Sunday 25 March 2012

29th March - Next Meeting

The meeting starts promptly at 10.30 am

Don't forget to come early:

  • Buy your raffle tickets to win one of three $10 prizes.
  • Book a computer lesson
  • Get your name down for one of the hit shows booking this year. Jackie is collecting the money for A Chorus Line which is on in (I think) June.
  • Get your tea/coffee and biscuits.
  • Have a look for a bargain on the trade table.
  • Pick up a copy of The Senior Newspaper and/or The Voice when they are available.

During the meeting there will be the usual short reports about the various activities the club offers its members and you are able to bring up matters of interest to members during General Business - don't be afraid to speak up if there is something that concerns you, this is YOUR club.

The meeting finishes between 11 and 11.30am.

New members are most welcome to come along and find out about the club, there is a short newsletter available for new or potential members at the raffle/signing in table which details coming events and contact details for the various group leaders. Please take one.

Bus Trips

The bus went to Parklea and Flemington markets on Sunday 25th March. As usual the bus returned loaded with bags and packages full of the various goodies members had purchased.

The April bus trip is to Cobbitty Winery but unfortunately all the tickets have already been sold so look out for news of the May trip.

Friday 23 March 2012

Walking Group

Another Slight Change of Plan

The walking group set off for their Seniors' Week walk to visit Darling Harbour and the Maritime Museum. This time alighting at Town Hall Railway Station and walking down Druitt Street to the Darling Harbour precinct proved to be much easier and shorter than the usual walk from Central Station.

Because of Senior's Week entry to the Chinese Gardens was free so everybody decided to go there first for a short visit and enjoy the garden's special offer of tea and scones to replace our usual stop for breakfast. Even though we had all been before the visit was so enjoyable that we stayed longer than intended before setting off for the Maritime Museum.

It was a lovely day to stroll through Darling Harbour in the sunshine pausing to take in the view, watching school children in Tumbalong Park perform a tableaux about Mahatma Gandhi's struggle for Indian independence and generally just enjoying the harbour scenery before finally passing under Pyrmont Bridge to arrive at the Maritime Museum.

It was something of a surprise to find that the previously free museum now had a charge for entry but it was only a fairly modest $3.50 and we were prepared to pay until someone noticed that entry to all the exhibits including tours of the ships anchored at the dock was now only $10. After a bit of discussion it was decided, because it was already nearly 12 noon, not to go to the museum on this occasion but to come again in a few weeks and have more time to take the full tour.

So, once again the group set off, this time to catch the ferry for Circular Quay, we had a short wait so we wandered into the nearby park to relax and chat before the ferry came to take us to Circular Quay and our lunch.

To cut a long story short we had our lunch at Circular Quay in the food court, then made our way to Martin Place Railway Station where we caught the 2.23pm train back to Dapto. A good day out...

View Darling Harbour in a larger map

Why not join us on our next outing?, it is not until the 20th April because of Good Friday and details will be announced at the club meeting the previous week. You are more than welcome to come along.

Monthly Bus Trip

Don't Forget...

Sunday 25th March is our bus trip to the markets.

This time we are visiting both Parklea and Flemington markets so the bus will be leaving at the earlier time of 7.15am from the car park outside the hall.

If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket; see you on Sunday.

Thursday 15 March 2012

A Great Day Out


On the 14th March a group of about 30 Dapto Seniors' club members caught the train to Sydney for a matinee performance of the hit show "Annie" at the Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont.. Before the show most of the group visited the Haymarket for a hearty brunch(?) before catching the light rail to the theatre. A great time was had by all.

Bookings for future shows include "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Legally Blonde", see Jackie at the next meeting.

Monday 12 March 2012

15th March - Next Meeting

Fortnightly Meeting

CPSA Dapto Seniors' regular meeting is at 10am on the 15th March in the main hall at Heininger House next to the Ribbonwood centre.

As usual there will be a number of activities in the hall before the meeting commences:

  • Shirley will be taking your instalment payment for the club's holiday to Macksville. There is still time to book if you haven't already done so.
  • Book or pay for your ticket to a Sydney Show. Names are now being taken for Legally Blonde which starts at the Lyric Theatre later in the year.
  • Monthly Bus Trip. Tickets for two trips will be on sale at this meeting
    1. Parklea and Flemington Markets on 25th March
    2. Cobbitty Winery on the 2nd April
    These trips are only $10 each so be sure to get your ticket early.
  • The Trade Table will have have its usual array of goodies for you to chose from at ridiculously low prices. Inspect the large selection of books on offer or some of the wonderful knick knacks for your home.
  • Wally and Duncan will, as always, be there to pour your cup of tea or coffee and offer you biscuits to go with it.
  • Unfortunately there are no places available for computer or Internet training at the moment so watch this space.
  • Pick up copies of The Voice and The Senior newspapers as they become available.
  • Finally don't forget to buy your raffle tickets from Trish to be in the running for three $10 prizes drawn at the end of the meeting.

The Meeting

Dapto Seniors' meetings last between 35 minutes and one hour.and include reports from the activity groups for example giving details of the next walk to be undertaken by the walking group, tickets for new shows as they become available, details about the next lunch or concert and other issues involving the club.

In General Business members are encouraged to raise any issues they feel need to be brought to the attention of the club's membership and/or committtee. Don't be afraid to speak up.

If you are not a member why not come along and find out about the many weekly activities the club offers, you are more than welcome to take part before committing to join.

See you there...

Saturday 10 March 2012

Dapto Seniors' Walking Group

A Slight Change of Plan

As planned Dapto Seniors' Walking group arrived at Wollstonecraft Railway Station successfully on a warm and sunny autumn day and attempted the walk via Berry Island to Waverton. Unfortunately the torrential rain of the previous few days had made the track very muddy and after a quick reconnaissance it was decided that discretion was the better part of valour so the group returned to the railway station.

What to Do?

After quick discussion it was decided to take the next train to Milsons Point and walk across the Harbour Bridge. The group has done this popular walk a few times before however one member present had missed those trips so it being such a lovely day it was an easy decision to walk it once again.

The Bridge

We stopped for a coffee at one of the Milsons Point shops before climbing the staircase to the footpath. As usual the views captivated everybody as we walked across.

At the staircase on the southern end of the bridge it was decided to continue on the Cahill Expressway to Government House and see if we could get tickets for a guided tour of the vice regal house. When we arrived we were in luck and obtained tickets for a 1pm tour only half an hour later which gave us time to eat our lunch.

The tour was very interesting with the guide putting an emphasis on the personalities who had been governors over the preceding 200 years. The guide also gave an interesting but brief talk on the previous buildings used as Government House before the construction of the present one.

After the tour we walked to Martin Place Railway Station where we arrived with minutes to spare for the train back to Dapto.

Everybody agreed that it had been a very enjoyable and successful day.

Thursday 1 March 2012

9th March - Walking Group

Dapto Seniors' visit Berry Island

The Dapto Seniors' walking group has another fascinating walk next Friday. This walk is another one the group has not taken before and is approximately 3 Km in length. There might be a few hills but hopefully none are very steep.

We will catch the Sydney train to Town Hall then transfer to the North Shore line to alight at Wollstonecraft Station. After the walk the group will catch a train from Waverton Station.

It might be wise to bring your own food for this walk though there are some cafes at Waverton.

View Wollstonecraft to Waverton in a larger map

As usual the group will meet in the Dapto Railway Station waiting room at about 7.40am to catch the 7.55am Sydney train. If you are late we will be in the second carriage. Please join us, you will be made very welcome.