LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020
In the interest of those crying into their wine because they are unable to attend the 2019 Reunion, we are floating the idea of another get-together next year -2020.
Possible dates to consider: Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2020
                             Thursday 29th October – Sunday 1st November 2020
To make it a little more enticing for those who will have travelled to Coffs in October 2019, it was thought that maybe a different location would appeal.  I feel that Port Macquarie could be “the place” and have put together some thoughts and information. None of this is set in concrete and is purely hypothetical at this stage.
  1. Accommodation: it would be lovely if we could all stay at the same motel / resort /park. Ideally, it would be somewhere that has a community area – be it a large room or covered b-b-q area. This enables casual gatherings for brunch / morning tea / afternoon drinks  etc.   Unfortunately, Port Macquarie is full of huge apartment style accommodation and community areas are not the “in” thing.
 
My choices would be a combination of: a) El Paso Motor Inn and,  b) NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park.  These 2 facilities are reasonably close and both in the town centre. This allows an option for those who like to caravan and those who prefer to motel.  It would be up to the individual parties to book their own accommodation.
 
  1. Group Excursions:
 
   Senior & Retirees Big Day Out Cruise $45  (River Cruise)
  • 3 hour cruise around Port Macquarie 
  • Hot & Cold Buffet + Dessert
  • Bingo, trivia and celebrity heads
  • Licenced bar on board
  • Pick up and drop off from Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street)
  • Departs at 11am and returns around 2pm
  • Individuals and groups are most welcome but bookings are essential!
   OR
  Sunset River Cruise $25  -  2 hour cruise includes afternoon tea.
        
Dinner Friday or Saturday night at Port City Bowling Club – walking distance from accommodation mentioned.
  1. Things to Do:
 
Breakwall Walking Path -  short – about an hour.
         Coastal Walking Path  -  much longer (9 kms) but can be broken up into  stages.
         Something a little different - Camels on The Beach (this is out of the town area – would need transport) You may not want to take a camel ride (but why not?) however, the camel owner is willing to provide an informal but informative “chat” on the beach, with his camels.  Apparently, he is very entertaining with a myriad of funny stories to impart.
There are lots of other things to do in Port Macquarie but not all things appeal to all people so it would be up to the individual to work out their own itinerary.
 
Have a think about it.  The idea will be discussed at some stage during the 2019 Reunion and any ideas will be gratefully received.  Having reconnected with people after many years, I think it is nice to keep in touch.  Most of us are retired and like to have a few days away at least a couple of times throughout the year – why not make one of those breaks a get together with some old (take that whichever way you want) school friends.  Bring along your husband / wife / partner  -  if you are lucky enough to have one - they may find some new friends with common interests too.
Sue (Whitney) Robb






 
Class Muster
When: 17 to 20 October 2019
Where: Coffs

Contact: Percy McPherson
0425713727
lumenextenebris@gmail.com
Please arrange to meet your friends for small excursions or coffee in addition to the events scheduled below:

Thursday 17 Oct  Park Beach  5pm. Barefoot Bowls  $10  for tuition,   followed by Bistro Meal at 6pm.

Friday 18 Oct  Urunga.  12 Noon.  Lunch at Ocean View Hotel     plus Sit,Chat or Do The Boardwalk.

Saturday  19 Oct  10 am  Creek Walk                     From Pool           to   Pool       Starting Memorial     Pool  Coff St.

Saturday  19 Oct  Shearwater Restaurant  55th Anniversary                 Dinner          Mix and Mingle. 4pm to 11pm.

Sunday  20 Oct  Bongil Bongil National Park  
             Slow Sunday Lunch 11 am to 3pm
             
totally BYO.

We also need some venue photos to go in here, Percy 12/3



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Lunch at Urunga
Reflect On This
Reflect On This

When: Friday 18th October at 12 Noon
Where: Ocean View Hotel Urunga

oceanviewhotel.com.au
Ocean View Hotel Lunch is at 12 noon. We have booked the Outdoor Marquee.
Order at the bar and pay individually.
This will be an excellent opportunity to see the wetlands from the boardwalk.
A huge remediation project is being monitored for the restoration of environmental damage caused by Antimony tailings dumped in the 1970s. See the link below:
https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/142720/Urunga-Wetlands-fact-sheet.pdf
Thanks to Geoff Maunder for this information and his stunning photograph above.
 
2019 Coffs Creek Walk
Among the Mangroves
Among the Mangroves

When: 19 October 2014 at 10 am
Where: Start from War Memorial Olympic Pool
Coff Street
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Australia
2450

Contact: Percy McPherson
0425 713 727
lumenextenebris@gmail.com
 
 
This Creek Walk is a slow-paced nostalgic gathering/walk.
Bring your camera. You will be surprised.
Turn around after 30 or 40 minutes, at the old cemetery.
Or seasoned walkers will make it to the Butter Factory Pool.
If you are still needing more exercise and nature study, the Botanical Gardens, next to the cemetery will fill the bill admirably.
As you walk pick up some tips on Bowls or Birdwatching and decide on a lunch or coffee venue.
Keep your eye out for sculptures along the track. There are also several tree stumps which bear the scars of stone axes and ancient footholds.
Anybody who rides a bike should spend a couple of hours doing the full loop - from town to Park Beach, then all the way to Muttonbird Island. Return via the path on the other side of the creek. It is very safe, scenic and close to nature.
Meet at the car park for the Memorial Pool in Coff Street, 9.45 for 10am.

 
55th Anniversary Dinner
When: 19th October 2019 at 4-00pm to 11-00pm
Where: Shearwater Restaurant
321 Harbour Drive
Coffs Harbour Australia
2450

Contact: Percy McPherson
0425 713 727
lumenextenebris@gmail.com
shearwaterrestaurant.com.au
2 courses $55
3 courses $65
 
Slow Sunday Lunch
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When: 20 October 2019 at 11-00 am to 3-00pm
Where: Bongil Bongil NP Picnic Area
Williams Road
BONVILLE Australia
2450

Contact: Robert McPherson
0425 713 727
lumenextenebris@gmail.com.
This is a ditto repeato of our Fiftieth Recovery  Brunch.  BYO everything - just a chance to relax, recover and rewind the years once again!

 Cycling and canoeing are possible at this location, if you are keen.

Getting there: South of Coffs Harbour:

  • Take the Bonville exit from the Pacific Highway onto Pine Creek Way
  • Turn into Williams Road north of Bonville
  • Bongil picnic area is at the end of Williams Road

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, carpark, gas/electric barbecues, picnic tables, lookout, trackhead/access point