BIRTH-DAY: Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh with local midwives and Coffs Harbour Health Campus GM Dr Theresa Beswick. Celebration time for Sandy Beach mum Mykala Mos and her son Darius, who was born at the hospital on April 30.
BIRTH-DAY: Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh with local midwives and Coffs Harbour Health Campus GM Dr Theresa Beswick. Celebration time for Sandy Beach mum Mykala Mos and her son Darius, who was born at the hospital on April 30.

Group guide: Mid North Coast


THE next meeting of the North Coast Chapter of the Fellowship of First Fleeters will be held at the Coramba Hall in Dorrigo Street on Sunday, June 2, followed by an informal BYO lunch.

We are a very social organisation and have several social outings during each year including an Eastern Dorrigo Trip on May 23 and a visit to Shannon Creek Dam for Christmas in July on July 25. Our AGM will be held on August 4 at Woolgoolga.

We welcome any interested persons and any further information can be obtained from Robyn Condliffe on 02 6653 3615.



Coffs City

WE ADVISE that our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at the Cavanbah Centre Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour at 9.45am for a 10am start.

The guest speaker will be a representative from Bupa who will speak on changes to the health system. Morning tea will follow the guest speaker. This club is a friendly mixed gender club and visitors and new members are always welcome.

For further information, phone Brian on 02 5619 2484.


WE HAVE continued to have a busy year and our soup and games day is planned for mid-May, then a bus trip to Stuarts Point and Scotts Head in late May. This will be followed by a pie and pea day in mid June and a mystery bus trip late June.

New members always welcome. All inquiries with publicity officer Sandra on 02 6642 7720.


COFFS Harbour has a fantastic and fascinating Botanic Garden and on May 26 it will be celebrating Botanic Gardens Day with a packed programme of events and workshops. Everyone is welcome.

There will be a Plant Fair from 9am-2pm with exotics to natives, orchids to bromeliads and more on sale. You can also talk to the specialist growers and learn how to get the best out of your garden.

Plus there will be a variety of children's activities including: Colouring and craft - 9am-2pm; Seed ball making from 10-11am. Come and get your hands dirty and learn how to make seed balls for the storage and distribution of native and exotic seeds; Creatures of the forest floor 11.30am-12.30pm. Explore the often-forgotten fauna that inhabit the forest floor. There are thousands of creatures working at keeping the natural and garden areas healthy and vibrant.

Come and have a look at what is hiding under your feet. For those who want to learn, as well as enjoy the day, the Garden is also hosting a number of workshops with local experts. If you don't want to bring your own lunch, then come to the cafe for a coffee and light refreshments, or enjoy the barbecue which will be running from 10am-2pm.


Grafton VIEW club welcomed April guest speaker Betty Calloway, pictured with lucky raffle winner Sandra Simpson.
SPECIAL GUEST: Grafton VIEW Club welcomed April speaker Betty Calloway, pictured with lucky raffle winner Sandra Simpson.




HAVE you ever wondered about what you could do to help disadvantaged children? VIEW Club has an easy answer to this!

All you have to do is accept VIEW Club's invitation to enjoy sharing a meal once a month with women of all ages and listen to a guest speaker.

VIEW also holds coffee mornings and occasions where friendships can be cultivated and maintained for a lifetime.

The guest speaker for April was Betty Calloway, who spoke with an interesting PowerPoint presentation of her life as 'My very small footprint'. She told a story of her personal challenge, commencing with the background of her parents as immigrants. She described her life growing up at school and how she was placed in an Opportunity Class in years four and five. Later Betty married and had three children. Sadly, her husband died leaving her with a very young family. It was a struggle and to make ends meet, she took in ironing and other jobs.

Betty always dreamt of becoming a teacher and eventually was accepted to do the Leaving Certificate at a school, which fitted in with looking after a family. She passed with flying colours and was accepted to Alexander Mackie Teachers' College. She was the first widow to be accepted to Teachers' College with dependent children.

Betty proudly graduated to teach for many years, working her way to assistant principal. Indeed a brilliant and enlightening story.

At the April meeting, the raffle was won by Sandra Simpson and the lucky door prize went to Lyn Irving. The Thought Book was taken by Sandra Simpson. During the month, members attended and enjoyed the Red Cross morning tea and the Grafton CWA fashion parade. At the May meeting votes will be taken for 'The Voice of VIEW National Resolutions' in preparation for the National Convention. Some interesting votes to be presented. The guest speaker for the May meeting will be Simon Trivett.

Simon is a solicitor at Pollack, Greening & Hampshire. He will be using a PowerPoint presentation and is open to any questions you may have been thinking about. The next VIEW meeting will be Tuesday, May 28 from 10.30am at Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street. Please save this date, so that you don't miss out on fun and friendship at our club.

Phone Vorna for catering purposes on 02 6642 4719.


COFFS locals are invited to come together for a Biggest Morning Tea at Coffs Harbour City Council on Thursday, May 23 to raise awareness and be part of the fight against cancer.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is one of the Cancer Council's leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia.

Each year more than 11,000 Australians gather their friends, family or workmates, share a cuppa and tasty treats, and give support to those affected by cancer by raising funds for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

Council's Biggest Morning Tea will be held in the Foyer of the Customer Service Centre on the corner of Coff and Castle Streets on May 23 from 10am.