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Sport & Exercise

Newcastle District Bowling Association: Ph: (02) 4929 1307 or (02) 49 29 3441

Newcastle District Golf Association:

The Newcastle Geriatrics Play Group: Nullarbor bike riders (ages range from 40 to 70+)

Newcastle Billiards & Snooker Association: Grant Shubert, Vice President, Ph: 0421 337 105

Tennis: Provides the Tennis club in the Newcastle region – seniors, 35+

Newcastle Park Croquet Club: Enjoy social contact and exercising your mind and body in the outdoors with croquet, ricochet and gateball, Ph: (02) 4969 2268

Newcastle Diggers Swimming Club: Meets at Lambton Memorial Swimming Pool. Club offers handicap swimming races in all strokes. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Current members range in age from 7 to 99 years. Ex-service and community members welcome, Ph: 0414 721 822, email: [email protected]

Newcastle Petanque Club: Petanque is a French game with steel boules, similar to bowls in some aspects. Come and play Petanque any Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. Nesca Park, Corner of Brooks St and Anzac Pde., Cooks Hill, Ph: 0425 214 512

Stockland Jesmond Mall walking group meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8.15am with varying levels of fitness. Walking distances range from 2.5km to 5km walks. The group also meets regularly for social gatherings, coffee and lunch and run in conjunction with the Heart Foundation, Ph: (02) 4955 9249


Exercise at Home: Print off copy

Choose Health Be Active: A physical activity guide for older Australian: Includes exercises you can do while waiting for the kettle or when watching TV.


New Body New Life: Monday and Friday Mornings, Charlestown, contact Nancy on (02) 4943 7114

Planet Fitness: Fridays, Belmont, Ph: (02) 4947 0944

Heart Moves: Belmont Neighbourhood Centre, 359 Pacific Highway, Belmont North, Mon & Fri 8:00am to 9:00am (Beginners 9:00am – 10:00am) Ph: (02) 4947 0031

Active Mature Movers: Gateshead, (02) 4943 1910

Well Dunn Over 50’s Exercise Classes: PCYC, 28 Young Road, Broadmeadow, Ph: 0409 980 130

Seated Healthy Moves: 58 Macquarie Street, Merewether, Ph: 0411 422 300

Health Hearts Special: 8:15am to 9:00am & 9:00am to 10:00am Mon, Wed & Fri, Maryland, contact 4955 8111

Heart Moves: Mon & Wed, 2.15pm – 3:00pm (bookings required) the Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre, Jesmond, Ph: (02) 4979 8500

Planet Fitness: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30am – 9:30am, Lambton, Ph: (02) 4956 2144

Genesis – Heart Moves: Mon, Wed & Fri 10:15 am – 11:00 am, Mayfield, Ph: (02) 4967 2299

Having Fun with Exercise


Australian Academy of Tai Chi & Qigong: The Polish Centre, Chatham Road Broadmeadow, 2292, Ph: (02) 9797 9355
Australian Tai Chi Institute: Tai Chi Wellness Program, 4 Torpey Place, Broadmeadow, 2292, Ph: (02) 4963 7421

Tai Chai for Health: 58 Macquarie Street, Merewether, 2291, Ph: 0411 422 300
Tai Chi Society Beginner Classes: Hamilton, Wed 6:15 pm

Tai Chi, Qigong/Chi Kung beginner classes are held in Hamilton, Newcastle, with nearby suburbs of Broadmeadow, Mayfield, Georgetown, Waratah, Lambton, Jesmond, Rankin Park, Cardiff, Kotara, Charlestown, Adamstown, Merewether – an 8 week term for nearly an hour per week in the evenings. After completing the beginner Tai Chi course, continuing lessons offer more intensive practice and refinement Contact (02) 9954 7266


Newcastle Yoga Space: Mon 7:00am, 8:30am & Fri 9:30am to 11:00am, 31 Throsby Street, Wickham

