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Activities – What the Club provides:

Activities Group Coordinator: John Penhallow  Mob: 0419 230 787


Like minded members of the club have formed  special interest groups to allow them to pursue their interests outside the club's normal meeting times. If you are interested in any of the following special interest groups please contact the appropriate Coordinator listed below:

Please see below for any current advice on the status of the various group activities.

Barefoot Bowls: Henry Urbanski Mob: 0439 928 001

Sessions will be held on the last Monday of each month at Club Thirroul commencing at 4pm and ending by 6pm, depending upon numbers. All are encouraged to stay for dinner afterwards. 

Next event : Monday 29th April, 2024

Further information from coordinator Henry Urbanski.

Book Club: Sharon Hay  Mob: 0422 139 970

The Book Club will meet on the first Monday of the month, at 10.00 am, at Martin Place Coffee Shop Thirroul.

The Book Club has changed the future format of their meetings. There are so many titles members are keen to read, that it was suggested that members read the book of their choice and then speak for a few minutes about their chosen book at the next meeting. Below is a list of books either recommended by members or via online book reviews:

Suggested book list

Contact Coordinator Sharon Hay

Caravan & Camping Group: Rodd Smith  Mob: 0468 637 232  and

                                              Mark Bryce  Mob: 0433 014 526


Trip from 31/07/2024 to 02/08/2024 ( 2nights)

Hi everyone, the following outlines all the information for our trip to the Q (Quarantine) Station at North Head.

PART A  Accommodation (2 NIghts) + Breakfast ...$280/head or $560/couple
Dinner (part of the deal ) ... 2 courses ............$80/head or $160/couple
Total cost for participants (Compulsory) $360/head or $720/couple.(for accommodation/breakfast/Dinner)

PART B Extras (not compulsory) 1hour History Tour $39/head or $78/couple.

PLEASE PAY EITHER PART A + PART B .........single $399 or a couple $798
OR PART A ONLY ................single $360 or a couple $720.
PLEASE PAY INTO THE PROBUS ACCOUNT (details in sparate email to all members)........BY THURSDAY 18th of APRIL

FYI* 2 to a room (unless you wish to pay double). Note if you require single beds you will have to notify Q Station before the stay.* Dinner on the second night at a local club/restaurant or whatever you wish to do.* Please bring nibblies for each night to have pre-dinner drinks in the lounge before going to dinner .* Bar fridges in each room* Please bring wine/beer or whatever you like to drink .* Restaurant is NOT BYO* You can park on the premises or use train/ferry & free bus from Manly.* Other tours are available eg a Nightly Ghost Tour (please book through the Q Station).* Special Diet (Vegan etc) contact Q station close to the trip.
Q Station contact Sally Steger 02 9466 1522 Looking forward to a great trip.
Thanks Mark & Rodd

Further information available from the coordinators Rodd Smith and Mark Bryce.

Cycling & Swimming Group: Rodd  Smith  Mob: 0468 637 232

This group will be meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Further information available from the coordinator Rodd Smith.

Dining Out Group: Angie Penhallow  Mob: 0416 613 430   and

                               Dee Kwong  Mob: 0403 240 457

Small Group Dining Program

Due to a very busy calendar in April, there will be no small group dining until next month in May. In May John & Angie will be hosting a Small Group dinner at Bar Franco on Thursday, May 16 from 6pm. They do a great 3 course set menu deal for $69 a head inc. corkage for BYO wines. Please contact John 0419 230 787, limit of 8. Also contact John if you would like to host a dinner there on another weeknight between the May and June meetings.

Email: [email protected]


“Hosting” does not mean you pay for everyone’s dinner! You just take on the responsibility of booking the table, contact some likely companions and reminding those who are joining you by email the previous day to the dinner date - that’s all. Take the plunge and have dinner with other members to get to know them a bit better!
Contact John Penhallow (0419 230 787) if you want to host on any of these evenings.
These small group nights are great for getting to know other members a little better and with a different Restaurant of the Month we can support our local businesses on a quieter night than their weekend nights.

Buzzer Lunch Break 

The Buzzer lunch this month is on Tuesday 30 April 2024 at Mount Kembla Village Hotel, 274 Cordeaux Rd, Wollongong. We will meet there at 12.00pm and if you have the time, you may wish to drive further up the road to the lookout for views over Lake Illawarra to the sea! The hotel, established in 1898, is heritage listed and the oldest weatherboard hotel in the Illawarra.

Golf Group: Kevin Costelloe Mob: 0407 920 883

Golf continuing as per normal, Monday mornings at Russel Vale between 6.45am - 8.00am (approx.  - time may vary).

Further information is available from coordinator Kevin Costelloe.

Probus Golf Day

Probus Golf Day is booked for Monday, 15th April 2024, at Russell Value Golf Course, commencing at 8.00am.

Cost for the game will be $16.00. (Senior/Pensioner). Afterwards, meet up at Woonona Bulli RSL for lunch and drinks.

To register to play, contact coordinator Kevin Costelloe 

Social/Coffee Group: Yvonne Whitesmith  Mob: 0400 117 326

Will meet at the Pavilion Café at Thirroul Beach at 10.00 am, on the last Monday of each month.

Contact Coordinator Yvonne Whitesmith

Theatre Group: John Penhallow  Mob: 0419 230 787

There's not a lot of choice of Sunday Matinees. It only runs for 3 weeks from Sunday, March 24 to Sunday, April 14 at the Capitol TheatreWe can discard the first Sunday, and the second Sunday is Easter.  So Sunday, 7th April  at 1.00pm is my recommendation. My preferred best view seats for a reasonable price is $120 each, for a group of 8+. There are already 8 of us keen to see it. As I write, I can book seats in the centre of Row F, in the Dress Circle, if you want me to do that this week. Please let me know what you want and we can buy the tickets sooner rather than later and not settle for what’s left at 90 days out in January. John 0419 230 787 or post on the Facebook page.

Please contact John if you have any suggestions for future Theatre shows. He would be keen to hear your views on this matter.  [email protected] 
Further information is available from coordinator John Penhallow.

Trivia Group: Anne Haine  Mob: 0409 067 722

Next Trivia night will be at 7.00pm on Wednesday 10th April at Club Thirroul.

You may want to join us at 6pm for dinner at the Club beforehand. If you would like to join us for Trivia that night please send an email through to Anne Haine on [email protected] or sms 0409 067 722.

Further information is available from coordinator Anne Haine.

Walking Group: Teresa Urbanski Mob: 0405 034 296

Next Walk : Barrack Point to Windang Bay
Date : Friday 3rd May 2024

It will be a leisurely coastal walk along formed pathsfrom Barrack Point to Windang Bay.

Please register AFTER the 29/4 (as Teresa will be away) with Teresa Urbanski on 0405 034 296.