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(from p1) occurred in June this year. Some of those submissions included concept drawings on how to incorporate a shared cycle/walking pathway that would avoid pedestrians and cyclists mixing with motor vehicle traffic as they made their way. Newcastle City Council resolved at a meeting in late June this year to “Support cyclists concerns and called on RMS to implement design changes to mitigate the need for cyclists to traverse three additional sets of traffic lights when travelling east / west to / from Wallsend on the off road cycle path.” That too seems to have fallen on deaf ears at RMS. “It’s hard enough to get cycleway infrastructure built in the first place. As it stands this project will take away a cycle path, effectively creating a dead end at Jesmond Park.” said Lambton resident and cyclist Lachlan Wetherall. For more detail on the issue you can view the website Mr Wetherall has set up at http:// kissyourpathgoodbye.com/ A short series of drop-in sessions was held in Wallsend in late November and early December. More formal written submissions are now open until Friday 16th December. For more detail on the RMS plan and to view a 3D visualisation flyover of the Bypass go to http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/ newcastle-inner-city-bypass/rankin-park-to-jesmond/

Sonia Hornery MP State Member for Wallsend Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. My office will be closed 23 December to 17 January inclusive. Telephone: 4950 0955 • Fax: 4950 0977 E: wallsend@parliament.nsw.gov.au facebook.com/SoniaHornery @Sonia_Hornery


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What’s been happening this month... MMM...CAKE: Lambton Residents Group hosted a community picnic complete with a giant birthday cake recently to mark the Rotunda’s birthday. The grand old icon in Lambton Park was opened 126 years ago on 29th November 1890. The Group plans to hold a community picnic on the last Saturday of November each year as a chance celebrate what’s great about living locally...

SPEAKING OUT ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: It was a full house at Wests New Lambton’s Starlight Room when White Ribbon Day (Hunter) held its annual breakfast. Pictured here are chairman Jon Chin, guest speaker and domestic violence survivor Sherynne Smith and Superintendent Chris Craner, breakfast emcee and NSW Police Northern Region Domestic Violence spokesperson.

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The War Memorial gates adjacent to Harker Oval are doubly significant to Denise Sweeney and her family. One of the volunteers honoured on the Roll is James Patrick, Denise’s grandfather. His father William Patrick, Denise’s great grandfather, was a local blacksmith at the time. He supported the building of the Roll of Honour by making the gates. The memorial was unveiled by Mr David Watkins M.H.R., Member for Newcastle, in front of 1,200 people 100 years ago on Saturday 11th November 1916. Quite coincidentally 11th November 1918 would be the date chosen two years

later as Armistice Day, now known as Remembrance Day, to declare an end to the hostilities in the Great War. In his speech as reported by Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner’s Advocate Mr Watkins stated that ‘‘These gates would serve to remind the children of the future of the boys who had enlisted...” Ninety-six volunteers had gone from the town of New Lambton at the time of the unveiling. The Northern Times said in a report on the day that “The iron, marble and stone have been handled with a workmanlike skill that make the gates and pillars worthy of the cause for which they have been used.”

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Local Library branches are offering an amnesty on late items in return for donations to help make Christmas a little brighter for less fortunate families this year. Library members will be able to clear unpaid library fines by donating non-perishable food and toiletry items as Christmas presents for needy Newcastle residents. Local emergency relief agencies OzHarvest, Street Care, Baptist Care and the Samaritans will package the goods for families in the lead up to Christmas. Five dollars for every non-perishable food item and $10 for every toiletry item will be cleared from library members’ overdue fines record.

