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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

CONTENTS 03

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Hats Off to Country

free gig guide

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john McCLELLAND

Legends Terrace Wrap Up

CHRISTMAS IN JULY toy raffle

Entering into the second half of the year Wests have some great things in store for the rest of winter in Tamworth. We’re keeping our members warm with our Winter Wonderland promos, as well as our delicious winter menu where you can defrost over a curry at Banjos on Wednesdays, or a housemade beef, red wine and mushroom pie at Smoky’s at affordable club prices. The Courts @ East have also started serving food every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunch. On Friday nights Corey’s Catering set up their Black Betty BBQ serving a delicious selection of smoked meats offering burgers, briskets, ribs and pulled pork. Saturday night is curry night with other meals available and on Sunday, The Courts do a roast lunch serving full roasts as shared platters. I urge you to venture to our warmly welcoming clubs where we have some really exciting shows and events coming up. Hats off to Country, Tamworth’s mid-year country music festival is starting Thursday July 6th through to Sunday July 9th and Wests is hosting some great free and paid shows including Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt, Melinda Schneider and The Hillbilly Goats. Pages 3 and 4 have a full list of the shows on at Wests and   Diggers. Legends Terrace was open just in time for game 1 of State of Origin. We’ve since had large crowds for the two games in the series and expect no less for the final match between QLD and the Blues. The Terrace compliments the elegance of the Mercure Tamworth and is an exciting look at what’s in store for Wests Entertainment Group. I hope to see you again for game 3 July 12. Go the Blues!

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Explore Cable Beach & Broome.

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CEO Sleep Out

One of my favourite days of the year is fast approaching. September 3rd is Father’s Day and I certainly hope you’ve got some great plans in store to spoil dad. We’ve got some great shows coming up he’s sure to love including Kings of Country Rock, an Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute. See page 16 for more information. If food’s more his thing, Banjos will be open for lunch and dinner and The Courts will be serving up their usual Sunday lunch shared roast platter. Our Father’s Day menu for Banjos Family Restaurant can be found on page 18. I wish you all the best during the winter period and hope to see you soon at one of your clubs. FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

CONTACT

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www.facebook.com/WestsEntertainmentGroup @Tamworthwests

FATHER’S DAY

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WEST TAMWORTH LEAGUE CLUB

WESTS’ DIGGERS

THE COURTS@EAST

Kable Avenue Tamworth NSW 2340

Treloar Park

Phillip Street West Tamworth NSW 2340

PO Box 3040 West Tamworth NSW 2340

102-128 Napier Street

P 02 6766 4661

Tamworth NSW 2340

F 02 6766 4419

P 02 6766 2070

PO Box 3040 West Tamworth NSW 2340 P 02 6765 7588 F 02 6765 1508

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GIVING GENEROUSLY President of Wests Entertainment Group John McClelland and Wests’ Entertainment and Sporting Event Manager Carolyn Stier presented a cheque for the amount of $7,806.54 to batyr representative Lucinda Nash. Wests Entertainment Group have helped raise funds and awareness for the youth mental health organisation batyr over the last few years, organising fundraisers like An Affair of the Hat and sponsoring other community events like The White Elephant Ball. The $7,806.54 donated to batyr was the result of An Affair of the Hat luncheon held last year at Scully Park Regional Sporting Precinct.

Celebrating 60+ Years The Tudor Wests Hockey Club is the oldest hockey club in Tamworth and is still one of the most successful. Established in 1956 the reputable sporting club has had many accomplishments as a club, winning premierships, club championships, and having many representative players at Tamworth, state and national levels. In 1979, Tudors became the first, and to this day only, club to include both men’s and women’s teams. Along with their juniors, Tudors has become a truly family inclusive club. It’s very special to watch fathers, sons, mothers and daughters all playing alongside each other.

Wests Entertainment Group has sponsored Tudors since 1987. The partnership has become incredibly strong over the last 30 years with Tudors volunteering around Wests and Diggers during the Country Music Festival and sporting events, and Wests sponsorship allowing the Hockey club to grow and give back to their players. Tudor Wests Hockey Club are celebrating their 60 plus years’ reunion on the weekend of October 27th through to the 29th and welcome all past and present players, supporters, family and friends to join in the weekend

long festivities. A presentation dinner will be held on Saturday October 28 in Blazes Auditorium at Wests. All guests are welcome to purchase tickets for $50 which includes a sit down meal, speeches, presentations and more. To enquire after tickets and for more information on the activities and celebrations organised for the weekend please email tudorsreunion@gmail.com There are plenty of events planned over the weekend so the sporting club looks forward to seeing and celebrating with all the people who have made the club what it is today. enjoy

