A valued part of The Smith Family

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club


Tamworth Evening VIEW Club was formed in 1978.

Currently, the Club sponsors six 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


SecretaryBarbara Hyslop
Mobile - 0428 659 310

Publicity - 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

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Meet our Committee for 2022

Barbara Hyslop - Secretary, Kathy Challinor – Publicity Officer, Joan Pacey – Delegate, Kay Swadling Assist. Treasurer, Elizabeth Henderson – Treasurer, Ellen Mackie-Gulliver – Assist. Secretary, Carol Swain – Vice President, Merilyn Binney – President, Deb Mooney and Lyn O’Connor – Program Officers and Zone Counsellor Aletia Norman who swore the new committee in and distributed badges  





2022 May


Members of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club held their monthly dinner meeting on Tuesday night with 40 members in attendance.

Guest Speaker for the evening was Registered Nurse Meryl Chaffey, who over her nursing career has been an Enrolled Nurse Educator with TAFE, a Community Educator, has worked as a Drug and Alcohol Nurse as well as Nurse Manager and is now the End of Life Educator.

She explained the difference between Palliative and End of Life  care. The latter being is the last 12 months of life. Her role is to make the “uncomfortable – comfortable” and with the use of personal experience and humour, assisted those present with understanding the importance of having both an Advanced Care Plan which takes in to account your wishes and values and is a personal plan and the Advance Care Directive which is a legally binding document.

Meryl said that less than 30% of the population have actually gone to the trouble of completing both documents, many have downloaded them but maybe don’t wish to complete them yet. She stressed that by completing them in consultation with the family, there is less stress when for them when the time comes for you to leave this earth, as everything is recorded and it is what you wanted, meaning less family confusion and arguments at that important time.

Meryl pointed out the difference between an Enduring Guardian (the person who makes the health and care decisions when a person can no longer communicate their needs and wants) and a Power of Attorney (the person who makes your financial decisions for you once you can no longer do so).

Both plans can be downloaded from the NSW Health Website and stressed that each state has a slightly different plan so to be sure to download one that is applicable to you.

Once your plans are completed and witnessed, they should be stored with your medications (in case of emergency trips to hospital), a copy given you your family and in particular your Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian), scanned into your doctor’s medical records and into your local hospital records.

Meryl spoke about how to introduce the topic with family members, the timing, situation and location being important. One needs to ensure that the family are on board with your wishes and so it may take a few goes to get them all on your side.

A wonderful thought provoking presentation which was gratefully and gracefully received by the members of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club and members would encourage other VIEW Clubs  in the Hunter New England Area to invite Meryl to speak to them as well.





Tamworth Evening VIEW Club goes Country Music in April

Everyone knows that Tamworth Country Music Festival is held  in January each year, but Covid has had something to say about that over the past couple of years causing the festival to be cancelled.

In 2022, the 50th year Anniversary of TCMF was postponed to April and because TEVC does not meet in January, it was decided to theme our April dinner meeting Country.

40 Members and their guests met on Tuesday April 12 at Connors and sat at tables decorated with traditional country music hats. Many of the members dressed country and enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship and were treated to a demonstration of line-dancing by members Marie and Tanya along with Marie’s friend Gail.

After two dances by the “professionals” (one of whom only took up line-dancing two days earlier), President Merilyn invited all members and guests who were wearing pink, to join in.

Needless to say there were lots of laughter at the antics of some and plenty of appreciation shown to both the professionals and the amateurs for the entertainment provided.

The Lucky Door and Raffle prizes this month of course were Easter eggs with Marie and Glenda winning the Lucky Doors and VIEW Area Advisor Sally won the Raffle.


Guest speaker Connie Porter with past National Councillor Sally Cronberger and Zone Councillor Aletia Norman



Almost sixty women from View Clubs across the region celebrated International Women’s Day on Saturday over morning tea and  lunch, whilst being entertained by Those 2 Gals at West Tamworth League Club, organised by Zone Councillor Aletia Norman.

Connie Porter, who grew up in Quirindi and is now the CEO of Ramsey Health Care’s Port Macquarie Facilities, addressed the members and their guests and began her story from working in her parent’s bakery to being the youngest woman CEO in Ramsey’s Health facilities, with the words,  “In life, women wear a lot of hats and that is what makes them interesting”.

From a young age she knew she wanted to have her own hospital, and this seed was sown when she would serve the local Matron (in those days) at the bakery and vowed to model herself on her. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing at UNE, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, a Masters in Health Service Management, and is currently undertaking further studies in Human Resources with a focus on Industrial Relations.