“Food for Five, Toiletries For Ten is an initiative used by public libraries in Australia and across the world”, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said. “It provides a chance for community members to give back to the community in time for Christmas and have overdue library fines waived.” Library Manager Suzie Gately said it was the first time Newcastle Region Library had used this initiative. “We look forward to assisting the Newcastle community,” Gately said. “In the lead up to Christmas, November and December is a great time to return any overdue items and also clear unpaid fines.” The Food For Five, Toiletries For Ten initiative runs until Monday 12th December. Members interested in making donations can do so over the counter at their local Libary Branches at Lambton or New Lambton. For more information visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov. au/library

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I contacted council to see if mountainbiking was allowed in Jesmond Bushland, and they said yes, as long as no bush was damaged. As such, I do no trail cutting (don’t have time for that anyway), and stick to the fire trails and existing singletrack (of which there is a lot). There has been a new sign appear in recent days from mountainbikers in the bush reporting that stringlines are being put up by members of the public at neck height to catch bikers (presumably). Obviously this is wrong. They are just as likely to catch runners as well. Also, other than the new tracks cut this year that have created quite a bit of damage, most trail damage is done by (motorised) dirtbikers on thumpers who ride in there when it’s wet (something that most mountainbikers know not to do). Other than that, there have been other significant periods of trail building in there in recent years (particularly the series of tracks in the northwestern corner that were built in 2014) but with no council response. Council’s “rehabilitation” of sprinkling stones around is a joke compared to true bush rehabilitation (new plantings, etc). As such, the designation of the Bushland as a conservation area is also a mystery to me. What with the number of foxes in there and the Rankin Park to Jesmond bypass going in later on (not that I oppose it, but it doesn’t really sit well with the conservation title). Although the article didn’t expressly state this, I’m worried that some people may assume that mountain bikers are not allowed to use the dirt trails at all, which is not the case from what I’ve been told. Possible vigilante action is concerning. Regards, Clint Coker - Percy Street, North Lambton

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

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This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find the answers within the pages of Lambton & New Lambton Local... Question 1 Name one of the bus routes where you will find the Christmas Bus this year? Question 2 Which local financial institution is sponsoring the fireworks at Christmas Carols in Lambton Park? Question 3 How many men from New Lambton had volunteered to join the armed services when the Memorial gates were unveiled in 1916? Question 4 A donation of non-perishable food items will clear what value of overdue library fines this Christmas? Question 5 How long will the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Innercity bypass be?

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Question 6 What is the address of Lambton & New Lambton Local’s new website? Question 7 On what date was the first Catholic church opened in Lambton? Question 8 Where is the building below?

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Carols in Park on Sunday 18th

Hunter Bible Church is excited to host its annual Christmas Carols and fireworks on Sunday 18th December at Lambton Park. Now in its fourth year, Carols in Lambton Park is a free community event for families with local food vendors, activities and rides for kids and a special visit from the Lambton Fire Service as well as your favourite Christmas carols. Host of the event Pastor Pete Witt said, “A team of volunteers from Hunter Bible Church help to plan and run ‘Carols’, which includes filling over 5,000 welcome bags. Be sure to grab one from the friendly welcomers when you arrive.” Pete also remarked that “Carols in Lambton Park is only possible with the help of local community partners. It’s through the generosity of sponsors and Hunter Bible Church volunteers

Christmas Carols and fireworks will fill Lambton Park again this year thanks to Hunter Bible Church that we can provide such a great night out for the local community.” The evening kicks off at 5pm with a fair, and carols at 7pm. The night will conclude with an amazing

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Sensom Health & Wellbeing is located at Morehead St, Lambton providing Meditation courses and all levels of Yoga experience from Beginners to Yoga for the Over 50’s, Restorative, Classic Hatha and the more energetic Vinyasa Flow. Now owners Andrew and Lee are only weeks away from adding significant health and

wellbeing components to the Centre. December will see ‘Floatation Pods’ installed and an extension of existing massage therapies including Remedial, Relaxation, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. As the first person to bring Floatation tanks (as they were called back in the 80’s) to Newcastle, Lee says “I introduced my partner Andrew to them several years ago and it has been on our bucket list to reopen another Floatation Centre, this time with the most modern, advanced and beautifully designed ‘PODS’ available. Current technology has enabled the design and manufacture of selfcontained units that are visually appealing, eliminate all sound and light, and allow for completely supported, weightless floatation giving the user a

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completely relaxed and effortless experience”. “The benefits of floating are numerous; it aids sports performance and recovery from injury, and helps with back

to everyone, because it helps you feel great in such a short time. The Over 50’s, Restorative and Beginners Yoga classes are currently our most popular.