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BLAZES SHOWROOM AT WESTS

ADULTs $35 | CHILD u12 $25

Saturday 8 July 8pm Adults $30 Child u14 $15

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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FREE SHOWS Wests Legends Lounge

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Friday 7 July 8.30pm & Sunday 9 July 2pm

Ashleigh dallas Saturday 8 July 8.30pm

Scores Sports Bar @ Wests’ Diggers The hillbilly gOats

Saturday 8 July 8.30pm & Sunday 9 July 2pm

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Legends Terrace WRAP UP The newly renovated Legends Terrace was completed just in time for State of Origin Game 1. The trendy new hangout has proven to be a very popular drinking hole to wind down or shout your team across the line. The combination of the 160 inch outdoor screen (the biggest in Tamworth), boutique bar, modern comfort lounges, vertical wall gardens and large tree planted in the middle of the terrace makes the outdoor venue the ultimate place to be.

NRL BIG DATES TO REMEMBER

WEDNESDAY JULY 12 STATE OF ORIGIN 3 SUNDAY OCTOBER 1 NRL GRAND FINAL

Free half time snacks at Wests, Diggers & The Courts @ East BUCKET OF BEER (Includes 4 Beers) XXXX Summer ONLY $17.50

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FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT WESTS & DIG GERS • COMME N CES AT 8.30PM

WESTS

WESTS

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SATURDAY 1

FRIDAY 4

FRIDAY 7

SATURDAY 5

SATURDAY 8

FRIDAY 11

SUNDAY 9 (2PM)

SATURDAY 12

FRIDAY 14

FRIDAY 18

SATURDAY 15

SATURDAY 19

FRIDAY 21

FRIDAY 25

SATURDAY 22

SATURDAY 26

KEVIN SPENCER BROTHERS3 ASHLEIGH DALLAS BROTHERS3 JARED SCOTT & ROUTE 67 HEARTLAND TWO GALS INTERNATIONAL PARTY CREW

FATMAN DON’T DANCE TWO BLACK CADILLACS JIMMY CRAZ BAND SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL ASHLEIGH DALLAS HEARTLAND TWO GALS KEVIN SPENCER

FRIDAY 28

MIKE CARR SATURDAY 29

LAWRIE & SHELLEY MINSON

DIGGERS

J U LY

SATURDAY 1

LIAM KENNEDY CLARK

WATCH FRIDAY NIGHT NRL ON THE BIG SCREEN IN SCORES SPORTS BAR AT DIGGERS

DIGGERS

SATURDAY 8

THE HILLBILLY GOATS

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SUNDAY 9 (2PM)

SATURDAY 5

SATURDAY 15

SATURDAY 12

SATURDAY 22

SATURDAY 19

SATURDAY 29

SATURDAY 26

THE HILLBILLY GOATS AARON BOLTON MICHAEL BRYERS MIKE CARR

RYAN MORRIS BEAU HATCH MICHAEL BRYERS BRENTON WILLIAMS

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$5000

CHRISTMAS IN JULY TOY RAFFLE

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LE DRAWN AT 2PM

TICKETS ON SALE 1PM | RAFF

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FREE LOLLY BAGS FREE FACE PAINTING A VISIT FROM SANTA


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RAFFLE TIMES WESTS

DIGGERS

THE COURTS

Draw commences 6.30pm

Draw commences 7pm

WEDNESDAY ON SALE 5.30PM

TUESDAY ON SALE 5.30PM

THURSDAY ON SALE 5.30PM

THURSDAY ON SALE 5.30PM

SUNDAY ON SALE 11.30AM

FRIDAY ON SALE 5.30PM

FRIDAY ON SALE 5.30PM

SATURDAY ON SALE 11.30AM

SUNDAY ON SALE 11.30AM

PLUS

Draw commences 6.30pm Draw commences 6.30pm Draw commences 7pm

Draw commences 12.30pm

Draw commences 6.30pm Draw commences 7pm

Draw commences 12.30pm

SUNDAY ON SALE 11.30AM Draw commences 12.30pm

$5000

FRIDAY ON SALE 6PM

Draw commences 12.30pm

All regular meat raffles will see the inclusion of Hams & Turkey fillets for the month of July

