Cathie’s Column

Welcome to 2018

NEW YEAR greetings to all our readers and friends from Cathie’s Column and The Weekly Times. Our office has re-opened and staff are back on deck having enjoyed time off with friends and family.
We look forward to hearing from you so that we can pass on notices about events and meetings and details of the many happenings in the community. Again TWT looks forward to bringing you all the news of people and events in TWT territory.

Next week’s issue will have more details about local Australia Day celebration events. Let’s make 2018 a year to remember.

Thankyou from Ryde Lantern Club

Ryde Lantern Club’s Op Shop in Church Street Ryde closed its doors for the last time on December 12. The members of the Club wish to thank all their loyal shoppers for their support over the past 37 years.

Many customers popped into the shop each week for a browse and friendly chat with the volunteer staff and a large number of friendships have been formed over this period. Lantern Club volunteers
raised over $2.5 million which was donated to the Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children at North Rocks and its satellite sites.

When the shop closed its doors for the final time last month, the CEO of the Institute for Deaf & Blind Children Chris Rehn was on hand to thank the Ryde Lantern Club members for their tireless work over the 37 years.

In way of thanks, the Institute provided a lovely afternoon tea for club members. Ryde Lantern Club will continue to raise funds for the Institute for Deaf & Blind Children through outings,
functions and social gatherings. The club is actively seeking new members to join them in their efforts to raise funds for this worthy cause.

For more information contact president Rosemary 9809 4979 or Judy 9808 1016.

Moocooboola Computer Club

Moocooboola Computer Club invites you to join them for morning tea on Wednesday January 24 at 44 Gladesville Road Hunters Hill from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Come and learn how to get your way around computers in an effortless way. Meet the trainers and club members. The trainers will discuss all aspects of learning new software and technology. They welcome beginners and advance students. All software and computer tech will be at your doorstep for you to explore.

Beneficial insights to computer technology from trainers will be of utmost importance. Inquiries: Membership co-ordinator Shirley Turner 9879-4010

Eastwood Epping CWA Xmas Raffle

Eastwood-Epping branch of Country Women’s Association Christmas Raffle results: 1st prize ticket no 191918 – M.McGrail.

2nd prize ticket no 191977 – N.Sumerhay; 3rd prize ticket no 155359 – K.Staff; 4th prize ticket no 155555 – D.Rule; 5th prize ticket no 155347 – Elizabeth; 6th prize ticket no 191915 – M.Swan; 7th prize ticket no 155703 – R.Ridley; and 8th prize ticket no 192138 – H.Kiley.

The CWA Tearooms at Eastwood have re-opened for 2018.

Begonia & Frangipani Weekend

NSW Begonia Society will stage its 2018 Begonia & Frangipani Weekend on Saturday February 24 and Sunday February 25 in Bloomin’ Greenery Nursery, 226 Annangrove Road, Annangrove. Open Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm.

There’ll be displays, talks, demonstrations and plants for sale. Light refreshments available. Gold coin admission.

Inquiries Ross 9679 1386 or check website:

Tom Ware’s Australian stories

Macquarie branch of National Seniors meet on the third Wednesday each month in Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club at 12.30pm. Macquarie Seniors offer the opportunity to over-50s of a place to meet and
enjoy the company of people of a similar age group.

Guest speakers are popular and outings to interesting places and venues provide members with good company and a social program which covers diverse outings to suit all age ranges.

Inquiries Carol 9874 7129.

New Year iPad and iPhone courses

Boronia Park Uniting Church are holding their iPad/iPhone Course again in the New Year. Come along and learn how to use these devices and impress the family. Eight week course commences
Wednesday January 31 and runs to March 21. The one hour classes will be held in the Boronia Park Uniting Church hall, 93a Pittwater Road, Boronia Park – opposite Harris Farm Markets commencing
at 10am.

Cost is $125. Course covers subjects such as Getting Started, Taking Photos, Emailing, Searching the Internet, Having fun with Apps and Face Time your grandchildren overseas.

To book, phone Christine David on 0401 017 459.

Speechcraft course by Toastmasters

Happy Hunters Hill Toastmasters is running a Speechcraft Course – starting Wednesday, January 31st at Hunters Hill Club, 12-20 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Speechcraft is an intensive six-week course that will introduce you to Public Speaking. This popular short course is a learning by doing experience with the guidance of experienced toastmasters,
in a supportive, nurturing and friendly environment. You’ll be empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth.

Enrol early – the Speechcraft 2018 enrolment form is now on the website. A maximum of 10 people will be accepted. Check website:

Happy Hunters Hill Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Wednesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Inquiries Helen 0419 902 001 or email: [email protected]

Diamond Anniversary for Helen and Brian

LONG time North Ryde residents Helen and Brian Wiles (pictured) recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. The couple were married at St Stephens Church Sydney on January 4, 1958.

They have lived in North Ryde for the past 57 years where they raised their two daughters Corinne and Leanne. The popular couple were keen golfers with Brian enjoying a long association with North Ryde Golf Club. Helen and Brian honoured this special occasion with a family luncheon at Gunners Barracks in Mosman.