The benefits of floating as a therapy are numerous, from sports performance to insomnia and anxiety injuries, aches and pains, rheumatism, arthritis, pregnancy, insomnia, headaches and stress and anxiety, as well as providing an opportunity to just ‘chill-out’” adds Andrew. Lee says that the coming weeks will see the Centre delivering a holistic approach to Wellness. “Meditation courses are very popular and greatly appreciated by participants; February ‘Beginners’ and ‘Next Level’ courses are now open for booking. And we want Yoga to be available

With experienced and knowledgeable teachers who have many years of teaching behind them, Sensom is the only Yoga studio in Newcastle that specialises in these classes”. The introductory offer of two weeks unlimited Yoga for only $30 is still available with many other affordable offers after that, including a unique loyalty scheme. And Gift Vouchers are now available for Christmas. Call Sensom today on 49579827 or visit sensom.com.au


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That was then, this is now

Catholic Church life

In 1863, with no church buildings to meet in, the celebration of the first Christmas in Lambton was a private affair. The only public festivities were of a strictly commercial nature when 120 employees of the Lambton colliery gathered for a dinner on Boxing Day to inaugurate the opening of the mine. The Scottish Australian Mining Company however was not unmindful of the spiritual needs of the miners and their families, and in the ensuing years supported the establishment of churches with land grants for the erection of church buildings. By 1870 the Church of England, Presbyterians, Primitive Methodists, Welsh Baptists, English Baptists, and Welsh Independents had buildings in Lambton. The Roman Catholics however, had to travel in to Newcastle to attend church, where the service was held at 11am to allow time to travel in from the suburbs. In 1871 the Catholics erected a small wooden building in De Vitre St, to be used as a school during the week, and as a church on Sundays. The church was solemnly blessed and opened on 19th

by Lachlan Wetherall

November 1871. Two years later the Catholic parish of Lambton was established, stretching from Mayfield to Teralba, and Father James Ryan, a newly ordained Irish priest appointed to the parish. Father Ryan’s labours were soon rewarded, for by 1876 the wooden church in De Vitre St had to be enlarged. With continued growth and an eye to the future, land was acquired in Dickson St in 1892/1893 for a new building, and in 1921 the current brick church of St John the Evangelist was constructed. In New Lambton, St Therese’s began with a building in Royal St in 1926, used for both school and church. New Lambton became a separate parish in 1954, but fifty years later merged back with Lambton and Waratah to form Holy Trinity Parish, Blackbutt North, an ongoing community where Christmas is publicly celebrated as much more than just commerce. You can view these photos and more details at www. lachlanwetherall.com

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Above: The first Catholic Church in Lambton, was in De Vitre Street on the current site of St John’s Primary School. Photo by Ralph Snowball in 1891. Newcastle Region Library. Below: Today, St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Dickson Street Lambton.

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This month in the news ...in 1876

Extract from: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate of Monday 11th December 1876; POST-OFFICE. - Dr. J. J. Hill and Messrs. Dainty and E. Price went to Sydney on Thursday evening as a deputation from the inhabitants of Lambton, with a petition to the Postmaster-General, praying that Mrs. Davis, widow of the late post-master be ap-pointed to the office, and they have, I am glad to say, been successful in their mission, for at about one o’clock on Friday a telegraphic message was received stating that Mrs. Davies had been appointed post-mistress. There was rather sharp practice on the part of those who sought to deprive the widow and orphans of their means of subsistence, but their friends were not far behind, and have luckily been more successful. The result will no doubt be very galling to a few who are interested in the removal of the post-office, but it is, nevertheless, in accordance with the wish and desire of a large majority of the inhabitants. NEW LAMBTON DISTRESS RELIEF COMMITTEE - A meeting of the above committee was held in the Council Chambers, Lambton, on

