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Thursday 2 March

The Riverboat Postman

Join us on a cruise of the Hawkesbury River aboard the Riverboat Postman, which started running in 1910. The skippers are locals who have lived in the area their whole lives - be entertained by the stories of the river whilst cruising in comfort up this spectacular waterway. Be assured that at least 95% of what they say is true… 

 

Deliveries are to the settlements of Dangar and Milson Islands, Kangaroo Point, Bar Point, Marlow Creek, Fisherman's Point and Milson's Passage before returning to Brooklyn by about 1.15pm

 

We have booked for Thursday, 2 March from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The ticket is $54 for seniors or $64 for adults and $20 for children and includes morning tea, with famous homemade ANZAC biscuits, plus lunch.

 

Please book and pay at least a week before departure using this link:

https://fareharbor.com/riverboatpostman/items/88318/

 

Please let Lyn Robinson know when you have booked and paid 0405 020 027 or lyndi@iinet.net.au

 

These are the details:

 

Date: Thursday 2 March

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm

Place: Departing Brooklyn Postie Wharf, Dangar Rd, Brooklyn

Company: The Riverboat Postman

 

If you plan to get there by train, we will be leaving Morisset station at 8.23am and arrive at Hawkesbury River Station at 9.26am. The wharf is right beside the Hawkesbury River station and there is lift access down to the wharf. The train back to Morisset leaves at 1.47pm or 2.48pm.

If you are driving, allow time to find a park. There is free parking near the wharf - limited, but enough.

Morning tea is served on arrival with delicious home-made ANZAC biscuits. Lunch is served around midday and consists of a very Aussie Ploughman's style plate with cheese, tomato, cucumber, carrot, mixed lettuce, bean salad, pickled onions, fresh Turkish bread roll, fruit chutney, butter and Italian dressing. They will be catering for vegetarians and those who are GF. When you book and pay, specify that you will be with the Lyn Robinson TAG group. Lyn has requested vegetarian but please let her know if you are GF or have other dietary requirements.

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Thursday 11 May

Ken Duncan Gallery

Ken Duncan is well known as the pioneer of Limited Edition Photographic Art in Australia. After a visit to New York in the early 1980’s, Ken returned home with a dream to see photography widely accepted as an art form in this country. The increasing number of Australian photographers now emulating his panoramic style and finding a market for their work is testimony to Ken’s success.

 

Ken Duncan’s basic philosophy is best summed up by these words of truth from the Bible. “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20).

Ken Duncan’s Gallery on the NSW Central Coast is an expansive, purpose-built facility – one of the largest privately owned photographic galleries in Australia. Set amidst a beautiful blend of natural bush and landscaped gardens, the Gallery features spacious viewing rooms and an intimate state of the art theatre.

Lunch will be at the Bamboo Buddha, 221 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate, a vegetarian and vegan cafe and nursery. 12.30pm. Menu

There are lovely walks through the Fire's Creek winery at Holgate if anyone would like to go there either before or after the main event. Lindt has also opened a new shop at Erina Fair if you want to be truely decadent! Ice cream cones for $7.50 and a choc cuppa for $6.50.

 

Gallery: 414 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights

 

Cost: Free to enter gallery. We will also do the gallery tour ($4 per person) which includes a personal commentary from a staff member, the gift of a Ken Duncan postcard and an inspiring 40 minute audio visual experience in the modern theatre.

Time: Meet at the gallery at 11.00am. There is a lovely cafe if you would like to get there a little earlier for a cuppa.
Getting there: Welcome to car pool - it will take around an hour to drive. See map

Please let Ray or Michelle know if you are coming to book lunch table.

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Thursday 8 June

Local architect, David Stafford, will talk about his experiences with both commercial and voluntary projects.

 

You won’t want to miss hearing the next visiting speaker to our TAG group. David Stafford has actually had three careers as an architect, spanning three countries. He has practised architecture in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

 

He has been an academic architect in Newcastle and a visiting professor in Berrien Springs, Detroit and Paris. In retirement he has been a volunteer architect throughout the Pacific, India and Timor Leste. He also enjoys designing and making things, collects skeletal clocks and flies an ultralight. 

 

 

 

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Join us to hear about his fascinating careers - the buildings he has worked on, including Australia’s Parliament House, and the experiences he’s had around the world.

Meet at the Alton Activities Centre at 22 Alton Road at 11.00am.

 

Lunch will be at the Lavender Cafe beneath Avondale House Residential Care where we will enjoy another meal prepared by Sue Hannah and team at 12:30pm, after the talk.