Connie shared statistics regarding the current gender bias from Federal Government down to the trades and encouraged women to be brave, talk to young women, and share their own stories, thus giving young girls role models. Throughout her presentation she referred to how great this world will be when we can have a workforce that is based on skills not gender and praised the work of VIEW Club women who raise funds for The Smith Family which assists financially disadvantaged Australian School Kids, through the Learning for Life Program, and stressed that education makes all possible.






The monthly meeting at Connors Function Centre in March saw forty four members and guests attend and enjoy a wonderful presentation of his life as a person who has had blindness since childhood.

Richard Newberry, accompanied by his high school sweetheart wife Jo, and his Guide Dog Henny, kept the members and guests intrigued and entertained in equal quantities as he explained how he saw when he went to school, the diagnosis, and then how he ended up working for then owning one of biggest plaster works companies in Tamworth.

He talked about the interesting ways he managed to get through primary and high school despite the fact that it was recommended he go to the North Rock School for Deaf and Blind. When he was diagnosed at a very young age, the specialist told his father that Richard would have to give up football and riding his bike along with a lot of other things.

His father politely said to the specialist that is would be up to Richard to decide what he can and cannot do. Well he really took that bit of encouragement to heart and there was very little he could not do. How he got the moniker “Hawkeye” is something you would have to ask him, as there would appear to be a few good stories as to how this came about.

Richard still rides around 250 kilometres a week on a Tandem bike with a couple of lifelong friends and has participated in all of the Westpac Helicopter Rides that have been coordinated by riders in the Tamworth area.

He was introduced by long time friend Program Officer Deb Mooney and thanked by Assistant Secretary Ellen Mackie-Gulliver. Henny did not move from her place at Richard’s feet the whole evening. Thank you Richard and family.




2022 February

Our 2022 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday February 8th at Connors Function Room. Zone Counsellor Aletia Norman invited nominations from the floor and all Committee positions were filled smoothly, giving members and their guests ample time to catch up following the Christmas break.

There were two requests for membership on the night which were very quickly supplied to the lovely ladies wishing to join our club and support Aussie kids gain an education.

President Merilyn Binney gave her annual report and despite Covid, our six students were sponsored and some innovative fundraising was held, to ensure that they could be sponsored again this year, and thanked the members for their continued generosity.

Plans are underway for some fun fundraising events but all cannot be revealed just yet.



2021 December

Almost 50 members and guests recently came together in festive garb to celebrate the end of a challenging year with an evening of friendship carols laughs as well as showcasing what some of our clever members have done to keep busy during lockdowns.

President Merilyn Binney thanked outgoing National Vice President Beryl Pike and outgoing National Councillor Sally Cronberger, who both complete their two years in those positions at the end of this year, for the outstanding work they have done despite Covid-19 and presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation for their support of TEVC.

Members were invited to bring something that they created whilst in lockdown and three members, Nola Carolyn and Kerrie shared the results of their talents with the hand knitted colourful rug, tapestry and paintings.

Jennie West led the carol singing , Kathy Challinor shared the recent story in the Daily Telegraph “ Just Call us the Smiths” – the history of The Smith Family and Barbara Hyslop then showed short videos of the programs that The Smith Family run for children, as well as testimonials from sponsored students who outlined what sponsorship has meant to them as they journey through school and beyond.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club felt this to be a fitting reminder of why VIEW Clubs exist and helped members and guests understand the importance of their involvement in VIEW.



Five lucky door prizes were collected by lucky recipients and the three raffle prizes were won by Bev Albertson, from Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW, Shirley Griffin from Tamworth Evening and Ro Everleigh from Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club.


2021 November Zone Friendship Lunch

Sixty VIEW members from the Manilla, Gunnedah Day and Evening clubs, along with Tamworth Evening, Tamworth Peel Evening and Tamworth Day VIEW Clubs and their guests enjoyed a friendship lunch on Saturday November 20th at the Tamworth Community Centre. Sandwiches and slice were the order of the day, provided by various members with  tea and coffee enjoyed in beautiful fine bone china cups.

This day was organised by National Councillor Sally Cronberger and Zone Councillor Aletia Norman, both members of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club. In attendance was National Vice President Beryl Pike who addressed the ladies to congratulate them for being part of the wonderful world of VIEW, whose sole purpose is to raise money to support financially disadvantaged school children, and to share the exciting news that VIEW Clubs across Australia are now supporting 1,500 students.

Also in attendance on the day were two past Zone and National Councillors, Glenda Noble and Barbara Hyslop and past Zone Councillor Joan Harwood.

