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 The Longyard Golf Club – Longyard Drive, Tamworth 


Kathy Challinor Publicity Officer


0428 290 952


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The Longyard Golf Club, Longyard Drive, TAMWORTH, NSW 2340

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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.








2018 Annual Musical Afternoon

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club hosted their 7th successful Musical afternoon on Saturday June 23, and proved to be the most financially successful one to date.

This year’s event was Celtic themed, and VIEW club members and the public were invited to dress accordingly which many did, and this added to the great atmosphere.

The partnership with SING Australia Tamworth branch, again worked well and drew around 200 people to the Community Centre to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful entertainment.

Along with SING Australia, The Southside Uniting Church Men’s Choir entertained with some lively Celtic songs which saw the audience on many occasions join in.

Peter and Heather Bowden, who have a passion for both music and bagpipes, took the audience through the Highlands and the Islands of Scotland via a slide show as they played some beautiful old songs with both the men’s choir and SING Australia joining in for some of their songs.

After the usual delicious afternoon tea supplied by the TEVC members, the audience was given a taste of the up and coming talents of the young Children’s Musical Theatre Group from the local Conservatorium of Music. This was followed by the Peel Ukulele Players and Singers (PUPS) group, who entertained the audience with a special Celtic performance.

The afternoon went overtime because of the wonderful entertainment provided by the talented people of Tamworth, but nobody was to be in a rush to leave the venue.

There were 3 great raffles and 4 lucky seat prizes all donated by the committee and members of TEVC which contributed greatly to the money raised on the day.

Both TEVC and SING Australia are already planning the 2019 Musical Afternoon as it is so well supported by the local community and is a wonderful fundraiser for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program.




2018 May


Twenty one TEVC members and 3 guests attended the Drinks and Nibbles Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusions on Thursday 3rd May 2018 to raise money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, with 15% of all sales going to the cause.

Three of TEVC members, Tanya Ball, Jillian Whiteman and Heather Frankle modelled the clothing whilst Ann gave a running commentary on the outfit and accessories being modelled.

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

Felicity showed the members in attendance different ways to wear a scarf to enhance the outfits being worn.

The evening was well supported by members and their guests and the change rooms were 3 a piece after the event trying on potential purchases.



2018 Special Morning Tea

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club held a morning tea at President Merilyn’s home on Wednesday 11th April, to thank the members for their ongoing fundraising and financial support of the club throughout the year, in order to assist The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program.

The weather was perfect for a cuppa, scone and chat on the balcony overlooking the Longyard Golf Course and 36 members, including two new members, attended.

Baker’s Delight Tamworth Square, donated the scones for the morning tea and all who attended were very appreciative of their generosity.

A special birthday cake was produced to celebrate Beryl Bird’s 94th birthday among friends. It was also the 32nd anniversary of Beryl’s membership of Tamworth Evening View Club (TEVC).

There was so much chatter during the morning, which made for confirming friendships established through VIEW and making new friends.



Tamworth Evening VIEW Club 39th Birthday Dinner Meeting 8 August 2017 


TEVC celebrated its 39th Birthday at The Mill Tamworth Longyard Golf Club on Tuesday August 8th keeping with the theme  Masquerade - by wearing their wonderful and varied masks.

Program Officer Merilyn and Assistant Treasurer Aletia made the beautiful table decorations and Aletia also made the Birthday Cake which was shared among those present.

There were 50 ladies in attendance. 45 from the TEVC, 2 from Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW and 1 from sister club Tuggeranong, along with National Counsellor Barbara Hyslop, Zone Counsellor Beryl Pike, Smith Family's Cindy Pearce (guest speaker) and two members guests.

The  photos tell the story of the fun evening.





A Trivia Night was held at The Mill Longyard Golf Club on Tuesday 21st November to raise funds for The Smith Family Christmas Toy and Book Appeal.

Support for the evening was provided by Bakers Delight Tamworth Square and Sharon King Hearing Centre by way of gift vouchers to all who attended.

18 TEVC members, attended along with current Zone Counsellor Beryl Pike and 35 members and guests. Tables of 6 were organised and named after race horses as it was still November.

There were 6 rounds of questions interspersed with 2 Who Am Is?, a lucky seat and lucky bag prize, 2 auctions (1 unseen) and a huge Christmas hamper was the first prize in the raffle, donated by the TEVC Committee, who also donated the wine and chocolates for the winning team and chocolates for the team who came last.

Over $800 was raised during the night which included entry fee, fines for arguing with the MC, raffles and auctions and a wonderful night was enjoyed by all who attended.