CHRISTMAS IN JULY GIFT RAFFLE

27 LY JU AY SD UR TH EXCLUSIVE TO DIGGERS

TICKETS ON SALE AT 5.30PM | RAFFLE DRAWN AT 6.30PM

PRIZES INCLUDE HOMEWARES, ELECTRICAL ITEMS, TOYS & SO MUCH MORE

TICKETS $1 = 6 NUMBERS

3 x $500

GROCERY TROLLEY HAMPERS TO BE WON

Simply spend $5* at Wests, Diggers or The Courts @ East & you’re in the draw. *Excludes gaming and purchase of tobacco related products Drawn 4 August 2017 Members do not need to be present to claim

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GREAT THINGS TO DO

EVERY DAY AT wests MONDAY

tuesday

wednesday

CLUB BINGO

CLUB BINGO

CLUB BINGO

• 10am & 1pm

• 10am & 1pm

• 10am

POKER

RAFFLES

• 6pm

• on sale 5.30pm • drawn from 6.30pm

thursDAY RAFFLES • on sale 5.30pm • drawn from 6.30pm

MEMBERS PROMOTION • 7pm

ROCKABILLY ROCKERS DANCE CLASSES • 7pm

friDAY CHARITY CASH HOUSIE • 10am

RAFFLES

saturDAY RAFFLES • on sale 11.30am • drawn from 12.30pm

SATURDAY CASH WINDFALL

• on sale 5.30pm • drawn from 7pm

members promotion • From 6pm

FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT • 8.30pm

• 1pm

GRAND SLAM* • 1pm

FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT • 8.30pm

SUNDAY RAFFLES • on sale 11.30am • drawn from 12.30pm

SUNDAY CASH FEVER • 1pm

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CHARITY CASH HOUSIE • 6pm

MEMBERS CASH PROMOTION • 7pm

OTHER ACTIVITIES

HELD MOST WEEKS AT WESTS KOMMUNITY KEGS • First Friday of the month at Wests 5pm – 6pm • Second Friday of the month at Diggers 5pm – 6pm

INDOOR BOWLS • Held most Sundays from 10am and Thursdays from 1pm • Contact Colin Southwell 0448 822 404 or • Irene Bradbury 6762 5432 & 0434 128 911

EUCHRE • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm and Wednesdays from 7.30pm in Legends Lounge • Contact Jean Maher 6765 8520

LINE DANCING • Mondays: 6pm – 7pm Improvers class & 7pm – 8.30pm Intermediate class • Thursdays: 6pm – 7pm Beginners class & 7pm – 8.30pm Intermediate class In Blazes at Wests • Contact Chris Watson 0404170276 or www.dare2dance.org

the courts @ east Friday Raffles • on sale 6pm • Drawn 7pm

friday members cash promo • From 6pm

Saturday Grand Slam* • 1pm

Sunday raffles • on sale 11.30am • drawn 12.30pm


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GREAT THINGS TO DO

EVERY DAY AT DIGGERS MONDAY

tuesday

wednesday

POKER

RAFFLES

• 6pm

• on sale 5.30pm • drawn from 6.30pm

WICKED WEDNESDAY

CLUB BINGO

thursDAY

• 7pm

CLUB BINGO

• Buy 1 raffle ticket get 1 free • 2 for 1 meal offers at Smoky’s • Double Member Rewards*

• 10am & 12.30pm

2 FOR TUESDAY

RAFFLES

sunDAY

• on sale 5.30pm • drawn from 6.30pm

MEMBERS PROMOTION • 7pm

RAFFLES

saturDAY CRAFTERNOON

friDAY RAFFLES • on sale 5.30pm • drawn from 7pm

members promotion • From 6pm

• Free Trivia from 7pm + • Mini raffle – tickets on sale from 6.30pm + jackpot

• 12 Noon - Late • Craft beer tasting paddles • Hand crafted Burgerman menu

• on sale 11.30am • drawn from 12.30pm

SUNDAY CASH FEVER • 1pm

GRAND SLAM* • 1pm

FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT • 8.30pm

FRIDAY NIGHT NRL • LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN

MEMBER’S MONTHLY SWIPE & WIN AT WESTS, DIGGERS & THE COURTS @ EAST FREE ENTRY • All full financial members are eligible to receive an entry ticket into the draw simply by swiping their membership card through the members rewards kiosks located at Wests, Diggers and The Courts @ East.

