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 West Tamworth League Club, Phillip Street, West Tamworth
  • at 7.00 pm


Publicity Officer - Kathy Challinor 

Mobile - 0428 290 952

Email:  kathypeter73@bigpond.com



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West Tamworth League Club, Phillip Street, WEST TAMWORTH, NSW 2340

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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.




Glenda Noble has been a member of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) since its inception 40 years ago, and has held many positions both on the committee as well as Zone and National Councillor. She has been nominated for this award because she reflects the values of VIEW, in particular, Supportive and Caring: Locally focused while Nationally active.

In 2013 when the fires burnt many homes in the hills around Coonabarabran, Glenda organised the other VIEW clubs in the Zone to donate, pack and transport much needed personal and household goods to one of the Coonabarabran VIEW Club members who had lost everything in the fire except the garden fountain, which won a prize at the Fabulous Fountain Competition last year.

Glenda is a leading example of VIEW’s Mission: by supporting clubs in her zone and including, assisting some smaller clubs to gain the services of the likes of Gabi Hollows and Ita Buttrose as guest speakers, which resulted in very successful fund raisers.

Glenda has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for 40 years meeting VIEW’s Vision: attracting new members, supporting existing members and encouraging all not to forget why VIEW clubs exist – the children, who benefit from their work.

Glenda is an inaugural member of TEVC. In the past 40 years she has held the positions of President; Vice President; Assistant Secretary; Delegate; Zone Councillor; National Councillor and club member. She has received 20, 30 and 40 year badges from VIEW.



2018 December

Archibald Prize – An evening at the Gallery

Tamworth was very fortunate to be the only regional centre to host the Archibald Prize paintings this year and the Tamworth Evening VIEW club were able to gain permission to host an evening at the Gallery as the last one of their fundraisers for 2018.

Almost 90 people including members of TEVC and other Tamworth VIEW Clubs, guests, friends and family, enjoyed a couple of hours catching up with old friends and making new ones, whilst enjoying tasty finger food, wine and champagne supplied by TEVC, while harpist Arlene Stapleton Delahenty played in the background.

The evening included a walk and talk tour by the staff at the gallery who gave background on the artists as well as heaving the meaning of their art explained. A beautiful patchwork quilt, made and donated by Pam McKinnon, was raffled on the night and was won by Vice President Mary Gurd. It was a fabulous way to finish what has been a hectic but financially successful year for the Tamworth Evening VIEW Club.




2018 October

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club’s 2018 Trivia Night

On Tuesday 16th October, TEVC hosted its second Trivia Night and 20 TEVC members, 8 Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW club members and 41 friends of TEVC attended, to help make it another entertaining night.

There were eight rounds of questions, many of which the participants thought were too hard, (and of course they were fined), three individual quizzes, two unseen auctions and three lucky seats along with 5 fabulous raffle prizes to be won on the night. Of course the winning and losing tables also took home prizes of wine and chocolates.

Nibbles were provided half way through the evening and there was some hot bidding on the unseen auctions. Participants were very generous throughout the night by buying raffle tickets, bidding on the auctions and happily paying their fines, all for a good cause, our sponsored students.

There was some fierce competition throughout the night when the losing team by 1 point last year, had their heads down hoping to win this year and could be heard arguing with the MC regarding the answers. This of course led to their being fined. However they were the winners on the night and received a round of applause for their win.

It was great to see a range of ages and abilities at the Trivia Night and the committee worked hard to ensure that it ran smoothly and was able to be enjoyed by all who attended.

A wonderful fund raiser yet again for Tamworth Evening VIEW Club as can be seen by the attached photos.

Kathy Challinor, Publicity Officer






2018 September


Sixteen TEVC members, one Tamworth Day member, two guests and our National Councillor attended the Drinks and Nibbles Spring Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusions on Thursday 13th September 2018 to raise money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, with 15% of all post parade sales going to this worthy cause.

Three of TEVC members, Tanya Ball, Julie Head and Heather Frankle modelled the clothing whilst Ann gave a running commentary on the beautiful spring outfits and accessories being modelled. Linen is very fashionable this year and the models showed these off with flair.

Felicity, Vicki and Ann from Blue Illusions once again provided and served the Drinks and Nibbles and were then kept very busy helping members to choose purchases after the parade.

Ann and Felicity demonstrated how the beautiful scarves which accessorised most of the outfits, could be worn in a range of different styles to suit the wearer. They also demonstrated the new body oil products available from Blue Illusions.






2018 August - 40th Birthday

On Tuesday evening 14th August, Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) celebrated its 40th Birthday in style at The Mill – Tamworth Longyard Golf Club. The theme was Ruby Glitz and Glamour and looking out over the room during the night there was a sea of red along with a lot of bling.

Fifty TEVC members attended as well as six from both the Tamworth Peel Evening and Tamworth Day VIEW clubs, National Councillor Beryl Pike and Zone Councillor Sally Cronberger and nine other members’ guests. Vice President of Tuggeranong VIEW Club, TEVC’s sister club, Sandi Doherty also attended.

All past Presidents were invited to attend, however Donna Harrow was the only one who was able to make it on the night. Inaugural President Pat Smith was asked to cut the 3 tiered red velvet cake, which was made by the previous catering manager of The Mill.

Musical entertainment was provided by Assistant Secretary Ellen Mackie- Gulliver’s husband David, who played two sets of old songs and songs that were popular 40 years ago and those present sang along and enjoyed reminiscing. Ellen also made the beautiful table decorations, which were offered for sale at the end of the night with the money going towards supporting our Learning for Life Students.

President Merilyn and Program Officer Lois, made Rocky Road from a recipe used by our late member Joan Hausfield OAM, and these were nicely wrapped and placed on the table as gifts for attendees.

