What's On: Events coming up around the Dungog shire

Mad Hatters Tea Party: Mel Sandiford, Avrina Schiller and Laurel Parish get a little 'mad' in preparation for the big event.
Mad Hatters Tea Party: Mel Sandiford, Avrina Schiller and Laurel Parish get a little 'mad' in preparation for the big event.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Saturday, March 21

The Dungog Garden Ramblers are at it again - raising money for a good cause.

The ramblers will host a Mad Hatters Tea Party on Saturday, March 21 raising money to buy hay for farmers in Murrurundi.

The event starts at 1.45pm for 2pm with a drink on arrival. Then guests can enjoy a menu of savoury and sweet delicacies including such fun morsels as dodo egg, mock turtle soup and jellingtons. Bookings are essential ($40 a ticket) as there are limited places.

There's a prize for the best hat (which doesn't have to be mad!) and for the best bow, not on a hat.

The venue is Avrina Schiller's home at 43 Fosterton Road where you are also invited to wander past the beautiful view and out into the garden below.

Relay for Life

Saturday March 28 - Sunday March 29

It's time to register for the big fundraiser event to fight back together as a community by raising awareness and money for research into cancer. The 2020 Dungog Shire Relay for Life is on from 2pm on Saturday, March 28 until 8am on Sunday, March 29.

There's plenty of fun and inspirational moments on the planned program, all happening at the Barnes Oval, next door to the Dungog High School bus bay. Did you know $6500 from the money raised by Dungog Shire Relay for Life comes straight back to the shire?

The money is used to fund the free transport to treatment provided by the Dungog Shire Palliative Care Volunteers. Despite the name "relay" you don't have to run or even walk in the event - come along for the fun and support survivors and their carers.

You can get a form or find out more on how to get involved by calling Lyn on 0402324164 or Margaret on 0408421718.

You can also have a chat to the Relay organisers at the next street stall selling great merchandise, outside Lovey's IGA from 8am until noon on Saturday, March 21.

Support group for grandparents and carers

Ongoing

A support group for grandparents and other kinship carers aims to provide social interaction, support, friendship and information on relevant support services for grandparents and other kinship carers living in the Dungog area. During school terms you can find the group at the Anglican Church Hall on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 1pm until 3pm during school terms.

The first meeting for 2020 is February 10. You can get more information by calling 0429914553.

Cuppa and chat

Every Friday

Don't stay at home by yourself when you can come out to the Cuppa and Chat group every Friday morning and meet new friends. The regular, non denominational event happens in the Anglican Church Hall in Dowling Street between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Operation Hope

Vacy Hall, March 19

Paterson Rotary Club has secured Erica Henley as its guest speaker next month. Erica started and manages the charity Operation Hope which collects unused medical supplies and equipment and establishes these in refugee settlements in Iraq.

Erica is currently putting together a medical mission trip for later this year and the Rotary club hopes staff from Dungog Hospital and other medical centres in the shire can come and hear about her mission. Operation Hope Australia Ltd is a registered charity that volunteer overseas, helping refugees and internally displaced people. They fundraise for specific projects in Kurdistan and Northern Iraq. Erica has travelled to the area for the last three years leading teams of volunteers who teach English, help with small building renovations and finance small projects.

They are organising a team of medical specialists to travel to Duhok in Kurdistan later this year where they will provide workshops and training for medical staff in Mosul and Duhok. Volunteers are currently filling a second shipping container with medical equipment and women's health kits headed for Kurdistan. The last shipping container saw 11 tonnes and more than 11,000 items including 2,200 women's health kits and medical equipment donated from hospitals in NSW and Queensland. Operation Hope is seeking more donations of medical equipment (in good working order) to add to the shipping container as well as more women's health kits.

For more information about Operation Hope Australia Ltd see: www.operationhopeaustralia.com or its Facebook page.

Take a dip

Public pools

FUN: All smiles enjoying their first swim of the season at Dungog pool when it opened in October were Bonny Hynes with her mother Casey and sister Shayne.

FUN: All smiles enjoying their first swim of the season at Dungog pool when it opened in October were Bonny Hynes with her mother Casey and sister Shayne.

With the weather still warm, why not take advantage of one of our shire's pools?

Dungog Pool (phone 4992 1303) is open Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 8am, and from 10am to 6.30pm. On Saturdays and public holidays it is open from 10am to 6.30pm.

Clarence Town Pool (phone 4996 4586) is open Monday to Thursday from 6am to 7pm, Friday from 6am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Note that opening times for both pools are patron and weather permitting.

Dungog Library

Thanks to an increase in funding the Dungog Library is now open longer hours.

The library is now open Monday to Friday from 10amto 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

On Saturday the library is open from 9.30am until 12pm.

For more information on the library services call librarians Amanda Field and Tracy Cummings on 4992 1819.

Growers market

Every Saturday, 8.30am-12pm

Looking for fresh local produce? Look no further than the weekly Local Living markets. You will find the area next to the CWA Hall in Dowling Street brimming with produce - fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, flowers and potted herbs and fruit trees. You can stock up om Bee Wraps and Boomerang Bags which are also for sale. Be quick the stall opens at 8am and goes until noon. Produce not sold is donated to the Dungog Shire Community Centre to be distributed to families in need. Ninety per cent of the sales go back to the producers and the growers market retains 10 per cent for any expenses and to donate to local groups.

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