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Compiled and contributed by Sjanie Griffiths

Thursday evening last, Mr. T. Grierson in the chair, the only business transacted being of a routine nature, there was nothing interesting to the pubic. The committee are still continuing to dispense relief, whioh is much needed by the recipients. It is hard to say how many of them will get along when the funds are exhausted. POST OFFICE.-Since writing the above an official telegram has been received from Sydney, ordering the telegraph master to hand over all documents, &c., taken from the late Mr. Davis, yesterday, to his widow again. The matter is therefore definitely settled.

...in 1908

Extract from: The Maitland Daily Mercury of Wednesday 23rd December 1908 NEWCASTLE LETTER. (From our Representative). NEWCASTLE, Wednesday. At the recent competitive examination for probationary student scholarships, Miss Elizabeth E. Ferguson, of New Lambton won 772 marks out of a possible 950, and therefore secured the greatest number of any girl In the State. Miss Bertha C. Bootle, of Plattsburg, came second, with 767 marks.

...in 1934

Extract from: The Sydney Morning Herald of Friday 21st December 1934; OBITUARY - MR. G. A. LLOYD. Mr. George Arthur Lloyd deputy headmaster of the New Lambton Public School died suddenly on Sunday aged 53 years. Mr. Lloyd was president of the Newcastle District Rugby League for several terms, and was also well known as a conductor of school choirs.

...in 1950

Extract from: The Newcastle Sun of Saturday 23rd December 1950 LAMBTON FIRE VICTIMS’ APPEAL The treasurer of the Lambton Fire Victims’ Appeal (Mr. A. Gow) reports that £15 18s 1d was received from a collection at the King’s Theatre on Thursday night and followed the E.L.M.A. review pantomime Dancers are invited to a ‘Great White Night’ being arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Clark, of Kentreval tennis court. Karoola Rd., on Boxing Night. Dancers must wear rubber shoes.


LAW

Matters by Ronnie Wall of Wall Legal, New Lambton

Living in a Strata Scheme

The major difference between owning a house and owning a unit or apartment in a strata scheme (known as a “lot”) is that the external walls, the floor and roof do not usually belong to the “lot owner.” These areas are usually “common property.” All of the lot owners share in the ownership of the common property, and are known as the “Owners Corporation.” The maintenance and repair of the common property is usually the responsibility of the Owners Corporation. As a lot owner, you are not allowed to alter or renovate any part of the common property without the permission of the Owners Corporation. In effect, in most strata schemes, the lot owner owns the inside

of the unit but not the main structure of the building. Usually the four main walls, the ceiling, the roof and the floor are common property. The dividing walls within the lot (for example, the wall between the kitchen and lounge room), floor coverings such as carpet and fixtures such as baths, toilet bowls and benchtops are all the property of the lot owner. The key concept to remember is that the lot owner effectively owns the airspace (and anything included in the airspace) inside the boundary walls, floor and ceiling of the lot. In some cases, airspace can also extend to balconies and courtyards. Owners are required to make a financial contribution known as “levies” usually on a quarterly basis. These levies are to cover the cost of managing the strata scheme, as well as insurance, expenses and ongoing maintenance and repair of common property. Levy amounts can change, and the amount is usually set at the Annual General Meeting of the Owners Corporation. Before buying a unit or apartment, you should find out more about the strata scheme. Things such as (but not limited to) the financial status of the scheme, what restrictions or “by-laws” are in place for the scheme, and the amount of the levies that you will be required to pay once you become an owner.