Due to a technology glitch the planned sharing of recent profiles of Learning for Life students and how sponsorship by VIEW has helped them achieve their educational goals, was not possible. However there was lots of sharing of stories about their sponsored students during the lunch with many new friendships forged.


2021 November





On Tuesday 9th November, over 40 members and guests got together at a dinner meeting for the first time since July. The wonderful floral themed night included a presentation by guest speaker Sandra Holmes, Horticulturist and Northwest Coordinator of Garden Clubs of Australia, who shared her story of becoming a horticulturist and her passion for anything that can be grown.

National Councillor Sally Cronberger presented Vice President Mary Gurd with her 10 year badge, and Della Ruttley who has held many positions over her 30 years with TEVC, was presented with her 30 year badge. Two new members, Joan Pacey and Kay Fitzsimmons received their membership badges from Zone Councillor Aletia Norman and were warmly welcomed to our club.

In line with the floral theme, a trading table was loaded with plants, homemade masks and peg bags all lovingly potted or handmade by members, which proved very popular with all monies raised going to our Learning for Life students.

A great meal shared with wonderful friends in a beautiful venue.




Collage of members and guests and the display



President of Tamworth Evening VIEW Club Merilyn Binney hosted a morning tea at her home on Friday 15th October, in conjunction with Blue Illusion who demonstrated their amazing array of accessories for the 26 members and guests who attended.

Although the weather was not as kind as we would have liked, those present were very generous as they helped to deplete the huge display of accessories. These included, scarves hats and jewellery, along with books gardening tools and handbags as well as scented candles. Who would have thought that such a small shop as our Blue Illusion could hold so many different accessories?

Felicity and Anne from Blue Illusion worked tirelessly setting up, demonstrating and holding down the merchandise to prevent articles blowing away in the wind and landing on the golf course.

A morning tea provided by the committee, helped to replenish the purchasers following the wonderful demonstration.

Our students will be very happy with how generous our members and guests were on the morning and a massive thank you to Felicity and Anne from Tamworth Blue Illusion, a wonderful supporter of VIEW.



Next month is Tamworth Evening VIEW Club’s 43rd birthday and the theme is floral.


2021 July

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club devoted their July meeting to discussing and voting on the three resolutions which will go to National Convention in September. Vice President Mary Gurd made it easy for members to be aware of what the three resolutions were by ensuring that every member received a copy of each either by email or snail mail as well as having them on the tables on Tuesday night. It was also a great evening of friendship and chatter, despite the need to wear the masks when not eating or drinking.




Over fifty Tamworth Evening VIEW Club members and their guests attended the Tamworth Regional Gallery on Monday May 31st, to enjoy a walk and talk viewing of the props i.e., sewing machines and clothing worn in the iconic Australian movie “The Dressmaker”.

Morning tea, provided by the committee, followed the viewing and lively chatter was heard across the gallery as those in attendance caught up with friends and talked about the beautiful clothing worn in the movie. A remarkably interesting morning was had with two lucky door winners who were guests of TEVC and the winner of the raffle, a beautiful hamper with wine, nibbles and lots of other tasty treats, member Nola Hunt had to leave early due to a prior engagement, however President Merilyn Binney ensured that it was safely delivered to Nola’s home.

TEVC members are incredibly grateful to the staff of the Tamworth Regional Gallery for their support of their club and the interest they take in our members and in particular, that we raise money for our six students who are with The Smith Family’s Learning for Life” Program.




May is special for Mother's Day

2021 May Dinner Meeting

Forty members and guests, some of whom were daughters of members and others who are potential new members, attended the May Mother-Daughter evening on Tuesday May 11th, at Connors by Coreys Function room in Tamworth.

Guest speakers for the evening was Amalin Yu, who worked with the United Nations Development Fund for women (now UNWOMEN) for 15 years covering countries in East & Southeast Asia. She speaks 8 languages, obtained advanced degrees at Ohio University – MA in Politics as well as an MA in Southeast Asian History. She has a daughter who works as a Physiotherapist at Sydney Eye Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Randwick and a son who is a Doctor at both Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.

For the past 12 years she has been working with the Northern Settlement Services in Tamworth and was nominated for the Citizen of the Year in Tamworth in 2017. Amalin provided members and guests with a wealth of information about what services are provided to refugees when they come to Australia to live and notes that whilst they are supported for 5 years, the language and cultural changes required by refugees in order to fully assimilate do need much longer support.

