SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS: Alan and Joycelyn (Joy) Spence on their 50th wedding anniversary 10 years ago.
SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS: Alan and Joycelyn (Joy) Spence on their 50th wedding anniversary 10 years ago.

Group Guide: Central Coast

60th wedding celebrations

CONGRATULATIONS to Alan and Joycelyn

Alan and Joycelyn (Joy) Spence were married on November 14, 1959 in the Salvation Army Citadel, near Hyde Park Sydney. They lived in the Sutherland area until moving to Kariong on the Central Coast. They relocated to Mardi, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. With travel in mind, a recreation vehicle was purchased and used to travel the coastal regions of Queensland and New South Wales, eventually to settle in River Heads near Hervey Bay.

However, a decision was made to return back south to Belmont and finally to Raymond Terrace. They have a son and two grandchildren. Family and friends send their congratulations.

Fake Seniors Card alert

THE NSW Government is committed to protecting seniors from online fraudulent activity.

We have been notified that there is an unauthorised Seniors Card website charging a fee for a NSW Seniors Card.

The NSW Government is working closely with other State Government agencies to ensure the protection of seniors. Applying for a Seniors Card is free. Individuals wanting to apply for a NSW Seniors Card or NSW Senior Savers Card, should go to seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.

VIEW Clubs

Brisbane Water Evening

WE HOLD our monthly dinner meeting in the Function Room at the Grange Hotel, Renwick St, Wyoming on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm for 7pm. New members and visitors most welcome. Phone Valda on 4325 1688 or Helen on 4367 5670.


NEWLY retired/looking to make new friends?

We meet on the second Friday of the month at Club Toukley RSL at 10.30am.

We have lucky door prizes, raffles and a two-course lunch for $25 followed by guest speakers or members anticipation and interesting discussions. We also have outings, Friendship Morning Teas along with raffles.

Joining our VIEW Club is a perfect opportunity to meet with other like-minded women and establish new friendships. Phone Kathie on 4393 0647 or 0413 424949.

Be Connected Digital Volunteers

CENTRAL Coast Community College is a not-for-profit organisation that is running the BeConnected Program.

Be Connected is an Australia-wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have online learning resources as well as a network of community partners - the Be Connected Network - which offers in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. We are currently looking for volunteers to help run the program. Meeting monthly at seven library locations across the coast, providing free support on everything from how to access the internet, using devices and keeping in touch with others online. Our team of digital mentors will be trained, supported, invited to events, fed and even get a free Digital Connect shirt.

Phone Natasja Brazao on 0415 758404 or email DMsupport@cccc.nsw.edu.au.

Shirl's sing-a-long

COME along every second Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm at the Greens Bowling Club, Corner Park Rd and Warrigal St, The Entrance.

Free session and morning tea can be purchased on premises. For more, phone Shirl on 4332 8813.

Tuggerah Markets

TUGGERAH Local Markets run on the first and third Saturday of every month, so you can catch them again just in time for Christmas on December 7 from 8am-2pm.

It is an opportunity to discover the beautiful crafts and food of local producers and enjoy the community atmosphere and live music. It's at 11 Bryant Dr, Tuggerah.

Go to tuggerahmarkets.com.au.

Dying With Dignity NSW

LAST meeting of year on the Central Coast at 10am, Friday, November 22, at Meeting Room 3, Gosford Library, The Hive, Erina Fair. In the End (30 mins): Intensive Care Unit, Geelong Hospital and The Lady and the Reaper - humorous short (8mins).

Non-members welcome. Refreshments available. Phone 4369 8053.

Learner Driver Program - Looking for Volunteers

THE 120 Countdown program connects learner drivers with volunteers who mentor and supervise them while they complete the required 120 hours of driving experience they need to be able to take their driving test for the P1 licence.

The social and economic benefits of the 120 Countdown program are huge and here on the Central Coast we hope to have many community members gain their provisional licence, achieve independence, gain employment and become a contributing member of our community.

The program is available to members of the community, such as young mothers, sole parents, young people, families with young children, unemployed people, low-income earners, senior citizens, culturally and linguistically diverse people, Indigenous Australians and people with a disability, that are finding it difficult to get ahead and tend to experience social exclusion because of transport issues.

At Uniting, we want to help bridge this gap by connecting good drivers in our community to those who are working towards a provisional licence. Obtaining a provisional licence is not the only program goal; our volunteer mentors are there to guide our learners along the way, helping them to build confidence and adopt safe driving practices.

Our volunteers can benefit from being part of a program that can lead to disadvantaged members of the community obtaining a new freedom to say 'yes' to opportunities.

The program gives our dedicated mentor volunteers the opportunity to give something back and pass on their wisdom to people in their local community.

It's also rewarding for both parties to make new social connections within their community.

Uniting provides a fully maintained and insured vehicle and relevant volunteer training and support.

Volunteer mentors and learner drivers can get in touch by contacting our customer service team on 1800 864 846 or email ask@uniting.org.

Free expert aged-care advice

CENTRAL Coast families and seniors can discover more about making the transition to aged care at a free expert information session at Tumbi Umbi this month.

The Experts introduces a panel of local professional advisors who specialise in helping people with the financial, legal and practical considerations of transitioning to aged care. This session will be held at Glengara on November 22 at 10am.

The Experts session will feature Sarah Hall of TBA Financial Services, Ivan Kent of Kent Law Group and Jenni Olyslagers of Transition Angels, who specialise in assisting people to downsize and move from their existing properties into new homes.

The workshop will be held in Glengara Retirement Village, 220 Hansens Rd, Tumbi Umbi. Places are limited and RSVP is essential at retireaustralia.com.au /rsvp or phone 43659767.

To find out more about the new care offering at Glengara Care, phone 1800 955 070 or go to glengaracare.com.au.

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