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PHARMACY

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Heartburn

Most of us at some in our lives will experience heartburn – after a big meal, undertaking strenuous activity too soon after eating and drinking too much. So heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux or indigestion) is really very common. Heartburn is caused by the contents of the stomach coming back up into the oesophagus where it can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat. Persistent reflux that occurs more than twice a week is considered to be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and it can eventually lead to more serious health problems. People of all ages can have GORD.

Occasional heartburn on the other hand is what we can get from eating too much, from anxiety and advanced pregnancy – to name but a few of the causes. Heartburn is also one of the symptoms of peptic ulcer; but more usually it is GORD. Remember that GORD is a chronic illness, like asthma or high blood pressure, and like those diseases, ongoing treatment is usually necessary. Reflux occurs when what goes down the oesophagus – that is the “food pipe” to the stomach – comes back up again to where it’s not meant to be. And it comes back up again mixed with stomach acid and other chemicals. So it’s not surprising that the regurgitation or backwash of swallowed food causes a burning feeling. It’s generally described by reflux sufferers as beginning in the stomach or lower chest and moving upwards behind the breastbone towards the neck or throat. If you have any questions about heartburn, Ask Piggotts! Please feel welcome to email me at anthony@piggottspharmacy.com.au with any questions or suggested topics for me to write about. I wish a happy, healthy Christmas to all of you. Anthony Piggott

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MIND

Matters by Dr Stuart Edser

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One of the most powerful tools in my psychological toolkit is clinical hypnosis or “hypnotherapy.” I use a variety of hypnotic techniques with my clients every week for relaxation, habit-breaking or symptom relief. Clinical hypnosis comes in three different forms or modalities. The first of these is Deep Relaxation. This brings about a deeply relaxed state in the body. It concentrates on the physical more than the mind and is favoured by people struggling with anxiety, the effects of chronic stress or pain syndromes. Allowing the body to move into what Herbert Benson MD called the ‘relaxation response’ is a beneficial way to turn off the ‘stress response’ and allow the person to effect change. The second type is Mindfulness Meditation. This form teaches people to be fully present when they are doing something. It does not focus on the body but what are we are doing with our thoughts. It is actually the opposite of distraction. When you do something mindfully, whether it be breathing, listening, eating an orange, drinking a cuppa, or walking or jogging, you bring your full attention to that act, and maintain your concentration as long as you can. You can (and should) learn how to practice mindfulness techniques for your own benefit. The third form is self-hypnosis. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Here, a deeply relaxed state is combined with positive therapeutic suggestions to bring about personal change. This is nothing like the “stage hypnosis” of Hollywood movies where people ‘appear’ to lose control of their willpower. In fact, self-hypnosis enhances will-power by augmenting the power of personal choice. Changes can be subtle but powerful. Each of these modalities has the common goal of bringing about a positive change, and are worth investigating -Stuart Edser

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Keeping it real at Chrissy

I always give out advice at Christmas about limiting the food and drink being consumed and to fit in more exercise but realistically a lot of people won’t take on that advice. If this sounds like you, then here a few ways to easily fit more physical activity into your silly season to watch that waist line. • Instead of spending ages looking for a park close to the shops, park further away so you have to walk. Also opt for the stairs rather than the lifts or elevators. With the combination of the steps you will build up walking around the shopping centre you will be shocked at how quickly your physical activity adds up. • Spend some quality family time going for a walk and checking out the Christmas lights around your neighbourhood. • Incorporate physical activities into your social gatherings. At my husband’s family Boxing Day get together there is always a game of cricket. Not only does it start burning off some of the calories we eat, it is a fun way for all the generations of the family to bond and enjoy each other’s company • Christmas in Australia means we have amazing weather and the sun stays up late. Take advantage of this. Go to the beach, go for a bush walk or enjoy one of our beautiful local parks by going for a walk or take the kids to the playground. I know realistically you will probably eat too much and drink a lot too but the more physical you are the more you will counteract this. My final and most important piece of advice to keep it real is to remember Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and creating memories with them. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. So until 2017……..Love life, dream big and become the inspiration Anne-Marie


