August 2020



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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.        




Dear all,

July has seen good things happen as the Club exited hibernation, but July also presented us with new pandemic concerns. It saw many members enjoying the variety of events available and I’d like to thank those who organised them. Outdoor events proved popular, with members enjoying some exercise as well as socialising in the fresh air. There was a good response to the Zoom meetings for the Sunday Book group and a weekly Discussion group and both will continue into August.

But the threat of the virus is still with us. Victoria has demonstrated how quickly the virus can spread when a State’s protective rules are not followed. And NSW is at risk of a second wave of the virus. Please comply with the NSW Health rules and insist those around you do the same. 

A summary of the relevant rules (slightly updated from my last summary):

  • Physical distancing. Keep 4 square metres (4sqm) space around each person. This is equivalent to keeping a 1.5 metre distance from others. This rule overrides all those rules nominating people numbers. 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. However, “If you are over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times”. The NSW Chief Health Officer strongly recommends a COVID-Safe precautionary approach of having no more than 10 visitors at a time.
  • Up to 20 can gather in a public place.
  • Pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants can have up to 300 customers/one customer per 4sqm in each existing separate food and drink area, whichever is the lesser. Maximum of 10 (was 20) people in one group and per individual booking. Alcohol can only be consumed by seated customers. 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 by the 4sqm rule. There is some suggestion that a 100-person limit also applies.
  • Any organised event at gyms etc. can have 20 participants plus the organiser.

Please be mindful of letting organisers know you will be attending (or not) an event given the continuing restrictions, particularly for indoor events. This will be the “new normal” for quite some time.

Despite this long list of rules, I am confident that we will have some interesting and enjoyable events in August.

Best Wishes
Jeffrey, President  



Every Friday - GRADS ZOOM DISCUSSION – 2:30 pm
Email me if you are interested and I will put you on an email list to receive alerts on coming topics. Recent topics covered current news events and social reactions to them, e.g. “The pros and cons of having and retaining statues” and “The future of tele-working”. Some research by everyone on the topic preferred, of course. Familiarity with using Zoom essential.

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:
Let me know of any other good sites I can add to this list for members.
Ann 0491 116 084
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.



Maximum 10 people per booking or per group in restaurants/clubs/hotels.
Maximum 20 people in private home.

1/8 Saturday 12 noon - LUNCH AT THE TOXTETH HOTEL, Glebe
345 Glebe Point Rd, corner Wigram Rd. Beer garden at back, street parking. Mains approx. $22. Limit of 10 so please do not turn up without confirmation.

2/8 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

2/8 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. Please do not turn up without letting us know you’re coming as limit is 10.

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 Susan D by 31/7 to register to receive the zoom details.

9/8 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 10 people allowed per table, do not turn up without booking.

11/08 Tuesday 10.00am – MORNING SOCIAL IN THE PARK, Neutral Bay
Bring a thermos and collapsible chair to a park for some fresh air, a chat, a rant, a walk maybe, whatever. No coffee shops nearby, park benches might be occupied or in the sun, and observe 1.5m distancing, of course – so definitely bring a chair. Anderson Park, Clark Road near Adderstone Avenue. Let me know your mobile details in case weather misbehaves.

11/8 Tuesday 6.30pm – MODERN INDIAN DINNER, Surry Hills
We’re returning to another favourite restaurant for some innovative Indian food and wine. “Driven by creativity and thought, Don't Tell Aunty is a multi-sensory feast of sub-continental colour proudly disruptive of classical Indian restaurant clichés”. Table reserved for max 8. Don’t Tell Aunty, 414 Bourke St Surry Hills, entrance on Fitzroy St. 2-hr parking in local streets. Booking essential.

12/8 Wednesday 10:30am – 12:00 - EASY SOCIAL WALK, Woollahra
Join in a leisurely walk through Cooper Park, a unique, large bushland reserve with many walking tracks Afterwards, we can relax, at a nearby cafe for coffee and snacks. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and any snacks you need. Plenty of street parking nearby.  Maximum 10 people.

18/8 Tuesday 6.30 pm TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - Erskineville.  Members Only
Our book this month is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, the 2020 joint Booker Prize winner. Meal provided. Numbers are limited, RSVP essential. The book for September will be The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

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. 

22/8 Saturday 12pm - LONG LAZY LUNCH, Longueville.
Covid restrictions so I can only book for 10 people. Please do not turn up without confirmation.

23/8 Sunday 9:30am – 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 (silver caravan), Parkes Drive, near the duck ponds, undercover seating nearby. Wear warm clothes. Plenty of parking. 

27/8 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 & restricted numbers

30/8 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. 


5/9 Saturday 12 noon - LUNCH AT THE TOXTETH HOTEL, Glebe
345 Glebe Point Rd, corner Wigram Rd. Beer garden at back, street parking. Mains approx. $22. Limit of 10.

6/9 Sunday 12.00 noon – BRUNCH, Bondi Junction
Join us at Coco Noir in Westfield Shopping Centre. If you walk along Level 3 towards Woolworths, it’s beside the escalator. Please let us know if you’re coming.

6/9 Sunday 3pm – SUNDAY BOOK CLUB via Zoom
Please note that our starting time is 3pm on this occasion. We will discuss Bruny by Heather Rose.  This discussion will be conducted by zoom. Our October book is The Yield by Tara June Winch.


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