The (Seniors) Week so far

Seniors Week activities wrap up in a few days, with a number of options still available for those who are quick.

Council's coordinator Rebekah Kelly said there's no set time for seniors to turn up at the Men's Shed open day on Thursday morning. They'll be welcome anytime between 10am and noon, but call to register beforehand.


There are still slots available in Emma Page's special exercise class at the Old Church on Friday from 1-3pm, but it's important for participants to contact her ahead of time (phone 0488 214 790) for a quick screening over the phone of pre-existing conditions.

Emma will then design the class taking the group's particular needs into account. She said she will set up a circuit of appropriate activities which can even then be further customised for individuals, such as side-lifts rather than overhead lifts for someone with a shoulder issue, for instance.

Mrs Kelly said it's been hectic coordinating the week but she credits her very active and committed committee members for making things run smoothly.

As always the committee will seek feedback from participants to see which activities are popular and which can be improved. The Mystery Bus tour has been welcomed back last Friday after a COVID hiatus last year, and was again booked out. After morning tea at the Courtyard Cafe bus driver Stephen Roos drove the happy crew out to Torrington Hall where the hall committee kept them fed, watered and entertained.

The inclusion in this year's Seniors Week program of a visit to the new Gunimaa Nursery on Monday was well received, with everyone enjoying damper and taking home a product sample. The garden-lovers also enjoyed checking out the Ivy Leaf Chapel later the same day.

Mrs Kelly said the committee has also received great feedback on the Art of Ageing photo exhibition at the Tenterfield Cinema, with hopes it will grow into a regular event. (This was its second rendition.)

State MP Janelle Saffin was guest of honour at the exhibition opening and congratulated the committee, Tenterfield Shire Council and local photographer Peter Reid on the success of event. She viewed the exhibition after enjoying morning tea (provided by CWA Tenterfield) with local seniors including residents of Millrace and Haddington aged care facilities

A highlight was catching up with Tenterfield's last surviving World War Two digger, Bob Smith, 97, who as an infantryman celebrated his 21st birthday in Japanese-occupied New Guinea.

Mr Smith said he planned to participate in the Tenterfield RSL Sub-Branch's ANZAC Day march this year.