July 2020



New membership and enquiries:       




Join me at 10am at the corner of High Street and Horsley Avenue, Willoughby for an historic walk, learning of the pioneers, their homes and working lives. Tour takes 1.5 hours and concludes with a coffee stop. 

A 4 day tour featuring the best of the Shoalhaven Coast, along with the Southern Highlands. Highlights include Kiama, Berry, Gerringong, Jervis Bay cruise, Fitzroy Fall, Red Cow Farm and Kangaroo Valley. Accommodation is the 4 star Mercure Gerringong. Cost is $895 with single supplement $280



GRADS Members’ Special Interest Groups

The Club depends on the members’ input for all its activities.  Events in our monthly Newsletter are all offered by GRADS Members. Some are regular and are repeated each month and others are one-off, prompted by different member ideas.

If you have a special interest outside the regular events in our Newsletter please contact one of our members.

To start we have:
        Bush walking, cycling
        Dancing, Rock n Roll, Swing, Ceroc
        Golf mid-week
        Open Gardens - public & private

We aim to build on this range of special interests from members' input.  If you have a special interest and would like to have people join you occasionally, or want to discuss an idea please let us know.



Every Sunday - TENNIS – 1 pm to 5 pm, Cammeray
Medium+ grade players who enjoy a fun game of tennis. Cost $15. Privately run but GRADS members regularly attend. Cnr Park & Ernest St, Cammeray above Golf Course. Can just turn up.



Since lockdown and extra time at home, we are all using our tech devices much more.  Here are some trusted sites that have free, easy to follow lessons. Use CTRL-click on links below or copy them into your web browser.

BE CONNECTED - Gov. Site with a wide range of topics
WEA – including  ZOOM
ZOOM – very good


NOTICE: ANY MEMBERS FOR SOCIAL GOLF - eight holes, Woollahra Golf Club

Interested in some rounds of Golf this month? Any day or time except Thursday morning. Beginner to Intermediate level but need to book 1-2 weeks ahead. 50 O'Sullivan Rd, Rose Bay. Cost $28 or $12 conc.



5/7 Sunday 10am – BRUNCH, Willoughby
Join us on the 1st Sunday of the month at Soulplate Cafe, entrance in Oakville Rd which has plenty of parking on that street or in adjoining carpark. Address: 2/63 Penshurst St cnr. Oakville Rd. Rug up warmly. Limit of 10.
5/7 Sunday 12.00 noon – BRUNCH, Bondi Junction
Our previous café has closed. Join us at Coco Noir in Westfield Shopping Centre. If you walk along Level 3 towards Woolworths, it’s beside the escalator. We’re a little later than before because the café is quieter then. The menu is similar to our last place, but you order and pay at the counter. It would help if you let us know if you’re coming so we’ll know how many seats to save.

5/7 Sunday 6pm – SUNDAY BOOK CLUB via Zoom
Please note that our starting time is 6 pm not 6.15. We will discuss Tracks by Robyn Davidson. This is her absorbing account of her 1700 mile trek across desert country with four camels and her dog. This meeting will be conducted by zoom. Our August book is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

8/7 Wednesday 6.30pm – JAPANESE DINNER, Surry Hills
Returning to another favourite Konakara Japanese restaurant for authentic meal. ITable for 8 is booked and hoping for gender balance.  Konakara, 96 Fitzroy St, Surry Hills opposite Marshall St. 2 hr parking in local streets. Booking essential.

10/7 Friday 8pm – DINNER, Woollahra
The Lord Dudley Hotel, is an Old English style hotel at 236 Jersey Road, Woollahra. Craft beers and English Pub Food with a twist. Table only kept till 8:15pm. Room for 8 only and booking required.

12/7 Sunday 10.30am – BRUNCH AT BELLA BLUE, Lindfield
1/303 Pacific Highway, about 100m south from the Lindfield station, Pacific Hwy exit on the railway side of the road. There is plenty of parking close to the cafe. Orders are made and paid for individually at the register. Maximum 15 people allowed, do not turn up without booking.