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WATCH EVERY GAME OF THE NRL LIVE & LOUD ON THE BIG SCREEN *THINK! About your choices. Call Gambling Help 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au A PLAYER ACTIVITY STATEMENT IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST | GET THE FACTS - DRINKWISE.ORG.AU

Christmas In July Hamper (one to be won at each club)

AUGUST $100 Bunnings Gift Card - Just in time for Father’s Day (one to be won at each club)

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On The Road Again With Chris Watson

Explore Cable Beach & Broome. Discover 22km of pure white sand and turquoise water at Cable Beach near Broome, WA. Get holiday information on this popular gateway to The Kimberley. Cable Beach, at Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is a 22 kilometre-long stretch of pure white sand, set against a backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Ride a camel along the beach at sunrise or sunset. Just a short trip from Broome, immerse yourself in the town’s romantic pearling history and multicultural society. Shop for precious South Sea pearls. Marvel at the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. Learn about one of the oldest cultures on Earth from the local Aboriginal community. From pearl diving to dinosaur footprints, Broome’s history is captivating. Broome’s Cable Beach is known around the world for its 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water, rich red soil and spectacular Indian Ocean sunsets. Cable Beach is a long, flat beach, with gentle rolling waves perfect for swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing. The beach is very much a part of Broome’s history, earning its name from the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, connecting Australia’s North West with the world. At the southern end of Cable Beach is Gantheaume Point where at low tide, you can see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is a wonderful place to watch for dolphins and migrating whales in season. Sunset over Cable Beach is simply spectacular. One of the most popular activities is riding a

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camel along the beach. Drive your 4WD onto the sand for a picnic dinner and a spot of fishing. Sip a cocktail at a beachside bar in one of the string of resorts beside the beach. Minyirr Park is a coastal reserve directly behind the sandhills along Cable Beach which is run by the Shire of Broome and the Rubibi Aboriginal people. Learn about the oldest culture in the world, Australia’s native plants and animals, and the bush medicines that are still used today. Broome lies on sheltered Roebuck Bay, with Cable Beach just six kilometres away. Between March and October you can see the Staircase to the Moon, a natural phenomenon caused by the full moon rising over Roebuck Bay at low tides, creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon.In the 1800s Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrived seeking their fortune. Today, the town’s multicultural society ensures a wonderful array of gourmet cuisines, colourful characters and culture. Broome is known as the pearling capital of Australia and the home of South Sea pearls. See how Broome pearls are cultured on a cruise to a local pearl farm. Immerse yourself in the romantic tales of the original pearl luggers, or pick up a memento of your trip in the pearl showrooms of Broome’s Chinatown. Wander into the neighbouring galleries and admire the works of the Kimberley’s contemporary and Aboriginal artists. As spectacular as Cable Beach is, Broome is also the gateway to outback adventures in the stunning Kimberley wilderness so make sure you have time to enjoy the contrasts of this unique location.

The best location to stay is the beautiful Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Book a family Bungalow between 7 and 31 October 2017 to receive a whopping 50% off!* *Terms and conditions apply For more details contact Chris Watson Travel 1300 552 032 or e-mail Chris@ chriswatsontravel.com.au


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CEO TAKES ON HOMELESSNESS On Wednesday, June 28 our C.E.O Rod Laing participated in the C.ex Community Crew Sleep Out organised by the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club. Rod spent the night, from 6pm through to 8am the next morning, outside armed only with the clothes on his back, a sleeping mat, blanket and pillow in order to raise money and awareness about homelessness in Australia. 100% of the money Rod raised and all money raised from the fundraiser was equally distributed to three Coffs Harbour based charities; the Men’s Resource Centre, Homes for Heroes – a service for our returned veterans and Warrina Women and Children’s Refuge. Next year Wests Entertainment Group will be hosting a similar fundraiser in Tamworth, asking for participants to raise money and awareness about the homelessness issue in our local region.

Time for

an Oil Change Wests Entertainment Group has joined the fight against heart disease and stroke by changing the deep fry oil used at all of their eateries. As of April 21 Wests jumped on board the Heart Foundation’s Healthier Oils Program changing to Healthy Baker Blended Vegetable Oil. The heart conscious change compliments Wests’ passion for bringing fresh, locally sourced produce to their patrons’ plate. As a result of switching to healthier cooking oil Wests will remove around a quarter of a tonne of saturated fat each year. This calculation, provided by The Heart Foundation reflects the volume of oil used annually by Wests and the fact that the new oil has less than one third of the saturated fat of the previous oil.