Assistant Treasurer, Tanya Ball made up a board of different items that were relevant to 1978, such as only $1.20 for VIEW membership fees, Malcolm Fraser being the then Prime Minister and played some of the songs that were top hits during that year, inviting guests to identify the singer/s.

Guest speaker for the evening was Jane Kibble, Principal of a local small school, who entertained the members and guests with how she became a teacher and tales of ‘what kids say and do’ and the importance of keeping ‘mum’ about most of it. Jane also thanked VIEW for the wonderful work that they do in terms of supporting financially disadvantaged students and how it is so true that education is the way out of poverty. Past National Councillor Barbara Hyslop thanked Jane for her wonderful presentation.

During the evening member Kerrie Leitch and Program Officer Aletia were thanked for the beautiful new banner that they recently made which replaced the well utilised old one.

National Councillor Beryl Pike presented five TEVC members with their 40-year badges. These were Glenda Noble, Judy Gilroy, Justine Kennedy, Myra Langner and Julie McNamara while Pat Smith received her 50-year badge.

All-in-all it was a fabulous night of reminiscing, laughter, chatter, singing and fun which pretty much sums up what VIEW is about, whilst raising funds for an important cause.

Kathy Challinor Publicity Officer



2018 Area NI01 Gala/Conference Day

Tamworth Power House – Tamworth

The Area NI01 Gala/Conference Day was held on Saturday 30th June at The Power House in Tamworth. As members from Moree Narrabri Glen Innes Inverell Coonabarabran Gunnedah Manilla and Tamworth arrived, they were treated to a delicious morning tea made by Tamworth members.

The morning was opened by National Counsellor Beryl Pike, who welcomed the National Vice President Annette Schlafrig and 100 members and guests to the day. Aunty Yvonne gave the Welcome to Country and then National VP Annette Schlafrig from Melbourne, updated the members with an overview of where VIEW clubs are nationally. She spoke about the number of students being sponsored by the VIEW Clubs, and how the vital partnership between The Smith Family and VIEW has enabled financially disadvantaged students in Australia obtain an education, with many going on to Tertiary studies. She also encouraged those present to take on the role of educating other organisations on what VIEW is and what it does and that there are training days and packages available to assist those willing to take on this role.

Zone Councillor Sally Cronberger then addressed the audience regarding the importance of the resolutions that are put up from clubs across Australia with the final ones selected going to National Convention for voting. Sally outlined some of the past resolutions that were accepted at Convention and were taken to and supported by the Federal Government and put in place. She encouraged all clubs to put forward resolutions but also reminded them to debate them at club level first to determine if they would then be put up at National Convention.





National Councillor Beryl then invited the clubs present to provide a report on the previous 12 months. All clubs present gave an overview of their outstanding works over the past 12 months and the two clubs absent sent a report which was read by ZC Sally.

NC Beryl then gave her report on Area NI01 which currently sponsors 34 students. The clubs range in size from 70 (Tamworth Evening VIEW) to 12 (Werris Creek) who collectively raised over $52,000 last year. Beryl pointed out the The Smith Family Joy Spreader gifts which have been very popular this year and encouraged clubs to continue to purchase them for students. 

Shelly and Laurie Minson took the floor and entertained those present with a bracket of songs from the 50s. Together their singing was so good that they made it difficult for the audience not to join in singing.

Fiona Brierley from The Smith Family thanked the members of VIEW for all their hard work and sponsorship and noted that this zone provided $56,000 in sponsorship funding last year. She talked about the changes being implemented this year which enables more kids being able to be helped and giving the remote children a better experience as well as more follow up. Some of the programs are offering students entrepreneurial skills which helps them to obtain employment on school completion.

Following lunch, guest speaker Fiona Ferguson Editor of the Northern Daily Leader, took the audience on her journey as she went from not knowing in year 11 what to do with her future, to ending up in over 20 years later as Editor of the Tamworth Newspaper. 



She shared her experiences of doing work experience at 4BK for 12 months starting at 4.30 am and working till noon every day without pay, but gaining what she described as invaluable experience. This resulted in her working for Prime Television from the top of Queensland to Regional NSW where she had to do everything, including the weather, which today she says she still does not understand. 

With the changes in the media and the regional television stations aligning with the major cities, she applied for and got the job as Editor of the NDL in 2016. Four months later she developed breast cancer, resulting in the need for chemotherapy and radiation, throughout which she continued to work which she said was good for her mental health.

She said that all her colleagues were also extremely helpful during this time. As the newspapers undergo change into a new era, Fiona stated that the NDL needed to be people focussed and that without the community, there is no paper.

Beryl invited those clubs present who had prepared a skit to come forward and for the next hour the audience was regaled with fabulous performances from poetry and doctor’s surgery skits, to The Mature Woman’s Nightmare – Buying Swimmers, which had the audience in fits of laughter when mature Marie tried on swimmers that were designed for the 12 year old girl carved out of a potato chip.

All in all it was a great day of making new friends, sharing common goals and having fun.





National and Regional News

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Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

WA State Conference - Registration open

The idea of holding a Development Conference is to spread the word about VIEW and The Smith Family to a wider audience in WA, as well as give local women and those new to VIEW the opportunity to attend a “Convention-like” event.

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.


Events Calendar

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

May 2

60th Anniversary Gala - Riverina, MIA, Snowy Mountain Foothills and South to Victorian border

Save the date - celebration of VIEW's 60th Anniversary.

May 4

60th Anniversary Gala - Area NG NSW South Coast Berry to Eden

Monday, 4 May 2020 at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

May 7

60th Anniversary Gala - NSW Northern Rivers

Save the date - celebration of VIEW's 60th Anniversary.