A valued part of The Smith Family

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1978.

Currently, the Club sponsors four Smith Family Learning for Life students and is actively involved in fundraising activities to raise donations for The Smith Family programs.

We are always open to new members, so please get in touch today and come and see what it's all about.


  • Meeting Day on 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • at Connors Function Room – Savannah Way Motel, Corner of New England Highway and Burgmans Lane Tamworth
  • at 6.30 for 7.00 pm


Publicity Officer - Di Trasler

Secretary - Kathy Challinor
Mobile - 0428 290 952
Email:  kathypeter73@bigpond.com

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Connors Function Room – Savannah Way Motel, Corner of New England Highway and Burgmans Lane , TAMWORTH, NSW 2340

Club News

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2019 November


The final fundraiser for 2019, our third trivia night, was held on Thursday November 7 at the West Leagues Club and saw almost ninety players vying for the fabulous prizes of Champagne and Chocolates.

President Merilyn Binney warmly welcomed the twenty two TEVC & seven Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW Club members, and invited them and their friends, family and work colleagues to enjoy the night,

Trivia compere, writer of questions and Publicity Officer Kathy Challinor, kept the eleven tables of eight players busy during the course of the evening with a tricky ongoing question which really tested those present. Even the winning table for that question, only able to name five of the nineteen motels along Goonoo Goonoo Road in their correct order.

Nine other rounds of ten questions were delivered with much laughter and attempted bribery from those present. During the evening guests were provided with a platter of dips, crudités, fruit and crackers to keep their minds clear.








An unseen auction, a leg of lamb along with all the vegetables needed for a Sunday roast, donated by Vice President Ellen, raised a significant amount of money towards our final profits, which will help keep our five sponsored students at school and gaining a valuable education.

The tables were given a wine name and throughout the night there was hot competition between Merlot and Sav Blanc, with the final winners being Vice President Mary Gurd’s table Sav Blanc, pipping Merlot by one point with Pee No More (Pinot Noir) trying hard to beat both.

The losing table, Chardonnay did not go home empty handed as they each received a box of chocolates. Most of the prizes were donated by TEVC committee and members.

Assistant Treasurer Elizabeth Henderson kept the guests updated with an ongoing score chart up on the screen, that helped to encourage some fierce competition.

Program Officers had organised a beautiful hamper of wines chocolates and other goodies for the first prize in the raffle with second prize being a voucher for $50 at Joe Maguire’s Pub, and third prize a Baker’s Delight Christmas Cake donated by Baker’s Delight Tamworth Square franchisee Leanne Maslen. Treasurer Tanya Ball organised a ‘guess the number of smarties in the jar’ competition which was very well patronised by all the ‘smarties’ in the room.

All committee members assisted during the night with distributing the question sheets, gathering same, or scoring which made the night run very smoothly.

Feedback from those who attended from both within the TEVC and others, has been very positive and tables are already being organised for the 2020 event.


2019 October


Tamworth Regional Gallery once again enabled Tamworth Evening VIEW Club to host a fundraiser in association with the current “Exploded Textiles” Exhibition.

Twenty seven people attended which included 13 from TEVC, three from Manilla VIEW, one from Tuggeranong (Tamworth Evening VIEW Club’s sister VIEW Club) and one from Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW. There were also nine friends of VIEW club’s members in attendance.

Pam Brown from the Gallery gave an insightful and entertaining “walk and talk” on the amazing variety of textiles on display, including a woman’s coat and a men’s hat, coat and trousers made from dog hair. This created much discussion.

A Devonshire morning tea followed the ‘walk & talk’, and the winner of the hamper raffle was TEVC inaugural member Glenda Noble.




2019 August


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club celebrated their 41st Birthday this month. A floral theme was selected and all the members and guests dressed appropriately and enjoyed the monthly dinner meeting with friends from TEVC as well as guests from the other Tamworth VIEW Clubs.