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WOMEN LIKE US Comedy Central: Comic duo Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs provided the best Saturday night belly laughs at Diggers on June 3. The women behind the stand-up comedy show ‘Women Like Us’ had the room in stitches for two hours of honest, raw, relatable humour. You go girls!

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State of Origin Game 1 GAME ON: The excitement for the kick

off of the 2017 State of Origin series was amplified by Wests’ grand opening of Legends Terrace. The newly renovated outdoor area was the perfect place to beer on with mates and shout ourselves hoarse at the biggest television screen in Tamworth, measuring at 160 inches.

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MERCURE BREAKFAST NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 6AM FULL CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST:

16.90

Organic yoghurt, cereals, bakery selection, seasonal fruits, housemade bircher muesli, tea freshly brewed coffee and chilled juices

HOT MAIN

Choose one of our delicious hot breakfast items:

EGGS BENEDICT 14.90 Turkish toast, double-smoked ham or smoked salmon, spinach and hollandaise sauce BANJOS GRAZERS PLATE 20.50 Smoked bacon, sausage, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, vine-ripened tomatoes, free range fried eggs, hash brown and toasted country style sourdough BUTTERMILK PANCAKES

15.50

Banana, walnut praline, salted caramel sauce EGGS ON TOAST 10.90 Eggs cooked to your liking with sourdough bread POACHED EGG AND 16.50 AVOCADO ON TOAST Avocado, fresh finger lime, parmesan cheese, parsley, poached egg and vine ripened tomatoes on toasted country-style sourdough

COMBINED BREAKFAST (CONTINENTAL + 1 MAIN)

At all times possible Banjos Restaurant actively promotes using local suppliers and ingredients in its meals

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BLAZES SHOWROOM AT W E S T S

CLARE BOWEN TUESDAY 11 JULY 7.30PM

$69 ADMIT 1

RESERVED SEATING

KINGS OF COUNTRY ROCK SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 8.00PM

$28.50 ADMIT 1

RESERVED SEATING

JETT WILLIAMS

DAUGHTER OF COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND HANK WILLIAMS THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER 8.00PM

$49 ADMIT 1

RESERVED SEATING

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WE LOVE OUR DADS

“I’ll call you later” “Don’t call me later, call me dad” Why can’t you have a nose 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot What did one snowman say to the other? “Do you smell carrots?” What do you call a hen looking at lettuce? A chicken Caesar salad Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese What’s Forrest Gump’s password? 1forrest1 Dad, did you get a haircut? No I got them all cut My son asked me to stop singing Oasis songs in public. I said maybe. Every time I stub my toe my dad always says “better call a tow truck” I asked my dad where my sunglasses were. He said “I don’t know, where are my dad glasses?” Knock Knock! Who’s there? Dishes Dishes who? Dishes Sean Connery 17

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BOOK NOW FOR FATHER’S DAY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3 Lunch or Dinner at Banjos Family Restaurant Bookings Essential 67657588 STARTERS Grilled Oysters with ginger, soy and sake dressing Member $15 Guest $17 Slow-cooked Mexican Beef Tortillas with guacamole and lime crema Member $14 Guest $15 MAINS French style Beef Rib on truffled mash and heirloom vegetables Member $26 Guest $27 Chermoula Crusted Salmon Fillet served with an Asian salad and parsley buttered potatoes Member $33 Guest $34 600gm T-Bone button mushroom and red wine jus served with smashed potato and seasonal vegetables Member $47 Guest $49 DESSERTS Chilli Chocolate Pudding served with vanilla bean ice cream Member $11 Guest $12 Banoffee Cake with poached vanilla pear Member $11 Guest $12 NORMAL MENU ALSO AVAILABLE OR LUNCH FOR TWO AT Napier Street Tamworth Pork Share Plate Trio of Pork cooked three ways – Pork Sliders, Roast Pork Knuckle and Pork Ribs (serves 2 – 3 people) 65 one price

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THE COURTS @ EAST

M NOON O R F 3 2 JULY SUNDAY FREE JUMPING CASTLE & FACE PAINTING for the kids POP UP EATERIES to tempt the tastebuds

MEAT RAFFLE

Tickets on sale 11.30am Drawn 12.30pm

New to FRIDAY NIGHT BLACK BETTY BBQ SATURDAY NIGHT CURRY NIGHT SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH SUNDAY RAFFLES

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Take a break at Breakers on the Gold Coast at the brilliant Broadbeach apartments for a week

PLUS $400

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spending money for the winner!

