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Probus Club of Avoca Beach Inc.

MEETINGS & ACTIVITIES PROGRAM 2021

General Meetings

Our General Meetings are held (usually) on the 3rd Monday of each month (except December) at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club, at 10.15 am. Meetings usually conclude by 12.15 pm and members are invited to stay for lunch at THE TABLE Restaurant (own cost) in ABBRC. Meeting dates in 2021 are:

  • Monday 18 January 2021
  • Monday 15 February 2021
  • Monday 15 March 2021
  • Monday 19 April 2021
  • Monday 17 May 2021
  • Monday 21 June 2021
  • Monday 19 July 2021
  • Monday 16 August 2021
  • Monday 20 September 2021
  • Monday 18 October 2021
  • Monday 156 November 2021

For details of the Guest Speaker at each meeting, please refer to the Guest Speakers page.

After each General Meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month, stay for lunch at THE TABLE Restaurant at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club.

 

Social Activities

Your Management Committee presents the following proposed Social Activities Program. It has been compiled from suggestions submitted by some members, past experience of enjoyable functions, and some new ideas. Although some proposed activities may vary as conditions change during the year and some new functions may be added, the proposed program gives members the opportunity to plan ahead.

This Social Activities Program was last updated on 8 May 2021   

Monday 18 January

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Monday 1 February

Barbecue , 11am at Swadling Reserve, Bay Road (near Stella St.) Toowoon Bay. Cost: $5. Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm Shelley Beach Golf Club, Shelley Beach Road, Shelley Beach. Own Cost.

Bookings by 18 January

Payment at Barbecue

Contact: John Hart

 

Monday 8 February

LUNCH AT TOP POINT CAFE, 12.00pm 36 Webb Street (Japanese Gardens), East Gosford. Choose from set menu of 10 meals eg Nicoise salad with grilled Atlantic Salmon, The Beast, Roster or Vegetarian Burger, Pork Belly Bites, Fried Calamari Rings or Beer Batter Fish & Chips, plus tea, coffee or glass of wine. Cost: $28

 

Bookings & Payment:

By 18 Jan. $28

Contact: Maureen Bell

 

 

POINT

Monday 15 February

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Monday 1 March

Barbecue , 11am at Swadling Reserve, Bay Road (near Stella St.) Toowoon Bay. Cost: $5. Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm Shelley Beach Golf Club, Shelley Beach Road, Shelley Beach. Own Cost.

Bookings by 15February

Payment at Barbecue

Contact: John Hart

 

 

Mon 8 – Sat 13 March

 

This holiday has now been confirmed to go ahead as planned.

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS LINGA LONGA YARRAWONGA HOLIDAY Highlights include travel thru wine district of Rutherglen; visit to a robotic dairy in Dookie Agricultural College; Mt Major overlooking rolling volcanic hill country; Benalla hometown of Ned Kelly, its Botanical Gardens & Art Gallery; Silo Art Trail, a series of large-scale murals painted on grain silos; Army Museum Bandiana; Bonegilla Migrant Museum; Indulgence Day, enjoy Country Art, cake & coffee, & chicken & champagne lunch on a paddle steamer on Lake Mulwala and much much more. Stay-put tours based at award winning Central Yarrawonga Motor Inn. $995 pp. Single Supplement: $175. No cancellation less than 3 months prior to departure except in extreme circumstances.

 

 

Bookings From 18 Jan.

Full Payment: $995 on

15 Feb. Plus SS: $175

If applicable.

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

 

 

YARRA

Monday 15 March

General Meeting, followed by Annual General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Fri 2 Apr – Mon 5 Apr

Easter

 

 

Fri 2 Apr- Fri 16 Apr

School Holidays

 

 

Monday 12 April

(one week later than usual)

Barbecue, 11am at Picnic Point, Tuggerah Parade, The Entrance

Cost: $5. Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm The Entrance Hotel, 87 The Entrance Road, The Entrance. Own Cost.

Bookings by 15 March

Payment at Barbecue

Contact: John Hart

 

 

Monday 19 April

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Wed. 28 April

FISH 'N FLICKS, MOVIE AT AVOCA BEACH PICTURE THEATRE, 9.30am. Watch a movie "The Courier", then have Fish 'n Chips lunch at Avoca Beach Seafood. Movie at 10 am Cost: $20

Bookings: 15 March

Payment: By 19 April $20

Contact: Merrilyn Self

 

FLIK

 

Monday 3 May

Barbecue, (Hamburger Day) at 11am at Yaluga Lookout, Rumbalara Reserve, Dolly Avenue, Springfield. Cost: $5 Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm Erina Leagues Club, Ilya Avenue, Erina.

Own Cost.