Back to Balance Yoga: Wed 9:30am to 10:45am, New Lambton


Country Fun Line Dancing: Gentle exercise, friendship network, mind and body co-ordination. Mayfield area, Ph: 0402 941 466, email [email protected]

Newcastle 50 ‘s Rock N Roll: A social club that is all about dancing for fun. Enjoy social dancing at various venues and social functions. $5 membership fee per year and $2 per person per night each Tuesday, Kahibah Sports Club from 7pm, Ph: (02) 4943 4238

All Shook Up Dance Studio: As much about encouraging a healthy and active social life as it is teaching its members how to dance. Beginners Classes starting in October at Telarah and Mayfield Bowling Clubs, Call (02) 4930 1076 or 0412 114 647.


TREES IN NEWCASTLE: Volunteering, growing local native plants and contributing to Landcare projects throughout the Hunter, Ph: (02) 4969 1500

Hunter Bird Observers Club: Caters specifically for those with an interest in bird life in its natural habitat. Contact Marion Walker, Ph: (02) 4958 5942

Newcastle Ramblers Bushwalking Club

Walking Meet ups in Newcastle

Lake Macquarie Bushwalkers Inc.

Hunter Shelter Gardening Assistant Volunteer (Rutherford), Ph: (02) 4939 1555

Community Groups

Rotary Clubs: Work with like-minded people to support the community locally and internationally.

Newcastle Sunrise Rotary Club: Meetings held in Merewether Golf Club, King Street, Adamstown, Ph: (02) 0411 155 046


Probus Clubs: Are about friendship, fellowship and fun in retirement. Newcastle Probus Club (male only): meets Tuesday of each month at The Newcastle Jockey Club. Ph: (02) 4963 2643

Merewether Ladies Probus Club: Meets 10.00am on the 4th Monday of the month at St Augustine’s Hall, Ph: (02) 4020 7213

Ladies Probus Club of Newcastle Meets 10.30am on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Wests City Club, King Street, Newcastle, Ph: (02) 4929 7282

Probus Club of Shortland A mixed club which meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Veterans Hall, 3 Conmurra Circuit, Shortland, Ph: (02) 4968 3325

Older Women’s Network of Newcastle: If you would like to be part of a lively, supportive group, working together to make a difference for yourself and for other women in the Newcastle area, you really must get in touch. There are guest speakers, coffee mornings, lunches, social gatherings and much more, Ph: (02) 4952 1239 or (02) 4962 1079

Local Community or Senior Centres: Call one in your area to find out what they have to offer.

  • ADAMSTOWN – (02) 4952 7000
  • BERESFIELD – 0422 068 279
  • MAYFIELD – (02) 4967 5371
  • MEREWETHER – (02) 4963 6356
  • NEWCASTLE – (02) 4926 2324
  • NEW LAMBTON – (02) 4952 5166
  • JESMOND – (02) 4979 8555

Pet Lovers

Foster for RSPCA NSW: If you currently cannot own a permanent pet for any reason, but would love to have the company an animal provides, and help save lives, then this is for you! (02) 4939 1555


Dog Lovers Social Group Meetups

Neighbourhood Centres

'Never Too Old To Learn' Clubs

Computerpals Newcastle: Where seniors master technology! Our mission is to educate seniors in the use of computers as a way of enriching their lives and making them more self-reliant. We bridge the generation gap and assist seniors to find ways to benefit the community through their collective experience and knowledge. 15 Hubbard Street, Islington, Ph: (02) 4961 6576, email [email protected]

Newcastle U3A: Learning opportunities for seniors. Retired and semi-retired people over the age of 50 who join together for a variety of educational and social activities, Ph: 0479 193 182, email [email protected]

2RPH: Your local radio reading service. A variety of programs featuring readings from daily newspapers, magazines and diverse periodicals. Newcastle Herald at 10am weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays. Lend us your ears, and we’ll read you the world. 100.5FM and streamed live online