Throughout the evening entertainment was provided by David Gulliver, who ably led members and guests in a flower sing-a-long, including such loved songs as Tiptoe through the Tulips, English Country Garden, Yellow Rose of Texas and finishing with Give me a Home among the gum trees.

Inaugural President of TEVC Pat Smith was present to cut the red velvet cake which was shared over coffee.

Members Nola Hunt and Lois Ryan received their 40 year badges from Zone Councillor Sally Cronberger who also presented Kay Swadling, Carol Swain and Aletia Normal with their 10 year badges.

Cindy Pierce from The Smith Family was present to update the club on what has been happening in our area for students support.


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2019 June


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club hosted their 8th successful Musical afternoon on Saturday June 22 and once again the entertainment was excellent and the day profitable.

TEVC President Merilyn Binney welcomed members, their guests and visitors to the afternoon and gave an overview of what VIEW does in the community, and in particular its support of financially disadvantaged school children.

Merilyn stated that it is through the financial support given to the TEVC by the members of the public who attend its functions that has enabled the club to sponsor a fifth student this year.

Rock and Roll was this year’s theme and all the performers provided a good amount of R&R throughout the afternoon which had the audience singing, stomping their feet and clapping their hands to the music.

The strong partnership developed between SING Australia, Southside Uniting Church Men’s Choir and TEVC continues to prove to be a successful one. Although both had many of their regular members absent due to illness, they still provided wonderful entertainment including Queen’s – We will rock you.

Members of the Tamworth Rockabilly Dance group gave a lively demonstration of their style of dance which included one of the men swinging his partner high into the air and over his shoulders, much to the delight of the audience.

The Tamworth Ukulele Group continued the Rock and Roll theme and showed the audience that a ukulele can turn out rock music just as easily as Hawaiian.

As usual the fabulous women of TEVC provided an exciting afternoon tea during the break, and the feedback from those in attendance was that the food is always as good as the entertainment.

Four people won a lucky chair prize and the winners of the three raffles were very happy with their prize, as was the club as the majority of those in attendance bought many tickets.



 Phil Donnan


2019 May


On the 4th of May 2019, Tamworth Evening VIEW Club hosted their first fashion parade in partnership with the Vinnies Tamworth Peel Street store and the Tamworth Jockey Club.

The TEVC wanted to showcase how well a family can dress for very little outlay, and as there is no longer a Smith Family Store in Tamworth decided to approach the local Vinnies Op Shop with an idea for a fashion parade using only clothing from the Peel Street store. It was felt that it was an opportunity to promote the local Vinnies Op Shop as well as the role VIEW Clubs play in assisting financially disadvantaged families through our sponsorship of Learning for Life Students.

Executive Officer of Vinnies in Armidale Mr. Phil Donnan, was approached with the idea of hosting a fashion parade and to seek Vinnies support in providing the clothing and accessories for the models. Phil was also advised that although this is a fundraiser, TEVC would be the recipient of the monies raised, however Vinnies would be guaranteed great publicity and the opportunity to promote their works to an audience who may not necessarily shop at Op Shops. Phil agreed with the idea and also offered to be a male model on the day. He proved to be very entertaining in this regard.

Colleen Harding who volunteers at the Peel Street store, outfitted the TEVC models in a range of fabulous clothes which included from casual to mother of the bride. Louise Gainey from the same store assisted prior to and on the day and Colleen was also a model. Three year old Marnie, the granddaughter of Di Le Brocq, President of the Tamworth store, also modeled a beautiful pink corduroy dress.

It was decided that clothing modelled on the day would be available for guests to purchase by placing a ticket with their details on the item and going into the store the following week. This option offered some serious up selling by Vinnies.

Initially the fashion parade was to be held in a member’s garden, however due to the ongoing drought, this was not possible. The Tamworth Jockey Club were approached and they waived the booking fee and provided a lot of support both before and during the event. On the day the weather was a bit inclement so the betting ring was chosen instead of the garden to keep guests dry.