The other speaker was Sheila who at age 8 was told by her father that they were leaving Burma for 2 weeks. She spent many years in a Thai Refugee camp until 2013 when the family came to Australia. She spoke about the language and cultural difficulties once in Australia, finding a job and learning new skills, all of which required support. She was happy to share that she has almost completed her childcare certificate through TAFE and will undertake her first placement next week.

Both speakers were amazing to listen to and members and guests were provided with an excellent insight into the hardships faced by refugees fleeing their home country for many reasons, the majority of which are political or religious.




Tamworth Jockey Club


2021 May Fashion Parade

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club (TEVC) hosted a fashion parade on the lawns at the Tamworth Jockey Club with fashions from Town & Country Boutique and Saturday May 1st. Local women modelled a range of clothing including casual and formal wear.

Over 100 members and guests attended the morning fashion parade and despite it being the first day of the last month of Autumn, the sun was very warm, leading to many guests moving their chairs to more shady areas to view the parade.

TEVC committee and members catered an amazingly varied and delicious morning tea for guests to share following the parade, which was enjoyed under the trees.

President of TEVC Merilyn Binney emceed the parade and warmly thanked Deb Charlton, owner of Town & Country Boutique for providing the clothing and the models, for donating their time and expertise. Lucky chair prizes were given out to four lucky winners and there was a raffle with three prizes, the first being a Town & Country Boutique voucher donated by Deb, and two Mother’s Day baskets of goodies for second and third prize.

“A wonderful warm Autumn morning, with friends and food on the beautiful lawns of the Tamworth Jockey Club, proved to be a very profitable morning which goes to The Smith Family to support our Learning for Life students”, said President Merilyn Binney.






2021 April

Guest Speaker at the April Dinner Meeting was Nick Bradford from the Nundle Woollen Mill

Nick was born in Deniliquin and went off to boarding school in Victoria when he reached high school age. He went to university after this where he studied textile and design. This steered him later to landing a job with a Japanese Company where he worked for fifteen years. This job led him to travel the world and gather tips which would later help him in a career waiting in the wings. It also led him to meeting Kylie his future wife.

She too was in the corporate world and gathering expertise that would help in the future. Eventually the time differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres wore them both down and they both decided to leave the high flying world. They came back to Australia in 2002 and decided to set up a company of their own called Sheer Bliss. They experimented with cashmere and merino and developed great products. Cashmere came into the equation because Nick spent time in Mongolia with work and it was here that he learnt the spinning and dying techniques.

Nick wanted his products to expand into the country and he had heard about the Woollen Mill at Nundle. He approached Judy Haworth to sell his product and a friendship was struck. The Haworths decided to sell the mill in 2007 and approached Nick and Kylie and their interest was sparked.

In 2007 the family left Sydney, dissolved their company and moved to Nundle. A huge leap of faith. But under their guidance the Mill has expanded and now has ten employees. Tourist numbers have increased dramatically and so has their online business with COVID.. They have one son named Zach and he loves the country lifestyle. The Nundle Mill is the only fully operational mill in Australia that sources its wool from Australia,

Tasmania in fact and this is because Tasmania has the best wool for spinning. It has the least vegetation in it and spins well.

New spinning machines are on order from Japan to produce product quicker. A local success story and a fantastic place to visit whilst in Nundle.


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

NA01 Zone Conference

One hundred and nine women descended on the East Maitland Bowling Club on Saturday May 20, 2017 for NA 01 VIEW Clubs’ Zone Conference. Members came from the following clubs– Abermain, Cessnock, Maitland, Myall River, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Stockton and Tilligerry as well as Branxton, Hunter, Muswellbrook and Redhead. Also attending was National Vice President Gloria Walter, Past National President Lorraine Montgomery and Past National Vice President Chris Newell.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

Zone NA02 "Walk with VIEW"

Zone NA02 members from Denman, Merriwa, Muswellbrook and Branxton VIEW clubs, took advantage of the perfect weather conditions to enjoy a “Walk with VIEW” on Saturday 22nd April.

Tamworth Evening VIEW Club

2017 International Women's Day, Tamworth

The combined VIEW Clubs of Tamworth celebrated International Women’s Day in Tamworth on Saturday 11th March with members from Gunnedah, Manilla and Narrabri clubs also attending.


Events Calendar

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

May 28

Area NA Gala

Save the date - Saturday 28 May 2022 - Hunter / Central Coast Celebration Luncheon. East Maitland Bowling Club, Bank Street, East Maitland

Sep 9

VIEW National Convention 2022

We are pleased to announce the 55th VIEW National Convention will be held in Adelaide, SA from 9th to 11th September 2022.