Newcastle Print Makers Workshop: Offers a large workshop with a range of printmaking equipment for use by members as well as many interesting printmaking courses and exhibitions. 27 Popran Road, Adamstown, Ph: 0427 247 963


KNITTERS’ GUILD NSW: Learn skills in knitting and crochet in a social and supportive environment. 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9.30am to 12 noon. Hamilton North Bowling Club, 31 Boreas Street, Broadmeadow, Ph: 0402 004 181

KNIT AND NATTER GROUP: Meets every Monday at Mayfield Church of Christ, Werribi Street, Mayfield West from 9.30am to 11.30am. All ladies welcome. Come and meet new people, make new friends and share in morning tea. (02) 4952 9324 or 0411 204 418

KNIT FOR NEED: New Lambton Library Join fellow knitters, enjoy a chat and help the needy. BYO wool and needles. Beginners welcome. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9.30am – 11.30am at New Lambton Library. Bookings not required, just drop in!

CARRINGTON COVE COLOURING IN CLUB: Meets every Friday from 10am to 12 noon at Carrington Bowling Club. Weekly cost is $5. Materials supplied. All levels catered for, Ph: (02) 4961 4140, email [email protected]

HUNTER VALLEY TAPESTRY GROUP Creative and traditional needlepoint (tapestry), cross stitch, hardanger and more for beginners to advanced. Meets 1st and 3rd Saturday – all welcome. Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia, 3 Queens Ave, Cardiff, Ph: 0487 409 522, email [email protected]

KNIT & YARN, Adamstown Library: Knitters of all levels are welcome, beginners to experienced, with advice and problem solving provided. BYO wool, needles and pattern – plus something to ‘yarn’ about! Knit & Yarn is run by Newcastle Knitters Guild. Every Monday from 1pm – 2pm at Adamstown Library. Bookings not required – just drop in.

Singing for Health


Singing for Seniors: Specialising in senior’s morning tea musical concerts at local clubs, adult day centres, retirement villages, Probus clubs, Ph: 0402 600 387

Sing Australia: Meets Monday 7:00pm-9:00pm or 7:30pm to 9:30pm daylight savings. Belmont Anglican Church Hall, Contact Lorraine McEwan-McKenzie 0458 451 528 or Annette McEwan 0410 696 683

Newcastle Parkinson’s Choir – a unique choir for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their loved one to connect and develop through music. Build confidence and strengthen your voice, Call Sandra on 0405 441 150 or email [email protected] for more information.

Click on to the Acappela Central site for other choir opportunities within Newcastle.

Social Support

There are five Cafe Connects in the Newcastle Region. Cafe Connect provide opportunities for people with dementia, their carers and families to socialise, build support, network and learn. They are located in Hamilton, Newcastle, Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Toronto. Contact Stuart Torrance on (02) 4962 7000 for more information on days and times.

Social Groups

Newcastle Scrabble Club: Meets every Saturday at 12 noon at Wests City, cost is $2 a day, Ph: (02) 4968 4459

Newcastle Elderly citizens Centre: An oasis of friendship located in the heart of Newcastle. Each weekday the centre provides morning tea, a hot meal, dessert and lots of social interaction. Live entertainment once a week, Ph: (02) 4926 2324. For more information Contact Mrs Elaine Hutchinson (02) 4926 2324, email: [email protected]

Merewether All Sorts Community Activities Centre: Every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm, providing a safe and welcoming place for people of all abilities. People who attend have survived stroke and/or other life changing health challenges. Activities, games, exercises, friendship and support are offered promoting self-confidence and life enjoyment and strengthening physical and mental abilities. New members and volunteers are welcome. Call Merewether Uniting Church on (02) 4961 4525 or visit us at 178 Glebe Road, Merewether, Ph: 0411 133 679, email [email protected]

Spider Pigs Social Saturdays in Newcastle (all ages welcome)

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