MONEY

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Don’t let the Christmas holidays undo your great work throughout the year. Be aware of spending patterns to turn silly season into savings season. A CommBank research study said, Australians would spend $17.8 billion in five weeks from December 1 2014 to January 6 2015. Unsurprisingly, the spending would be mostly on gifting and holidays, but other major expenses included Boxing Day sales and entertaining friends and family. So if you ever should be planning your finances, it is now, to ensure Christmas does not take away from the great financial work that has been done throughout the year. But how do we prepare for silly season without taking the fun out of it? The first step is to make yourself familiar with your upcoming expenses. This means budgeting. Where

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The festive season is upon us and most of us are preparing for Christmas and the New Year. Holidays are booked and the relatives are set to arrive. Where do our pets fit into all of this chaos? The holidays can be exciting but also stressful for our pets. People, food, fireworks and more can all unsettle our pets and even result in sickness or injury. So what can we do to help our pets get through this busy time safely? Firstly, making sure vaccinations are up to date. All boarding facilities require your pets to be vaccinated to keep all of their other guests safe from disease. If your pet is not up to date they may be required to have a booster shot 1-2 weeks before going into boarding. Please check this with your boarding facility so you can plan appropriately ahead of time. Many of the foods we enjoy over the holidays are not healthy for out pets and some can cause serious illness. Chocolate and nuts are common culprits but did you know that fatty table scraps like left over ham can cause pancreatitis. Ask well-meaning guests to refrain from giving any unapproved treats to help avoid a costly trip to the Emergency Centre. Fireworks are common at this time of year. This can be a huge cause of stress for our pets, especially dogs. Making sure pets are secure in the yard or house and are in a comfortable safe area can help your pet feel comfortable. There are many products on the market that can help your pet handle these occasions and the stress they bring. Please seek professional veterinary advice before purchasing any medication and your vet care team can advise a suitable course of action tailored to you and your pet. Often the festive fun includes our pets and we want them to look, smell and feel their best! Don’t forget that Greencross Vets Lambton offer a fantastic and affordable cat boarding service and grooming service for both dogs and cats. If you would like more information about these services please visit www.greencrossvets. com.au or call us on 4957 8960.


Lambton High Notes

On Tuesday 15 November we inducted our 20162017 Student Leadership Body. They are an aspirational leadership group and have strong ideas in the direction they would like to lead the school. Congratulations to: Captains: Clare Corliss and Jackson Price Vice-Captains: Emma Shakespeare and James Mace Senior Prefects: Molly Jordan and Chris Holburn Prefects: Maya Al Maraee, Eliza Carey, Chloe Doyle, Belle Humby, Ruby Maughan, Hannah Murphy, Siobhan Pickard, Monique Rosser, Yaerhim Shin, Jane Terry, Ben Ellis and Toby Schmieden. The Year 12 Formal was a very enjoyable evening for the students and they looked fantastic! The students have been great school citizens and positive role models for our school community. We will meet again on 16 December at the Year 12 barbeque to share their HSC successes. Other significant acknowledgements include: •

Our school captain Clare Corliss and vicecaptain James Mace represented the school at the Lambton- New Lambton RSL Sub Branch Remembrance Day Service.

Natasha Taumoepeau, Lily Blakemore and Elaine Wang’s HSC works have been nominated for selection in the ARTEXPRESS 2017. This is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by HSC students in the Visual Arts course.

Molly O’Neill placed 1st in the U16 Girls 5km Walk and Elaine Wang 4th in the U16 Girls 3km at the NSW All Schools Athletics Carnival.

The Year 8 debating team placed second in the region in the Premier’s Debating Competition.