Bookings by 19 April

Payment at Barbecue

Contact: John Hart

 

 

Monday 10 May

31ST ANNIVERSARY LUNCH OF AVOCA BEACH PROBUS CLUB at Diggers @ the Entrance. 12 - 3.00 pm. Come and celebrate the Club's major milestone with your fellow members and enjoy a three course delicious lunch including prawn cocktails, grilled barramundi, slow roast pork, sticky date pudding with wine or juice, celebration cake and entertainment by the popular musical duo BRASSICK Cost: $50 Subsidised.

 

Bookings: By 15 Feb.

Dep: $25 by 15 March

Bal: $25 by 19 April

Contact: Heather Vinson

 

 

31ST

Monday 17 May

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Monday 7 June

Outdoor Lunch (instead of Barbecue). 11am at Avoca Lagoon Wetlands (near Heazlett Park), Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach. Delicious Asian boxed lunch provided. Cost: $5 (subsidised). Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: The Table at Avoca Beach Bowling Club. 12pm. Own Cost.

Bookings and payment by 17 May

Contact: HeatherVinson

 

Wednesday 16 June

LUNCH at Hoi An Vietnamese Restaurant, Terrigal at 12pm. Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese banquet with entrees incl. curry puffs, spring rolls, money bags & rice paper rolls. Mains incl. Pad Thai Chicken, Massaman Beef Curry, Chicken & Cashew Nut, Penang King Prawns all cooked with traditional herbs and spices accompanied with jasmine rice. $35pp.

 

Bookings: 19 April

Payment: 17 May $35

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

VIET

 

Monday 21 June

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Sat 26 Jun - Sun 11 Jul

School Holidays

 

 

Monday 5 July

Outdoor Lunch (instead of Barbecue). 11am at Iloura Reserve, Restella Ave., Davistown (near the boat ramp). Delicious Asian boxed lunch provided. Cost:$5 (subsidised). Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: Kincumber Hotel, Carrack Avenue, Kincumber. 12pm. Own Cost.

Bookings and payment by 21 June

Contact:HeatherVinson

 

 

Monday 19 July

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Thursday 22 July

 

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SPECTACULAR AT WYONG GOLF CLUB 11am - 2pm. Enjoy morning tea on arrival followed by a generous delicious two course traditional Christmas lunch. Entertainment featuring Stephen Fisher-King, one of Australia's most awarded performers bringing to the stage the greatest hits of the 1970's with music from The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel and more and promising a fun walk down memory lane from Buble to Boccelli. Cost: $50.

Bookings: 19 April

 

Dep: $25 by 17 May

Bal: $25 by 21 June

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

XJUL

 

Monday 2 August

Outdoor Lunch (instead of Barbecue). 11am at Avoca Beach Headland Reserve, Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach (east of the Surf Club). Delicious Fish 'n Chips lunch provided. Cost: $5. Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: The Table at Avoca Beach Bowling Club. 12pm.

Own Cost.

Bookings and payment by 19 July

Contact:HeatherVinson

 

Tuesday 10 August

(date TBA)

A DAY AT THE RACES, GOSFORD RACECOURSE. 11am Include entry, reserved seats in the Members Stand, Race Book and two course buffet lunch. TAB and bar facilities. Cost: $45

Bookings: 17 May

Dep: $25 By 21 June

Bal: $20 By 19 July

Contact: Maureen Bell

 

RACE

Monday 16 August

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Tuesday 24 August

 

VIVID LIGHT FESTIVAL, 1 HOUR CAPTAIN COOK SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE. Vivid Lights transforms Sydney into a wonderland of "light art" sculptures for all to enjoy. Travel by coach to Sydney, on arrival grab a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants (own cost) or enjoy a prepacked dinner. Dep. 4.00pm. Cruise 7-8pm. Returning 10.30pm approx. Cost: $60

Bookings: By 17 May

 

Dep: $30 By 21 June

Bal: $30 By 19 July

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

VIVID

Monday 6 September

Barbecue, 11am at Parry's Jetty, Tuggerah Parade (near Gladstan Ave.), Long Jetty Cost: $5 Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm The Entrance Leagues Club, 3 Bay Road, Bateau Bay. Own Cost.

Bookings by 16 August

Payment at Barbecue

Contact:

 

 

Tuesday 14 Sept.

 

LAKE MACQUARIE BARBECUE LUNCH CRUISE at 12pm. 2.5 hrs cruise; be captivated by the beautiful scenery surrounding the foreshore of Lake Macquarie in this excellent cruise as you indulge in a barbecue lunch of fresh local prawns, fillet minute steak, beef sausages, a selection of salads, petite fours with tea/coffee. Travel by luxury coach to Lake Macquarie. Cost: $85

Bookings: 21 June

 

Dep: $45 By 19 July

Bal: $40 By 16 August

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

MACQ

Sat 18 Sep - Sun 3 Oct

4 October

School Holidays

Labour Day

 

 

Monday 20 September

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Monday 11 October

(one week later than usual)

PROBUS DAY SPECIAL BARBECUE 11am at Hunter Reserve (near theatre), Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach. Cost: $5. Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential. Celebrate Probus Day. Come dressed in our Probus colours of blue and yellow. Prizes to be won for the most creative ensemble. Share a good joke. Prize for the best joke.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm Avoca Beach Seafoods, Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach. Own Cost.