All the media were advised of the event and promoted it and an interview with the local FM station was conducted. The local Northern Daily Leader did a story with a photo of a range of clothes and shoes which appeared in the week leading up to the parade.

Delicious scones were purchased from Baker’s Delight Tamworth Square and served with jam and cream half way through the parade. These proved to be a great hit with all in attendance.

Over 100 guests attended the fashion parade and there was a lot of chatter following each model’s appearance and many commented that it was excellent, including the morning tea.

Colleen reported an increase in new faces to the Vinnies store on the Monday as guest arrived to purchase their chosen outfits.

Vinnies indicated that they would be very happy to do another one next year. The Tamworth Jockey Club were happy with the outcome as were the crowd and TEVC were very happy with the funds raised for our Learning for Life students. Win! Win! Win!

Kathy Challinor, Publicity Officer



2019 April

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club steps out in Fashion

Once again nineteen Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) members and their four guests supported our first Blue Illusions Fashion parade for this year on Thursday evening April 4th.

Models, members Di Trassler, Robyn Crosby and Kay Swadling, all looked fabulous in the new autumn and winter clothes, and guests were given those extra tips when matching accessories with outfits by Anne Felicity and Vicki, the wonderful ladies at Tamworth Blue Illusions store.

This partnership fundraiser is always a success both socially and financially for TEVC and the staff at the store ensure that members and guests are made welcome with drinks and nibbles on arrival and throughout the evening.

As well as looking after us in terms of food and drinks, 15% of all sales from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday went to our club, which will go towards supporting our four Learning for Life Students.

The lucky door prize (donated by Blue Illusions), was won by Program Officer Lois Ryan and President Merrilyn Binney thanked the staff of Tamworth Blue Illusions for their continued support of financially disadvantaged Australian school children by hosting these fashion parades for VIEW.

Kathy Challinor

TEVC Publicity Officer

Collage 9985 – Merilyn thanking members for attending the morning tea

2019 March


Members of the Tamworth Evening VIEW Club spent a wonderful morning on the veranda of President Merilyn Binney’s home overlooking the Longyard Golf Course, on Wednesday March 20th.

A morning tea, hosted by Merilyn and catered for by the committee, was held to say ‘thank you’ to members who attend and support the club at meetings, at its fundraising events, either by attending and/or catering or both, and are always willing to step up and assist the club in many ways behind the scenes as well as donate money towards our Learning for Life students.

Almost 40 members enjoyed the company, food and general catch up with others, something that is not always possible at dinner meetings and thanked Merilyn for providing her home for the morning tea and to the committee for the beautiful morning tea that was provided.


National and Regional News

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Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

NB02 Blue Illusion National Shopping and Styling Day

Past National President, Gwen Wilton, and NB02 National Councillor, Jo Gray, had a wonderful day attending the Blue Illusion National Shopping and Styling day in Bowral to support The Smith Family. NB02 Clubs Kangaroo Valley, Wollondilly, Picton, Southern Highlands, Camden, Macarthur, Campbelltown and Ingleburn.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

Area NB Walk with VIEW

Area NB held a Walk with VIEW on Monday 19 August at Picton Botanic Gardens where head gardener, Craig of Wollondilly Council, spoke on how to get the best out of our roses. Clubs are from NB01: Albion Park, Dapto, Fairy Meadow, Figtree, Helensburgh, Illawarra, Kiama, Shellharbour and NB02: Camden, Campbelltown, Ingleburn, Macarthur, Picton, Southern Highlands, Wollondilly.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

NH01 Walk with VIEW

NH01 Zone Conference held on 28th October 2018 at Eat Your Greens Function Centre Eugowra was attended by 45 members from all clubs across the zone. The balloons in the photo represent the 22 Learning for Life students sponsored across the clubs in the zone.


Events Calendar

We have some great events coming up, take a look at the calendar and get involved!