The students raised $600 for National Bandana Day

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Local & Live entertainment this month Blackbutt Hotel

Fri 2

Georgina Grimshaw

Sat 3

Hornet

Sat 17

2GoodReasons

Fri 2

Bowie Unzipped

Sat 3

ABBASBACK

Sun 4

Christmas LUNCH with Bella Voce

Sun 4

Matt Andersen

Thu 8 Kevin Bennett & The Flood Sat 10

Sun 4

The Good Times

Fri 9

Kelly Hope

Sat 10

WTF

Fri 16

Captain Risky

Sat 17

Phase III

Sat 24

TBA

Fri 30

TBA

Sat 31

TBA

Duke of Wellington Hotel Fri 2

The Rattle

Sat 3

Trancemission

Fri 9

Dr Zoom Duo

Sat 10

Greg Bryce & The Bad Bad Things

Fri 16

Iguana

Fri 23

Mark Wells Duo

Sat 24

The Gracetones

The Black Sorrows

Hotel Jesmond Fri 2

Deuce

Fri 9

The Remedy

Fri 23

Twinsanity

Sat 24

Michael Mills

Fri 30

Damien

Lambton Park Hotel Fri 2

Tom Blake

Sat 3

Floyd Vincent & Dave Marsalis Duo

Fri 9

Tom Buckley

Fri 16

Tim Rossington

Fri 23

Audie Franks

Sat 24

Grant Walmsley Freebird Trio

Sat 31

Easy Daze

Lizotte’s Thu 1

Fever Burlesque

Sun 11 A Very Vocal Christmas The Voice Studio Junior Showcase (lunch) Sun 11 A Not So Silent Night The Voice Studio Senior Showcase Tue 13 Steve Poltz

Wed 14 Vocal Evolution presents “A tribute to Stage & Screen”

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Local & Live entertainment this month Thu 15 Rumours - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac Fri 16

Diesel

Sat 17

Diesel

Sun 18 Diesel

Wed 7 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller Fri 9 Pap & That

Sat 17

Transmission

Wed 14 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller Fri 16

The Harbourmaster

Wed 21 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller Fri 23

Jim Overend Thu 22 Jam Night with Ty and Zane Fri 23

Zane Penn

Sat 24

Daxton Monaghan

Wed 21 Glenn Shorrock

Wed 23 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller

Snake Gully Hotel Thu 22 Mi-Sex Fri 23 Andy Firth & John Morrison Live N Swingin with the Andy Firth Big Band Fri 30

Th!nk P!nk

Sat 31

Jay Scott Berry - Van Morrison Tribute

Northumberland Hotel Fri 2

Thu 1 Jam Night with Ty and Zane Fri 2 Dave Owen Sat 3

Defaced

Wests New Lambton Piano Lounge Every Tue & Thur 4-5.30pm

Angamus

Thu 8 Jam Night with Ty and Zane

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Fri 9

Dean Kyrwood

Sat 10

The Shedmasters

Note that some local venues were unable to provide their complete entertainment listings before going to print with this issue. Please check directly with those venues.

Thu 15 Jam Night with Ty and Zane Fri 16

Bonny Wythes

Mick Boogard

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Local Community Group Notices

NEIGHBOUR AID SOCIAL SUPPORT We offer companionship to those over 65 years, transport to appointments, assistance with shopping, social interaction, activities and lunch at our centres. We also have day bus trips every month. Volunteers also needed to help with transport for the elderly a few hours a fortnight. For more details contact Gayle Grayson on 4960 8248 or 0425 090 670

NEW LAMBTON COMMUNITY FRIENDSHIP CLUB We meet every Tuesday 10 am till 2 pm in the Trinity Church Hall corner Regent St and Portland Plc. New Lambton. Come and join other seniors for friendship, cards and musical entertainment as we age we need to get out of our 4 walls and expand our views on life. For more details ring Joy Loas 4952 2664 HUNTER ANIMAL WATCH INC. We raise funds through our Op Shop at 139 Beaumont St Hamilton to assist pensioners to desex their pets. Since we began in 1998 we have helped around 30,000 people in the Lower Hunter. Pensioner pet owners requiring help with the cost of desexing their pet are encouraged to call 4961 6133 between 10am & 3pm Monday to Friday KNIT & NATTER Meet new people, make new friends at knit & natter every Monday. Meet at Mayfield Church of Christ, cnr Werribi St & Gregson Avenue at 9.30am. All ladies welcome. Phone Lyn for information. 49529324