 

Bookings by 20 Sept.

Payment at Barbecue

Contact:

 

 

Monday 18 October

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Wed. 27 October

 

TOUR "The Chocolate & Nougat Factory" 10 am. 6 Jusfrute Drive, West Gosford. Discover how hundreds of amazing, exclusive, decadent and locally made chocolates are created. Enjoy cake and hot chocolate in Cafe Patisserie. Then visit Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum nearby. Lunch 12.30pm at Eleanor Hotel, 41 Victoria Street, East Gosford.

Tour Cost: $10. Lunch Own Cost.

Bookings: 16 August

 

Payment: $10 From 20 Sept.

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

 

CHOC

Tuesday 2 November

TBC

MELBOURNE CUP LUNCH 12pm at Breakers Country Club, Wamberal. Enjoy a 2 course lunch with live race coverage, entertainment, sweepstake, best dressed and hat prizes. Cost: TBA

Bookings:

Payment:

Contact: Merrilyn Self

 

MELB

Monday 8 November

 

Barbecue, 11am at Picnic Point, Tuggerah Parade, The Entrance. Cost: $5.

Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm The Entrance Hotel, 87 The Entrance Road, The Entrance. Own Cost.

Bookings by 18 Oct.

Payment at Barbecue

Contact:

 

 

Monday 15 November

 

General Meeting at Avoca Beach Bowling & Recreation Club; 10.15 am. Lunch at CHIJMES Restaurant, ABBRC. Own cost.

No bookings required

 

Monday 6 December

CHRISTMAS BARBECUE, 11am at Swadling Reserve, Bay Road (near Stella St.), Toowoon Bay. Cost: $5. Pre-booking and cancellation advice essential.

Wet Weather Alternative: 12pm Diggers @ The Entrance, 315 Central Coast Highway, Long Jetty. Own Cost.

Bookings by 15 Nov.

Payment at Barbecue

Contact:

 

 

Monday 13 December

 

 

HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR

INCLUDING DINNER. With over a million Christmas lights on show throughout Hunter Valley Gardens you are sure to capture the spirit of Christmas. On arrival enjoy a traditional Christmas meal of roast pork, stuffed turkey, smoked ham, baked vegetables and Christmas pudding on the Garden Terrace. As the sun goes down and the lights come on make your way around the garden at your own pace.

Dep: 4.00pm Returning 11.00 pm. approx. Cost: $70.

 

Bookings: By 16 Aug.

 

Deposit $35 by 18 Oct.

Balance $35 by 15 Nov.

 

Contact:Heather Vinson

 

 

XMAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

Barbecues

Traditionally, our monthly barbecues are an informal social get-together and an opportunity to celebrate our members' birthdays and anniversaries. This year, we are continuing to explore a range of different venues along the beautiful Central Coast. As well, we have an alternative venue for a "pub lunch" if a barbecue is cancelled due to inclement weather. Full details are given under Coming Social Events. 

Bookings to attend barbecues are essential and should be made at the General Meeting prior to each barbecue, or by telephoning our Catering Officer, Heather Vinson, or a Management Committee member.

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Golf

Our 9-hole Golf Group is growing steadily and welcomes Probus members. The group tees off at 1.30pm on Wednesdays at Breakers Country Club, Terrigal, weather permitting. If you wish to join them, contact Jock Plimmer for more details.

"Mexican Train" Dominoes

'Mexican Train' is a variation of dominoes, played by groups of 3 to 8 players. Our 'Mexican Train' Group meets each Thursday at 2.30 pm in one or more member's homes for a social game, although the emphasis is really on conversation and fun. If you wish to join in for a convivial afternoon of fellowship, fun and friendship, contact Jan Heinrichs for details of the next game day.

Ten Pin Bowling  

This activity is deferred during the Covid pandemic.  When it restarts:-

Members interested in 'Ten Pin Bowling' meet on the 4th Monday of each month at Bateau Bay Bowl, Central Coast Highway, Bateau Bay for two games starting at 10.15 am. The cost is $14 and bookings prior to the day are essential. Book at the General Meeting , or for late bookings contact Peter Vinson.

Tai Chi

Kimiko Semba conducts our Tai Chi Group on Wednesday mornings from 11.15 am at Saratoga Community Hall, Kyeema Avenue, Saratoga. Each block of classes is 10 weeks and participants are expected to attend all classes in a block.. Cost of attendance for the 10 classes is payable at the commencement of each block..Contact Kimiko for full details.

Walking

We have a walking Group coordinated by Rauni Varvari. The group meets each Tuesday at 8.15am.  The meeting /  starting point varies each week according to the route scheduled.  This is usually a gentle walk and takes about one hour followed by "coffee and chat" at a nearby cafe.