Please let Ray Baird, Margaret Watters or Lyn Robinson know if you are coming for catering purposes.

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Sunday 9 July

Fighter World

Fighter World preserves the proud history of fighter aircraft operations in the Royal Australian Air Force. Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience. Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around, touch and look into the cockpits of famous aircraft, such as the first Vampire jet built in Australia. Fighter World also offers the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage interceptor and Macchi jet trainer and experience first-hand what it’s like to be one of Australia’s ‘Top Gun’ pilots in today’s hi-tech world. 

Perched on the Observation Deck you can witness the various aircraft of the RAAF’s premier Fighter Squadrons take-off and land while listening to all the action on the live audio feed direct from the Williamtown Control Tower.

Inside the main hangar you’ll also find the Norm Forrester Collection. Unique to Fighter World it is undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest displays of hand built model aircraft and just around the corner you’ll find so many things to see and do, you won’t know where to begin.

Fighter World is a great place for families. It is close to Williamtown airport and you often see real fighter jets screaming overhead.

Where: Fighter World 49 Medowie Rd, Williamtown

Entry fee: Seniors $15, Adult $19, Children $11, Family $43

Time: Meet at 10.30am. Welcome to car pool. It will take around 45 minutes to get there from Toronto

Directions

Lunch: Beans cafe at Fighter world Menu

 

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Thursday 3 August

Lunch and talk by Susan Jedrzejcyk

Susan is a retired Jail Warden who worked at Long Bay Jail for 8 years before transferring to Cessnock. She has some amazing stories to relate about her experiences in the prison system. You won’t want to miss her talk!

Where: Toronto Church Hall

Time: Meet at 1.30pm.

Lunch: Catalina Bowling Club at 1 Stilling St, Rathmines at 12.00. This used to be the officer's mess and has an interesting WWII display. Serves delicious Thai and Australian food.

 

 

 

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Sunday 10 September

Lake Macquarie Cruise

We will cruise the lake aboard "Lady Mac" which departs Booragul Public Wharf next to Lake Mac Art Gallery at 12pm. The cruise takes 2.5 hours with lunch included, returning at 2.30pm.

Be captivated by the beautiful scenery surrounding the foreshore of Lake Macquarie as you meander around the bays extending as far South as the pristine waters of Swansea.

Indulge in a freshly prepared BBQ lunch served onboard the vessel including a selection of salads. Enjoy an array  of light sweets for dessert with complimentary tea & coffee or select from a full range of drinks available.

You will need to make your own booking at Lake Macquarie Cruises  There are only 28 places available now, so book early to avoid disappointment. Go to "Purchase tickets/Online Bookings" and select "Lunch on the Lake Cruise" and click "Book." When booking, specify that you want to be located downstairs, outline any dietary requirements, and request to be with the Toronto Adventist Church Group.

Cost is $65 each for seniors, so make sure you select 'Concession' when you book. Families are very welcome to join us - adults are $70, children (3-17) are $45 each.

Meet at Booragul Public Wharf, behind "MAC" Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie. First Street, Booragul,

info@lakemacquariecruises.com.au

02 4044 7000

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Sunday 22 October

Lunch and talk by Alvin Coltheart

Alvin Coltheart is a retired pastor with a special interest in collecting pages from significant Bibles! He sources them through ebay and specialty sites and has a fascinating display. He knows the history of each Bible and has a wealth of fascinating stories to tell, which he does with warmth and humour. You will enjoy his talk and display.

His talk is titled Barry the Bored Monk: and other stories - an intriguing topic. We will meet at 7@Avondale for brunch at 10am. Drive through University gates and turn left into parking. You will see signs to 7@Avondale which will lead you to the carpark at the back of the cafe. You can drive right up almost to the doors to drop someone off, but can't park at the top.

Brunch is a set fee and then grab a tray and help yourself to the delicious food at the servery. Make sure you say you are a senior, just in case they don't notice, as there is a senior discount. We are booked to eat in the conference room at the cafe, but if too many come we will have to eat in the cafe proper and then repair to the conference room for Alvin's talk.

Please let us know if you are coming.

Alvin has retired on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, but has agreed to travel down especially for this occasion. There will be a display of Alvin's collection in the foyer for you to see. It will then be set up in Avondale University library for several days.

Where: Avondale University cafeteria

Time: 10.00am

Brunch: 7@Avondale

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Thursday 2 November

Imax Theatre at Darling Harbour

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Thursday 7 December

Tocal Homestead and Christmas lunch

$32 each for tour of the homestead and a delicious lunch

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