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, Karoola Rd. No RSVP needed. If you would like more information you can email: lambtonresidents@gmail.com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. NEWCASTLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. Was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to family history studies. The final meeting of the society for 2016 will be held at the Lambton Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder Street Lambton on Tuesday 6th December with a Christmas party commencing at 7pm members to bring a plate. The Library will close on Thursday 15th December and reopen on Thursday 19th January. Library hours are Saturdays 10 am 3pm, Thursdays 1pm - 3.30pm Visitors to pay a fee $10 Saturday and $5.00 Thursday. For more information contact 49578296. MARCH STREET COMMUNITY GARDENS GROUP Interested in community gardening? March Street Community Gardens Group at 16 March Street Kotara welcomes new members. Experienced gardeners or beginners welcome. See our website www.mscgardens.info or contact Gwen Ph 49529655 or Diane Ph 49572843

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NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS 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. For more details contact Barry Hoare secretary on 4963 4631 LAMBTON-WARATAH SCOUT GROUP If you know a boy or girl who likes camping, canoeing, hiking, science, sports, cooking, singing, music, exploring, or any of dozens of worthwhile activities maybe they should give Scouting a go. Meeting nights are: Joeys 6-7 year olds Mondays 6.15-7.30pm, Cubs 8-10 yo Mondays 6.15 - 7.45pm, Scouts 11-15 yo Thursdays 6.308.30pm. Our hall is located at 8 Elder St, Lambton. For more info contact Glenn MacFadyen (Skip) on 0417 421 174 NEWCASTLE DIGGERS SWIMMING CLUB Our club swims every Sunday from 8am till 10am at Lambton Pool. New swimmers welcome, all ages catered for. For further information contact Denis on 0414 721822. Community groups and organisations are invited to submit notices for publication. Include general information about your group as well as details of upcoming events. Email your notice to: lambtonlocal@gmail.com or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations.


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BASKET OF IRONING You drop off and pick up for $25. Efficient, reliable and cheap Ph Sadie 0423 849 408 CLOTHES REPAIRS & MENDING Men’s trousers, men’s T-shirts, women’s pants, curtains, hemming, attaching patches etc. Phone Julie on 0413 875 954 CUSHION & FOAM RECOVERING 100’s of indoor & outdoor fabrics available. New foams available. 20 years experience. Ph Nichole 0402 779 007 KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS AND SELF DEFENCE New Lambton Community Centre 14 Alma Rd., New Lambton. Wednesdays & Fridays 6:00-7:30 pm First month’s training free. For further information. Call Don on 0438 789 619

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NOTICES

HALLS FOR HIRE Main Hall and smaller hall called the Green Room, which has separate entrance, kitchen and toilets, off street parking. Available for permanent and casual bookings. Very reasonable rates. Contact Rev Maree Armstrong at St John’s Anglican Church, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073 PAINTER WANTED Pro or handyman. Quotes wanted to paint brick house exterior in North Lambton. Ph 4957 2976 or 0415 421 995 PET CARE Jill’s Pet Sitting Service. Live in (your home) or daily visits. Mature, non smoking lady with references. Full time business (5 years) with 30 years experience. Ph 0418 246 384 SUPER SUNDAY SALE 4TH DEC FROM 9AM The Anglican Parish of Lambton is holding a sale at the Church/hall on corner of Hill & Cole Streets Jesmond (formerly St Margaret’s Church) opposite Jesmond Park. Plenty of bargains including church pews, retro metal chairs, bric a brac and a cake stall.

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