Vikki Monaghan, Shirley Byrum and Jacqueline Carter at the Grafton District Services Club.
Vikki Monaghan, Shirley Byrum and Jacqueline Carter at the Grafton District Services Club.

Valley celebrates Seniors Week

THEY’VE seen some of the best and worst of the Clarence Valley’s history.

Survived floods, wars, depressions; rejoiced in the prosperous times.

On Sunday, the Valley’s senior citizens were recognised as NSW Seniors Week celebrations kicked off up and down river.

The Yamba Bowling Club was packed with 280 people, there to recognise the start of the annual week that acknowledges the valuable contribution seniors provide communities across the State.

Yamba Seniors Inc president Shirley Drum said seniors aged 60 to a ripe old 98 from Evans Head, Lawrence, Brooms Head and Iluka made the trek to Yamba for the celebration.

The day included morning tea and lunch, entertainment by Frankie and the Grey Js, and displays by the Lower Clarence Seniors computer club, the U3A and CWA.

“It was an excellent day,” Mrs Drum said.

“It’s a chance to recognise what oldies have done and still do for the community.”

Also on Sunday, about 150 seniors turned out at the Grafton District Services Club for the annual Seniors Week show.

Wooli and District Pensioners and Retirees president Ann Mara, who accompanied 14 seniors from Wooli on a bus to the show, described it as a ‘fabulous day’.

“A Latin American couple performed and they were exceptionally good,” she said.

Mrs Mara said the annual day provided elderly people the chance to do something different.

“They get to come into town and see a show – it’s a great day out for them,” she said.

What’s on for Seniors

TOMORROW: 9.30am-noon, Yamba Community Centre. Information and demonstrations on wellbeing for seniors. Free morning tea included.

9-11am, Grafton Community Centre Auditorium. Seniors community concert featuring Second Time Around. Morning tea provided. $1 donation.

11.30am-1pm, Iluka Community Hall. Free belly dancing for seniors class.

WEDNESDAY: 9am-3pm, Brooms Head Hall. Ulgundahi Elders invite all seniors to join them for morning tea and BBQ lunch. Bus pickup at Yamba at 9am and Maclean at 9.30am. Phone Tina on 6641 7211.

1-4pm, Grafton Sports Centre. Free table tennis, life ball and badminton ‘come and try’ sessions. Afternoon tea provided.

THURSDAY: 1pm, Maclean Bowling Club. Maclean Senior Citizens free ‘afternoon of fun’.

11am-1pm, Grafton Shoppingworld outside Woolworths. Grafton Meals on Wheels ‘taste testing’.

FRIDAY: 9.45am-2.30pm, Harwood Ferry Cruise. Bus leaves from Prince Street market square for Yamba to join the 11am ferry cruise to Iluka and Harwood. Lunch served on board. $15 tickets from Grafton, $10 from Yamba. Phone 6645 3200.

1-4pm, Grafton Sports Centre. Free table tennis, life ball and badminton ‘come and try’ sessions. Afternoon tea provided.

SATURDAY: 1-4pm, Lawrence Museum. Museum Open Day. Free entry.

SUNDAY: 11.30am, Harwood Hall. Maclean Lions Club Annual Seniors luncheon and entertainment. Free. Book transport on 6645 3200.

 



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