 6 seater, cream colour, good condition $150 ono. Pick up Lambton Ph 0478 772 376. ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER with catcher and cord $35 Ph 4957 4726 SOFA BED & WARDROBE Near new sofa bed, pale green, quality excellent $250. White wardrobe, good storage $20. Ph 0412 561 878. TREADMILL Second hand Impulse treadmill. 8 years old, replaced motor and mat. $350 obo. Pickup up, cash only. Ph: 0407 062 631.

VARIOUS ITEMS Uplighter standard lamp, adjustable settings, as new $40. Queen timber bed, good cond $40. Tiffany ice creation slushie maker brand new in box $25. Ph 4957 1625.

NOTICES

IRONING Basket piling up, sick of looking at it, need help? Ring for efficient, reliable service, only $30 per basket, drop off or pick up is available: Ph 0423 849 408.

NOTICES

DOG WALKING SERVICE $10 per half hour per dog. $5 half hour every extra dog. Ph Morgan 0478 647 662 LAWN MOWING For all your lawn mowing and garden care, look no further. 10% Discount for pensioners. Free quote. Ph Michael 0413 340 725 NEW LAMBTON INFANT EDUCARE Personalised care and education for chidren 6 months to 3 years, by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Ph Lenora 0455 335 723 PEST CONTROL Guaranteed. Average home $150, units/town houses $80, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Hunter Valley areas. Ph 0418 637 990.

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NOTICES SEWING SERVICES Flossies Sewing Service for all your mending and alterations. Phone Flossie to discuss your needs Ph 0405 388 262 HALLS FOR HIRE LAMBTON & JESMOND Morehead St Lambton, Main Hall and smaller hall called the Green Room, which has separate entrance, kitchen and toilets, off street parking. Also Hall at cnr of Cole and Hill Streets at Jesmond. All available for permanent and casual bookings. Very reasonable rates. Contact Rev Maree Armstrong at St John’s Anglican Church, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073

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A warm smile is the universal language of kindness…

Perhaps we cannot heal your illness immediately but you will feel better after visiting a Piggott’s Pharmacy. PIGGOTT’S BLACKBUTT PHARMACY 58 Orchardtown Rd, New Lambton Phone: 4957 2474

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY HAMILTON 83 Beaumont Street, Hamilton Phone: 4961 3179

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY ON GLEBE 400 Glebe Road, Hamilton South Phone: 4969 1978

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY LAMBTON 117 Elder Street, Lambton Phone: 4957 3630

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