16/7 Thursday 10am - CATCH UP AND CHAT, a park in Lower North Shore
This is an Outdoor event, bring a chair and warm clothing. We will be social distancing in restricted numbers.

19/7 Sunday 10:00 – OUTDOOR BREAKFAST, Centennial Park
Catch up for some fresh air, a chit chat, take-away coffee, pastries or a tasty egg and bacon roll. Meet at the Spruce Goose Diner, Parkes Drive, near the duck ponds, undercover seating nearby. Wear warm clothes. Plenty of parking. 

21/7 Tuesday 6.30 pm - TUESDAY BOOK CLUB, Petersham – Members Only
Our book for discussion is Harvest by Jim Crace. A simple meal will be provided. Please phone or txt RSVP as numbers may need to be limited. The book for next month will be Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo.

22/7 Wednesday 10:30 – 12:00 - EASY SOCIAL WALK, Centennial Park
Let’s get moving again and join in a leisurely walk to some of the lesser known, wilder parts of the Park. Afterwards, we can relax, buy take-away coffee from the Spruce Goose Diner near the duck ponds. Their pastries and egg and bacon rolls are good too. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and any snacks you need. Plenty of parking in the grounds. Maximum 10 people.

25/7 Saturday 12pm.- LONG LAZY LUNCH, Longueville.
I can only book for 20 people. Please do not turn up if you have not booked.

26/7 Sunday 9.30 am - BREAKFAST, Surry Hills
We return to an old favourite in Surry Hills, Lumiere Café (new management) 13/417 Bourke St, Surry Hills (opp Short St). 2 hour street parking, between Albion St and Taylor Sq. Booking is for 8 persons only and hope for equal gender ratio. Covid requirement need to book before 25/7.



2/8 Sunday 10.00 am - BRUNCH, Willoughby
Join us at Soulplate Cafe , 2/63 Penshurst St cnr Oakville Rd. Entrance in Oakville Rd which has plenty of parking on that street or in adjoining carpark. Rug up warmly.

2/8 Sunday 11 am to 1 pm – BRUNCH, Bondi Junction
Join us at Coco Noir, level 3, Westfield Shopping Centre.

2/8 Sunday 6 pm - SUNDAY BOOK CLUB, via Zoom
Our book for August is one by Ann Patchett called The Dutch House. It’s a story about a brother and sister relationship and a magnificent home. To join our discussion on this book please contact Suann by 31/7 to register to receive the zoom details.



Reminder of
President’s Message 16 June 2020 – previously sent by email

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Club will formally re commence operations on the 1st of July. The Club is in good shape financially and a number of activities will occur beforehand so that we can make the most of July.  We had a Committee meeting last Saturday authorising start up and the establishment of the insurance cover.

A new membership annual cycle will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. Payment made before the hibernation ‘lock-down’ will cover this membership year in full.

Let’s get a good range of events going in July. Please give some thought what you might organise. Christina will be in touch about events you would like to organise for July and August.

Organisers need to be aware of NSW’s COVID-19 rules. While somewhat of a moving feast, the following summarises the current rules that will continue, and rules that the Government has announced will be relaxed on Wednesday 1st July.

  • Current rules and continuing after 1st July:
    • Physical distancing. Keep 4 square metres (4sqm) space around each person. This is the overriding rule after 1st July.
    • Also, do not shake hands, hug, or kiss as a greeting.
    • Good hand hygiene (wash for at least 20 seconds).
    • Up to 20 visitors can visit another household at any one time – continues.
    • Up to 20 can gather in a public place – continues.
  • Relaxed rules:
    • Pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants can have up to 50 customers or one customer per 4sqm in each existing separate food and drink area, whichever is the lesser.
    • Maximum of 20 people in one group and per individual booking.
    • Customers consuming food or drink on the premises must provide their name and contact details, including a telephone number or email address.
    • Function centres and other indoor venues limited only by the 4sqm rule (excluding staff).
  • Any organised event at community centres, gyms etc. can have 20 participants plus the organiser.

If you have a question about these rules, or any other aspect of the Club re-starting, it is just as likely others have the same query. So, please contact me and I will seek to resolve it.


16 June 2020  




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