HOW TO ENTER Simply swipe your full financial membership card at Wests, Diggers or The Courts @ East to receive an entry

BarbeQue FACILITIES AVAILABLE fully-equipped holiday apartments

winner drawn Monday July 31

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U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year Understanding, Generous, Likeable You It’s an ugly truth that 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day, it is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia. Each year bartenders from all over Australia join the fight to beat blood cancer by admitting they’re U.G.L.Y Understanding, Generous, Likable You. The fundraiser encourages bartenders across the country to raise money and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation. Money raised from the U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year fundraiser helps

provide accommodation services for families having to travel to receive treatment. Every $80 raised can provide a family with one night of accommodation. Our bartender Sophie is representing Wests as our 2017 U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year with the ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. We urge you to look out for her various fundraising events and join the fight against blood cancer.

Vietnam Veterans Day

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On August 18, 51 years ago, 108 ANZAC soldiers from D Company, 6 RAR Battalion, were sent into the Long Tan rubber plantation to defend their position and drive back the Viet Cong. Taking heavy machine-gun fire and mortar attacks in torrential rain the ANZAC company were also heavily outnumbered, fighting a force estimated up to 2,500. Though all odds were against them D Company held the position for almost three hours, at which point they received reinforcements from A Company and later B Company with seven armoured personnel carriers. The ANZAC soldiers stopped all advances and the Viet Cong, having taken heavy casualties were forced to retreat. 18 Australians were killed during the stand with 24 wounded.

War and further one of the few battles in recorded world history to be won against such odds. It was one of the heaviest conflicts in the Vietnam War.

The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most wellknown Australian engagements of the Vietnam

We Will Remember Them. Lest We Forget.

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The anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan is commemorated annually in Australia as Vietnam Veterans Day, a day to honour all those who lost their lives in Vietnam, to those who have since left us, and to those still with us, who bravely served their country. Veterans from the North West region have gathered at the Vietnam War memorial each year since it was opened in 1984. This year on August 18 we ask you to spare a moment to think of all who served bravely in the Vietnam War.


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OUR TAMWORTH

2018 will mark the Tamworth Bicentenary. While the story of European colonisation began a mere 200 years ago with explorers John Oxley and George Evans, we must acknowledge the Gomeroi aboriginal people whom had roamed these lands for thousands of years prior. “…no place in the world can afford more advantages to the industrious settler” John Oxley recorded upon camping at Peel’s River (which he named) on September 2, 1818. Said journal recording eventually led to the Australian Agricultural Company (AA Company), of which Oxley was a major shareholder, transferring most of their sheep from Port Stephens to Peel’s River (later renamed Tamworth in 1836). Surveyor Henry Dangar, Hunter Valley landholders Benjamin Singleton and Richard Yeomans, and convict bushranger George (“The Barber”) Clarke were the next Europeans to venture near the presentday Tamworth. In 1830 Joseph Brown set up squatting establishments on “Wallamoul” near Oxley Vale and William Dangar/William Warland/Edward Cory set up on “Waldoo” near Piallamore. On his 1831 exploratory expedition to solve the riddle of the Inland Sea Surveyor-General Major Thomas Mitchell visited Brown at “Wallamoul”. Mitchell later played a significant role in presiding over the first surveyed town plan for Tamworth in 1849, naming 19 streets on the eastern side of the river. He was advised by his

son Roderick, the Commissioner-for-Lands in Tamworth at the time. Town communities existed on either side of the Peel River with the Government town on the eastern side and the AA Company on the west. The first hospital (1840) and courthouse (1844) were established in Ebsworth Street, with the first cemetery nearby - it is said there are 105 burials still under the ground behind the current Ibis Styles Motel. The Company’s first headquarters (“Killala”) were situated on the northern edge of the present-day suburb of Calala (the Gomeroi name for the Peel River), before moving out to Goonoo Goonoo after 7 years. The two sides of the river didn’t become an integrated community until 1851 after the Company began selling off some of its land in West Tamworth. In 1985 the AA Company sold the remnants of its Peel Valley land.

In 1946, with a population of nearly 16 000, Tamworth was originally designated a city, being the 8th largest in NSW at that time.

Tamworth has undergone many changes since its birth, very much ongoing, and next year is our opportunity to celebrate its 200th birthday. Our whole diverse community is invited to get on board. Community organisations seeking information on how they can be involved are invited to contact Co-ordinator Mike Cashman 6765 8610.

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