CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS: Aspiring Grafton VIEW club members Barbara Franks and Merrille Trill, accompanied by Norma Melino (centre), cut the Christmas cake.
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS: Aspiring Grafton VIEW club members Barbara Franks and Merrille Trill, accompanied by Norma Melino (centre), cut the Christmas cake.

Group guide: Coffs and Clarence

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WE RECENTLY celebrated at the Grafton District Services Club on Tuesday, November 27, amid brightly decorated tables. Members were also decorated in their fancy Christmassy regalia. This was the final meeting for 2018.

Two aspiring VIEW Club members, Barbara Franks and Merrill Trill, accompanied by Norma Melino, cut the yummy, homemade, richly adorned Christmas cake, which was then shared around to members. The lucky door prizes went to Barbara Franks, Suzanne Gibson and Sue Perry. The raffle prize went to Diane Moran.

Following the much savoured Christmas lunch, the club Treasurer and Delegate, Helen Cachel, read pieces from the club 'Thought Book' chosen for their Christmas theme. The next social outing will be at Ulmarra Hotel on Thursday, January 17, with an eye to visiting the quaint little village shops. Any members not already on the list, please contact Helen Smith to arrange car pooling. The first meeting for 2019 will be held at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street on Tuesday, February 26 from 10.30am.

If you truly believe that supporting a child's education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage, then VIEW Club is for you. The impact of this will have a lasting effect on those we help and for generations to come.

So come along and make new friends and renew the old ones, by simply enjoying a meal with entertainment, mostly by an interesting and motivated guest speaker. You are warmly invited to come along and join us for the first meeting for 2019. Phone Vorna on (02) 6642 4719 for catering purposes.



Coffs Harbour

WE ARE holding our Enrolment Day on January 9, 2019 at the Cavanbah Hall, Harbour Drive from 9am-noon and at Seniors Centre Woolgoolga from 2-3.30pm. Membership is $70 for returning members and $75 for new members. We are holding the enrolment morning to assist those current and new members who want personal help to pay membership and enrol, as well as providing an opportunity to meet some of the tutors and class facilitators.

In 2019 Coffs Harbour U3A has nearly 50 classes to choose from. You can view these on line now at Just press courses button. Membership can be paid online now, but enrolment in classes cannot take place until Jan 9, 2019. Enrolment can be online or face to face at Cavanbah.

It promises to be another exciting year for U3A where learning is fun and of course no exams. Some of our new classes include Surfs Up, Geology, Spanish for Beginners, Writing Life Stories. French Book Discussion Group. Many of our favourite classes are returning such as Art (two classes) Current Affairs, Philosophy, French, German, Italian, Scottish and line dancing and the movie group. Enrol early as spaces in classes are limited.

You can ring the tutor to see if their group is for you. Phone 0410 083 502 or 0432 016 069.


WITH last bus trips to Eungai Creek Buffalo and annual picnic to Brooms Head, now finalised and annual Christmas luncheon recently held, Grafton Senior Citizens group is now having a Festive Season recess from mid December. Activities will resume week commencing January 21, 2019. With no meeting in January, our first meeting is on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. The first bus trip to Daniel O'Donnell stage show is on Sunday, March 3. New members welcome in new year, inquiries with publicity officer Sandra on (02) 6642 7720.


JUST in time for summer and the holidays is the Surf's Up Exhibition at the National Cartoon Gallery @ the Bunker, Coffs Harbour. Running from December 7 to February 3, 2019 and featuring a great collection of surfing-related cartoons, original artworks on loan from local artists, with children's activities organised for our young visitors.

To complement all this, there will be items of historical relevance on loan from the Coffs Harbour Surf Club and from members of the community for the duration of the exhibition. Given Coffs Harbour's strong surfing culture, many aspects of the surfing community are covered with this child and family-friendly exhibition, combining a fun, educational, and community focus.

Surf's Up is open every day 10am-4pm (closed Christmas Day) with admission only $5 adults; $3 children U16; Friends of the Bunker and kids under five free. 1 John Champion Way, (off Racecourse Roundabout), Coffs Harbour, (02) 6651 7343.

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Toormina Library

All members of the Summer Reading Club are invited to join us at Toormina Library for a fun craft morning. You can come along and make your own Curious Aussie Creatures. We will have Gumnuts, Banksia Men, Seed pods and other twigs and leaves and things for you to use. We'll supply everything you'll need. No tickets required but space is limited so please book ahead. Info: coffs.library@chcc. or (02) 6648 4900.


Harry Bailey Memorial Library

All members of the Summer Reading Club are invited to join us at Harry Bailey Memorial Library, Coffs Harbour for a Stop Motion Animation workshop. You can come along and make your own Vegemation! (think Soup Opera). We will have all sorts of fruit and vegetables lots of embellishments for you to use to be curious and creative. You can create your curious vege creatures, and then - using the Library iPads, put together a series of images to create your own Vegemation - Animation sequence. We'll supply everything you'll need, and we will show you how to make your short video - no prior experience needed. We will also present certificates to SRC to all participants present and hold the lucky draw to distribute prizes valued at $300. No tickets required but space is limited so please advance book. Info: coffs.library@chcc.nsw. or (02) 6648 4900.


Knitters and crocheters

Coffs Harbour Library welcomes all knitters and crocheters to come together and share their love for their craft at our regular Yarn & Yak morning. No need to book - just come along with your needles and hooks and connect with like-minded people. Info: library on (02) 6648 4900 or emailcoffs.library@chcc.

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