Kathy Challinor, Publicity Officer/Ass Secretary


2017 Fun in November


A collage showing participants at the 2017 IWD Tamworth event. 

Check National and Regional News item, below, for more information and photos.





Fifteen TEVC members and 3 guests attended the Drinks and Nibbles Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusions on Thursday 19th October 2017 to raise money for The Smith Family's Learning for Life Program, with 15% of all sales going to the cause.

Three of TEVC members, Tanya Ball, Kathy Challinor, and National Counsellor Barbara Hyslop modelled the clothing whilst Ann gave a running commentary on the outfit and accessories being modelled.

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

It was a lovely way to support The Smith Family whilst viewing the latest summer fashions.


April High Tea and Fashion Parade

Hosted by Blue Illusions

Twenty Tamworth Evening VIEW Club members and two guests attended the High Tea and Fashion Parade hosted by Blue Illusions on Saturday April 1st to raise money for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, with 15% of all sales between midday and 4pm going to the cause.

Four of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club members, Tanya Ball, Heather Frankel, Jillian Whiteman and Kay Swadling modelled the clothing whilst Ann gave a running commentary on the outfit and accessories being modelled. Kylie from Sweet Secrets was also in attendance to demonstrate the range of underwear suitable to wear in conjunction with the outfits.

Felicity, Genevieve, Vicki and Ann from Blue Illusions provided the High Tea and assisted the models with flattering clothing and accessories during the parade and then helping members to choose purchases after the parade.

Blue Illusions Fashion Parade

On Saturday 15th October, the Tamworth Evening VIEW Club held their annual fashion parade at Blue Illusions in Tamworth. Blue Illusions provided high tea during the parade which featured 3 of the club's members as models. Special guest local hairdresser Cheyne Hardman provided those present with ideas on growing older spectacularly.15% of all sales went to the club which will go to the Smith Family's Learning for Life Program and many of the 26 members and their friends present ensured that they contributed to that percentage by purchasing some wonderful outfits following the parde. The TEVC is extremely grateful for the support given by the staff at Blue Illusions, Ann, Felicity and Vicki

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Carolyn in casual gear and Della looking very smart


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Cheyne Hardman

 9 August 2016



Tamworth Evening View Club celebrated its 38th birthday at the 9th of August meeting in style, with around 60 members and guests in attendance, including the National and Zone Counsellors, 10 members from the Peel Evening View Club and 5 member’s guests.

A birthday cake made and decorated by Merilyn Binney, and cut by Zone Counsellor Beryl Pike and National Counsellor Barbara Hyslop, was shared after dinner and stories told of the best and worst birthday parties members had hosted or attended.

The guest speaker, Charles Impey spoke about the mammoth task of the community building the Tamworth Children’s Adventure Playground at Marsupial Park fitted very well with the birthday theme.


Singing in the Rain

The rain did not stop the locals from attending another successful Tamworth Evening View Club’s musical afternoon on Saturday 18th June at the Tamworth Community Centre.

Almost 150 people enjoyed some wonderful music provided by Sing Australia Tamworth group, the Southside Uniting Church Men’s Choir, The Tamworth Regional Ukulele Group and a special appearance by Gabriella McDonald, who recently played the lead role in Mary Poppins. She was accompanied on the piano by Bill Gleeson and enthralled the audience with her beautiful voice as she sang four songs.

During the afternoon, the audience and performers were provided with an excellent afternoon tea catered by members of the Tamworth Evening View Club.

The money raised from the musical afternoon goes to the Smith Family’s ‘Learning for Life Program’ which our VIEW club supports.

Tamworth Regional Ukelele Group

Southside Uniting Church Choir

Tamworth Sing Australia Singers

Tamworth VIEW Members Lois Ryan, Mary Gurd and Merilyn Binney drawing the raffle

National and Regional News

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Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

People's Choice Credit Union Lottery

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Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

2018 AREA NI01 International Women's Day

There were 91 VIEW Clubs of Australia NI01 members and their guests who attended an International Women’s Day lunch which was held at The Powerhouse on Saturday, 10 March 2018. The three VIEW Clubs in Tamworth attended along with Manilla VIEW Club and the two clubs from Gunnedah.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

VIEW Parliamentary Metnion

Ms JODIE HARRISON (Charlestown) make a Private Member's Statement in Parliament on Tuesday 22 May 2018


Events Calendar

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

Sep 14

WA State Conference

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.

Sep 13

VIEW National Convention 2019

Save the Date for National Convention 2019