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

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.

Library Author Talk

Patrice Newell - February 19

Due to the popularity of the event last year, Dungog Library will continue with its author talk series.

Kicking off its 2020 series the library has secured Patrice Newell as its first special guest.

Patrice has written numerous books on farming and agriculture and her new book Who's Minding the Farm? addresses food security in an era of rapid climate change.

Amber Lawrence in concert at Paterson

Saturday, February 22

TALENTED: Four time Golden Guitar Award winner Amber Lawrence comes back to Paterson for a Red Cross fundraiser on February 22.

TALENTED: Four time Golden Guitar Award winner Amber Lawrence comes back to Paterson for a Red Cross fundraiser on February 22.

Award winning singer/songwriter Amber Lawrence will perform a special concert for Red Cross Disaster Relief at the Paterson School Of Arts Hall on Saturday, February 22.

She'll be supported by Newcastle artist Jake Davey.

James Theatre Open Day 

February 23

The Friends of James Theatre Dungog invite interested people to come along on Sunday February 23 from 1pm -2.30pm to learn about the various facets the volunteers are involved in - projection, film selection, promotion, sound, lighting and the kiosk - and how you too can be involved.

Refreshments will be provided.

More information from Liz Hughes on 0447773277.

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 hot weather back, 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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